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 Joe Kunzelman

I grew up on a farm. I became a general surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was extremely reserved as a child. After a two-week life-threatening illness at age five, I knew I would become a doctor. When I moved to the farm at age ten, I raised pigs and did lots of gardening. The clarinet and singing were important parts of my life. I enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing with my family. I became a pilot and also started college at age 17. I took a two-year break from college to serve as a missionary in Austria and enjoyed becoming fluent in German. Following college I taught in a children's snow skiing school in Colorado for three winters. During this time I also traveled the world, including six incredible months through 12 countries with my new bride. Then came medical school, children, surgery residency, and career. The best part of my life is my wife and our children and the other young people who have been part of our lives over the years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a careful, thoughtful, analytical, calm observer. I have studied, considered, prayed, observed, and tested. By the time I was a teen, I knew that this church has the full restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the years this conclusion has been repeatedly reconfirmed to me through the feelings I get from the Holy Ghost. As I continue to watch the world and its people, it is apparent to me that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enjoy ongoing divine guidance which would benefit all people. I know this is the church with the complete gospel of Jesus Christ. This church has all the saving ordinances and the authority to perform them. Ongoing revelation for all people comes through the Lord's Prophet and Apostles. My life benefits immeasurably from my membership in this church.

How I live my faith

I live in Arizona where I am the secretary for one of the men's organizations in our congregation. One of our men's organization's main responsibilities is to visit the homes of the members of our congregation each month. We are organized into two-man teams. Each team visits several families and delivers an uplifting message of encouragement or instruction each month. The team then reports on how the families are doing. We try to help when needs arise such as illness or projects or moving. As the secretary, I help the leaders keep track of much of all these efforts. For 12 out of every 28 days I work as a surgeon in southern Illinois. Yes, I commute from AZ to IL! While in Illinois I serve as the clerk for our much smaller congregation there. I support the leaders of the congregation by doing all sorts of paperwork that help to keep our congregation heading in the right direction. I also serve as the Commissioner in the Boy Scout Troop which our small congregation sponsors. What does a Commissioner do? You guessed it--all the paperwork! But I get to participate in the Scouting activities, too. Spending time with the youth and visiting my families each month really feels great. And I love the instruction I get at church. It seriously all makes my life so much better than it otherwise would be.