A Jewish Man Visited Temple Square and It Changed His Life Forever


Editor’s Note: Ben Schwelling lives in Longmont, Colorado.  He was raised Jewish and doesn’t have any plans of joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but did leave a wonderful comment on our LDS SMILE Group Page of how a  simple visit to Temple Square changed his life.

“I am NOT Mormon, I was raised Jewish. But I visited Temple Square once and the feeling that came over me was unlike any other I ever felt. An Overwhelming sensation of peace.

Ever since, I have been the biggest fan of the Mormon religion. I know this may seem weird but we have a framed copy of the family a proclamation to the world hanging both downstairs and upstairs of our house. We have a book of Mormon embossed with our name on it in gold. Angel Moroni statue in our living room on a bookshelf . When we got married instead of saying till death do you part, we said for time and eternity and gave credit to Mormon teaching.

And I have the Book of Mormon as well as the Gospels app on my phone. I am not interested in converting or anything but I sincerely love Mormonism. I also wear a CTR ring and every time I see a missionary I send them into bewilderment with this story. The BYU XM radio station is usually on, and on Christmas the BYU TV station was what we played for background.

If I was Christian, or if I ever get baptized it will undoubtedly be with the Mormon Church. Thank you for doing what you do around the world, thank you for my experience at Temple Square, and thank you for your teachings which have made me a better father with a stronger family. God bless”

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13 Replies to “A Jewish Man Visited Temple Square and It Changed His Life Forever”

  1. Sadly, unless he converts and is sealed in the temple, his marriage will end at death. I am so glad he felt the spirit there at temple square, but my hope and prayer is that he ACTS on those feelings by joining being baptized into the church. “What do you think of people who say they believe in Jesus Christ and the
    gospel but do not act like they do? James taught that “faith without
    works is dead” (James 2:26).”

    1. In my opinion, it sounds like he is well on his way. His conversion has already started within his heart and that is the most important part of conversion. I know countless people who have been baptized and have entered into sacred temple covenants who are still not converted within their hearts. Are they more worthy of eternal blessings than those whose hearts are in the conversion process? I feel like we need to give more credit to those who are experiencing conversion in their hearts and have faith that the work will come when it’s time. We know that there will be time in the millennium for the work unfinished here. Conversion of the heart is more important here in this life.

      Please note: I’m not saying the work is not important. I just feel like this man needs a little more credit here. Remember that the Lord is good. He is loving. He accepts all who come unto Him, even if it takes longer than others. He’s always there for those seeking Him.

  2. What an uplifting post… Whatever happens, he is a step ahead because of what he has learned, loved, and adapted of the LDS faith. The little seed is growing… I say, give him/them time. God bless them. I feel their love for truth, and I’m happy for them

  3. I was Jewish and had the same type of experience as he did when I was 15 years old. Meeting a Mormon family profoundly influenced my life at that time. I never thought I could or would join the church against my family’s wishes. But 7 years after that, that little seed burst though my heart and I was baptized. That was 32 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. I hope the same can happen for them. I know this is the only true church on the face of the earth.

    1. This is so sad–the fact that you think the Mormon “church” is the only true church. The Truth is in His Word, and His Word says no other book will be written or has been written. The “book of Mormon” is just that-a book written by a man who loved to get drunk and have sex with multiple women. Smart guy I guess cause he has fooled so many. God’s Church includes all of his children that pray,repent, and demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit. I don’t doubt some Mormons truly believes Jesus and will go to heaven, just as there will be Catholics, Baptists, and any other person that believes in Him. Luckily the Bible reveals everything we need to know to join Him. Love in Christ, and blessings to you.

      1. The book wasn’t written by a man it was translated. If you don’t know what that means look it up in the dictionary. Do you really think an uneducated 18 year old boy in the 1800’s could write a book like the Book of Mormon? You write trash about a prophet you have no idea about. The LDS church is full of imperfect people and imperfect leaders. None of us are perfect. But I can tell you this. The gospel IS perfect. I love the fact that God still speaks to us today through Prophets and Apostles. Both the Bible and Book of Mormon testify of Jesus Christ. If you read it then you would know. I have had many experiences with the spirit world and my family that have passed over into the spirit world. Some of it is too sacred to tell. But I know without a doubt that it is the true church, regardless of what you think of its leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. It is true.

      2. Janelle I hope this reply helps you understand the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living church upon this entire earth and it has be for almost 185 years, being 185 on April 6th (The day that Jesus Christ was risen from the tomb). One thing that I would that I would like to point out is that there is no such thing as Mormonism, although sometimes the doctrine we teach is refered to as such, the only doctrine that we teach is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am confident that you are a member of any local church no matter what sect, and what you believe is that if you only believe in Jesus Christ, than you are saved by grace. That is only half true, and half truths brings more confusion than any lie, this is why there are so many churchs; half truths.

        The only reason that it is by grace we are saved a half truth, is because every other church in the whole world fails to realize that it is through Justice that we obtain grace. There is no such thing as grace if there wasn’t any Justice. How can we have grace being given openly when we can only receive grace after the demands of Justice are met. In Deuteronomy 32:4,”He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment:a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he,”(KJV). This clearly states that ALL of his ways are judgment or in other words God is All Justice. God is an all loving God, he is no respector of persons; but God is not a sin loving God. The God of the Old Testament gave commandments to follow and keep, if those subject to follow the commandments, did not keep the commandments, they become subject to Justice. Joshua 24:19 states,”And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.” The same with the New Testament, and now. He is the same God. God cannot be God without Justice. I do not quote these scriptures to bring condemnation, but for you to realize that God has requirements for us to follow for us to be saved. God will not be taken advantage of and be all Merciful, he isn’t, but God is perfectly merciful and knows (he knows all things) when to show mercy to those who are willing to follow Him, not just believe on him. We are saved by grace after all that we can do, and through justice we recieve grace. We are not saved by belief and grace only, there is no justice in that, and God is an all just God. With Jesus Chirst’s atonement he has become our advocate with the Father (which are seperate distinct beings with bodies of flesh and bloody). Jesus Christ can require things from us because of what he did for us, and he requires us to follow him and obey his commandments. We cannot just believe and be saved by grace, we have to take up our cross; that does not mean wearing a crucifix. When we decided to follow Jesus Christ we are have must have faith, repent, be baptised, recieve the gift of The Holy Ghost, and endure. Not just believe, never change, and comform with society. You say that truth is in the word, but you do not follow the word. Isn’t it truth that God established a Church on the earth to provide the necessary ordances of the gospel. Isn’t it truth that,”Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”(Amos 3:7). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church that has the organiazation and authority of God on the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church that sustains that God is the same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever. God still lives, and he still gives us direction, requirements, and guidence.

        Revealations 22:19, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of THIS PROPHECY, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in THIS BOOK.” That specifically means that book of Revealations, how does that mean all works?

        The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ was not written by Joseph Smith, it was translated.
        Quick Facts about the Book Of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ

        The book took 65 days to translate.

        Once a page was completed in translation they did not change any words, or and any grammer. They did not go back to a single page to check any dates, names, events in the whole of the work.

        Joseph Smith only had a thrid grade education. He probably was not able to pronounce many of the words, and so had to spell many of the names, places, and other words he could not, thus taking more time, but the book was still translated in 65 days.

        Each of the Three Witnesses took the literal last breath testifying of the truth of the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. They were visted by and Angel of God, and spent several hours flipping through the plates and having the Angel teach and testify to them.

        Each of the Eight Eitnesses gained a personal witness of the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. They each held the plates, and althougth they did not have an Angel of God declare to them the truthfulness of the book, but the Spirit of God did.

        I can honestly testify that I know with 100% assurity that the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, because I have read the book over thirty times, and each time I have analyzed the text with my up most ability and have gained an unshakable witness that the book is of God.

        I know by the same surity that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God. He did not have sex with multiple women, if he did than he would have more decendents. There is only evidence that he only had children with Emma.

        This is my witness. I know Jesus Christ, is he more than a Savior to me, he is my best friend. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Only Church on the entire earth that has the organization, and Priestood Authority of Jesus Christ Chruch in His days. Joseph Smith was a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator when he was called to be so. He saw God the Father, and Jesus Christ on multiple occasions. They proclaimed this work to be Theirs. I have a knowledge that the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a work of scripture given to man to reassure us that God still lives, and still gives us guidence in these latter days. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint is the only true church upon the face of the earth. We are only saved by doing the will of the Father, which was given to us through Jesus Christ to the Prophets that are literally called by God. When we do all we can, by completing all of the ordiances, and keeping the commandments to the best of our ability. Then we can be saved by grace, by Justice, through Jesus Christ. Our Lord, Our Savior.

  4. I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. I attended BUT because it was an excellent opportunity for education. My experiences with the Church and fervent study and discussion of gospel principals with my grandfather lead to my conversion and baptism. From my point of view, I have not changed religion, merely added authority to it. I admire and relate to Ben… hopefully sooner rather than later he will embrace the fullness of the Gospel.

  5. That is awesome! I think it might take him some time, but he is well on his way. I remember the first time I felt the Holy Ghost was at a testimony meeting at girls camp. I wasn’t a member of the church, I was just there with friends. I was 14 and totally disinterested in the church. I was happy being catholic with my parents. But the seed was planted and I couldn’t get my mind off of what I felt. And finally, five and a half years later, I started attending church and I was baptized two weeks before my 20th birthday. Sometimes, it takes years for a person to understand what they felt and be ready to act. I pray that this man and his family will someday understand be baptized and sealed.

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