Thursday, December 20, 2007

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I was born into an a-religious family, but joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was twenty five. I'm what is commonly referred to as a Mormon.

To answer the usual questions, yes, I was quite happy without religion. No, I wasn't dating a member of the church when I got baptized. I was baptized by an ex-boyfriend before I met my husband, Trevor. No, I don't turn to religion for comfort or because I felt like there was anything missing from my life.

Before I joined the church, I was pretty much an atheist. I knew that it was possible there was a God, but I didn't see much evidence of one, nor did I feel like I needed one. I was quite content with the idea of living out my days and then ceasing to exist. Really.

Religion required stepping waaaay out of my comfort zone. If I could have self-designed a religion for myself that made me feel comfortable and at peace, it would not be one with a bar of judgment after my death. It would not be one with angels coming to Earth asking people to do things that others would find crazy. It would not be one that requires that I devote ten or more hours a week doing volunteer work for my church.

So why did I convert? Because I actually believe it's true. I wouldn't dream of practicing any religion otherwise.

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