Monday, May 18, 2015

There's always tomorrow

So you know how Peter Pan was never supposed to grow up? Well I have felt like Peter Pan for the past two years. I've been living in Never Land. And it has been the most amazing adventure of my life! And it is really hard to come to terms with the fact that the end has come.
If any of you remember the play I was in during High School, the last song was There's Always Tomorrow. And that is my huge desire. I wish that there were always going to be another tomorrow in North Carolina.
But, there's only a few left.
So today what I would like to do is simply let you know what I've learned here in Never Land. 

I have learned to love. I have learned to love the Lord, my family, my friends, my peers, my neighbors, strangers, those who have poor feelings towards me, and those who are 100% different from me. Here from North Carolina, and soon in Utah, I want y'all to know that I truly love you.
I look forward to seeing y'all!
Have a great few days
Elder Johnson

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers day to everyone! Well all you mothers I should say. It was super awesome to get to talk to y'all. I am sooooo excited to meet all the kids!! And a sincere apology to Lily for my poor English and lack of ability to understand 3/4 of what she told me. :)
This last week we had miracles! Well that is literally every week haha.
1. We totally ate at an Irish Pub this week. That was a little weird, but it was free! Leticia and Oscar work there, and they invited us. And speaking of them, they came to our 5 de Mayo party! She told us right before that she wasn't going to be able to come anymore, but in the end she and Oscar both showed up! And then she invited her sister! Things like that make our week. The party was a great success.
2. We had two great lessons with Euly and Andres. They went super well! The first one Elder Cantwell (I was on exchanges) got super excited and was headed to the fridge to dump out the beer. Euly didn't take to it, and said he'd just let someone else have it or something like that. Well, the next time we were there we followed up. And he told us that the single beer that he had in the fridge had exploded the next day! The Lord has his ways of making a point haha.
Well, the thing that I pray for more and more each week is that these people can come to church!
I love y'all so much! I know that the Gospel is true! It's changed my life in these two years!
Con muchísimo cariño,
Élder Johnson

Monday, May 4, 2015

Bonus Round

So in the Hispanic culture, everyone loves boxing! As many probably know, and as many most definitely don't, Mayweather and Paquiao fought this last Saturday. Mayweather won to everyone's dispite.

I mention that, because Brother Hansen gave me a great term for these last few weeks out here in North Carolina. The bonus round.

I have truly been seeing that as Elder Cantwell and I have been working harder and harder each day. We have been blessed with so many miracles in the past weeks. It is amazing!

The biggest of miracles is that the Lord has been blessing us with people to teach. We have been constantly going, without stopping. And the people that we are teaching are all progressing towards baptism. Almost all of them have that as the expectation in the end. It is amazing! And it is going to be a great blessing to continue to teach them, and their friends, until the day I leave. :)

One lesson we taught this week was with Euly. We were finally able to evaluate his commitment and his understanding. He is simply scared of committing to things he doesn't know he will be able to do. I am so grateful for the many experiences I have had to know that as we increase our faith in Christ and put our trust in him, we can truly do whatever he asks us to do.

We handed off Felipa and her kids to the sisters yesterday. :/ I love that family so much!
Last of all, we love Oscar and Leticia! We haven't had many teaching opportunities yet, but it is amazing how the spirit can touch someone's life and change them so quickly.

I love y'all! And I hope you enjoy the Spring as much as I do!

Elder Johnson