I was brought up with five brothers by our mother who struggled to make ends meet, but had great faith in God and her children. She was the major influence in my belief and upbringing concerning God and Christianity. But like many in my time, I was basically Bible illiterate as I grew up.
It wasn't until my late 30's and married for about 18 years did I start to seriously sense there was something missing in my life and I didn't know where to turn. I had bought a home in N.H. and a street down from me was a church and each Sunday, the church bells would chime. I began to have a strong sense that they were calling me. That is to say that the Lord was calling me.
A short while later, my nephew who worked with me at the time, had become a member of a Church of Christ in the area and invited me to attend services there. In time my wife and I attended and we later became members and were baptized in Christ. It was these events that greatly influenced my life. Since then I became dedicated to the study of scriptures for over 20 years now in the search for God's Inspired Word.