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Leslie Bailey's Testimony 
Forgiven in July-1976
I SEE NOW THAT IT ALL STARTED WELL BEFORE MY JULY, 1976  ACCEPTANCE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, BUT THAT IS WHERE A NEW LIFE BEGAN FOR THIS OLD SINNER. 
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL JULY DAY IN THE YEAR 1976 , IN THE TINY LITTLE MOUNTAIN TOWN OF PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO. MISERY LAY HEAVY UPON THE SHOULDERS OF AN OLD FORMER MARINE CORPS SERGEANT. LIFE REALLY HAD LITTLE MEANING EVEN THERE IN THAT BEAUTIFUL LITTLE MOUNTAIN PARADISE. I HAD JUST RETURNED HOME THERE  AFTER A STAY  IN LUBBOCK, TEXAS WHERE I WAS BUSY FRAMING HOUSES. THE COTTON FIELDS OF LUBBOCK WERE QUICKLY TURNING INTO RESIDENTIAL HOUSING AREAS. YOU MAY LIVE IN ONE OF THE HOMES I BUILT. PLEASE FORGIVE ME. HA!!
COLORADO BECKONED FOR MY RETURN, FOR SOME REASON.  SO WHEN THE WEEKEND CAME, HOME I HEADED. WE WERE THE ONLY FAMILY LIVING ON ONE OF THE ONLY SUBDIVISIONS IN PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO AT THAT TIME. MY SISTER AND HER FAMILY LIVED THERE ALSO AND AS SOON AS I GOT HOME SIS, SAID PETE,THAT'S MY NICKNAME, YOU ARE MISERABLE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  I THOUGHT, SIS, YOU ARE REALLY BOLD TO TALK TO ME LIKE THAT......I KNEW IT WAS THE TRUTH!!! I STOMPED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND HEADED IMMEDIATELY UP THE MOUNTAIN THAT LAY DIRECTLY BEHIND THEIR HOUSE. THERE ON TOP OF THAT MOUNTIAN BENEATH A CLEAR BLUE MOUNTAIN SKY, I CRIED OUT TO GOD AND OPENED MY LIFE TO HIM.    THE TEARS OF REPENTANCE FELL, LIKE GREAT WATER FALLS, JESUS BROKE MY HEART AND SAVED ME!!!!!! PRAISE HIS WONDERFUL NAME!!!!!!
A FEW DAYS LATER, GOD SENT THE WOMAN OF MY DREAMS INTO MY LIFE. SHE HAPPENED TO BE THE DAUGHTER OF A MISSIONARY NAMED, LARRY GOFF.  LARRY ALLOWED VALERIE AND I TO GO OUT ON A DATE LETTING ME KNOW THAT SHE HAD NEVER BEEN ON A DATE BEFORE AND THAT I HAD BETTER TAKE CARE TO TREAT HER WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT.  I ASSURED HIM THAT THERE WOULD BE NOTHING BUT RESPECT TAKE PLACE BETWEEN US. LARRY WAS UNDER GOD'S TOTAL CONTROL AND THAT IS THE ONLY REASON THAT HE ALLOWED US TO GO OUT THE NEXT NIGHT, AND THEN THE NEXT . AFTER THREE DATES, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY, WE INVITED LARRY AND VALERIE'S MOTHER, BETTY,  OUT TO DINNER. THERE WE EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT WE WERE IN LOVE AND WISHED TO BE MARRIED. THE NEXT DAY, SATURDAY, LARRY STOOD ON A PINE STUMP THERE IN THOSE LOVELY MOUNTAINS AND PERFORMED OUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT JOINED OUR LIVES, IT WAS TRULY A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. NOW AFTER 40 YEARS OF LOVE, EIGHT CHILDREN, TWENTY-ONE GRAND CHILDREN, THOUSANDS OF MILES TRAVELED, AND MANY, MANY   SOULS LEAD TO A KNOWLEDGE OF  THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,  WE LOOK BACK TO SEE THAT THE RACE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN. WE ARE SO PROUD TO BE SERVANTS OF THE LIVING GOD!