”My first experience with Adventists was not a very good one. I went to an Adventist church for the first time with my boyfriend, who was SDA. The first ones I really came in contact with were his parents, and because I wasn't an Adventist they automatically didn't like me. Because of that, I was afraid all Adventists would judge me in the same way.
That perception did change, but it took a long time. Because of what his parents thought, me and this guy pretended to break up. But I kept going to that same church. I just didn't talk to him, or really anyone. I was so afraid. Even as I started to get to know other people over time, it took a while to be be comfortable with telling them about my relationship. But after I did, I saw that not everyone thought the way his parents did. My friends genuinely liked me and cared about me and they hurt for me because of the treatment I'd received.
Despite the circumstances, I stayed. I did Bible studies and I was baptized June 10, 2017. Me and that boy broke up and there was a lot of heartache, but I just knew somehow that this path was what God wanted from me, so I pushed through. I still attend that church every week. I'm involved in several ministries, and I attend Southern Adventist University now. If I had judged all Adventists because of the treatment from one family, I'd be no better than they are. I believe it all worked out according to God's plan. I don't regret anything.”