✝️ Midwest Religion
Having grown up on the Southside of Chicago, I was surrounded by Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, and non-denomination Christians. If you had asked me when I was a kid what a Latter Day Saint was, I probably would've replied in the form of a blank stare. The reason? Before my husband enlisted in the United States Army, I had never heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints.
It wasn't until he was stationed overseas on an installation in Germany that I first met a member. We'll call her "Kay." Coincidentally, Kay and her husband happen to be born-and-raised Idahoans who went on to become dear friends of ours. It was through the lens of their friendship that my first ideas and opinions about Idaho and the LDS community were formed, and I'm so grateful for that.
❤️ Kindred Spirits
Fast forward from our four years in Germany to our eight years in Star, Idaho, and I've learned even more about what Latter Day Saints believe. And what I've learned, I've learned from one of my best friends. We'll call her "Lou."
From the moment our paths crossed nearly five years ago in the parent room at Mountain West Gymnastics, I knew Lou was a kindred spirit. From how we're raising our daughters, to our sense of humor and views on life, we go together like stale Gold Fish and minivans. An outsider looking in would never know that Lou and I come from different faiths. As far as we're concerned, that's how it should be.
Faith & Friendship
Despite what some might expect, the depths of our respective faiths have brought us closer together over the years. Agendas? There aren't any. Expectations? We don't dabble in those. Come Sunday morning, we sit in different pews in different churches on opposite sides of the Treasure Valley. And just like that, life and our friendship goes on.