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The Journey Has Been Wonderful

By Thomas Hughes

My wife was in the LDS church for about 6 months when she was around 5 years old, and had good memories of it, but was not a member when I met her. Her and I, along with our two children, moved about 100 miles away from where we met to a town outside of Nashville, TN called Murfreesboro. We were smokers, and drinkers. We even smoked marijuana on occasion, and I was a gambler.

One day while I was at work, the elders of the local Ward knocked on our door. My daughter answered and came upstairs to tell my wife that there were these men in suits at our doorstep. She didn't know what to expect. She came to the door to see the missionaries. She invited them in, but since I was not home, they decided against it.

She told them that I would probably not be interested in their message (which I wasn't at the time), and she asked if they had any sisters that they could send over to our house to teach her. They said there were some sister missionaries available, and they would be happy to send them over.

The next night, I was home, and the sisters showed up. I didn't smoke in the house, but I was outside smoking when they came by. They came in, and I sat down at my computer in the living room, drinking a beer while playing poker online. My wife was behind me with them taking the first lesson.

When they were done, they asked my wife if she had any questions. I then removed myself from the poker game I was in, and turned around to begin to ask a ton of questions. The look on their face and my wife's face was one of total shock.

They had no clue that this guy who was on the computer the whole time was actually listening to them. The next week when they came over, I gave them my undivided attention.

When taught the words of wisdom, I put down my cigarettes and alcohol without issues. Several months later, I was prompted to quit caffeine, and dropped it, but the withdrawal from that was a 3 day fight of cold sweats, nausea, high fevers, and sleeplessness. I consider it a greater habit to break than cigarettes ever were!

My wife and I were baptized March 12, 2005. I personally baptized my oldest daughter a month later! In May of this year, I blessed my youngest daughter and my new born son at church, and that day was the first time I ever got my mother to come to church with us.

In June of this year, my wife and I flew out to Mesa, AZ, where my wife's brother and wife were waiting for us to go to the Mesa Temple to receive our endowments. While there, my wife and I were sealed together. As of July 1st of this year, my whole family was sealed together in the Nashville Temple.

The journey has been nothing short of wonderful, and I have no doubt that the LDS church is the true church. The proof is in the "before and after" pictures of our lives. Praise be to God!





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