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 Stan

I am a single school teacher in Florida. I have four children and nine grandchildren. I love teaching and piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern Utah and worked on a dairy farm. During my school years I had good friends and opportunities, such as piano, chorus, and camping. I am the youngest of seven children. My dad had died a month before I was born, so I was pretty much raised by my mom. As for my family dynamics, I thought we had a perfect situation at home. As I grew into adulthood however, I began to see life from the vantage point of experience and increased understanding. I learned that I had grown up in a family all too familiar with the pain and dysfunction of alcoholism. I realized that I had an emotional disconnect from family members, and that I hadn't learned how to be intimate and real with others. I have always been active in the LDS faith and had a strong testimony of the restored gospel. I filled a two-year full time mission, married in the temple, and fathered four beautiful children, 1 son and 3 beautiful daughters. However, I gradually fell into a devastating secret life of addiction and dependency relationships. The isolation and shame of this problem led to the gradual decline and ruin of my beautiful family and to a personal bondage which carried with it grave spiritual and emotional consequences. I am now in a 12-step recovery effort for these issues. In my 40's I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, but I have been blessed to be able to continue in my career and to live a full life. Shortly after my divorce my son was killed while serving in the military.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is such a vital and practical help to me in my daily journey through life. I have witnessed the blessings of peace and strength that have come to my family and me through our membership in this church. Tough, gut-wrenching experiences such as my addiction, my divorce, and the death of our beloved Neil have brought us to our knees in humility. But through it all, my family and I have received sustaining power and grace as a result of our faith. I have received the counsel and direction of a living prophet of God who is also the president of the church. I received the blessings of the priesthood which has been restored to the earth as God's authority to administer the ordinances of the gospel and teach the saving truths of salvation. I have been baptized by one holding God’s authority and have received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the same authority. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true; it is the word of God given anciently to prophets on the American continent. It is another testament of Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and the Savior of the world. The Book of Mormon is tangible and spiritual evidence of the verity and truthfulness of the mission and life of the prophet Joseph Smith and of this church which was restored by God t through him.. I know these things by the power of the Holy Ghost which has come to me through the process of a lifetime of prayerful study, inquiry, and fasting.

How I live my faith

I accept myself as I am and my life as it is. I recognize that, in and of myself, I am powerless to make needed changes. Realizing that my life has become unmanageable, I turn, hour by hour, to my Father in Heaven and to my Savior, Jesus Christ for help and strength. I make sure that I take time and expend the effort necessary to nurture my personal health and take care of my spiritual, emotional and physical.needs. I search, ponder and pray about the scriptures on a daily basis. I follow the counsel of my priesthood leaders. I listen closely to the wisdom and experience of those who understand and relate with my life. I have established procedures and boundaries to help me stay accountable, and I have identified trusted individuals to whom I can report about my thoughts, my words, and my actions on a daily basis. I surround myself and have been optimally blessed with support from individuals who relate with my experiences, including family, friends, teaching cohorts, singles, Parkinson associates, addiction recovery fellows, and those who have experienced the loss of a child. I make daily connections with at least three of these individuals. I also attend support groups regularly In addition I constantly search for ideas and opportunities to serve others. This helps me have a better frame of mind about my own experiences and situation. The more I can get out of my own head and take the actions of love toward others, the happier I become.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Stan
Mormons only have a lay clergy becuase the business of the Lord's church is to save and exalt souls, and neither salvation nor exlatation can be bought. Mixing religion and the practice of living it with the business of providing a living would make it too easy for church members to replace sincere worshipful motives with less lofty goals. Human nature could easily take precedence over God's work if the two were mixed. Show more Show less