Tuesday, September 2, 2014


This week was a fantastic week! Things are progressing so well here in Henderson. Marisol set a baptismal date for the 20th! :D I am soooooo sad that I won't be able to be there for it. But I am sooo happy that she is ready! I at least get the chance to teach her this last week two more times with Elder Rose to help her be prepared. We just have a few things to cover and then she's ready. And that's simply because of the fact that we teach a complete lesson 5 to all investigators before baptism now. 
We found 6 new investigators last week and three yesterday! What a miracle! And all of them are fantastic! Those include two families! :D I love teaching families! If you remember the Hernandez family, the daughter Cynthia is best friends with Alondra, the daughter of our new investigators. We are soo excited to teach them. They have really understood the lessons well so far. Their names are Eloi, Minerva, and Alondra. There's also Henry and Larry. 
The other family is Neta (said neeta), Victor, Jennie, and Selina. They have been potentials for a long time now, but Neta got sick and we've not been able to teach them. She has been reading off and on though since we first taught them, and they are all really excited to learn. Especially Neta and her daughter Jennie.
Our lessons with Jorge went really well this week. The first one was actually pretty funny. And since I'm terrible at including funny stories I'll give it a whirl today haha.
We got to Jorge's and knocked on the door and one of his roommates answered the door. His roommates are always, always drinking and smoking. Which usually they are pretty out of it and just stare at us when we knock on the door. Then we ask if Jorge is there and they without response turn around and walk away. Somehow the message gets relayed to Jorge and he comes to the door. But this time there were more people and they were getting noisy. The first thing that Martín does (the roommate) is invites us in and starts asking us why the devil doesn't speak English. We were soooo confused! He and his friend in their drunk state were hilarious! We sat and bluntly answered their questions to satisfy them while we waited for Jorge. Basically they said they had been talking to the devil and he refused to speak English with them. It most definitely got uncomfortable after a little, but we have been laughing at it ever since! Because apparently the devil does not speak English.
The actual lessons went really well with Jorge. He felt the spirit and recognized it!! That has been our prayer! Though we now have to get over the concern that he is worried that what he felt was because of medicine he takes because of how strange the feeling was. Sooo we now are waiting for him to receive an answer if what he felt was the spirit haha. But we are soo happy because we are 90% sure it was the spirit!
If things go well, he and Marisol will be baptized on the same day! Which they come to church more often than our members, and then as well to our English class. So I don't doubt that they will be ready soon enough.
I'm sad that this is my last week here in Henderson, but I am eager for the new opportunities before me!
One of the things that I loved from my studies this week was the talk in the last conference by Elder Richard G. Scott. He said, "How can each of us become such a significant influence? We must be sure to sincerely love those we want to help in righteousness so they can begin to develop confidence in God’s love. For so many in the world, the first challenge in accepting the gospel is to develop faith in a Father in Heaven, who loves them perfectly. It is easier to develop that faith when they have friends or family members who love them in a similar way."
We all have the ability to show others a love similar to that of our Heavenly Father. Whether they are our investigators, family members, members of our ward, less actives, etc. That love helps us to develop faith in our Heavenly Father's love and the redemption of Jesus Christ.
I love you all so much! Thank you for your love! It increases my faith constantly in the love that I feel from my Heavenly Father.
Have a fantastic week! :D
Elder Johnson

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