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 Duane

I am a retired broadcast journalist - an avid golfer and jogger who is enjoying his 25 grandchildren. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Utah, in the shadow of the headquarters of the Mormon Church, but during my 42 year reporting career, I traveled by assignment to some 55 nations where I observed various cultures and became acquainted with wonderful people from all walks of life. My experiences underscored in my mind that we are ALL children of a loving Heavenly Father, regardless of race, color or nationality. I believe firmly in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. In addition to work, I loved spending time with my family, playing golf as often as possible, jogging and running in occasional marathons, and trying to keep the weeds down and the produce growing in a relatively large home garden. Another activity that brings great satisfaction is service, whether on community boards or merely reaching out to a neighbor in need. Now that I am retired, I am blessed to be able to spend much more time in these and other satisfying activities. I'm definitely not letting any moss grow beneath my feet.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon. Gratefully, my ancestors listened to missionaries in distant lands, accepted the wondrous message they gave, and made the sacrifice to immigrate to the United States and the headquarters of the LDS Church in Utah. It was in Salt Lake City that I was raised. So yes, I'm Mormon by birth. But my belief in Jesus Christ and the restoration of His church through the Prophet Joseph Smith is more than familial and cultural. Indeed, I have come to know through very personal and satisfying means that Mormonism, as it is called, contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not just "another denomination" but in reality, the only true church upon the face of the earth empowered with God's eternal priesthood authority to enact the rites and ordinances that are necessary for salvation. And the most glorious part of that is way His benevolent plan makes possible the salvation of ALL of His children. Indeed, I share the feelings written by a Book of Mormon prophet who expressed the wish that all would accept the Gospel "that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." I honestly believe that the message of Mormonism is the answer to the world's woes, for the message of Mormonism is the message of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I believe firmly that when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of God. So, throughout my life I have looked for opportunities and accepted invitations to serve, both as a lay leader in the Church and through various secular organizations. Much of the focus of my service has been on helping young people as a scoutmaster, as the president of young men's organization in our local congregation, and as the Bishop, or head of our local congregation. In between those leadership roles, I've had opportunity to formally teach the youth during formal Sunday and weekday meetings as well as informal outings. As the years have gone by, it has been extremely gratifying to see the youth become young adults and eventually contributing adult members of society. Some have gone on to important positions themselves in the Church and community. Beyond service, I try to live my faith by following the Savior's admonition to "love one another" as He has loved us. We had a particular tragedy a few years in ago in our family where the life of one of my sons was needlessly taken by another person. In the aftermath of that trauma, I prayed continuously for the perpetrator of the deed with the hope that we could have the spirit of forgiveness in our hearts. Gratefully, my prayers were and continue to be answered and I can honestly say I am at peace with what happened. That peace is underscored by my faith in the magnificent and wondrous atonement of Jesus Christ, and in His overcoming death so that all might live again. Indeed, I know my own son lives on, although in a different realm, and that life is eternal and one day, I will be reunited with him. What greater peace could there be!