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 Linwood

I grew up in a small town in Virginia and was an Army officer. I play guitar and keyboards and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church. I was baptized on March 4, 1981. I come from a small town in Virginia where one side of the town was mostly black and the other side of town was mostly white. I can remember going to an all-black elementary school until the sixth grade because segregation was still legal. I also remember how akward it felt when the schools were integrated. It was a period in time when everyone was making adjustments. After high school, I went to a local college and earned a BS degree in Electronics. I was in ROTC so I went on active duty the Monday after I graduated. I served in the Army for 11 years. I have served in Georgia, Alabama, California, North Carolina and Germany. I met my wife while I was stationed in North Carolina. After six years of marriage, we were blessed with our son. I currently work in Atlanta as an enterprise architect for the federal government.

Why I am a Mormon

I was always pretty active in my former Church (Baptist) from an early age. While I was growing up, just about all of my friends and I went to the same church. I learned a lot and tried to live what I was taught, but I felt that there was more to know. During my senior year in high school, my social studies teacher told us about Martin Luther and the protestant reformation. I learned that they “broke away” from the Catholic Church. I remember immediately thinking that God does not work that way – HE had to have an orderly way to authorize the activities in HIS church. He would not have people just going around starting churches. At least now I knew why there were so many different churches and why they sometime had conflicting views of God and his purposes for us. During my college years, I tried to figure out which church is true – the one authorized by God. In December of 1981, the missionaries from the “Mormon” Church knocked on my door and I decided to hear what they had to say. Over several weeks they were able to explain where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. I also learned that God authorized the establishment of HIS Church by personally appearing to Joseph Smith. A bold claim, but the truth is truth. After a lot of prayer, pondering and reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I decided that joining the Church was the right thing for me to do. I can truly say that it was the best decision that I ever made.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my life in harmony with God's will. I have found that things just go better when I do. Even though things may not go the way I planned or wanted, I know that my family and I are in HIS hands. This give me a lot of peace of mind. I currently serve in the Church as an area leader. I have oversight responsiblility for approximately 3000 members of the Church. I help with adult and youth programs that help us all to grow closer to God.