What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Warren

I'm a Japanese Translator, an Eccentric Aviator, and a Mormon.

About Me

Sometimes people in my little New England town of Durham, New Hampshire, tell me that I am not entirely "normal." I guess in some ways they are right: I have an unusual job (I translate patents from Japanese into English); I enjoy unusual hobbies (I like to fly around in a little home-built flying machine); I play unusual musical instruments (the bagpipe and the bodhran); and I have been fortunate enough to have had some "unusual" educational opportunities (with a doctorate from the Harvard Business School). On the other hand, in most ways I'm just a regular guy: I've been married to my college sweetheart for more than 30 years; I worry about my children (despite the fact that they are all grown up); I have a bad habit of griping about my job; I struggle to get enough exercise to control my weight; I sometimes spend too much time playing Minecraft with my kids and my wife; I enjoy nothing more than playing with my two-year-old grandson; and sometimes I take my politics far too seriously.

Why I am a Mormon

On the other hand, often my mind turns to weightier matters. Given my degree in physics and my doctoral research, I like to think that I am a pretty rational guy, even a careful academic. It is because of this that, despite having been raised in the Mormon Church (a great-great-grandson of the brother of the founder, actually), as an academic, I felt it very important to examine Mormon teachings and beliefs critically. What could be more worthy of careful research and consideration than questions regarding how many of the things taught by my parents, or believed by "religionists," are actually true? Years of careful, earnest study and research -- reading scriptures, studying teachings of various Christian and non-Christian churches, deep explorations of literature on cognitive psychology, discussions with skeptics and believers of many faiths, and (most importantly) experimenting with applications of the teachings (prayer, fasting, and service) -- have led me to several sure, unequivocal conclusions: Jesus in my Lord and Savior; the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of the God; Joseph Smith was a prophet of God; and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church upon the Earth. As a naturally rebellious and willful person, to some degree I came by these conclusions reluctantly, but the experimental evidence is overwhelming, and the implication is as comforting as it is profound -- God knows me and loves me personally, and, as the Creator of the Universe, God has designed all things that we, His children, can achieve ultimate and enduring joy, if we only learn and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. While in many ways I am still just a regular guy (despite being kind of usual in some ways), I have learned to rely on God in my life, to literally count on miracles, and seldom am I disappointed. I am able to structure my life on the sure foundation provided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Because I am convinced that the only path to true and lasting happiness is through knowing and following God's perfect truth, nothing brings me greater joy than to share God's truths with others. This is why every week I teach a Sunday School class designed for people who are curious about what "Mormons" believe, and for people who have recently joined the church. If you live in the seacoast New Hampshire area, I would be happy if you dropped in on my class, even if you are only casually curious.