Why I’m Staying

A few days ago an article was published on CNN’s website entitled Why Millennials are Leaving the Church.  It describes how the young generation is actually being driven away from “church-as-performance,” meaning the youth aren’t attracted to the politically driven clergy, and other immoral draws to increase church attendance, particularly in the evangelical churches.

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in my late youth.  As an 18-year-old I was very much immature, and had a lot to learn.  I still do.  But in the past 6 years I have learned more than I could have ever imagined at age 18 when I was.  My relationship with God is stronger.  The love I posses for my Savior is deeper.  My purpose and plan is clearer.  I’m not perfect, but I’m trying.

Everyone has reasons for staying in a particular faith and church.  Here are mine…

Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I found truth. I found Jesus Christ.  I found structure. I found authority. I found true love. I found myself. I found joy. Most of all, I found God, my Father.  I’m home.

That’s why I’m staying. I can’t imagine how my life would be without the Church.  I know one things for sure, I wouldn’t be any where close to the person I am today.  Christ lives.  God lives.  They are real beings.  They care for us.  We can know them.


One thought on “Why I’m Staying

  1. Great post! I’m also a convert – I joined at age 17 in 1970, and was the only member in my family, too. I admire your commitment and your effort to reach out to others on the internet. God bless you.

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