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Hi I'm Eileen

I grew up in Chicago. I am an Autismmom. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am grew up on on the Southwest side of Chicago. Growing up, every year my parents would argue about what age it was that year for kids to be able or not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent. Every week of every year the same the same readings in Church. During my teen years I went to Church every morning searching. Then there was a time in my early 20's I began searching for God. I went to Church every morning. I knew I needed God but wasn't really finding Him- "First letter of Paul to the Corinthians" - the title is embedded in my brain. In my early 30's I knew I needed God in my life. I called several churches, my childhoods church told me my son was an abomination - out of wedlock and through artificial insemination - "a double whammy" the priest told me nothing I could do, another Church never returned my calls. Within the hour I received a call back from a local Bishop from the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints - the had to know Christ right? That very evening I met with brothers from the Church. I was hungry. I remember Sally saying hello to me my first time attending Church and then another person & another- how foreign that was. In the 30 years attending the church, I don't think there were more than 3 occasions anyone spoke to me. I have learned more about Jesus Christ & Heavenly Father in the past 17 years than any other time in my life. I have a special needs adult child (19).The road is still long but I feel Jesus carries me through.

Why I am a Mormon

For everyone the decision to join the Church is different. For me, a light went on. I knew at that time, in my heart, this was indeed the true Church of Jesus Christ. Even though I have stumbled God reminded me of how much he loved me and I would go back to Church. I look at other people sometimes and think sometimes with envy how much knowledge they have of Christ, I want that, my soul still thirsts and is hungry. To me there is no other place on Earth to learn more about God and Jesus than the Church of Jesus Christ. I know HE loves me because of the Spirit I see in others around me especially as they share their testimonies and live their testimonies of God and Jesus and the Church. I get excited teaching others its like a light goes off inside and I am warm. Whenever I have received a Blessing from the Elders or Priesthood holders I truly feel the Spirit. I love that our Church website is filled with SO much information which all seemed hidden before. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in the true Church, that Jesus Christ died for me and for all that we may one day meet our Heavenly Father AGAIN as he laid the path out for us by allowing HIS Church to once again be on Earth. He allows me the Grace to be a part of something so incredibly beautiful though at times I feel so unworthy. The Atonement frees me, comforts me and teaches me. - I am not alone and most importantly I am loved, in spite of everything and in Christ I am home no matter where I am physically and/or spiritually. In Jesus' name. Amen

How I live my faith

Currently, I am a Ward Missionary. I share teaching Gospel Principles with other Ward Missionaries. I love it, I learn something every week. I can't live my life without Christ when I live alone I am truly lost. I work to bring him into my life every morning. I can't start my day with Him and I thank Him every night no matter what is passing in my life. Trials do get easier and with a special needs now adult I have them. There are still days I struggle with depression but I now turn to Scripture and talks that help me KNOW I am not alone. I cannot stand before God without Christ. I still struggle, but NOW I have a personal relationship with Christ when I bow and ask for Him HE is there Matthew 11:28-30 King James Version (KJV) "28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."