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 Clarissa

I am a clinical microbiologist, bicyclist and quilter in Eastern Oregon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother of four children, and grandmother of two. While my kids were growing up, I was a full time homemaker. When they were older, I returned to school and earned a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Now I work in a medical reference laboratory as a microbiologist. In my spare time, I enjoy the creative process involved in making quilts and doing other handcrafts, especially the tactile aspect of handling fabric and thread. I also enjoy being outside walking, bicycling, or gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was in high school through a friend. I joined because being at church made me feel loved, safe, and happy. That was the beginning. I didn't understand much about the reasons why I felt the way I did at the time, but I do, now. As I've grown to understand more about the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have learned that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us personally and knows us as individuals. I've learned that when we are striving to keep His commandments, we stay spiritually safe. And I've also learned that Heavenly Father has a wonderful plan for us that will always lead to great joy if we follow it.

How I live my faith

Since I've joined the church, I've had many opportunities to learn to rely on the Lord. I think the greatest opportunity was when I decided to return to school. My husband had a medical condition that was worsening and would quickly make it impossible for him to work. I needed skills that would make it possible for me to be the provider in the family. Making the transition from homemaker to provider was difficult, but I know that the Lord helped me all along the way. I currently serve as a Ward Employment Specialist helping others who need to find jobs or get better educations. I also serve as a Nursery worker for children 18 months to 3 years of age during meetings on Sunday . I particularly love the opportunity I have to provide the children with their first church experience away from their parents. In doing so, their parents also have a greater ability to serve. I really enjoy getting to know the children, their parents, and their siblings through my service in the nursery.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, we believe in Christ. He is our Savior and the Creator of this earth. He is God's only begotten Son in the flesh, a separate and distinct personage from the Father. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

We believe that it doesn't do much good to help someone spiritually if they're suffering physically. So the church has an extensive welfare program. An important part of the program involves a money donation called a fast offering. The first Sunday of each month is set aside for the members to fast for the poor and needy. Members prayerfully fast for two meals on that day and donate at least the equivalent of the cost of those meals to the church. Many members donate much more. That money is then used to buy goods to put in what we call Bishop's Storehouses, such as food and other basic household items. These items are then distributed to individuals who have a need. The church can also help on a more global scale. The Bishop's Storehouses also accept donations of commodities like quilts, clothing, and medical supplies. Church auxiliaries often assemble basic needs kits for hygiene, newborn babies, and school supplies to give to the storehouses. So when there's a natural disaster, needed items can be quickly transported to that location. The church also has a rich resource in its members. When a disaster happens the church will organize "helping hands" to provide assistance. For instance, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans members from neighboring areas not affected by the storm came to help dig out and clean up.  Show more Show less