My husband was always a family-oriented man and my son was very cute.
Though there was nothing special about my family, my family was happy and harmonious except for one thing: My three-year-old son sucked on his fingers too much. Whenever he cried out in pain at night, being unable to eat properly because of his festered fingers, I did not know what to do. After trying every possible way, I made cotton gloves for him to wear.
On the day when I met some people from the Church of God for the first time, they were interested in the gloves that my son was wearing, so I whined unintentionally. They comforted me as if they were my old neighbors, saying, “Both you and your child must have been suffering a lot.” I continued to meet them and started studying the Bible.
God the Mother, the kingdom of heaven which is our spiritual home country … Every teaching moved me. I felt as if something inside me was being awakened. Up until that time, when people told me to come to church to receive peace and comfort in mind, I said, “I don’t have anything to be comforted about, so I don’t need to go to church.” That’s how I thought that church or God had nothing to do with me. However, when I read the Bible, I came to think that I should look for God.
I told my husband, who came back home from work in the evening, about the Bible story which I’d heard during the day. My husband, who was kindhearted and respectful, did not even want to look at the Bible, saying that he was disappointed about the church that he went to in his school years. Then, the words that I had never thought of came out of my mouth.
“Don’t students study the text books when they go to school? If you want to believe in God, you must study the Bible and follow it as it says!”
After speaking to him, I realized that the church that actually follows the Bible is the true church. There was no reason to delay. I accepted the truth and continued to study the Bible every day. The more I studied the words, the more confident I became. I wanted to share this good thing with the people I knew. Whenever I met my family members or my neighbors, I told them to accept God and receive the blessing of salvation. However, my husband still looked displeased when I mentioned the church.
Whenever I prayed for my husband, I felt frustrated as if a heavy stone was pressing down on my chest. After a long and earnest prayer, I made up my mind to preach the truth properly, depending entirely on God.
As I was about to speak to him, I suddenly burst into tears. Even before I spoke to him, my throat was choked. My strong resolution disappeared into thin air, and only an ardent appeal to him to study the Bible once was made. The next day, and the day after the next day, I could not speak a word to him because of my tears. I only kept crying. On the third day, at last, my husband made a promise to read the Bible.
On the day when my husband closed his store, he came to Zion (WMSCOG) as he promised. Contrary to his previous attitude, he said with admiration that he did not know that the words were that amazing, and he received the blessing of a new life immediately. Now, one month has passed. He asks how Heavenly Father preached the gospel, and whether or not he can meet Mother, with his eyes twinkling just like when a child learns how to speak. During the time he commutes, he listens to sermons, and he preaches the words to close customers as well as to his family members.
When I see his change, I only give thanks to God, feeling that this is a miracle. I am the happiest when I go for a service with him, talking about the words of the Bible together. Now my child’s bad habit of sucking his fingers is also gone thanks to the help from Zion members; I only have things to give thanks for.
Now I know that all my happiness is the blessing given by God Elohim. I always give thanks for the grace of choosing me who has nothing to be proud of to become a child of God who administers the great universe, and for allowing me to stay in God’s arms. I will preach the truth to people around me again and again from now on. I hope that the day when everybody will be happy in God will come quickly.
MJ Choi from Korea