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 LuAnn.

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I'm an office manager at a preschool for children with special needs and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve been married to my husband for 38 years. We have 7 children and 14 grandchildren. I love being a mother and grandmother. When our children were old enough to be in school all day, I contemplated what to do with my extra time. I felt prompted to apply for jobs in a public school district so I could spend holidays and summers with my family. For 15 years, I’ve worked as an office manager at a school that serves preschool-aged children, many who have special needs. There is also one classroom of students, kindergarten through eighth grade, who have severe disabilities. It’s been a rewarding experience getting to know the children and their parents. I enjoy working with dedicated teachers and staff and seeing the children progress.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and am the oldest of 5 children. My father was in the United States Air Force so my family moved every two or three years. I lived in Utah, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts and the Philippines. As I reached high school age, I enjoyed attending seminary classes every day during the week, usually held at 6 o’clock in the morning. This is where I really started learning and loving the scriptures and the words of the prophets. I began developing my very own testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’s true church on the earth today. As I read the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, I feel the love of my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I want others to know the happiness I feel knowing that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He loves me and has restored His church to the earth.

How I live my faith

At 18, I was living in the Philippines with my parents and siblings and working as a secretary on the air base. There wasn’t a Mormon church near the air base so my family, along with several other Mormon families stationed at the air base, attended church in an old elementary school cafeteria. One Sunday during our Sacrament meeting, I noticed a young airman across the aisle. In Sunday school class I was impressed with his knowledge of the scriptures as we studied the Bible. After church I formally introduced myself to this newcomer and invited him to our mid-week activity. This young airman later became my husband and we were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Ogden, Utah Temple. We are truly blessed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’ve taught our children the principles of the gospel through scripture study and weekly family home evenings. Our family has received many blessings by the power of the priesthood. The priesthood is the power and authority to act in the name of God. Heavenly Father allows worthy men and boys to hold His priesthood. My husband holds the priesthood. I’m so thankful that a loving Heavenly Father allows him, as a worthy servant, to use the power of the priesthood to bless the lives of our family members and loved ones. Six of our children have served as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our sons served for two years and our daughter served for 18 months. As missionaries, they loved serving the people in the areas where they lived. They enjoyed sharing their testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel. They taught individuals and families about the plan of happiness and how we, as Heavenly Father’s children, can return to live with Him again. It’s an amazing feeling to receive letters and emails from our missionaries about how lives are changed when the people they teach “come unto Christ.” My husband and I are looking forward to serving a mission together.