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'Why I'm a Mormon': Alex BoyÉ

Editor's note: This is an excerpt from "Why I'm a Mormon" edited by Joseph A. Cannon, which includes the he testimonies of 53 influential members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I had a little experience with churches. I felt that my mom was spiritual, but her experience was with an African religion. Before I went to boarding school, I went to a church just across the street from where we lived. I really only went so I could learn English better, but it did give me joy. I didn't know why, but it just felt good to be at a church and worship.

I met my first Mormon where I worked during the summer when I was 16.

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