I later found out that Cristy had been praying for a missionary moment. My name just so happened to fall into her hands a few days after that prayer. Clearly a part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
Cristy invited me over to her house on April 1st, which was the weekend of General Conference. I was nervous, I had not seen Cristy in a very long time, I had no idea what General Conference was and I knew my daughter was going to be getting fussy because it was so close to her naptime. It worked out though and right before I left to go home, Cristy's husband, John, gave me the first lesson that missionaries would normally teach to people.
Everything he said to me just made sense. It was clear. It was like I had heard it before. It felt like home.
We continued doing one lesson a week. Every night I would leave feeling like I had known all along about the things I learned. After about two weeks I got an overwhelming feeling that the gospel was true and I knew that I wanted to be baptized. I made the decision to be baptized on May 25th. I didn’t think much about the date, other than, 5/25/13 would be a special day for me.
I later realized that Brinley Douglas’s birthday is May 25th. (The sweet student that shared the Book of Mormon with me.) What an amazing day! I think over 50 people attended my baptism. I was confirmed on Sunday May 26th and have felt the spirit consistently in the last five months. An indescribable peace.
Some lyrics from one of my favorite songs are so true for me- “I used to be so much different, my heart’s not always right where it should be, but I’ve felt the Savior’s power to change my soul inside, and I know there’s a way back because He died.”
I’m not a perfect person but I’ve seen how the gospel and the Savior’s atonement have changed my heart, making me want to be the person Heavenly Father wants me to be. Even when I fail, if I’ll look up to Heavenly Father, He’ll help me see something I can learn. The gospel has helped me think more positively about life’s experiences—about turning them into learning experiences that will help me grow.
There’s a plan. There’s a reason for everything.
I have such a strong testimony of missionary moments, Heavenly Father’s plan, the atonement of Jesus Christ, and how daily prayer/scripture study have increased my faith. I love the gospel and the joy that it has brought to my life. I hope that I can share that joy with others so they too can learn about the happiness that awaits!
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.