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Hi I'm Chad

I grew up in Eastern NC, in a single parent household. I am working on attending every Temple in the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small town in eastern NC. My parents divorce was finalized when I was 6 yrs old. I am the youngest of seven kids, 5 boys and 2 girls. I wasn't always a "good" kid growing up, I got into some trouble, not a lot but I made up for quantity with quality. I was expelled from school twice and was told not to re enroll in another school. I left the church and went out into the world about that time. I did go back to school and finish HS, but at a community college. I eventually started going back to church after 8yrs of not going. I was able to go to college and finished the autobody program at one of the best technical schools in the state. I have had stress in my family because of the choices I made while I was out in the world. I am slowly attempting to make amends with those I've hurt.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith, which was hard on me growing up. I was the only kid my age throughout my school years that was a member of the church. Most of my extended family belong to different faiths. Being the youngest some of my siblings weren't the best examples to me or the nicest they could have been. So when things got a little sideways I wasn't strong enough to overcome and I left the church. For a number of years I held onto my anger, I was mad at my family and even God for the things that had happened to me and in my life. I wasn't sure if anyone loved me or ever would. At my worst I was really close to taking my own life, but there was a crisis in my family that brought us all together, all 7 of us. And I felt a little bit of the love that my siblings had for me. So I started to come back to church, but my heart wasn't in it. I was going through teh motions but not really putting in as much as I could have. I was trying to "...serve two masters..." . I left again for a few months got into a tough spot but this time I ran to church for the solution. I haven't left the church since that time. I made myself a promise that when I trip and fall I will never fall as far as I once was. I work to be better today than I was yesterday. Some days I feel like I've accomplished that and some days I don't. I decided that I want to be as much like Christ as I can while still being who I am. I have made long strides in that direction and I still have more to go, I'm still just a man trying to be better.

How I live my faith

Coming back to church has been hard but I've found that as I serve others it makes it easier. I make a point to always volunteer for every thing I can to help others. While I was still in NC I served as an adviser for my age group, 18-31 singles, and helped plan activities for them. I've served within the church on various committees. I serve in my community by helping out with "Bountiful Baskets", a low cost food co-op. I look for times to help others because there have always been someone there to help me when I am in need, so I need to help others. I try to do things that would make Christ happy with the time I've been on the Earth. I try to make it so that when I have to answer to the Lord for my life I won't hear "why didn't you help/serve."