By: Lorraine Pulsipher, Moroni Channel Contributor
Growing up fear was a constant companion of mine. I was taught to be fearful by abusive parents, and by kids who bullied me and sometimes threatened to kill me because I was a little different from them. I learned that nothing in life was certain and that at any moment I could have everything taken away from me. See, some people in my life just took what they wanted from me, whenever they wanted it. There was no respect shown to me by those that were supposed to love me, my opinions didn't matter, I was treated as an object, I was nothing more than a slave to their desires.
I was taken away from my birth family at a very young age, but I was old enough to understand that I wasn't ever going back. I was molested raped and abused in so many ways that fear was all I ever knew. I was afraid to wake up in the morning and to go to sleep at night, I was afraid to go to school and even more afraid to go home at night. I was afraid of summer and christmas vacations because thats when the abuse at home was the worst. I was afraid to eat because I was always told I was fat and ugly, I was afraid to tell anyone because I was afraid they wouldn't believe me. I was in a constant state of fear with very little reprieve.
By: The Daily Universe, BYU
Provo, Utah USA
Natasha Rivas was successful in one of the most difficult industries in the nation less than a year into her modeling career in New York City.
She worked for a fashion label, booked her own agent, and acted in both commercials and TV shows before turning 21. But for Natasha, the most meaningful experience in the city was being baptized into the LDS church.
By: Robin Tea, Moroni Channel Subscriber
Utah, United States Of America
My conversion began at the age of ten years, I picked up the bible and began to read it from cover to cover. I took me three years through careful study and listening to the spirit. The spirit told me that there are missing parts in the gospel and it was taken away by man to place stumbling block for men to fall over. During ten years prior to my joining the church, I have had dreams and visions of the church and where I will be serving on my mission.
By: Francesco DeVito, Moroni Channel Reader
United States Of America
When I was 23 years old I prayed to know if there was a true church on the face of the earth. I prayed to know and be given witness if Jesus Christ was indeed the savior of the world. I prayed to know the nature of God and all things relevant to my understanding of the truthfulness of all things. I prayed for many hours. Throughout my prayer I felt impressions and heard as it were a still small voice.
It was Sister Kalonihea’s dream to serve her mission in a place she could, ‘roll up her sleeves and get to work’. A mission call to the Philippines was exactly what she hoped for.
In the Tacloban Mission, she was regularly tending to crops, helping to fix up homes and clean out rubbish. Fire fighting wasn’t uncommon in these tightly packed communities. Many times missionaries would run to get buckets of water, helping as the entire neighbourhood would assist in fighting the flames of a kitchen fire or electrical failure.
By: Vannessa Gunnell, Moroni Channel
Provo Utah, USA
When the church released their 12 Steps to Change video series, I immediately found myself putting on my headphones and watching each video. They brought me to tears. Not just because of the stories shared, but because they reminded me so much of myself. They reminded me of the experiences I had before I discovered the church; how just weeks before I reached out to the missionaries I'd almost lost my life from my habits.
By: Samuel Hollman
United States of America
I grew up with a family that would go to several different churches in a couple of years. We went to a Baptist, Nazareen, and a Methodist before I decided to become a member. My mom was baptized when she was 8 and so that is where my dad was baptized because he wanted to marry my mom and get sealed together.
By: Adrian Pangalangan, Moroni Channel Philippines Administrator
Published: Thursday, April 28 2016; 6:19 a.m. DMT
Adrian D. Pangalangan | Philippines
"As told by Brother Adrian Pangalangan himself."
First of all I’m Adrian D. Pangalangan one of the Administrator of Moroni Channel Philippines. And I witnesses the conversion and Testimony of my Family.
Picnic, Traveling, and attending masses, these are some our daily routine when we we're still a Catholic. A blessing to the family a Joyful and Peaceful life back then, with the help of my Aunt Rowena Mendez my dad’s sister and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint , she taught us about the Gospel, we knew that she is a strong person. She provides most of our need; But it is not a factor why we became a member of the Church.
She invited missionaries from Ward 3, Tarlac Philippine Stake and started to teach my Family. As new to the Gospel, we’ve been hiding for months from the missionaries, we are making a lot of excuses such as going to the market at night just to escape the Missionaries. And it continues for up to 3 months.
Until the day when Heavenly Father’s plan for my family began, A stormy evening when we heard that a Typhoon will be hitting the Philippines The missionaries also have an appointment to teach us, All are now setup for our escape plan (as family Routine when missionaries come, hide and run to Grandpa’s house) but when we almost hit the road we suddenly saw three missionary, walking on the street towards our house, all wet, without shoes (just to protect their shoes they put it to their bags) and only one of them carry an umbrella and they shared it together, as the wind blushing towards them, our Hearts felt compassion to the missionaries and think for a moment what kind of people they are, they sacrifice their time, their work, their family, their wealth and everything just to preach us the Gospel and to serve God. I won’t forget that night, the fact that we are avoiding them, they did not forget to serve our family. It became a lesson to my family, from that night onward; we always welcome the missionaries and members to our house. After weeks of consecutive appointments, we’ve been baptized to “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”, May 24, 2008.
Though we face a lot of struggles in life. My family and I are now sealed in the Temple for TIME & ETERNITY.
Sister Fatu, Sister Delambotique and Sister Banaga.
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Funfact: Did you know that the former secretary of Pope Pius XII, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI was converted in the LDS Faith? Sister Piera Bellaviti Schorr served as a secretary of the pope for 12 years.
How Did The Church Change My Life.
By: Romrik Joshua Flores | October 18 2015
Christopher Lucero | Mystic Connecticut, United States
"As told by Brother Christopher Lucero himself."
11 years of alcoholism and drugs and many bad choices. I have stolen from people and companies, I have lied to many people, I have committed fraud, stolen cars, assaulted people and most of all hurt the ones I loved.
My life finally reached a point where I was done. I never got caught in what I did but I knew it was very close to happen.
One day I showed up to work hungover. (Yes even though I was an alcoholic and addict I had to keep the money flowing to support my habits). I had been drinking to make me forget what I had done in my life the people I had lost and the people I hurt. I wanted to be done for some time. I had been hungover nearly everyday from either drugs or alcohol. I consistently used both usually to cover each other. Well I went to work and one of my co workers who was LDS asked why I drank. I told him truthfully. I also said I wanted to be done. I wanted to save my marriage. I had told him there were many things I had tried to quit for good like cold turkey, other methods, rehab, counseling, and medication. None of them worked. He asked if could give me a blessing. I asked what it was and he explained it was a prayer that would be prayed over me. They never said it would change my life. He and another gentleman gave me a blessing.
The very next day I found myself in Alcoholics Anonymous. I found myself a sponsor and I started to work the steps. I had to call my sponsor daily. There was no room for error. After a little bit in the program I lost two sponsors both of them left the program.
When I saw Elder Haskell and Elder Hawes. They were riding bikes and I was going to get ice cream. I normally went another way but we ended up driving the back way. I saw then on the bikes and we passed them I had this unimaginable urge to turn around and talk to them. When I stopped them I asked if they could help me get baptized. I was raised Catholic but the church that I went to with my mother didn't feel right. So they started me on my lessons.
After a few weeks they left and Sister Eggleston and Sister Nelson came in and they helped me finish my lessons.
Since the time of being a drug addict and alcoholic, I am one day from reaching my 1 year sobriety, I am now a proud Mormon, I hold a great job that I absolutely love with another job on the way (because the one is going to be part time) my finances are finally getting back on track, I'm helping my friends and family find truth in the gospel, and I'm finally making all the things I messed up right. I had Mormon friends in school but I didn't investigate the church until I received the blessing that broke the chains of my addictions and changed my life.
Do you believe that the church is true?
I believe that the church is true. I was told by the missionaries to pray on it to find my answer. Mine came in a dream and I was told from just a voice "This church is right where you need to be." So yes on 10/19/2014 I became sober, I received the blessing two days prior. I can attest that because of a blessing I re-introduced to the holy spirit again, I can also say that the more I read in the Book of Mormon the better my life gets, and I can also say that there are great truths, a sense of community, and above all putting Jesus and Heavenly Father first.
This church is true to me. I have seen it change my life and my family has seen the change. I am happy to work at being a better person and devoting my life to being more like Christ. I'm not perfect but I try everyday especially since I won't ever disappoint any again with making a bad decision. This is my testimony to the best of my knowledge. I say this in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.
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