Southern Baptist finds gospel in Utah

Growing up very active in the Southern Baptist church in Georgia, Marsha Addams could not in her wildest dreams have imagined she would one day become a Mormon.

When she moved to Utah to start a new job, a man commented on her maiden name, saying: "Cannon: that's a good Mormon name."

Addams retorted, "It's a good Southern Baptist name!"

She feels now that had she been introduced to the gospel in Georgia, she would have been "ultra-resistant." She feels the Lord directed her path, as in a favorite scripture of hers, Proverbs 3:5-6, describes: "trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

After graduation from college, Addams was looking at several options for her future. She wondered if the Lord was looking out for her when each of these doors closed. Instead he led her in a different direction: She got a job traveling around the country to various universities as a field secretary for a sorority.

During one of her trips around the country, Addams became friends with a church member who talked to her about the gospel and later sent her a Book of Mormon. She started reading it for his sake, thinking it interesting.

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