Former Baptist Church Member
"The Hole In Me Was Filled"
By Heather Olesky
There are times in your life, no matter how old you may be, that you
feel you are looking for something. Maybe it is keys, that missing
sock or for me, it was a search to fill an empty hole inside me. A
hole that seemed to be there from the beginning.
I was brought up in a not so religious family, I attended Bible camp
but I never knew where I fit in as a religion. I was basically
taught the basics of being a Christian, was handed a bible and told
to find my way. I did not attend Church.
I'm 20 years old and feeling like something was missing from my
life. I had many, call them if you may, "family issues." My mother
left when I was 2 years old and was taken care of by my father and
step mother from that time on.
Many things in my life have made me strong and living without the
ones I loved was part of that. When I became older I began to date
and had many physical relationships at a young age. I thought these
relationships would fill this emptiness but still nothing filled it.
I met my husband in April of 2005, had our first son, Beau, in Feb.
of 2006 and became engaged while I was in the hospital. When my son
was 6 months old I became pregnant with our newest son, Sylas, who
was born in May of this year.
My husband and I had been looking, since being engaged, for a Church
to become members of. I worked in a nursery for a Church for a while
and tried to attend services there. But I was uncomfortable and so
was my husband.
We kinda gave up, then we found a Baptist Church, my husband was
brought up Baptist, so we thought we'd give that a try but never
seemed to have the time to go.
Then I began working as a waitress and one night when I came home my
husband told me some missionaries had been to our home. He said that
they were sent by a good friend of ours, that they had left us with
a copy of "Together Forever" and that they would be back to talk
about the movie in a few days.
It was August, we were not married at the time but the wedding was
less than a month away. So we met and I found that many beliefs I
had were here in this faith. I knew I had found where I belonged.
That this is what I had been searching for.
I began to attend services with my family and became overwhelmed
with the feeling of family that comes with being members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With open arms and
heart we were welcomed with so much love.
When I attend church, partake of the Sacrament and praise our
Heavenly Father, I know that the hole in me is filled. It is filled
with the love from and for our Savior and Father.
At times, it overfills that hole and it is undeniable that Our
Father in Heaven is there, that our Savior loves me and that I am a
Child of God. I know without a doubt this Church is true and that
Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God.