Monday, August 19, 2013

one month and true blessings

How all yinz doing!! Gee wiz, the mission is great! Can you believe I've been out for a MONTH?!?!?! Missionary work is such a blessing, no other work can compare with how sacred and special it is. Something I learned, That by doing all that we can to follow God, we are blessed. Like offering help, having a family and protecting your kids, withstanding the evils of the world and being as pure as we can be, All of these things have blessings that are promised with obedience. But missionary work, entitled us to ALL of those blessings. And I've seen it and felt it in my life. All of you are missionaries, you definitely don't have to have a name tag and a tie to be able to bear your testimony to someone, or offer a kind word. Missionary work is why we exist here, So that all of our brothers and sisters may partake of the fruit of this gospel. And as we do so, we will not only bless and lift them, but we will be lifted and blessed as well.
This week felt pretty crummy, almost all of our appointments cancelled on us, and one of our investigators called and said she knew it was true, but didn't want to change. Our hearts were discouraged, and we felt the full force of the trial of our faith. But it would be selfish to ignore the blessing that came toward the end of our week. We taught some of the greatest lessons we've ever had. The spirit was the strongest I've ever felt while out here, and we could see how special the light of the gospel was in their eyes.
A less active member said "Thank you for coming over, how did you know I needed this?" 
Heavenly Father loves us so dearly, He is so delicately placing opportunities in our lives. As we obey his commandments, and exercise our faith, we are qualified for the blessings He entitled to us. I love you all, thank you for being a part of my life, and for allowing me the opportunity to learn from your examples. 

Love Elder Johnson

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