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Hi I'm Tanya

I grew up in England. I was baptized at age 26 in 2013. I am a mum, a wife, and a MORMON! I know it! I live it! I totally LOVE it!

About Me

I am not your typical Mormon. I grew up in a "broken home"... My mother and father divorced when I was four, and my sisters and I, and my mother, ended up in a homeless shelter. We did not see our dad more than once a year after that. My mother was Muslim, much like the rest of my family. We did not practice the religion, in fact the only time I ever heard prayer was when somebody died or the VERY seldom prayer before dinner. As a result I was not religious, and did not count myself as a Muslim. I was the perfect child (my mum might say different), respectful of my elders, good at everything. I played basketball, I was head prefect at school, sailed through my classes, had great friends... When I was in college I became pregnant. It was a huge surprise and downright shameful in my family. I was the first and only, actually, to have a baby out of wedlock. I was only 17 and had to leave home. When my son was born, it was as if everything fell in to place. I felt that my only reason for being on Earth was to be a mother. I struggled financially, and did not have much family support, especially during my pregnancy. I felt that it was my son and I against the world. When I met my husband in 2011, he introduced us to the Church. He was inactive at the time but had this huge passion for the Gospel. I did not understand it but was intrigued. I'd never met anyone like him before. I wanted to know what it was that made him so kind, generous, humble, as close to perfect as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

The first time I visited Church was in London in January 2012. I walked in and nothing but smiles greeted me! The Bishop's wife came right up and gave me a hug. The Gospel Principles teacher took my son and I over to where he had his stuff, sat with us during sacrament, helped us with the Hymn book which I had never held. That Sunday just happened to be Testimony meeting and an American woman stood up and bore her testimony through tears and smiles. That was the first time I had cried in about ten years. I did not even cry when my father died in 2004. I did not question whether the Church was true, certainly not after my first visit... The missionaries visited my son and I, taught us so much, three days a week after that. They were bright lights in my world. I love them dearly. I have felt the Lord's hand in my life numerous times! Most recently when my husband, son and I were able to visit the Temple. Just days before that, I suffered a miscarriage. I say "suffered" because it was traumatic at the time, but I do not believe that event had carried out to do me or my family any harm. We have grown stronger because of it, more determined to have a larger family. I have never felt the comfort and warmth of the Holy Ghost as strongly as I did the day that it happened. The more I delve in to the Church the more I wish others would investigate it, my sisters and mother in particular. They are astounded at how happy I am and sometimes ask questions about our Faith. I know it is hard for people to let go of everything they know and research something new. It calls your entire life in to question and the older you grow the harder that becomes. I know it, trust me, I have been there! However, I know that no matter what happens I have my Faith and my Faith is magnanimous! Happiness can be achieved in so many ways but true happiness, genuine, palpable, is only achieved through the Church! A bold statement, but a true one nonetheless. I love you all, all who read this. x

How I live my faith

I was baptized on Sept 14th 2013. I cannot begin to describe the happiness, the peace, the joy, the love in our home. The overwhelming feeling of gratitude towards heavenly father for the life that I have. I strive to do better everyday as a wife and mother. I try to read scriptures every day. Recently I started reading the Old Testament. I am very conscious of the way I treat others. I have always been a kind, sensitive person, or at least I've tried to be, but just going to Church every Sunday and seeing such wonderful families and the way they interact with one another reinforces my desire to do better. In our Church we have something called 'callings', which you may have heard of??? My first calling was to serve as a Primary Teacher. I thought it was crazy because I barely knew anything myself, but it turned out to be just what I needed. I was able to study the lessons and arrive on Sunday's over prepared, and full of enthusiasm to teach what I had learned! My second calling was to be a Den Leader/cub scout leader. It has almost been a year since, and I love these boys, and am not afraid to admit that I get super sad when they move on up to Bear's! I pray as often as I can, and recognize Heavenly Father's hand in my life. I thank him with every opportunity, and I do it sincerely. Recent events have taught me to be humble, and I do believe my testimony of prayer has grown beyond what it was. Heavenly Father knows what we need, and he gives us what we need. My testimony of him, of Jesus Christ and of the restored gospel grows with every passing Sunday when I am fortunate enough to go with my family to Church. I think of Jesus Christ when I am happy, when I am sad, when I feel lonely, when things seem just a little too difficult and I am comforted to know that whatever happens Heavenly Father Loves Me More Than I Love Myself. I Am His Child, And He Wants Me To Be Happy. I trust him, and have an inordinate amount of Faith in him as my father. And my King.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Tanya
Family is the foundation upon which the world is built. The first family, Adam and Eve, were commanded to "go forth and multiply". There are many spirits in Heaven just waiting to come to Earth. Heavenly father has a family. He wants us to be like him. He wants us to marry and in the bonds of matrimony: to have children, to teach them about the gospel, to teach them righteousness. Family is where we find the truest happiness, and where we find the highest love. Show more Show less