In his teens Richard Morgan was a Mormon missionary and in his young adult years became an atheist. After years participating in atheism discussions online he entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2012.
Growing up in the 1950's in a small village nestled sleepily in the hills of North Wales, I was sent to Sunday school in the local Congregationalist Church for much of my childhood. We were told Bible stories, sang songs and were given crayons to draw. That was the extent of my religious education.
When I was fourteen, I became seriously curious about religion so I went to see the chain-smoking, bachelor Congregationalist minister, thinking he might be able to answer some of my questions. I remember nothing of our conversation. I only recall emerging from his house with a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, my clothes reeking of cigarette smoke. I struggled several times to read the first two pages, gave up, then spent my entire adolescence boasting that I'd read the Bhagavad Gita (which sounded very "cool" in those days).
Two Mormon missionaries knocked at our door when I was fifteen. I was out at a violin lesson. My mother told them that she was too old to change, but that her son was interested in religion and they should come back one evening when I was home.
Thomas was a former Mormon missionary turned Protestant minister who was received into the Catholic Church in 1996. Thomas lives on his family ranch in southeastern Idaho.
Born a 6th generation Mormon (LDS), I was convinced I was part of the "only true Church on the face of the earth" (Doctrines & Covenants 1:30). As we believed that only Mormons had the gift of the Holy Spirit and that the rest of the world was groping in the darkness for truth, I was equally convinced I was responsible to share our faith at every opportunity. Like many 19-year-old men, I was called by the Mormon prophet to be a missionary for two years in the southern United States, the buckle of the Bible belt, and was excited about winning converts to my faith. In the end, my missionary experience, led me to the conclusion that the Mormon claims could not stand the scrutiny of reason and Divine Revelation.
Richard Sherlock is a professor of philosophy trained at Harvard. He has 2 wonderful adult children and many wonderful friends who are with him and supportive of him in this journey.
Converting to Catholicism: My Journey
Utah State University
One should never leave the religion in which one was born or raised for anything but the most serious of reasons. Warm feelings, family, friends, a social ethos, should never be the reason for joining or leaving a religion. The fact that you do not like the priest, pastor or parishioners should never be a reason for staying or leaving. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have never been a person to "go with the flow" or seek popularity. I was a conscientious objector in the Vietnam War and I have a 1-0 draft card to prove it. I have been an absolute opponent of abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment my whole adult life. When I was a professor of moral theology at Fordham University in the mid-1980's I happily defended the view that artificial birth control is morally wrong. This was at a time when many, if not most, actually Catholic moral theologians wouldn't do so, or wouldn't do so strongly. I have not left religion or Christianity. But I have left Mormonism. I have become a deeper, more intellectual, more spiritual and truer Christian than I have ever been, literally. I am converting to the Roman Catholic Church. All true roads do lead to Rome.
Libby Edwards is a former neopagan witch of fifteen years. She is happily married and has one eleven year old son.
I am often asked by friends and family why I converted to the Catholic Church. They don't want a simple answer; they want to know how and why the Church "sucked me in." For most of my family, the response is usually one of surprise, but they are so thankful I am at least Christian now that there's little argument against it. But for my friends, people who have known me since at least college (and sometimes longer than that), the response is often some combination of anger and bewilderment. You see, before my conversion, I was neither Protestant, or Christian, or Jewish. I was a Neopagan Witch.
But! I didn't start out that way.