An wonderful story of conversion. I was excited to see this young man find the gospel again. It is weird to think that Elder Lewis has been out over 500 days now. Time sure flies. He sounds happy and content to be doing the Lord's work.
Let me tell you a story.
One time about five or six months ago I was in Lamentin Martinique. We went to an activity with all the brothers in the Church and we had a great time. It was down by the boardwalk in Down town Fort de France. There was a certain person who was named (or we called him) Jackson. Jackson was Haitian but grew up in the Dominican Republic. It was nice talking to him and it was a pretty cool guy. We had even heard he was an inactive member.
Then a few weeks later I was transfered to Fort de France with Elder Dayton.
Elder Dayton started to talk to me about him and at Church the clerk tried to find his reccord. there was a certian period of time where not very many of the baptismal records were recorded in the Haiti Dominican Republic island. We even called his old ward and no one remember who it was. He was a Ghost. Though he had pictures with missionaries on the day of his baptim. He had forgotten a lot of the doctrines of the chruch. We were instructed by the Branch President that it would be a good thing to re-teach and re-baptize this brother. So..... That is what we did. Over the next four months we worked with him to get him ready, converted, and pumped for baptism.
It was a long process. A lot of running from place to place and checking to make sure he understood and accepted the doctring. There was a moment toward the end where he just wasnt doing enough for his own salvation, he didnt have the desire to ask others for a ride to Church and get there, nor to read in the Book of Mormon. What happened next was incredible. Elder Christensen and I went over and had a talk about being independent, yet dependent. We explained that faith was action and that with out these actions our beliefs we in vain. He changed.
I witnessed ".. and show truly by their works that they have repented of all their sins unto receiving of the Spirit of Christ for the remission of their sins.." D&C 20:37
And it was incredible.
Let the name of our Lord be praised forever, for this path is truly the one that picks us up, changes us, forgives us, and makes us more that we ever could have been.
I love you all,
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