St Paul was an early Christian who began to follow Jesus after a miraculous conversion. Before this conversion, Paul (then known as Saul) persecuted Christians. While travelling to Damascus, Saul was struck blind by a bright light and heard Jesus' voice, telling Saul to cease persecuting him. When he arrived in Damascus, a Christian laid his hands upon Saul and his sight was restored. Saul changed his name to Paul and went on to be one of Christianity's most enthusiastic early missionaries.