My Story in the
By Colin Sledge
I was converted in 1963 in the London area;
Australia has been my home, on and off, for over forty years. I was
married with two small children when the missionaries first knocked
on our door. My wife asked them to come back again, "When my husband
They did. It only took me a few moments to know
that this was the true Church of Jesus Christ. It answered many of
my questions regarding the God head, and many other things I had
asked my Anglican Vicar. His answer was always, "these are
mysteries, unknown to man, we must except them in Faith".
After the six discussions, we attended Church and
were Baptized in the South Kensington Chapel in London and Confirmed
in Mission Home, down the road from the Chapel. We met the Mission
President, Elder Marion D Hanks that evening, he presented us with a
subscription to the, "Millennial Star", I think it was.
We migrated to Australia in 1965. A Sunday Express
reporter, with his family, were on board the "Oriana", as we left
Southampton at the beginning of December 1965 to arrive at Perth,
Western Australia on Christmas Eve. Tom, the reporter, interviewed
us and several other families, on board.
Our stories were told in the Sunday Express for
six weeks, with a full page spread. After two years Tom traced us
all to get our experiences over those two years. He wrote a book
that was used as the "Migrant's Bible" for quite a few years. Our
story, including about our beliefs and commitments, were told in
this book. I have had many, many experiences in my life that tell me
the Church is true,.... but that's another story !