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November 16, 2007

Tell us your story!

So many of you have read my conversion story, now I want to read yours! 

Please share your conversion here, make it as long (or short) as you want.  To hear others stories is so inspiring whether you have always been a member or whether you are a convert (I know we are all converts 🙂  )

 I can’t wait to read them!

* oh and one more thing, this is for LDS stories only, I’m sorry to restrict this post but I want to keep this subject on topic ! (thanks)

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  1. I feel like I am hogging up space on here so I will just post from the About Me section of my site – If you want to see more here it is – http://ronsjourney.wordpress.com/

    About Me

    So this is the part where I share about myself.

    I am 46 and married to the most wonderful friend that I ever had. We have been married for almost 14 wonderful years and we have a daughter who is almost 13. I will also add in here that I have another daughter from a previous relationship that is married with 3 children – yes I have grandchildren also. She also lives in the area and is not lds.

    My wife has been a member of the church all of her life and my daughter was baptized when she was eight. They have been inactive for a couple of years now for a couple of different reasons. I have always supported them and agree with their beliefs. Now that I am getting older I realize that even though I supported them and encouraged them to attend church they must have felt uncomfortable going without me.

    This will be my journal or testament if you will with my progress and personal difficulties with my conversion – now to find a missionary to help me with my journey.

    One of the most asked questions that people seem to ask me is why now – Ok this is hard to put to put into words but here it goes. I woke up one morning and there was a voice in my head that kept saying now is the time – this was not your typical voice that you make up yourself – you know the type of voice that tells you that you forgot something or that there is something that you have to do today. No this was different – this came out of the blue and was so unexpected that words cannot do it justice – it was so not me. I mean come on how many people do you know that suddenly wake up one morning and totally change their life. I don’t remember what I did the day before this happened but it was just another day like so many before it.

    Comment by Ron — November 16, 2007 @ 8:35 pm |Reply

  2. Hi SteffieLynn,

    I just found your blog via a link on BCC; It’s great!!

    I was bapized in June 2003 after a short time investigating the church, my wife was baptized at the same time. I almost can’t believe it’s been that long as time seems to fly as a church member, with callings, activities and such.

    My wife Kerri and I both grew up in good Catholic homes. We married in the church and assumed we’d stay there forever. However, we both kind of fell into that tradition because it was familiar and I don’t think we ever pondered the big issues. Kerri has early memories of arguing with her priest about eternal families and their necessity. The Catholic church’s position was something that always caused her regret and sorrow. I was too superficial at that point to even consider it, but as she discussed these worries with me, the notion of not being with my family in heaven hit me like a brick. Out of custom, we continued to go to Catholic church, where my wife led the Catholic version of Primary and I served in various ways. The doubts that we now shared were put on the shelf for the time being.

    By the time our oldest daughter got to Kindergarten, we had a son as well. We pursued Catholic education for her and my wife was hired as a preschool teacher at the same school. Our content with the school only lasted for a few months as we noticed the judgemental behavior and exclisiveness among the teachers and parents at this particular school and were somewhat turned off. One Sunday morning we read an article about a youth group at a local evangelical church and we decided that our children would need to be raised with a stronger moral background. We began to attend various churches and to study doctrinal issues,…. and eventually praying together. We decided to spend one night a week learning new things and just being a family (that made the elders smile when they found that out later). Without having found a church, we decided to put our daughter into public school after the second quarter of the year, still praying to know what to do. The lord stepped in from there.
    On our daughter’s first day of school, she walked out hand in hand with another girl, smiling like we’ve never seen her. This girl and her became best of friends very quickly and they began to do lunches together with their moms on occasion. Moms became friends fast too. While at the friend’s home one day, Kerri noticed for the first time a picture of a temple. It was the first time she’d seen one. Her new friend shared a testimony of eternal families, and later a Book of Mormon. We were very slothful in reading, but it did feel good to read. After a few more months, we finally accepted an invitation to church from them. It was ward conference, Imagine that culture shock!! The whole meeting was a blur, until the Stake President spoke. He was tearfully testifying of “crazy” things like angels, manifestations and priesthood. The most frightening thing, however, was that I believed him! We met the Elders that day and many people who would become our brothers and sisters. We had many trials as well. Our third pregnancy miscarried just days before our baptism. That day I prayed for words of comfort to my wife while reading the Book of Mprmon, while simultaneously obsessing about why the lord would do this to us if we were on the right path. I soon found Mosiah 3:19 and I was comforted and inspired. We got through this and more trials and were baptized after church on Sunday. Words cannot describe the feeling that were there, the burdens lost during that ordinance. It was the most sacred gift the lord could have given my family, truth and comfort. The last four years or so have been the best in my life. The gospel strengthens families, makes bad men good and good men better. I hope I can never take this gift for granted.

    Sorry for the length.

    John

    Comment by John Scherer — November 16, 2007 @ 9:08 pm |Reply

  3. Ron, when I lived in MA, there was a wonderful couple who had been married for over 30 years. All that time, he was Catholic; she was Mormon; their children attended church with Mom while Dad dropped them off, attended Mass and picked them up.

    This man sent all of his sons on Mormon missions – for which he paid from his modest beat cop salary; two of his sons became Bishops; the missionaries “practiced” the lessons on him whenever they needed to fill time.

    One morning, he woke up, looked at his wife lying next to him and said, “Don’t you think it’s time I got baptized?” When her heart started beating again, she hugged him, cried and called the missionaries. When we moved, he was serving as the Hight Priests’ Group Leader in the ward.

    Thanks for reminding me of a couple I love. Believe me, I understand the voice that spoke to you.

    Comment by Ray — November 16, 2007 @ 9:10 pm |Reply

  4. John,
    Thanks for making me cry 🙂
    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it! It’s amazing that the gospel was introduced to you by a little girl! So adorable 🙂

    Ron, thank you for your story also!

    And Ray, ummm you didn’t tell us yours!!!!!

    Comment by steffielynn — November 16, 2007 @ 9:41 pm |Reply

  5. This is not my post but John and Ray – Thanks for sharing your stories – they are heartfelt and uplifting

    Comment by Ron — November 16, 2007 @ 9:42 pm |Reply

  6. Steffie- you can find my well-documented conversion stories here:

    http://www.mormonmommywars.com/?p=192

    http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2006/11/of-a-convert/

    http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2006/11/into-my-skin/

    Thanks for asking!

    Comment by tracy m — November 16, 2007 @ 11:35 pm |Reply

  7. Tracy – Thank you for sharing. I love all of these stories.
    Tomorrow is my big day and all of these stories are so uplifting. Thanks to my hero Steffielynn… 🙂

    Comment by Ron — November 17, 2007 @ 3:28 am |Reply

  8. Steffie, you asked for my story of how I became a Mormon. Here goes:

    My parents conceived me in a day and age when I was able to make it to the age of 8.

    I am one of those people whose story convinces anti-Mormons of their perception that we simply accept the brainwashing they belief we experienced as children in Mormon homes.

    Rather than try to explain how I view my faith here, I will go ahead and give you my personal blog address. I maintain it more as a spiritual journal than as a classic blog, and I only started it recently, but you can get a sense of my background a bit through some of the posts there. If you want a specific look at the influence of my father, read “My Niece Died This Morning.”

    It is: http://thingsofmysoul.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Ray — November 17, 2007 @ 6:28 am |Reply

  9. Steffie, If you go to my blog, I also would suggest the post by Margaret Young I included with her permission entitled, “Circles.” It is absolutely amazing, will touch you in a way that is unique and beautiful and will bring tears to your eyes.

    It is much more profound than anything I hive written.

    Comment by Ray — November 17, 2007 @ 6:34 am |Reply

  10. OK, one more directly related to this post is “Amazing Conversion Stories.” One in particular will blow you away.

    Comment by Ray — November 17, 2007 @ 7:04 am |Reply

  11. There are some great stories here!

    I’d like to share mine by linking to my story:

    http://blog.ldspad.com/2007/09/21/prologue-how-it-began/

    I basically blame my best friend in high school! 😀

    Comment by ldspad — November 17, 2007 @ 10:01 am |Reply

  12. I was in high school and I had a thought: “What if what I’ve been taught all my life really isn’t true?”

    I believed it was. I felt it was. But I had never really asked. So I took the time (it was probably over the course of a week) to sincerely pray and ask God if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. If everything I had been taught was real and good and right. To my mind came these words: “You’ve always known it was true. There’s no need to doubt.”
    I know a lot of people have had similar experiences, especially if they have been raised in the church. But it doesn’t diminish how much it meant to me.

    p.s. Just so you know, I’m sorry that your blog has been the mark of so much contention. I think you are brave and wise and a blessed woman to have so much strength. I told my husband about your site and the comments that have been left, and I said “you know, it’s just Satan coming out like he usually does right after a Baptism. She’s going through the refiner’s fire, you know?” So, stay strong! We’re all behind you. 🙂

    Comment by cheryl — November 17, 2007 @ 7:38 pm |Reply

  13. Hey, found you through Tracy M.

    My experience is similiar to Cheryl’s. I continue to receive confirmations each time I keep a commandment – this is where I should be and what I should be doing. I’m so grateful to my parents for finding the gospel when I was young.

    Love your blog and your bright cheery attitude! How interesting that the anti’s found you so quickly. Hmmmmm…. 😉

    Comment by Millie — November 19, 2007 @ 2:19 pm |Reply

  14. Steffielynn, Amen to Cheryl’s comment. I LOVE your blog and your kind, loving, generous spirit, but sometimes I can’t visit for long because of the contentious, argumentative remarks of so many of your “guests.” The last time I was skimming some of them and thinking of a reply, a thought from Stephen Covey came to mind: “You can’t bring someone into the light by stepping into the darkness with them.” I realized then that anything I said would be pointless and that I was feeling a little darkness even while reading.

    That said, here’s the synopsis of my conversion story. I was raised in a strong Southern Baptist home and married an LDS man when I was 24. For a while, I went to my church, and he basically stayed home. After a year or so, the missionaries found us, and my husband became “reactivated.” Sooner or later I found that I was pregnant, and I felt that we should go to church together. Since he showed no interest in attending a Baptist church, I began attending with him. Eleven years (from our wedding date) and several sets of missionaries later, I said, “I’m ready.”

    Yes, I was a little stubborn, but also I was facing a great deal of family animosity. Even today I am the only member of my family (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins) who is LDS. One of my brothers frequently asks, “Are you about ready to come back into the fold?” It’s kind of weird because they all concur that my children are the absolute most responsible, conscientious, hard working, spiritual of the clan, and yet….

    By the way, there’s often a defining moment in such stories, and mine came as I was walking a fretful baby up and down the church hallways in an attempt to soothe her. Priesthood and Relief Society had just begun, and the men began singing “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet,” and in that instant, I KNEW everything I’d been taught about the church was true.

    Again Steffie, I appreciate your sincerity and valor.

    Comment by marlajayne — November 20, 2007 @ 8:07 pm |Reply

  15. marlajayne

    Are you saying ot took 11 years before you felt sure and ready to baptise ?

    I’ve been hounded for two years to get baptised and been told that i should be doing so very soon etc blah blah

    I got fed up of the pressure and have decided not to go anymore..

    This is not a Mormon Apreciation Blog by the way .Steffie is working on us Zeezroms . He is a character in your own scriptures .

    cheryl
    you said
    ” it’s just Satan coming out”

    Yes Jehovahs Witneses use that exact same line when they are challenged and the other small setc will do so also .Its standard mindset of cults . Not that I’m saying you are in one , but the others are for sure .

    Comment by elder joseph — November 21, 2007 @ 12:04 am |Reply

  16. cheryl

    Perfect example of the LDS,

    Talk out of both sides, how can you say the church doesn’t judge and they accept others, doesn’t tell people they are going to hell, on and on. But when it comes right down to it you just said it all – any opposing view is SATAN.

    At least someone like Brad is honest enough to say it outright.

    Why are Mormons so dishonest about this just admit it cheryl is right “it’s just Satan coming out ” Stop telling people that you are not plucking weeds, because you are.

    Comment by CoventryRM — November 21, 2007 @ 12:24 am |Reply

  17. LDSpad, Cheryl, millie, and marlajayne 🙂

    Thank you for your comments and stories! 🙂

    And EJ you are both right, it is BOTH a “Mormon appreciation” blog, AND it is also a blog for those who hate us, are scared of us, or who sincerely want to learn about what we believe. Can I have both? I think so!

    I want mormons to feel comfortable here, and I am sorry that it can get sort of crazy sometimes. My love for the gospel is so strong that I desire to share it with ANYONE who will listen. Especially people like EJ 🙂

    EJ I hope that one day you will have your conversion story here!

    Comment by steffielynn — November 21, 2007 @ 12:27 am |Reply

  18. EJ, I’m glad you recognze yourself as being like Zeezrom, but I truly hope you can avoid his fate. As for the others, I don’t think you should generalize. For example, Coventry is more of a Korihor.

    Comment by MCQ — November 21, 2007 @ 12:48 am |Reply

  19. Thanks

    Comment by CoventryRM — November 21, 2007 @ 1:06 am |Reply

  20. MCQ I will make you the same deal if you can strike me dumb as well.

    “Alma 30:50
    50 Now when Alma had said these words, Korihor was struck dumb, that he could not have utterance, according to the words of Alma.”

    Comment by CoventryRM — November 21, 2007 @ 1:11 am |Reply

  21. I thought you’d like that. If you suddenly stop commenting we’ll know what happened.

    Comment by MCQ — November 21, 2007 @ 1:12 am |Reply

  22. Unfortunately, I’m not Alma, *sigh* but I will say this: tempt not the Lord, Coventry. Consider yourself warned.

    Comment by MCQ — November 21, 2007 @ 1:14 am |Reply

  23. Now I am so bummed two for two, Steffie couldn’t move my ski mountain closer to so I didn’t have to drive so far on Sundays to go skiing, even though she did say she had the faith to move mountains, and now you can’t strike me dumb.

    Actually in this case you would need to strike me down with tendonitis or carpel tunnel instead to actually know if it worked.

    Comment by CoventryRM — November 21, 2007 @ 1:21 am |Reply

  24. It’s not me or Steff, Coventry, it’s God. And just give him time.

    Comment by MCQ — November 21, 2007 @ 1:31 am |Reply

  25. The lds priesthood couldn’t put a common cold on its worst enemy let alone strike them dumb ! lol

    Comment by elder joseph — November 21, 2007 @ 1:50 am |Reply

  26. The purpose of the priesthood is to bless not curse, EJ. With how much you claim to know about the Church, it’s surprising you didn’t know that.

    Comment by MCQ — November 21, 2007 @ 3:40 am |Reply

  27. HEY read this post again,

    here i’ll quote it for you…

    “* oh and one more thing, this is for LDS stories only, I’m sorry to restrict this post but I want to keep this subject on topic ! (thanks)”

    Comment by steffielynn — November 21, 2007 @ 4:17 am |Reply

  28. MCQ the priesthood is the medium through which God acts …. and his will is supposedly done according to LDS.

    What about Elijah in the bible who cursed those Kids and two bears came out and killed them ..

    2 kings ” 2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
    2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them ”

    This was the priesthood too …

    Comment by elder joseph — November 21, 2007 @ 10:16 am |Reply

  29. I believe that was Elisha actually. And I think it’s an absolutely awesome story. 🙂

    Comment by Seth R. — November 21, 2007 @ 12:40 pm |Reply

  30. ej, Please respect Steffie’s request in #27. When such a wonderfully patient woman makes such a simple plea, it should be respected.

    Comment by Ray — November 21, 2007 @ 3:21 pm |Reply

  31. Marlajayne I enjoyed reading your story.
    At least you had time to prepare – LOL. I have been married for 15 years and up to 1 month ago I really had no intention of joining the church. Sure my wife and daughter were members but I was content just the way I was – or so I thought. Then one day almost a month ago I wake up with this overwelming urge like a voice in my head telling me now is the time to join the church. I have to tell you it was kinda weird – this came out of nowhere, but it felt so right and continues to feel so right – who would have thought that I would join the church – I know that I have now shocked both sides of my family. The family on my wifes side who are LDS and thought this would never happen and of course those on my side of the family that thought the same thing – LOL.
    But I can say this – this experience has woken me up in a way that nothing else could – I can say that I believe with all of my heart that the church is true because someone spoke to me and told me so – weird I know but that is the way it happened. And if you knew me you would know that I am not prone to this kind of thing….

    Comment by Ron — November 21, 2007 @ 5:27 pm |Reply

  32. Here’s something else to check out:

    http://farms.byu.edu/display.php?table=jbms&id=435

    Comment by Adam Greenwood — November 21, 2007 @ 5:41 pm |Reply

  33. Thanks, Adam. That is a beautiful story. At the very least it proves that very highly educated, intelligent people can see things in very different ways – that few things are as cut and dried as too many people assume.

    Steffie, someday I will share my own story, but it will not be as inspiring as any of the others that have been told here.

    Comment by Ray — November 21, 2007 @ 9:40 pm |Reply

  34. Ron, I know the feeling! I have never, never looked back or regretted my decision and truly consider it the most important decision of my life…more than getting an education, choosing a career, saving money, and anything else you might think of.

    And guess what? The blessings keep on coming. For instance, my son asked this special young woman to marry him the other night and she accepted. When Paul went to talk to his fiance’s parents, her father’s most important question was, “Are you the man who can make sure my daughter gets to the celestial kingdom?” I LOVE that story because it tells me that this father’s eye is on eternity, and although he (like all parents) wants his daughter to have a good earthly life, he wants her with him and the rest of the family throughout eternity.

    Comment by marlajayne — November 22, 2007 @ 3:17 am |Reply

  35. The comment

    “Are you the man who can make sure my daughter gets to the celestial kingdom?……….wants his daughter to have a good earthly life, he wants her with him and the rest of the family throughout eternity.”

    my comment

    How can she be happy knowing that she will be expected to be one of many wives in CK and even possibly on Earth when the Heavenly Order and everlasting covenant of D&C 132 is restored .

    Comment by elder joseph — November 22, 2007 @ 6:14 pm |Reply

  36. ej, I have tried to be calm and tolerant, but you repeatedly ignore Steffie’s heartfelt pleas – and, particularly on this thread, her explicit request to limit the posts to LDS stories. You are being an absolute jerk – and I want to use a much harsher word than that.

    PLEASE, get a grip and exercise some self-control and respect for the wishes of others. I never thought I would compare anyone else on this blog to Brad, but you now are with him – at least. This is Thanksgiving, dude; how bitter do you have to be to post that comment on Thanksgiving?!

    Steffie, I would not presume to ask that you ban someone from your own blog, but at the very least I would suggest you exercise your administrator’s right to delete comments like ej’s last one – strictly because it is so blatantly against the rules you established for this thread.

    Comment by Ray — November 22, 2007 @ 7:32 pm |Reply

  37. Ray

    What on earth are you talking about ?

    This is your church belief that I am asking about . This is what I have been told is going to be in CK .

    I have no problem asking this in church here in the UK .

    Why are you trying to excercise authority over Steffie’s blog .This is not church , and Steffie is not a typical weakminded vulnerable female who follows every word blindly of the Priesthood .

    MarlaJane can respond .She is a woman . I would like to ask how women can be happy as they say they are, with the inevitable prospect of polygamy …

    If she replies its a false doctrine and knows she will be only one wife and not one of many , then thats fine with me and I’ll look forward to another change in the future belief of this church for the better .

    Comment by elder joseph — November 22, 2007 @ 10:08 pm |Reply

  38. ej, Please re-read what Steffie asked of everyone when she wrote this post – in the last sentence of the actual post. You are ignoring the wishes of someone you claim to respect. That’s not respect, no matter how you try to phrase it. It is acting like a jerk, pure and simple.

    If you have no willingness or ability for introspection and repentance (“What on earth are you talking about?”), that’s one thing. If you do, please recognize that you are trampling and spitting on Steffie’s explicit request and stop doing so.

    I said very clearly that I have no authority on this blog – and I would never stereotype the women of the Church as you just did with such condescension and scorn (most are “weakminded vulnerable females who follow every word blindly of the Priesthood”). That is simply disgusting. You can couch it as a compliment to Steffie, but it is a bigoted, harsh, prejudiced description. If you have a shred of decency, you will realize what you are doing and stop.

    I will say this one more time and stop, since I am trying very hard to honor Steffie’s wishes. Please honor Steffie’s request and let this post be what she wants it to be.

    Comment by Ray — November 23, 2007 @ 1:06 am |Reply

  39. Steffie, please send me an e-mail at the address I provided to comment here.

    Comment by Ray — November 23, 2007 @ 1:06 am |Reply

  40. BTW, ej, Steffie repeated her plea in comment #27.

    Comment by Ray — November 23, 2007 @ 1:09 am |Reply

  41. Hi my names dave i am anouther truehope success its all about health and nutrition. I am living loving and learning so much progress in last 3 months its beautiful. My eyes are open and my heart is too i can see the light. I hope that my story can help people understand my trial and my weakness is my strength. Its all about the alternative just like glen and romney the alternative is smart!.I am feeling humble clean smart and very prayful. My prayers where answered there was always hope and a fresh start for dave. I love the new me and i love all my support from my family and church . I am loving life and i have passion in my eyes and the strength now to move on live with the strong spirit. Remember Live to C T R and remember your family values and unity and love one anouther peace on earth i love the lds chruch and the humble feeling i get when i am around my lds friends in ysa ward. I am moving forward and i am not looking back a fresh start for me and a bright future. Do the right thing C T R live the american dream dont loose perspective scripture study and prayer is so important to me i know i wont give up on my dream to be in the movies but i will keep the perspective and the church close. I just want to end with God bless America and have a merry christmas and a happy new year REMEMBER! C T R. My prayers are out for my bro i love you i always looked up to you and yes MORMONS DO ROCK WHAT CAN I SAY ITS THE TRUTH AND ITS A BLESSING.

    Comment by dave — November 23, 2007 @ 5:34 am |Reply

  42. “How can she be happy knowing that she will be expected to be one of many wives in CK and even possibly on Earth when the Heavenly Order and everlasting covenant of D&C 132 is restored.”

    I’ll respond to that EJ. I don’t believe we know for certain whether polygamy will be the law in the celestial kingdom. It has not been taught that way for many years. Even if it is allowed in the celestial kingdom (which I assume it will be) the ratio of males to females will likely not allow for all marriages to be polygamous, or even a very high percentage of them.

    So, no, she doesn’t know whether she will be expected to be one of many wives. Further, even if polygamy is going to exist in the celestial kingdom, she has no idea if she will be happy in that arrangement, since she has never had to live it before and has no frame of reference. It is widely assumed, by those who no nothing about it, that women who lived polygamy were not happy. However, there is no evidence to reflect that in the general sense and quite a bit of contrary evidence from the writings of some women who lived in polygamy.

    None of that changes the fact that, since we have not been asked to live that particular law for over 100 years, it is a silly and impertenant question. The important thing is getting to the celestial kingdom. I’m certain that we currently have no concept of much of what will transpire there.

    Comment by MCQ — November 23, 2007 @ 7:10 am |Reply

  43. MCQ

    Thank you for your response , its not what the women I’ve spoken too here in the UK are being led to believe , they have an inherent dread of it.

    Brigham Young would disagree with you of course and so would John Taylor .

    I haven’t found one woman yet who would be a willing participant.

    Ray

    Steffie is more than capable ,like I said she is not one of those weak types which the church holds captive to its every word ( whick makes them vulnerable to ecclesiatical abuse) so go and do something more practical instead .

    Anf if you would like some examples of such I’ll post them to you.

    Comment by elder joseph — November 23, 2007 @ 11:09 am |Reply

  44. EJ,

    “Brigham Young would disagree with you of course and so would John Taylor.”

    Brigham Young and John Taylor are dead.

    As Harold B Lee said:

    “We have some today willing to believe someone who is dead and gone and to accept his words as having more authority than the words of a living authority today”

    Gordon B. Hinckley has all but come out and said that polygamy is not doctrinal. I haven’t heard a GA say anything about polygamy in the next life in several years. Will there be polygamous marriages in heaven? I doubt it and if BY or JT think something different, let them come here and tell me personally; otherwise, I’ll just listen to what the current prophet says.

    I know this may be hard for you, but accept the fact that polygamy is gone and it ain’t comin’ back.

    Comment by dpc — November 23, 2007 @ 2:38 pm |Reply

  45. I must say I am disappointed in alot of you out there – over and over Steph has asked you to limit your comments to the subject at hand – Tell us your story. This is not a forum for debate. See Steffielynn is just too nice, I would have started deleting your comments in this section and told you to use one of the other threads for your endless debate.

    Steph on behalf of a lot of us out here that love and respect you, we are sorry of the few that have no manners or respect.
    Thank you ! and like always – you rock steff 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Ron — November 23, 2007 @ 4:49 pm |Reply

  46. Ron: I don’t know if you’re talking to me or not, but my response would be that there is nothing rude about deleting comments. That is how a blog owner manages blog content. Since Steff chose to not delete EJ’s comment, I thought she must have chosen that purposely, and responded to it. If that was not her intent, she is welcome to delete all off-topic comments, including mine, as is always her right. If I were her, I would have deleted most of EJ’s comments a long time ago, and probably banned him as a troll. But that’s just me.

    FWIW, I don’t think Steff needs people policing her blog for her. She is quite capable of doing that herself, it seems to me.

    Comment by MCQ — November 23, 2007 @ 10:37 pm |Reply

  47. MCQ, my only point in all of this has been that Steffie has asked TWICE (at the very beginning of the post and in comment #27) that this thread be limited to LDS conversion stories. I and Ron are not trying to “police” her blog; we simply are pointing out Steffie’s request and asking others to respect it.

    I won’t ask again, as it is against her wishes for this blog.

    Comment by Ray — November 24, 2007 @ 1:42 am |Reply

  48. Sorry; meant this thread.

    Comment by Ray — November 24, 2007 @ 1:44 am |Reply

  49. It’s true, I do want ONLY happy conversion stories on just THIS post. I don’t know why EJ is being such a boger. I’m thinking about deleting the comments, but I have never done that before, and for some reason I can’t bring myself to do it.

    I am very disappointed in EJ. 😦 I’ve been out of town so I have not seen the recent comments until now. So I’m in a bit of a dilema. I think what I will do is this…

    I will state One more time, PLEASE, on this post do not comment unless it is a happy conversion story. I will delete any comments from this point on that are off topic. For now I will keep the comments above as they are, but I have a feeling I may delete them at some point.

    (p.s I appreciate those who are just trying to respect my wishes!)

    Comment by steffielynn — November 24, 2007 @ 4:21 am |Reply

  50. Not my own story, but one from my mission:

    There was a lady in Sapporo (Japan) who had been meeting with the missionaries for almost two years, while simultaneously attending another church and listening to their lessons. By the time my companion and I started teaching her, just about everyone thought it was hopeless. We would teach her something; she would attend the other church and meet with the other missionaries; we would meet again and do nothing the first hour but go through the scriptures answering the questions they had given her, then have 30 minutes left to teach the Gospel; the cycle would repeat over and over again. Each time, we asked her to pray about it, but they kept telling her she couldn’t trust what she might feel – that she could trust only what her mind would tell her, while they kept her mind confused and in turmoil. It was frustrating to see how miserable they made her, and we often wondered if we should move on to someone else – but each time we prayed about it we felt good about continuing to teach her.

    My companion had been out only a month, and his Japanese was . . . really, really bad – to be charitable. One day, as we walked to her apartment, he asked if we just could read from the scriptures with her – not answer any questions or teach anything new, but just read. He said he had felt impressed to do so, and it felt good, so I agreed.

    We started in the Bible and ended up in the Book of Mormon reading 2 Nephi 31. After we had alternated verses with her throughout that chapter, she asked us to stop while she read it again (the entire chapter) silently to herself. When she finished, my companion asked me to translate for him as he simply said, “Sister Tanaka, would you like to be baptized?” As soon as I had finished translating for him, she burst into tears – and the Spirit was as tangible as I have ever felt in my life. (Given some of the miraculous things I have witnessed, that is saying something.) When she was able to speak, she said something like, “Now I know what the love of God feels like.”

    She was a sweet, honest woman, so she told the other church members of her decision. They immediately sent eight members over to her house, forced their way through her door and spent eight hours belittling us and the Church and her witness – refusing to leave as she begged them to stop. When they finally left, she booked a flight to Tokyo for the next morning in order to escape what she knew was coming the next day. She returned two weeks later with the following story:

    She had called her aunt and uncle, who were like second parents to her – and whose judgment she respected more than anyone else she knew. She didn’t know how to break the news of her testimony to such devout Buddhists, so she didn’t say anything – until they cautiously told her Sunday morning that they were going to church later that day at the Mormon Church where they had been baptized two months previously – and that she didn’t have to go with them since they didn’t think she would understand their decision. When she told them of her experience, they burst into tears – amazed at what had happened.

    Obviously, as soon as she returned to Hokkaido, she was baptized.

    That experience taught me so forcefully that it isn’t the missionaries who convert. Of course, we need to know the Gospel as well as we can, but Sister Tanaka wasn’t converted because we had been able to answer her questions and “convince” her we were right. We HAD been able to answer her questions through the scriptures, but it hadn’t converted her. That came through a simple meeting where we read scriptures with her, something touched her heart, and a humble, sincere missionary who couldn’t teach the Gospel in Japanese well enough to convince a three-year-old asked her if she wanted to be baptized. He didn’t “challenge” her; he simply asked if that is what she wanted. It literally changed my perspective of missionary work – ironically, by humbling me to be able to accept what my parents and leaders had told me all my life.

    I am SO grateful that I was called to serve in a foreign speaking mission, because I’m not sure I could have learned that life-altering lesson teaching in a language where I would have been tempted to impress investigators with my vocabulary and what I thought at the time was a solid understanding of the Gospel. If that had been my only memorable experience during my entire mission, it would have been worth it.

    Comment by Ray — November 24, 2007 @ 5:17 am |Reply

  51. You were in Hokkaido Ray? I served in Kyushu, 1994 – 1996.

    Comment by Seth R. — November 24, 2007 @ 6:10 am |Reply

  52. Thanks a lot, Seth. Now I feel OLD!! (The fact that I have forgotten almost all of my Japanese doesn’t help, either, but the real age-tellers are my 6 kids – or, at least, the oldest one in college.)

    I think I will keep the years of my own service to myself until my ego recovers. 🙂

    Yeah, the land of the Frozen Chosen is where I served. I still remember clearing the ice out of my hair and off my face after 10 hours of tracting on Christmas Eve the week after I arrived. I also had an apartment the second winter on the coast that resembled a large icebox. The stories I could tell . . . Kyushu sounded good every time I heard it mentioned.

    Comment by Ray — November 24, 2007 @ 6:32 am |Reply

  53. Well, I thought Kyushu got plenty cold in the winter. It didn’t help that Japanese dwellings are so badly insulated that whatever climate is outside is also inside as well.

    But I doubt it even came close to how cold the Sapporo Mission was. So I’ll leave bragging rights to you.

    Comment by Seth R. — November 24, 2007 @ 2:56 pm |Reply

  54. Steffie, this guy’s name is linked to an advertisement for medication. This looks like a SPAM message geared to be sent to LDS websites. The lack of punctuation and capital letters, as well as the incoherent nature of the comment also seems to indicate that a computer wrote this. It probably substitutes “baptist” for “lds” when spamming Baptist websites.

    Comment by Seth R. — December 14, 2007 @ 5:48 pm |Reply

  55. yeah but it looked like a pretty good deal! 🙂

    Comment by coventryrm — December 14, 2007 @ 5:58 pm |Reply

  56. Seth what years were you on your mission?

    Comment by coventryrm — December 14, 2007 @ 5:59 pm |Reply

  57. Thanks! I will feel bad if I delete it and it ends up being real, i’ll wait a few hours, and then delete it….

    Comment by steffielynn — December 14, 2007 @ 6:50 pm |Reply

  58. Steffie, it’s not real. I have seen it on other sites. It is exactly what Seth describes – much like the e-mails that claim you have the right to a fortune if you only will help the poor person in Africa process the money through solid US banks. Complete scam spam.

    Comment by Ray — December 14, 2007 @ 8:38 pm |Reply

  59. I’ll mark it as spam! Thanks….

    Comment by steffielynn — December 15, 2007 @ 1:04 am |Reply


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