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Missionary moments: Because of testimony

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As a teenager growing up in Romania in the mid-90s, Florin

Aurel Ghipu lived as other boys following the fall of communism.

He didn't feel religious, but when Mormon missionaries

knocked on the door of his home, he listened.

\"I remember that I was very eager to read everything

the elders gave me,\" Florin said. \"My mother participated in only one

discussion. But I'm grateful that she opened the door for them. I read the Book

of Mormon in less than a week, and had many questions for the missionaries each


\"When I learned about the Word of Wisdom, I quit

smoking. It wasn't easy, but I wanted all the blessings I could have. Satan

made it very hard, but the commandments were very logical to me. I remember

going to church and feeling the Holy Ghost many times, especially during the


Florin was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 2004, about a month after meeting the

missionaries. \"The feelings of the Spirit continued to increase when I

said opening prayers in meetings and served in the Aaronic Priesthood,\" he


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