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 Aaron

I'm a forensic accountant and a father of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a forensic accountant, calculating damages of intellectual property infringement. I'm also a master's student at a local university. I love spending time with my wife and two kids.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ all my life, I still needed to become converted on my own to Christ's gospel and teachings. I have developed my own testimony step by step from lots of little experiences. Most importantly are the experiences with the Holy Ghost, who confirms the truth of the things I hear. If I hear something at church, or anywhere else, the Holy Ghost will testify to me if it is truth or not. This communication doesn't come from a voice; it comes from a feeling in my heart. It is a feeling of peace and resolution when it is right, and one of chaos and confusion when it is wrong. The Holy Ghost continually testifies to me of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a testament of Jesus Christ, like the Bible. Both volumes of scripture describe Christ's teachings, but at different parts of the world. The Book of Mormon helps my testimony of the Bible to grow, because it is a second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. You can know of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon by reading it, pondering about it, and sincerely asking God in prayer if it is true. The Holy Ghost will let you know, if you're paying attention. Christ wasn't just a teacher; He is the son of God who made it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven, and to become like our Heavenly Father. God the Father continually reveals His plan to His servants, prophets who live on the earth today. Jesus Christ directs these prophets, who are the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that following the counsel of the prophets of God will help us to know how to live our lives. Even though we have the Bible and the Book of Mormon to help us, it is nice to have guidance from people who know how life is on earth today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being actively involved in our congregation, our ward. I do this by fulfilling my assignment in the ward as a Sunday School teacher for 5-year-olds. We believe that we should teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ at a young age, so that they can build their faith in Him their whole life long. We teach them by telling stories, showing pictures, and singing songs. The organization of the church is wonderful, because you are never alone. You always have someone to look to in time of need. There is a Bishop for each ward, whose responsibility is the physical and spiritual well-being of the members of the ward. Each family also has home teachers, which are two men from the ward who visit a few families each month to make sure that they're doing alright. If there are needs, they do what they can for the family, or, if needed, ask for help from other members of the ward, to make sure that the needs of the family are met. I am a home teacher, along with most men in the ward, and we do our best to help the families in the ward. I also am continually strengthened through the word of God through daily prayer and scripture study. In my prayers, not only do I ask for things I need, but I thank God for the blessings He has given me. I also ask Him to look after the people I love, and to help me know how to help others. In scripture study, I am reminded of the teachings of Jesus Christ and His prophets. I learn how to improve myself and become more Christ-like.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are there for sacred worship. In the temples, worthy members of the church will make covenants, or promises, with God and participate in sealing ordinances. Only in God's house, the temple, can a family be sealed together for time and all eternity. These blessings are promised us as long as we remain faithful to the covenants we made. Since many people have died without making these covenants and participating in these ordinances, and other ordinances like baptism, in temples we also make these covenants on behalf of those who have passed on. They will have the opportunity to accept or reject these ordinances. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by prophets who lived on the American continents in ancient times. in 600 B.C. a prophet and his family were led by God out of Jerusalem, so that a righteous posterity could thrive in a promised land. This land was the ancient American continents. These prophets had revelations and teachings, like prophets of the Old Testament, and they wrote them down for the benefit of us, who would come much later. They taught about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Much of the Book of Mormon is an abridgment of the writings of the many prophets. The prophet who compiled these writings was named Mormon. Mormon's son, Moroni, finished his father's work and preserved the plates until they would be revealed to Joseph Smith in the 1820s. Show more Show less