What led me to Friends? It was a long journey...
I grew up with an agnostic father, but my mother came from a very conservative family that belonged to a religious sect known as "the Truth". Their structure isn't dissimilar to Quakers, and although they say they come from an unbroken line since Christ, they are actually an offshoot of Quakers that is totally committed to living the Bible exactly as written... pretty much. Women aren't supposed to cut their hair or wear makeup, none of them are supposed to be exposed to things of "the world" i.e., movies, radio, etc. although nearly all of them have computers with internet
That was my exposure to religion and I "professed" my faith when I was about 14. Meetings are held in people's homes and everyone who has professed says a prayer and gives testimony each Sunday. They call one another "Friends".
As an adult I've tried to fit into mainstream churches, primarily Methodist. I just don't feel comfortable in that environment. I feel like I change who I am to fit in.
I've spent the past couple of years learning, in bits and pieces, about Quakers. I've felt moved to attend several times, but never had the opportunity until now. I'm so happy I found it! Finally, I feel that there is a place for ME, the me I really am. I don't think God wants me to change who I am, I think He (She? It?) made me the way I am and that He (She? It?) loves diversity.
Anyway...... that's how I got to where I am! Thank you for asking. It's nice to write it down.