How do I decide which church I should belong to?


I am a 23-year-old single mother of two boys. I never attended church as a child except with friends every once in a while. I don’t want to raise my children the way I was raised and I would like them to attend church. The problem is which one? I know this is probably hard but could I get a basic summary of what the Catholic teachings are? I have narrowed my choice of churches so far down to Church of Christ, Latter-Day Saints, and the Catholic Church. Perhaps you could tell me the differences between the churches and why I should chose to attend a Catholic church? Thank you.


The easiest way to decide which church you should belong to is to find out which Church Jesus Christ founded. To be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, so it makes sense that the primary goal of someone seeking to live a Christian life is to attend Christ’s own Church.

The only church that can trace its history back to Jesus Christ himself is the Catholic Church. The Latter-Day Saints were founded by Joseph Smith in the nineteenth century and the United Church of Christ – assuming that is the denomination of the “Church of Christ” to which you referred – was founded in 1957. Similarly, all other Christian churches were founded centuries after Christ, with the sole exception of the Catholic Church.

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Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth
How to Become a Catholic**
Exploring the Catholic Church by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
Catholicism for Dummies by Frs. John Trigilio and Kenneth Brighenti

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