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Hi I'm Alex

I'm grew up in California. I love teaching and helping others learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a college student at Brigham Young University, working to fulfill my dream to be an elementary school teacher. I love to be outdoors, and hiking is one of my favorite things to do. I love to be with my family and friends. One of my greatest challenges is that I struggle with depression and anxiety, but one of my greatest strengths is the empathy and increased faith in Christ I have developed because of my depression.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but even then, I had to gain my own understanding and testimony of why I wanted to be a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have seen Heavenly Father's blessings in my life and I know for myself that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I have prayed for answers and have received them in ways that I don't always understand right away, but later on, that little light in my head turns on and I get it. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy and it has helped me to be the person I am today. Without this church or the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I have no idea of what kind of person I would be. I've had times in my life where I have wondered who I am and what am I doing here on this earth and what's so special about me, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped me find myself. I am so grateful to know that I can talk directly with my Heavenly Father and that He knows who I am and what's best for me. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

One of the major events in my life was when I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My life changed forever. I always thought that I was just being ridiculous or over emotional about things that bothered me, but now I know that it is not my fault. One way I live my faith is trusting the Lord during my bad days, when it's so difficult to keep going. I know that He not only understands my pain, but He has felt it too. I give my sadness and my fear to Him and I go out to serve others. I have developed a great deal of empathy because of my trials, so I am able to help others who are going through similar situations. I try hard to help others smile, because I feel better when I know I can make others happy. Furthermore, I live my faith by giving all I have, the good and bad, to the Lord, so that I can be an instrument in His hands for good. I may feel worthless some days, or just miserable, but I know that He sees me as a daughter of God, full of beauty and worth. I can't be afraid when the Lord is on my side, so another way I live my faith is to have courage even when my anxiety tries to drag me down. I love the scripture from Isaiah that says "Fear not, for I am with thee". I live my life knowing that the Lord is with me and that I don't have to be afraid.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Alex
To me, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the greatest gift to mankind, and my saving grace during my bad days. With my depression and anxiety, there are days when I feel utterly alone, totally worthless, and I wonder if living is even worth it. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, because He suffered for all of our sins and pains and sufferings, I know for a fact that He not only understand my pain but knows how to help me heal. Through His love, the Lord is able to turn this weakness that I feel into a mighty strength: I can help others who struggle with similar trials because I know that if I can make it, so can they. We may all be different and have different trials, but the Savior endured them all so that we may find joy in this life and be able to return with our families to God. Show more Show less