It's amazing how our examples can influence people in ways we don't even realize. Take, for instance, this family that became drawn to the Church after watching Mormon families on YouTube.
In the summer of 2014, during a time of high stress in my own family, I found myself watching YouTube video after YouTube video of families recording the mundane details of their close-knit lives. They all seemed so incredibly happy and the way their families interacted was exactly what I wished for my family. I loved my family and knew that they loved me, but my husband was working long, tiresome hours at the car dealership, and I grew lonely and worried that our family was growing apart because we weren't together very often. These YouTube families seemed to have something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but I knew that I wanted it.
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I grew up in Newark, NY and had a generally happy upbringing with my parents and younger brother James. From the time I was in middle school, we started attending our local Episcopalian “home” church in our town. I quickly grew to love the service I would participate in as a youth group member. I even loved going to church with my parents and brother on Sundays. I really felt that it unified our family. Even though I loved of those things, I always found myself looking for something else...something to “complete” me.
Fast forward seven years. I had graduated from high school and was in my second year of college when I met my future husband. He was such a wonderful man from the beginning; I just knew he was the one. We met, fell in love, moved in together and got married in 2010. We spent most of our days working or going to school.