When people have studied the Bible, they often yearn for further truths. Their gospel studies help them understand the Savior and know how His church should function. When these people are introduced to the gospel, they recognize the Church and see that it is indeed the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
Gregorio Tchicanda grew up in an interior province of Angola and was raised in a religious family. However, when he was nearly forty years old, he was visited by a spirit personage. Gregorio recounts, “The personage asked me to leave the world because He needed me to serve Him.”
A few years later, he decided to attend theological seminary and eventually became a pastor. He rose quickly in the church hierarchy and was soon assigned to be the regional supervisor of four provinces. But in May of 2009, his life changed forever when he had a dream. In this dream, he was called by name and told that he should leave his religion because it was not the true church. He was shown a white man who would visit him and give him a blue book that contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In August of that same year, he was at his home when a man drove up. After the man got out of his car, Gregorio recognized him as the man he had seen in his dream. After the man introduced himself as Celestine Marques, Gregorio asked, “Where is the blue book?” Since Celestine was a member of the Church, he knew which book Gregorio was talking about. He opened the trunk of his car and took out a blue Book of Mormon that he kept there just so he could give it to people interested in the Church.
Together the two men shared ideas about religion and Gregorio began to discover that the Church of Jesus Christ had indeed been restored to the earth. However, after Brother Marques left, Gregorio began to fear he had been deceived. He was filled with fears and decided to pray about the Church and the Book of Mormon.
As Gregorio remembers, “When I prayed to the Lord, it was revealed to me that the Church was true. At that point, I went to find Mr. Marques, and we began to meet in his house in Lubango. I was baptized on 30 May, 2010. Today I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to hold the holy Melchizedek priesthood.”