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January 2015

I Didn't Want To Be Baptized

In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, children are not baptized until they are at least eight years old.  The summer I turned eight, my family was relocating from Leadville, Colorado - the highest city in the United States - to near sea level in Louisiana.  This disrupted life’s routine.  Events that would lead to my baptism were delayed.  I remember being quite happy about this, since I did not want to be baptized.  I don't remember what reason I had for not wanting to be baptized, but I distinctly remember I did not want to be.  We moved again in the fall from a t

An Anchor In Rochester

Shortly after my baptism, we moved from Louisiana to New York.  When I was 12 years old, the Church was having an area conference in Rochester, NY.   My mother says that on the way to the conference the engine died for no apparent reason.  Dad didn’t know what was wrong and thought we would have to end the trip.  She prayed for a miracle to get it back on the road.  It started and we continued.  I have no memory of this.