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Hi I'm JR

My story is about my journey from darkness to light. I am recovering from mental illness, addiction, and an eating disorder.

About Me

One morning I woke up and thought, “It just isn’t fair. It isn’t fair that some people wake up in the morning and the first thought they have is fear. They fear themselves. They fear that they will fail. They fear that they are not good enough. They fear that others will reject them. They fear that they don’t belong. They fear that no one else understands. They fear that this is what they will feel every day of their lives. I am one of those people. I am one who is recovering from addiction. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me hope. When I was young I struggled with low self-esteem, telling myself that I was unworthy and unlovable. I was lost in an endless quest for acceptance, which later turned me to the world of addiction. I had a complex eating disorder, exercise addiction, narcotics addiction, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other self-destructive habits. Although I tried to numb my anguish, the pain never went away. I suffered in silence. Shame paralyzed me and chained me to a world of darkness. If you were to ask my family and friends they would have told you I was fine. The sad thing is that that was the truth. I did look 'fine'. Anything to keep them from seeing the real me. Although I have suffered for many years, I couldn't be more grateful for the knowledge I have gained. My addictions gave me something to fight for, my faith. Addiction to conviction. I am now convinced of God's everlasting love. I know that I DO belong. I belong to God, for I am his son.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I prayed to ask God if The Church of Jesus Christ was true. I believe in Christ because when I lost my faith, and fell into darkness, Jesus was the only force strong enough to bring me back into the light. The light of Christ is so real. You can see that wonderful light in those who believe in him. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the fulness of that light. We live in a time where our realities and eternal truths are so easily compromised. I believe that Christ's church was restored in these latter days so that we could always find the light of truth amidst the darkness. I believe that God has called prophets just as he did in the bible, to guide us and help us stay on the correct path. The Book of Mormon is ancient scripture that contains precious truths that were written for the times we live in now. This book has strengthened my faith in Christ and has changed my life. Every day I live The Gospel i get the confirmation that the answer I received about the church being true, is just as true as it ever was, for I can feel it in my soul. My name is JR and I am an addict. I am a disciple of Christ. I am a son of God. And I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by getting back up, despite of how much I fall. Life has so many distractions that It can be so easy for me to forget what is that I am fighting for. I have five beams of faith which help remind me: Family-Friendship-Freedom-Future-Faith. These are the things that I care most about. My renewed faith in Christ is the compass for my life. The hope of my recovery is based on my belief that following Christ is the only true way of overcoming the challenges I have faced and that I am going to face. This is a vision for how I try to live my faith: -Expressing to God my gratitude for the gift of life and the opportunities I have been given. -Living a balanced life by nourishing my body, spirit, and mind -Loving God, others, and myself. -Accepting my weaknesses and relying on Christ to make me strong. -Praying as if my life depends on it. -Building the kingdom of God by serving others and standing in holy places. -Seeking the comfort and guidance of the spirit to help me make the right choice. -Being accountable for my actions and constantly repenting when I mess up -Exercising faith by obeying God's commandments. -Sharing the light of Christ by telling my truth and bearing testimony. -Practicing daily spiritual maintenance through prayer, meditation, and scripture reading. -Searching for my eternal companion. -Reminding myself why I do it all. Personal Creed: GO FOR GOODNESS. SEEK FOR SPIRIT. FIGHT FOR FAITH. PRAY FOR PEACE. LIVE FOR LOVE. DARE TO DO THE NEXT BEST THING