Hi, my name is May Bo. I grew up in Utah surround by friends who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aka “Mormons”. My friends invited me to church, campouts, youth activities, dances and all sorts of social events. They also invited me to meet the missionaries more than once and I rejected them every time. I was never interested in joining their church but the social aspect of it was OK. I decided to stop going to their church events during high school because I was too busy with life.
I went through a really hard time during my junior year of high school. I was sick and bedridden for half the year. I was depressed and devastated because school was everything to me. During that time one of my friends decided to serve me. This person, who I hardly even knew, visited me almost every day while I was sick. I soon realized that this person wanted to teach me religion and I was completely turned away from the friendship. I finally got better from my illness and went back to school. After a few months, I realized life wasn’t so easy. I tried everything I could to work for my own happiness but it didn’t work. Finally, I was humbled enough to ask my friend “There’s something missing in my life. What is it?”
My friend immediately came over to my house and taught me about the atonement of Jesus Christ. I was constrained to my seat and felt an immense burning in my heart. Since then, I started sincerely reading the Book of Mormon and praying to God for an answer to know what to do in my life. About a month later, I got baptized on April 19, 2008 during the last months of my senior year of high school.
It was a VERY difficult decision to get baptize and there were many obstacles. I couldn’t say that at that point of my life that I knew that joining the Church was the right thing to do but now, after 6 years, I KNOW without a doubt that it WAS the most important decision I made in my life. It was a HUGE leap of faith but every day since my baptism I am full of gratitude that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In a nut shell,
2008 – I got baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.
2009 – I met my future husband at college
2010 – I got sealed (married) in the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple
2011 – I had my first child
2012 – I graduated from college and moved to Ireland for 7 months
2013 – I had my second child
Everything that this Church requires has been hard for me to adjust to. I thought it was super difficult to get baptized. Then I thought it was super difficult to get married in the temple. Then I thought it was super duper difficult to have kids. But every time I decided to change my life in accordance to God’s commandments, I have been greatly blessed.
Now, I believe that the hardest part of the gospel is happily enduring to the end because I’m a sleep deprived mom with two little kids. J
Over the last six years, my faith has been tested and tried in all possible areas. The only thing that has kept my faith strong is daily personal scripture study and prayer. Every time I struggle I pray to God and wait to receive an answer to my prayer. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the solution to all life’s problems. Jesus Christ cannot take away all our troubles but He can help us feel better and even be happy even in the mist of the toughest situations.
I have a sure knowledge that God lives and Jesus Christ is God’s son. I also know that studying the scriptures and praying sincerely everyday is essential to consistent happiness in life and strengthening of faith in God.