Part of everyday life.
Most of the population here in the United States in the mid 19th century was Christian. This can easily be seen in how towns were first built. Farms came first, then, as the farms continued to prosper, land would be dedicated for building stores for supplies, then a school for the children, and of course, a church. And the vast majority of those churches built by settlers were Christian.
Prayer was considered important, and the practice of saying nighttime prayers before going to bed was customary for both parents and children alike.
Many times when there was a time of worry within the community such as when it was threatened by a drought or epidemic, the townsfolk would gather in the church and pray to God for help. No one questioned why or carried protest signs outside or told them they were wrong – it was that much a part of their lives that they never would have thought of such things.
This series does include Christian beliefs and The Church, as such, plays an important role in how my story evolves. My own education, which includes 13 years in Catholic schools, is something I draw from and plays an important part in books # 2 and # 3 and beyond.
My characters pray to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as often as they see fit and make no apologies for their beliefs. They sin and they repent. They love and they care. They have strength and guts and stare down fear and temptation the same way that everyone on Earth does. But even when they stray from the path of what is truly right, they come back more determined than ever and move forward.