CSFES advises you to wait until you have returned home and gotten over the honeymoon phase of meeting a missionary religion before you make such a life-changing decision.
This story seems to be fairly representative of exchange students who choose baptism/change of faith while on their student exchange stay.
I’m from Lahti, Finland. I’m 18 years old high school student. I came to America for a year as a exchange student and I lived with a Mormon family. I was a Lutheran but I started to go to church with them. Later on i started to go to seminary and started to take missionary lessons. Finally I decided to be baptized and now I’m a first Mormon in my family.
Why I am a Mormon
Why am I a Mormon? When I came to America for a exchange I started to go to LDS church with my host family. First I was surprised how close all the families were and when I learned more about the gospel, I realized why. Everything I learned felt right. I loved the people because they weren’t the same as other people. They were happy and they really loved each other. I met my friend who got baptized couple months before me and he told me how he changed and got baptized. After that I knew I can change too so I got baptized. Before my baptism I was really scared but after I got up of the water, I felt great and I was so happy I did it. Now I’ve been a Mormon just for couple months but I still feel awesome. Getting baptized was something what I really needed for my life. So why am I a Mormon? I’m a Mormon because my life is so much better this way and I’m so much happier.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by following the commandments of God because I know our lives are not going to end after our death. I want to help people in the church but I also want help other people and tell them about the gospel because I want them to be as happy as I am.