Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya A. Brachear tells of mixed-faith trials that are part of her Jewish family's past and her reaction when she found out Mormon cousins that had been "shadowy characters in our genealogical soap opera" had posthumously baptized her grandfather.

"We have the freedom to choose whether religion will unite us or divide us," she wrote. "In the past, my family chose to let it divide. Faced with this revelation, I now realize how torn they must have been. Still, I choose to learn from that mistake and appreciate my cousins' gesture."

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