How to Tell Your Parents You’re Joining the LDS Church

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The following article was originally written by Greg Trimble for LDS Living. 

Those who want to become members of the LDS Church are often fearful of how their families might respond. Here is some great advice for those who want to join the Church but don’t know how to break the news to their parents.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that a common reason for not being baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “my parents would freak out,” or “my parents would disown me.” There are hundreds of variations on those sentiments, but I think it’s safe to say that many people don’t officially join the Church because deep down they don’t want to disappoint their parents.

Those who face that decision don’t just read Matthew 10:34-37 . . . they are living it:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

And sometimes the fulfillment of these words from the Savior can be excruciating.

Read Trimble’s full article at

Kylie is a writer at and graduate of BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in a Chicago suburb where she gained a passion for the Chicago Cubs. She enjoys writing and live event video production.