Montreat, North Carolina is often called a thin place. This is because at Montreat, the space between God, and his people is sparse. For all who visit, Montreat is a very special place. Many say that the youth conferences are where some of their fondest memories were made. In my case, the Montreat Youth Conferences changed my life. A few years ago, I was a Catholic girl who had little interest in religion. To me, it was just something that I had to do, not something I wanted to do. 2014 was a difficult year family wise. I was too young to understand any of the problems at hand, and I didn’t really care to try. I ended up being invited to go to Montreat with my cousins’ church. I didn’t know much about it, but all my life, I had heard nothing but praise about this place from my cousins, and my aunt & uncle. I agreed to go, and looking back, I am so thankful that I did. I was too young to be in the conference in 2014, but after the first year of fun, I agreed to return in 2015 to be a part of MYC15. That week, my world turned upside down. As I said, religion had never been something that I prioritized. It felt formulaic, and boring to me. I never doubted God’s presence, but I also never truly felt it. But at the conference, I was shown that God works in mysterious ways, and that his love is fulfilling. I heard the word of the Lord through song, with over a thousand people rejoicing for His grace. I finally felt as if I had a growing relationship with God. I went home, and shared what I had seen, and done with my sister. We agreed that it was time for a change, because our religious life was not living up to its potential. We then found Valley Presbyterian Church. We attended service on Sunday, and we were met with smiling faces, and people welcoming us to worship God with them. To this day, we are still met with those smiles each Sunday. I attended the Montreat Youth Conference in 2016 year as a Presbyterian for the first time, and this year I attended the 2017 Conference as a youth deacon. Over these years, my connection to God has grown strong, because it is rooted in love, community, and faith. My family now attends VPC, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Montreat holds a special place in my heart, and it always will. I celebrate every time I arrive, and I cry every time I leave. I have made some of my best friends, and some of my best memories at the conferences. When I was at a low point, God picked me up, and set me on the path to Montreat. I am forever thankful that he did. Montreat, North Carolina, is a place that changed my life, in the best way possible.