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 Breanne.

I'm an MA student studying in Jerusalem. I speak four languages. I love music and photography. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student studying Hebrew and Arabic in Jerusalem. I grew up in Utah and Texas, but I have since lived in Jordan, Taiwan, Washington, D.C., and now Jerusalem. I speak Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew, in addition to English, and I love studying languages, cultures, and religions. As an undergraduate I completed two degrees in English and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with minors in Music and Arabic. You might say I like to be busy! In my free time I love photography, singing, and playing with my nieces and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for several generations. I grew up in a Mormon family: we went to church each Sunday and read the scriptures and prayed as a family. However, at a very young age I wanted to know if this church and its teachings were true. I began praying and truly seeking to know the truth. My faith was confirmed step by step as I learned doctrine and kept the commandments. Even now, my testimony is renewed daily through feelings of God's love and direction through the Holy Ghost. In short, I can say I'm a Mormon because this church brings true and lasting peace and happiness.

How I live my faith

Part of being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means that you always have something to do! Church congregations are often like big families, and we are given different assignments to help others. I currently teach the children in my congregation--no easy task, considering that our small group speaks two different languages and lives in several different cities! Sometimes we consider Primary, the children's class, a success if no one is screaming by the end! But it is a joy to see these small children learn how to pray and come to understand that they are beloved children of Heavenly Father. I am also assigned to visit several sisters monthly to share a short uplifting message and see how they are doing. This has helped me to learn to love and serve people from all different cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

The short answer is that Mormon women are different all around the world! There is no single standard of what a Mormon woman should be. Of course, she should be charitable, honest, grateful, dedicated, hard-working, and faithful, but so should every member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Mormon women are single and married, mothers and daughters, wives and friends. Although many of us work for and desire a happy and healthy family, with a wonderful husband and beautiful children, the reality is that not all of us will experience that in life. As a single Mormon woman, I am pursuing higher education and a career and feel excited by my opportunities. Men and women are equal both as parents and in other aspects of life; although our assigned roles might differ, both men and women should work together in parenthood, church responsibilities, and outside of the church in school and church-related responsibilities. Show more Show less