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 Ann

I'm an Administrative Assistant, a wife, mom and Nana, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have five children, four of which are grown up and gone. We have two grandsons who live too far from us. Even though we live in Hawaii, we are very close to all our extended family on the US Mainland, and keep in touch through technology.

Why I am a Mormon

The Good News is that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches this gospel, and the programs of the Church give us the opportunity to serve one another in an organized way. My father's ancestors joined the Church in its early years, and many travelled across the United States with the pioneer wagons. My mother is the first to join the Church in her family. She was baptized when I was two years old, so my siblings and I were raised in the Church. I have always been happy and blessed in my life because I try to live the teachings of the Church, which are to live as Christ lived. Love is the centerpiece.

How I live my faith

On the first Sunday of each month, our family, along with members of the Church throughout the world, fast (go without food and water) for two meals. Then, we donate the cost of these meals as "Fast Offerings". These funds are used to help out our neighbors who might be having a hard time. In this way, everyone gives a little bit, but put together it makes a big difference in others' lives. Also, we are taught to pay tithing: 10% of our income. These funds are used to build Temples and chapels throughout the world, and to fund the programs of the church. Tithing doesn't make a lot of sense financially, but the blessings we have received have been amazing. We recognize how much the Lord has blessed us. Paying tithing also helps us prioritize how we spend our money. When the Lord commands us to do something, he always provides a blessing when we obey. Paying tithing and fast offerings brings peace, gratitude, and humilty. I know the Lord loves me, and wants me to be blessed. By learning and living the gospel of Jesus Christ, I show the Lord that I love Him, and accept His blessings.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ann
We have a saying in the Church "Every member a Missionary". While not everyone serves a full-time mission, we are all sharing the gospel by how we live, and how we treat others. Our young men are especially encouraged to serve. Our son was raised knowing that serving a mission was a goal he should aspire for, both to serve the Lord and the Church, and to benefit him as he learned self-reliance, obedience, and self-confidence. He was blessed to serve the Vietnamese people in Southern California. Our daughters have not chosen to serve missions. My husband and I hope to serve a mission once we retire. There are many ways to serve, from proselyting, to reenacting a handcart pioneer experience, to helping out in an employment center. The Lord has blessed us with talents, and we show our love for the Lord by sharing our talents. Show more Show less