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 Aaron

From Utah to Missouri to Nevada, and now headed to Brazil to serve a mission. I love the Gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah as the youngest of five kids. When I was ten, my grandparents died and my family moved to Missouri. Although I tend to keep to myself, I've always enjoyed being a part of highly-participatory teams, groups, and clubs. I've played soccer for most of my life, I was on my high school's debate squad, and I was actively involved in various other academic organizations and service-oriented clubs throughout my school career. During my senior year of high school I planned on graduating, then heading to college for a semester or two. My plans were changed, however, when none of the colleges I applied to accepted me. Fortunately I had a backup plan to work and save up as much money as possible before turning heading out on a mission. I received my mission call on November 1st, 2014, and I have since been preparing myself to the best of my ability to serve the Lord and the people of Brazil over the next couple of years.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my entire life, but it would be wrong to assume that I am a Mormon simply because I was raised in the Church. If I had not received numerous witnesses as to the validity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the doctrine it teaches, I wouldn't still be attending this Church. However, I have studied and prayed and participated and prayed and grown and prayed and put the doctrine to the test. Again and again I have received the answer that this Church is true and that I need to participate in it fully. I am also able to recognize the contrast between the qualities of the lives of those who actively participate in the Gospel and those who reject it. When people live the Gospel, I see a light emanating from them, based on a happiness rooted in obedience to God's will. On the contrary, I can see a type of emptiness in those who reject the Gospel. This difference is a testament to me that God's laws and the blessings of following them are real.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a "lazy river" kind of church. In other words, you can't just sit back, go with the flow, and hope to be saved in the end. A true believer in Christ would recognize that it was never meant to be that easy: "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24), and even more simply, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). I don't mention this to flaunt how I live my faith, but rather show how I try to live my faith. I try to think of what Jesus would do if he were in my place, and though I often fall short, I feel a sense of reassurance and approval when I do the right thing. This means that I can't allow myself to just attend church on Sunday and call it good for the week. I study scriptures daily; I do family history work; I visit the sick and the elderly; and I serve those who are in need. I do all of these things, not to be praised by man or to cross items off of some secret checklist, but to gain peace and happiness from the knowledge that my Father in Heaven approves of my actions and to help those around me develop greater testimonies and stronger personal connections with Heavenly Father in Jesus Christ.