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Summarized by Paul Pickett

LDS Church Involves Whole Family
Chicago IL Daily Southtown 23Apr00 N1
By Eloise Marie Valadez: Staff Writer

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- A Chicago area newspaper ran an article on Easter Sunday highlighting what some of the area churches were doing to add spirituality to their followers. They interviewed many people, among them a member of the LDS Church, Christine Sutarik.

"When you begin to teach children about God when they're younger, they're very open to it," agreed Christine Sutarik, a regional primary president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as The Mormon Church.

Sutarik of Evergreen Park says the church involves the entire family in services and targets children in several ways. Each Sunday, children are divided by age into groups to learn about and discuss faith.

Sutarik, whose husband is a bishop in the church, says hands-on activities and music are incorporated into the programs.

"It helps them to remember concepts," she said.

When working with children, Sutarik said, "the more senses you use, the more something is retained and the likelihood you'll remember it is greater."

Sutarik, who joined the Mormon Church at age 31, grew up lacking faith, and she "suffered."

"I knew something was missing," she said.

Sutarik thought it was important that her teenage boys be raised in a spiritual home.

"It makes an enormous difference in a person's life," she said.


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