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Missionary moments: 'Never been so happy'

My companion and I were serving in the area of Alpine, which consists of several small towns in the mountains east of San Diego, Calif. Two elders had been tracting in a nearby town, El Cajon, and had found a referral for us — a woman who lived in our area. As we followed the map, it led us to a dirt road, which eventually turned into another dirt road. We were nearly at the border of Mexico. It took us more than an hour, but we were finally standing at her front door.

We knocked and were received enthusiastically with a huge smile and hug from Lynn Madsen. She welcomed us into her home, leading us into her living room to sit down and talk. To our surprise, President Gordon B. Hinckley was on the television. She was watching BYUTV and then explained how it all began.

Two years earlier, she had been searching for direction from God and for answers to her many questions. One day while channel surfing, she came across BYUTV where the prophet was speaking. "He was talking to me," she recalled. "I was mesmerized."

She began watching BYUTV every day. She also ordered copies of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. She read all of them twice within two months. She knew when she read the Book of Mormon that it was the word of God.

One day while talking to her daughter on the phone, she said, "I need to find some Mormons." A few days later, she was visiting her daughter in El Cajon when there was a knock at the door. There stood the two elders. She almost grabbed them by the collar and said, "Where have you been? I've been looking for you!"

This was how the referral came about. She was taught and baptized. Even though I was transferred to a new area, as part of our retention efforts I was able to call Lynn a couple of months after her baptism. I could hear her excitement and the beautiful change that had taken place in that short period of time. She told me, "I have never been so happy in my whole life."

She is a strong member of the Church and is working on family history research. She has already found 8,000 names of ancestors to take to the temple. — Sister Char Holmes, California San Diego Mission

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