Former Catholic Church Member
Life Is Full Of Challenges
By Rudi Mena
I was born into a Catholic family in Northern
Argentina. We were fairly active, in so much that we helped to build
the Catholic chapel in our neighborhood, my cousin was the
Archbishop's secretary and he went to the Catholic Church council in
Rome, Italy in 1960.
At that time, we had a subscription to the
Reader's Digest magazine and in one particular issue, we read an
article of, "A Day In The Life Of A Mormon Bishop." My mother said
something prophetic; that we would belong to that church one day.
My father's gregarious personality attracted many
missionaries from other religions, so many visited us and I've read
many of their books and literature. One day, my father told us that
he had met a couple of young missionaries and that the missionaries
were coming to visit us.
However, (as in other occasions) my father was not going to be
there. So my sister and myself met the missionaries. Within 2 weeks
we were ready for baptism. My parents followed us with their baptism
2 months later.
During this time, I was privileged to see many
miracles (which in reality is the priesthood in action) mostly in
the healing of the sick, which has strengthened my testimony
Since then, I have spent my life in 18 countries
and I was able to enjoy the spirit wherever I went. We are a true
universal family, because whether we like it or not, we are all
relatives. Therefore we must continue to live in accordance with our
covenants and if we do so, the Lord will pour His blessing upon us.
See? Life is full of challenges but it is a lot
better if we know where are we going, also when we have a prophet
who guides us and we have scriptures to help us navigate through
Life is fun, live the gospel, enjoy it!