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 Samuel Pollock

I grew up in Montana, I'm a We the People state champ, I'm serving my mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an avid reader, and I love to learn. Because of my love and thirst for knowledge, I'm often compelled to seek a deeper understanding of the things that interest me, ranging from the scriptures, to Church history, to physics, and the universe. I was in debate for my junior and senior years in high school, which is the origin of many of the medals I have hanging up and why I talk a million miles an hour. I was also in the National Honor Society where I learned how to sleep in a cardboard box. I've done a year at BYU where I'm working towards my Biology major. I plan to use this major to get into a medical school and to, eventually, become a licensed anesthesiologist. You can tell I've put thought into this career by the fact that I know how to spell 'anesthesiologist' off-hand. My path has lead me to many true and precious friendships that have also allowed me to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a Latter-Day Saint, I strive to be a part of the "peculiar people" the Lord wants us to be by living his commandments and being an honorable example to others. I'm currently serving in the Kentucky, Louisville mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've developed a testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout my life. How I've done that, specifically, is very personal, but suffice it to say that the power of the Holy Ghost, which testifies of truth as well as of Jesus Christ and God, has made it known unto me. As God has blessed me with such spiritual witnesses, in the plural, I have used them to strengthen my testimony to be unshakable by any outside influence. I know, from experience, that, just as Jesus Christ told Joseph Smith, this church is the one true church of Jesus Christ, with all that that entails. Other churches contain many truths, but none of them save the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, contain the fulness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ and the fulness of truth that it contains. I'm Mormon, or rather a member of Christ's true and everlasting church, because it's what Heavenly Father wants me, and all of his children, to be. He wants it for all of his children because he knows that it will give them all a perfect happiness. I can testify that I have tasted of this happiness, and that it has only come from, and been nourished by, my activity in and testimony of the Church.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and especially as a missionary, I'm a representative of Jesus Christ. That means that I represent Jesus in all situations I'm in. Because of this, I strive to do and say what Jesus Christ would were he in the same situation and circumstances. I know that through Christ's Atonement, I can be strengthened and eventually perfected so that I can fulfil my designation as a "representative of Jesus Christ" to its fullness. Having a faith in Jesus Christ, I strive to learn more about Christ and his Gospel as well as live his commandments the best I can. Because of the joy my faith has given me, my knowledge of his plan of redemption, and my sense of duty, I'm also obligated to share the restored truths that I know with everyone in the entire earth. To declare, "Repent, all ye ends of the earth." Not in a sense of self-righteousness, but because I truly want everyone to have the same peace and joy that I am currently blessed with.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Samuel Pollock
Honestly, the best way to determine the existence of God is through a simple experiment. God, through his scriptures, gives us conditional promises. If we fulfil the conditions God promises us certain blessings or knowledge. Christ echoed this idea when he stated in John 7:17, "If any man will do‍ [God's] will, he shall know‍ of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether‍ I speak of myself." Look at something that God asks us to do and do it. Do you see God fulfill his promise? Remember that often God fulfills his promises at the right place at the right time, so, although a possibility, don't expect something obvious to immediately make itself manifest. The simplest thing that you can do to determine the existence of a God (and something that God often asks us to do) is to talk to Him in prayer. If we pray sincerely, with real intent (meaning we intend to act on what we are praying about), with faith in Christ (or even with just a "desire to believe" [Alma 32:27]) then we are promised an answer to our prayers (Moroni 10:6-7). Put God to the test. You will find him eager and willing to reveal Himself to you. Show more Show less