My life was forever changed when my family joined Remnant Fellowship in 2007. At the time, I was eight years old and we were living in Indiana. My mother had taken a Weigh Down class and was finding a relationship with God that she wanted all of us to find. We soon started webcasting church services. Soon after, my father began noticing changes in our whole family and he joined the Church as well. Three years later, God allowed our family to move to Brentwood, Tennessee to be closer to the Church and to be around wholeheartedly devoted to God examples. I made friends quickly and they were so different than the friends that I had made at my previous school. Everyone was happy, selfless and giving, I had no doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted to stay!
“I’ve gotten to grow up around people who love God more than anything and that has no doubt molded me into who I am today. I have the best friends and family and righteous examples that I could ever ask for. I thank God every day that this place changed my life for the better and I am grateful for another day to serve Him and His Kingdom.” – Ethan
Still, even though I joined this Church at a young age, I knew that I had a lot I needed to change. Things and tests crept into my life in my teen years and it took me a while to figure out how to handle them. But I have learned here that I can go to my parents and our Church leaders for help with anything and they are always there to point me in the direction that will be blessed. I have learned here to go to God for everything and to lay down greed for self, self-focus, praise of man, lust, and pride at a young age, and I cannot express enough how grateful I am for that. I’ve gotten to grow up around people who love God more than anything and that has no doubt molded me into who I am today. I have the best friends and family and righteous examples that I could ever ask for. I thank God every day that this place changed my life for the better and I am grateful for another day to serve Him and His Kingdom.
I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Gormsen when I was 14 years old. From that day forward, I have thought she was nothing less than amazing. Not only is she beautiful, but she has such a gentleness and humility that is so rare. I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. Truthfully though, I thought it would never happen because she was way out of my league. Her family was stellar and I fell in love with them too, praying I could be a part of their family one day. I remember nervously approaching Mr. Eldon (as any young man would be when you are essentially asking a father to trust you with his daughter) when we were both almost 17…to ask if I had his permission to get to know Annie. He was so gracious and easy to talk to…and I was thrilled when he said yes! In the three years since then, we have only grown closer to God and to each other in that time. We had talked about marriage, but we always thought it would be years down the road. However, after much prayer and God’s leading, I prayed and worked up the courage to officially ask Mr. Eldon again if I could MARRY his daughter. I was humbled and thrilled again that he said yes! On the night of December 22nd, I took her to Cheekwood Gardens to see the Christmas lights display. I had discovered a special location that was private and beautiful, and I popped the question. And I again praise God that she said yes! I cannot believe God allowed this undeserved blessing upon me! Annie and I are so excited for May 11th, and we are overjoyed to be united in this Church, all for the glory of God!
I have had the biggest blessing and honor of being raised in this Church. My sweet mother found Weigh Down in 1999, joined the Church just a few years later, and in 2005, God allowed our family to move from Minnesota to Tennessee. For as long as I can remember, I have only known the true teachings taught by Mrs. Gwen Lara and seen it put into practice by the amazing examples at this Church who live it out daily. I honestly cannot imagine a life without this Church, and I praise God that Gwen has continually laid down her life for years…and always shares the most amazing Truth!
God has allowed me to see just a glimpse of what the world is like and what it has to offer. When I attended public middle school, I began to struggle with self-focus, praise of man, and projection. I praise God that my parents saw this creep into my heart and made the decision to pull me out of public school. At the time, I did not see all these things that had taken hold, but now it is clear how much of a positive impact that following the Godly wisdom of my parents had on my life. After my focus was finally back on God and His Kingdom, the blessings began pouring in. First, my relationship with my family became stronger than ever, then God provided even more priceless friendships, and finally I had the biggest blessing to begin dating a man who far surpassed all of my wants and desires. Of course there have been times of refinement and testing, but this Church has provided so much love, support, and answers. I could never imagine being anywhere else!
“God has allowed me to see just a glimpse of what the world is like and what it has to offer. When I attended public middle school, I began to struggle with self-focus, praise of man, and projection. I praise God that my parents saw this creep into my heart and made the decision to pull me out of public school. At the time, I did not see all these things that had taken hold, but now it is clear how much of a positive impact that following the Godly wisdom of my parents had on my life. After my focus was finally back on God and His Kingdom, the blessings began pouring in.” – Annie
It is impossible to put into words the full amount of love and support poured out of Remnant Fellowship, but I’m praying this can reveal even a glimpse. My family and I have experienced firsthand times in which the Saints have reached out and provided every single possible need. In times of rejoicing or difficulty, the feeling of support this huge family of believers gives cannot be matched. We have had meals provided, have received house moving assistance, and we now are working with the most incredible Wedding committee ever! On top of all those things, our dear Remnant Fellowship leaders continue to provide wise counsel straight from the Heavens keeping me on the straight and narrow path. This is truly the Kingdom of Love!
Ethan and I cannot express our gratefulness for, first and foremost, our most amazing God for allowing us to be a part of Remnant Fellowship and to know the Truth. We thank Gwen and Joe Lara for consistently living out examples for us to follow, and for Gwen sharing the Truth with us! We are grateful for our dearest leaders who we constantly look up to and who always point us back up to God. I love and thank my parents so much for moving us down here and raising us up in righteousness. And I thank my siblings, who I adore, and who have never let me stray from the path.
We are truly so underserving to even be a part of this Church, and it is such an amazing honor to be married here! Ethan and I pray that our marriage is only a glory to God and His Kingdom!
After an amazing Christmas Assembly at the Remnant Fellowship Church on December 22nd, Ethan asked if we could go with his family to look at the Christmas lights at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. We drove there together, but I did not know that his family was not actually there. We walked to the sweetest, small gazebo that was covered in lights. We walked underneath…and he asked me to marry him! I of course said YES! Afterwards, we were able to go back to my parents’ home and be welcomed with joy from our family and dearest friends. There is no other Godly man I would rather spend the rest of my life with and I am completely honored to be his wife. God alone deserves all credit and praise…for anything good in our lives comes from Him!