From Unknown Lost Soul to Brother Jon – The Epic Conclusion
October 1, 2011. That was a beautiful morning. This was the day of my baptism. About a week before the baptism I had the opportunity to plan the whole thing. I decided what hymns would be sung, who would give the Invocation and Benediction, who would give the talks on Baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost, and who would actually perform the Baptism. It was nice to go through and try to pick out all the people who I thought could do these jobs the best. I didn’t get all of my first choices, but all the ones that ended up doing it were wonderful.
Brother S, a transplant from Utah who works for a glorious cheese company, gave the talk on the Holy Ghost. He compared the companionship, before receiving the gift, to a couple of magnets that were always turning. If you were good they would come together. If you were bad you would push the other away. Then when you finally received the gift the magnets would be forever joined, as long as you acted accordingly.
Brother F, a Jewish convert from California who used to own a glorious taco restaurant, gave the talk on Baptism. He spoke of his own and how when in the room afterwards he could physically see all of the sins dripping off of him, one by one. I didn’t experience anything like that but I did feel renewed when I came out of the water, like a Phoenix rising out of the ashes. The event ended with some kind words from the Bishop and then I was on my way to watch General Conference.
The same guy that gave the talk about the Holy Ghost invited me over to watch General Conference with his family that weekend. This was the first time I heard the likes of Elder Uchtdorf, Elder Eyring, Elder Holland, and the Prophet, President Tomas S. Monson. I sat down to take notes but I was unable to. Listening to these guys was so refreshing. This is something we get to do again here in a couple of weeks.
After being baptized I’ve received the Aaronic Priesthood, passed the Sacrament, given a talk at Church, Blessed the Sacrament, been called as a Ward Missionary, started this blog, bore my testimony in front of all of our Stakes Leadership, received the Melchizedek Priesthood, received my Patriarchal Blessing, been called as the bulletin preparer, been called as the Elder’s Quorum Secretary, been released as a Ward Missionary, and changed the name of this blog to Brother Jon at http://www.donbrojo.wordpress.com. All of this has happened within a little under a year. I’m truly blessed, and it only seems to be getting better.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. ~ Acts 2: 37-40
Thus concludes my epic trilogy of Conversion. The way I see it, the story doesn’t end here. No, this is where it begins. Now I have the actual one year in my sights, along with the Temple.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Thank you all for taking the time to stay with me for this long journey. Blessings.