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Thousands of people are baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints every week. In many ways, Bryan Ready's story is no different than anyother convert-except that Bryan was an ordained Southern Baptist Pastor with aformal theological education. He firmly believed that Joseph Smith was a falseprophet.
In 1979, Bryan and his mother were driving home from a fireside featuringmembers of the Osmond Family. He had listened to their testimonies of thegospel of Jesus Christ and was impressed. He turned to his mother and said,"Mom, I want to be a Mormon." Her answer was a firm and adamant "No!"
Over the next thirty-five years, Bryan became a committed follower of JesusChrist-and a staunch anti-Mormon. But then things changed. His heart began tosoften as he opened his mind to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His faithwould face the ultimate test of conviction-to quit his ministry and seek baptism. This is Bryan's story.
Bryan E. Ready served as a Southern Baptist minister for twenty-five years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Union University, Jackson, TN, aswell as a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate school in Louisville, KY. His master's thesiswas entitled, William Heth Whitsitt: Insights into Early Mormonism. Prior to joining the Church in 2016, he studied Church history and theology for over thirtyyears. He is a member of the Mormon Historical Association. As a Southern Baptist minister, he engaged in dialogue with members of the Religious StudiesFaculty at Brigham Young University (BYU); and he facilitated dialogues between Southern Baptists and local Church leaders. In 2018, Bryan was invited byBYU's Office of Religious Outreach to give a presentation on "Intersections of LDS & Baptist Doctrine: Perspectives from an LDS Former Baptist Pastor".Bryan has been married for twenty-six years and is the father of six children.