I want to share another story I heard in testimony meeting last Sunday [July 6, 2014]. A visitor from Los Angeles, a convert of 16 years, stood up and introduced himself. He gave his first name as Deleon. He told the story of his conversion.
He was a gang member in LA. One day, he was on lookout for the gang. He saw “two white guys in white shirts” walking towards him on the street. He said the white guys crossed the street to avoid the gang. Deleon said it bothered him that they crossed the street. He wasn’t going to hurt them.
Then these words came to Deleon’s mind, “They’ve got the Book of Mormon.” He said the only Church he hadn’t checked out in his area was the Mormon Church.
He said he was frustrated that the ministers he talked to couldn’t answer his questions about the Bible, such as Ephesians 4:7–9 which tells of Jesus descending into the lower parts of the earth (we know He went there to teach the spirits in prison [see D&C 138:18–19]). One minister said, “There are just some things we can’t know in this life.” But Deleon wasn’t satisfied.
He motioned to the missionaries, “Hey, come over here. We won’t hurt you.” The missionaries walked over to Deleon pretty cautiously. Then he asked, “Do you have a Book of Mormon?” What missionary wouldn’t welcome that question?
Of course they had one and they gave it to him. Then Deleon asked them to come in and teach the gang members who where in the house. Um. Yeah. The missionaries had a little conference in the middle of the street and decided it would be okay. Then they went into the house and taught.
Less than four weeks later, Deleon was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Deleon’s was one of the most powerful testimonies I’ve heard in a long time. Thank you, Deleon. You lifted my spirit high.