Sunday, July 12, 2009

Searching for God . . . in the LDS church

i was raised in the southern baptist church. we went to church sunday morning, sunday night and wednesday night. we literally never missed a sunday, and even while on vacation traveling across the country we had to stop at a church on sunday. i didn't really like the church we attended and i did not like all the rules, that were preached but not followed. i had a problem with the youth director preaching abstinence, but at church camp encouraging and allowing couples to neck madly at the picnic table. sitting in each other's lap during the programs. i was confused.

i had a good friend in school who belonged the lds church. oh how i wanted to join her church. yes there were rules, but everyone seemed to honor them and respect hem, and each other because of them. the family night seemed fun, and i tried a few times to interest my parents in trying it out but they refused. my dad went to bed early so he could get up early for work at the seabee base. my mom liked to watch payton place.

i wanted to be a mormon. i finally had the nerve to sit my mom down, in the study, and tell her. furious doesn't even touch her reaction. she came short of telling me i could no longer associate with this friend. of course she then made it hard and every time i asked to do somethign with her and her family mom had an excuse as to why i couldn't. she then sat me down to tell me all the "truth" about mormons. whatever. i was 15 at the time i stopped attending church at all. the lds church has never been far from my thoughts or my heart.

i married and we raised our children in the united methodist church and i was happy. very happy in fact. then i moved to washington 8 years ago. i church shopped, but never found a church i really cared for. we settled on a presbyterian church here in town, but again i settled.

there is a large mormon population here in town. i am drawn to it. drawn to it. i find myself reading lds sites. learning all i can. every time i see the missionaries around town i pray they will stop and talk to me. sit with me. pray with me. so far nothing.

i don't know how to shake this or if i even should. why should i? why can't i become mormon? can't people join the church at 51? from all i have read i know i can, i just need some help.

i'll keep praying. what else can i do?


  1. It sounds like you've always been drawn to the LDS church, so maybe you should just go ahead and investigate it. They've actually made it quite easy to call and ask for missionaries to come to visit you. They will also send you free videos, materials, a Book of Mormon, etc. if you are interested. You can email me privately if you feel like you want to pursue your interest, and I will give you the 800 phone number. (My email is in my profile.)

    I've been a member of the LDS (Mormon) church all my life, and I love it. I've seen may people baptized in their fifties, sixties...or whenever, so I certainly wouldn't let that stop me if I were you. Also, are you aware that you can access a lot of information about the Church at

    Good luck with whatever you decide!


  2. Hey Mari! There is a great blog called Becoming LDS--it's very good and explains things well. (If you haven't already seen it!)

    I too am LDS but joinged when I was 13. I'll echo Sue's comment in saying that if you like, you can email me. (Email in profile)

    Hope you're having a good day!!

  3. Mari,
    Do not do it. I have resources available for you that show how LDS is not true. You will be living a lie and life of deceit if you choose to go down this path.

    Check this out:

    I will stay in touch with you if that would be helpful or you can call the number and speak to Russ at the end of that testimony.

    The Bible says (Matthew 7:7-8)
    7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

    Turn to the Bible for your answers and not The Book of Mormon. Seek GOD alone.

  4. Good luck with your quest, I don't think there should be any problem joining at 51! I too am drawn to this religion because of such family and supportive atmosphere it creates. I am a devout Catholic though and if I didn't believe so firmly in my own faith (also a Southern Baptist Convert) then I would be LDS in a heartbeat!

  5. I believe everyone has the right to go to the church of their choice--that's why we live in America, isn't it? The LDS church offers a lot, so check it out and see if it is what you are looking for. Avoid reading negative articles or watching negative videos of ANY church you are looking into. They won't help you find what you want and usually aren't entirely truthful,anyway. Good luck in your search!

  6. Another website that you can visit is This site is for those who are investigating the church. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all my life.(LDS church) The gospel is the greatest gift that I could share with you or anyone. May god bless you!