Sat Shri Akal, My dilemma: I am a high school girl who wants to convert to Sikhism. My mom (although not extreamely religious herself) gets upset whenever I tell her that I do not wish to follow the Christian faith. I have not told her that I have a desire to be Sikh forfear of what her reaction may be. So, as of a few weeks ago, I have started keeping kesh. My mom has noticed but does not know WHY I am not shaving, and has said that my legs look “gross" and “manly". She has gone as far as to threaten consequences if I do not shave them. Should I just wait to do Kesh until I am out of the house, or tell my mom and risk her trying to stop me? My question: With the above mentioned circumstances, I find it hard to pray in the morning, afternoon, and night. These prayers always seem to uplift me, however, so I plan to continue doing them. But, is it okay to do them later than at dawn, so my mom won't see the light on in the morning and wake up? On a side note; why are those specific prayers required daily for Sikhs? I understand why the prayers are needed, but why those exact ones every day? Much, much thanks for reading this and any help would be greatly appreciated!