Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Excerpt from my book - It's True

Standing on the top step of the baptismal font in the Northridge Stake Center in Orem, Utah, I watched as my beautiful wife, Maggie, was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I wondered at that moment what was going through her mind as she went under the water. Was she thinking of the first time she was baptized as a new Christian or wondering about the more recent events that brought her to this decision? By entering the waters of baptism, my wife and I were joining this church called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were becoming what some people call "LDS" or "Mormons." More importantly, we were acting on what we had come to know as the Truth.

At the church building that day the room was filled with people, 98 percent of whom were complete strangers only five months earlier; yet, now everyone I could see felt like family, almost as though I had always known them. Some were part of the LDS church, others were from the company I worked for, still others were from a company I am associated with on a part time basis. I will be sharing more about these amazing saints as the story progresses.

When it was my turn, I stepped into the waters of baptism and immediately sensed in my spirit that this was part of a great destiny for me and my family. Things would never be the same again and I realized that at age fifty, my whole life had been in preparation for this moment and what was to come. So, what was it that would prompt me, a fifty-year-old evangelical pastor, to make this decision and be baptized into a faith that at one time I boldly proclaimed as nothing more than a cult? What would cause me to put myself in a place to be criticized by those who at one time were my best friends?

I will attempt to answer these and other questions as I share with you my journey and describe my pathway to truth.

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