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 Kel

I was born in California, have 7 children and have been in the military for 25 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been in the US Army for just over 25 years now and have had the opportunity to live in all kinds of places, both in the states and overseas. I've enjoyed each place I've lived with my family and have even had the chance to travel to places I never thought I'd go, like Afganistan, Kuwait, Kosovo and some others. Every where I've been, I've met fantastic people who have made my time in a foreign land enjoyable.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon, or member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, all my life. My parents were also members all their lives and have taught us the principles of the gospel so that we could live them and appreciate the many blessings that come from understanding the plan of salvation and our purposes here on the earth. I was a missionary for the church in Hong Kong and it was while on my mission that developed my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I remember two specific instances where the Spirit spoke very strongly to me that not only was the church true but it was being led by the Savior, Jesus Christ through His prophet on the earth. I am so grateful to have that testimony. It brings great assurance and comfort to me to know that God lives, He is aware of me and my family and that the Savior has offered the atonement so that we can repent and return to our Heavenly Home. I am grateful for the restoration of the priesthood. Last year, myself, one of my brothers and our sons were able to attend Priesthood meeting at General Conference. It was so fantastic to be with all those other priesthood brethren, almost 21,000 strong. What a great spirit was there as we listened to the prophet and other leaders.

How I live my faith

One of the great blessings of being a member of this church is the opportunities we get serve each other in a variety of ways. Throughout my life, up to this point, I've served in many different capacities to include working with the young men, which is what I do now. The service I've enjoyed the most is when I served as a full time missionary in Hong Kong for two years. The Chinese are a wonderfully humble people and the church is growing there. It's amazing to see how much it has grown since I left in 1978. The opportunity to serve each other, whether as a teacher in Sunday School, a leader in the primary with young children, a Scout Master, or a home teacher called to watch over the members of the ward, visit them and teach them, is one of the primary ways we can become more like the Savior. He himself spent His life serving others and set the greatest example of charity. I find that as I serve Him through serving others, my own concerns seem to resolve themselves or become less challenging.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Kel
Our Heavenly Father has prepared this earth for His children to come to and demonstrate our willingness to submit our will to His and thereby prepare ourselves to live with Him again. Unfortunately, we are going to make mistakes, to wander off the path He has designated we follow. Sometimes that is due to ignorance and often it is due to sin. Knowing this about His children, He prepared a way for a Savior, Jesus Christ, our elder brother, to come to the earth and take up Himself all of our sins, infirmities and sorrows. This He did because He loves us more than we can understand. I am so grateful for His sacrifice on my behalf. I'm grateful that as the scriptures teach, through the atonement, if I repent, my sins will be remembered no more. What a wonderful blessing that is. The Savior has provided a way for us to return to our Heavenly Father and there is no other way that we can do so but through and because of His atonement and resurrection. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kel
Pornography is an addiction that can have terrible effects on the individual and the family. I'm the father of 5 daughters and 2 sons and the thought of the people that are involved in any part of pornography is depressing. Those individuals are someone's daughter or son and what heartbreak their parents must feel at the choices their children, even as adults, are making. Pornography drives the spirit of love away and ruins marriages and families. We need to all work to eradicate pornography from our communities so that we might have the spirit with us as a nation again. Show more Show less