Hi! My name is Lucy Smith and I am 14 years old.

From before I could even walk or talk, my parents were teaching me about Jesus and his love for me, but when we talked about Jesus as a Savior, I never wanted to admit that I did anything that was wrong. When I was 6 years old, something finally clicked. I realized, to the extent a 6-year-old mind could understand, that I did do wrong, and I was in need of a perfect Savior to rescue me. I confessed that I was a sinner and knew that, because of that, I was separated from God. I finally understood that Jesus loved me so much that he took upon himself the punishment for all that I would think, say, or do that displeased God. That night I accepted Jesus into my heart. I trusted in him and will someday spend my eternity with him in Heaven!

Jesus has always been a part of my life though, so after making the decision to trust him, not a whole lot changed. I was loving Jesus as my Savior, but I never really knew him as my Friend. That all changed in fifth grade. My small group leaders challenged all of us to start reading our Bibles on our own for 15 minutes every day. I started slow, but once I did, it was like I couldn’t get enough of it!!! The Word came to life! I would run up to my room every day after school and read as much as I could. That’s when I began to really love Jesus and make my faith my own. I still cannot get enough of God speaking to me through his Word!

Today, I understand the gravity of what Jesus did for me. I have learned how to be content in every situation because of the life I have in Jesus. There have been times it has been difficult to love the people that God has placed in my life, but Jesus is constantly teaching me how to love like him. I have found so much joy in Jesus, knowing that I am unconditionally loved and absolutely free!

I am not coming to the water with everything figured out. Instead, I am coming trusting in the grace of Jesus and what he did on the cross, and resting in his great love for me! I am being baptized to publicly proclaim that Jesus is the King of my heart, that I love him, and that my hope is placed in him alone!!!

— Lucy Smith, Baptized April 2019

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