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Hi I'm Tanisha

I'm adopted, I grew up in Utah, I am Black, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old, I will be leaving to serve a mission on January 1st 2014. I love writing and Lit. I am an athlete and have always loved sports. I appreciate people and the human experience as a whole and love the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, however, believing in something, no matter what it is will always be a journey before it becomes a testimony with personal conviction. When I was younger, I struggled to understand the concept of God, as he was to me at that time, "the big invisible man in the sky." So, from the time I was 11 until I was about 13 years old, I wasn't quite sure about this man who is our father, who we call God. However, when I was 13 I went to my first LDS girls camp. While I was there I was taught about God's plan for a purpose in life and about how I was a daughter of God and he loved me. I was never taught this in such a personal way, and when I got home from camp, I read the Book of Mormon and prayed and asked if it was true. The spirit reached me and to me it felt like a big breath of air, and I knew that the church was true from that moment. Later, when I was about 16, I had a close friend die, I was seemingly trapped in an emotionally abusive situation, and I forgot that feeling. I forgot what the spirit felt like, and I forgot most of all that Heavenly Father loved me. It was a very dark time and I thought that there was no way out. After a year of this experience, I found myself broken but God found me through the people around me who showed true love, compassion, and service. As I got out of the abusive situation, I looked back and saw the tender mercies God allowed me. I truely believe that he found me. When I got out of this situation, I was able to feel his love, spirit and the atonement of Jesus Christ again and this is when I was truely converted to the Gospel. Because once I felt what it was like to be without it, and to not be able to feel the spirit with me, the day I felt it again felt like the first time all over again. In that moment I decided that I would never let myself get down enough to take it for granted again, I know that God and Jesus Christ live and that the church of jesus christ of latter day saints is true, and I love it.

How I live my faith

I am going to be a missionary. I love teaching others and helping others understand the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as showing everyone how much God loves us and how each person in this life is worth it.