Conversion

Lisa and Scott O'Neil had similar faith but different religions when they married 23 years ago, but they vowed to work together as a team through it all. Here's how their commitment to having a "house of faith" eventually led Scott to choose to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through baptism nearly two decades after their wedding. Hear more of Scott's conversion and testimony in this episode of the ALL IN podcast: http://bit.ly/2J22cWO Still haven’t subscribed to LDS Living on YouTube? ► https://www.youtube.com/user/LDSLivin... CONNECT WITH LDS LIVING Web: www.ldsiving.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LDSLiving/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ldsliving/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LDSLivingMag Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ldsliving/ WANT EVEN MORE? BofM365: https://www.instagram.com/bofm365/ Brightly Beams: https://www.instagram.com/brightly.beams/ ABOUT LDS Living gives expression to what it means to live as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By sharing practical information and seeking out the best things in Latter-Day Saint culture, we hope to empower our readers to make the most of the joys and challenges of life and enjoy their unique heritage to its fullest. We provide articles that inspire and uplift our readers with endless ideas, featuring articles online and in print on issues real-life Latter-day Saints are dealing with, recipes, self-help, parenting and relationship advice, behind-the-scenes looks, and in-depth coverage of a wide variety of topics important to Latter-day Saints.
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March 24, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Ryan Blubaugh said he felt like a kid going to Disneyland the week of Christmas: in just one day, he would be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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March 12, 2021 09:44 PM MST
As Calyann Barnett started to read the Book of Mormon, she filled the back pages of her copy with evidence that it wasn’t true. This continued until one day when she felt a voice that would lead her to a life-changing decision. That voice told her: “You can either believe or you can continue to be a skeptic.”
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November 19, 2020 03:20 PM MST
On this week’s episode of This is the Gospel, Ryan Cranney of Cranney Farms shares how one decision to donate more than two million pounds of potatoes led to an unlikely correspondence with a woman in Kenya and the miracles that have since followed.
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September 30, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
On September 27, 2015, I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while attending Michigan State University. Before that, I wasn’t religious and struggled with many doubts—including whether God was even real. Now, five years later, I can easily see how Heavenly Father has been so good to me throughout my life, even when I wasn’t sure He was there.
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August 21, 2020 05:07 PM MDT
Emily Jane Zeigler knew she wanted to join the Church at age 14, but it took four long and trying years before she entered the waters of baptism.
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July 06, 2020 06:56 PM MDT
Speaking to mission presidents and companions and the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, Elder D. Todd Christofferson pointed to a “simple and profound” statement in Preach My Gospel: “The power of the Holy Ghost is central to conversion.”
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By  Emily Abel
June 30, 2020 07:25 PM MDT
At the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, President Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, spoke about the importance and the process of creating lifelong conversion.
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By  Emily Abel
December 05, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of Revelations 1-11. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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November 09, 2019 11:58 AM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga. During his service, Elder Groberg helped plan a jubilee celebration for the Saints in Tonga and promised the missionaries that, leading up to the jubilee, 500 people would be baptized into the Church in one month. The number seemed impossible. In 1966 the total number of members baptized into the Church for the entire year was 604. In 1967, the number rose to 833, but Elder Groberg understood the Lord was working miracles to move His work forward in Tonga. Below are some of those miracles that helped bring 507 people into the Church in one month in Tonga.
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October 18, 2019 12:58 PM MDT
For Howard Wimberly of Greenwood, Florida, being friends with Albert Lane, a 97-year-old WWII veteran, has taught him one thing: It’s never too late in life to come unto Christ.
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By  LDS Living
October 15, 2019 03:47 PM MDT
"I knew there was a void in my life," Natalie says about a time when her boys were young. Her husband, Ryan, adds, "We both felt like something was missing and we were just at a lower point in our relationship with God." As Natalie and Ryan searched for a deeper connection with diety, they attended different churches every Sunday, but nothing helped them connect.
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October 09, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
"Having the knowledge of all my own mother endured, and being a part of that legacy, is why I cried when I heard the announcement. It’s why my mom gasped out loud — sitting in the Conference Center and hearing the announcement in person — and was flooded with emotion."
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September 28, 2019 09:30 AM MDT
From film to television to music, Latter-Day Saints have left an indelible mark on Hollywood, starring alongside legendary performers in the process. Here are the lucky few whose careers have been immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California.
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September 24, 2019 01:36 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint convert Karak Denyok Miakol was far too young to understand the religious and tribal complexities of a civil war that brought death and fear to her Sudanese homeland.
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August 28, 2019 01:20 PM MDT
When Daniel Ortner was 18 years old, his faith in God was shattered. "My mom, when I was in high school, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and she passed away shortly after my 18th birthday," Ortner says on a recent NPR podcast. Having grown up in a household where his mother "believed strongly in God" and his dad was "strong in his Jewish heritage," Ortner remembers celebrating Hanukkah, eating homemade latkes, and attending Jewish schools.
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August 01, 2019 01:06 PM MDT
On the day Sai Maddali was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he initially emerged from the water with feelings of peace and comfort.
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July 09, 2019 08:49 AM MDT
Jiyeon Maeng stood in front of a bustling North Korean farmer’s market wearing a gray sweater and glasses—exactly what she had been told to wear by a complete stranger over the phone days earlier. The voice on the phone said that if she followed his instructions, he would help her reunite with her husband, whom she had last seen eight months before.
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July 02, 2019 04:36 PM MDT
"We need to follow the Spirit and focus on individual people instead of baptism numbers," Elder Quentin L. Cook told mission leaders. "Please remember that missions baptize—not individual missionaries. Make sure that those who find, those who teach, and those who baptize a convert share the experience together." And to help make that happen, Elder Cook invited leaders to help give missionaries two gifts.
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By  LDS Living
June 13, 2019 02:22 PM MDT
It's an unlikely conversion story. Calyann Barnett initially wanted a Book of Mormon so she "could argue with me and prove me wrong about religion," Latter-day Saint Clarke Miyasaki posted on Instagram. Barnett added, "When I made my list of things I would NEVER do last year—believe in Jesus, join a religion, and get baptized as a Mormon—were at the top spots on that list."
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By  LDS Living
May 31, 2019 02:01 PM MDT
Jim was a devout Baptist for decades, with no intentions of changing his religion. In fact, having grown up in Clearfield, Utah, Jim was raised with what he calls an "anti-Mormon tilt."
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May 30, 2019 04:20 PM MDT
Glenn Beck was a teenager when his mother died by suicide. Having experienced depression as a boy, Beck recalls the oppressive grief and the feeling of inevitability that he would follow in his mother's footsteps. "You get to a place to where you think, 'Well, that's just in our blood. That's the way it works in our family, and I am going to repeat her mistakes,'" Beck says in the Good Morning America podcast Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris.
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May 20, 2019 08:07 PM MDT
Sandy beaches and turquoise ocean, skyscrapers and spas. Benidorm, Spain, is the perfect place for a vacation.
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By  LDS Living
May 09, 2019 07:00 PM MDT
Having grown up in the Church, as an adult Brooke began to question her beliefs, drifting away from the faith of her childhood. "For seven years I put my faith on a shelf, and I didn't touch it. I didn't think about it," she explains in a new LDS Living Converted Unto the Lord video.
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May 03, 2019 12:50 PM MDT
"We didn't like them and they didn't particularly like us, and I certainly as a 10-year-old didn't want anything to do with the religion," Monique says in a new LDS Living video about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April 30, 2019 07:25 PM MDT
Many years ago in my native home of Mexico, my uncle became very ill, and it was clear that he would soon pass away. Relatives gathered at his bedside, crying and mourning his passing. I was only a child at the time, but I felt very sad about my uncle.
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April 30, 2019 03:43 PM MDT
How would you feel if your community and family shunned you for your faith? What if you lost everything for being baptized? This was 14-year-old Orpha Troyer’s reality when she and her family left their Amish faith to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April 30, 2019 12:09 PM MDT
Learn how newly called General Authority Seventy Elder Rubén V. Alliaud found the gospel as a teenager and later found his wife after receiving revelation through a dream.
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April 29, 2019 03:58 PM MDT
Donald Kelly's mother came to the United States with hope.
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April 26, 2019 02:18 PM MDT
Nearly a decade ago, Eric had his first panic attack. Over the years, the attacks escalated to a point where Eric says life was "unbearable." He would endure 8 to 10-hour panic attacks, something he describes as a "horror." The only escape he could find from the anxiety and pain was in alcohol.
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April 09, 2019 06:00 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Converted. In the book, Lee Nobleman details his exposure to religion in his younger years—growing up Episcopalian, attending a private Catholic school, and learning from Jewish relatives—as well as how he became a Jehovah's Witness. Then he relates the following account:
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April 06, 2019 04:16 PM MDT
With general conference this weekend, we have the great opportunity to invite our friends and others to listen to a prophet’s voice and to hear the word of God. This is a special chance for others to learn more about us, but more importantly, to feel the Spirit testify truth in their hearts. The following video of a missionary's invitation to watch general conference comes from the YouTube channel, Prepare to Serve.
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April 03, 2019 06:11 PM MDT
More than 7,000 miles and the world’s largest ocean separate Astrid S. Tuminez’s birthplace in the Philippines from her adopted home of Orem, Utah. But mere geography can’t aptly describe the massive distance this Latter-day Saint convert has traveled.
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April 02, 2019 10:12 PM MDT
In the fall of 2011, a customer stepped into Raymond Weaver’s furniture store in Danville, Ohio. He was a good friend of Raymond’s, and in the course of their conversation Raymond mentioned his curiosity in Native American history, specifically how these ancient people came to live in the Americas. Raymond remembers his friend, Harry Proudfoot, replying that he had a book that could help with that.
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March 12, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
As a missionary in 1984, Steve "Dusty" Smith would have never imagined he would become "the worst kind of anti-Mormon." But just five years after leaving for his mission, Dusty would adamantly fight against the church he once loved.
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February 23, 2019 03:53 PM MST
The following excerpt has been republished with permission from faithmatters.org.
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By  LDS Living
February 12, 2019 02:59 PM MST
In high school, Tanner Hutchens became obsessed with The Book of Mormon musical. Within three days of hearing the music, he bought a plane ticket to New York to see the show on Broadway. Eventually, Hutchens realized this satirical musical wasn't based on a fictional religion. He learned that missionaries and Latter-day Saints truly existed. He became so obsessed researching this new, bizarre religion, he tried to check out some books about "the Mormons" at his local library, but the librarian wouldn't let him check them out.
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February 06, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Ed Marquez walked toward the main gate of his military school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was late spring and he was dressed in white. While Marquez had been on guard duty the night before, a friend also on duty fell asleep. As a result, both young men were forbidden from leaving the school for two weeks. If the guards at the front gates permitted him to leave the campus, Marquez was on his way to be baptized. But if his name was on the list of those not permitted to leave, he could potentially face serious consequences.
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January 24, 2019 05:42 PM MST
At age 14, Daila Vizulis came across a small newspaper advertisement that would change the lives of her and two of her close friends forever.
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January 21, 2019 02:39 PM MST
“I know that the Church is true, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.”
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January 19, 2019 12:56 PM MST
The missionaries called her sassy. Today over 1,200 people know her as SassyDaySaint.
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January 09, 2019 05:06 PM MST
Before Cristina and Ivan Mesco met, they both felt like something was missing in their lives. And when Ivan prayed and asked God to help him find someone he could spend his life with, the answer would lead him and Cristina to the gospel.
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January 05, 2019 05:00 PM MST
In 1980, a man named Samuel Doe led a military coup d'état that overthrew the elected government of Liberia. Doe became the country's president, and, over the course of his 10 years in power, Liberia was ravaged by a civil war until rebels eventually assassinated President Doe, who belonged to the Krahn tribe. Suddenly, the life of any Liberian citizen of the Krahn tribe was in danger.
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December 17, 2018 09:55 AM MST
Since becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve encountered a few cultural differences that took a little adjustment. For example, in the Baptist church, the same preacher delivers the sermon almost every Sunday, so it was strange to me that in this Church we didn’t have the same preacher every week. To make things even stranger, it was folks from the congregation that delivered the sermons!
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December 08, 2018 04:00 PM MST
Leonard Bagalwa watched as the rebel officers who had captured him and forced him to train as a child soldier walked away to drink at a shop. With his captors’ backs turned, he heard a voice in his mind repeat, “You need to run.”
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December 01, 2018 04:56 PM MST
Ralph Flores was waiting to deplane a flight in San Francisco when he saw a man struggling to get his luggage off the rack. As he went to help him, the stranger warmly and excitedly greeted him. Ralph had never seen this man before, but the man insisted he knew him, saying, “I never forget a face. I met you in Fairbanks, Alaska.”
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November 29, 2018 05:03 PM MST
I met a former German soldier, Joseph F. Beuchert of Heidelberg, who was a young man when he was conscripted into the German army. He spent four years as a prisoner of war, an experience filled with physical deprivation. In hindsight, he came to regard one of the POW camps as a gateway to an abundant and fulfilling life. In that camp, he found one of his greatest blessings: knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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By  LDS Living
November 27, 2018 04:15 PM MST
After losing his grandfather and struggling through a divorce, Matt was at a low point in his life. As a divorce attorney, he had seen the way marriages and families collapsed and divided. But when one woman told Matt she believed in marriages that lasted not only through this life but through eternity, he had to know more. Check out this powerful video from mormon.org.
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November 17, 2018 03:49 PM MST
In November 2016, I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the best, and I mean the best, decision I have ever made in my life.
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November 17, 2018 02:05 PM MST
The following story was originally published on Jason F. Wright's blog in 2015and has been republished with permission.
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November 13, 2018 02:02 PM MST
Latter-day Saint artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo (Jorge Cocco) has always felt the calling to create. “There isn’t one point in time when I became an artist. I just developed as one,” he says.
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November 10, 2018 02:00 PM MST
The first time I saw the LDS missionaries was through the scope of my sniper rifle—their white shirts strikingly visible against the intense green of the jungle. Who would dare be so visible in the middle of a war?
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November 08, 2018 02:03 PM MST
This article is republished with permission from Book of Mormon Central. For more inspiring and instructive content on the Book of Mormon visit Book of Mormon Central, subscribe to our mailing list, see our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook.
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October 26, 2018 12:42 PM MDT
In 1981, Harry and Debra Bonner had two kids with another on the way and only $18 to their name when they found themselves sitting in a Las Vegas casino, trying their best to stay awake. If they started to fall asleep, the security guards would know they were transients and would kick them out onto the streets.
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October 13, 2018 12:19 PM MDT
I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. My parents moved to Florida when I was about three and a half. I was raised in a Jewish household in which Judaism played a large role culturally, but a rather small role spiritually. . . . My father was a very secular individual, and his lack of belief in God was rooted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and multiplied by heartbreak and loss throughout his life. If there was a God in heaven, how could He allow such things to happen?. . . .
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October 04, 2018 04:12 PM MDT
“You can have great knowledge but fail at life,” Elder Vinson said. “You can have a great career but fail at life. Conversely, you can have little academic knowledge or a forgettable career, but still have a very successful life — because life is about relationships with God and with others.”
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September 29, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
I was a 29-year-old United States Air Force fighter pilot, hanging from a parachute, slowly descending into hostile territory. I looked below my dangling legs as I watched my doomed F-4 Phantom shudder, shake, and cartwheel its fiery way to the ground. Missing its tail section and a large part of the left wing, it was now totally engulfed in flames. It was hard to imagine I had been sitting in the cockpit, at the very center of the fireball, a few seconds before. Finally, I saw it hit the ground with a huge concussion that I could see but not hear. The fire and smoke reached into the sky several thousand feet. I thought for a few seconds how unlikely it was for a small-town Texas boy to be involved in such a monumental problem as this was turning into.
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September 28, 2018 02:28 PM MDT
"I soon learned that this was only the beginning of my conversion story, that true faith comes by choosing the right in every moment," Mo Crockett writes in an article featured on lds.org.
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September 19, 2018 08:54 AM MDT
Visions, dreams, faith, and sacrifice. These are many reoccurring elements in the conversion stories of some of the very first members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn more about their incredible stories in the accounts below.
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September 07, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
“Is this a prank?” Steve “Dusty” Smith wondered. He was surprised—and confused—as he listened to the woman on the phone telling him that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-second counselor in the First Presidency, wanted to speak with him. But once the distinct, accented voice came through the other end of the line, Smith knew it wasn’t a joke. He was speaking to an apostle, and President Uchtdorf had just one question for Smith: would he share his story?
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