What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Sarah

I'm a wife, mommy, homemaker, Shakespeare lover, bookworm, and a blogger. And also, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I'm good at laughing, making messes in the kitchen, giving hugs to my son, singing, writing, and making whole wheat bread for my family. I have a blog called Walk in Joy (walk-in-joy.blogspot.com).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving Mormon household with parents of very strong faith. They instilled in me a love for my Heavenly Father and my Savior, prompting me to gain my own testimony of the gospel. I have felt Jesus Christ's love for me in my life, and I have witnessed Heavenly Father's hand blessing my life in many ways. I have a testimony that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is God's church, the only true church upon the earth. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and I find great happiness and peace in living according to what I learn from the scriptures. I have a testimony of the power of the priesthood, and of our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Even as I write these words, I feel warmth and reassurance growing in my heart, which is the Holy Ghost confirming the words I am typing. I am grateful to be a member of this great work, and to know of this gospel. It gives me hope, peace, and joy. It comforts me in times of distress. It is shaping me into the person my Heavenly Father wants me to be (which is who I want to be, too!).

How I live my faith

My husband and I pray together every morning and night, and we have a goal to start family home evenings (a weekly time to learn about the gospel and build family relationships), with our young son. I am the choir director and music chairwoman in my ward, and I love this calling! I also love going visiting teaching, which I and my companion try very hard to do every month. I love attending church, because it gives me time to renew and prepare my mind and heart to be more faithful to the Lord during the new week.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sarah
One of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon is 2 Nephi 2:25: "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." This principle is so simple to understand, which is why I love it! When we were premortal spirits, we chose to come to earth, ultimately to achieve this goal of happiness. We are taught that we receive this happiness through the following steps: ■Receive a physical body. ■Exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. ■Learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father. ■Form family relationships that may become eternal The great thing about it, though, that it isn't just any old happiness. Not the kind that lasts for a little while, like the happiness you feel when you gobble up your favorite candy bar, or ride a great roller coaster. This kind of happiness always goes away within a short time, demanding to be replenished with some other new, exciting thing. I'm talking about the kind of joy that God has. This only comes through following the steps outlined above. Some people might think that this kind of happiness puts too many restrictions on the lifestyle they want to live, but I think it makes my earthly experience so much more worthwhile and full. When I choose to live the way God wants me to live, I find my ability to love grows, my faith grows, and my perspective and knowledge grow. There is great joy and peace of doing what is right. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Sarah
The relationship of a husband and wife is a sacred thing in the eyes of God. It is a relationship based on service, love, patience, complete fidelity, and faithfulness to God's commandments. Of course, a husband and wife can't be perfect all the time! But when both husband and wife are striving to do these things, they create a home that is filled with peace, security, and happiness. When their first priority is to serve God as faithfully as they can, all these things fall into place. It is also the role of husband and wife to bring children into the world. This duty is also most sacred. It seems a bit funny to me to call it a duty, actually, because it is such a joyful thing to me! But it is one of our callings as spouses, and it is one that I fulfill with gladness. It is a parent's duty to raise their children in a way that helps them build their own testimonies of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Parents should teach their children to be kind, to serve and love others, to pray, to be good citizens of their society, and to make good choices, according to the commandments and counsel Heavenly Father has given. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Sarah
Mormons live much like you do. We go to school, we have jobs, we have families, we participate in our communities, we go on vacations and enjoy fun, wholesome recreational activities. There are a few things about our lifestyle that make us different, however. For instance, we follow a code of health called the Word of Wisdom, which teaches us to abstain from coffee, tea, alcohol, and unhealthy excesses. We attend church each Sunday, where we learn of Christ, hear the testimonies of our fellow members, and partake of the Sacrament. We pray and read our scriptures each day to nourish our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We strive diligently to keep all of God's commandments, which includes being chaste in our relationships and honoring our parents. When young members of the church turn 8, or a new convert joins the Church, they are baptized in the same way that Christ was baptized, by immersion. The most important aspect of our lives is the focus we give to our families. We believe that a family can be together for eternity, through the sealing powers performed only in our temples and by living according to God's commandments. We believe that doing all these things combine to bring us great joy and peace here on earth as well as after death. Show more Show less