Mormon Conversion Stories
Glenn Beck's Conversion Story:
Karen's Conversion Story:
I still remember standing at the top of the stairs as a child, wondering who I was and why I was on the earth. I hungered for that knowledge like no other, and I felt spiritually starved. I attended Catholic Church but asked what to them were unanswerable questions. I posed a few like these: "Well, who lived in heaven and took part in that war besides Jesus? (If there was a war in heaven, as taught, then there had to have been more than two people there, I reasoned.); "Why do I have to confess the same sins twice?" and "How can God and Jesus be the same person?" I lived as if on a daily spiritual fare of milk and toast, not knowing there was a buffet table divinely set and beckoning me.
Questions about the purpose of life sprung up as consistently as crocuses do in spring, any time I was willing to allow them to pop through the soil of my soul. At one particular point in my life, I began to despair that I would ever know my purpose or the answers to the questions of my heart. Without those answers, the desire to live waned. The world looked cold and senseless. How could I function from day to day without knowing 'why' I was functioning? I couldn't tick if I didn't know why I was ticking.
Lacking some key to the universe, I sat despondently on the edge of my studio bed, staring at a bottle of sleeping pills. I thought about my circumstances. I had little impetus for moving forward from day to day. I was tired of fumbling for house keys in the cold, of working for work's sake, of studying theories spilled over in classes without a rod to evaluate them. So I planned to take my life.
The following videos tell Karen's story in two parts: