How I Joined the Mormon Church – Early Morning Seminary and Church

I said yes to early morning seminary.  Crazy right??


The were studying Church History and the Doctrine and Covenants that year.  It was perfect!

I remember getting so frustrated with the other kids who were whispering during the film strips. I was so amazed at all that I was learning and just soaked it all in.  I couldn’t understand why they were not excited about this revolutionary information!

From my journal Oct, 4 1985 (wow am I old!)

I can’t wait to get my hands on the scriptures so I can also “feast” on your words.  Many people laugh at the movies, may because they have been raised with it.  Where as for me it is something new.  I want to keep this newness feeling forever.

One think I am sure of in this changing world is that God will never change His love for me.  I will always be able to count on His love.

Everything I learned felt so familiar, as if I already knew it.   It all made sense and fit together and answered many questions I had been having.

Church and Hymns

I started going to church and loved that, especially all the singing.  It was right when the new hymn book came out (1985) and so we would not only sing during sacrament meeting 3 times, we would have song practice before Sunday School.

Young Women’s was great too.  We sang there and had great lessons.  I felt at home.

I had written this to myself in my journal about 5 months before I met Kimberly, April 1985.

I hope you feel happier soon.  I don’t know how long you can hold on.  But help is on its way.  So you can keep that flicker of hope burning.  Soon you can live again.  Live free from the chains that you have welded to yourself.  You will have a chance to start again.

I was ready to find the Gospel.  I knew there was a better way to live and there was a way to start over.  I just didn’t know how.  The Gospel was the way and I was embracing it wholeheartedly.

While I was thrilled with how things were going, my parents were a bit perplexed at what I was getting myself into.  So Kimberly’s parents suggested the missionaries come and teach our family.

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