I learned who Jesus was at a young age because I grew up in a Christian family. We attended church every Sunday, and my parents were active leaders in the church. I learned about Jesus through Sunday School, and, of course, my parents and grandparents. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 8 years old but never really knew the true meaning of trusting in Christ.

A few years ago, my father decided that he wanted to leave my family, and I never really looked to God in the middle of the storm. I used school and playing sports to deal with the hurt but I never gave anything over to Jesus.

Just recently going through school and playing sports and still dealing with the hurt, I looked more to God for help. I was dealing with anger and hurt by myself. Then I realized that it is Jesus, whom I needed to get through life. It is Jesus who gives me true happiness.

My mom was the one who really had these conversations with me about who Christ was and what he has done for her and that really opened my eyes up. I can see that it is her walk with Christ, that has made her a stronger person.

I realized that what I needed in my life was more of Jesus. Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.” I realized that I needed to fully trust Jesus in my life. My happiness is in my relationship with Christ. I have decided to be baptized because I am a follower and a beloved daughter of the King, Jesus Christ.

— Shaelyn Yermal, Baptized September 2018
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