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Monday, February 15, 2010

Last week I shared with you the first part of my mom's conversion story (read about it here). The following is part two.

"On a Friday night in February I came home from my after-school job at 7 pm and started reading the Book of Mormon. I finished it on Sunday. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down until I had completed it. The meaning of the book was unclear, as I didn’t recognize the doctrines and principles it contained, but there was a power to it that gripped me. By the time I reached Moroni 10, I knew that what I was reading was true. I knew that this book was the word of God.

"Because I knew that the Book of Mormon was true, I knew that the story of Joseph Smith
that I had heard from the elders and read about in the encyclopedia and their pamphlets also had to be true.

"The next week I called the missionaries again, this time asking them to teach me the discussions. I hadn’t been looking for religion, and I hadn’t been concerned about who I was,
where I came from or where I was going. All I had wanted was to complete my school project. What I received, though, was the opportunity to learn about the restoration of Christ’s church to the earth. What I received was the opportunity to enter the waters of baptism and begin my life anew as a follower of Christ. What I received was the opportunity to make sacred covenants in the temple, which will enable me and my family, through our faithfulness, to be together for the eternities.

"It was the power of the Book of Mormon that converted me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have stayed an active member because of my testimony of that book. Having been a member of the Church for many years now and having seen people come into and leave the Church, I truly believe the words of President Ezra Taft Benson, “There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold of that iron rod, and one who is not” (April General Conference, 1975). I love the Book of Mormon. I have read it many, many times. I find it a source of wisdom, peace, warning, and at times, chastisement. Within its pages I have found the counsel and direction that have helped me make innumerable decisions. Most importantly, by studying the Book of Mormon, I have come to know the Savior, I have felt His love for me, I have come to know of the principles of salvation, and I have experienced peace."

Pretty amazing, isn't it? If you would like your own copy of the Book of Mormon, please let me know. I'm happy to get one for you.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I have found out about some friends that have become unconverted to the church and so it was very nice for me to read about someone's conversion. I could feel the spirit of your mom's testimony as I read that. Thank you.

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  2. beautiful conversion story, thanks for sharing it. i think its so neat to find out how your family came about the gospel.

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