|Sister Rios uses her gift with languages to assist Hermana Greene & Hermana Luna as they study using the whiteboard|
|Sisters Brown, Pickett, Orr and Jeppson VC Trainers|
|Sister DeMille with Amanda, Charlie and daughter|
Full Circle of joy as Sister DeMille visits the Visitors' Center
|Steven and Brother King one year after his first visit to the Visitors' Center|
|Young Men and leaders visit the Center with Steven on the one year anniversary of his visit |
I remember the first time I came to the Visitors' Center because it was about the second or third time I had attended Young Men. The activity of the night was to watch a video at the Visitors' Center. I wasn't really looking forward to going because I hardly knew anyone, but I was being forced to go to another thing with these "Mormons" by my grandmother. The video we watched was "Treasure in Heaven: the John Tanner Story". I didn't remember which video it was but I certainly remembered the way I felt the rest of the night after watching it. It was a strange sensation in my chest. I felt that I had no worries. I now believe this to be the Holy Ghost telling me that this was a good thing for me. When I got home that night my grandmother asked me how it was. I explained how I felt and said that I actually enjoyed going this time. The next week it was about time to go to mutual and my grandmother said "Steven, I have been thinking and I'm not going to make you go to mutual anymore." I surprised her by saying, "But I want to go". She didn't hesitate and grabbed the car keys to take me. Thus my spiritual journey began.
I went to Young Men for about a year and loved going. I had lots of fun and Brother King suggested that I start seeing the missionaries. The first time I met with them we were in a member's home, and Brother King came. One of the things I told the missionaries was that I was willing to sacrifice things for baptism. I couldn't wait to meet again. The missionaries always lightened up my day. I had lessons for about 6 months and was baptized. When I was baptized, as I came out of the water, I had the same exact feeling that I had when I went to the Visitors' Center that first time, only ten times stronger. I felt warm and peaceful. I love what I did and know that it brings me great happiness to have this religion in my life. Growing up I had it pretty tough. I was constantly moving place to place. My parents were both addicts and I just couldn't seem to get away from it all. My life is finally on the track I want to be on.