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Why I Chose Mountain Life

I’ll never forget the first time I walked into Mountain Life Church. My husband and I had just moved cross-country with our five-year-old twins to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the mountains and raising our kids close to their grandparents. We had been “church shopping” for a while when friends of my in-laws suggested we try Mountain Life.

From the moment I entered the sanctuary, I felt at home. The lyrics of a familiar praise hymn, welcoming smiles and a view of the mountains that had brought us to Park City. Add to that the summer breeze tickling my arms from windows left slightly ajar and the smell of fresh coffee wafting from the lobby. That was 16 years ago, and I still get that feeling. Every single time I walk through the door.

As a mother of kindergartners, I was looking for a church with a thriving children’s ministry. And Mountain Life delivered. Having attended a Lutheran school and church growing up, I was also looking for a community that felt like family with a senior pastor that I could admire and respect. And the church needed to feel like home. A place where I could feel God’s presence and further grow my faith. Check and double check.

You see, while being close to family was the main reason we moved to Park City from suburban Chicago, we were also craving a more grounded environment in which to raise our kids. A place where we could share with them our love of skiing, hiking and God’s majestic mountains. While my husband and I took up mountain biking, road biking and Nordic skiing (my favorite sport ever!), our kids became great skiers in their own right. And we achieved our goal of more family time spent outdoors and during vacations exploring the Intermountain West.
Last, but not least, Mountain Life offered so many ways to serve that I knew I could find a way to connect. Which leads me to the purpose of this blog. As a writer, author and empty nester with twins graduating from college this spring, I recently found myself asking for God’s direction about “What’s next?” After much prayer and admittedly not-so-patient waiting on my part, He provided the answer during a coffee meeting with Laura Behnke (MLC Care + Connections Director). I could combine my love of writing and passion for my church home to help launch the first-ever Mountain Life blog.

Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing stories about Mountain Life staff, new members, and the folks who helped launch the church in a school gymnasium. I’ll also highlight programs offered at Mountain Life and how the church is moving from isolation to connection amidst the pandemic. My goal is to give readers a glimpse into the place that has come to mean so much to me and my family. Because as long as I live in Park City, Mountain Life Church will be the place I truly call home.
By Liz Yokubison
Liz Yokubison is a freelance writer and author. You can follow her on her website,


Cullen Wood - January 15th, 2021 at 9:37am

This was delightful and refreshing to read. Thank you for all that you are doing to share Mountain Life Church with others by changing the world for His glory! I can't wait to read the next and next and next. (:

Liz Yokubison - March 9th, 2021 at 12:02pm

Thank you Cullen! Your comment means the world to me. I can't take the credit, however. I simply followed God's lead on how to use the gift of writing that he blessed me with. Liz