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The Convert Rises – Part 3

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From Unknown Lost Soul to Brother Jon – The Epic Conclusion

Baptism Mormon
Baptism Mormon (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

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.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Mormon Quorum of the...
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Mormon Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

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 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.

14 thoughts on “The Convert Rises – Part 3

    1. I feel that this is the True Church that Christ originally set up on the Earth. I feel that the Church that He set up had strayed from what it was supposed to be…and now it’s been restored to it’s rightful place.

      I don’t consider these rules per se…..I think they are commandments for us to live by. You don’t have to not drink or not smoke to be a member of the Church (although you do have to quit before you are baptized. Many people go back afterwards though.) The thing that has helped me the most is what is in Genesis. God gave us dominion over Everything in the land. The animals, plants, birds…so on. Everything. I’m a recovering alcoholic and an ex-smoker (2 packs a day for eleven years) The way I see it is I have dominion over those things…before, they had dominion over me, and I wasn’t going to allow that anymore.

      The moment I knew for sure that this was the right path for me to be on came while I was reading the Book of Mormon. For a few days I had had some questions running through my mind. Would my family support this new life? Should I support it? Am I doing the right thing? During my reading I came upon Alma 5: 16-21 (This is where I was at in the book. I believe these were the answers I was looking for…. I could fool others. I could even fool myself, but I couldn’t fool God. There were a number of things that came together, and I just FEEL that it was meant to be.

      I hope this helped. Thanks for reading! And asking!

  1. Glad I stumbled upon your blog today. As soon as I did, I recognized you from the Two Minute BoM video posted on FB! I’m a convert, too, (Catholic), and I live in the KC area. Maybe I’ll bump into you at the temple sometime. Feel free to check out my blog when you have a minute! Cheers!

    1. Hey! Happy to meet you Bishop Staggs. Our next Ward Temple trip is sometime in October, but I probably need to get up there before that. I’m looking forward to checking out your blog.

  2. This is a beautiful lifelong adventure u’r on, thanks so much for sharing your testament.
    I was fortunate enough to meet several very nice Mormon elders, whom I had the chance
    to speak with and we’re friends! I haven’t advanced to your position in the church
    simply because I travel a lot for my job and practically never home. I can feel the sincerity and
    love of the lord from these Elders and Sisters, they’re an awesome group!
    As for myself, I practice love and compassion everyday, it’s in my nature. I don’t ascribe to
    any one religion, although I find all Religious paths valid and helpful if we open our hearts
    minds to the spirit. This allows me to embrace all cultures, beliefs, religions… there’s
    plenty of love to share. Gods grace is available to all and I am humbled and blessed to be
    apart of his creation – everything! I’m for unifying the world with divine grace and love…
    beyond words, thoughts, dogma, politics. This purity of lightness is absolute bliss – just one
    with everything. ☼ You have a beautiful blog dear Brother Jon, and you are a divine soul.
    God Bless and much Love, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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