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 Rhonda

I met my husband in Rome Italy. I have 6 beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small Mormon town in Wyo. I remember my teacher telling us what the percentage of Mormons were compared to the rest of the world. She did a pie diagram and there was this tiny sliver in this huge circle. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know anyone who wasn’t a Mormon. I remember that I wanted to help find the rest of that pie and tell them about my church. After attending two years of collage I was called to the serve a mission to Italy Rome. I learned life's lessons there and much more. I learned how to put others needs before my own. I learned how to teach. I learned the gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned that trials are for my good and that the Savior knows me in a very personal way. One of the greatest blessings in my life is my family. I married the love of my life. We met in the Eternal City of love, Rome Italy. I have 3 beautiful daughters that are my best friends. My husband came to me one day and told me he wanted twin boys. Wonder of Wonders, I gave birth to twin boys within that year. It was so fun! After the twins we had a sweet bonus baby boy who made it an even team. Three and three! We have a very close-knit and happy family and love to spend time together. I know that eternal families are real because we are not perfect but my family is like heaven on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for two reasons. Number one, I was born and raised a Mormon. I am a fifth generation Mormon. My third great grandfather was one of the first members of the church. He was good friends with Joseph Smith. I was baptized at 8 years old and taught in the ways of the Mormons all my life. But that is not why I am a Mormon. I honestly don't ever remember not believing in my church. But when I was on my mission in Rome Italy I remember thinking, “How can I tell these people I know this church is true if I have not yet received an answer for myself." For the first time in my life I had a serious study of the Book of Mormon. I was serving in the cradle of Catholicism. You can imagine what the Romans thought of a church whose roots were in America and telling them of a 14-year-old boy who saw God and Jesus Christ. For the first time it all sounded pretty unbelievable. I will never forget the day I received an undeniable answer. I was sitting on the bus in Rome, I didn’t see a vision or hear voices, but the spirit whispered to my heart that, YES, THIS BOOK IS FROM GOD, and was NOT written by a man. If the book is true, then Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God. I am not a Mormon just because of one experience on a bus in Rome. That was just a foundation of my ongoing, and ever growing testimony of this Gospel. My third great Aunt Mary Elizabeth Rollins a very famous Mormon pioneer once stood in front of a Cannon that was suppose to exterminate the Mormons and said, “ For where they die, I will die, for I am a full blooded Mormon, and I am not ashamed to own it."

How I live my faith

The first and last thing I do each day is knell down at my bedside and talk to my Father in Heaven. I pray for individuals who I know need prayers. I pray individually for each of my family members. I often keep a pen and paper near me to write down the thoughts or impressions of people I need to visit or things I need to do. I then read my scriptures. I read the Book of Mormon everyday. I start out by asking a question in my scripture journal like, "How can I keep from being offended or giving offense to others. Or what ever is pressing on my mind that day. Then I look for the answer as I read. It is always a miracle to me to see the Lord's hand in my life as he answers my questions each day. It helps build my relationship with him and communicate with him. I know he is always there for me. My days are filled with serving others. Even though we are empty nester's there is always someway to help my family. I visit people in my church and help them with their physical or spiritual needs. I love my church and love to live it each day by serving my family and others and by trying my best to do Gods will.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Rhonda
The Lord was so wise to put us here on earth as families to bless and help each other. But life is harder if we don’t love our family and don’t have that loving support to help you get through it all. Because we are imperfect we fall short of that perfect family member we want to be, whither it be a spouse, child, parent or sibling we all need a little help. Only through the power of our Savior Jesus Christ can we emulate his perfect example. Not that we have to be perfect, but we can look to him as a perfect example. Because Christ took upon himself in the Garden of Gethsemane not only our sins, but also our imperfections, through the atonement, he has the power to bless us to follow his perfect example and become like he is, more loving and patient. Each time we fall short we can go to him and ask for strength to be better next time. That faith will help us become more like he is. I want you to picture a triangle. Jesus Christ is at the top. You are on the bottom and your family member/spouse is at the other end of the triangle. The further away you are from Christ the further away you are from your family. The closer you are to Christ as you come up the triangle, the closer you are to your mate/family member, and the more alike you are. You will become one in Christ with your family members as you come to him. Christ will help us heal from deep family wounds. He will help us forgive and love. Faith in Christ will help us to become a loving family. Show more Show less