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Come As You Are

With faith and testimony under increasing attack, parents can often be left wondering what they can do to help their children remain faithfully on the covenant path. Come as You Are by Samuel Norton, looks at some of the cultural aspects of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and questions if those aspects of our lives are helping connect our youth and young adults to the Source of Redeeming Love. With the notion of creating “space,” readers will understand that the opportunities to connect with Jesus are limitless, if we will give our youth and young adults the tools and the “space” to do so their way.

Readers will understand that the “space” needed to connect with our Savior can be encroached upon by
• the language we use
• the lessons we teach
• our discomfort with not having the answers
• and our binary approach to life

Giving the rising generation the opportunity to connect with Jesus Christ isn’t about just making sure that they show up at church and attend activities every week. It’s about making sure they understand Christ stands willing to welcome them as they are. It’s about recognizing that He will perfect them in the process of time. It’s about helping them see that everyone can
Come as They Are.

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Samuel Norton is a British member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, raised and living in the United Kingdom with his family. He has spent the last 18 years working with the youth and young adults, including as a Bishop in London, called at age 24, and having served in a Stake Presidency for 8 years. He is currently a seminary teacher. He and his wife Jen recently served as the FSY Session Directors for London.

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