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 Braiden Simmons

I'm a missionary in the California Arcadia Mission Chinese speaking. I play guitar, snowboard, wakeboard and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm serving a mission to Arcadia, California. I will be sharing the gospel in Mandarin Chinese. I enjoy playing guitar and ukulele! I love music of all kinds! I also love to spend my time at the lake! We go to our family cabin at Bear Lake every summer and almost every other weekend there! Whether it be wakeboarding, fishing, or making s'mores, I love it! In the winter I spend my time on the mountain, I've been snowboarding since I was a little kid! I love hanging out with my friends and doing lots of crazy stuff! I worked for my local city recreation for my teenage years where I learned how to be a referee and umpire for soccer, baseball, and basketball! I love sports of any kind and love being active. I played Golf and was on the Swim Team at Syracuse High School. I love watching football and I root for my dad's home state of Wisconsin! I love my family and friends and love doing anything and everything fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in a family strong in the LDS church. The church really became influential to me when I was 11. My father passed away from cancer. He was in his 30's and cancer had ravaged his body. He lived the last few weeks at home with us. I will always treasure those one on one talks with each of his children. He taught me so much about life from those talks. He was always the best example of serving unconditionally no matter who needed help. I learned how important family is from him. He loved us with all his heart and never let us forget it. At that time it became very clear to me that we will have a life after this. I was continually comforted by this knowledge and gained a strong belief in God and Jesus Christ. From continual prayers I could feel his love blessing me and my family. As I have grown up, I have grown a strong testimony in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. I have felt his love and I know that he will help us with our struggles when we rely on him. I have found out for myself that this church is true and felt the blessings that come from it and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving people whenever possible. I am currently serving a 2 year mission with the people of California. I am spreading the gospel in Chinese. The language is a challenge but I am so excited to share this gospel and bring others closer to Christ so they can feel true happiness.