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Name: Brittany Henry
YO:How old were you when you decided it was time to change your life and why did you make that decision?
Brit: I was born and raised in church, so I grew up already practicing Christianity. Of course, as a child, you do as you’re taught. At the age of 14 was when I really started to take it seriously (I got baptized). I was Pentecostal for most of my life but then changed and I’m now LDS, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is the church I got baptized in and it changed my life.
YO:What’s a common misconception about Christianity?
Brit:The most common misconception from my experience is how naïve people think we are. We are in the world but not of it. So we may know about certain things and not do it like others, and to them we are “missing out” or we are naïve. The fact is we just choose to live a different life. Another one is the idea that our lives are boring and we don’t have fun.
YO:How do Christians ‘have fun’?
Brit:I am so adventurous; being a Christian doesn’t get in the way of that at all. I don’t know for others, but for me, fun is fun…as long as it’s not too wild haha. We go out (at least I do); to the movies, out with friends/other half (yes we can date), go to the beach…pretty much what normal people do because we are normal! We have different standards but it doesn’t make us abnormal, boring or nuns.
YO: Favourite gospel song?
Brit: ‘My Little Prayer’ by David Archuleta
Brit:Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
YO:Favourite thing to do in church?
Brit:Meet and greet people with hugs and sing.
YO:Any advice for someone who’s trying to cross the line?
Brit: Being a Christian isn’t something you come in and out of, it’s a lifestyle. So if you decide to change, be sure you’re doing it for you and no one else. The journey is not a smooth road, it is rocky and will have hurdles, but you can do it. You will make mistakes sometimes too and that’s OK because you’re not perfect. Keep trying and know that God is by your side every step of the way. Also remember, have fun! Your life doesn’t get worse, it only gets better!