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Hi I'm al_sheda

I WAS BORN, ROMAN CATHOLIC, & CONVERTED TO THE L. D. S. FAITH, BECAUSE I SAW A RELEVANT REASON IN THE PURPOSE OF HAVING A PROPHET.

About Me

OUR CATHOLIC PRIEST, ONCE GAVE A SERMON ON, GOING INTO THE WORLD TO DISCOVER OUR OWN TRUE, 'FAITH' GOD. HE WASN'T DOGMATIC, BUT VERY JOLLY, TO THE FACT OF HIS OWN 'FAITH'. EITHER, BEFORE THIS, OR SHORTLY, AFTER, AN OLDER BROTHER, CALLED HOME & SAID OVER THE PHONE: "MOM, DE (HIS WIFE @ THE TIME) & I FOUND THE LORD!" WELL, YOU CAN IMAGINE, OUR CONVERSATION @ THE DINNER TABLE, THAT EVENING. MY CONCERN WAS; WHAT DID IT MEAN TO "FIND THE LORD"? AND, FROM THENCE...MY JOURNEY TOOK ME, THROUGH MANY FACETS OF LIFE. I GUESS, YOU COULD SAY, THE OPPOSITION, TRYING TO KEEP ME FROM: TRUTH! I JOINED THE MARINE CORP AT 17, EXPERIENCED A 12 STEP PROGRAM @ 19, JOINED CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, ASSEMBLY OF GOD, A BORN AGAIN, AFFILIATION, IN THIS PURSUIT OF WHO I AM; & WHO IS GOD? IN 1988, I WAS A MEMBER OF THE UNIFICATION CHURCH, & BECAUSE I WASN'T CONFORMING, THEY TOLD ME TO SEEK OUT THE 'MORMON' CHURCH. WELL, @ THIS TIME, I WAS IN ANOTHER TREATMENT PROGRAM, IN SIOUX FALLS, S. D., & I, AMA LEFT IT, BECAUSE I WASN'T CONFORMING WITH THEM EITHER, I THEN, WITHOUT RECALL HOW, ENDED UP IN, SIOUX CITY, IOWA, HERE MET, THE 'MORMON MISSIONARIES', WHO HAPPENED TO KNOCK AT MY DOOR. HEARING THEIR STORY, IT WASN'T DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE IT. IT WAS DIFFICULT, TO SUBMIT. & I EVENTUALLY, SUCCUMBED, TO THE TEMPTATION OF SIN, & BEING, CHASTISED OF MY OFFENSE, I FELT 'WRONG' INSIDE, SO FROM THERE I LEFT, SIOUX CITY, & HITCHED HIKED OUT TO, HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA. BECAUSE I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO ENTERTAIN.

Why I am a Mormon

FRANKLY, I CHOOSE, TO CALL MYSELF A 'MORMON', BECAUSE OF THEIR TESTIMONYS, & THE WAY THEY EXHIBIT THEIR LIFE STYLES...IT TRULY, IS A WAY OF LIFE, & ONE THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED. THEN THERE ARE THE MANY SIGNIFYING MOMENTS, THAT KEEP ME IN ITS MOMENTS. FOR INSTANCE, ONE I'VE NEVER FORGOT, YET MANY I DO: MY 'MORMON MISSIONARIES'? THE ELDER, I FONDLY, RECALL WAS/IS, ELDER WALKER. HE WAS A BYU STUDENT, & A FOOTBALL, OF INTEREST PLAYER. BEING OF A HUGH STATURE, I WAS FOND OF THE WAY HE CHASTISED ME! IT COMPELLED ME, TO STOP & LISTEN TO WHAT HE WAS SAYING. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY ILL FEELINGS OF HIM, BECAUSE, I KNEW HE WAS SERIOUS, IN HIS LOVE OF CHRIST. SECOND: AFTER A FEW WEEKS HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO RETURN, FROM WHERE HE CAME: I GUESS, IT WAS TO BYU. BUT THROUGH THE AFTER MATH, HE PENNED ME A LETTER OF ACKNOWLEDGING; OF HOW WAS I? & ALL. BUT THE MOST ASTONISHING, THING ABOUT THIS LETTER, WAS: THE FACT THAT THE WRITING WITHIN IT FELT TO ME LIKE HE WAS RIGHT THERE AT MY SIDE, ONCE AGAIN, SPEAKING WITH ME. I WAS NEVER SO MUCH IN AWE, OF JUST A LETTER, HAVING THIS KIND OF IMPACT ON ME. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A ASPIRATION IN ME TO BE A WRITER, & THIS TO ME WAS, ONE WAY FOR GOD TO COME DOWN TO MY LEVEL, IN THE WORDS THROUGH A WRITTEN LETTER, SENT TO ME BY, ELDER WALKER. THAT EXPERIENCE, LEFT ME, DUMB FOUNDED, ON JUST HOW TO GET BACK TO THE FOLD, & TO THE DRAWING BOARD, IF YOU WILL, IN FINDING & SERVING, THE GOD I LOVE! IN 1991, I ENDED UP, @ THE VA MEDICAL CENTER, IN IOWA CITY, IOWA, FOR A LAST TIME WITH THE EXPERIENCES OF ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICTIONS. I HAVE BEEN SOBER EVER SINCE. BUT I SAID TO GOD, @ THE TIME: FATHER, I CAN STAY SOBER, & REFRAIN FROM THE ABUSE OF DRINK OR DRUG, & TO PROVE IT, I PROMISE YOU, & EVEN FOR MY COUSIN: BUT, LORD, THAT'S ALL I CAN PROMISE; BECAUSE, FATHER I HAVE NO IDEA, WHAT OR HOW TO ACT OR BECOME...I'M SO LOST GOD, THAT IN STAYING SOBER, I JUST ASK YOU TO TAKE CARE OF ME, AS I DO MY BEST TO CONFORM. @ THIS I AM SET FREE OF MY, MALADY.

How I live my faith

I AM NOW, ATTEMPTING TO CONFORM, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES, WITHIN MY CURRENT WARD, & ITS PARTICULARS. BECAUSE, FIRST: I LOVE GOD. 2nd: I BELIEVE IN THE L. D. S. CHURCH, & IT'S MESSAGE. & 3rd: IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO! OTHER THAN THIS, I JUST TAKE IT, ONE DAY AT A TIME. IN A VERY POSITIVE, AND AFFIRMATIVE, KIND OF WAY. SINCE I HAVE MANY EXPERIENCES TO FALL BACK ON, REMINDING ME, OF WHERE, I'VE COME FROM, & WHERE I'M GOING, I FIND IT EXHILARATING TO TRY & HAVE FUN WITH ALL OF IT TODAY. KNOWING HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US. KNOWING THIS BECAUSE HE SENT, HIS ONLY, BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS OF NAZARETH! & KNOWING THIS BECAUSE, OF THE MANY, COINCIDENCES, OR SYNCHRONIZES, THAT HAS MANIFESTED, FORWARD, THAT LEAD US BACK TO HIM