As members of the church we all are converts. For those of us who were raised in active L.D.S. homes, at some point we could no longer lean on the testimony of others. If we wanted to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was, indeed, the true church of God, we took certain steps and the leap of faith required to study and eventually know for ourselves.
This same process is utilized by people not raised in the church or by those raised in inactivity. In these circumstances, the convert journey forward may be even more challenging. For many reasons. Yet, thousands upon thousands of these kinds of converts have risen to the challenge to become members of the church, and to move forward with faith.
Here is a beautiful testimony by a man not raised in the church. His name is John Davis. He was baptized and confirmed a member this month, December 2016.
“When I was asked to share my testimony of Jesus Christ I couldn’t turn it down. This is something my spirit wants to scream from a mountain top. I believe what has been occurring in my life is nothing short of a God given miracle.
I suffer from a disease called addiction. For many years it has destroyed my life in more ways than one. I was walking this earth alone, confused and in torment. After trying everything else, one day I reached out to an LDS website. I got in contact with missionaries who over the next few weeks taught me many things. After I repented, I felt the love of Christ. I felt like I could love myself again. I was given a revelation that everything would be OK. That God laid a path out for me. I know that it will be up to me to follow it every day. But, by doing so, my world will change. I will be blessed beyond what I can possibly imagine for the rest of my days. I was offered a way out from the confusion and harsh repetition which was my life for the past 17 years. I am blessed to be shown a way through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Three things that have helped me; prayer, scripture study and good works. I believe loving and doing good for others is our sole responsibility here on this earth. This unselfish perspective, I believe, is our true and natural state of being. By accepting the Holy Ghost into my heart, I can grow into the meekness of the heart of Christ. There is nothing more true to me, nothing more miraculous than the feeling of this love consume me. The commandments are also so important to me, not only to show my obedience to God but to bring order and happiness into my life. One day at a time I am led by my Heavenly Father. I am, to the best of my ability, living in the example of Jesus Christ and I am so grateful to have such a path. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
An amateur writer, photographer and genealogist, Valerie has enjoyed writing since the age of nine. She and her husband are proud parents of three adult children. She is the administrator for MormonDoctorsTestify.org and MormonConvertsTestify.org including corresponding Facebook pages. Her other Facebook pages include Mormon Missionaries Testify, Be Prepared - Info. for Prospective & Current LDS Missionaries and Strong Family Ties. She has a strong desire to share the gospel with others. She enjoys learning about many things such as emergency preparation, public health, alternative / functional medicine, psychology, world and space science, quantum physics and more. She obtained an Associates Degree in Office Education at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho). She has studied at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her goal is to go back to school to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. Valerie works with her husband, a private investigator, as an administrative assistant. She feels privileged to be a part of a visiting teaching group, accompanying her husband during Home Teaching visits and being an Activity Days leader in her ward. Scott and Valerie's oldest child participated in a service mission in Texas and Utah. Their middle child is a full-time missionary in Oklahoma. Their youngest child was a service missionary in Utah.