Friday, February 26, 2010

Choosing the Ministry Over a Singing Career

Speaking of idols...(as mentioned in today's text) this is the Yearbook experience about a sister named Helgi from Estonia, who was auditioning for the European version of 'American Idol' (from pgs 58 & 59 of the 2008 Yearbook)

Helgi's Audition

Helgi, a 17-year-old student who was living separately from her divorced parents, showed interest in the truth and began to study the Bible. Initially, she did not attend many meetings because she spent much time singing with a local band. As her appreciation for the truth increased, she began to make changes in her lifestyle. She explained to her band members why she could not entertain on meeting nights. She joined the Theocratic Ministry School and progressed to the point of becoming an unbaptized publisher.

She entered a nationwide singing competition in which the winner would be awarded a contract with a well-known recording company. Though many were turned away at the trials, Helgi won the immediate support of the judges and advanced to the next round. However, the next event was to be held at the same time as her first talk on the Theocratic Ministry School. What would she do? Her mother, who is not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, suggested that she either cancel the talk or reschedule it. Helgi said that this was not just a matter of giving her talk but a question of what came first in her life, spiritual things or physical. She thought about it seriously and decided to give her talk rather than go to the singing competition. Helgi gave the talk, and her mother respected her decision.

Later, a television reporter attended the “Follow the Christ!” District Convention to film a news item on the convention and the baptism. Seeing Helgi entering the baptism pool, he filmed her baptism and then interviewed her. That evening, this was on the news, which included a clip of her performing at an early level of the competition and concluded with her baptism and her saying with a beaming smile, “This is the best decision of my life.”