Truly Converted

This week I would like to include two pieces written by someone very dear to me. I know that her words can help you change your life and motivate you to be the change in someone elses. I hope you’ll read them carefully and listen to what The Lord would have you do because of them.

The First Piece
“Mindless wandering..
Searching for answers to all lifes questions…
Invitation offered and declined…
Looking at their eyes…
Wondering what it is that they have found that has brought them such peace…
Invitation offered and declined…
Wandering down chosen paths…
None of them leading to the place sought after…
Invitation offered and declined…
Watching their interactions…
Wondering what it is that has brought them such happiness…
Invitation offered and declined…
Seeking the answers to questions in things that cannot possibly provide the answers…
Invitation offered and accepted…
Safety and solace found…
Not in the arms of earthly vices…
But from the One who can truly provide forgiveness.”
And The Second

“The enemy, Satan, is fighting tirelessly to have us turn from our Heavenly Father, to shut out and turn a deaf ear unto the quiet and comforting whisper of the Holy Ghost, ignore the guidance and commandments found throughout our scriptures not because we are a horrid and undeserving people but because we are just the opposite…We are children of our Heavenly Father, brothers and sisters of Christ. We are loved and sought after more than we could ever comprehend by our Father but He will not force us to obey or choose His way. It is time to stop making tea and biscuits for one who only cares about himself and strive to live in a way that allows the One whose love, blood and promise can heal us. It is time to break the cycle of hurt, pain and hatred whether self imposed or placed upon us by others. The road will not be easy nor will it be without trial but at the end when we are once again face to face with our Heavenly Father, it…this life…these hard choices, will all be worth it.

So, when we are faced with a decision, a choice to continue to limp down the path we have chosen until it consumes us or reach out our hand and accept the hand always outstretched by our Savior we have two choices…continue to choke down the biscuits and sip the bitter tea or reach out and accept what is always there.

The last week I was faced with just that situation. Today, now, although I still have fear and uncertainty about some things and am actually trembling, there is a calm, a resolve, maybe even a quiet strength that I allowed Heavenly Father to help me do something I would’ve rather taken my own life then do.”

My dear friends…I have been blessed to watch the woman who wrote these come to know that she is loved by God and by those around her. I have been blessed to sit in her living room and share with her what matters most to me, and watch it save her life. Nothing brings me more joy then to see The Gospel change her life.
Go change someones life this week. I promise you as a representative of Jesus Christ if you ask God how you can change someone life He will answer you.
He has for me, and I am no different from anyone else.
“Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.” (3 Nephi 27: 29)
I love you all.
Love, Sister Johnson
Pictures from this week!

So many animals…..I found ANOTHER kitten! Her owner said I could keep her…but missionaries can’t have pets….the struggle was really real. Oh And this is my absolute favorite great Dane, Ava! She’s basically a horse. When you sit on the couch and she comes up to you you’re at eye level. She stretched out really nice so I laid down next to her, then she moved. All I could do was curl into a fetal position to avoid getting trampled.

Sister Goodwin and I ate at a carnival! She had whats called a Gutbuster. It’s a cheeseburger with a couple slices of country ham piled high with fried onions. I dared her to put fries on top, but it was enough to handle as is. Since I can’t eat pork or bread I had half a chicken! Literally HALF a CHICKEN. I ate the whole thing. So good.
And here’s the kitten who won us the hearts of two little girls who we are now teaching. The kitten (Missy) slept on my chest and then my lap as we taught Alexix and Trinity about the Book of Mormon. I’ve never met more spiritually in tune kids. Alexis watches Joel Olstein in her free-time! And follows the scriptures he reads in the bible! she’s incredible.

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When a lesson turns into a water fight…. They hit me with a squirt gun so I had to pretend I was hurt while they sat in 30 second time-out. They posed for the camera!
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