Utah family shares quirky, inspiring Mormon conversion story through book

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Sept. 12, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    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 difficulty, myself.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 14, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    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.

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:07 p.m.


    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.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Aug. 13, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    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 about.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    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.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    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!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    What a neat upbeat article to read in the morning of what will be a hectic day. Thank you, Bestors, for being you are!