Hey everyone! I have a new testimony. Here goes:
I was raised Southern Baptist. I went to Sunday School every Sunday and often I would pick up the Gospel tracts at the front of the church. I would take them home and read them. One day I asked my Sunday School teacher what to do to be saved and she told me to read the Gospel of John and then I would know. So I went home and did that. With help from the Gospel tracts, I prayed a prayer of salvation and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. This is when I was first "saved" according to Protestant theology. I was about age 12 when this happened.
Next, I drifted through my teen years in and out of Christianity. I tried many different denominations. None of them satisfied me. Finally, about a year after I exited college, I began to investigate Catholicism. One day, on a whim, I sent a message to a Catholic that I got his user name from a message board on. He told me that there was a line of popes going all the way back to Saint Peter. I was instantly hooked. I knew that I had found the one true Church and that I had found the historical Church. I then began my process of converting to the Catholic Church. I talked to a priest in my town and he was going to baptize me that Easter vigil. Well, I was fine with this until he told me he was going to baptize me by making the sign of the cross on my forehead. This did not sound right because I knew that Catholics do not baptize this way. So I chickened out and later that Summer, I talked to a priest in a different town. He got me signed up with a program called RCIA which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. During that Summer, I decided to go ahead and get baptized in a Pentecostal church. I did this partly out of wanting to show my Catholic friend that I would really do it and mostly out of wanting to have my sins washed away. The baptism was valid and I was now a member of the universal Church. However, I was not yet fully initiated into the Catholic Church. I still had to be confirmed. I then went through RCIA starting in September and ending on April 15, 2006. That is when I was confirmed. I am now a full member of Christ's one true Church, the Catholic Church.
I have since been in and out of the Catholic Church. There have been times when I wanted to become Baptist again but I always end up going back to the Catholic Church. I just recently decided to go back to the Catholic Church after a short hiatus from it.