Several times a year the mission holds firesides at 6 different Stake Centers in the State. We got to attend the one at the West Columbia Stake Center last Saturday night. The fireside only lasted an hour. The chapel was packed with missionaries, investigators, members, and recent converts.
Four recent converts spoke. I didn't take notes, but these are some of the things that I can remember. Laura was in a wheelchair. She was baptized in September after attending a Book of Mormon class that the Irmo Ward member held in her apartment every Friday night. Laura had a friend who was going to the class, and Laura felt, one week, that she needed to go with her friend. She is so happy with how the gospel has changed and enhanced her life.
A young, Latino man spoke next. He was grateful to the missionaries and others who fellow-shipped him and taught him about the church.
A middle aged woman also spoke. She said her daughter had been a member for 30 years, but it was her granddaughter who actually invited her to go to church. She's been going ever since and was recently baptized.
I can't recall the other convert who spoke, but I'll add it when I do.
A young man played a violin solo that was amazing! I think he is a music major at the university.