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Hi I'm Afton

I love travel, art, music and fun. I am a mom of three and a wife to Mr. Awesome. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have five sisters I consider my best friends, no brothers. Growing up in that house always made for a good time and lots of conversation. My dad instilled in me a love for dance and order and my mom a love of the fun and whimsical. I love to travel. One of my most life changing trips was a summer spent in Uganda where I worked with schools and orphans. I met my husband in college and married him 6 months later. He is my opposite and I love that we're so different, it's a perfect balance. We have three children that we adore beyond comprehension. When I was a young adult I thought that life would sort of stop in some ways when I got married or had kids, but I've found it's the opposite. My husband and I still travel, go on dates, hang out with friends, etc. Having kids was the most amazing surprise. I've found that although I don't use a lot of the same skills or talents in the same way I did before children, I have others that have been developed that I never thought I'd have and it's been empowering and confidence building. I enjoy being fit and healthy, any variety of fitness will do--although I'm terribly uncoordinated. I've run three marathons, probably because they don't take coordination and they allow a lot of brownie eating. I love to eat good food, bake treats, read, dance, play the piano, paint, teach my daughters how to give me back massages, experience new things and oh yeah, play with my hair.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, so it was always a part of my life. It always made sense to me too, and that's stuck with me through the years. I've always felt like with all the uncertainty in the world, the gospel is the perfect compass and guide to truth and true happiness. At times of darkness in my life I've evaluated what matters in my life and how to find the happiness I've felt before. There are slews of self help books out there, but what it all comes down to is following the path Heavenly Father wants me to. Getting on my knees in prayer, reading the scriptures, and trying to have a humble attitude so I can be guided by the spirit have always brought me the most peace, direction, and ultimately happiness. Starting when I was in elementary school when my friends would invite me to go to church with them, I was always allowed to go to other churches. It has continued into my adult life where I will occasionally attend another religion's service either from an invite or curiosity. While many have been positive, I don't have the same assurance from the spirit that they have the complete gospel. I believe most churches have parts of truth, but it makes sense to me that if Heavenly Father wanted His church on this earth, that he wouldn't have it in just a few congregations that were all led by different standards or mixed beliefs. I know that He has chosen to restore His gospel to the earth when He appeared to Joseph Smith. This is something I prayed about and felt an overwhelming feeling that it truly happened. The gospel makes sense to me. To make a large understatement, I like knowing where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going.

How I live my faith

I grew up in a town where there weren't very many Mormons, so I got a lot of questions. Most of them were related to how stringent the church standards were and how could I live them, wasn't I feeling suffocated? That was and is far from how I feel. I look at people who are painfully struggling with addictions of all kinds and think of how blessed I am that I was raised in the gospel where we had standards that if followed, I would be protected from the chains of difficult habits and addictions. I look at the ways the world tells us to behave, how to dress, the casual take on immorality and think about how thankful I am to have avoided so much heartache and drawing the wrong kind of attention and friends. Don't get me wrong, I'm a pretty social girl and I like to meet all kinds of people, but I the gospel has been the rock I've built my life on, and when I follow the commandments, I feel liberated and self controlled at the same time. It's taught me self discipline, love, kindness, patience. Being a member of the church always offers chances to learn and grow as you get to do new responsibilities, or callings. Currently I work with the children of the church in a sort of VP role to the president who runs it. We try to think of the best way to run it so the children have a positive experience every week where they can get to know Jesus and how to live how He would like us to live and be happy. I visit four other women each month from very different walks of life and we talk about everything under the sun and end with a gospel message to lift each other. I've discovered through the years and in the many different places I've lived--Uganda, Switzerland, NYC, California, Ohio, TX, that there is no cookie-cutter kind of Mormon out there. We are all different, all unique, but we all come together to worship and try to lift each other in our efforts to be more like the Savior.

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

Afton
Our bodies are gifts from our Heavenly Father, they're a place for our spirits to be. It's like a glove and our spirit is the hand. When we die, the hand leaves as the spirit does, but the body is still, like the glove without the hand. Since our spirits and bodies are so intertwined, how we treat our body affects our spirit too. We try to treat our bodies the best we can so we can be a place of wholesomeness where our spirits can learn and grow. Show more Show less