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 Dane

I grew up in Southern California and now I am living in the Washington DC area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the coastal areas of Southern California and later moved to Utah. I chose to serve a two year mission for the church in Louisiana and upon completion attended Brigham Young University-Idaho. While there I met my eternal companion. Shortly thereafter I joined the US Army and spent the better part of my career as an Army counterintelligence agent. Recently I retired after 20 years of service and now I work as a civil servant in the area. My wife and I have five beautiful children that range in age from 10-20. My oldest son is currently serving a mission in Norway.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have been a Mormon for all my life I still had to make the decision to stick with it. It has not always been easy, but overall it certainly has been worth it. With some of the hardships I have encountered in my life and those I love, being a Mormon has given me the perspective needed to strive to be a better person with an understanding of why things occur as they do. To know that despite the difficulties each of may experience every day is based on choice and accountability. That is how we learn. And sometimes, out of no fault of our own bad things happen to good people and unless there is a keen understanding as to how each of us can pull through these experiences with the help of our Savior through his Atonement. He is always there for us. Always. Most of all being a Mormon continues to develop my relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have had the pleasure of serving in a number of positions in the church. All of us that serve do so with the intention of helping others. In the end it really helps us as well. It means sacrificing our time, efforts and talents in support of a position that in some way helps others. It means more to us since we do not have a paid clergy. From the local congregation's leadership to each individual member we do what we can to support one another and those within our communities. Each of us have opportunities each month to serve others outside of church related positions by visiting families assigned to us at least each month. Some of my most precious, spiritual moments have occurred when either I was visiting an assigned family or when my family was visited.