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Published: Monday, May 13 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Richmond, VA

Miracles are still happening and lives are being touched and change for the better. Though many will still scoff and mock, the truth will continue to break forth and permeate the lives of those who are sincerely seeking for answers. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.

Salt Lake City, UT

A wonderful account that touched my heart. Thank you.

Bountiful, UT

This story reminds me of my own mother's. She saw the anti-Mormon film, 'The God Makers'. It gave her a MUCH bigger desire to learn more. As a result, she married a member of the 'Mormon' church and has raised all her children as members of the church. Four of her children served missions and four of her grandchildren have served or are serving missions for the church.

Altamont, UT

Brother Gorbett also has my admiration. What a missionary he was!

Somewhere in Time, UT

I'm not at all surprised by the stories coming out about converts from the Book of Mormon Musical. It's just like the Godmakers. It will bring a lot of people to the truth although that was not the intention of the writers and producers. I have no doubt we will start to hear stories flooding in about more conversions from those who get their curiosity peaked and are lead to the truth.

Julie R.
Kearns, UT

A wonderful and beautiful account. Thank you very much for sharing!

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

I love these stories about people who have been converted as a result of the musical. Missionary work definately comes in different, and even unintended, forms!!

Florissant, MO

I would not go to the musical, but for those who have not discovered the LDS church, it seems as though in many cases, that negative is turning into a positive. The Lord is so able to sift through and find those who are seeking. What a wonderful man and he is really serving with his heart, mind and soul. Congrats to him.

Mormon Wookiee
Riverton, UT

What a great story. Touched my heart today. Thanks!

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

A very nice story. The Lord is calling in the elect in preparation for the second coming. Those who humble themselves and sincerely ask will learn of its truth through the power of the Spirit.

Boise, ID

To JoeBlow: No, unless he was going to become a missionary.

SomewhereIn, UT

Well written story, Emmilie. Thank you for sharing it.

I am grateful for the transformation we call conversion.

American Fork, UT

I understand how you might feel this is all great and wonderful but it kind of feels like reading the name of a lottery winner in the news. No one considers the names of everyone who didn't win, or buy in as is the case here. Miracles do happen, but no less so when the powerball kicks in.

Beaverton, OR

Does it matter the length of his hair, or the color of his tie, or the status of his life? What matters is that he has decided to make a change, to follow a beautiful intention of his heart, and to make his life a bit better than it was before.
For all purposes...he, like others who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a missionary.
I'm sure the creators were not thinking "conversion to 'Mormonism'" when they created this play. Interesting how good can come out of something like that.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I’ve heard unusual conversion stories from many different faiths and while The Book of Mormon musical may seem like an unlikely instrument of conversion, don’t scoff. It’s convenient to dismiss it by saying you can talk yourself into believing just about anything you want to believe. But the conversion experience is often very real and lifechanging as it is inexplicable to those who have it.

"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." (Jesus to Nicodemus, John 3:8)

Taylorsville, UT

For Donn,

In the scriptures it talks a lot about new wine(commonly referred to our day as grape juice). Grape Juice(unfermented) has the good nutrients our bodies can use to help us be more healthy.

Cedar Hills, UT

great story! Good man.


First that other story, now this…Parker and Stone's efforts are seriously backfiring, it would seem. And I couldn't be happier about it. >:)

Austin, TX

For wjutjck,

Biblical wine was fermented and it was alcoholic. For you to call it just "grape juice" is either a misunderstanding or disingenuous. Even BYU publications confirm this fact. (See "Wine at Masada and in the New Testament" among many others.) Yes, Jesus drank alcoholic wine.

Also, in the Book of Mormon it is clear that the Nephites had wine.

The Word of Wisdom as you and I know it wasn't revealed until after the Restoration and even then wasn't enforced as a measure of worthiness until the beginning of the 20th Century.

Salt Lake City, UT


"It is possible to drink in moderation and never violate the teachings of Scripture."

I'll bet it is possible to cross the freeway on foot, too, Donn, but it isn't a safe bet.

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