Why I Became A Mormon: Brittany’s Story

Before last year, I had never known anyone who was Mormon; not by choice, there just weren’t many Mormons around for me to know. Growing up, I went to a few different churches. I was baptized in one faith, confirmed in another, and attended church in a few more. All the while, I never quite understood why I was there or what made a particular church different from any other. I mostly just went to church because I thought that’s what you were supposed to do, but I thought maybe if I continued to go, I would be able to figure it out.

After a period of time without any church attendance, I moved to Minnesota and became interested again in learning about my own faith. As I was attending a class at another church, I was given the opportunity to learn about the LDS Church from a friend in school. At first I learned by reading things about the Church, good and bad, that I found on the Internet. After a few months of reading, I started meeting members, going to church, and talking with the missionaries, and to my surprise, I LOVED IT.

The wonderful missionaries who spent so much time helping me learn what I needed to make the decision to be baptized

The wonderful missionaries who spent so much time helping me learn what I needed to make the decision to be baptized

I had never been to a church where I was so instantly welcomed and accepted. Men and women who were so incredibly busy with their own personal and professional lives took the time to get to know me and opened their hearts and homes to me in a way that I had never before experienced from total strangers.

Friends for Life

Friends for Life

I quickly came to love spending time with my new “Mormon friends” and it was pretty obvious why: they were honestly and truly living their faith and teaching me how to do the same. Through their example and the things I was learning, I began to understand who God is, His plan is for us, who Jesus Christ is, what He did, and most importantly, why this all matters. For the first time, I felt like I could ask questions and think critically about my faith. It seemed as though the puzzle pieces were beginning to come together.

Another friend for eternity

Another friend for eternity

Despite how it sounds so far, this experience was neither perfect nor easy. I spent six months learning about the Church before making the decision to become a member. I needed to be as informed as I could if I was going to make this decision. Even though I had learned so much, and there was very clearly a change taking place within me, I still struggled. In my mind, it didn’t add up: Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, prophets. I wondered, why would God appear to a 14-year-old boy and later ask him to translate the Book of Mormon?

In addition to my own internal struggle, I experienced external opposition as well. The LDS Church is very misunderstood, and people around me didn’t know much about the Church other than stereotypes. They feared I would be forced to give up who I was if I was going to become a Mormon. I realized verbal assurances would only do so much, so instead of solving this problem before moving forward, I concluded that the stereotypes could only be dispelled through time and my own example.

My bishop (local church leader) and I had a very important conversation around the time I finally decided to be baptized. He reminded me to keep an eternal perspective. He shared a very personal and powerful story about his own mother’s decision to join the Church and the effect it had on her posterity. After this conversation, I realized that this was the best decision I could make not only for myself but for the family I come from, and the family I hope to have some day.

Regarding the things that just didn’t make sense, I prayed. And prayed. Over time, I received spiritual confirmations that testified to me of their truth. At first, it felt as though I was surrounded by the darkness of night. As I did things to find my way, like read scriptures, pray, visit with the missionaries, talk with members, I slowly felt as if the dark was giving way to light, and I could see the steps ahead more clearly. (See this). Soon I thought, “how could something that brought so much good, not be true?”

Shortly before I made the decision to be baptized I received an email from a friend who had no knowledge of my investigation of the Church. She wrote, “I just want you to know that I love seeing you this [academic] year because you are sort of glowing and seem so happy and just like you’re on the right track.” This sweet friend was able to put into words what I was feeling and didn’t completely realize in that moment. I was not only visibly but also internally joyful. I soon came to know that the Spirit was bringing me feelings of peace and joy to testify of truth.

The weekend I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church was wonderful. Despite the fact that it was wedged between two law school finals, it couldn’t have been better. After being confirmed, I felt an incredible flood of relief because I had finally found what I had been searching for and wanting for so long: faith in God and Jesus Christ and a church that is just so amazing to be a part of. The evening after I was confirmed, I wrote in my journal, “I cannot go to sleep because I am just SO happy, so excited, and so filled with joy….”

Baptism Program

Baptism Program

John 10:10: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” My decision to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has brought so much abundance to my life: an abundance of beauty, joy, love, and so much more.

I am so very grateful for the family I have that has loved me unconditionally and helped me get to where I am today. My heart is overflowing with love for them and the countless others who have helped me along the way. I know that I don’t have all the answers right now. I never will, but I have faith in Jesus Christ, and that makes all the difference going forward.

This past weekend as I was driving westward across Minnesota, I noticed the leaves. I noticed how their colors were significantly different from the weekend before. Two weeks ago, they were beautiful shades of green, yellow, and red. This week, I noticed browns, golds, and oranges in their place. As I contemplated the beauty of it all, I wondered if I would have noticed and appreciated all this beauty even one year ago.DSCN7230 As I continued to drive and think, I concluded that no, I would not have. That tiny realization reminded me, once again, how lucky I am to have been able to make the decision to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I love this church, and I love being a member of it. It inspires me to see the good and the beauty in everything and everyone. I have never felt more inspired to do good, to serve better, and to love deeper.

18 thoughts on “Why I Became A Mormon: Brittany’s Story

    • Hi AJ,
      I woud love it if you would share it on your blog. It looks like you have a great blog. I am looking forward to reading more. I am so glad you enjoyed this post and would like to share it. Thank you for reading. -Brittany

  1. Brittany, I was so happy to read your thoughts and feel of the spirit of your words. You are a very special daughter of God. I’m blessed to know you and call you friend. We still need to have you and Kevin over. Let us know when Kevin plans to be in town. Love you
    Sister Jesse

    • Hi Sister Jesse, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so grateful our paths crossed when they did. I’ll be in touch, so we can get together soon. -Brittany

    • Hi Andy, that would be fantastic if you could reblog it. Thank you so much for your kind words and interest in the blog. -Brittany

  2. Thanks for sharing! I grew up in Rochester, just south of Minneapolis and always feel a lot of affinity for other midwestern Mormons. (Passed through Utah, Chicago, and now Brooklyn, since then.)

    • Hi Ben, Thanks for checking out the blog and for posting a comment. I’ve spent some time in the Rochester 2nd ward in the past few months. It’s a great place! I hope Brooklyn is treating you well!

  3. Reblogged this on Just a Mormon Writer and commented:
    Hey everyone! So I know I wrote earlier that I wanted to post more on my blog…and well…I still do, but I have a huge deadline for my senior project at the end of this month and it’s a bit of crunch time for me. I wish this wasn’t the case, but I will get back to writing and hopefully writing more soon (I’m hoping to blog 2-3 times a week once my new “writer” site is finished.) In the meantime I really wanted to share this post. As someone who has found so much happiness and peace from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and who knows that its message is true, I found this post beautiful 🙂 Hope you enjoy.

    • I feel so blessed to be able to share my story and to have people such as yourself read it. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. -Brittany

  4. this was beautiful. I’m presently exploring the church, having (for no known reason) watched General Conference a few weeks. I’m listening to every talk by President Monson and Elder Holland that I can find right now and am slowly falling in love with this church.

    • Rachel,
      I share your enthusiasm for Thomas Monson and Jeffrey Holland. A couple of weeks ago, I downloaded every conference talk from Jeffrey Holland from the last 12 years on my phone and have gradually listened to each one on my way to and from school. I’m now cycling through that list again and I learn and feel something new each time.

      I met President Monson when I was 14 years old. He was about to speak to a large group of people, but after meeting me on his way to his speaking assignment he spent the next several minutes devoting his full attention to getting to know me – asking about my family and what I liked to do, as if I was the most important person in the world. I’ve never forgotten how kind he was to me.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!
      Anthony
      Mormon in Minnesota

  5. March 28, 2014

    Dear Brittany:

    Thank you for sharing this. It was a treat to read your story, especially given your legal background. As a former lawyer (and a philosophy major), skepticism comes naturally for me. And yes, especially much skepticism re: the LDS church. However, over time and over some of my best “objections,” I find myself growing ever closer to the church. Your words, along with the writings of Jana Riess and Joanna Brooks, have helped me on this spiritual journey. Blessings to you!

    – Christopher Dunn

  6. Hi Brittany what a beautiful story and yes even in my heart the lds Faith is true even though I never had the courage to join due to other peoples opinions plus I was in the singles ward completely ignored by the woman which was off putting however im starting to feel that feeling that I want to meet once again with the missionaries so idk im a Baptized Catholic and the main thing I love about the lds faith is there is only one god whom is god no trinity.

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