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Saturday, July 25, 1998
LDS Church News

Page: Z16

Missionary moments: Answers to questions

By Mitsushi Suehiro, Uwajima Branch, Japan Okayama Mission

    An employment transfer to a new region of Japan changed my life in a wonderful way. In a new environment, I began paying attention to things I hadn't noticed in the past. That included pondering difficult questions about my life, and life and death. My thirst for knowledge increased and my selection of reading material changed to those I believed would be meaningful in my life.
    Before long, I purchased a copy of the Bible. Although I didn't have a perfect understanding of this book, my recognition that God exists increased dramatically. But the more I learned about the teachings of the Lord from the Bible, the more I was troubled in my heart. I was frustrated that I wasn't seeing a change in my life. After a time, I was transferred back to my previous employment office. On a late December day, I visited several bookstores looking for books to read during the New Year's holiday. At one store selling used books I saw an unusual title - The Book of Mormon. It appeared to be a religious book and as I thumbed through it, I felt strongly that it was similar to the Bible, another book about Christ, and that it contained something I wanted to know.
    I bought the book and went home where I devoured it overnight from the first page to the end.
    Two days later, I was about a third of the way through the book for the second time when two foreign missionaries visited me. They later told me they were inspired by the Spirit to leave an appointment and ride their bicycles 10 miles to my house although they had never visited me before.
    They gave me their card and as I read "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," I realized that was the name in the book I was reading. At that moment, I felt something like an arrow of light piercing through my heart. It was the first time I had an experience like that.
    I cried to the missionaries, "Then you are from the Church in the book I am now reading!"
    I received the discussions from the missionaries and was baptized, feeling utmost joy. I knew the gospel provided answers to the questions I had about my life, and life and death.

Words: 384
Section: Church News
Illustration: Color Illustration by Deseret News artist Robert Noyce.