Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Conversion Story

I was recently asked to tell my conversion story at a fireside, but the only thing that keeps running through my head is why my story its not that exciting or remarkable, so I have decided to share it with you and then maybe get your feed back and you tell me "Is my story exciting or remarkable"

It will be 6 years in January since the day I was baptized but my story started about 6 months earlier when my sister told me about the missionaries visiting her, she explained to me that she invited them back because of how cute were, and then asked me if I was working that day, I was off work so I told her I would sit with her. I don't know about you but when you hear the story of Joseph Smith the spirit touches you, lingers there and makes you want more. After sharing the story Joseph Smith I was then asked if I would  read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true. I agreed they gave me a few scriptures to read then we set up a time for them to come back. I read those scriptures, pondered them and prayed I didn't 100% have that confirmation that I needed but I was getting there. At the end of the next meeting I was invited to take a tour of the church and I agreed. I was picked up by a member of the church that invited me into her home for lessons and to family gatherings, and made me feel like part of the family, even before I joined the church. That night after the tour while reading my scriptures as I read 2 Nephi 26:25 (Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: aCome unto me all ye bends of the earth, cbuy milk and honey, without money and without price.). The spirit came told me that this is the true church.
I was ready at this  point to be baptized but there were still a few hurdles that I needed to overcome, so I took the little stop smoking lesson from the missionaries. I wasn't sure if it was going to work so I had a back up pack at home just in case. I did all the things that I was asked during the lesson, smashed the cigarettes and everything, but that night Satan was right there telling me that I needed a cigarette, so I got one out and took one puff it was disgusting and I put it out.
The next hurdle was the fact that I was on probation for some trouble I had gotten in a few years before over a fight with my mom. The mission president came and did my interview and I explained to him what happened. He then asked me to write a letter to him explaining what happened so he could in turn write a letter to accompany it to President Hinkley. I don't know what President Hinkley saw in me or anything about the confirmation he received from Heavenly Father, all I know is I  was granted the ability to be baptized.
Not to long after I was baptized I moved out of my grandmas house and became inactive. I lost touch with the wonderful family that welcomed me into their home and family. And during that time made many bad choices I broke every aspect of the word of wisdom, had 2 children out of wedlock, and there are probably other things I can't think of right now. But I came back. When ever I was down I could call the missionaries and they would come share a message with me.
I don't know why and will most likely never know why I was chosen to join this church when I did, but I do know that it is true and that Heavenly Father answers our prayers, even when the answer is something we don't want it to be. I love every one that has ever been there for me and I'm sorry for hurting them when I went inactive and stopped communication I didn't mean for it to happen. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing that. I believe every conversion story is remarkable and special, because it shows to me how much our Father in Heaven loves each and every one of his children.