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 Hailey

I'm a college student. I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from high school and am now attending Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. I absolutely love music. I can't imagine my life without it and every possible second I am listening to it. I'm actually listening to it as I write this! I also LOVE Disney, Lord of the Rings (including The Hobbit), anime, and all sorts of other things. I'm a really open-minded, outgoing person that loves to go on adventures! To be honest, I'm having a hard time thinking of interesting things about me right now. Give me some time and this paragraph could be much longer! Message me to learn all sorts of cool things about me or if you have any questions about my faith!

Why I am a Mormon

I, like so many others on this site and in this church, was born into this Gospel, so I've never really known anything but this church my whole life. And for that I'm grateful beyond expression. I've continued in my faith because it truly makes me happy. Rarely has the standards of the church imposed on what I have wanted to do. Even as a small child, I've wanted to do what was right and stay away from things that may harm me. I've always respected my body enough to wear modest things, and have always kept my eye for the temple, because I want nothing less than a temple marriage. Having friends that have the same standards has also made me stay in my faith. I'd like to take this time to bear my testimony, that I know that this Church is true. I honestly do not know where or what I would do without this Gospel. I may have an idea, but that's not where I want to be. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I've had to share my beliefs and stand up for what I believe in as I've grown up. I have a testimony of the power of prayer. He is always there to listen. If you are having a rough time. A confusing time. A trial that seems like it's never going to end. Believe me! We've all been there. But prayer works. I testify of that. There is nothing quite like the calm silence after a prayer and a quiet confirmation that everything will be alright that follows. I also have a testimony of repentance and that no matter how many times you mess up, your Father is there to pick you up, brush you off and tell you gently, "It's alright. Try again." There is nothing more comforting. I know for a fact that Heavenly Father loves me and knows me for ME. He knows everything about me, my fears, my flaws, and everything that makes me beautiful. I have a testimony of him and his son, my brother Jesus Christ, and that he loved me so much that he died for me. And for all of you. I know this. And I say all these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

For most of my life, I've been apart of the Waycross Georgia First Ward and have had a blast living there and getting to know everyone there. I even met my best friend there! I served in the Young Women organization for a time. I live my faith mostly by being a good example to all my friends. I'm grateful to have such loving, accepting friends who love me for who I am and take from the example I give them. Over the years I have been able to bear all my friends my testimony as it as grown and hopefully it has planted a seed in them that will grow! I also live my faith by reading my scriptures and speaking in prayer with my Heavenly Father everyday. It's one of my favorite parts of the day because I get to speak with Him about my day and tell Him how thankful I am for the life he's blessed me with.

What is being a Mormon like?

I would like to say that being a Mormon is all rainbows and unicorns all the time, however, the truth is is that it's sometimes very frustrating and testing. And I think it's supposed to be like that because we have been given commandments and ordinances that require us to live in the world and not OF the world. Being a teenager/young adult, it's sometimes very hard to find cute things to wear and do that are very in style and cool. Or our standards refrain us from participating in things that are otherwise socially acceptable. Yes, they can be burdens, but only when you think of them as burdens. Each trial is an opportunity to share what you believe and why and that's such a beautiful thing about being a Mormon. You're able to stand out and be unique in the best kind of way. You can feel the spirit more easily when you live according to the Church and that is a great joy to me.That's what being a Mormon is like: spiritual, unique, and beautiful. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

The Word of Wisdom is probably one of the most unique things about our church and, especially to the youth, it sticks out. Coming from the South, not drinking sweet tea really makes you an outcast since pretty much everyone down here has sweet tea running in their veins. Having grown up knowing about the WoW has helped me make healthier choices in my diet and has kept me more healthy than others I know that don't follow it. Not just tea or coffee, but alcohol and even illegal drugs. Seeing these items take tolls on people that I know has taught me that the decisions I'm making regarding my health and the Word of Wisdom are right because I don't have to deal with the consequences of partaking of such substances. Show more Show less