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Growing up in California, I was not a member of any church. I did not join the LDS Church until I was 21 years old. Before that though, I did all of the usual things that California kids do. I surfed , played volleyball in high school and college, an played in a rock band where we had shows all along the Sunset strip in Hollywood, Ca. I come from a family that consists of mother, my sister, and me. Although we live in different states, we all get along great and talk often. I have two children that are amazing! They live with me part time here in Spokane.
Growing up, I was never raised in any particular religion. In high school, my best friend was a mormon. He and I played in a band together and I noticed that he would never swear, drink, or do anything immoral. He had a certain understanding of who he was and he always abided by his principles. He was different...in a good way. At one point in my life, I really wanted to kind of find out about God...if he was real, why so many people believe in him, why there are so many religious "weirdos", can ANYONE truly find out if God is real, and, if so, how? I've always tried to be open minded and never really just take people's word for things, so I casually asked my friend about his Church, and why he goes, what the Book of Mormon is, who Joseph Smith was, do they believe in Christ, etc? We spoke for some time about his Church and beliefs and he invited me to a church service. I went once or twice and I was pretty amazed at how "normal" the people were. I also knew that just going to church isn't what it's about...I needed to find out of the beliefs were true. I began hearing the lessons that the missionaries teach. I was struck at how they were not there to convince me or talk me into anything. We discussed why there are so many churches, that Christ visited other groups of people and they wrote about it (Book of Mormon), that if Christ was real, he would not have thousands of Churches, all contending with eachother! We talked about how a young boy (Joseph Smith) in the early 1800's was asked by God and Jesus Christ to restore the original Gospel to the Earth one last time. This all sounded great but they explained that it was truly up to me to find out if these things were true....and that there was a way to find out. In short, I honestly prayed to God to find if he was real, and if this was true what I had learned. I received an answer that I will never forget today....I was baptized shortly after and served a mission in Australia one year later.
I am active in the Church today. I think one misconception though, is that Mormons try to be perfect, we are not perfect, no one is. Each of us have different burdens to bear. This is WHY I go to Church each week. I am reminded of the things that keep me doing right and help me to be truly happy in this life. I have a "calling" in the ward which is voluntary assignment. I help the regular, full-time missionaries teach people and welcome those learning about the Church. I love it honestly, even if they decide that now is not the time for them to come to church, I still make some good friends.