Colombian convert recalls her conversion

Tatea Munoz Woffinden knows what it's like to be persecuted for her beliefs.

At the age of 15, she was kicked out of her school in Bogota, Colombia, in 1967 when administrators found out she was a new member of the Mormon church.

"I had to change schools because … they found out that we were members, and my brother and I were kicked out of the school," Woffinden said.

But she has always known that the Lord was working through her family to help the church grow in Colombia.

"It was a miracle the way that we got baptized," she said, adding that there were only three member families in Bogota at the time, just months after the government had given the church legal status.

Her father worked in the customs office, and Woffinden used to go to his office and see box after box of books.

"He used to tell us, 'Look at these boxes. These boxes are from the United States for another religion.'"

The copies of the Book of Mormon inside the boxes were meant for LDS missionaries to share, but they were hung up in customs because nobody would clear them to be sent on.

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