(Minghui.org) I used to be lazy at work but enthusiastic when it came to good food and hanging out with friends. I was not yet 40, but I had already smoked for 20 years.

I'm a big, tall man, and at the time I appeared quite healthy. But the truth was, my health was poor. I was always out of breath after climbing the 6 flights of stairs to my apartment.

My addiction to smoking troubled me, but I didn't have enough willpower to quit.

One day I asked my brother-in-law if there was a way to get over the addiction to cigarettes. He gave me a book,Zhuan Falun, and suggested I read it.

I did as he suggested. That evening, I began to vomit and have diarrhea. At first, I thought it was food poisoning and asked the friends I ate with how they were. They all said they were fine.

After going to the toilet 6 or 7 times, I suddenly noticed something. I was usually very weak when I had diarrhea. This time, the more I went, the better I felt. I also no longer had a desire to smoke. My 20-year-long addiction to cigarettes magically disappeared.

In the following days, I continued reading Zhuan Falun. One night I had a stomachache. I was just about to take some pills when I remembered what Master said about body-cleansing. So I put the pills down. The stomachache was gone the following morning.

Another night, I saw three Buddhas surrounded by golden light. One stood in front of me and the other two on either side of me. I believe they were Master's law bodies.

I decided to learn the Falun Dafa exercises and asked my brother-in-law to teach me. It really hurt to sit with my legs crossed, but I knew Dafa was precious and I was determined to endure the pain. After a few months, I could meditate for 75 minutes with both legs crossed.

I could feel the rotation of the law wheel and the energy flow around my body shortly after I started doing the exercises. I could carry a bucket of water up the 6 floors to my apartment without getting breathless.

I knew that I obtained the Fa late, so I tried very hard to catch up with other practitioners.

One night, another practitioner and I were illegally arrested while we were putting up signs that read: “Falun Dafa Is Good” and “Quit the Communist Party to Be Safe”.

While I was in the detention center, I did the exercises every day, studied the Fa by reciting Master's teachings, and sent forth righteous thoughts. At first a guard attempted to stop me. I told him that he could beat me or threaten to kill me, but I was determined to do the exercises. He left and never attempted to stop me again.

I was placed on trial and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

The guards told me not to go to the cafeteria to eat with the other inmates, fearing that I would talk about Falun Dafa to them.

I thought that I had to create a good environment. If I couldn't eat with the other inmates, how could I tell them about Falun Dafa? So I went to the cafeteria and told the guards that I was allowed to by law.

They locked me in a cell and refused to let me out. I went on a hunger strike to protest.

On the 4th day, the prison doctor came to check my blood pressure and my Systolic reading was 150, but I was able to move around as though nothing was wrong.

On the 7th day, the captain agreed to my requests.

I used the time we ate to talk to people. More than 300 of them, including a few of the guards, quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliates by the time I was released.

After I returned home, I continued to study the Fa, do the exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and talk to people about Falun Dafa besides doing household chores and working my regular job.

Neighbors and friends saw the tremendous, positive changes in me after I started practicing Falun Dafa, and so they know Falun Dafa is amazing. Many of them quit the Party when I asked them to.

I know all kinds of people, including some who work for the Domestic Security Division, the court, and the prosecutor's office. They sometimes invite me to party so I use those opportunities to talk to them about the persecution, and some of them have also quit the Party.

I'm not highly educated but I know the value of Falun Dafa and that the opportunity to practice this righteous cultivation is precious. I believe that I must have accumulated a lot virtue in previous lifetimes so that I could be a practitioner in this life.

Now I understand why I am here. Nothing can stop me from advancing on the path of cultivation and saving more people!

Thank you, benevolent Master!