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Hi I'm Wendi.

I'm a Mormon, social worker, and mom of twins. I love my family; if I give my kids the gospel, I will have given them everything!

About Me

I love to spend time with my husband and twin toddlers. I also like to read, participate in half marathons, play the piano, socialize with friends, write children's stories, and get involved in any good cause. I am a nurse and a social worker, but now have the precious opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. I love to watch my little boy and girl learn, change, and grow each day. Although being a mom is hard work at times, I love to see the world through their eyes. This is a magical time of life for them, filled with innocence and wonder. I'm thankful to be part of it. I was born into a religious family who are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church at age eight. But even though I was born into this family, I've had to search and pray to find answers to various questions in life. Sometimes the answers have come through trial and error. However, I know God has always been there leading and helping me.

Why I am a Mormon

In the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I've found everything which is good, uplifting, joyful, comforting, worthwhile, and meaningful. The gospel gives perspective, hope, relief from depression, and a reason to try. A loving Father has led me from one point in my life to the next. The truths in the Bible and the Book of Mormon help me every single day. After centuries of confusion, God spoke to His prophet, Joseph Smith, who restored Jesus Christ's original church, just as in Bible times. I know this is His church. It has all the pieces. I have prayed to know if it's true, and have received an overwhelmingly affirmative response. I feel it in my heart and mind, through the power of the Holy Ghost—feelings of peace, joy, love, hope, etc. (See Galations 5:22-23) Anyone who wants to know this, can ask God (in the name Christ) if this church is true, to taste this wonderful fruit also! He really will answer! For me, life’s hardest questions regarded the Lord’s timing: Why did I wait so long for marriage? Why did I wait seven years for children? I don’t know these answers, but I know the Lord has a plan for my life. Some say happiness isn't possible in such a miserable world as this. I believe happiness IS possible, because Jesus Christ can make wrong things right again, sad things okay, and negative things positive! Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and my very personal Savior! I've found that this church truly contains the answers to the questions: “Where did I come from? Why am I here? and Where am I going?” I've found refreshment, peace, and solutions through sincere prayer. This is especially helpful for questions about my children! I'm a Mormon because when I'm striving to follow the Lord's will, I've found I'm immensely happy, versus being unsatisfied when I live solely to follow my own desires. I love that Mormons value having children. I know our children will be our assets and “jewels” to my husband and me for as long as we live!

How I live my faith

In my church group, I serve in the women's organization. I arrange for meals to be brought into the homes of sisters in need. Sometimes, childcare or help with housecleaning is needed. We help those sisters in the congregation who are sick, who've had surgery, or had a new baby, for example. I love that the Lord can use me as an instrument to help someone else. In addition to this, I'm also assigned four women to "watch over" each month. At least once during the month, I go with another sister to pay each of these friends a visit, give an uplifting message, and just be there for them. One of the women I visit has a husband who's presently in Afghanistan this year with the military. She has expressed appreciation for the friendship, visits, and love shown to her during this lonely time. I know this is an inspired program! It's fun, as a woman, to get out and visit other women. We laugh together, and share our struggles. It's rewarding, and they help me as much as I help them! In general, I live my faith in many ways. I try to live in a state of gratefulness for Christ's sacrifice, and for everything I have! I come to my Heavenly Father humbly in prayer, studying His words, and basking in His love for me. I try to be kind to those around me, especially my family. I try to forgive others, even when it's hard. I try to help and serve others. I strive to progress each day to be the best person I can be. Relying on God, I try to be a good, attentive, loving mother, and to fulfill my daily responsibilities towards my husband and children. I let Jesus Christ’s sacrifice wipe away my mistakes daily, as I keep on trying to serve God. I worship at church with my church "family". I strive to follow the counsel and encouragement of the living prophet on the earth today. I also share my faith with others in any way I can. All in all, life's not easy, but it's satisfying. I know the Lord loves me, and that I can turn to Him for comfort and guidance.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Wendi.
I think some call Mormonism a cult because of a lack of correct information. Recently I heard something that really impressed me in a talk at a conference I was attending: Krister Stendahl, the Late, great Professor of Theology at Harvard, once gave a sermon in which he outlined what he believed were the three rules of religious understanding. They are: 1.When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies. (In other words, ask someone who loves it and lives it.) 2.Don't compare your best to their worst. 3.Leave room for "holy envy." (By this Stendahl meant that you should be willing to recognize elements in the other religious tradition or faith that you admire and wish could, in some way, be reflected in your own religious tradition or faith.) I thought that was really good! I hope that people of all faiths will be tolerant of each other and seek out correct information. Show more Show less