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 Tracy Johnstone

I'm a Happy Mormon, and so grateful to be. I am a recent convert and so happy to have the Gospel in my life

About Me

I'm sister to one, daughter to two, granny to three and mum to four (including my lovely daughter-in-law). I had to give up working due to ill health, and most of my time is now devoted to family and the Church. I have fibromyalgia, lupus and osteoarthritis, a gorgeous purple walking stick, and a great love of the Osmonds!! I love family time, it's so precious, and my main hobby is my computer. I recently found family history and indexing, and can't get enough of it. I'm just learning at the moment, but I'm hooked already, and am enjoying sharing this new found knowledge with other members. If I'm not at Church, with the family or in front of the laptop, you'll be lucky to find me, I'll be asleep somewhere underneath something haha Although I have been known to be forced out of hiding with a quick blast of Puppy Love. And cake... Puppy Love and cake mmmm I am a single mum, with one teenage daughter at home, one son who lives on his own, and my eldest lives with his family, beautiful wife, adorable daughter and two gorgeous stepsons. My parents are my rock, I'd be lost without them. Family means everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church before I was born, but shortly after I was born, they succumbed to the pressures from both their families and fell away from the Church. While growing up my parents let me investigate different churches, and then told me about the LDS Church and their beliefs. My dad told me about Joseph Smith, and how he prayed to Heavenly Father for guidance about what Church he should follow. His answer was to re-establish Jesus Christ's Church on the earth. I was fascinated, but at the same time, life had me busy, with the excuse that I didnt have time for Church. I always had a faith, but I just wasnt sure what I was supposed to do with it. Then, within a blink of an eye (almost) I was 46 and diagnosed with FM, Lupus and OA. I was in a LOT of pain, and couldnt see any way my life would ever get any better. Then one night I went out to Dundee with my dad to see the Osmonds in the Boogie Nights show. On the way home, we were talking about all things Osmond, and of course, their Mormon faith was brought up. Dad suggested I got a blessing from someone in the LDS Church, and asked me if he could try and arrange it. So shortly after, there I was, sitting in my parents home, being blessed by the Missionaries. I felt the Spirit that afternoon, more powerful than I had ever felt it in any other church. The feelings I experienced were almost indescribable, but I knew in my heart it felt right... It felt like I had finally found my way home. I asked the Missionaries lots of questions, and before I knew where I was, I was getting lessons, and preparing for baptism. My parents went back to Church after 45 years, I was baptised by my dad, and I've never looked back. The power of prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of our Heavenly Father's love, and the power of Jesus' atonement has made my life not just complete, but so joyous, peaceful, serene, humble... I know this Church is true, I know because my Heavenly Father loves me and He told me so.

How I live my faith

I recieved my calling recently, Family History Consultant. To be honest, I didnt know much about it, but I'm learning, and loving it more and more. I am loving helping others find their ancestors too. I find it fascinating... you can be stuck for ages, with no leads, then all of a sudden, one tiny bit of information can open a door, and you find lots more people from that one. Finding out about how my ancestors lived, their jobs, relationships etc, makes me feel so much closer to them, even ones I have never met. Brings family into perspective, and as excited as I am about it all, I feel very humble, knowing that my grandmas and grandads are all waiting for me to discover them, and they are relying on me to do their ordinances for them. It's not quite a year since my baptism, 15th Nov 2013, but I have already made the 4 hour drive to the Temple in Preston England three times. I have been restricted to the Baptistry at the moment, But that doesnt stop me. I hobble into the Temple, and as soon as I am in the Baptismal water, I am no longer disabled, and I can do baptisms as if I was able bodied. It was a surprise to everyone, and in my three visits, I've done around two hundred baptisms and confirmations. I am going back in November for my Endowment, and can then be sealed to my parents for all eternity. (You wouldn't have caught me doing that when I was a teenager haha) Then I can continue the work the Lord has in store for me. I love the Temple, I love the work we do, and I am so excited about progressing through the Temple in November. Soon. I keep myself as involved with Church activities as much as possible throughout the week, the more I am in the company of fellow Saints, the more I feel the Spirit. I participate in the Book of Mormon class, Family History and Indexing class, movie nights, Sisters activites, service etc. Once a week at Church just isnt enough for me, I love being there, and I love my fellow Saints.

Are Mormons Christians?

Tracy Johnstone
Are Mormons Christians? I get asked that a lot. Have a look at our church's name. The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. It's an obvious one, I reckon. Our Church is named after him. The Book of Mormon we read is Another Testament of JESUS CHRIST. We pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of his beloved son JESUS CHRIST. He is our savior, redeemer, the core of our Church. Without Jesus' teachings, examples, Atonement, Resurrection, where are we in life? What are we? Why are we? Jesus has all these answers, Jesus taught his disciples to spread these answers. Our belief is that Jesus Christ, along with Heavenly Father, appeared to Joseph Smith, and led him in restoring the Gospel to this earth, in all it's fullness. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints was founded upon the Church of Jesus Christ, which Jesus himself founded here on earth. Our Church has followed Jesus' lead and created a Church of the same structure as He did. The Book of Mormon was revealed to Joseph Smith as Another Testament of Jesus Christ. All our beliefs centre around Jesus Christ, so in answer to your question, YES we are CHRISTIANS. And happy ones at that Show more Show less