Billy Kerwin

I wanted to use my faith statement as a way to tell you all about my experience in my confirmation class. Thank you all for letting me wait one year to do my confirmation so I could do it with my cousin. Landon is my cousin and my best friend. It meant a lot to me to be able to do my confirmation with him. I love how understanding St John seems to be with trying to do what they can for people. They seem more in touch with people. St John always tries to make the church a place that gives you comfort instead of more stress and pressure to be perfect. I often feel more comfortable here and after spending time doing more than just church services it makes me feel like I belong. I also like how kind Ms. Strus was in helping me through the acolyting. I am always so tired. I’m not a morning person. I’m not crabby. It just takes me awhile to wake up all the way. When I’m tired I don’t talk a lot. But she knew I was super tired and she never seemed to mind. She was always so kind and helpful to get me through it. She always had a smile and we had a lot of good conversations which made the hole thing not stressful. I am very thankful for how kind she was every time I saw her. I enjoyed the laid back feeling of the confirmation classes. I am glad that I was allowed to use my personal bible from home. Instead of using a older more complicated bible. When my Mom & Dad told me I was going to take confirmation classes, and I was worried it would feel like school. I thought I was going to dread every week. But it wasn’t like I thought it would be. I wasn’t sure what the purpose was for a confirmation class. I thought it was going to be just like a second church service. It was different. I like how we talked about themes or what a scripture meant, in a relaxed way. I like how we started each class talking about how we saw God in our daily lives. I like how my mom and others had seen God somewhere different than me. It was reminder that even though the world has some terrible things happening in it, you can always find something good. All you have to do is look for it. Don’t focus on just the negatives in life. Sometimes it’s something like a beautiful eclipse. Other times it will be a person acting with the spirit of God’s kindness towards others. Like how a town will come together, complete strangers, to help others in need. I am glad that we are required to take the Sunday school classes. I did not know that they had Sunday school classes during a service. I loved the Sunday school a lot. It was a very fun class that I enjoyed a lot. We talk about two stories. One was about Jonah and the whale. I learned that he hated the Ninevites and was angry at God for his forgiveness towards them after repenting. The Second story was about how we were similar to sheep, in how Jesus is our shepherd. He cares for us all and watches over us. I like how there are two different church services to choose from each week. I think that my dad would like the later service. He likes music a lot. He has only gone to the early service so far. I t is nice that there are these choices because to come people’s schedule and for people who like different styles. This is a good example of our church trying to get people to come to church. I don’t know any other church that has a different style of church services to choose. I went to Good Shepherd Lutheran school until 5th grade. So I am a little familiar with the bible also I am use to going to church. I am surprised on how closely related the Lutheran religion is to St. John. One thing seems minor but always threw me off was in the Lord’s Prayer. Was how instead of saying “forgive those that trespass against us. “ St. John says “forgive our debtors.” I am curious why they use different words for the prayer. In conclusion, I feel like this was a very unique way of learning about the Christian religion. I still have lots of questions but, I do have less than when I started the confirmation classes. I’m sure that I will learn more as the classes continue. My family plan to keep coming to church after I am confirmed. So I will keep learning I enjoyed talking to others at the church. I was happy to experience acolyting. It surprised me. I though it was going to be an all day thing. It wasn’t as bad as the other kids expressions told me from Good Shepherd. Thank you for allowing me to do it this year, I appreciate it a lot. I enoyed it.

Bre Johnson

I believe god is my guide. He will guide me through rough times and helps me do the right thing. He also helps and likes to influence others to also be good and do the right things. I also believe he is the father to everyone and anything on this earth no matter what they look like or are. God has power and created the good in people. I feel god has called me to spread his name and to help and be kind to others help the ecosystem and one of my good thing helping make sad people happy. To me god is good he is not evil he likes to show people there way. I believe jesus is the son of god. I believe he had once came to this earth and died for us on the cross. I believe he is one of the most caring and loving person who sacrificed himself for the life of more people and me. I believe he will forgive us when we have done something wrong. And we admit to it and talk about our problems. I also believe he will really think and appreciate our words we choose to say. I believe jesus went through a lot of pain and given the pain so we are forgiven for our sins. To be a follower of jesus means to the world to me. I want to follow his footsteps and make very good choices when I am in a really bad situation. Jesus is a very amazing person and I am so glad and happy to be a follower of him. I think the role of me as a Christian and others also the church is to spread god’s name. I also feel that if you see someone who doesn’t believe in god or has a had time believing in god of jesus. That Christians need to help them and maybe try to slowly help them believe. I think everyone should go to mission trips to big places and small places in the town to make a difference and help. I also think Christians should volunteer to read a scripture in church or do the offering and express their talent in church. This year in confirmation I learned that god had a very specific reason to put us on earth. I learned god called each person to play a big role in this world. Also to work together to make it happen. God has such a great power and created the world. I also learned what it meant to become part of the church. In confirmation I learned that I was called from god for a big huge reason. He put me on this earth to accomplish it and achieve my dreams. In confirmation I also became closer to jesus and god and also to friends. I that the Bible helps me understand the Christian role that people play in the world. It also might help me to decide the right things in the wrong things to do in life. If I need to get understanding of Jesus and his life story I would go to the Bible for help.

Emily Vandersand

I believe God Created Heaven and Earth and all things, in six days and God rested on the seventh day. I believe God created Man in his image, he made Adam from the dust and Eve from Adam’s rib. The two are actually one, therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and join his wife and shall become one flesh. I believe in God’s Laws given to Moses, The Ten Commandments, which was written by The finger of God. I was baptized by Rev. Dr. Dave Stabenfeldt at the EUCC and ever since I was little my family raised me up in a Christian Household. I believe Baptism is an invitation of The Holy Spirit after I repent on my sins. My Mom and Dad always try their best to teach me right from wrong and if I ever need help and I tell them what I’m confused about or what I need help with they will assist me. I believe in God, The Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit as one and want to feel more connected to the Chruch. The Scripture that I had chosen is Proberbs 3:5-6, the Scripture states “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.” This scripture is meaningful to me because in life things can be difficult but some of the most important things can be simple. All you have to do is believe and trust in god and he will point you in the right direction. I chose this verse because I feel like it is really important to know this because in our day and age people are really struggling in finding themselves and God. But, this Scripture is saying if you just trust in god he will take you in the right direction. To me the New Testament is mostly centered on Love, Understanding, and Forgiveness. I try my best to be as understanding and forgiving as I can even though it an be really hard sometimes. There are so many people hurting and struggling around me and I pray for them. Something I enjoyed while being in confirmation was how on the way there I got to spend time with my Brother, John, and I like the discussions we would have in class. I believe that confirmation is reaffirmation of my Christian beliefs and some churches use it for membership. I believe Salvation is a gift from God. It is by his grace through faith alone in the sole belief that Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose from the dead, so that I may have eternal life. You can not enter the Kingdom Of Heaven through you own merit. I believe The Bible is The Word Of God and I believe every word of The Bible. I do not understand some statements in The Bible, it is then when I ask God for understanding and guidance. I believe God is only good, I believe there is good and evil in the world. I believe God cast Satan out of Heaven as a fallen angel. I believe Satan is just evil. I believe in free will and that humans choose to be good or bad. I believe all people are sinners, that fall short of Jesus’ two commandments; Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandments. And the second is like unto, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and prophecies of The Bible. I really like confirmation I got to meet and talk to other people I didn’t really know before confirmation. It’s nice meeting some of the other people I didn’t really know in the community and finally go to meet. We also discussed about a lot, like where we saw God that week and I thought that was really interesting to talk about. I think it is normal in life to have questioning things and struggling is all about the Journey of Life. Life gives us all sorts of things. It holds love, happiness, forgiveness, doubt, sadness, and a chance. That is the way life’s supposed to be. It gives us an Opportunity. Not just an Opportunity it is the Opportunity to be saved, all you have to do is repent for your sins and place your faith in Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior and you are saved. We are all loved by Jesus no matter what you do or who you are, you are loved by Jesus. Jesus is always with you. Jesus said “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” And he also said “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus loves us and gave his life up for all of us and that’s why I believe.

Grace Lanier

My Confirmation journey has sure been an unforgettable experience. Through Wednesday night classes, Sunday worship, and Sunday School my faith has changed in many ways for the better. One way that my faith has changed is through finding God every week. I have begun to see him in different people and situations. I remember when I met with my prayer partner, Cindy Welch, she told me that she saw God in every single person, in different ways for different reasons. That got me thinking and began to make me look for God in people, which also began to help me to see the good in people. For example, I see God in my soccer coach, Jerry, every practice and game, because of him I am the soccer player that I am today. I see God in him because of that, every time one of my teammates of I have a breakthrough or learn something new. I chose my Confirmation verse, Joshua 1:9, “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.” I chose this verse because I felt like it applied to my life in many ways. For example, when I think about big things in my life that are coming up, and as I have watched my older brother and cousins go through things like starting high school, learning to drive, playing high school sports, graduating high school, picking a college to go to, and so much more. I felt that this verse applied to everything that I am about to face in my future. To always remember that God is with me, and that I have nothing to be afraid of. This Confirmation journey has been difficult for me. I am used to being told at school this is how you solve that problem, or this is what happened on this day in history, and this is what you should think about it. I am used to everything being black and white, but in confirmation it isn’t. You choose what you believe and what you think about it, you build your own faith with your own views and opinions on it. I have always gotten things easily at school. School has just come naturally to me, that type of learning has always made sense to me. But, building your own faith, that has been a struggle for me. About halfway through my Confirmation journey, my Mom and I sat down and I told her that I was having trouble understanding who God is, and why we worship him. She shared her views and opinions. After that talk I began to think about what she had said and thought about what stuck out in my mind about my faith, and it has changed throughout this journey. As I was going through Confirmation my Grandpa was diagnosed with Leukemia Cancer. While we were all going through that I realized how blessed my family and I are to have many so many people who were texting, calling, praying, and offering help. Thanks to all of those people it has helped my family and I get through a tough time, and now my Grandpa is in remission and things are going a lot better. In February, I went on an NJHS trip to Chicago for a LEAD conference. Through the sessions, I realized how blessed that I am. Keith Hawkins would always end his sessions by giving anybody who wanted to a chance to go up on stage and tell somebody there how thankful they were that they were in their life. There was one girl who went up there, and before she could even get the words out of her mouth, she was crying. She talked about how she had a terrible home life, was in eight classes instead of seven, when three of them were college classes, she played five sports had three jobs, and took care of her two younger siblings, basically full time. As she was talking I started to think of how blessed I was that I didn’t have to deal with all of those obstacles. All that I have to worry about is school, sports, and keeping my room clean. I also saw God in her because of all that she does and overcomes and still was able to smile and have a fun weekend with her friends. This helped me to realize how everyone faces unique challenges, and no matter what is ahead of me, I am blessed with the support of friends and family. And, just as my verse says, God will be with me through all that I go through. I am very thankful that I had this Confirmation experience for my faith to grow, and expand my horizons as a person.

John Vandersand

I was raised a Christian by my parents. I was baptized at St. John EUCC. Despite my parents surrounding forcing me into this, I have decided for myself that I have faith in God. I recognize that God is our architect and guide. God is our savior and judge. I believe that God loves each one of his creations and hopes we all find our way. He wishes that we do not sin, but stay virtuous. God will guide us through our conscious and our surroundings. If you pray to God he will hear it. When he answers it, it might not be the answer you expect or hope for, but it is an answer. God guides me when I struggle. I ask for strength and adaptability to get through whatever comes my way. With God’s gifts and guidance, I make it through the paths I need to walk. I face many challenges, but so do most other people. I do not fear what comes my way, because God will never test us beyond our own power. When we need assistance, God will give us the strength we need. God wants us to serve him and each other. He wants us to put him first above all others. We must [ay the most reverence and love to our creator. We must also love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This is a reasonable request because we are all God’s Children. We are also to love our enemies. Doing good to those who hate us sounds a bit more difficult, but it makes sense. Our enemies are also children of God They may be misguided and wrong, or we may be misguided and wrong. Instead of facing our enemies, we should pray that they find the correct path, and hope they pray that we find the path of righteousness as well. Even if it is not possible, we should try to be merciful, accepting, and loving to all, just like or creator. The Ten Commandments are a good set guidelines for obeying God. They are a guide on how to be the best Christian. I am the Lord thy God, thou shall not have any gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord you God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, or property. I try to obey these requests from God. To disobey God is to sin. We are mortal sinners and sin is inevitable. Even I have committed sin in the past. We all have. Thankfully we have been forgiven by God. God sent us his only born son, Jesus the Christ. He died by crucifixion for our sins. If we accept Christ as our savior, we will be cleansed of our sins. If we are cleansed of our sins, we will be able to enter Heaven. Heaven is eternal life and an end to the suffering, unlike Hell, which is eternal death and suffering. Heaven is life through the Holy Trinity and a feeling of being together with God. If we trust in God and Jesus, we will be granted the free gift of eternal happiness. I believe Heaven is to be with God and to join him in his business. O do not imagine Heaven as a place with harps and choir singing, but a place of communication and conversation with God and each other. We get to stand beside God in his realm. I believe that if I had not doubted the things I now have faith in, I would not have such strong faith. I believe that faith and doubt work together. You can’t have true strong faith in something if you haven’t doubted it. You can’t doubt something without having faith in its possibility. I believe I must know something through finding the limit of its doubt. I hope to become a member of this St. John EUCC and continue to attend services after my confirmation. I plan on passing confirmation class and become a member of the church. I will stay active in the church and help out with church activities. I believe that Christianity has two sets of meaning. The old testament and its teachings and purpose is to teach us obedience, discipline and morality. The new testament is mostly about love, acceptance and forgiveness. I believe that both the messages in the old and new testaments are important. I would say that the new testament is the more important of them. I t show us that we will be accepted, loved, and forgiven.

Kevin Schuette

For many months now I have been meeting twice a week in confirmation class and Sunday school to learn about God and the church. Between Pastor Katie Jo and my Sunday school teachers, I have learned so much. There is also a great deal I have learned from my mom and dad. Since as far as I can remember, my mom and dad have always taught me to believe in God. To trust in him in times of trouble and to try to never stop believing in him. They have also taught me that no matter how big or small my problem is, I can always talk to God. That God always has time to listen and to never be afraid to tell him anything. I believe that God created the universe and created man and woman. And that God is always looking down on us. So we should always do what we believe God would do. I have learned that God is visible in three persons, the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit. That Jesus is God’s only begotten son. That Jesus died on the cross so that one day we could enter his kingdom. I have also learned the suffering Jesus went through for us. I learned about the ten commandments. How the people were lost. God made the ten Commandments to show them the way. I believe we should always honor the ten commandments because that is what God would like for us to do. I was very excited to do my service projects. It was so gratifying and fun to be around so many people who were enjoying themselves by helping others. From helping my mom and dad in the yard, I got to experience the fun when you spend time with people who love you. Working at the soup kitchen was just as gratifying because to see the people come thru the line hungry and still have such a smile on their face was amazing to me. They were no different from me or you. They were just so thankful for everything. Which made me think how thankful I am for everything and everybody I have in my life. We have learned how people were starving back in Jesus’ time. He told them not to worry and he would take care of them. One person took some food for themselves. God then turned the food into bugs. This showed how much power God has and how we should trust in God and he will take care of us. Over the course of the last few months, I have come to realize what church really means to me. It is not just a place that I have to come to each week, but more like a place I want to come to each week. It is a place to gather and worship with friends. It is a quiet place where I can feel a little closer to God. I have seen pictures of how our church has grown over the years and I believe will keep growing. I realize there are many different religions in the world. That people may worship God differently or a totally different God. That people may try to change my views on religion or what my beliefs are. But God to me will always be the same. He is the creator of all. He gave us his only son, so we may one day be able to enter his kingdom. He gave us life and we should be thankful to him every day. I know as life goes, there may be many challenges ahead. But I know that if I believe in God, I can always come to him for guidance to help me along life’s way.

Landon Harmon

Through this process of confirmation, I have questioned myself on what faith means to me. Combined with what I have learned in confirmation class and my life at home and school here is what I believe faith and religion mean to me. I would like to start with a quote that I read and liked and wanted to share. “Your calling is meant for you, not everyone else. Everybody may not get it, and that’s okay. It’s not for them. They weren’t designed for this. You were. God didn’t place it in their heart. He placed it in yours. If we left the plans and purposes of our life in the hands of people, our entire life would be conformed to what people want to see instead of who God made us to be, and that’s just no way to live.” –Brittney Moses Church - I’m not going to lie; I don’t go to church very often. Actually, before confirmation class started, I barley went at all. I did attend VBS every summer with my cousins and always had a great time. Through this process, I have learned that even if you don’t go to church every week it is important to go as much as possible. Church strengthens your relationship with god and others in the community. I have also met some new people during confirmation class. My prayer partner, Harry, told me a story that helped to see God. He said that while helping the church an event, he passed out and was taken to the hospital. He explained that while he was in the hospital he saw two things…one white light and one black void. He determined these objects as life or death. This really made me think about people with near death experiences and what they see. Family - A huge part of my faith comes from my family. I am super blessed with two big loving families. Both of my families have a lot of faith and have taught me a lot. Most importantly, they taught me God loves everyone equally. I am also lucky to have a lot of very good friends. Most of the time we are joking around and goofing off but sometimes we have serious conversations about God and even though we all have different views, we can all agree that God is most definitely real and we can see him in a lot of life situations. Education - In 5th grade, I had a teacher named Mrs. Rawls. She would frequently talk about her faith in Jesus. In fact, the first thing she asked the class was “Do you believe in god?” Later in the year I was struggling with a paper she asked me “How often do you pray?” I answered by saying that I prayed when I felt it was needed. She told me that God is not only there when you need him but he is always there and I can pray whenever I need guidance from him. Faith in my Future – I hope that later in life, God will bless me with college acceptance and good degree. I also hope I will be blessed with a great wife and a good family and the Shiba Inu that I have been begging my parents for. In conclusion, God has helped me throughout my life and I have faith that he will continue to in my future.

Lilly Hoyt

As I started to write this I had no clue what to write about. My mom was always throwing out ideas and asking my opinion on them and my response was always I don’t know. It wasn’t until I got serious about writing and getting this done that I decided to write about God and my belief in attending church I have many questions about my belief and my mom tells me that is normal and that she wasn’t always a strong believer. It wasn’t until she lost my older brother Vinny in birth that she developed her deep relationship with God. After the shock wore off and the she was in the final stages of grieving she got mad and boy was she and at God. She screamed, she yelled but most of all she wanted to know why, and answer she will have to wait to receive hopefully a long time from now. She had many fights with God during that first year and then on the first anniversary of Vinny’s birth/death she received a sign from God. She was waiting to get picked up to go to the cemetery and thought she heard a car door so she looked outside and walking up the driveway was this perfect all white dove, it walked half way up stopped looked at her and turned and walked down the driveway. Somehow during all of this she thought to get her camera to take pictures. She finally felt peace and knew everything was going to be alright. The anger went away that day and she has incredible pictures of this perfect white dove. She still didn’t regularly attend church but she was a deep believe at that point. It wasn’t until right after she had me that she started to attend a church regularly and it was here at St. John. Even though she never used or needed community support; as a single parent she felt it was important to have people with the same Christian beliefs in our lives. Even though she never told me her belief on the church until recently and she never forced me to go regularly somehow I ended up with similar belief. You see I believe in God and I believe in supporting our community and being involved in community service, however I don’t believe you have to attend a building to receive God. While it is nice to have a place to come together with like minded people to worship; I don’t believe it is necessary. I believe each individual can have their own time and place to receive God and if you listen close enough you will find him everywhere you look. He is in the amazing sunset you see, he is in the animals, he is in the growth of food, he is in the strength he gives to people to endure whatever comes their way, he is in knowledge each person has to do great things. Not everyone has the option to get to that building, some don’t live near or have a mode of transportation to get there. Some people have anxiety that prevents the, from engaging with large crowds. That’s ok as long as they take the time to worship in their own way and have the close connection with their creator. Sometimes politics work it’s way into worship, sometimes current events work it’s way into worship and someone else’s belief is being stated when there are other people who don’t share that belief. I feel if you go to church it should be a place to hear God’s word and to forget about current and political agendas. It should be a place for people to escape that and learn how to serve God better and to learn how to be a better person. It should be uplifting and you should leave motivated and ready to take on the world to serve God. There is too much negativity in the world, I need to learn how to better myself, deepen my belief and avoid temptation. I feel the church doesn’t focus on this enough, you can go back hundreds of years in all religions and find corruption and personal agenda. I do believe that a home church is needed as you can’t complete all the sacraments without one. Maybe watching too much History Channel has shaped my belief, maybe it is what I have witnessed during my journey. I do know that my journey has just begun and maybe like my mom my ideas and beliefs will change overtime but for now I believe in God, I will follow his teachings and I will try to be the best Christian I can be and help as much as possible. You may find me in church one Sunday and the next I may be in a beautiful location on my own.

Nathan Weil

My name is Nathan Weil and I am excited to share my faith journey with you. I was baptized at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where my family and I attended until I was 10 years old. My family wanted to try a different church that was more engaging so we visited St John’s mainly because that is where we attended Preschool. On our first visit, the Pastor talked about the movie Brother Bear, which was a little weird but refreshing to see them talk about a modern day Disney movie like it was a story in the Bible. This is something you would probably not see happen at St. Peter and Paul. The second time we visited they talked about a new movie called Frozen. The movie was used as an example to compare the main characters to the Disciples and how they followed what they believed in. Which is a god reminder of why we attend Confirmation and the reason we are writing this paper, to share, explore, and follow what we believe in. A big part of learning about religion for me was while attending Good Shepherd Lutheran School. During this time I learned about religion and the teachings of the scriptures. But Confirmation class has taught me more about my faith. My faith is my personal relationship with God. I’m thankful for learning about both but knowing and understanding the difference is important to me. No matter what my religion is my personal relationship with God will get me through tough times, make me stronger, and will be my guide. St. John’s is my church home now, and I feel comfortable and supported here. It is said often during service here, “All are welcomed” which I’m proud of and thankful for. The idea that all are welcomed in God’s house is a big part of my faith. In Confirmation, some of my favorite things we talked about was different religions, in, and free will. When we talked about religion we explored five including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism which offers us perspective and acceptance. When we explored the topic of sin it was a great discussion that didn’t lead to guilt but to what is sin and what can lead to sin. Free will was another great discussion and we were not told what to think or believe but were allowed to form our own thoughts and opinions. This is very important at our age because we have to make the tough decisions, understand our boundaries, and figure out how our faith fits into our world. So giving us the free will to think about it and come up with our own answers helps us better understand and remember. One of the biggest things I think I will remember about confirmation is how we started each class. Each class we were asked “Where did you see God this week?” I learned through this activity that God is everywhere! Honestly, I see him in the smallest things like swimming, laughter, or my sister coming home from college. I can never be along because my faith tells me God is always with me, for the small stuff, the big stuff, and everything in between.

Ricki Merlak

In my journey through confirmation I have learned many things that I had no clue about. At the beginning of Confirmation Katie Jo told our class to pick a scripture from the bible to memorize. At first I thought, “How am I going to find a verse and memorize it?” When I did find the scripture I wanted to use, it fit me perfectly. My verse is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I chose this verse because it fits into so many people’s lives. For example, when you are in sports and you have an uncountable number of sprints to do he strengthens you to complete. If you have an illness or have to have surgery he is there to strengthen you and your family to keep going When I think of my scripture, I think of Kelley Liljegren. My family followed her journey as she battled cancer for many years. I am sure there were many days that she wanted to give up but looked to Christ for strength. Kelley touched so many lives and Christ lived through Kelley through her inspiration to everyone she came in contact with. I believe that Christ also gave her family strength to keep supporting her and walking next to them in this difficult journey. I also learned to trust in Christ even though at times it doesn’t seem like it is very fair. In the end I have learned that Christ is with us in the bad, good or when we don’t think he is there at all. It is hard to put all of your trust in Christ. I feel like no matter how much trust you have in Christ you will always have questions. Why? How? For example whenever you get sick right before a big event and can’t make it. You immediately thing why me? Why am I the one sick? I also believe when you do put your trust in Christ and you were to go skydiving for example, but you are extremely afraid of heights. You trust Christ that you will be okay and be able to complete that task. You will wonder how in the world did I just do that? I have also wondered, why does Christ take good people before he takes all of the other people that are robbing banks, shooting schools, or doing drugs? Why did he decide to take my grandpa before I could meet with him? Why did he take inspirational people before the criminals? Through this year of learning things about the bible, prayer, and Christ I still wonder why do these things happen. As I grow as a Christian I hope to clarify these questions. My start to my journey of learning about Christ, the bible and prayer began when I was baptized. I have learned that in the Christian church everyone has their own beliefs. Such as some people choose to baptize their children when they are young, like I was. Some people believe that they should wait until after confirmation or when they are an adult, so they can make their own decision on their faith. In my mind there is no right or wrong with what you believe. If you believe one thing your neighbor may not believe the same thing as you or you may have similarities, but certain things are different between another. I have enjoyed confirmation this year and have learned a lot. I still have a lot more that I would like to learn and hope to find answers as I get older and as I continue my journey as a member of St. John EUCC.