How ‘Book of Mormon’ led to one man's conversion

How ‘Book of Mormon’ led to one man's conversion

Tyler Todd, 23, who became a Mormon several months ago, at the Green Hills Church of Jesus Christ on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. He started his faith journey to learn more about the religion after a friend sent him clips of the successful and irreverent "Book of Mormon" musical.

NASHVILLE — Tyler Todd wasn't looking for a new church when he clicked on a friend's Facebook post and watched a performance of "Hello," the opening number of the irreverent but critically acclaimed The Book of Mormon musical.

The 23-year-old Nashville-area native sought out the rest of the often hysterical and profane production about two mismatched missionaries sent to Uganda to convert residents to the Mormon faith.

"I just thought it was really funny and obviously I knew it was kind of making fun of the religion," Todd said. "I was like, 'Well, I've heard their side of things, I want to hear what people who actually believe think about it.’ "

That moment almost a year ago marked the beginning of Todd's exploration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ultimately led to his conversion to the faith. He was baptized Sept. 17.

How ‘Book of Mormon’ led to one man's conversion

Sister Kendra Miller, left, and Sister Lora Ririe, right, are serving as Mormon missionaries in Middle Tennessee. They posed for a photo while volunteering at Thrift Smart as part of the roughly 10 hours of community service they do each week.

Todd's belief in the faith took some time to materialize, but he felt a constant yearning to learn more. He reached out to Stone for guidance on what that realization might look and feel like.

"He gave me some really good advice, that the answer that God gives you isn't like a 'Yes!' in your head. It's not always like an audible answer or a sure sign type of thing. But it's just a reassuring, peaceful, overwhelming just feeling that it is true," Todd said. "It's really hard to explain what that feels like, but it was just overwhelming peace and calmness and just reassurance to the truthfulness of it."

How ‘Book of Mormon’ led to one man's conversion

Elder Ty Hinds, left, and Elder Cameron McDonald, right, are Mormon missionaries serving in Middle Tennessee.



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