Walking into the Waters of Baptism

By April 1, 2014

We here at JI have an exciting announcement. A few months ago, Amanda and Natalie stumbled across a particularly moving passage in a nineteenth-century diary in which a small child was healed after being run over by a wagon on the Mormon Trail. Imagining the child’s broken, crumpled body being healed while his mother wept nearby affected the two who began to wonder how people who seemed so reasonable could have believed in the possibility of divine miracles. After several days of fervent prayer, they decided to ask the missionaries to visit them in Natalie’s home in Lansing. After finally reading the Book of Mormon, they realized Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he never could have written something so beautiful and inspiring as the Book of Mormon as a young, uneducated man. Both JIers will be baptized next week in the Lansing 2nd Ward.  Please welcome them as your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Note: Amanda has also recognized her importance as a mother and will no longer be completing her dissertation at the University of Michigan.  You may keep up with her at her new mommy blog komotodragons.wordpress.com

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Comments

  1. This is amazing news! Congratulations! I’ve always known it would be impossible for you two, knowing so much about the church, to not get baptized. So exciting!

    Comment by Ryan — April 1, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  2. Thank you!!!!!!

    Comment by Natalie R — April 1, 2014 @ 10:14 am

  3. Uhoh, this ratchets up the pressure for the other Gentiles here to see the light…

    Comment by Saskia — April 1, 2014 @ 10:20 am

  4. I just feel so blessed by all of your support.

    Comment by Amanda — April 1, 2014 @ 10:27 am

  5. Which of the two are we supposed to welcome as our “brother[] in Christ”?

    Comment by Mark B. — April 1, 2014 @ 11:16 am

  6. Today is April 1st. Can’t find the Lansing 2nd Ward… Deciding not to complete her dissertation…Hmmm… 🙂

    Comment by Curtis C. — April 1, 2014 @ 11:39 am

  7. I assume Andrea will be invited to perform the baptisms?

    Comment by Gary Bergera — April 1, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

  8. This is so exciting! Congratulations!

    Comment by Brady W. — April 1, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

  9. Mark B., Galatians 3:28.

    Comment by Amanda — April 1, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

  10. Gary– That’s hysterical. The pedestal is getting pretty crowded, but happy to welcome two more sisters in Christ.

    Comment by Andrea R-M — April 1, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

  11. Will your Mommyblog have historical recipes?

    Comment by kevinf — April 1, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

  12. For the record, Ryan is not Ryan T. But this is indeed excellent news.

    Comment by Ryan T. — April 1, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

  13. As most of you have figured probably figured out, Natalie and I are not converting to Mormonism. This was all an April Fool’s joke.

    Comment by Amanda — April 2, 2014 @ 8:10 am

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