Monday, April 28, 2014

Gladys Knight

Well this was quite the week! We have been making some good progress with our investigators, mainly David and the Hernandez family. Anthony leaves for Kentucky sadly, so wish him luck out there! We are working to get him in contact with the missionaries as soon as possible with his brother Brandon. The rest of the family is doing well. We were not able to teach them as much this week due to events that happened on the days we normally teach them, but we were able to meet Alicia's mom who's here from Mexico! That was an awesome experience since Alicia had the chance to tell her mom about the restoration and what it means. We are working to help her to have a good testimony of these things. She said she is going to try and come at least to sacrament now, and go to the flea market late so that she can come out to church. AWESOME! We are so excited to get her and the daughters out to church! Keep praying for them! Help them to maintain real intent through the hard times!
We had a great lesson with David about the word of wisdom, and he's working to take it on! Boy can this one be a hard one, but he's truly expressed sincere desires that he wants to change.

One awesome thing that we got to do this week was go to the Temple! I am so grateful for the Temple! The Temple truly is the house of God, and the spirit is so strong there. I went to the temple with a focus on the restoration of the Gospel. I have been focusing on gaining a stonger testimony of each principle of the Gospel, especially the principles we teach, and I wanted to know even stronger about the truthfulness of the Restoration. Could you imagine that someone would be able to come up with a work that brings the spirit as much as in the temple without revelation? I could not in one bit as I sat in the temple.

The other awesome thing that happened this week was that we watched Gladys Knight perform live! :D Well what she did was direct a grammy award winning gospel choir, of very few black singers, as they sang songs of praise and testimony. The history of the restoration was shared in a very informative way, and then Gladys Knight bore a very strong and powerful testimony in such a natural and normal way. She talked exactly like they do in a baptist church, but speaking the gospel. And the whole audience amen'd to all the simple truths that she shared, and invited to learn more. The gospel truly takes EVERY culture, and combines it into the family of God. There was no doubt about that as you sat among every culture you could imagine in that room.

I wish I could remember everything that she said so I could relay it on to all y'all. But no matter what we do in this life, we MUST remember that we are ALL brothers and sisters.

I love you all so much! Have an excellent week!
√Člder Johnson

Some random pics...

Greatest "donk" ever! They are all over the place here!



A Henderson Mexican Restaurant


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