Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Conversion part 2

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Tara and I started hanging out a lot. We mostly hung out at her house probably because her mom is hilarious and her house is ginormous. Sometimes, when I would come over two guys in suits and tags wanted to do a little lesson with me. I didn't mind listening to their spiel. I always did because I thought they needed to give so many lessons to get some kind of merit badge. I really didn't think these lessons would benefit me much at all.

I always believed what they said about Joseph Smith. He had a life changing experience, what is there to pray about? I thought, "good for him." I didn't see the use in praying about it like they always asked me to do because I didn't doubt it. I also never had much luck praying. Probably because I had absolutley no idea what I was doing and I only prayed about frivolous things that seem to only matter to a teenage girl. I had prayed maybe twice in my life at that point. Anywho, I never doubted Joseph Smith's experience but I also had no idea what it had to do with me. Remember I was taught nothing about Christ. Well, eventually the elders asked me to get baptized. I really didn't know what that meant but I said sure because I didn't know what else to say. Honestly, I thought the idea of baptism sounded very strange. I spent the next couple weeks avoiding the missionaries like Aaron avoids mayonnaise. Yep, I was one of those investigators. Please don't hate me.

I continued to hang out with Tara. New missionaries came and went. I always meet with them like Tara asked me to, but I learned to say "no" to the baptism question. I didn't want to be Mormon but I also didn't mind helping them with their "merit badges." I never once fulfilled my assignment to read the Book of Mormon and I honestly can't remember if I ever prayed about anything they asked me to. I think I went through four sets of missionaries. If you served a mission I give you permission to get frustrated with me all over again, I'm sure those missionaries were.

To be continued...


middledavis said...

Jen, I'm glad you're writing your conversion story. It's very interesting so far. I'm sure I'll like the whole thing because I love a happy ending!

Christopher said...

can't wait to hear the rest :)