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Hi I'm Riley

I am a wife, a sister to five younger sisters, a daughter, a college student and I am Mormon!

About Me

I am a wife and eternal partner to my wonderful husband, who I married last May. I am so excited to be able to be able to spend forever with my love. I am 22 years old college student. I am studying psychology and I hope to some day become a marriage and family counselor because I have been through a lot in my life and I want to help others out who are struggling to get through the trials that come with life. My dad struggled with 4 different brain tumors most of my childhood and they finally took his life when I was 10. My mom then married a man who was very controlling and very emotional and mentally abusive that same year my dad died, which wasn't easy for me but I just wanted to my mom to be happy again. When I was 14 my mom divorced him, after 4 very long years and many times of feeling like I couldn't do anything right in his eyes and seeing my mom suffer from depression. 2 years later she married a very great man who is such a great example to us. I have 4 sisters, 1 blood-sister, 1 half-sister and 2 step-sisters. I also was blessed to have a very close-knit group of friends that are like sisters to me. I love spending time with my friends and family, they are the best examples anyone could ask for. I am truly blessed to have all of them in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the LDS church. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have had so many personal witnesses of the truthfulness of the gospel. I never had a huge moment where I knew all of sudden that the church was true, but I have never had a time where I really doubted that this was the true church. The main reason I haven't doubted the truthfulness of this gospel is because I have a very deeply routed testimony that I will be able to see my dad again if I remain worthy, that has been the thing that has kept me going every single day even when times get hard. Yes, I have made mistakes that I wish I could take back but when it comes down to it all I want is to make my dad proud of me and who I have become. I know that families are forever and that we are sealed together through temple covenants. I know that the atonement is real and that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and pains individually, and He suffered for everyone's sins and pains individually. (see Alma 7:11-13, my favorite scripture.) He knows how it feels to not have my father there in person for all the major events in my life. He knows how it feels to feel worthless to a man who is attempting to be my father figure. And He knows how it feels to be an insecure teenage girl. He knows who I am and is always there for me when I need Him because He suffered for me. I know that even though I am not perfect that I can be made perfect again through His atonement and repentance. I know that my Heavenly Father knows me and loves me more than I can imagine me because I am literally His daughter. I know that the scriptures are true and The Book of Mormon is true. I know that Christ's Church is restored on the Earth today and it all started because of one simple and sincere prayer by a young man named Joseph Smith. I know that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. I know that the power of prayer is real and that Heavenly Father hears my prayers.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by saying my prayers and reading my scriptures every day. I can't go a day without doing either. I go to church every Sunday. I love going to church and learning more about the gospel every single time I go. I attend the LDS institute at my college. I love the spirit that being a member of the church brings into my life. I know that doing these simple things everyday brings me closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior. I wouldn't be who I am without the church in my life.

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

Riley
The reason that only some members of our church are allowed into temples is because we have to feel worthy to be in what we consider to be the most Holy place on earth. We also have to be interviewed by our church leaders about keeping the "rules" that are set by our church to enter to temple. The things that go on in the temple are sacred, not secret. We make special covenants with our Heavenly Father that are very personal and are something we just don't talk about publically because they are so sacred and special. In the temple we make personal covenants, but the majority of what we do in the temple is work for the dead. We do baptisms for the dead and make those covenants for those that can't do it for themselves because they don't have a physical body anymore. The temple is my favorite place to find peace and comfort away from the distractions of the world. I feel that the temple is heaven on earth. Show more Show less