Angela: First, I want to thank you for submitting a question to the Ask Angela Column. Yours is a story that a lot of people will be able to relate to so I think it’s great to get the discussion started.
No Church for Amy: You’re welcome! I hope I didn’t sound like I’m ungrateful or like I’m an “anti-mormon” or something because I’m really not, I just don’t think parents should be able to force their children to do things what they don’t want to do.
A: Have your parents ever forced you to do something and then it turned out to be a good thing?
NCFA: Of course! My parents are great and they’re always looking out for me, it’s just a little bit different when it comes to religion.
A: Sure, “which church to join?” is a very personal decision. I get that – so, what’s your parents exact rule?
NCFA: If you’re under 18, regardless of what you believe, you have to go to church.
A: The LDS church? Or Any church?
NCFA: I’m not sure…I never asked about different churches.
A: Do you think you’d want to go to a different church? Do you think your parents would allow that? Maybe they want you to have a religious up-bringing…but they might be open to letting you choose which type. What do you think?
NCFA: I don’t know. I think it would be weird. It would be weird to be in church without my parents or a church that did things a different way. I think that I might believe in God but I don’t know and I feel bad at the LDS church when everyone is crying and saying they “Know” things to be true and I don’t know any of that. You know? I don’t really want to go to a different church because I think most churches focus on God and I’m sure there will be people at any church crying and saying they know things and I will not feel the same way.
A: These are such real concerns, NCFA, and I think there will be a lot of comments discussed from your story that will be helpful as you try to work through this issue. Are you excited for the article to come out?
NCFA: I am. I think people will judge me, maybe? But I’m hoping that someone had this happen to them and they found a way through it.
It was really rewarding to talk to with NCFA about her situation at home. She’s a lovely girl who is having a difficult time. Read our answer to what she’s dealing with here and add your own opinion, too.
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