What each and every human being
searches for is the truth.
The truth in what’s right from wrong, how to make a burger correctly, how to raise a family, being more physically fit, and most of all how we should live our lives. With so many voices telling me and others how we should live our life, one can easily become lost, confused, disoriented, and hopeless. Growing up, my mother instilled many of the principles of true Christianity in my siblings and me. She taught us how to respect others, how to love one another at all times, even when we would have arguments and disputes. She never allowed us to forget that we are a blessed family. I always held onto that truth. It has kept me going and always brought me hope.
I always strived to be the best version of myself even when I didn’t even know it. I jumped right in towards obstacles and I still to this day take challenges head on with open arms. I would fail over and over, stop, then fail some more. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and caused many failures that I am the most grateful for. To many, that can be weird or odd to hear. Why would I be grateful for all of my mistakes that I have made up to this point and excited for the ones I will make in the future? That is because it led me to this very moment that I get to breathe, walk, talk, and enjoy the fruits of Gospel of Jesus Christ and become better through him.
All these character-building events
led me to the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As I look back through my life, I have come to realize the many moments where Heavenly Father was there with me and Jesus Christ provided his light to cast darkness away from me. At the end of a tough loss of a football game when I put everything on the line and I was hurting physically and emotionally, my mother with her warm and comforting spirit would always be there to lift me up. Not even knowing at the time, she was led by the spirit and has been an angel here on Earth guiding me. When I got multiple injuries before a big meet of my last track season in high school, my faith gave me strength and Heavenly Father fortified me to win 4 out of the 6 events that I shouldn’t have even been able to compete in at all.
Becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been one of the greatest blessings to my life. I know from the world’s perspective, that statement can seem to be much overused and cliché. However, it has genuinely changed my life. There have been many moments in my life where I have asked “Where did I come from?”, “Am I worthy enough to go to heaven with all of these mistakes?”, “Is God really with me every step of the way?”, “Can I really be forgiven for that act?” Many of those questions and others like them have gone unanswered for me or I have been given an answer that didn’t quite make sense. That disturbed me. All I wanted was the truth.
The Plan of Salvation & coming to truly know that I am a Child of God made the difference in my life. It brought me peace, comfort, relaxation, confidence, and gave me more pep in my step!
I'm not just a mortal being having an earthly experience,
I am an immortal being having an earthly experience.
I chose to be sent to Earth. I chose to be tested and challenged here. I chose to forget my premortal life and be guided by the Holy Ghost towards the truth. I chose to become a more diligent, honest, and caring spiritual being by walking amongst my brothers and sisters in order to learn how to serve with them and be of service to them. It changed my whole perspective on what it meant to be here on Earth.
But why is that important to know to me? From the day I was born, I was born different and unique from everyone else. My body is different. My height, weight, skin color, athletic ability, shoe size, eye color, and everything else on me. However what makes me different does not outweigh what makes me similar to everyone else on the planet. We all are children of God. We all gained a testimony of the truths of eternity in the premortal existence. We all chose to be challenged on Earth. We all are influenced to do wrong by the Devil 24/7, 365 days a year. We all have a Spirit that can cast away thousands of demons and the influence of the Devil. We can all repent, be baptized, and utilize our free agency. We all can overcome our adversities by seeking out our spiritual power station which is God through prayer, studying scriptures, and keeping our eyes and ears open to the Spirit guiding us. With all these eternal similarities, I refuse to focus on the temporary differences.
All men and women are created equal
in the face of the Lord.
Being of African American decent, I am well aware of the challenges my ancestors had to face throughout history. Even within the church, many question why African American men could not hold the Priesthood for over 100 years. I would be lying if I said it never crossed my mind. I asked many questions about it in prayer, to myself, while searching for answers in scripture and many talks from the latter-day prophets. I had found my answer.
While society may not have been ready for African American men to hold the Priesthood, God was always ready and knew when the world would be. That clear answer eliminated any doubts I had. From the day I was baptized, now almost 16 months ago, I have felt the support and love from church members, who are now my great friends, around me.
I am part of a very diverse church that looks at each other for our similarities and not our differences.
I am engaged to one of the most loving, caring, honest, confident, joyful, funny, knowledgeable, smart, altruistic, trustworthy, and beautiful daughters of God who makes me a better man every single day with her diamond-strong testimony of Jesus Christ’s light in her life and mine. I get to enjoy the blessings of attending the temple with her and being sealed for time and all eternity. I get to build my family upon the rock which is Jesus Christ with her. I can stand in place to be baptized & confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for my family on the other side of the veil. I get to teach my children the principles of the right way we should live our lives and love one another. All those blessings have come and will come because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know it is another testament of Jesus Christ and is ordained by God. I know it can change lives, bind families, save marriages, further improve the way leaders lead our society, and so much more.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
In the Richmond area there are 29 congregations of Latter-day Saints. We strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and spread His light in our community.
This is not an official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.