NEW LIFE By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy March 1978

On the Monday before Easter, 1978, the ship went out for a week and I started praying "Lord, if you will save Al I will join the church of his choice." Giving up my church was my last concession.

On Good Friday, March 23, 1978, the ship came in and Al got off looking to be baptized. God had finally answered my prayers.

We called the local churches and found that no one would baptize Al that weekend because they had their Easter programs set up and "couldn't" change anything.

Mike, a friend, on the USS John F. Kennedy told Al the Mormon Church would baptize him. We met with two missionaries at Mike and Nancy's house. The next day Al and I met with the section leaders of the church.

The Elder I talked to wanted me to make a covenant with God never to smoke again. I could not. I planned to quit; but, felt it would be worse to take a chance on lying to God than to smoke. I had enough guilt without doing that.

Even though I had been a Christian a long time and already baptized, the Mormon Church required I be baptized again to join the church with Al. Al and I were baptized at 2 PM on March 24, 1978 at the Norfolk Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. We were confirmed at 4 PM.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No, No," lest you fall into judgment.

Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

background picture of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist - Author unknown

Music: "He Touched Me" by Elvis Presley from CD set "Ultimate Gospel"

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