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 Emily

I'm from Texas. I love to run and be in the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pre-med student studying biology. I love to run, hike, and be outdoors. I'm obsessed with red-velvet ice-cream, pugs, and The Office. I'm currently training for my first half-marathon.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I moved around seventeen times to various places around the country. At first, I wasn't sure how to fit in around kids who seemed to have been grouped together as friends since elementary school. The church provided me relief in each of the places I lived, as it always proved to be a constant in my life- the gospel is the same no matter which building you attend, and everyone who is apart of the church worldwide strives to uphold the same values. Also, as one of the only members in most of the new schools I attended, I was able to share my faith with those around me. While some of my classmates were not the most understanding of my beliefs, I found that many of the people I talked to were interested in learning more of what I had accepted as common belief because I grew up with parents who were already members of the church. Sharing my testimony of the gospel not only helped others around me learn about the LDS church, but made me more firm in my beliefs. I also discovered that whenever I felt lonely living in a new place, I could always talk to my Heavenly Father. The consistency of the gospel has provided an outlet for me, and I know I can rely on it no matter where I may be.

How I live my faith

Throughout high school, I was always involved with leadership roles within our youth groups. Through these positions, I was able to learn more about serving the community around me, while also getting to know many kids my age who hold similar beliefs as me who I otherwise would probably have not gotten to meet. Through a program called "personal progress", I was able to develop different attributes (faith, knowledge, individual worth, choice and accountability, divine nature, integrity, and virtue) through different assigned experiences or by a value project that I drafted in order to strengthen the attribute in myself. In order to develop the value of knowledge, I decided to meet with people of different professions in order to see what I could potentially be interested in doing for a career. The church also outlined several smaller tasks I could preform in order to strengthen both my worldly knowledge and spiritual knowledge. Through the completion of the personal progress program, I feel as though I grew closer to my Savior, and to others I worked with.