In the midst of the “Live Longer, Live Better” series at University church last October, an unexpected and deeply moving transformation unfolded that was close to home for University church Pastor Lawrence Dorsey Sr. His brother, Brandt, after watching the streamed series nightly from New York, embraced a pivotal moment in his faith journey by choosing to be baptized in the Adventist faith.
“My brother was one of many who watched the spiritual messages online,” Dorsey shared. “I was not aware of his participation until he called me and said, ‘If I was in Los Angeles, I would be in that baptism on Sabbath.’ I asked if he was serious, since my brother has never been baptized into any church. When he responded enthusiastically ‘yes,’ I told him, ‘There will be a plane ticket for you to fly to L.A. on Friday.’ The rest is history. All praise and honor to God.”
Brandt’s baptism marks the conclusion of a spiritual odyssey, making him the last among Dorsey’s siblings to join the Adventist church. The journey was not without its challenges, but it stands as a testament to the transformative power of faith, love, and the prayers made on Brandt’s behalf by Dorsey’s wife and his late mother.
“The messages delivered during this period were not only compelling but deeply resonant, sparking a sense of introspection and a desire for spiritual renewal,” Dorsey said. “The warm embrace of the church community, both physically and virtually, played a crucial role in guiding him toward this profound decision.”
“It’s not only to live better and live longer, but it’s to live forever with Jesus!” Brandt said reflecting on his baptism.
Delving into the themes of health and longevity, the “Live Longer, Live Better” series took place in three parts over a six-month period. First, there was a health fair last summer, which serviced more than 225 people in the community, followed by a week of health seminars. Second, Dorsey preached the titular sermon series in September. Third, mental health presentations in December focused on depression, addiction, and grief.
Little did the participants know that the ripple effect of their collective efforts would lead to a profound spiritual journey. For the church family, this development is not just a personal victory but a testament to the potent impact of their communal dedication to evangelism. Five more new members were baptized with Brandt that Sabbath.
“Reflecting on the outcomes of the ‘Live Longer, Live Better’ series, a broader narrative emerges—one that extends beyond physical health and into the realms of spiritual well-being,” Dorsey added. “The mission, it seems, goes far beyond the walls of the church and into the hearts of those yearning for spiritual restoration.”