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Hi I'm Hilary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Hilary and I live in California. I grew up taking dance classes and playing the trumpet. When I was young I thought I wanted to be a doctor, but in college changed my mind and instead graduated with a degree in music. I am now married and a mother. I love being a mother and how it has made me a much stronger, more confident woman.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home with wonderful parents. Religion was never part of our lives. In fact, the general feeling in my home was one of skepticism of organized religion and the notion of God in general. I remember thinking when I was young that I didn't understand how people could base their life on a "book" (meaning the Bible). But as I grew up and especially in my late teenage years I started to feel that something was missing from my life. My life was great; I loved school, had friends, got to travel with various musical groups I was in - but something was missing. At the time, I was dating a young man who was a member of the church. I had been drawn to him because of how he stood out from the rest of the people I knew at school. He was extremely honest, hardworking, kind, generous and positive. There was also something about his family that felt different - spending time all together was a priority to them and they genuinely seemed to enjoy each others company. One day he invited me to come over when he was to be ordained an Elder in the Melchizedek priesthood by his father (something that most young men in the church receive when they are about 18 years old). I vividly remember sitting and listening as he was ordained and feeling overcome with this warm, comforting, peaceful feeling. I didn't know it at the time, but I was feeling the spirit, and it felt like nothing else I had ever felt, and yet it felt warm and familiar. I waited until my boyfriend went away to college to start going to church. I went by myself and remember walking into the chapel and having that same warm, peaceful, familiar feeling again. I met with the missionaries for a few months and began reading out of the Book of Mormon and the Bible. It is hard to put spiritual feelings into words, but I felt that there was power and truth in what I was learning. I felt like I had finally found what I had been missing in my life. I felt like I was discovering that there is a God, that He knows us personally, loves us and wants us to have joy here and on through the eternities.I felt the Savior's love for me, and a hope that I could live in a way that would bring me that joy that He wanted for me. I eventually decided to be baptized and how I cherish that decision! I didn't fully realize it that day, but my life was forever changed for the better that day. There were and still are many challenges in my life. But as I have slowly and steadily worked on developing a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, I have experienced greater joy than I have ever felt before. I have so many flaws and imperfections, but the gospel of Christ has taught me that it is never too late to change. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. I know that the Atonement is real, and that partaking of it brings us the greatest joy and peace we can know. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are words of God and that by studying them, we can develop a deeper relationship with the Savior, because they testify of Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that through him the Lord restored the fullness of His gospel to the earth. I know that we have a living prophet today, who loves us and guides us.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in many ways over the years. For the past 3 years I have been called to work with the young woman in our area. I am continuously amazed with the strength of these young people. They have such a desire to live good lives and make a positive impact on the world. They are faced with many challenges and temptations, but so often meet them with hope, determination and faith. I joined the church when I was 17 years old and remember the uncertainty and confusion that I felt in my teenage years. But the peace and hope that I found in the gospel of Christ has forever changed my life for the better. I love watching these young women choose to try to follow the Savior and feel the peace and joy that comes from doing so.

What is being a Mormon like?

Hilary
It is wonderful! It is empowering and inspiring to be a part of a world-wide church and know that almost anywhere you go in the world you can find a congregation of people who have the same beliefs and standards as you do. Whenever my husband and I have moved to a new city, we feel like we have an instant 'family' and support system. There is a special unity that exists in a group of people who are trying to follow the Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Hilary
We do this for the same reason that we have missionaries. We believe that the Lord wants all of his children to have the opportunity to return to live with Him again. We believe that baptism is a necessary ordinance to do that. So, in his infinite mercy, the Lord has provided a way by which we can extend the opportunity of baptism to everyone who has ever lived. We do family history work to try to identify all those who have lived before us. If they have not been baptized, we do proxy baptisms on their behalf. Those people, who have already passed away, then have the opportunity to choose to accept that baptism. It is not forced upon them, but given to them as a choice. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Hilary
We proselyte because we believe that the fullness of the gospel has been restored to the earth and we experience great joy and peace in our lives because of it. We want to give everyone the opportunity to feel that same joy and peace. Show more Show less