The Church News Changed His Life

man reading BoM
J.K. Chukwuemeka

Brother Chukwuemeka Igwe was a young man when he first learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His conversion story is reminiscent of some of the conversion stories in the Book of Mormon and those in the early days of the restored Church.

In March of 1992, while travelling on an early morning bus, Brother Igwe met a missionary who was having a religious discussion with the people sitting behind him on the bus. The missionary had a copy of the Church News, which he gave to Brother Igwe to read. Going through it, he read the Articles of Faith of the Church. He asked the missionary if the Church taught people how to receive personal revelation.  When the missionary responded, “Yes”, Brother Igwe’s interest in the Church grew, and he requested the address for the Church.

Many times he tried to visit the Church but his attention was constantly diverted one way or the other. On observation of this trend, he decided to make the visit, which he did. At the distribution centre he collected a copy of the Book of Mormon and two copies of the Ensign magazine. The Ensign answered most of the questions that had come to his mind. Brother Igwe read the Book of Mormon day and night and finished it in about three or four days. By the time he was done, he had become a new person. His disposition changed for good, and all desire to break the commandments of God was gone. He began writing his history and the history of his ancestors as was told to him by his late father.

By the time he went back to the Church office, he was fully converted and ready for baptism. He told Brother Christian Ugo, the distribution centre supervisor, that he was ready for baptism. Brother Ugo asked Brother Igwe if he had read and received a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Brother Igwe replied in the affirmative and related to Brother Ugo how he had even documented his own history and that of his ancestors because of reading the book. After being told that he would still have to have the six missionary discussions before being baptized, he insisted on visiting the missionaries to hasten the process and be baptized as soon as possible. The missionaries taught him the lessons, and he was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 Like King Benjamin’s people in the Book of Mormon who were converted and “had no more desire to do evil”, and King Lamoni who gave away all his sins, Brother Igwe has been forever changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.