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Former Catholic Church Member

 

"I Truly Felt That The Lord

Had Lead Me To The Truth "
 

By Nicholas Day

I was born into a good Catholic family and went to church most every Sunday. My grandfather is a Deacon, and my uncle is a Priest in the Roman Catholic faith, so I had a lot of influences on my faith. It wasnít till my uncle sent me on the T.E.C. retreat at Our Lady of Consolation in December of Ď99 that I finally started on the road to find my own faith.

I entered the retreat close-minded. The only reason I agreed to go is because I would miss a day of school. The first two days I was there, I just sat in the back and listened, but did not participate in the activities. Then, Saturday evening I was roaming around the basilica when I felt His presence.

I felt an overwhelming calm come about me. It started out like a light in the distance that seemed faint at first but as it got closer and closer it surrounded me. It was an exhilarating experience, and I didnít want it to end. I had felt the presence of God. That was a major turning point in my life.

From that point, I felt the need to indulge myself into the Catholic faith. I studied the Bible extensively. At a point after reading through the Bible, I felt called to do something more in the church. I thought at the time that the only thing more I could do in the church was to become a Priest, so I started on that road. I studied the rituals and history of the Catholic Church.

When it came time for me to choose a seminary I could not choose because I didnít have the warm and fuzzy feeling about any one of them. Instead, I needed time to sit back, ponder, pray and reflect on Godís path for me, so I joined the U.S. Navy.

I figured that it would give me four years to ponder, pray and reflect. I continued my preparations for the Roman Catholic Priesthood for a year after I joined, but the more I dug into the Catholic faith and tradition, the more I found things that didnít agree with the Bible. It seemed like the Catholic Church was more about tradition and grandeur than about following the Bible.

As I studied, I found more parallels between the Catholic Church and the mythology of Ancient Rome. The more I dug into the truth of where the Catholic Church came from, the more I became convinced that an apostasy took place. It seemed as if the leadership of the early church was unable to agree on key aspects of Christ and His purpose until after Constantine took control of the Roman Empire in 325.

Constantine then convened the first Council of Nicaea to set the standard on the issue of the divinity of Christ. Constantine, because of the arguments between bishops, had to begin by telling the bishops that they had a greater and better business in hand than personal quarrels and interminable recriminations. This was the first of many councils that set up the core doctrine of the present day Catholic Church.

Knowing this you have to ask some tough questions. Why would there be a gap of over 300 years after the death of Christ to establish the doctrine of His church? It would be like you trying to determine exact details about something that happened in the late 1600ís. Shouldnít doctrine have been established soon after the Resurrection?

If you read the Gospels that follow the Apostles after the Resurrection, they are filled with the Apostles communicating to the churches trying to keep them on the straight and narrow. Obviously, this was a daunting task that required direct revelation from Apostles through the Holy Spirit.

The early church was heavily reliant on that revelation from the Apostles, and after they were martyred, the church was thrust into a state of panic. They looked everywhere for divine inspiration, including the wrong places. When they did that, they began to fall away from the truth, and the apostasy was complete.

As far as the Trinity goes, my studies have discounted the belief that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one. If this were true why would Jesus pray to Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane? Why would Jesus and the Holy Spirit be seen separate by Bartholomew upon receiving the Holy Spirit from Christ? Why would Jesus, if He were the God that threw the devil out of heaven, need to be tempted by the devil in the wilderness?

Because of these and other theological flaws with the Catholic Church, I started my personal search for a church that reflected what I have found to be true through study of the Bible. I went to multiple different churches over the next 3 years. Each of them was full of very nice people, full of spirituality, but they lacked the truth I was seeking.

It wasnít till I walked into a Mormon chapel in Norfolk, VA, that I truly felt that the Lord had lead me to the truth. I was baptized and confirmed after about two months of investigation. I now hold the Melchizedek priesthood and have been sealed and married to my wife for all-time and eternity. Since I have joined the church I feel that I have become a better person.

Just because I believe I have found the restored Christian church on the earth doesnít mean I have stopped my investigation for truth. I make it a point to continue to develop and challenge my faith.

I have been to most anti-Mormon websites and have not found an argument yet that I have not been able to disprove, and because I have not found any fault in the Church, I will let the Lord guide me on this straight and narrow path which just happens to be in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
 

 

 

 

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