This week has been Ghetto Fabulous!!! I’m not 100% sure what that means but our Ward Mission Leader used the term to describe the Elders bow tying skills and it accurately describes our week. I think.
Cassie came to church this week and is on-date to be baptized on January 7th! She has been going strong in living the commandments and is such a strong example of faith to me. She’s only 24 and I feel like I’m teaching the older sister I never had. She has been so prepared by the hand of The Lord. We love her.
We’ve just had so many unexpected miracles this week. In unexpected/ strange places!
Monday we taught one of our investigators Cheryl at Shafers. It’s a super wonderful and delicious barbeque place. It was an incredibly spiritual lesson and she has been so prepared to receive The Gospel. The strange thing was she was crying and we were bearing our testimonies…in a booth surrounded by people who were looking at as funny. Awesome.
Tuesday we were unexpectedly able to hitch a ride to the relief Society activity with Sister Molina and her kiddos! it was great! I learned about what smoothies I can make and actually can eat! Someday. Sister Molina and the kids had a blast. We love them.
Wednesday we were able to see Ashlyn!!! She has been praying to know why coffee is included in the Word of Wisdom and she for sure wants to be baptized. She is absolutely phenomenal. A few months ago she was an atheist and now she prays everyday and reads her scriptures. It may take her a little longer than most, but she is determined and she will get there.
We also picked up Hailey as a new investigator in the stairwell of her sketchy apartment! She was a little hesitant at first. Then we mentioned the Book of Mormon. it was like someone flipped a switch. I know The Book of Mormon is true. It converts people even before they have read it. We also picked up Lynn on Wednesday. Her daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and when we mentioned The Book of Mormon she was full of questions! It is the keystone of our religion and I know it contains God’s word! anyone who reads it and prays about it with a sincere heart will know of it’s truthfulness and divinity.
Thursday we taught Cassie with Brother Lawrence and we talked about The Tree of Life. It was such an intense discussion! Brother Lawrence is in his 70’s and is a convert of about a year. he knows Cassie and her family and is such a power house! he’ll tell you “I’m the biggest chicken you ever seen!” But he has such a strong testimony and watching him share that with Cassie assured me that life moves on and people grow. if they choose to they change. they become better. Tomorrow is a new day for all of us!
Friday was berserk, we were literally scrambling to get to see everyone we wanted to see that day and with the help of God…we did! The biggest miracle is we didn’t crash on the way home we were so tired!
Saturday was Billy’s baptism which has been long coming! We’re so proud of him. We also spent a good deal of time with Phobe. She makes really good chocolate mint tea…and said “I know it’s true. I just know it.” She has a rock solid testimony and faith in Christ and “will not be moved”! Love her more than I can explain.
Sunday we taught Minnie with sister Henry. She’s a stubborn old lady! Good thing i’m stubborn too. She must like it because she gave us lasagna and cookie and committed to pray out loud.
We also stopped by the Harris family and decorated cookies and shared The Light The World message. All of the kids were so eager to deliver their pass-along cards to a friend with the cookies they were decorating.
I know The Gospel brings us so much JOY. I have seen people’s countenances change from the minute we walk in the door from the minute we leave. The Spirit changes hearts and this time of the year many more hearts are open. Many more hearts are grieving as well. My challenge to you is to find both kinds of hearts this week. Lift up someone who is sad this time of year, don’t let anyone be alone. Also take an opportunity to talk about your faith in Christ with someone at work, school, or anywhere!
The Spirit of God will not only touch their heart, but it will change yours and you will find yourself lifted up as well. I know it. I love you all. Merry Christmas!
Love, sister Johnson
Also, Billy was baptized this week! it was a small and short program, but the Spirit that was there was so intense it made me cry. Billy has been waiting for years to be baptized and it finally became possible. We are so proud of him and so blessed and humbled to have been able to work with him alongside the amazing Woodstock Ward.