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 LaVonna

I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I volunteer at my children's school and I like to garden. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family. I have 6 brothers and 2 sisters. I was the oldest daughter and I found great joy in helping my mother with my younger siblings. I loved children and at a young age I decided that all I wanted to do was become a wife and a mother. It took a long time for me to find the "love of my life", but my patience paid off when I was finally married at the age of nearly 29. I am now the mother of 8 children and I even have 3 grandchildren. My family has brought me my greatest joys, as well as many challenges. I enjoy working outside in our large family garden and small orchard of 50 fruit trees. One hobbie that I enjoy is crocheting. My favorite things to crochet are baby outfits.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized at the age of 8. When I was young I was taught basic principles of Christian life and it seemed to me that I was not being taught something new. It seemed that I already new these things, I had just tempoarily forgotten the concept. As I would pray to know the truth, the Holy Spirit would fill by heart with assurances. As I have lived the principles that I have been taught I have grown to know my Savior and have felt his guiding influence in my life. Being an active member of Christs Church has made me a better person and has brought great joy in my life. Knowing the true nature of God and my relationship to him has made all the difference in the world. I now what I need to do to claim the blessings my Heavenly Father has waiting for me.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things to do is to help with the younger children in our nursery. These little children, who are one and a half to 3 years old are so precious. Their beautiful faces and sweet, innocent personalities bring such joy into my life. They find excitement in small accomplishments and the simple joys of creation and the world around them. I volunteer at my children's elementary and secondary schools. It is fun to see the children in these classes as they finally "catch the vision" of what a teacher has been trying to teach them. I have 5 sons that have participated in the "Boy Scouts of America" program. This is a great program for helping our youth learn good character traits and learn how to be leaders. I have served many years as a Cub Scout Den Leader. I find it is very challenging, as well as very rewarding as I help the youth have fun and discover the world around them. Life can be stressful and challenging. I find great comfort and help as I go weekly to services at church. The opportunity to fellowship and help each other is a great blessing. The friendships I have been able to make have been a help to me as I have had a few challenges to overcome. When my youngest son was 2 years old I was diagnosed as having breast cancer. It is because of the generosity and thoughtful service of the ladies in my church that I was able to deal with this diagnosis with a good attitude, knowing that my children and family were being taken care of. When I had surgery, or when I had chemo and radiation treatment, these "angels" would watch my young children, pick them up from school and even come into my home and clean my house and provide meals for my family. Now, 7 years after all of the treatments are over, I have the opportunity to repay the debt of service that was rendered to me. I am a "compassionate service leader". When I hear that someone is ill, in the hospital, or just had a baby, I coordinate ways we can best help them.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Everyone has a need to feel loved and accepted. Families are the first place that we can learn that we are important. We believe that we are all children of God as the Holy Bible teaches. Our families here on earth are but a small model of our Heavenly Family. We learn about our relationship to our Heavenly Father as we watch how a father here on earth cares for, provides for and protects his family. This world is not perfect, and there are many children whose families do not function in a way to promote faith. Satan is real and he is trying to undermine the family so that children will lose faith in God because they have lost faith in humanity - because families have failed in their responsiblities to care for, provide for and protect what God has given them -- Their Family. Show more Show less