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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