I started by asking friends and family what it was like to be a person of faith.
When I got to my parents’ house, I sat at the dining room table and ate my rice.
My parents were so excited that I had finally decided to take on a religious journey.
They were so happy for me.
I thought, What’s going on?
What am I doing?
Why are they so happy?
I didn’t really know why.
Then my father, who was a pastor, walked into the kitchen.
I remember asking him, “Dad, where’s my bible?” and he said, “You’ve been reading it all day.
Go out and pray.”
So I went out and prayed.
My father didn’t say anything to me.
When we returned, I found out that my father had died.
I cried for the first time in my life.
I started to feel so overwhelmed.
It was like a tsunami had washed over me.
But then, as I prayed, I started hearing words of truth.
My mind began to clear.
I began to understand.
My mother came in and asked, “How is it that you feel so good about the way you’re doing?”
I said, I’m doing it because I love it.
And she said, You know what?
That’s why you’re so happy.
When the sun came up and I was standing in the sun, I was so happy because I knew that I was there with God.
My wife also said, How are you doing, honey?
And I said I’m praying for you.
She said, Why are you so happy, honey?
“And I remember saying, I am going to be in heaven.
That’s when I began feeling so good.
I felt so blessed, like a part of the family.
It started to make sense.
I knew it wasn’t a mental state.
I realized that there is something going on in my mind, which is why I’m here today.
I feel so blessed.
I was just a little kid, and I had to grow up fast.
That was my biggest challenge.
I’m still a young person, and my parents didn’t want me to learn that early.
So I had time to get a few lessons in.
I really had to work on my faith.
I didn, and it was tough, because they were so busy.
So when I was 13 or 14, I thought I was going to go to heaven.
And when I did, I didn`t know what to think about it.
My faith was growing and growing.
I couldn`t tell my mother, “No, this isn’t happening to me.”
But I could tell my sister, who’s about 13, and her dad, who`s a pastor.
They`re like, “Look, this is going to happen.”
They didn`T know what they were doing, and they couldn`T believe it.
It didn`s all happening right there.
They thought it was just going to take a long time to happen, but in fact, it was happening.
My mom and dad are still in their 30s.
They’ve been married for 40 years.
They raised their family in the faith and love they`ve been blessed with.
They have three great grandchildren, so I`m very proud of them.
But at the same time, they have to work so hard to keep going and keep believing in the Lord.
That`s why I`ve chosen to continue to pray for them.
As I get older, I have to keep trying to learn more.
I`ll have to continue praying for them, and hopefully, I`d be able to learn even more.
My son is in a little boy`s program.
He`s in high school, so he`s not getting as much help.
He says he`ll be fine.
I said to him, You`re still going to need some help, too.
He said, Oh, OK.
But I`s glad I have a friend who`ll do that.
He told me, Mom, I feel like I need to go back and pray for you too.
I think I`re going to come back and have a better understanding of what it means to be the kind of person who wants to pray and believe.
So that`s what I` m doing.
I have been doing a lot of praying recently.
I’ve been doing more and more reading and reading more Bible stories.
I mean, that`ve really been the biggest part of my journey.
I read more Bible books than I`VE ever read.
I just started this week, and after that, I read some more.
And then, last week, I went to the Bible store.
I bought a Bible, which was my favorite.
And I read through the first two hundred chapters, and that was my new favorite.
I wanted to read them all in one sitting.
And so I have