This sort of reminds me of the book "Catholic Roots, Mormon Harvest",
although in that case, doctrine played a much more significant role in
conversion (to the point where the authors spend a considerable amount of time
comparing and contrasting LDS and Catholic beliefs). Surprisingly there is a lot
in common…more than even I realized before reading the book, and I was
also raised Catholic. In any case, this is how conversion is
supposed to be, and it's what works for most people. You can debate
doctrine until you're blue in the face but the Spirit testifies most
strongly of the truth of the Gospel and the Church when we DO as the Savior
commands, not just talk about it. That's a lesson I am learning, with great
Reminds me of my father-in-law who waited 10 years to convert after his family
had converted. He kept himself up to date on the family activites in church,
knew the church members, and attended church (not sure how often). By the time
he converted he was ready to go, and was called to the high council (exceptional
leadership skills) within a year. It was the example the family had set, and
those he knew from church. This took place in the 70's and 80's when
church membership was still scarce in Tenn.
gmlewis,My wife at 18 (non member at the time) moved into an
apartment with 3 LDS young ladies. She relates at the time, some confusion when
she'd answer the phone and share with the party at the other end, that her
rooms mates had gone to a church meeting at the steak house, wondering in her
own mind why folks would have a church meeting at a restaurant.
Speaking of folks unfamiliar with LDS culture, I knew a convert in St. Louis,
Missouri who was invited to a meeting at the Stake Center on Clayton Road,
shortly after his baptism. Of course, a little further down the road was a
Steakhouse Restaurant. Guess where the new convert went? Of course, the
restaurant. He was really insulted that nobody else showed up for the meeting,
but had a good laugh the next day when he realized the truth.One
thing for sure, people who don't know our culture have plenty to laugh
A couple of comments...1) Cool story!2) Article quote:
"The entire Bestor family was eventually baptized into The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1976 — the result of genuine friendships
and the family's willingness to be involved in the community. "I think
our attitude was just a real positive one," Phyllis Bestor said. "We
were here, it was a neat place. We just allowed ourselves to become a happy,
positive part of our neighborhood. Otherwise, if you didn't, I don't
think you'd be happy.""Wow, sure would be nice if
people that moved to Utah from other areas would do that. Personally, I get
tired mighty quick of people who come from out of state and then constantly
complain about the "dominant" religion in Utah and how their new home is
not like living in Utah.Nope, Utah is NOT like other states in
America. And many of us are proud of that fact.3) Would have been
neat if the article had a few examples of how humorous life was being a
non-Mormon living among Mormons. I've heard our culture is different but
to an immersed Mormon we often don't see it.
As a native of Orem, I want to reach out to the Bestor's and thank them for
all they have brought to this community. My siblings and I know Phyllis Bestor
as "Mrs Bestor" - widely known as our absolute favorite teacher at Orem
High, back in the day. Whether they knew this or not, the Bestor's were
and have been true examples of what it means to be Christian. They came to Utah
as Christians and have continued as such. I can't say enough good about
them. Thanks for who you are and for your loving sacrifices and friendships.
And thanks D News for such a positive news article!
What a neat upbeat article to read in the morning of what will be a hectic day.
Thank you, Bestors, for being you are!