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 Adam

I was born in Luxembourg. I grew up in Kirtland. I'm going to Tokyo. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attend Brigham Young University and love everything about the place! I was born in Luxembourg, where my dad worked for four years, and have spent my entire childhood in Kirtland, OH. Kirtland is such a special place. It's where the wonderful sealing ordinances that allow us to have eternal families were restored. Jesus Christ visited Kirtland several times during the church's infancy in Kirtland, and the spirit here at the temple and historic village is so very real and wonderful! I've grown up with a knowledge of the gospel and I'm so excited to begin sharing it with others. I've just been called the the Japan, Tokyo Mission and am ecstatic about that! I love playing basketball, soccer, tennis, and any other sport that leaves me winded but not with any hospital-attention-requiring injuries. I enjoy reading and listening to music. Music is the easiest way for me to feel the influence of the Spirit of God. I love my family; they are simply the best! And I've been blessed with so many wonderful friends and mentors who've influenced me for good in a tremendous way!

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the church. That's it. I've been taught my whole life the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by the LDS church and I've had countless evidences confirming to me its truth. The first time I really put my 'test'imony to the 'test' was when I was fourteen. Our church held a youth conference in Palmyra, NY, where the church was first established in the 1930s; we visited the Sacred Grove, where Joseph Smith experienced the first vision. There, when I had a moment alone, I prayed to know if The Book of Mormon was true. Although I'd grown up knowing, or at least thinking I knew it was all true, I'd never REALLY asked to know. So I knelt in prayer and asked if the book was true, and the first thing that popped into my mind was the distinct phrase, 'That's a dumb question.' No joke. That's the answer I received. After quietly pondering this response for a moment I realized that's exactly what I needed. A kick in the pants. A reminder that I indeed already knew it was true. I essentially asked what 2+2 was, even though I already knew. So I knew at that moment. It's all true. The Church of Jesus Christ is the true church restored to the earth with the authority to act in God's name. Jesus Christ performed the Atonement so I can be forgiven of my sins if I truly repent and come unto Him with all my heart. My Heavenly Father lives and loves me. The doctrines taught to me my entire life are all correct. I know it. I will never deny it. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In addition to preparing for a mission and trying to be a good example to other young men, I recently had the unique experience of being a 'Home Evening Group Co-chair' at BYU. In a typical family with both parents and children in the home, every Monday night is Family Home Evening, where the family gets together for activities, songs, treats and a short lesson. At college, the "home" situation is an apartment with roommates, so... Instead we organize several apartments, with both guys and girls, into groups of between ten and twenty people who are a 'Home Evening Group' for the semester. Being a 'Mom' or 'Dad' of this group comes from the church-assigned calling of Home Evening Group Co-chair. This was my calling for the semester at BYU I just finished. It was wonderful! I was privileged to plan out 12-or-so weeks of fun activities with the other co-chair and also prepare several lessons and treats for the group. I thoroughly enjoyed this service which allowed me to become much closer to my peers at BYU.

What is the Law of Chastity?

God has given us one of his most wonderful and sacred powers. The ability to create life. Just as it is important that we don't mess around with how people leave this earth-life, it is very important that we carefully treat the ability to bring lives into being with the utmost respect and sanctity. This power is only to be exercised within the bounds of legal and lawful matrimony. Sexual relations outside of marriage are strictly against the Law of Chastity, and against the will of God. The Law of Chastity, as presented by Jesus Christ counsels us further: "Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery already with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28) This law of Christ invites us to live by a higher standard. Pornography and other activities that bring about the misuse of divinely invested feelings and urges are destructive. Christ has asked us to be completely virtuous in both deed and thought. As we live in a world so saturated with immorality and the supposed normality of sexual-relations before marriage, it is ever-more important to constantly fill our lives with good, wholesome things that will give us peace and allow us to focus more on Christ and his Atonement. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The Prophet who leads and guides the LDS church today is Thomas S. Monson. He holds sacred keys that allow him to direct the church with authority from deity. His council is the word of the Lord, and helps us to know how we can become more like Jesus Christ in a world of changing cultures, fads and norms. Show more Show less