|As I finished the article, suddenly I became aware of the Lord Jesus in
the room with me. I cannot tell you how. He spoke to me,
not with an audible voice, but in words that I could clearly
understand. He said that what I was reading was somewhat the way
it would be, “but she is not of Me.” The Lord then
proceeded to tell me that the life I was living was quickly leading me
to death, and that I had a choice to make and did not have long to make
it. Then in words that I can only say were spoken with
unutterable love, the Lord Jesus said to me, “make Me your
choice, I am the only reasonable choice you have.”
I stood to my feet trembling and in awe of what was happening. I turned toward the place where I sensed the Lord Jesus was standing in the room and said, “Lord Jesus, if you will help me, I will serve you from this day to the day I die.” Let me testify that from that day to this, the Lord Jesus has been my constant help. I can say with the prophet Samuel of old, “Hitherto hath the LORD helped…” me. (See 1 Samuel 7:12.) Immediately, as soon as I said those words to the Lord, He cleansed my mind and washed it clean of all the profanity and vulgarity that had been so much a part of my life; God instantly gave me complete deliverance from the foul-mouthed person I had been.
In the same moment that He washed my mind, the Lord spoke one more thing to me that day. He said, “read my Word, and start in Matthew.” I immediately went into the living room and told my mother and stepfather of what had just happened. I then went to my room and picked up my Bible (which I had never read), and beginning in Matthew, read God’s Word. As I was not working at the time, I spent from twelve to fourteen hours a day, for the next week, reading the entire New Testament through.
My conversion happened on Monday. By Tuesday or Wednesday I had read as far as the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. At that time, my mother asked me if I wanted to be baptized in the name of Jesus. My response was, “if it is in the Bible I want it!” She then made a couple of telephone calls and found a preacher that would baptize me in Jesus’ precious name. On Friday of that week, I was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins according to Acts 2:38, in Spanaway Lake in the Tacoma, Washington, area.
During that first week of living for God, I still was smoking cigarettes. I came to the realization that the Bible did not mention smoking. I was unsure if my smoking was pleasing to the Lord Jesus or not. I had read in the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 6:12 and 10:23, where the Apostle Paul wrote, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…” He also said that he would not be brought under the power of anything and that not all things are edifying. So I prayed and asked the Lord that if He did not want me to smoke, to please take the habit away from me, because I had no will-power to quit on my own. The Lord miraculously delivered me from smoking cigarettes that week. I have never had an inkling of a desire for cigarettes, from that day to this. All the praise belongs to the Lord Jesus for His wonderful help.
The evening of the day I was baptized, I went to a Pentecostal camp-meeting service with my brother. The Washington-B.C. district of the United Pentecostal Church was holding services at Black Lake, Washington. This was the first time in my life that I had ever gone to a church service of my own accord or desire. From that time to this, I have tried to be faithful in my consecration to the Lord Jesus. He has always been a very present help to me.