Sisters Bagley, Kim, and Bennett were the missionaries involved in the teaching of Joey.
Sis. Bagley shared their story with us.
Owen was a member of the church and came up to the missionaries about 7 or 8 months ago and said that he wanted his wife to learn about the gospel so she could become a member. I came into the ward shortly after that and we assumed that Joey was not interested, that her husband just wanted her to learn the gospel. So we started teaching her about Jesus Christ and a few weeks passed. We learned that before she married Owen and moved to VA, she was in Tennessee with her parents. Her step-father took her to the Baptist church a few times so that was all she knew about Jesus Christ.
During one lesson we were talking about the story of Lehi and the tree of Life. We applied it to their lives and said Owen had partaken of the fruit and now he wants you to also partake. She really liked that. We took them to the Visitors Center when the DC South mission was performing. She loved it. After these two events she really started learning and gaining a testimony. We told her we needed to set a baptismal goal with a date. She agreed with us. We continued to teach her about the commandments. When we were teaching her about tithing she asked "Do I pay tithing before I pay rent and food?" We told her, yes and then Sis. Kim shared a powerful personal experience about tithing. So we asked her if she would pay tithing and she said, "Yes, because I really need Him right now." What a sweet lesson I learned from her. With all the bad weather in Jan, we finally set a firm date and she was baptized on Feb 16, 2010. They are very excited about going to the temple and being sealed together. At the baptism, Owen said the closing prayer and in his prayer he said,"Please, Help me and my wife and my son to be together forever. It will be hard, but help us." What a humble plea to the our Father in Heaven. This has been an amazing experience.