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 Josh Peterson

I grew up in Texas. I love playing soccer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freshman at college and absolutely love being on my own. I love playing soccer for both my schools' team, as well as just for fun. I am an avid reader and will read just about anything that looks interesting. I have enjoyed playing the piano for 10 years now. I have found that playing the piano has really helped me find out who I really am inside. I also play the cello and have now for about 8 years. Music has been a great way for me to express myself and for me to vent my emotions. I love writing my own pieces and would spend hours on my piano back at home if i could.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a family who were members of the Church already. For as long as i can remember, I have dressed up in a white shirt and tie and headed to church with my family. I always took the Church for granted when I was younger, never really thinking about whether or not it was true. However, as I grew older I realized that I needed to know for myself if the Church was true or not. I found out for myself if the Church was true over the summer I turned 16. It wasn't a big event that convinced me or some awesome experience that made up my mind; It was the small things that happened in my everyday life. As I went about my daily deeds, I prayed for help from God and recieved it. That summer he helped me get a job and got me through the tough days as I prayed for his help. In the end, I prayed to ask if his Church was true, and I got my answer. I know this Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, and I bear testimony of it. I know that God cares about our individual lives and understands when we make mistakes. I know that he loves each and every one of us.

How I live my faith

In my ward right now, I am what is known as the "assistant executive secretary." This basically means that I help schedule meetings with our wards leader, the bishop. I get to work closely with this awesome man on a weekly basis and enjoy doing so very much. Here at college, my roommate and I have the responsibility to "hometeach" other members of the ward. This means that we go out and visit with them, teach them a new gospel idea, and then see if there is anything we can do to help them that week. Being able to serve our families in any way we can is one of the many joys of hometeaching. Service is also a big part of our church- we get together as a ward and help others in need on a frequent basis. Community service is really enjoyable when you think about those you are serving and not about yourself.