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 Mitchell Williams

I was born in Provo. Lived in Spanish Fork until I was around 7. Then I lived in Riverton until my mission.

About Me

I enjoy computer programming, music, and reading. I am the 3rd kid out of 4 in my family, I have 2 older sisters and 1 younger brother. I am serving my mission in North Carolina and after I finish I will be going to college to complete my education and then get into the computer programming industry.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky to be born into a family that already was in the gospel, but I had to find my own testimony of the church being true. I do believe in Jesus and in Heavenly Father. I believe in the Book of Mormon being the word of God and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I also believe that President Russell M. Nelson, is the chosen and ordained Prophet of God today.

How I live my faith

I try to be at any activity where we are doing service. I also try to read and study my scriptures daily. I have left my family and friends along with worldly things back at home for 2 years as I go out on my voluntary mission to help others receive the same blessings of the restored gospel that I have.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Mitchell Williams
Becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons as we are often referred to, is a simple process. As you learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you may feel the comfort, warmth, and happiness that comes from the Holy Ghost which is confirming to you that what you are learning is true. After you gain that initial desire, you will be ready to obey God's commandments and to participate in a series of discussions where you will learn more of the basic principles of His gospel. Then, you will be able to receive the most Sacred ordinance of baptism by immersion which will be done through those who have received the authority from God to do so. Through baptism we receive a remission of our sins. After baptism, those with the authority will lay their hands upon your head and confirm you a member of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then give you a blessing that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The gift of the Holy Ghost will enable you to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost with you at all times. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mitchell Williams
Though it is a regular and common occurrence to serve a mission, it is not required. Many Latter Day Saint members will leave on their missions when they are 18 or 19 and serve for a period of around 2 years and then return home. It is a voluntary service and is done workout pay. There are also senior missionaries who are retired men, woman, and retired couples. Missionaries serve around the world, and serve where they are directed to my the Church. Missionaries are official representatives of the Church. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mitchell Williams
The term "Mormon" is a nickname of members of The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was organized in 1830. As of 2018 the Chruch worldwide has a membership of approximately 16 million people. The Church headquarters are located in Salt Lake City Utah. Mormons believe in the Bible and teachings of Jesus received by modern-day Apostles and Prophets. Mormons believe that their church is the same as the chruch originally established by Jesus when he was on the Earth. The name "Mormon" comes from the Book of Mormon, which is an ancient scripture revealed to and recorded by Prophets in the Americas during the same time that the Bible was being written in the Old World. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mitchell Williams
Mormons read, study, ponder, and pray over the Bible and the wonderful records which it contains. We have a strong faith in the Bible and it's teachings. We hope to follow the examples of Jesus and the Prophets. We also hope to learn from the powerful testimonies, stories, and sermons which are recorded in the Bible. We believe the Bible to be the Word of God and that it came from the writings of Holy men who were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Through that same process we have additional Holy Scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which supports the Bible as the word of God. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Mitchell Williams
The Book of Mormon is an additional witness that Jesus Christ really lived and that he was the Only Begotten Son of God. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of ancient Prophets. One of these prophets, named Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. which is around the same time as the Prophet Jeremiah who wrote a portion of the Bible. Lehi was commanded of God to take his family and a few others to the land that late became the American Continent. Once there they became a great nation. Prophets continued to be called of God among these people. These Prophets made writings of a history of their people along with writings of their own testimony and experiences with God. The Book of Mormon is a collection of these writings compiled by the one of the last of these Prophets named Mormon. These Prophets knew about Heavenly Father's plan for His children and the Mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared unto them after His resurrection, taught them His gospel, and formed His Chruch among them. The Book of Mormon contains Jesus Christ's teachings and records His love for all of us. The Book of Mormon supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon promises in Moroni 10:4 that those who read it, ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and prays about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Mitchell Williams
The reason why we as Mormons preform baptisms for the dead through proxy is because of the teachings of Jesus Christ that baptism is essential to the salvation of all those who have lived on the Earth. Many have died without receiving the ordinance of baptism. Others were baptized without the proper authority of God. Because of God's mercy, He has prepared a way for all of His children to receive the blessings of baptism. Through proxy baptism, we as members of the Chruch are able to offer the blessing of baptism to our deceased ancestors. These individuals in the next life are then able to chose whether or not to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mitchell Williams
Missionaries share the message of Jesus Christ and of the wonderful Gospel which he has brought to the Earth. They also share of His Atonement for all people. They teach of the Plan which was made by our Heavenly Father for our salvation and how we can follow this plan to return to Him. Missionaries may, as prompted by spirit, invite you to do things to repent of your sins and come closer unto God. They may also as you to be baptized and receive of the wonderful gift of a remission of your sins. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Mitchell Williams
Jesus Christ is the one who really leads this chruch. The Living Prophet on the Earth is called and ordained of God. The Prophet is guided by the Lord Jesus Christ on how the Church should be guided. After the death of Joseph Smith, the President of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, Brigham Young was sustained as the Presiding Prophet of the Church. After his death, the next senior Apostle became the Presiding Prophet. This is the pattern by which the Lord has organized His church and its line of succession should be going forward. He puts those who he chooses in the place to be the Prophet when he calls them to be. the current Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, is the sustained presiding Prophet, Seer, and Revelator in our time. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Mitchell Williams
In the New Testiment, it is recorded that after Jesus established his 12 apostles that it was then to continue on. In Acts Chapter 1, the Apostles under the direction of Peter choose Matthias as the new Apostle to replace Judas, there stating that that quorum of the 12 was intended to continue. Paul, an author of a number of books which are contained in the New Testiment, was also a chosen apostle. Paul indicates that the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and Prophets (Ephesians 2:19-20) and describes their functions to continue "Till we all come in the unity of the faith” (Ephesians 4:11-14). Show more Show less