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 Chad Holbrook

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I love making a positive difference in the world. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Since my youth, I have been drawn to adventure and exploration. With little fear, or perhaps common sense, I enjoyed the following: -jumping my bike off of or over every imaginable object or series of objects and breaking the frame on my bike several times; -trying every imaginable trick on a trampoline or on a diving board; -jumping or performed tricks off of the beautiful cliffs surrounding Lake Powell in Southern Utah; -barefoot skiing, snow skiing, and scuba diving; -running up trees and doing back flips off of the trunks, etc. I also enjoyed playing sports and tended to be very competitive while playing baseball, football, basketball, soccer and in competitive diving. I loved swimming and being in the water. In the childhood wishes of my heart, I found myself wishing on occasions that I was born on a Pacific island and could explore the waters around the island. One of the beautiful rights of passage, so to speak, for young people in the church, is the opportunity to serve God on a full time mission. I left home at nineteen to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serve the wonderful people of northern Ohio. Since serving my Heavenly Father on a church mission, I have married, graduated with a masters degree, and continue to raise a family. The beauties of the world continue to capture my attention. Hiking, biking, backpacking, camping and gardening are family favorites. My greatest joy is exploring the things of God and the beauties of this world with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (a.k.a., Mormon), and was taught the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and witnessed it's practices and culture. There existed no reason then or now, to doubt my parents or the things that I was taught. Yet, I believe that every son and daughter of God yearns to learn for themselves that God is real and that there is purpose to this life-a purpose for each of us individually. I set my foot on the path of discovery as a teenager and have not stopped since. The longer and deeper I search, the more I exercise faith in Him and live His gospel, the more I am rewarded with experiences that reveal him and his desires for me. I have come to know for myself that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real and that they both live and love us. That knowledge and understanding continue to direct my life and how I treat others.

How I live my faith

As a child, I was taught to love and serve others and to be my "brother's keeper." Despite my many weaknesses, that desire has only grown in my soul. In addition to what I was taught as a child, I have felt a pressing and Instinctive drive to seek out and connect with god. I have found him over and over again - In answers to prayer; in the thoughts and feelings that come to me during times of trials and difficulty; in the direction and guidance I receive from the holy spirit; and in the eyes of those I am privileged to serve. As I continue to study the scriptures, pray, live the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ, my faith like a muscle continues to be strengthened. My confidence and trust in Heavenly Father continue to grow as well. I enjoy serving others both in the community and in the church. Currently I visit six families as a home teacher encouraging them to live the teachings of Jesus Christ and serve others. Between meetings and callings to serve within the church, I spend many hours each week in the fulfillment of my duty.