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 Jerry Koenig

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in 1933 and raised in my early years in Brooklyn, New York, during the height of the Great Depression. My grandparents came from Germany around 1900 and settled in Brooklyn. One day my grandmother was walking the streets and came onto a small gathering of people, led by 2 young men. She stopped and listened to their message and became interested in what they were saying. She invited these young Mormon missionaries to visit her and tell her more about their message. She believed their teachings and was baptized, along with her 5 children. Grandpa wasn't baptized at this time but later in his life he joined the Church. My mother in turn raised her 3 children in the Church from the time we were born. Besides the great blessing of being a lifetime member of the true Church of Jesus Christ, the added significant blessing our grandmother gave us was that, if she had not come over from Germany, I would have been in the Hitler Youth, subject to the evil ways of that vile person. I am thankful every day for the wonderful gifts my beloved grandmother bestowed on our families.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a member of this true Church, I had to come to a point of personally deciding if this Church and gospel were true. At one point in my life, around the age of 20, I was seriously dating a young lady of another religion. She indicated she would not marry outside of her faith. This became a strong motivator for me to fully determine if the Church was the one true Church as I had been told all my life. Through prayerful search and evaluation it was manfested to me by the testimony of the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed the true Church that was prophetically restored to the earth. My faith in this testimony has never wavered from that time. Today I have been married 40 years to a faithful member of the Church and we have 2 married sons and 5 beautiful grandchildren.

How I live my faith

In the Church all the members are responsible for conducting the necessary functions of the Church, from its presiding duties, to teaching, clerical duties, janitorial duties, administrative tasks, etc. There are no paid personnel - all efforts are conducted when calls are placed to chosen individuals. Over the years I have served in a number of teaching positions, as the head of the Suday School organization, as a member of the Bishopric, as an executive secretary, as a directory of facilities maintenance and repair, as a home teacher to help Church families, as choir director, and anumber of other activites to help operate our Church units. In my private life I have tried to keep the principle of the gospel teachings and to live what I believe are the true doctrines and principles the Savior taught our Heavenly Father's children. I bear my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true gospel that was restored to the earth to prepare for the coming of the Savior in all His glory.