May 2016 Diana Lando
By: Diana Lando
The winding pathway to my connection with Judaism was certainly not conventional but I believe happened for many important reasons as I continued my relationship with a faith and lifestyle that has served me well.
I was born into a very kind and loving family in Salt Lake City. And yes, I was born into a large family network of Mormons. I was taken to Sunday School every week and no choice about participation ever occurred.Programs for youth and teens continued. I grew up with high expectations for school and personal accomplishments,as both of my parents were college professors in their lifetimes. After High School, I attended and graduated from Brigham Young University.
But as many years progressed, I began "questioning" the beliefs of that faith. There were many "rules" that I felt I could not adhere to and subsequently began to pull away and ask myself why I should feel guilty about not following all the dictums and feeling "bad" about myself because I disagreed about a choice to live my personal life differently.