In my life, I have come across different religions such as Christianity and Judaism. I grew up in a Christian household and I have come across Judaism with family friends and even my own family. I have attended Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s for my family friends and I got to see a bit of Jewish culture and tradition which I greatly appreciated that I could be a part of. Along with experiencing Judaism, my aunt converted from Christianity to Judaism when she married my uncle. I got to see a conversion of religions which was very cool and fascinating. I have been guided in the right direction in regards to my faith by my parents, my youth leader and my grandmother. I have been open to learning about other religions and I accept other religions.
My parents were very influential in the development of my story. They have been with me every step of the way through everything I have encountered throughout my life. “We will always be here for you no matter what, supporting you with everything in life. God will always be there for you and he will love you unconditionally and he will support you and guide you” (mom and dad). My youth leader has been very inspirational when talking to my youth group. “God is present in all of us, whether we choose to acknowledge him or not. God will always be there and you can talk to him about anything. He does not judge and will forever listen to you” (youth pastor). My grandmother was always playing music and loved to get dressed up for church and to spread God’s love. She made me excited to go to church and spread my faith. “Believing in God is important and it can help you with everything. God will always guide you in the right direction when you are unsure of where to go in life. Always remember that you have people in your world that you can always turn to when you feel down or can’t quite get back up from a fall. Never stop believing” (grandmother).
Since forever, my family prays at every single meal whenever we really can, we pray every holiday and we always thank God for everything that we have in our lives; in the past we’ve gone to church every Sunday and my siblings and I have participated in youth group, Sunday school and after church gatherings.
Within my faith community, I would participate in youth group, Sunday school, and youth mission trips. Every week, once a week I would participate in my youth group. There were two different youth groups at my church, one for middle school kids and the other for the high school kids. When I first joined my church, I was in the middle school youth group. I made lots of friends in the group and we got along well. My youth leader at the time was not too great at scheduling. They were sporadic which was not very helpful to parents who couldn’t always drive the kids to the meetings. But never the less when we all were able to get together for a meeting, the meetings were always fun. There would always be fun games to play, and lots of yummy snacks and we’d learn good decent...