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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A very special day

My aunt and her family left the church about ten years ago. About the time of my grandpa's death she had started going back to church with her daughter. Despite being frowned upon by the rest of their family, they persevered and met with the missionaries. After a long, hard journey they were both baptized last weekend. We're so happy for them and grateful for the support they received from Bill. We were lucky enough to have Elder Holland there. His wife Pat is my mom's cousin (her cousin as well) and he confirmed her as well as spoke. I've never seen a baptism with so many people in attendance before. The entire chapel was packed! More so than my ward each Sunday. I'm sure it had something to do with Elder Holland being present, but I know they also had so much support by friends and neighbors. All of my aunts and uncles were able to be there in support as well. My uncle baptised Terry and the bishop baptised Tiff. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture with Elder Holland because it was so packed, but I did get to shake his hand and Ryan spoke with him for a few minutes because he knows his dad as well. ( My mom and Ryan's dad are both from St. George, like Elder and Sister Holland) I stole the picture with him from Tiff.. Many years ago Elder Holland gave a blessing to my grandma saying that Terry would return back to the gospel, but it would be a long, hard journey. Our testimonies have grown and we're so glad for the Spirit that truly teaches and testifies.

(The Gentry's minus two siblings. Tiff is in the pink and her mom on the right)


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3 comments:

Karalee said...

This is a wonderful conversion story! Thanks for sharing! :)

toni said...

So glad you were able to go. Wish I could have been there. Thanks for posting that. Hope they continue to work on their family. Were all of Terry's kids there?

Mrs. Petersen said...

What a special day! I'm so glad that you were able to be a part of it. The Church is True!

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