“Oh mom, why do you have to take a picture of us at the piano?!”
Because I want you to remember.
I want you to be grateful for this moment that stretched you. That gave you an opportunity to work hard, to push through, and to succeed.
Bree and Gabe were each asked to accompany one song each while the congregation sang at a big youth meeting yesterday at our church. They were terrified. They practiced hard. And they did it!
Reason #32 why I believe is because organized religion exists. I know, I know, I have heard all the arguments against organized religion. But for me the pros so far outweigh the cons that I only have gratitude. Having a community of people I can serve and learn from has been an invaluable part of my conversion to Christ. Having a place to go each week to learn His word, remember Him, and take his holy sacrament has brought me to Him. If I want to be like Him I have to have experiences with service and sacrifice, like He did.
But it has also been incredible for my children.
I am seeing how organized religion gives my children experiences like yesterday to go out of their comfort zone. Chances to share a talent, to get to know and serve the elderly, to speak in front of groups, to lead, to be mentored by experienced leaders, and to be vulnerable about their feelings in front of others. All things that have proven to develop self-confidence and mental health, which is SO needed for this peer oriented generation.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I have loved the many other churches I have visited with friends over the years. Praise God for the men and women he has inspired to bring together people to worship Him through organized religion. I am so grateful! 🙏🏼