Monday, October 14, 2013

chewed us up and spit us back out

How all yinz doing!
I've been doing well here in da Burgh. We went to a mission tour and a 70 came. He chewed us up and spit us back out.
AND IT WAS AWESOME! WOW, such a spiritual powerhouse. Missionary work is such a blessing! I hope all of you can feel the missionary fire! It's so amazing seeing one of our beloved brothers and sisters come into the fold of the savior. One of our investigator's named brandon is progressing so well. He's so enthusiastic about the gospel, and he's so hungry for this knowledge we can barely keep up. I've never seen someone with such a passion for following our savior Jesus Christ. Last week he said he was going to write up a huge talk and bear his testimony during sacrament. And he actually did! This tall, black, lanky 18 year old made his way up to the pulpit and began reading scriptures to us. It was amazing to see him express his feelings about the importance of the relationships we hold with our Heavenly Father and with those around us....He also spent a good chunk of time talking about the law of chastity. But! It was an awesome testimony. It was so great seeing him bear his testimony. He hasn't missed a week of church in 2 months straight. The power of testimony sure is amazing. The very books we read from, and should be reading from every day, contain testimonies of Christ. Some, witnessed for themselves the very coming of Christ. Some have touched his hands and feet, and have heard his voice. Our Latter Day testimonies are no different from theirs. Live true to the knowledge of the gospel. It only brings us joy. That's why we have it! I invite you all, to share with one of your close friends, WHY you are a member of this church. Bear your testimony to them of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I promise, that the words you speak will be given to you in that very moment. I promise that those words will ring a familiarity in their ears, and that you will feel the greatest Joy there is on this earth. Our Heavenly Father's Love.
I love you all, thank you for your love, and for your prayers. I'm so blessed to know you! 
-Elder Johnson

Elder Sparrow pointing at his parents who sang in conference.

The baby's name is Mathew, he has a lot of health problems, but he's super cute.

A GIGANTIC rubber duck, that some guy in europe made, and it just sits there and floats in the river. this year pitt got it! we went to a zone conference so we saw down town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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