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 Alex

I'm a student, an athlete, and a musician. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Alex, I'm 19 years old and am currently serving a mission in Brazil! My family (I have 3 younger sisters, one younger brother, Mom and Dad) lives up in Northern Idaho. I don't know what I want to do when I grow up yet, but I'll worry about that when I get back home in 2014. I've played baseball since I was 4 years old and I especially enjoyed playing in high school. My freshman year of high school, I also joined the cross country team. I've really grown to love and appreciate the benefits of running and staying in shape. I love nature and the outdoors and feel like we can learn a lot from being outside and reflecting on life. I also play the piano and trumpet! I especially love the piano and have enjoyed learning a little organ as well.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the church, I feel like I've had to earn my testimony of the gospel for myself. When I was younger, I went to church and considered myself "religious" mainly because that's just what our family was doing. We prayed together, we read our scriptures, and went to church but looking back, I don't think I ever really came to understand why we were doing those things until I was a little older. I was baptized shortly after turning eight and I received the "gift of the Holy Ghost". As of late, I've really had to rely on the peace that the spirit can bring as I start to make some big transitions in my life. I've come to know that the only way anyone can know for a surety that this church is true, is to live the commandments found in the scriptures and from our modern day prophets and to ask God himself. There's no other way to know for certain. The gift of the Holy Ghost really is the greatest gift that God can give us. He is the ultimate comforter and because of this gift, I know that this church is true. Our greatest source of happiness will be found in abiding by and living the commandments. I know that from experience. And because I know that, living the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that really makes sense to me.

How I live my faith

I can show Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that I love them by living what I believe. As I teenager, I've been privileged to serve my fellow youth by being a leader in our young mens program. I felt my testimony was strengthened as I came to church each week and associated and learned with some valiant young men. Now that I'm away from home, I continue my activity in the church by not only attending my meetings each Sunday, but also by leading a small group of young adults each Monday night in a tradition we call "Family Home Evening" where we get together, share personal insights with each other and have fun doing different activities. Most importantly though, I try to live my faith by being a disciple of Christ each and every day. I've found that as I obey His commandments and live how he would have my live, I am strengthened in my testimony. There were many times throughout high school where I felt compelled to do things I knew I shouldn't do. Especially as I played baseball, I frequently felt the pressure from my teammates as they encouraged me to play in the games that were occasionally on Sunday. However, as I stuck to my beliefs and refrained from playing, I found that my teamates and coaches admired me for my devotion to my faith and consequently I was also able to explain a little more about the Church to them and why we do what we do. I know that as we "do what we should do", Heavenly Father will help us and strengthen us. He is a perfect God and He knows me and He knows you on a personal and individual basis. He loves us with a perfect and unconditional love, and it is for this reason that I do what I do.