Baptismal Statement by Brant Moll
December 30, 2012
I am a strong believer that God has plans for everyone. If you really knew me as a person you would know that I haven’t always thought like this. I knew that I didn’t have a plan. In other words, I was lost. I’ve been through some pretty rough times throughout my life but none of the other times even come close to the time when I lost peace, hope, and patience. This period of time is also known as seventh grade. I started to become a victim of severe bullying and I never told anyone until I just exploded one night in high school when I was talking with my dad. Other than that, I’ve never told anyone else. It made me start to question myself and who I really was as a person. I had to force myself to remember that there is so much that I have to live for and that there are always people that have it worse than me. Don’t get me wrong. I still haven’t completely come back home but I always feel like I am so close. I just needed a little bit of help. I just felt like I always needed something to hold on to. So I ran to God. I ran to God and embraced God with open arms and I never want to turn back. I commit my life to God everyday. But I still wanted to feel like I was part of a group. I craved friendship. I wanted a family of God.
When I went to College Park Church for the first time for youth group I was welcomed with open arms by an amazing, genuine, and loving person named Lin Bunce. This is when I realized how much God loves me because I never would have found this wonderful place and these great teachers of God without God leading the way for me. This is when I gained a lot of confidence. I wasn’t alone anymore. Then something happened when I united with this church family and I got back in touch with the Useys. I found three of the coolest people that I’ve ever met in my life, in Nate, Zach, & Hannah. That is, of course, after Mr. and Mrs. Usey. They’ve been great friends to me. And in the water with me today is Adam Team, a fellow youth leader and a wonderful mentor to me personally. At this church I’ve found a spiritual home.
I don’t say it enough to them, but I love my father, mother, brother, & sister deeply. I love each of them more than they will ever know. My family has stuck by me growing up and in many difficult times, and for that, I’m forever grateful. There aren’t even words that can begin to describe how much love I have for my family, friends, and now my church. And now to be a part of God’s family is the coolest thing yet. God has plans for everyone to be in God’s family. It’s just a matter of being willing to be patient and it will come.