Following their counsel I started praying and asked my Heavenly Father, if this church was right. Also I started to attend the meetings and I always felt welcome and kind of home in the ward. I asked on and on until i came to the ward one Sunday and the feeling was totally different. It felt strange and cold. Oops, I thought. Now the scripture the elders told me, becomes true, but the other way. If it is wrong, you shall have a stupor of thought. At that time I didn’t see the paradox in that. The next Sunday I felt the same strange way and thought for myself: Ok, one more chance next Sunday and then I am through with this.
When I entered the ward on the following Sunday it was completely strong: As I felt before, it was like coming home, a very familiar and warm feeling. Then I understood, that I had my answer for a long time while I still prayed. I was raised as a Lutheran Protestant and I believed in this faith, but I had did not know, how a burning heart felt. I had never before felt like that and then I immediately decided to be baptized myself. So I went in to the water at Dec 2, 1972, about one year after my friend.
Since that time I had a lot of different experiences during 41 years. But nothing happened, which told me something different. I had much confirmation for my decision but nothing contrary. I cannot say, how grateful I am for this gift in my life. During my first year I met the most beautiful and charming young lady and fell in love with her. Now we are married for 40 years and it is clear to me: the gospel and the girl were my best decisions. It proved during more than 40 years, so I think this is a valid statement. I praise the Lord for his love and his grace and I testify, that he lives and watches for us – his beloved children. And he helps us in everything that is possible for him without touching our free agency.