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 Travis

I'm a college student. I'm a future social worker. I'm a convert to this church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a student, studying social work. I hope to go to grad school after I graduate, and then go on to become a medical social worker. I would be working in hospitals doing discharge planning, grief counseling, and over all just making sure the psychological, emotional, and social needs of patients are taken care of. Something I love to do is read, I LOVE books! My mom is an English teacher, so I grew up on books, ranging from Romeo and Juliet to Harry Potter. I also love to play sports. Some of my favorites are basketball, soccer, rugby, volleyball, and swimming. Another interest I have is music. You’ll never find me walking around without my headphones on, especially when I’m walking to class or when I’m longboarding. I’ve just taken up playing the bass guitar also, and I have to say I love to jam.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was a melting pot of religions. When I was 16 my older brother introduced me to the missionaries. I’m not going to lie, that first lesson I didn’t really feel anything. Don’t get me wrong, it all had a familiar ring to it, we talked about how God is our Father, how Jesus Christ is our Savior, we talked about prophets and scriptures, prayer and answers to prayer. It was all nice, but I didn’t feel any sort of stirring in me. It wasn’t until I learned about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children that something changed within me. I learned that a perfect Father had made a perfect plan that would enable all of His children that kept his commandments and followed Jesus Christ to return to Him someday. I learned that families can be together and that I could have my family forever. This is when I felt that the LDS (Mormon) church had something worth investigating. That next Sunday I went to an LDS congregation for the first time. I prayed to know whether or not this was the true church of Christ, if the Book of Mormon was His word, and if this was the path God wanted me to take. In a very personal and real way I testify that I learned that day for myself that it was all true, every word of it. From that moment on I did my best to give up my typical teenage lifestyle and try to be better. I started attending early morning scripture class at 6 am every day before school, I went to church every Sunday, and went to many service projects within the community. Finally, a month before I turned 18 my beautiful mother gave me permission to be baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Since that day I have gone on to serve as a missionary in Mexico City. I continue to go to church every Sunday. I have had my fair share of hardships and trials, but I’m happy. I know that this happiness comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I wouldn’t give up my happiness or this gospel for the world.

How I live my faith

As a social work student, I have the opportunity to serve others and my community all the time. One of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon says that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God”. That matches a scripture that I love from the New Testament in Matthew, where the Savior says “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. When I serve others I truly feel that I’m serving God and Jesus Christ. I love being able to give of my time, skill set, and willingness to those that truly need it. Another way that I try to live my faith is just that, by living my faith. By keeping the commandments that Heavenly Father has left for me here on this Earth, I feel closer to Him. I’m not perfect, and I make mistakes often, but by doing my best to follow the example of Jesus Christ I’m setting up the foundation for the rest of my life, and the life of my future family.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Go and experience it! That's how I learned for myself. I read from the Book of Mormon, I went to church on Sundays, I went to classes. I sincerely wanted to know, and when you sincerely want to know Heavenly Father will sincerely respond to your prayers! I know for myself, because I've experienced it, that if you ask God the Eternal Father whether or not Mormonism is true, he will reveal it to you. I know it, and it's because I know that Heavenly Father answered my prayers that I know that he'll answer your prayers also. It will be in His time and in His way, but He will answer. Show more Show less