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Hi I'm Helena

I grew up in Portugal. I am a mother and a wife and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two beautiful girls! I love reading and writing. I love learning about new cultures and languages. I especially love anything to do with my native country of Portugal. I moved to he United States almost 21 years ago. I love to live around diversity and I have a profound love for all of God's children and creations. I love music, all kinds and genres.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because 22 years ago, I had the wonderful privilege to be introduced to this marvelous church. I had been searching for the truth since I was a very young child. My parents were not religious. They were non-practicing catholics. I had to sneak to Mass behind my father's back as he did not approve of organized religion. He felt that it would damage or influence my thinking in the wrong way. I, however, always had a desire to know more about Jesus. I attended a catholic primary school (grades 1-4). I was like a sponge absorbing it all. My favorite saint was St. Francis of Assisi. I had so many questions though, and no one could give me answers. So for years I searched and prayed that I would find the true Church of Christ. When I was 19, two young men challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. I did not think much of it, and told them I would, just to get them "out of my hair". They really left an impression on me though when they told that they could tell me all day and night that it was true, but that I would have to find out for myself. All of the other religions that I had investigated had told me that they were the true religion and that I just had to accept that. I went home and set the book on my kitchen table and ignored it. Later on that night as I sat at my kitchen table, I kept glancing at it and wondering if I would even read it. All these thoughts and confusion filled my mind as I was pondering it. All of a sudden, it was like a veil had been lifted from my eyes and I could see clearly for the first time in my life. I was sobbing. I could not even speak. My boyfriend at the time was concerned about me, and kept asking me why I was crying like that. When I finally could speak, I said: I found Him! I found God! From that point on my life changed. I was baptized about a week later and my life has never been the same! Has it been easy? No! But the Savior walks beside me everyday and I feel so blessed to have this knowledge in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life as I would imagine Jesus Christ would have me do. I think about him often throughout the day, especially when I find myself falling short of what I know I should be doing. My husband and I, try to read from the Bible and the sacred scriptures every day with our kids, and say family prayer every night. We feel that doing so helps us, as well as our kids, be able to better meet the challenges we face everyday. We attend Church meetings on Sunday and our children are part of Youth organizations that meet on a weekly basis and do some fun activities that include some spiritual content, as well as sports, games and such. We encourage our kids to remember who they are. That they are children of a Heavenly Father that loves them, and that He is very aware of them. Every since I joined the Church at 19, that has been my greatest goal. I wanted my children to know that they were precious children of God, that there was a purpose for their lives, and at the same time, encouraging them to look at the people around them, and realize that they too are children of God, and because of that, they need to be treated as such. I make many mistakes everyday, many mistakes indeed, but the knowledge of a Plan of Redemption, and the love of my Savior Jesus Christ, gives me a reason to keep trying to be my best, to not give up and to learn to forgive myself and others. To know that I am precious in His sight, that He believes in me and expects me to succeed, is what makes me who I am. It is the driving force in my life. In a world full of sorrow, hopelessness and despair, I am hopeful and happy because I know that I am a child of God, and that He has sent me here. I know where I came from, why I am here and where I am going and that knowledge brings me joy!