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 Jessica Jye-Syin Lew

I live for sports, music and sunshine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

*Updated 11/5/2017* I graduated from BYU-Provo in Physiology and Developmental Biology with a minor in Music. I got a Masters in Teaching from USC and am a High School Biology teacher in Southern California. I love working with the youth because they need good mentors to help them through this important time of decision and growth. I love Musicals and singing. I played basketball for 4 years in high school and I love staying active by playing sports with people. I love catching up and keeping in touch with friends. My happiest moments are when I am with my family. I am full Chinese and I had the privilege of serving a mission for the Church in my mother's homeland, Taiwan. There, I was able to grow to love my culture and gain a great appreciation for my heritage and ancestors. I enjoy doing family history work because it helps me appreciate my ancestors and brings me closer to my family members who are still alive. I find pure joy as I grow closer to my Savior and strive to spread this joy to others. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I know it can enlighten and inspire everyone!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and my parents taught me good morals and standards based on the teachings of Christ. I was baptized when I was 8 years old because I somehow knew that I had a loving Father in Heaven and that Jesus knew and always watched out for me. When I was young, my brothers and I went to visit patients with my dad. We waited outside for him to come out. After some time, we began to worry. We decided to get on our knees and say a prayer. When the prayer was finished, we turned around, and our father had just come out of the hospital doors to get us. This is the first time I knew for a fact that God hears and answers our prayers. I have seen how this Gospel has given me purpose, direction, hope, and determination to learn and serve others in this life. I am uplifted everyday as I remember what my Savior and His Gospel has done for me. Everything that happens in my life, good and bad, is a part of God's plan for me. Living with the Gospel perspective makes life so much more enjoyable and I am able to have peace and hope. With this Gospel, I find true joy and happiness. I have a God that knows me, and can help me through trials.

How I live my faith

The thing about this church is that it isn't just a Sunday religion. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a way of life for me. I study the scriptures everyday, pray constantly for guidance and help on decisions, and attend church every Sunday to strengthen and renew my growing testimony of Christ. I reflect often on my mission and the blessings that I was able to witness first-hand while helping others come unto Christ and discover the purpose of life. I worked at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, where I continued to enjoy the wonderful Spirit that is involved with spreading the Gospel of Christ. I am able to enjoy the beauty and richness of life because of my faith. Trials and hardships still arise, but because of the eternal perspective which the Gospel gives me, I know I can rely on the Lord to help me through the difficulties. In the end, I find myself stronger as I learn from my experiences. I am inspired and uplifted by my associations with family, friends, and all of God's children. I am refreshed and boosted by their examples of righteousness, using their talents to serve others, and firm testimonies of truth. Living my faith has brought so much light, direction, happiness, and knowledge into my life. It is so rewarding.

What is faith?

Jessica Jye-Syin Lew
Faith is a firm belief that Jesus Christ is your Savior, that He knows and loves you, and that He is always there to help and guide you. When you have faith in the Savior, you trust in the Lord and know that as long as you obey the Commandments and remain faithful, you will receive His content guidance. Faith needs to be constantly renewed and bolstered through daily prayer, searching of the scriptures, and continued Gospel learning at church. At times, we may feel that we have lost our faith because of fear, doubt, or feelings of inadequacy. These feelings can be overcome if we turn to the Lord in humility because He is always there for us. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Jessica Jye-Syin Lew
When women in the church turn 18, they become a part of the Relief Society. They meet every Sunday during church for an hour and discuss Gospel principles in the context of their lives (ie. Christlike Attributes, faith, service, patience, teaching children, etc.) Each woman's testimony and comments are valuable because each comes from a different background and has had different experiences. Sharing these thoughts and ideas helps strengthen the faith and testimonies of each other. The Relief Society is known for its amazing ability to discern those in need and to provide acts of service to those in their community. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jessica Jye-Syin Lew
Some thoughts on discovering the Book: I've been a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life and am still discovering the wonders, power, and importance of the Book of Mormon! (http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon) What I have always believed and have come to know about the Book of Mormon is that it is a true record written by Prophets under the influence of God. I know that reading it consistently and often brings guidance, hope, perspective, and joy. I know that everyone who sincerely reads and ponder its words can know of its truthfulness for himself or herself, whether a church member or not. What I have discovered lately is the Book of Mormon is vital to maintaining and renewing a testimony of Christ and the Restoration of His Church because it contains the fulness of the Gospel and the mysteries of the Kingdom. I will continue my lifelong pursuit to #DiscovertheBook because I know God has much more to teach me through it… now, just to find those things out… #LDS #BookofMormon Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jessica Jye-Syin Lew
God gave us families to teach each other, learn about the Gospel, laugh, grow, support, and to love. Being a family member has its blessings and responsibilities, and all of it is worth it because if we follow the Gospel of Christ, we get to be with our families for all eternity! That is comforting to me because I love my family. I've learned so much from my 2 brothers, and from the example and advice of my loving parents. It's nice to have a goal to work toward: to become an eternal family. I look forward to having my own family someday. I'm so grateful for the Atonement that allows our family relationships to extend beyond death. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jessica Jye-Syin Lew
Christ taught that we must be baptized for the remission of sins. God wants us all to be able to live with Him again, and one essential step is baptism. We covenant, or promise God that we will follow His Son, Jesus Christ, serve others, and share the Gospel. This covenant can only be performed with a physical body, so the living members on earth are baptized in the place of the deceased. Allowing deceased individuals the chance to accept baptism is evidence of God's love for all His children. This gives us a special obligation and privilege to search out our ancestors' names and perform ordinances such as baptism in the temple for them. Sometimes, we can feel the Spirit strongly, confirming that the person we are baptized for has accepted the ordinance. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Jessica Jye-Syin Lew
In 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith was seeking out which of all the many churches was correct. After a long time of studying, praying, and looking for answers, he decided to go into a grove of trees and kneel down in humility to ask God which church he should join. After doing so, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to Him and answered His question, saying none of the churches were right at the time. They told him that Joseph would become the Prophet who restores Christ's original church back on the earth through God's guidance and power. The Mormon church was established in 1830. The Church's full name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, describes the claim that they are the same Church that existed when Christ was on the earth. Joseph Smith also restored the Priesthood power and keys from God to perform sacred and essential ordinances of salvation, just as Christ taught about in His ministry. Show more Show less