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 Kalie

I'm a student that loves to travel, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the third of four children, and we call Wisconsin home. I am currently studying microbiology at Brigham Young University. With this, I am planning on going to medical school, but once I get certified, I want to volunteer throughout the world on humanitarian medical relief programs. I love golfing, hiking, fall campfires, and peanut butter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the church, but I didn't always feel like I belonged. I just went through the motions and showed up because my parents brought me. However, when I started to actually apply what I was being taught and to truly desire to learn for myself, I was blessed with a confirmation of its truthfulness. I had to go through a time where I let go of my doubt and my fear and admit to myself that I only ever found my true happiness when I living in accordance with the Spirit and the commandments of God. This church and this gospel has given me meaning to my life. I have been able to gain an eternal perspective which enables me to take a step back and find peace it God's promises. Heavenly Father's plan has given me peace and joy once again. I have found solace in the powerful institutions and environment in which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings. As I took the steps to learn for myself, I have received my own testimony in the truthfulness of the restored gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is true through sincere prayer, daily scripture study, and obedience to the commandments. I have seen the power that this knowledge brings, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Growing up in a small, country town, I have been blessed with getting to personally share my faith in the gospel through small and simple ways. For almost all of the people in my town, I (or my family) was the the only connection any of them had with the church. I actively participated in service organizations and opportunities in my own ward but also the my community. By living the attributes of Christ and being that example of actively trying to follow God's commandments, I have been blessed with a greater understanding and love for the gospel. Because I had to chose for myself what I truly believed, it strengthened my testimony and helped me truly want to live righteously. In church, I am the visiting teaching supervisor. I love being able to take part in the joy and friendship that is created by the program. By having this opportunity to truly have a specific person in mind, I have been blessed with a greater love and appreciation for my fellow men. By creating and being a part of these ties and social connections, it makes it easier and more enjoyable to feel like you are a part of the ward/branch and truly belong.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Kalie
The only explanation that I find is that this church is truly the church of God. The beginning of the restoration of the church brought great difficulty and trials to its foundational members. Everywhere where they went, they received great persecution, and at one point there was even an extermination order set against them. It is hard to believe that anyone would go through these hardships willingly let alone with continual faith in their purpose. However because of these trials, the pioneers (both past and present) have been able to receive a witness for themselves of the importance of the gospel. No other organization has received such persecution and continued to thrive against all secular odds. God truly had a hand in the upbringing of this church. In our days, people have been born witness to by the Holy Ghost to the truthfulness of the Church. The growth that is happening is because of the power it has. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the power and authority from God, and people can feel that. They are pulled towards their Heavenly Father, and they are able to find Him in every aspect this Church has. The Church is the fastest growing religion on the planet because it is true. Everyone is encouraged to learn for themselves and they are able to receive that witness when they ask with a sincere heart and real intent. 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.

Kalie
The original 12 Apostles were called of God to help Jesus Christ share and proclaim his gospel. Likewise, we also need them now to help share and proclaim his gospel. Christ alone, and the prophet alone, is not able to do everything necessary to help the people of the church. The apostles also help council and bare testimony of the truthfulness of the words of the prophet and therefore God. When we have more than one witness, the power of the words are intensified and receive an even deeper authority. The modern day apostles bring power and authority as they back the prophet and his revelation. They also are able to receive revelation and guidance for the people they are responsible for. They have their own duties and responsibilities that helps the church function and flourish. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kalie
When we strive to learn for ourselves what is true and what is not, we will receive a testimony regarding those principles. A testimony is that personal witness that allows you to have that "gut feeling" or "understanding of conscience" that there is truth in what you are being taught. A testimony can come in different ways to each person. Some may feel a burning sensation in their heart, some may receive a peaceful feeling, some my physically hear or see manifestations, or some may have none of the above. Each person learns in their own way, so the way that the Spirit speaks to you will be according to your own needs and understanding. Try to learn how the spirit speaks to you, so that you may be able to recognize its influences in your testimony. Show more Show less