|This is a picture of Will on the left and Michael on the left. When we first came to Wellington we saw a lot of young people expressing themselves in dress and appearance. This is common since Victoria University is very close to us. One day we were walking down the street and saw a young man dressed in all black with long hair and a very long beard. However, the one thing that really stood out was his long fingernails. We had never seen nails that long and didn't even know it was possible to grow them that long. |
Later the young adults were given assignments to go visit the young adults who were on the rolls as being members but no one knew who they were or if they even still lived in Wellington. They located some of the members and invited them to Family Home Evening. Imagine our surprise when this young man with the long fingernails ended up coming to Family Home Evening and he was a member of the church and had been raised in the church in Wanganei. The young adults were very receptive to him and he continued to come to church. However, he stopped coming to FHE and we didn't see him for about a month.
Then one Sunday we went to the taping of the General Conference and afterwards this very sharp looking young man came up to us and started talking and their was something about him which seemed familiar but I didn't recognize him. He finally said, "Do you know who I am" and it finally dawned on me that it was Michael, the boy with the long fingernails.
Michael now comes to church every Sunday and has turned his life around completely. When asked what changed he just said that when he came to the university he wanted to become different but now it was time for a change. He is an amazing person.
February 20, 2013