Blessed by the Baptists

img_9764I don’t have very long, but I want to share one super cool story with you all. Sister Mckee and I only have the car every two days so when we need to go somewhere we get a ride or we walk. Well on Friday we ran late in a lesson (which was amazing. Juliana wants to be baptized) and so we would have had only 45 minutes fro dinner. Which would have been fine excpet our dinner appt was sick-ish and didn’t have a car. So we determined that instead of eating dinner we would walk to our next appointment nd go without. We didn’t have our wallets or we would have picked up something on the way. As we were walking I felt prompted to turn to Sister MCkee and say, “It’s ok. The Lord will provide.” She looked at me like I was nuts and said, “Thats just crazy enough I’ll put my faith in it.”

So we walk to the next appointment and it was awesome. Carl and Anika are going to be baptized on March 18th and Sister Mckee rocked being bold with The Spirit. We left their apartment feeling on top of the world. Two Spirit packed, baptism packed lessons don’t often happen one right after the other. But Friday night it did.
So we still had no car and were about an hour and a half walking from home, but again I felt prompted to just begin walking home. So Sister Mckee begins calling around trying to find a ride and we walk. She has short legs so she’s usually behind me, so I slowed down to let her catch up just as we were passing this big beautiful church. Then she stopped, and I stopped. She finished the unsuccessful call, looked me dead in the eyes, and said, “I want to go in that church.”
I looked right back and said, “I do too!” Well when we agree it has to be The Spirit so we started walking uncertainly to this church and I see the sign that says, “St.John’s Baptist”. My heart kinda sunk because the Baptists out here are notorious for bible bashing, but The Lord said go! So we went.
We walk in and (get this) it’s their Black History Month Children Program. We were literally the only white girls in there. We walk in towards the back and watch the program when my oh so wonderful nose tells me there is something delicious close by. I looked at Sister Mckee and just said, “FOOD.”
But we just crashed the party and were really hesitant about walking up and taking a heaping plate of good southern fried chicken and gren beans. So we kinda slowly meandered over when a woman (who we later found out was the assistant pastor) walked over, welcomed us with a big happy greeting, got us food, sat us at a table, and just plain mothered us.
We sat with some great people and enjoyed the program and good food for a good 45 minutes. The children were gorgeous, their voices were perfect, and the energy in that room was only one of love and pride in God.
We walked out and screamed we were so happy. God truly did provide. In 3 Nephi Jesus says to His Disciples,
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.” (3 Nephi 13:31-34)
I testify that God really does know. That was only one of the many miracles that occurred this week. i promise you if you have faith, miracles can and will happen. We were blessed by the Baptists on Friday night and ultimately we were all blessed by God. I will never ever forget that.
I love you all.
-Sister Johnson

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