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Hi I'm Morgan

I'm a student, violinist, and pianist. I love Arizona sunsets, school, monsoon season, and road trips. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New York, but my family soon moved thereafter to breathtaking Arizona. Infamous for its sky-high temps, I've actually come to relish the feeling of the warm air in my lungs, and the exhilaration of brief summer rains against my skin. I was raised in a house filled with two fabulous parents, two brothers, a fluffy ball of fuzz we call a dog, constant music (more often than not, it was self-engineered music--we've been known to jam on the piano, violin, and simply with our voices in impromptu acapella performances), and three thousand books. Literally. I'll show you our study sometime. This kind of environment fostered in me a fascination with the world and a deep love of learning that has been pivotal to my goals and dreams. I am currently going to college, studying a field which I am falling in love with--public health. Although, throughout my life, I've wanted to become a linguist, a physicist, and everything in between, I'm currently planning on applying to medical school in a few years. My decision to pursue medicine is one in which I have felt the hand of God prompting and leading me; He is a very active part of my life because He cares very much about me. I trust in Him, because I know He has a plan for me, and I know He knows where I need to go and need to become much better than I do. I can do more with His guidance than I ever could with my own sheer force of will.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel, because it brings me so much happiness! At one point in my life, I was deeply unhappy, mostly because I felt that there was so much suffering in the world. I wondered, "How could God exist and love us, if there is so much injustice in the world? How is that possible?" I recognized that I needed an answer, that I had to know if God was truly there. I knew that I could not expect to receive such an answer until I had acted in such a way to demonstrate that I truly desired that answer. So began a period of increased prayer, study in the scriptures, and obedience. I can't remember when the answer came exactly, but marginally, degree by degree, my unease and outrage with life was replaced by peace, and my paralyzing doubt by an assurance. God does live. He is real. He is our Father, and He loves us. This witness grew and grew within me, until it defined who I was. My very core had been transformed by this knowledge. I don't have all the answers. I know that some of the suffering is a reflection of the imperfect nature of the world in which we live. Disease, disparity, accidents, death--we should always strive to minimize them, but they affect many people nonetheless. I know that much of the suffering is caused by other people's poor choices, and God will not interfere with our ability to choose. He respects our ability to choose, since, without that, we would be unable to change and improve. However, this means that all of us, at some point or another, make choices that are inconsiderate or shortsighted. However, I do know that, even though bad things happen, they give us something critical--the opportunity to become better. They give us the opportunity to become more like God. And that is precisely what He desires for us. He wants us to reach our potential, to become all that we can become. And THAT is something beautiful.

How I live my faith

The most incredible--as well as challenging--experience during my newly-completed freshman year at college was my opportunity to serve my sisters in my congregation, or ward. During this year, I learned intimately about how much God cares that we care for each other. It works like this... In the church, we have this absolutely incredible network of support for our sisters in the congregation. Every woman receives a partner. The two of them are asked to visit and serve specific other sisters in the congregation. In this way, every woman has specific women she serves, and she, in turn, is specifically served by others. Ideally, she has the opportunity to earnestly help others, and she has people watching out for her well-being.This system links the entire congregation together in a web of care. Isn't that incredible? I didn't realize how awesome this system was until I was put in a position to administer it this past year. Then I saw how many of the ladies in my ward would go out of their way--bringing by cupcakes, dropping by a card, getting together for movie nights--to specifically make sure that their sisters knew that they loved and cared for them. It was amazing! The whole point is to ensure that every person knows that they are loved, wanted, and have people supporting them. Individuals hopefully feel that they have people to go to when trouble arises. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father inspired this system. That's how much He cares that much about you, and me, and others. It matters to Him how we, personally, are doing, and if we feel like we are loved. I have also recently received a call to serve a mission in the Dominican Republic for a year and a half. I am choosing to go on a mission because I love Heavenly Father and I know He wants me, at this time, to share the happiness the gospel brings. I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity.