I was just reading the blog of a friend of mine (hi Jill) when I realized that I need to share my conversion story on my blog. I have been so blessed by having the gospel in my life that I would be ungrateful if I didn't share it with everyone who takes the time to read this.
My story starts when I was just 22. I had about the worst year of my life when I was 21 that I was ready for some change in it. My dad died of alcholism, I joined the Air Force and got medically discharged, and some other personal problems that I will not go into. I decided to just take a break from all of it and move to Utah to live with my sister, Christy, and her family. I got a job working at a 7-11 and was just sort of hanging out in a limbo in life. Not really any direction to go. I worked with a girl who was just about to get married and she was the happiest, sweetest thing you could ever meet. The funny thing now is that I can't even remember her name and I'm not even sure if she knows that I was baptized. One day I was working with her and she was just smiling away so I asked her why she was so happy. She told me it was because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I continued to ask her more and more questions. When I got home that day I was really confused so I asked my sister, who was an inactive member of the church at the time, to have the missionaries come over so I could talk to them. The first discussion went really well but I was still very confused. After the second discussion the missionaries asked me to read a passage from the Book of Mormon which was Moroni 10:3-5. Then they asked me to pray about it and ask if what I was reading was true. Later that night I was home alone so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to read from that book. I read what they asked and then quietly kneeled and prayed if it was true. It was amazing because a warm sensation came throughout my body and I knew that was I had just read was true. I couldn't believe it. One thing that I want to add is that the only way to know if the Book of Mormon is true is to read about it and then ask for yourself. Noone forced me to do anything I was not willing to do and I came to my own conclusion.
The next discussion was my 3rd and the missionaries asked if I was ready to be baptized. I told them no and didn't say anything else. I finally committed to being baptized after my next discussion and have never looked back since. My life was not easy before I was baptized but I knew I was taking the right step in my life. Before I joined I never really knew what the purpose of life was. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has answered all of my questions. I hope you all enjoyed my conversion story. I do know, without a doubt in my heart, that this church is true. I have received so many blessing by being a member. I have found my true love, who I am sealed to forever in the temple, and I have felt the spirit so many times. The Lord has led us all over the country as we have prayerfully made decisions about where we need to go for school and such. I have made the best friends but the most wonderful part about it is that wherever we live I know that I am going to have an instant family at church! The lessons are the same, the callings are the same, and everyone serves for one general purpose.... to build up the Kingdom of God on Earth.