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Hi I'm Victoria

I'm a sometimes-journalist, a student & teacher, a daughter, a sister, and friend - and an LDS missionary in Guatemala! :]

About Me

I'm on my mission right now in Guatemala. After that, I'll be a junior in college. In high school, I was the 2011 student journalist of the year. Journalism and Spanish are my majors; someday I want to be an immigration lawyer. I love waking up early when the world is quiet and the sun is shining on the trees. Cheesecake rocks my socks; so do the members of my YSA branch. BBC's Sherlock is basically the only TV show I watch. Purple is and always has been my favorite color, just as Indiana has always been my home. In the attic of my parents' home is a box filled with 19 notebooks, personal journals I cherish for the memories they hold. On the wall hangs a picture of the temple, where someday I'll be married and begin a family. I believe life is beautiful, and so are all of us :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Mormon. Which, I realize, probably makes you want to take my profile with a grain of salt. But I've thought about it too. If I'd grown up in any other church, would I have ever needed this one? Do I believe this just because it's what I've always known? I've had - and continue to have - my own conversion process. Anyone who's trying to be close to God is going to be aware of what other churches teach, aware of what their own own religion believes compared with others, aware (as much as praying and listening will allow) of what God wants them to do. My constant and living conclusion: the gospel taught by this church is true. This IS Christ's church, restored in the "latter-days." Maybe it looks a little bit different now than it did 2000 years ago, but we're not wearing robes and sandals and casting out lepers anymore, either. Today prophets of God speak English and communicate over the Internet. That's no different than Paul or Noah, except it's fitting for our time.This is just another chapter in the history of the love of God for his people on this earth, another example of how he loves all of his people. Even still, this gospel is grand, so much bigger than us. When I contemplate Christ's death and resurrection, go to the temple, watch sunsets, or look out airplane windows... There are so many mysteries of this universe I don't know. But I do know this church is true and the way I'm living is right. I've prayed about it. Have you?

How I live my faith

Right now I'm on a mission. Meaning I walked away from my major and college friends to spend a year and a half walking the streets of a country the Lord chose, looking for people who want to learn about Christ. I'm not a religious fanatic, a nun, a weirdo. I just believe that God is good and knowing that changes lives. It certainly has changed mine. I'm not going to say I used to be a drug-addict, a porn star, an alcoholic, or any of those things before I got converted. I've had a pretty cookie-cutter American life, and I know it. But even someone living my life, boring or sheltered as it might have been, needs Christ. We need to know that the things we do matter. That there are such things as sin and redemption. That this life on earth is part of something bigger, and it matters what we do with it. That God loves us all, no matter what. Because I know these things, I'm able to find fulfillment. Meaning. Happiness. I know that not everyone in the world is blessed with this first-world existence, and yet my having it doesn't mean I'm set. God has a plan for every one of us, no matter our circumstances. That's why I'm trying to use my circumstances to go on a mission, get an education, make a difference. "Change the world," and all that. It's possible. And it's so much easier with faith in God.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Victoria
When you're walking down the street and someone hands you a free tshirt, you're excited. You tell your friends. When you're at the store and there's a really good deal on pot roast, you're excited; you tell your friends. When I got to church and there's a really good lesson on gratitude, I'm excited. I tell my friends. The gospel is a good thing. It's a great thing. It's the best thing. If I update my Facebook status with all the little joys of life, why shouldn't I do the same thing with this amazing church? A proselyting mission isn't quite the same as having a religious conversation with friends. On a mission you have to talk to strangers and get rejected a lot, and sometimes there are really awkward moments. But I still really want to serve one. Because I have been blessed. This church, with the knowledge it gives of the gospel, has helped me be who I want to be and accomplish, with courage and Christ, far more than I could by myself. The Lord has given me far more than I could ever repay - good friends and family and resources, and so much happiness. If I go on a mission and tell other people about this church that has made me so happy, maybe I can get them to recognize their blessings as well. Maybe I can help them be a bit happier. If nothing else, I can show God how grateful I am that I know his plan and his word and his love. We serve missions not to force anything upon you, but because we feel we must. We want you to be this happy too. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Victoria
I'm a life-long Mormon and went to the temple for the first time last week. I didn't know what to expect, because it IS kept quiet - people say the things taught there are sacred, and more meaningful when you learn them in the right atmosphere for the first time. They're right. We worship God in temples. We learn more about the plan of salvation, more about who we are as human beings, more about God's plan for this earth and humanity. We learn profound, profound things in a simple, non-threatening way. Nothing creepy happens there, nothing bad or that would deserve the negative connotation of "secret." Just sacred stuff. Things that will help us get back to live in heaven again. I feel like I'll go to the temple over and over again for my whole life and never begin to understand half of what is taught there. That's how it's supposed to be. God is great and good and very mysterious to us - yet in his love he has given us another way to worship and know him, in temples. That knowledge comes with great responsibility, which is why not everyone can go in. It's not fair to yourself or the Lord to go somewhere so holy when you're life isn't in order. Show more Show less