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 Jacob

I've grown up in Northern Nevada and Southern Idaho. I love music and stories, and my family most of all. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently nineteen years old, and about to go on a mission. I've lived such a blessed life, with two amazing parents and three younger siblings. I sing bass, play percussion, and enjoy any good beat. I'm also a huge reader, and have been for as long as I can remember- I have a penchant for Orson Scott Card, and C. S. Lewis's 'Screwtape Letters'. I play Dungeons and Dragons, and have played every major Legend of Zelda game. After my mission, I plan to head to college for a chemistry degree- probably going to a master's degree or higher.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church, and have never gone through a period where I doubted its truth. However, there have been many times in my life when I have felt despair or confusion as I have sought to obey God's word. At those times, when I have sought for God's love, the peace I find is unlimited, and the caring love of my Savior has washed over me. I testify that this Church is true- I have found greater peace in the gospel than in any other idea or message from the world. As I strive to obey Jesus Christ and follow in His path, I find strength to not only do what I must but also to enjoy life, and to fill my life with good things. I am so glad to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've had many different opportunities to serve within the Church- whether serving other members, or serving the community. I especially loved the opportunities I had as a youth to help at a nursing home, where each Sunday we would hold a service for those members who lived there. As I helped administer to these elders, I was continually blessed by both the spirit they had with them and their own testimonies. I've also had the chance to help organize meetings of my peer groups, both for Boy Scouts meetings and for Young Men/Young Women activities. Its great to be able to meet with these people- no matter where you are in the Church, there is a huge number of people willing to welcome you in and help you in what ways they can. Also, I've been able to work in our Family History department. The FamilySearch program is one of the most powerful resources in the world for finding out more about your ancestors. Many times, I helped introduce this program to others, and each time it was beautiful to see these people's faces light up as they realized how much information is there about their own family- and how easy it is to find these things.