Sunday, March 8, 2009
Meet Sheyla. Sheyla has been a part of my family's life for awhile now. It all started when my mom started taking Pilates classes with her about a year ago. She's an awesome instructor who will absolutely kick your butt. She is a very warm, kind and amiable person with two adorable sons. She is an awesome single mom who would do anything for her children.
After my baby was born I took up Pilates with Sheyla as well and enjoyed talking with her. I could tell right away she was a wonderful person.
A couple months ago my mom's ward had ward conference and the members were encouraged to ask friends, neighbors or family members who aren't LDS to come and learn more about the "Mormons." My mom felt impressed to ask Sheyla to come. I was given the task to ask Sheyla at our next training session. I barely got the words out of my mouth before she said, "Yes yes yes! I would love to!" That was the beginning of the beginning. The missionaries had their "golden contact." I couldn't believe how easily she retained the knowledge of the gospel. She basically taught herself and told me time after time how much she could feel peace in her life grow.
Today, Sheyla was baptized and will be given the Gift of the Holy Ghost this coming Sunday. It was a wonderful day full of strong emotions and a wonderful Spirit of the Lord.
Sheyla is quickly becoming one of my greatest friends. I have no doubt in my mind that my mom and I were used as instruments in God's hands to introduce her to the Gospel. My testimony grew ten fold as I watched her own testimony blossom. She had been searching for a long, long time for a church that fulfilled her and satiated her hunger for the Truth.
Sheyla had barely a clue that we were LDS the day we invited her to church. She barely knew what Mormonism was or how it worked.
I had very, very little to do with her conversion but I was and AM so excited to have been able to particpate in it.
You never know what could happen when you open your mouth!