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Hi I'm Craig Phelps

Return missionary...Avid Singer...Disciple of Jesus Christ!

About Me

I just recently returned from a mission in Tampa, Florida. It was the greatest decision I ever made. I didn’t leave on my mission until the age of twenty one. I am so grateful that I made the necessary changes in my life to serve the Lord. I will be attending BYU-Idaho with the intent of going into the nursing program. My end goal is to become a CRNA (nurse anesthetist). I had the opportunity of being able to go to a community college in my home town of Mountain View, California right in the middle of Silicon Valley. I grew up a member of the church but didn’t truly gain my own testimony until later in life. I now know the path that God wants me to be on and I am doing my best to follow his footsteps.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very blessed to have been raised in the Mormon faith. Even if I didn't have to this day a testimony of the truthfulness of the teachings of the church I am so blessed to have been raised by parents who brought me up with the guidelines of the gospel. I felt for a large majority of my life that all of the "rules" were there to just get me to do what I was asked to do but as I have started to develop my own testimony I have found that by following these commandments, I have become happier than ever before. When I was inactive, I did things that I thought at the time where fun and allowed me to finally fit in and have a good time. As time went on however, I felt a lack of something in my life. The happiness that I felt was not full or complete. There came a point in my life after high-school and stumbling through community college that I realized that I want to change. I knew that the gospel could bring me happiness because I had felt it before even if I didn't realize it at the time. Sure I still had my questions and my concerns but they joy that I felt as a result of living the gospel far outweighed my concerns. I still struggle with questions, but as I read and pray more the questions slowly get answered for me in ways that I never thought they would. It is never some big flashy sign but it enough for me to know that these things are true. To answer the question more directly of Why I am Mormon though, I will say this. I am Mormon because I have seen the happiness that is felt through living the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have seen amazing changes in people for the bettering of their lives. I have felt the Spirit when reading the teachings of The Book of Mormon and felt a peace when listening to our modern day prophets. I have recognized the love of God when I follow his commandments, and have seen my love for others grow as a result of my actions. I was born a Mormon but I was not truly converted until I sought after the answers for myself.

How I live my faith

Sharing the gospel for two years has given me a greater perspective and understanding of Gods purpose and plan for me. I decide to actively strive to share the gospel and uplift those around me. I love service and the joy that I feel as I am able to turn outward as the Savior did. Most importantly I continue to live the gospel in simple ways through daily scripture study and prayer. I know that it is through these things that my faith in Jesus Christ will grow.