When is it Right?

by The Evans Fam on May 7, 2008

I’m just becoming a Christian and I’d like to know how and when the best time to join a church or home group is. I’d like to and I love reading and studying alone, but I am slightly apprehensive about going public. I feel I will be judged by others, even Christians. Is this a common fear when starting on the path to God? ~Kayleigh

Hi Kayleigh,

There isn’t necessarily a right answer to this question. The best time for you to join would most likely be different for someone else. The best thing you can do is to pray about it. Read the scripture in the Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:3-6. There is a wonderful promise made there.

You are not alone in this. I believe that everyone has these feelings at one time or another on their journey to our Heavenly Father. I was raised in the Christian faith but am a convert to the LDS Church. It took me a while to get up the courage to attend our meetings but I was so happy once I did. I was welcomed with open arms and everyone was very accepting and helpful.

There is a lot of support in our church, as there is in several others I have attended. Depending on your status in life there are activities for youth, single adults, married couples, etc. It is a great support system. Try not to feel as though you are being judged. Also, remember that those who are judging you will be held accountable for that. In the LDS church you will attend a ward or branch, depending on where you live. It’s a smaller group of friends and neighbors close to where you live and they will truly become family to you. Let me know if you need help finding out which ward you would attend.

Just be true to your faith and to yourself. Know that if and when you join a church that it is the right thing for YOU. Pray fervently and listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost. You are on the right path with your scripture studies. Keep that up and seek answers from them. Good luck!

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