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Hi I'm Brett

The Spirit of God like a fire was burning within me. I HAD to bear my testimony.

About Me

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us-it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~~ Marianne Williamson ~~ I am a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

The mother of my children passed away in early 2008. My son, came to me prior to the funeral and asked me to cut my hair for the funeral… …it was shoulder length and I was using drugs and smoking… …I cut my hair and he started picking me up for church… …He and his younger sister were setting the example for me. I'm proud of my children... Their mother passed after a two-year fight with cancer just shortly after her 45th birthday. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her mother lost her fight with cancer. KS was only 17, a Senior in High School with a job afterwards and Saturdays and homework, sings in the church choir, takes part in compassionate service projects as needed, faithfully giving 10% tithing each time she gets paid, PS had just turned 19, helped carry his mother's body to the gravesite, graduated high school with honors, earned his Eagle Scout Award, completed his first year at of college while working two jobs, has accepted the calling as a missionary, accepted the calling to leave his home for two years, accepted the calling to learn the Russian language , accepted the calling to carry the same book that brought his ancestors to America... ...to the Ukraine... ...a place not so far from the homes his ancestors left behind... ...but an eternity away from his... ...and why? Because of the message this book has for all the inhabitants of the Earth... ...Another Testament that Jesus IS The Christ, The Messiah, The Savior of the world, that He IS The Way, The Truth and The Life... that He suffered and died for us... ...me and you... ...the sinners that we are... ...because of the love He has for us... ...and that He rose from the dead a resurrected being with a body of flesh and bone, that He came to ancient America to visit and teach the inhabitants thereof... ...inhabitants that He spoke of in the Bible wherein The New Testament: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST JOHN CHAPTER 10 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. These children of mine have set the example for me. I am moving forward again on a path of heart as opposed to a path of convenience. And I see my life changing to where the path of heart and the path of convenience are joining together to be traveling the same direction. I did not serve a mission... ...but I'm doing the best I can now. When PS was ordained an Elder I asked him to give me a blessing so I could quit smoking, he did and I did. I have since been called as a Ward Missionary. I attend Temple Prep classes and look forward to going to the temple for the first time in June of this year. When PS was called into the mission field, I told my self I would do the same. I didn’t serve a mission at age 19 so this was somewhat new to me. I will share with you my first experience of sharing the gospel since I made that decision and my latest. There are more to read about on my testimony page. November 2008 “I'm sharing the gospel. I've handed out one Book of Mormon physically to Omar... ...he is a driver that came to pick me up and take me to an appointment... ...the time before I had ridden with Yusuf and had started to discuss God and Jesus with him but I froze up... ...this time I was ready so I put my testimony and contact information and links to Parker's farewell in The Book of Mormon... ...I wasn't sure if Yusuf was going to pick me up so I didn't write his name in it... ...I'm glad I didn't because I was still able to hand one out to Omar after we discussed family, prayer, God, Jesus and the beauty of the day. April –May 2010 Now I will share with you the events leading up to and through the conversion of KC. I have tried to word it in a way that it will be understood by those who are not familiar with The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as those who are. Feel free to share it with whomever you like. Sunday before Easter... ...I go to church... ...Brother G testifies of the Savior... ...I'm crying because the Spirit is so strong... High Councilman G speaks and testifies of the Savior... ...I continue to cry because the Spirit is so strong... ...I go to the investigators class because I am a Missionary who shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with investigators and this is a special Sunday School class for them to learn more about God's Eternal Plan of Salvation where-in Christ's Atonement is an integral part... ...and I continue crying... ...and why? Yup... ...the Spirit is so strong... ...I then attended Priesthood Meeting because I am an ordained Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood and have the same Authority as John, The Baptist and have been commissioned of Jesus Christ to baptize in His name. After, I came home to rest... ...but what do my wondering ears then hear... ...the phone ringing... Brother S... ...This is Elder P... ...would you like to come with Elder G and I to the Temple Visitors Center at 7:00 to meet with KJ, KC and NE? I'd Love To... ...I'll be ready @ 7:00. We get to the Temple... ...Watch the movie Joseph Smith: The Prophet Of The Restoration... ...I'm crying all the way through... ...why? Yup... ...especially 'cause we're on Temple Grounds... ...in The Visitors Center and the Movie... ...WOW! The Spirit of God like a fire was burning within me... ...I knew I HAD TO bear my testimony AS SOON AS the movie ended... ...I felt if I had to wait another minute without doing so, my heart would burst... ...so as it came to an end... ...and the lights slowly came on... ...and Sister B came in to start talking... ...I said... "Please... ...I need to bear my testimony now..." She said "Sure!!!" I stood up and through my tears I looked at each one in the room and said NE... ...KJ... ...KC... ...Elder P... Elder G... ...Sister B... I want... I need you to know... that I KNOW... Jesus is The Christ, that He lives! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church! Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and The Prophet of the restoration of Christ's church to the earth... ...which was necessary since the Apostasy left the world in darkness! I KNOW there is a Prophet on the earth today! His name is Thomas S. Monson and he is the mouthpiece of the Lord. I KNOW this movie we have just seen is true! It's not because I was raised in the Church that I know these things to be true... ...it's because I went away from it. At age fifteen I moved out of my mother's home because of some problems I was having with my first stepfather. I've long since forgiven him. After I moved out I fell away from the Church. When I was in my darkest hour after my first divorce, I prayed for the first time in twelve years, pleading with God to show me the way to happiness. I heard the answer, not with my ears, but with my heart... "Go back to church!" This is not the answer I wanted so I kept praying, asking for some other way to be happy. Again, and this time, more than before, I heard the answer as it rocked every fiber of my being, yet still as soft as velvet... "Go Back To Church!!!" The answer was not go to church or go to any church... ...it was go "back" to church. I started attending LDS church dances where I met who would become the mother of my children. I could not have written or invented KS or PS any better than the way they are... ...I'm thankful they chose me to be their father. I've been blessed in every aspect of my life since I "went back to church". I say these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen! I sat down and KC the investigator looked at me and I at her. With both of us in tears she said... "It's really true, isn't it?" I said... "Yes. It's really true... ...It's not just a story... ...it's really true." A blessed event has taken place in the life of KC. This beautiful daughter of God has followed the counsel of the Prophet Moroni and has received an answer. Saturday evening May 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Lehi Stake Center the Spirit was sweet as KC followed the definition of praying with "real intent" by acting upon the answer she received. In Sacrament Meeting the following day we listened with our hearts to the beautiful sound of someone receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. What a joy this sweet sentence gives... ...I know that my Redeemer lives.

How I live my faith

I've only recently learned something new about serving with the Lord. If we liken serving with the Lord as the space shuttle and Satan's grasp as the pull of gravity we see that it takes much effort to set us in motion. But as we continue to serve, we are lifted to new heights until we break free of the adversary's pull of gravity. Then we are free to feel without restraint, the joy that comes in service. We start looking for ways to serve, and in so doing our joy is increased. If someone would have told me that I would stand to inherit One-Billion dollars if I would follow a few simple rules... ...I would have done it years ago... ...and yet my former self would not continue down the straight and narrow... ...instead I would detour into darkness... ...our Father has promised us all that He has and I no longer gamble with my inheritance!!!

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Brett
If you knew that Christ were coming to your house, you would prepare it the best way you could... ...and so it is for inviting Him into our hearts. The scriptures declare that the body is a temple. It was Jesus Himself who first compared His body to a temple (see John 2:21). Later Paul admonished the people of Corinth, a wicked city teeming with all manner of lasciviousness and indecency: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:16–17). Show more Show less

What is faith?

Brett
In the world of Science, we see the results and then believe... In the world of Faith, we believe and then see the results. On Saturday, June 19, 2010 I wanted to attend a baptism in the MN Stake for the L Ward (Spanish) as I share the gospel in English, Spanish as well as Russian. The baptism was to start at 6:00pm so as I readied to go I called looking for a ride. By 6:10pm I had still not located a ride… …I was wondering whether to go or stay when I hear the Spirit tell me… “Go now and you will have a ride.” I walked out the door and headed East to C Street, as I turned South on C Street I got no more than 30 steps when I heard a vehicle slow behind me and a voice saying “Brother S, would you like a ride?” It was DO and VO and a couple of their children heading to D’s father’s house – Bishop/Dr. O. I talked of PS, of KS, of DS. When we got to the Stake Center on B Road, I got out and thanked them for the ride, closed the door. As I turned to head inside and they started to drive away I remembered the prompting I had received telling me “Go now and you will have a ride.” I glanced upward to the heavens, and with a smile on my face and in my heart I said “Thank you.” I then felt the Spirit tell me “No, Brett, Thank YOU, for having faith in Me and for following the prompting!” I pondered this and asked myself this question. Does our Heavenly Father want and need validating? Certainly we don’t need to validate His parking because He owns the parking lot. But… …He, the same as us, wants to be validated. We can do this in many ways… …one is having faith in Him and following His promptings we hear with our hearts – our Spiritual ears – as they are channeled Spirit to Spirit – From our Heavenly Father to us – by way of His Second Counselor – The Holy Spirit. I went in and sat down. I listened to the remainder of the bautismo service, and sang Praise To The Man out of LDS Himinos… …President L (MN Stake President) gave me a ride home and we sat out front once we got here and talked for about an hour. President L and I are old friends… …we attended Elder’s Quorum together long ago. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah! Jesus annointed that Prophet and Seer. Blessed to open the last dispensation, Kings shall extol him, and nations revere. Chorus Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven! Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain. Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren; Death cannot conquer the hero again. Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr; Honored and blest be his ever great name! Long shall his blood, which was shed by assasins, Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame. Chorus Great is his glory and endless his priesthood. Ever and ever the keys he will hold. Faithful and true he will enter his kingdom, Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old. Chorus Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven; Earth must atone for the blood of that man. Wake up the world for the conflict of justice. Millions shall know 'Brother Joseph' again. Chorus Хвала тому, кто разговаривал с Иеговой ! Иисус помазал , что Пророк и Провидец . Блаженны открыть последний разрешения, Цари восхвалять его, и стран почитать. Хор Слава Пророка, вознесся на небеса! Предатели и тиранов, сейчас с ним драться зря. Смешиваясь с богами , он может планировать для братьев его; Смерть не может победить героя снова. Хвалите его mem'ry , он умер , как мученик ; Заслуженный и счастливый быть он когда-нибудь великое имя ! Долго ли будет кровь , пролитая убийцей , Судитесь к Небесам в то время как земля прославляет славу . Хор Велика его славу и бесконечные его священнослужения. Всегда и все ключи он проведет . Верный и истинный он будет войти в его царство, Коронованный в разгар древних пророков . Хор Жертвоприношение рождает благословениями небесными ; Земли должны искупить кровь этого человека. Проснись мире конфликтов правосудия. Миллионы узнают "Брат Иосиф "еще раз . Хор Alabado sea el hombre que se comunicaba con Jehová! Jesús ungido que el Profeta y Vidente . Bendecido para abrir la última dispensación , Reyes se le ensalzan , y veneran a las naciones. Coro Dios te salve, al Profeta , ascendió al cielo ! Traidores y tiranos ya luchar contra él en vano. Mezclados con los dioses , se puede planear para sus hermanos ; La muerte no puede vencer al héroe otra vez. Elogio a su mem'ry , murió como un mártir ; Honrado y bendecido sea su nombre siempre genial! Largo será su sangre , que fue derramada por los asesinos , Declaran Cielo á la tierra , mientras que alaba su fama. Coro Grande es su gloria y un sinfín de su sacerdocio. Siglos de los siglos las llaves que se espera. Fiel y verdadero que entrará en su reino, Coronada en medio de los profetas de la antigüedad. Coro Sacrificio saca las bendiciones del cielo ; Tierra debe expiar la sangre de ese hombre. Despierta el mundo por el conflicto de la justicia. Millones se sabe "Hermano José 'de nuevo. Coro Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Brett
To bring families together, across the generations, forever. Show more Show less