“I can’t say I was ever a spiritual seeker, I wasn’t looking for more truth or light in my life. It was never one of my interests, but it was for my mom. She joined a Jehovah Witness congregation when I was in elementary school, so that’s the kind of the spiritual upbringing I had, but it wasn’t something I was active in. In middle school I became friends with a ton of LDS youth. We had the same morals and same interests. My mom would tell me things that she thought the Church believed and I had different discussions with my friends. As my high school years progressed, I continued to develop relationships with my member friends. They were persistent but they weren’t pushy. I loved how much fun I had with them. I loved the feelings in their homes. I loved how their families treated me. But I didn’t have any intention of joining the Church. Then the summer before junior year I went to trek and girls’ camp. My friends had been going to seminary and I kinda hated missing out, so I decided to go to seminary. Even then in the back of my mind I had no desire to go forward and to join the Church. Then my friend invited the missionaries over and they invited me to pray. I think that was the first prayer I had ever said out loud on my knees. And in that moment as I was praying, I felt so happy, I started crying. And I looked up and I saw people that loved me, and I just knew that whatever was going to happen it was going to be okay. So when I was invited to be baptized, I just went along with it because of the things that I felt. I knew that there wasn’t bad fruit, there was nothing bad about it. The announcement came about the missionary age change and I knew that’s what I needed to do. Looking back as I’ve been able to reflect, it really built my testimony that Heavenly Father knows exactly how each and every single one of us works individually. He knew if I didn’t have those friends, I wouldn’t have joined the Church. And now I’m so grateful for it, because it really has changed my life. There’s nothing better than the Gospel and the happiness that it brings. I’m grateful for how Heavenly Father has guided me and continues to guide me in my future choices.”
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