Picture of our Townhouse apartment in Nederland, TX in 1978. We lived on the left side. Fran took the picture.

NEDERLAND By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy June 1978

Al took the kids and I back to Texas to stay with my brother the first of June, 1978. He flew back to the ship and went on the Med.-cruise.

I found an apartment in Nederland and told the Navy where to deliver our household goods. The truck broke down in Atlanta, Ga.

I bought a living room set with a hid-a-bed sofa so the kids and I would have a place to sleep. My brother and Mom loaned us some dishes and cookware until the truck finally got there about six weeks later.

Al flew into Houston and I met him there. We drove to Dallas and he was released from the Navy two days later (August 18, 1978).

I thought Al had changed completely when he accepted Jesus. I was in for another surprise. God showed Al unconditional love on the ship and he had changed even more. He was more loving and less condemning of everyone and everything.

We decided to let God lead us to the right job, home and church. We wanted to do God's will in all things. I felt God wanted us to go to Houston. Al said, "There is no way I'm going to Sodom and Gomorrah to live."

Al got a job in an Avionics Shop at Jefferson County Airport and we started looking for a church home.

We started attending a non-denominational church. The people there were loving and we enjoyed the services.

Even though we loved the people in this church, we did not feel it was where God wanted us. We felt led to join the local Baptist Church.

The pastor felt like Al should be baptized again. Al felt God accepted his first baptism because God knew what was in his heart. He didn't see anything wrong with being baptized again though and agreed.

I had been a member of the Baptist Church since I was a kid and could simply move my letter. I couldn't remember the name of the church where my letter was in Beaumont. I also wanted to make a public statement against the Mormon Church (my way of making a complete break with them) and requested baptism. Al and I were re-baptized together.

Al and I studied the Bible every spare minute we had after leaving the Mormon Church. We would do this for the next three years. We have no idea what was on TV from 1978 1981.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Isa 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

2 John 1:6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

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