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 Grant

I grew up in Maryland, home of the worlds best crab cakes, football, and of course the Balmur, Murlin(Baltimore, MD) accent.

About Me

I'm lucky enough to come from a family with roots on both sides of the country. My Dad's family comes from the roots or should I say "ruts" of the confederacy and their Bonnie Blue Flag. I loved our trips down south to visit family. The square dancing, the smokies, the food, and that good ole southern hospitality, made these trips unforgettable. And let us not forget there coveted "Moonshine." (Haha, no, no moonshine, I'm mormon remember!) My Mom's roots take us across the country to the small town of Tabiona, Utah. With a population of 149 people as of the year 2000, I think it is safe to say that her family kept that town alive. Coming from such a large farming family, I have had many fun and exciting experiences that range from branding cows and fixing fence, to amazing home cooked meals and crowded family reunions. I am extremely lucky and blessed to have such a rich heritage that covers the United States. I can honestly say that one of my favorite things to do when I'm with family, is sitting and listening to each of my grandparents and reliving their stories of taming the west and settling the south. I think that in order for each of us to truly understand who we are, we must first understand where we come from. No matter where our ancestors have been we can all trace our family trees back to one place. And that place is beside our loving Heavenly Father, in His presence, before we were sent to this earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm mormon simply because I was born into a mormon family. My parents were mormon and have taught and raised me inside this particular faith. Personally, I feel that that is how many of us in the world relate ourselves to certain religions. If you were born into a Catholic family, odds are that you are going to be taught and brought up Catholic. And the same goes for Baptists, and Protestants, and so on. As children we are taught to obey and respect our parents. In showing our obedience we are also showing our trust. We trust that our parents won't tell us to do things that will bring us harm or unhappiness. Growing up I haven't always agreed with my parents rules and ideas. Although little by little and with a desire to understand why I had these rules, I discovered the reason behind my parents protection. As kids we don't have the understanding and experiences that our parents have had. Now I can say that I fully understand why my parents had these certain rules for me. Rules, like a nightly curfew, rules for certain people that I should surround myself with, and the importance of religion and forming a close relationship with my Heavenly Father. I think every child goes through a phase where they want to know "why?" Why do I have to clean my room? Why do I have to go to church? Why shouldn't I drink, smoke, or be around those things? And that is where my journey began. I remember countless times sitting down with parents discussing certain topics ranging from life to religion. It is one thing for someone to tell you, "that this is how it is." It is entirely different for you to discover the "why" for yourself. If you find out first hand the real reason behind something, then you are faced with 2 simple options. Follow what you have discovered or ignore it. I wanted to know if what I was born into was what God wanted me to follow. Was being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints what God wanted? My answer was YES! That is why I'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Having discovered for myself the reason behind the beliefs of the Mormon Church, these so called rules have transformed from something restrictive to something liberating and provide a protection that can only come from living a life in harmony with God's commandments. I live my faith with courage, with understanding, and with a hope that by the way I live my life, others will want to know why. I have discovered that it takes courage for one to stand up for their beliefs. No one wants or enjoys opposition. But unfortunately with every good comes a bad, with every right a wrong. And that is where courage comes in. Courage is needed when someone or something opposes you or your beliefs. One truly discovers who they are and what they believe when faced with opposition. When challenged you are faced with a quick decision, do I stand firm to what I know to be true, or do I, in fear of rejection, succumb to temptation. I have always tried to make the better choice, I haven't always done so, but that is how we learn. I live my faith with understanding because I understand how difficult it can be trying to do the right thing. I also understand that in the world there are many different beliefs and religions. Many of us know what it is like to have been challenged or misjudged because of our beliefs. What a different world it would be if we worried more about understanding than judging one's beliefs. With understanding comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes power. I live my faith by staying to true to what God has given me. He has answered my prayer. I wish I could put into words what it feels like to receive an answer to a humble prayer. It's indescribable, it's motivating, and has caused me to do my best to remain loyal to that answer. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with a hope that if we need something or want to know something, God will be there always! If that weren't so, why does He invite us to ask? Just like the scripture, "ask and ye shall receive."