A Worldwide Community of Saints

“Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit” (Mathew 12:33).

There are many interpretations of this scripture. One of the most well known is the comparison of the tree to a man and the fruit to his works. Simply put, if a man is good then his works will be good; if he is bad then so shall his works be. Where must a man’s roots be in order to bear good fruit? The answer is simple: his roots must be firmly planted in the soil of high morals and integrity, and it is much easier to stay firmly planted in these things when you have the gospel of Jesus Christ and are surrounded by a community of firmly planted trees actively engaged not only in standing firm and growing spiritually stronger themselves, but in helping you to do so as well.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the greatest communities I have ever known. Unlike many teenage girls, I love going to church. I not only love listening to and learning about the gospel, but I love the feeling of sincere friendship, love, community, and even family. Some of my greatest and closest friends I have met through the church. We are not only a church congregation, we are a community and a family. Apart from our Sunday church meetings, as youth, we have weekly activities, ward get-togethers, dances, service projects, summer camps, planning meetings, etc. With youth members from my church I’ve participated in activities from spiritual discussions to rappelling to performing in skits to helping out in the cleanup in New York after Hurricane Sandy. Many of these activities may seem unrelated to the church or gospel, but they’re all about community.

While Christ was on the earth, many of the things he did were centered around helping and including others. He taught through action, healing, serving, or even simply spending time with others to make them feel appreciated and cared about. As Latter-day Saints, and as Christians in general, our primary goal is to be like Christ, so we try our best to emulate his example. Some of the strongest spiritual experiences I’ve ever had were during service projects. Some of the people I’ve met through these activities have become my strongest friends by the way they helped me learn more about the gospel and stand firm in what I believe. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I feel I am a part of something—a community, a family—and have felt such love in it. I know that the love I feel from the brothers and sisters is a reflection of our Father in Heaven’s love. We are the fruit of his labor, and must strive to do our best to be good fruit.

Many people initially become interested in the church because of its members, and for a good reason. Faithful Latter-day Saints are part of a loving, worldwide community and church family. They are friendly, welcoming, and always willing to serve, which attracts many people. It’s no coincidence that people feel welcome and become more interested in the church after meeting its members. It’s no coincidence that the church’s Mormon Helping Hands service organization is one of the largest worldwide. It’s no coincidence that many people observe that Latter-day Saints are some of the happiest people they’ve ever met. It is because as Latter-day Saints we are part of a wonderful community of loving individuals striving to help one another. This love and desire to serve comes from having a testimony of Jesus Christ and a constant desire to serve the Lord and become like him. As church members we stand as righteous examples and followers of Christ ready to serve.

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3 Responses to “A Worldwide Community of Saints”

  1. Taylor says:

    OK, so I know I may sound like a jerk saying this, but I need answers, and not coming from people at my door. Why are you guys stuck up. Looking on the outside in, I see what my friends talk about. I was raised in your church… But now that My friends pulled me back and showed me what they see. I’m not sure what I was getting myself into. I don’t even know anybody really, I don’t know who you are. I don’t know anything. I feel like I was raised in a lie. I don’t know who you people are. I thought I did, but know you seem fake. Elaborate for me.

  2. Emma says:

    I don’t really understand what you mean by “stuck up”. Could you explain?

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