What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Del

I grew up in Layton, Utah, married my wife, Pat, in the Salt Lake Temple and have two wonderful children. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Mormon church as a boy after taking the missionary discussions from dedicated stake missionaries. After High School, I served a mission in Ireland, and had a wonderful experience. On my return, I started college and met and married my sweetheart, in the Salt Lake Temple. A few years later, I completed my degree, graduated, and served in the US Army, completing a tour in Vietnam. Upon returning from military service my wife and I moved to Colorado, got a job in Engineering and have been here ever since. Upon completing a rewarding career, I retired but I keep very busy and have a full life. Recently, my wife and I served a mission in Scotland and were blessed with so many rich experences. We currently serve in the Denver temple as ordinance workers. I am a father and grandfather. My wife and I have two wonderful children, both of whom have also married in the temple, and are raising great families. We enjoy boating and water sports together and really enjoy meeting with our children and grandchildren at Lake Powell. I also enjoy photography and, I'm taking classes to try to improve my skills. We really enjoy working with the youth of the church and are involved in youth programs and the Boy Scouts of America. My wife and I enjoy serving in the church and feel blessed and priviledged to have been able to do so. While it certainly has its challenges, life is great and we love having so many good friends.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young boy, I attended the Methodist church with my mother, who was of that faith. We were treated kindly and felt welcome there. During that time, we were contacted by the stake missionaries and asked if we would like to hear the missionary discussions. My father was excited about Mom and I taking the discussions and participated, as well. I clearly remember hearing the missionaries tell us the story of Joseph Smith and how he had his first vision. They described how he had been concerned about which church he should join and, although he attended various denominations frequently, he found he could not decide which church was right. Finally, after reading the epistle of James, first chapter, fifth verse, which says that if we need wisdom from God, we should pray and ask God for guidance and promises that it will be given. Joseph, then a young man, not much older than I was at that time decided to do just that. I knew that I could relate to him and his search for truth. He went into the woods to pray and had a marvelous vision wherein God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph and told him to join none of the churches, but that further guidance would be forth coming. The Spirit was so strong as they told the story that I knew it was true! I knew it as surely as I know anything. Eventually, Joseph was called to restore the church once again upon the earth. Today, it has living Apostles, Prophets and all the officers that were in Christ's original church during his mortal ministry. It also has all of the same authority and ordinances that existed within the original church. The church has been such a blessing in my life. As a result of this experience, I had a strong desire to serve a church mission and was called to the beautiful country of Ireland for two years. More recently, my wife and I served as Senior Missionaries in Scotland for a year and a half. We feel so blessed to be able to give a little back to the Lord.

How I live my faith

My wife and I recently served a Senior Mission to Scotland for eighteen months. All missionaries serve at their own expense and dedicate their time and talents to their specific calling. The callings come directly from a prophet, the President of the Church, and are so inspired. In our calling, we worked as volunteers in the National Archives of Scotland taking photographs of old records for use by the archives as well as for geneological purposes. In the evenings and on weekends, we served in one of the Scottish Mormon congregations, or wards. We were called to leadership positions and were treated so kindly by the Saints or members, as they are called. We quickly formed great friendships with these great people who are, like us, striving to live their lives after the pattern that Jesus Christ would have them do. It was one of the most rewarding things we have ever done and has been a great blessing to us.