Nearly four years ago, after being introduced by a mutual friend, Nish Weiseth and Emily Belle Freeman met over lunch in downtown Salt Lake City. During those almost-three hours, Nish talked about her faith and Emily talked about hers. The rest, as they say, is history.
Their differences brought them together. The love they have for each other has kept them together.
Neither of them have ever tried to convert the other and there is a mutual respect for each other's faith. They each believe that they have something to learn from one another and boy, have they learned a lot. As their friendship has deepened, so have their respective beliefs. They have learned to lay everything out in the open and let God work however He sees fit.
The result has been something so simple, yet so extraordinary: Love.
It's a love without agenda. It's a love that seeks to find what they have in common, to find encouragement for one another, to find the best in each other.
It's a love that builds bridges.
After hours, weeks, and years worth of conversations, Nish and Emily have come to realize that even though their beliefs look different, they actually have way more in common than they thought. When they tried to explain this unique friendship with their families and communities, everyone was confused, stunned, and intrigued. A common refrain is, "I wish I had a friend like that."
So when they started talking about it, they thought, "Why DON'T people have friends like this?"
They started asking women - what keeps you from this kind of friendship? The answers were all over the board:
Not enough time - Honestly, who has time for conversations like this with jobs, kids, school, family responsibilities, church activities and more? There already aren't enough hours in the day.
It's intimidating - Discussing one's faith can be very personal and religion is often one of those taboo topics best left outside of polite conversation. What happens if we disagree?
We think we don't know enough - So many women think that we have to be doctrinal scholars to have conversations about faith. This could not be further from the truth!
So, they started brainstorming. How could we bring together women of different faiths? How could we carve out time for busy women to build relationships with one another? How can we provide a safe space for people to talk about their faith with one another? How can we provide a place where it doesn't matter how much you know or don't know - it only matters that you want to love your neighbor well? How can we build a place that brings these women together and they leave feeling encouraged & lifted up?
Multiply Salt Lake was born.
Multiply is a place where you can come to the table as you are, where everyone is welcome. It doesn't matter what church you go to, it just matters that you want to love well, build relationships with other women, and be encouraged.
Multiply is a place where differences are celebrated and we find common ground with one another. Multiply is a place where you'll open up the Scriptures we have in common - the Old and New Testament - to see what God would want us to learn together.
Multiply is a place where you'll be taught by women of differing faith traditions, but we promise you'll walk away stronger in your own.
Multiply is a place for you.