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 Reed

I grew up in Salt Lake City, served a mission, married and then spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Church is only part of my life. I enjoy woodworking, especially building Pinewood Derby cars with Cub scouts and their parents. My Mother taught me to play piano, I've played in jazz clubs and churches. I'm a divorced Dad of three kids and I remarried ten years ago. After retiring from the Air Force, I got a job with the government. Now I'm attending on-line college while working full-time. Life gets busy, but my belief in God give me comfort and a solid foundation.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the LDS church, I had to make personal decisions about following the Savior. For much of my early life, I just followed what others around me did, or what my parents and leaders told me to do. Later in my teens, several friends starting experimenting with breaking commandments, rules and laws. I had to decide what I would do. My decisions at that time to obey commandments changed the rest of my life. I seriously studied the scriptures, read the Book of Mormon, prayed. I discovered my true beliefs and feelings. Not that I've been perfect, without temptation or without difficult trials in my life, but my testimony of the Savior carries me through the storms of life.

How I live my faith

I enjoy helping others. My duties in the church give me opportunities to develop skills and talents. I've been the organist or pianist in many different LDS congregations while stationed with the Air Force. My current callings bring me into contact with other community leaders and I help foster positive relations throughout our town. I also teach scouting skills to new scouts. It's wonderful to see them learn the time-honored skills that Scouting passes on. I spent several summers as a teenager working at Scout camps, so now it's coming around again to teach. It represents an awesome responsibility to teach these young men.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

They're nice. Mormon church services are not the same as many others. The main meeting is called Sacrament Meeting. It's main feature is the administration of the sacrament to the congregation. This happens after an opening hymn, prayer, any business that needs to be brought before the congregation, and then a hymn selected especially for the sacrament, and then the sacrament (bread then water) is blessed and distributed to those present. Then there are usually 2-4 talks given by other members of the congregation. Show more Show less