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 Cameron O. Torgersen

I am a full time college student. I am a son. I am a brother. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and then moved to North Carolina in 2006, which is where I've lived until receiving my mission call to the California Long Beach Mission. I love cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. I graduated high school in June of 2012, and am currently attending Brigham Young University - Idaho and majoring in Automotive Engineering. I am working towards pursuing my dream career of testing prototype cars with either Porsche or Mercedes. I was given the opportunity to train in the martial art of Muay Thai for about 8 months and I stopped just before going out on my mission. As far as my family goes, I have an older sister and brother-in-law, an older brother, and a younger sister.

Why I am a Mormon

So, just to cut to the quick - I grew up in the church, and was raised therein. I grew up hanging on the coattails of my parents testimonies, and never honestly found my own, nor understood the true purpose for doing so. I figured where I was at was good enough, so that was the point in which I was stuck at for quite some time. I stayed at that point all the way till I was on my mission. Having served a mission, I've come to some realizations: 1. God is real. 2. Christ is my King, my Prince of Peace. He speaks peace to my mind, heart and spirit in such a way that is unlike anything else in this world. 3. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not an effortless path, nor is it an easy or convenient one. It is, however, the perfect path to return to our Heavenly Father above and once again live by His side. 4. Serving a mission is not easy, it is not something to nonchalantly stroll into. It is something to prayerfully consider and ponder about with much faith and focus. 5. Conversion requires time, true desire, effort and daily application. 6. A testimony isn't born from nothing. We are not just born with strong testimonies. Each and every one of us has to gain it our own way and in our own time. At this point, I've found out how testimony is gained and strengthened for me personally, and now I'm on the uphill climb, and I'm proud to say so. "Experiences create beliefs."

How I live my faith

I am very active in my congregation, I have served in many callings in my church, and a few different callings for my age groups growing up where I was able to further serve those around me. I always try to be a good example to the youth that are younger than me, and my peers as well. I have served a mission, and it was most definitely the hardest and most spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing thing I've ever done to this day, hands down. I am completely at peace with the decision I've made to go out and serve, and if asked if I would go back and do it all over again if given the chance, I would. I found more confidence in my decision each day that I struggled, for I know that while I was tested, and while I had extremely difficult times, I was being prepared by the refiner's fire to be the man I am meant to be for the rest of my life. I know it has been the best decision I've made so far, and I hope it will continue to be an influence that will greatly affect the rest of my life in a positive way. As I had been out and about on my mission in Long Beach, CA, I had learned through experience that keeping an honest attitude of earnest gratitude would get me through just about any storm I'd face in life on a day-to-day basis. I have learned to thank my Heavenly Father for my set-backs, and for the trials that are placed in my path, because I know that He loves me enough to break me down and mold me into the man that He needs me to be. I know through experience that because I have so much to learn, He truly has great plans for me in the future, and that so long as I truly endure my trials well and keep to the faith, then I will live up to the measure of my creation.

What is faith?

Cameron O. Torgersen
Faith is firm belief that motivates/drives someone to act upon something that is hoped for, and not seen, but true. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Cameron O. Torgersen
So in a nutshell, paid clergy is a form of priestcraft. It actually speaks of this is the Bible, specifically in Paul's epistle to Titus, and in the Book of Mormon as well, in the 2nd book of Nephi. In the Articles of Faith, number 8, it says: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." In Titus 1:7 it says "For a bishop must be [...] not given to filthy lucre;" Also in Titus 1:10-11 "For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake." Also, it speaks of this in the Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 26:29-31 "29 He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. 30 Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish. 31 But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish." Show more Show less