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Alveda Johnson holding the faith for 66 years

At a time when many have doubts about God and religion, Alveda Johnson says a decision she made 66 years ago to become a baptised member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is one she has never regretted and one that she still considers the best decision of her life.

“I’ve been a baptised member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church [since] March 1949, but I was in church since 1946 [when] my mother accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message,” she told Family and Religion.

Johnson, who is the last of her parents’ children, was almost 13 years old at the time of her baptism and said she was the first of her siblings to be baptised in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She said the main reason she decided to be baptised at such a young age was because of the

example that was set for her by her mother and the church leaders. She said it is very important for the church members and leaders to set the right example for children and young people in the Church today. This, she says, would help to retain young members.

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