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Updated: Jan 1

Dr. Monica Larson: You were talking about how you had a lot of atheist friends and you intentionally tripped up Christians and terrorized them, were your words. It kind of reminded me of Paul in the scriptures a little.

Warrior Richardson: That’s what everybody says.

Dr. Monica Larson: Yeah, It did remind me of that and, so, did you feel any tugging at your heart prior to your conversion or did you feel anything or were you just still...

Warrior Richardson: There was an unforgettable moment…I remember when I told my mother I was an atheist. That just broke her heart. I felt bad but I was. I didn’t believe. But she felt really bad. And then I was at Howard University, and I was in the jazz ensemble and I was in the practice room and I was playing the piano and I starting playing this Gospel tune and I could feel the spirit of God come coming over me. I was an atheist although technically, I don’t believe there is such a thing as an atheist. But I was an atheist at the time, and I just felt the spirit of the Lord coming over me at that time and I was like “whoa!” I was thinking to myself, “Now I know there really is a God.” And then "no no no" I just pushed those thoughts aside. I just refused to yield to that. I just was "no I just wasn’t having it." But still I called my mother and told her about that experience, and I told her, “Now I know there really is a God.” And when I got off the phone I thought, "What was I doing writing a crazy letter like that" and my brother called up and said that just made her day. I went right back to my atheist ways after that. It was just a phase It just happened. It’s over with. I fought it with all my strength because I didn’t want it.

Dr. Monica Larson: So, you were playing a Gospel tune and you felt the Spirit of the Lord…

Warrior Richardson: Amazing Grace.

Dr. Monica Larson: What made you play that song?

Warrior Richardson: Oh. It’s a jazz standard. A lot of jazz musicians play Amazing Grace. Well, it’s not a jazz standard; but a lot of jazz musicians play Amazing Grace. It’s just a tune that we play.

Dr. Monica Larson: Hmm, well, for your particular case God had another purpose. It was a spiritual setup.

Warrior Richardson: Very clear in hindsight.

Dr. Monica Larson: Mm hmm. You felt the Spirt of the Lord in what way? Can you describe it for the viewers who don’t know…?

Warrior Richardson: Well, there was a joy. Uh, that, you know, that defies understanding as the scripture says. So, it’s very hard to put that into words. It’s something that you really have to experience.

Dr. Monica Larson: Mm hmm.

Warrior Richardson: I don’t really know how to put that into words.

Dr. Monica Larson: That was a perfect explanation. So, when that happened you tried to reject it; but you definitely felt the Lord and then that's when you wrote your mother the letter?

Warrior Richardson: Right. And I asked myself why did I do something like write that stupid letter and I went back to my old ways.

Dr. Monica Larson: So, what happened after that? Did you try to seek out and learn more about God or what happened after that?

To be continued...

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