What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Jim Gonzalez

My name is Jim Gonzalez I live in Ventura County. My wife is Lori Gonzalez formerly De hart from Westlake Village, CA.

About Me

I was baptized when I was 8 years old from my brother who served on a mission in Argentina. When he came home and still being very missionary minded he took me under his wing and taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the most simplest thing to accept, and I still remember till this day the lessons he taught me. I still remember that I couldn't swim and was terrified of being in water over my head. All worked out well, and I was baptized. My wife was born and raised 400 miles south of me and lived in Westlake Village, CA. She was raised Methodist, and went to receive her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University (ORU). She later graduated from Law School at University of Tulsa, College of Law. We were completely opposites of each other as she went all the way through college, and I did not. She was raised in a very upper middle class lifestyle, while I spent the first five year of my life growing up on a Grape Orchard. Her father was a Investment Banker Vice President, and my father was a Ranch Foreman. However, despite the many differences we were brought together through the Lord, and she later was baptized, then we got married. The Lord brings together what most would say was completely opposite. Now after being married, some would say we are exactly alike. We were both raised by Loving parents who instilled in us at a very young age the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We love this Gospel, and it has become our lives. We love missionary work.

Why I am a Mormon

This is simple, It's TRUE. All of it, every bit of it, and there is no alternative. I have investigated them all, and there is no better place for answers pertaining to the Gospel than The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Even though I didn't always walk the straight and narrow, I never ever doubted it's authority, the teachings, and the truthfulness of this Gospel. I have had experiences that cannot be explained by science,

How I live my faith

I lived my faith through many trials and errors when I when I was younger in my 20's-30's. When my mother passed away in 2000 it took me through a whole series of questions about what just happened. While I was baptized at 8 years old, I found my life inactive and sometimes I guess running from the spirit of truth. Then when my mother passed away, it brought me to my knees, as she was my best friend. I was led back to the church one step at a time, having to relearn what I once knew so well. My trek back to the Gospel was indeed a journey I will never forget. Nowadays, I live the Gospel by learning all I can every day, reading the scriptures, prayer with my wife, spending the time with the missionaries, and mostly loving my wife, who is indeed a blessing from God. I didn't meet my wife till 9 years after my mother passed, and soon after I met and married my wife, my father passed away in 2010. That was another time I leaned unto Christ for answers, and to help me since now I felt I had no parents. Then the spirit led me to the understanding your Father in Heaven is still here, and you're not alone. I wish I was always mindful of the spirit, the truth is... for me it took some work. I admire anyone who is seeking knowledge and a clear perspective on what more can I learn, and not being afraid to ask for help. I live the Gospel by never giving up, and trying to do better each day, and never doubting my Saviors existence. He loves us all, and while sometimes were not always listening to him, he is never far from us, and desires that we all turn to him. In hindsight, now I can clearly see that all my life he was always there, and never left my side. I want to do his work willingly, and help those I can with what I can to aid in there finding the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for reading my story.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jim Gonzalez
The founder of the Church is Joseph Smith, However, the foundation was founded upon Jesus Christ as in the former church of old as found in the bible. So while the young boy Joseph Smith, a modern day prophet was lead and directed by the spirit to pray upon his knees, following a search of which church to join in the early 1800's. In 1820 Joseph Smith 14 years old at the time, read James1:5 and did as he felt impressed to inquire of the Lord, which Church should he join. The events which took place in the forest in Palmyra, New York was when the heavens were opened again as Jesus Christ, and God the Father appeared to Joseph Smith, and was directed to join none of them. This account alone, echos into the eternities as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was directed and led by Jesus Christ in how to form his church, and the young boy would soon be the first Prophet of modern days known as the dispensation called the Fullness of Times. The church was founded on April 6th, 1830. Show more Show less