Converts association gives support to new church members

Along with the several other cultural associations on campus, there is a Converts Association. They meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Manwaring Center.

The association’s mission is to give the students of BYU-Idaho students a spiritual setting, a place to learn and to serve others, and to grow closer to the Savior, according to the Converts Association’s Facebook page.

“We want to help them feel like they have a family support because a lot of them don’t,” said Miriam Carmack, the president of the Converts Association and a junior studying art.

Carmack said their focus is to have good, wholesome family meetings every single week.

“We want to help them focus on their covenants,” Carmack said.

The association is meant to help students get to know others, inspire and grow to reach their potential, and to teach and encourage one another, according to the association’s Facebook page.

“I love that this association is global,” Carmack said. “No boundaries, no culture necessarily. It’s all the cultures. It’s all inclusive in that sense.”

Carmack said they have lots of different activities planned for this semester including skits, a temple trip, sledding and a service project.

The association is also open to any ideas that the members have to help them fulfill their purpose.

Carmack said they are planning on having spiritual birthday parties as well for those who are in the association.

“A spiritual birthday party is when they celebrate the day they were baptized on,” Carmack said.

Carmack said they would also have tender mercy moments at their meetings.

“It’s so they can reflect on how the Lord is touching their life,” Carmack said.

Carmack said anyone could join the association whether they are a recent convert or a long-time member and everyone in between.

“If you want to be part of a great group doing fun things that have a spiritual note to them then this is a great way to do that,” Carmack said.


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