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 Kathy

I live in Utah. I'm a Mormon. I'd like to share something special with you.

About Me

I'm a Grandma and loving it. My children and grand-children are very important to me. Family is what it is all about. I love to read and work in my yard. I enjoy doing things for others. I have always considered myself to be a "creative cook", meaning I can usually make something good to eat with whatever is on hand. I do some scrap booking. I retired from a medical field a number of years ago after working for over 20 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in a Mormon family and participated actively my entire life, when I was in College I knew I needed to find out if I was living the gospel plan because I knew it was the right way, or if it was because it was the only way I knew how to live. So I chose to do an internship in another state away from my family and friends to see how I would choose to live when no one knew anything about me. I found that I didn't want to do many of the things those around me did. Their idea of fun didn't appeal to me. But it wasn't until a year or so later that I could honestly say I knew the Gospel of Jesus Christ taught by the Mormon Church was the only true way to live. And then it came as a quiet confirmation that the way I was living was the right way, the only way to truly be happy. I married in the temple for all eternity and had five children and adopted another. I knew my Heavenly Father loved me and felt my Savior's love, but I can honestly say I never truly understood the magnitude of the Atonement of Christ until my children were nearly grown. Some things happened in our family that caused me to doubt my own role of a "good mother". My spirit was in a turmoil. I prayed for understanding, but continued to feel inadequate. One day in reading the scriptures I read how Jesus Christ took upon Himself not only our sins, but every pain, every sorrow, and every challenge if we would just give them over to Him. I knew I needed to let it go. I couldn't change what had happened in our family, but I could turn it over to my Savior and He would deal with it. He would give me the peace I so desperately needed, the comfort I so desperately sought. When I turned it all over to Him, I began to heal. I no longer felt inadequate, but loved and understood. Jesus Christ is real. He is our Savior. He loves us and wants us to be happy, this I know.

How I live my faith

I serve in the Church in the Women's organization helping to plan and prepare for activities other women can enjoy. I also serve each week in a nearby temple. Recently my husband and I have been called to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those within the community in which we live. Although I feel out of my comfort zone with this responsibility, I am looking forward to helping others find the peace and happiness that comes from knowing our Heavenly Father loves us and Jesus Christ is our Savior.

What is being a Mormon like?

For me being a Mormon means I have the answers to life's hardest questions so I can concentrate my efforts on being the best of what Heavenly Father wants me to be. I know where I came from. I know where I am going after I die. I know what is expected of me while I am here upon this earth and even though I often fall short of those expectations, I know that through my Savior, Jesus Christ, I can pick myself up and do better. I know how our Savior lived and the example He set for us. By trying to live like Him I find greater love for those around me and more opportunities to help others. By knowing the commandments and trying to live them I have greater freedom. I'm not bogged down trying to figure out how I'm going to respond to each new situation. I already know what is expected of me and even though I might not always do it right, I know I can just keep on trying. Show more Show less