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 Nataly

I'm a young wife, I love to travel the world, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 5 sisters, which made for a pretty loud, albeit very fun household! My father was active duty in the U.S. Army throughout my childhood and teen years so I got used to moving around, starting over, making new friends, and getting to know many different kinds of people every few years. I went off to college where I studied Physiology and Developmental Biology and met my now-husband. We graduated with our Bachelors' degrees and got married one week later. After working for a couple years, we got the itch to travel and are now currently living and teaching English in Thailand! I absolutely love music and dancing. I've been known to pick up the violin or sit down and play a tune on the piano, but what I really love to do is sing my little heart out! My favorite season is Autumn, by far. I love wearing sweaters and boots and sipping hot chocolate by the fire. One of my favorite past-times is to watch movies, especially nostalgic ones from my childhood. I am so grateful that I've been blessed with the opportunity to travel the world as I have. Many vacation trips to Europe, a study abroad program in Jerusalem, visits to the Middle East and now living and working in Thailand. Learning about other people and their cultures is not only interesting and intellectually stimulating, but it has given me such a broadened perspective of life. Frequently, I have felt Heavenly Father's love for all of His children on this Earth and that is something I cherish.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of people who have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that doesn't mean that I was born knowing this church was true. Growing up, I enjoyed going to church. I was happy! I was constantly surrounded by people who held beliefs different from my own and I loved it; my beliefs kind of gave me my own identity. But when I was about 14 years old, I remember stepping back and trying to look at the church from a different perspective. I knew that living this Gospel made me feel good and I felt happy, but was it really right? Did I actually believe its teachings to be the complete truth? And that's when one of my counselors at a camp suggested to me to find out for myself. The church doesn't ask you to take their word for it; they invite all to come and see. (That, itself, rang true to me). I had an open heart and an open mind. I earnestly read the scriptures and studied its doctrines while faithfully attending church and asking many questions. Then I prayed and asked God if it was the truth. I felt an incredible peace and immediate reassurance. I felt that everything in my life was put in the right place and I knew what I should be doing. I then knew without a doubt that this church indeed held the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because when I live by the Gospel teachings, my life is incredibly blessed. God keeps all of His promises and I cannot deny that I know this church to be true. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and knows me personally, by name. He sent His son to pay the ultimate price so that I can repent of my mistakes. I try to live as He did, but I falter, and at times utterly fail. Being a member of His church has allowed me to cultivate a close relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of His sacrifice, I can start over, new and clean every day. I can wake up in the morning and say, "I am going to be a little bit better of a person today." That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in everything that I do; in the way that I speak with and treat my husband, the way that I teach my students, and even in the way I buy groceries at the check out counter. I try to do what Jesus Christ would do if He were in my shoes. Many times, it is hard! However I have found that my life is much happier and I am at peace when I follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which in turn, are the true teachings of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, God. I make it a goal to read my scriptures every day, one section on my own, and a second section with my husband. We also follow the same pattern with our prayers. As I do these simple, yet powerful things on my own, I feel so much closer to my Father in heaven and I can feel of His unconditional love for me. Reading the scriptures and praying together as a couple has strengthened our marriage in ways that I can hardly express. I believe that because we strive to follow the commandments and are both trying to be our best, we have been blessed with uncharacteristic patience, humility and sincere forgiveness, which has tightened our bonds to each other and to God.

What are Mormon temples used for?

In one short answer, our temples are used to help every single one of God's children to return back to Him in heaven after we die. Here's the longer answer. We believe that in order to return to live with our Heavenly Father again, we must make certain promises and we must be clean and pure. This happens by participating in ordinances such as baptism and binding families together for eternity. The most sincere and deepest of covenants (promises) can only be made in the temple. Temples are a place where you can be in God's presence. It is His Holy House. Those who are found worthy can enter and make those important covenants, and when they keep them everyday, they are endowed with extra blessings and power from our Heavenly Father. We believe these covenants are essential for salvation, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to make them. That is why we also strive to perform all the essential ordinances for even those of God's children who have died without getting the chance to do it themselves. Show more Show less