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Hi I'm Lloyd

I'm a Mormon. I grew up on a small town in Southeastern Arizona. We were rather poor.

About Me

My Parents were very religious. They tried their best to teach me about Christ. I went to school and loved sports. Eventually I went to college and played basket ball. Well at least sat on the bench. My parents wanted me to go on a mission for my church. So at age 19 I went to Chile SA. I spent two years serving them and had a great experience. I came home and joined the US Marine Reserve. I met a beautiful girl before I joined. A boy always dreams of marrying a beautiful girl and living happily ever after. So at the age of 24 I asked her to marry me. SHE SAID YES!!! Was I happy. Well we had 7 BEAUTIFUL children they look like their mother and they are smart like she is also. What more could a man want. As all parents we had struggles with money and children but my wife was more than I had ever expected. SHE WAS A VERY EXCEPTIONAL MOTHER and handled them all with ease. It came natural for her. I worked a lot and was away quite a bit. Some times we worked four jobs to provide. The Lord has been very good and we had all we needed.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was serving my mission I began to talk to many pastors, priests, missionaries from all religions. Of course as missionaries do we talked to many, many people. The pastors, priests etc. told me I was a fool for believing as I did. They would try to show me in the scriptures where I was wrong. I began to really study the scriptures to really find out for my self what was true. I began to read, analyze and ponder what the scriptures said. Then I looked at what all religions practiced, preached and said. I had told others, while teaching them, to pray, study and then attend church and they would know if it was true. I quoted John 7:17 "If any man will DO HIS WILL, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I said that God has to let us know which of the Churches are true. But while talking to them I really knew I didn't know for myself. So while continuing to study the scriptures I found a disparity between what the scriptures said and what the other churches said and practiced. We Mormons claim if one reads the Book of Mormon and applies the steps above one CAN KNOW if it is true. So I began to be more strict in my obedience and began to watch my thoughts. One day while teaching I told them I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. Suddenly it came to my mind and spirit that I REALLY DID KNOW that it was true. The Holy Ghost had touched my spirit and there was an assurance, a certainty that I now knew. It was a very emotional and spiritual experience for me. But I now did KNOW and when I talked to others I wanted them to have this same feeling and experience that I had.

How I live my faith

After many years of marriage and being on the road I began to be lax in my obedience. My spirituality was waning. Peter the Apostle even though he was weak eventually became extremely converted and strong. Even thought I had many spiritual experiences and seen many miracles while on my mission I felt like the 5 unwise virgins where the Savior said "I know you not." The Savior also said not all those who Say Lord,Lord will enter into my kingdom. In other words they weren't living as they knew they should. So I began again to live strictly the commandments and watch my thoughts. I began to feast and ponder on the scriptures and attend church. I had never before really pondered on them. A Mormon prophet in the Book of Mormon quoted Isaiah, "feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness." I began to delight in fatness. I began to really love others. I began to serve others. I again began to have the certitude a surety and conviction that God is my Father and Jesus is His son. I began again to have this spiritual awakening. A spiritual rebirth. I knew that my Savior had changed my heart of stone to a heart of flesh. He is the Father of my Rebirth. I began to love Him for that rebirth. This only happened when I turned my heart over to Him. I couldn't overcome the world without His help. This is very hard to explain. It's kind of like the saying, "Those who were dancing were thought to be absolutely crazy by those who were deaf." Those 5 unwise virgins members of His church think those who have a spiritual rebirth are crazy because they can't hear the (spiritual) music. Now that I have this new vision, this enlightenment, this Greater Joy I want others to feel of it. I thought I knew before about spiritually but only when I became clean, virtuous and a man who loved, then I began to really be enlightened. I now just want others to try to take the steps to feel this great peace and joy and Power.