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 Lee Salazar

I love Spanish! I want to work in healthcare! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I've been in college for four years now and it's been a great experience! Before coming to school, I served a mission in Central Mexico. My dad's whole side of the family comes from Lima, Peru and growing up I never learned Spanish so I couldn't talk to them. On my mission I finally learned Spanish and coming home and being able to communicate was so cool! I love Spanish so much that I decided to change my major to Spanish Translation. Healthcare is another passion of mine. I'm excited to keep studying and eventually go into administration. I was married recently in the summer of 2015 to the girl of my dreams! People often ask me how I'm liking the marriage life. I recommend it! I have never been so happy in my whole life!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church has been such a blessing to me in my life and blessed me with a beautiful outlook on life. Even though my parents are divorced, we have financial problems, and I have had other trials in my life that I easily could have let affect me negatively, over time I've been able to learn from and move past those trials and be very very happy. I love my family. Spending time with them is always a blast. I've learned so much from them, especially my younger brother. My brother is autistic and very low functioning. Sometimes he jumps and makes really loud noises and that can be embarrassing, but I really try to not let it bother me. I know he is a special child of God and that he was sent to our family for a reason. He has helped me become a more patient and friendly person. I know that true happiness comes through our family relationships. I am married a wonderful girl who I love so dearly. She makes me want to be the best man I can be! We have a lot of stressful circumstances like most young married couples do, but knowing that we can overcome the trials of this world with Christ empowers us and helps us get by. I'm especially grateful that we have the blessing of living prophets and apostles who Christ uses to guide and direct His church. I know that they are truly His servants and have been blessed by living their teachings. (If you're curious about learning more about them and would like to see short clips of their teachings, click here: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/april-2015-general-conference-highlights?lang=eng) I know that everything good in my life comes from Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Even though life's challenges might make others think the opposite, I know They live and love me unconditionally.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a daily basis! It may seem really basic, but the true essentials of living our faith really boil down to daily prayer and gospel study and attending our Sunday meetings. Studying the gospel helps me keep a great perspective on what's really important in life. It helps me realize how much God loves His children and how following Christ leads to true happiness. Prayer helps me feel at peace with my Heavenly Father. Being able to speak with Him to express gratitude, repent, and ask for strength and blessings is a miracle to me. Going to church every Sunday is easily one of the highlights of my week. I feel like my "spiritual batteries" get a great charge and I feel a lot of motivation to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ. One of my responsibilities as a member of the Church is to visit different members of the ward as a "home teacher". This means I have the assignment to go visit them and teach them at least once a month and keep in touch with them to make sure they're doing alright and see if I can help with anything. I love it! I really feel like an emissary of the Lord when I do that, because I truly believe that is what He would do. I also help out with the community service organization at my university as one of the vice presidents. I once heard it said that "The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people.” Giving service to others helps me feel close to God. I feel the love He has for me and for His children.