My Journey With God: One Catholic School Student’s Story

The following is a guest post written by Jaydalynn Chessmore. She finished sixth grade this Spring at St. Boniface Catholic School in Eligin, Nebraska.

As I was growing up as a little kid, ages 3-4, I knew about God, but I never payed much attention to him. I didn’t pray often, read the Bible, pray the rosary much either, or go to church as often. When my parents went through a divorce, I had no idea what to do at first. And then it sort of hit me.

I realized that there was still one person who I could rely on. That one person was God, I knew I could rely on his divine providence and that something good will come out of this.

After the divorce I still prayed that something good will come out of this. Soon after that my mom met a person named Tom. After that, my faith grew stronger with God. After that I prayed a lot more, read the Bible more, and I said the rosary more.

A few years later, my mom asked me if I wanted to stay at the public school I was going to, or if I wanted to switch and transfer to St. Boniface/Pope John. After a couple days, I decided I needed to grow stronger in my faith so I switched to St. Boniface/Pope John. Here I have grown my faith in God so much. Here I realized that I needed to listen more to God.

I pray a lot but, sometimes, I forget to listen to what God has to say.

One night before I went to bed I listened in my heart after I prayed and I knew that God was calling me to become Catholic. The next day I told my mom that I wanted to become Catholic. By the look on her face, I knew that she was super excited and happy for me. And I also think she was happy that I was making such an adult decision. We found a person who would give me classes whose name is Clarissa Stuhr. She said that she would be more than happy to help me and guide me through this big decision I was making. It was a great time with her and I learned so much. Clarissa helped me so much, and I’m grateful that she decided to help me to do this and help make such a big decision in my life. December 22nd, 2019 was the big day. Becoming Catholic finally happened. I am thankful to all my friends and family who were there to support me. I hope I can stay faithful to God and to the Catholic Church’s law.

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