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 T.J Tirrell

I'm the second oldest of 4, from Idaho, a pretty good Alto Saxophone player, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a member of a family of six, the second oldest after my sister and have 2 younger brothers. I have been raised in the church my whole life and I wasn't always the active member that I am now. You could have considered me to be a less active member because I really didn't want to go to church on Sundays. Young men's activities were not what I wanted to do at all either. When I turned 18 I realized that I was expected to serve a mission and I was thinking about my life and how it would be were I not to serve. Knowing this I was also thinking of how the lives of my parents would be were I not to serve. As usual Sunday rolled around with the expectation that I should go to church and the "natural" concequence of not going, given by my dad, was an inevitable grounding until I went. So I went. I also listened for what might have been the first time to what was being said. I was moved so greatly by what the speaker was saying that I actually cried. I had not cried since I was 7 years old and here I was crying at 18, and because of a speaker. But it wasn't the words that were causing it, it was the spirit. I realized that this was the true church like I had never known before. The man on the pulpet testified plainly, simply and powerfully that this church is true and he knew it to be true. I couldn't explain why I felt it was true I just knew that I was being told by God himself that it is. I am now on a mission in San Diego, California to share what I know.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it is the true church. In other words, the only church with all of the truth that God has given His children. I have learned for myself that this is what we believe it to be, the same church that Jesus Christ Himself established in the time that he lived in the flesh on the earth restored in these modern days, the last days, before the second coming of our Lord. When ever I find myself in a struggle or questioning something that I've learned about the church that I don't quite understand, want to do or agree with at first, I think to myself "God has already told me that it is his church, why would I disagree with what he wants me to do?" It all comes down to your testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith. If the book is true, he is a prophet. If he is a prophet, he did restore the church to the earth under the direction of Jesus Christ for us to enjoy the blessings provided us by following the teachings learned therein. Once you have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith, you have very few struggles regarding weather or not to do things like obeying the Word of Wisdom (abstaining from coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs) the law of Chastity, Tithing, and things like that. You also, by having a testimony of those to afformentioned things, have a testimony that the current leader of the church is a Prophet called by God to help us along our way. You also gain a testimony of the 12 Apostles, the quorums of the 70, and the other leaders of the church. We now see that all things within The Church of Jesus Christ are done in order and are connected by one simple thing that can be stronger than the strongest steel, your faith. If you believe with all of your heart that these things are true then we beggin to follow his commandments. This brings the blessings that he has promised. These are happiness, peace and eternal Life.

How I live my faith

As of right now I am teaching the wonderful people of San Diego, California about how Christ restored His church to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith and continues to reveal his will to current Prophets. This is my second calling in the church, or assignment. Before this time I was teaching a class (or failing at teaching a class because I'm not perfect) to the Elders of the church. I was only 18 at the time and it's very intimidating to teach guys that are as old as 40-50 and much more greatly experienced than I with things pertaining to the gospel. I taught that class only about 4 times before I left for my mission and I feel like it has helped me a lot because the environment of the class I was teaching was much less hostile than some people may be when you knock on thier door and they don't want you there to talk about religion with them. All callings in the church are for the benefit of the members. When you are called to do something such as teach or lead in the meetings, it is not because you are good at it, it is because God wants you to do it because He knows what's best for you. Every calling or assignment given in the church is prayed over and pondered deeply about. The ones making the calling really aren't making a calling, they are asking God who He want's to do what. God is the one that runs the church. There is litterally no better way for things to be done. How great is that?! An all knowing all seeing being running the show. It's no wonder so many people decide that this is right, over 14.5 million so far!

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

T.J Tirrell
In a nut shell to answer this question, Christ himself founded this church. Joseph Smith 'restored' it to what it was when Christ set it up through revelation from God and Jesus Christ. The word, restore, needs to be taken in the context that it is given; to bring back to it's original form. This church was officially organized in these times on April 6, 1830. But it has been on the earth before, beginning with the time of Adam and Eve, the first people on this earth. There are many instances mentioned in scriptural records that mention the church being on the earth and also many times where it was not. When it was on the earth it is a time called a dispensation and when it was not, it is called an apostacy. Each time the church was taken from the earth by doubt and disbelief of the people, there had to be some form of restoration after each period of apostacy. That was the charge given Joseph Smith in 1830, to restore. Show more Show less