So…what happens when a Baptist preacher becomes a Mormon teacher?
Well…he writes a book about it of course!
And why not, right? There aren’t too many people out there with that kind of story. And quite a story it made.
I’m not going to give the entire book away but I wanted jot down 5 things I learned from the life of Wain Myers, an African American Baptist preacher who decided to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
1. Father Is Always There
Wain grew up in tough circumstances. Straight outta Dayton Ohio, Wain had nowhere else to turn but to his Father in Heaven. Wain said that “The phrase ‘my son’ is used often throughout that book [Proverbs] and was familiar to me because it was the phrase my Father in heaven used when He talked to me. The more I read the scriptures, the more I began to develop a relationship with my Heavenly Father.”
2. Priestcraft Is Real
Some preachers out there have placed themselves in quite the dilemma. Priestcraft exists when a priest/minister/pastor/teacher is involved in “taking God’s words and twisting them to manipulate others into giving you money to support your personal financial gain.” Wain very honestly admits that “This is the very thing I found myself involved in at this point in my life.” It takes a lot of courage to come forth and admit that to the world. Wain’s description of his life during that time of his life is really interesting…
3. The Gospel Principles Class Is Where It’s At
Ok…I already knew this but it was nice to see this point reiterated. I’ve often believed that there is more gospel doctrine taught in the gospel principles class than there is in the gospel doctrine class. The gospel principles class is a melting pot of different people from different backgrounds and picturing Wain in a Gospel Principles class saying “you can take the Baptist out of the preacher, but you can’t take the preacher out of the man” reminded me of the great diversity of personalities found in a Gospel Principles class.
4. You Can Still Listen To Rap After Converting To Mormonism
I couldn’t help but laugh while I was reading about how Wain’s “tunes in his car often arrive at his destination before he does because he enjoys loud music that teaches about Jesus Christ.” I’d love to “roll up” on Wain someday while cruising through Salt Lake and see him hit the switch on his hydraulics while bumping some Crossmovement or Toby Mac.
5. Missionaries Mean Everything To Their Converts
Wain’s missionary became one of the most important people in his life. That missionary gave Wain his favorite tie to remember him by. Wain’s son Isaiah, 20 years later wore that same tie on the day he was going into the MTC! How far reaching are the efforts of a simple missionary and his favorite ties! I also have a tie hanging in my closet from my favorite convert from my mission. I’ll keep it forever.
It’s just a cool and candid story that you should check out if you have the time. The book costs less than going to lunch does these days…
Here’s a link to check it out… https://deseretbook.com/p/from-baptist-preacher-to-mormon-teacher?variant_id=124303-paperback