Sunday, October 10, 2021

A Religous Journey

 Religion has been a part of my life since the day I was born.  I was born into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Though never formally baptized, I did enjoy my time there and I also enjoyed attending what was then the SDA Academy in McMinnville, Oregon.

When I turned nine, I converted to what was then referred to as Mormonism (now they insist that members be referred to as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("LDS). 

I have no interest in speaking ill of the church and its members.  It's just that I started seeing another religion and I want out.  It's as simple as that.  I officially resigned a few days ago.  I can only assume that my name is removed from the records of the church. 

I'm taking RCIA classes, which are required for any adult wishing to be baptized Catholic, and baptism will apparently be on Easter Vigil.  The website that I linked to does not belong my parish, but the principles are absolutely the same.

I'm really more interested in the new things that I learn about Catholicism.  I've been attending mass for several months, and I have to be honest: I've felt the presence of the Holy Ghost more strongly than I ever did in the LDS church.  

In fact, the first time that I went to mass, I was in tears.  I was absolutely floored by the beauty, the love and the respect for our Lord.  Once  composed myself, I stopped by the parish office to see what the requirements for baptism are.  And now I'm living the dream: taking RCIA classes, and baptism is not far away.

From Seventh-day Adventism to Mormonism and finally to Catholicism, it's been a wonderful journey, and this latest trek will be quite a journey to remember.