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Hi I'm Amanda

I grew up in Texas. I graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a B.A. in English literature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over Texas but mostly in smaller towns. I love living in the country, away from the city life, but I do enjoy going into the city every once in a while. I love anything outdoors: sports, hiking, swimming, kayaing, body surfing, and just being near the ocean. I love animals. I have three dogs, two cats, and a fish. I love learning. I love gaining new information and using it in my life. I earned my B.A. in English literature, but I know I have a lot more schooling left in me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I wasn't truly converted until I was about 18. When I was in High School I suffered from a great loss. After this, depression took hold of my life, and I turned to habits contrary to the church's teachings. In this stage of my life my depression only seemed to worsen. I would try to drown away the pain temporarily, but it would always be there the next morning (usually even worse). I thank the Lord every day for sending me such righteous parents. While I was doing these things I still had to attend church with my mom. One day someone's words stood out to me about how happy and peaceful they were. I was jealous. I listened harder, and I heard them talking about repentance, forgiveness, how burdens were made easier to bare and peace was found. As I was sitting there I decided I would try this whole thing out. I grew up hearing these words every day from my parents, but it wasn't until this moment that I realized I could actually try them to see if they worked. I simply started reading a chapter of the Book of Mormon a day, praying, and asking for forgiveness of things I have done. Suddenly my days were beginning to be brighter. The pain and grief that weighed down my soul became light. One night during my prayer I felt in my heart a feeling that I felt all my life while at church but never truly understood. This time the feeling was amplified more than any other time I'd felt it. This was God's love. The Holy spirit was testifying to me that everything I was reading and learning was true, and that God loves me so much. Since then I have tried my hardest to follow in Christ's footsteps, and I have a testimony that this church is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we can truly know him as we follow his teachings.

How I live my faith

I live about 40 minutes from my meetinghouse, but I go every Sunday. I also try to go to weekly activities that our church holds. I try to actively seek opportunities to serve and help others around me. Currently I am a Sunday School teacher and so I try to put in a lot of preparation for the classes I teach. Just like I love learning in school, I also love learning about Jesus Christ and this church. I spend a lot of time studying the scriptures and the words of who we believe to be modern day prophets.