Emily, why do you pray before you go to bed every night?
Well, Mom says it's what God wants. So, I do it for mom so she knows I love God just as much as she does.
The Next Morning
Well, that is a tricky question, only you can decide what you believe. But, I believe He listens.
Mommy, I have a question. How do we know God listens to our prayers at night?
My mom said I am the only one who can decide what is right in God, and now I dont know what to believe in.
Well, my mom says that there is only one true religion. Which is Judaism.
Well my dad says that Mormons are the true carriers of Gods word.
What I told my sister after she asked me that question was true, I did pray for my mom. She loved God and so would I. I had never had anyone question it before this night.
Sweetheart, you should not be this concerned about discovering your truth about religion at your age. All that matter is you have a personal connection to God and you decide your own morals and rules. You can take time to discover your truth.
Only you can decide what you believe. I had never thought about my own personal choice in the matter of religion, it all had been up to my parents but now I got my first taste of free-will.
Talk it out
All of these new types of religions I was exposed to in school shifted my opinion and bias about Chiristianity. I had never heard these religions and I was beyond curious.
God loves me and I love God. And that is my Truth, my faith, and my religious practice.
IOutside is always where I had done my best thinking, and now more than ever I needed to think. I decided to go to my mother and talk about my confusion with religion and God, she would help.
What in the world am I supposed to believe in now?
This conversation made me fully realize it is not a race or compition to see who gets religion and Gods word right. It is about my relationship with God, personal and spirtually connected to Him with no outside interference, My Truth,
Mom, I don't understand anymore. I thought God and religion was simple, but now I just don't know what religion is correct or not.
Even now, years later religion and God is a tricky subject. But, I have grown and changed and what really matters to me is what my mother said to me years ago. It is my personal connection to God that really matters and this is my Truth. Forever growing, changing, and expanding and I am happy.