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 Emily

I live in Southern Utah and I am a university student at Dixie State. I love live theatre and acting. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but my family moved around a lot, so I like to say that I'm from Utah rather than a specific city. I have one brother and one sister, both younger than me. We are a tight knight family. I am also very close to my grandparents. They are good people who are a great influence in my life. Right now, I am studying Theatre Education with a minor in English. When I graduate, I'm going to be a high school theatre/ English teacher. This last year though, I have had to opportunity to work in a nursing home. I have loved working with the sick and elderly. My life has been truly blessed through my service to these wonderful people. Because of this experience, I have been thinking about going into nursing instead of education. Besides school, I love to read. I tend to read anything I can get my hands on. I also sew and quilt. I find a lot of satisfaction from creating something with my hands. I am single and not quite ready to be in any sort of committed relationship yet. I am preparing to serve a full- time eighteen month mission for the Mormon church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, so the simple answer to the question, "Why are you a Mormon?" would be to because I have always been a Mormon. Life is rarely this simple though. Being a Mormon is a complex state of being. It is not an action. Yes, action is often required of me to live my religion to the fullest extent, but the entirety of this religion is not able to be contained in a simple action. I came to a realization a few years ago that I could easily get out.I believed in the church and I knew the Book of Mormon to be a correct book. Sometimes, though, the commandments can be difficult to follow. At times, I was very tempted to get a tattoo, or pierce my eyebrow, or just settle down with a glass of wine at night. I realized that I could easily stop going to church. I could start drinking coffee, get a tattoo, and wear far more revealing clothes. I was at a point where this transition would be very easy. I contemplated it for a long time. In the meantime, I continued going to church and following the commandments. I didn't want to make a commitment to anything until I had made my choice-- church or not? After completing reading the Book of Mormon, I fulfilled the ancient prophet Moroni's promise to anyone who read the book. I prayed and asked the Lord if the things I read were true. As promised, I received a beautiful confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true. I also was blessed to hear that the Lord loves me and desires for me to follow His commandments. I have stayed a faithful member of the Mormon church because I believe these confirmations and messages came from a divine being (the holy spirit) and there is no other way I could live my life, knowing this truth. God is real and He loves me and desires for me to return to His presence. The only way I can accomplish this is to follow his commandments and live as a faithful member of His church.

How I live my faith

I do not currently have a calling within my ward. I was called to be a primary teacher a few months ago, but I was released when I received my mission call. I have had to great fortune to be surrounded with many LDS people growing up, so until I got my first job I never had to live my faith out loud. Don't misinterpret me-- I have always lived my the standards of the Mormon church, but I hadn't been surrounded by people who did not until I started working. Suddenly, I was in close quarters with people who did not share my core values. They are good people, and I have since developed close relationships with many of them. The first time I had occasion to pause and proclaim my faith is when I was offered a coffee by a co-worker. I politely declined, and she asked me how I could get through the rest of a long shift without a coffee to pick me up. I replied by stating that I am a Mormon and that we don't drink coffee. She proceeded to tell me about how she was baptized into the church as a young woman and had a temple marriage for many years. She left the church later because her husband was unfaithful, and she no longer felt welcome because of his actions. After this, my co-workers always made sure to offer me a hot chocolate or decaf herbal tea. To me, this is the greatest show of how I live my faith. I live the commandments I believe in to such an extent that the people I surround myself with recognize my desire to be obedient and protect me so that I don't break the commandments.