When I was in 8th grade, my family started attended HDC and I started going to Tribes (Jr. High Small Groups) regularly. Soon after, I started working Saturday nights with the preschoolers. The moment I chose to follow Jesus was that same year. I was at my house feeling very alone and I wasn't in a good state. I remember asking God to help me feel not alone and I felt suddenly like I didn't have to do everything by myself. I finally had someone on my side. I was very closed off from other people but when I started going to ABS (High School Small Groups), my leaders Megan and Leanne helped me to open up. Because of how closed off I was I was afraid to tell my dad that I wanted to get baptized. I wasn’t sure how he would respond because he isn’t a Christian. I didn't want to get baptized without telling him so I put it off for a long time. I attended the Baptism class that the church taught with my sisters but I didn't sign up because of my fear. I've grown a lot since then and when my boyfriend got baptized a couple months ago I started thinking of pursuing it again. My younger brother is getting baptized this month and so I decided that now would be the time. God has helped me put my fear aside and follow Him fully!