The following is from Bev King, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who relates in this blog how she was first introduced to the “Mormon” Faith:
Sixteen years ago I was yearning to find a group of Christians to join with. I grew up in the Episcopal church, and there was much about the Episcopal church that I loved and still do love. I found the cathedral-like beauty of the church interior and the sacred music very uplifting. I liked the fact that my church was interested in social justice issues. I resonated with the values of love and service of the Episcopal church, but I was looking for something more. I explored many different religions but didn’t find one that suited me. I was spiritually adrift.
After many years of spiritual drifting, I prayed to find a Christian group with whom I could continue my spiritual journey. I had a desire to deepen my relationship with God and be joined with people who shared the same values. I never dreamed that when I signed on for my first acting job on the feature film, The Crucible, that I would find the answer to my prayer on that film set. I developed a friendship with a woman I met on the set of The Cruicible. One night, we had a conversation about religion. She told me she was Mormon, I exclaimed, “Mormon, I’ve never known anyone who is Mormon. Tell me what you believe.” And she did.
Everything she told me resonated with me. She told me that there is a Spirit World where we lived with God before we are born. Families can live together forever. We live with God after we die. That life on earth is a time where we can grow and change and can become more like Christ. She told me many other things that made sense to me. One important thing that she told me was that each person is entitled to personal revelation directly from God. My interest was piqued. I wanted to learn more. I started going to church events with her and then started to go to church meetings, and three months later converted to the LDS faith and was baptized.
In the LDS church, I have found something very precious. I have found a group of people who live their religion. They don’t leave their Sunday values in church. They endeavor to live them 24/7. I learned that God does hear our prayers. God is real, and I can have a personal relationship with Him. For this and so much more, I am so very gratedul for the restoration of the gospel and the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that espouses these precious teachings.