Last week when the sisters met for District Relief Society, the District RS President began her lesson by asking the sisters to recall their conversions.
First of all, I realized that of the 19 women in the room, these women had all been baptized within the last 13 years, except for me and Sister Allen. A young sister sat behind us to translate, but I took hurried notes.
- "When I first met the missionaries, the spirit was so strong that I just KNEW. I loved everything they told us. All my family was there, but I was the only one."
- I believed everything from the start. I told the missionaries, "What do I have to do to be baptized?" And they said, "Well, you have to hear the discussions."
- I believed everything they taught us, eveything but Joseph Smith. For a long time. And then I realized, 'Well, we need revelation now, today, just as much as they needed it in the 4th century.' And I understood.
- This missionary came to us and he could hardly speak a word of Russian. Not a word, really. (And the other one, he could speak some. ) But here he was. And to think that he had come so far, all the way across the ocean, and to our c o l d country, just so he could share this message. He couldn't say anything, but his presense--just his being there--well, he brought the Spirit. And we felt it. Afterwards my daughter said, "Did you feel how good it felt when they were here?!"
- When they first told me about Joseph Smith, I saw their picture and I was so jealous. I thought, "How come he gets to be there, and he gets to talk to them? Why can't it be me?"
- "Well, first of all, of course it's hard to believe [Joseph Smith]. At first I thought it was made up stories. But then the Spirit touches you--and you KNOW"
- At the end of their lesson, the missionaries asked me to pray. It was so unexpected, I said, "No, I can't. I don't know how." But they said, "It's OK." And, well, the things I felt during that prayer--I can't explain, but it has meant so much to me.