The Mission of NextDoorMormon.com
To help individuals and families come unto Christ so they may increase their joy in this life and prepare for eternal life by:
1. Helping new members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and those returning to participation in the Church strengthen their testimonies and deepen their conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. Providing people interested in learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ with examples of the believers through the testimonies and experiences of new and returning Mormons.
Who We Are
NextDoorMormon.com is operated by a group of Mormons, based primarily in the Boston, Massachusetts area, who offer this as part of their voluntary Church service.
Since Mormon congregations do not have paid staff, we, members of the congregations, volunteer to do the work that needs to be done. The work is coordinated by Church leaders, also volunteers, who are chosen by God and who receive inspiration in asking Church members to fulfil specific responsibilities.
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From the Editor
Thank you for visiting our blog!
We hope you will return frequently to enjoy, ponder, question, comment on, share, and otherwise interact with the thoughts and stories shared on this blog. We hope you will feel welcome to participate whatever your religious affiliation. There’s a place for everyone here who is willing to engage in civil and respectful conversation about topics and experiences that matter deeply to the bloggers and to many people.
New Mormons and those renewing their relationship and commitment to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints experience many and varied challenges but they also experience great joy and generally find their engagement with the Church personally enriching and deeply meaningful. That is part of why they choose to be Mormons.
I am a convert to the church myself, and I’d like to share a little about how I came to be a Mormon.
I chose to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a freshman at Harvard University. As a black, aspiring intellectual, and theatre artist from Los Angeles with a strong desire to convert to Judaism, at the time, my conversion to Mormonism was unexpected to my family, friends, and even to me. To many, I am not the image of a “standard” Mormon. But, as in other faiths, members of the Church of Jesus Christ come from a variety of religious, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, political, occupational and other backgrounds. Each of us comes to the Church in different ways and for different reasons.
As a freshman, I was impressed by the lives of the people my age in the Church that I met who had very high standards of personal behavior. The generally sought to be kind and helpful and abstained from alcohol, drugs, premarital sex, pornography, crude humor, and profanity. This led me to want to know why they lived the way they did. As I began to attend church services, meet with missionaries and members, and attend Church activities, I began to feel this overwhelming sense of the love these people shared for God and for their neighbors. I felt God’s love for me more strongly. But that wasn’t why I decided to be baptized and to become a member of the Church.
As I met with Mormon missionaries, they invited me to read what they claimed was a record of ancient prophets who lived in the Americas and testified of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon. They also told me that if I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon was the word of God, that I could know for myself that it was true. So I put the missionaries’ words to the test. I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true. After praying several times without feeling I had received an answer, one night as I prayed, I felt overwhelming joy and assurance that it was true. I felt it in a way that I have never been able to doubt. In the same way, I came to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the World, that Joseph Smith was a prophet who helped restore the gospel and Church of Jesus Christ, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only Church today with the authority to provide baptism and other ordinances necessary for people to receive eternal life. So once I knew these things, I wanted to be baptized. I felt I had to be baptized. And on February 1, 1998 I became of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
There is more to the story, but that’s enough for now. I share this story because it is a very big part of who I am and how I see the world. It is a fundamental part of my identity.
NextDoorMormon is a place where people can share of themselves and discuss experiences and ideas we find meaningful. I hope our blog will be a positive influence in your life.
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We get asked questions about being Mormon all the time – we actually enjoy discussing this stuff. So feel free to share your thoughts and questions and we’ll be happy to respond.
Attend a Mormon Church Service
Everyone is always welcome to attend our Sunday services. Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. It’s held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately one hour. You’re welcome to come alone or bring your family; children are present in virtually all our congregations. Before or after sacrament meeting there are a variety of other age-appropriate meetings you and your children can attend. All together, sacrament and other meetings form a three-hour block of meetings.
Mormon.org is the public-facing website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has tons of additional information and official doctrines. Poke around a little. You’re bound to find something good.
Receive a Free Copy of the Book of Mormon
Honestly, the best way to learn more about the Book of Mormon is to read it for yourself. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormon Church) will provide you with a copy of the Book of Mormon free of charge. You can read through it and decide for yourself.