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Hi I'm Norah Ashby

I love music, I love the outdoors, I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was lucky. I was born into a family where both of my parents were strong members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They loved me, they loved my siblings, they loved each other, and they loved the Lord. They taught me how to love reading the scriptures, that God is my Heavenly Father and how to pray to Him every day, and how to love going to church. I learned to recognize and appreciate very young the sweet spirit that always came when I read my scriptures, prayed, and was in the church buildings. I LOVE the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been so very blessed to be a part of my family and to have been raised in the sweet environment of a Christ centered home. When life throws its challenges at me, I can stand strong in the knowledge that I have that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that God is my Heavenly Father, and He loves me. That knowledge is an intrinsic part of my life. Second to the gospel, my life has also been structured a lot around music. I started playing viola in the 5th grade and LOVED it. Music speaks to me and I can feel my Heavenly Father's love when I am around really GOOD music. My family has always spent a lot of time outdoors as well. There is something sweet to me about being far out in the mountains and just listening to the silence and feeling the peace of being away from the fast paced business of life. I feel closer to my Heavenly Father when I am away from the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church. Truly, membership in the church is a way of life. Growing up in the church, being part of the primary, bearing my testimony in fast and testimony meeting, Family Home Evenings, reading scriptures, family prayers were just normal routine parts of existing. I don't think I fully realized that there could be anything different. Growing older I began to recognize and understand that not everybody grew up going to church and not everybody grew up around the same standards and norms as I had. I started to ask myself this very question, "why am I a Mormon?" As I grew older I came to know and understand better for myself that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ, that this church is truly the church of God on the earth today and I came to recognize the feelings that I felt in my heart as testimonies to the truth of the gospel. I am a Mormon because of the way I feel when I am acting on my faith and my testimony of the truth of the gospel. I know that this church is true because I feel it. There is no other way to describe it but that I feel it. And as intangible and unreliable as that may seem, when everything inside me tells me this gospel is the truth and when I have seen the way it has changed lives and the beauty and strength that exists from this church, its gospel, and its teachings I can't think of any other conclusion than that this be the TRUTH and that this be God's church, His church built on His gospel on the earth today.

How I live my faith

Having a belief in God as my Heavenly Father, in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and in the ability I have to return and live with them again through keeping the commandments and every day choosing the right, has given me a better perspective on life and about our purpose here. We come into this world to make lots of small choices that amount to one big choice between good and evil, right and wrong, happiness and misery. I have SOO much to learn and SOO far to grow, but I try to live my faith by remembering that every choice I make matters, that no matter how small or how big the choices are that I make, they matter and they affect my overall choice between living with my Heavenly Father again or not. I try to live my faith by aligning everything I do with what my Heavenly Father wants me to do. It's hard, and I am not perfect, but as I try my best, it becomes easier and easier to feel Heavenly Father's love for me and to see His hand in my life. I know that by doing the best that I can and choosing every day to follow the example of my savior Jesus Christ, I will one day be able to live with my Heavenly Father again and I am SOO excited :)