Monday, June 22, 2015

Selfie with the Stake President

What a week! The WVCM is on fire! 
We took Elder Stoddard who had been with us for the past few weeks to Beckly. It was fun being there again, it was a year ago that I served there! We saw the Youngs and had to say hi! It was good seeing them again. We went on a couple exchanges, which I do and dont like. i like exchanges because we get to meet new people and serve with other missionaries. I dont like it because Elder Millard get separation anxiety hahaha. I got to be in Cave Spring and Vinton for a few days! i enjoyed it! met some great people and had a fun time. 
   We had dinner with President Bohan, the stake president. He has a beautiful home on a mountain side that over looks a beautiful area. Hes a great man! We had a great visit. He reminds me of my uncle Elden. The Diviney family had us over for dinner on Sunday! it was great! Theyre sons Jack and Abe played some good ol country music on the banjo! sister Diviney is talented at singing so she sang along. Elder Millard did a back flip before we left. why you may ask, well because he can and hes awesome like that . 
   Manny should be getting baptized in the next week! Im so excited for him and Shayla. They are wanting to go to the temple! It makes me so happy to see people learning and growing closer to Christ. The Vogel clan was a church, which we were super pumped about! The Roanoke first ward is a wonderful congregation to be in! 
   Transfers are July 2nd. We are praying that we both stay here! Of course we'll go where the lord needs and wants us but it would be nice! haha
love being out here so much! thanks for all the prayers and support, it helps a lot! hope all the Fathers had a glorious fathers day! im so blessed to have the father that I do! Hell be celebrating his becoming a senior citizen on sunday ;) haha 
Have a good one! 
Elder Johnson  

Monday, June 15, 2015

" I just wanted to hold your hand"

  What a wonderful time to be a missionary, especially here in the West Virginia Charleston mission. We had a great week! one big Highlight was being with Manny and Shayla. They are doing great!! Manny has been inviting his friends to church and inviting them to learn! Shayla has been turning to the Book of Mormon and, its great! We are always happy to see them because we know that the Spirit will be there and we'll have a good time! 
   We were visiting an older couple this week and as we were walking into the nursing home-like place this lady stopped us and asked us to sing her a song! haha so we sang " i am a child of God" after she grabbed my hand and said, "you look familiar.." do i?? i responded. she said, " no, i just wanted to hold your hand." hahahaha to funny! 
   Well i have to go, not to much time today, got a lot today but im loving missionary life and ove yall!!! 
Elder Johnson  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mini van for days

 So we got a new ride this past week! We got a Toyota Sienna! It had 16 miles on it when we picked it up at the mission office. We have been getting some funny looks, understandably because its some guys driving a mini van but we're basking in it. Pretty much the only time you'll see guys our age excited to get a mini van haha.  
   We had a pretty great week! We had MLC at the beginning of the week which was amazing as always. One of the things that was taught was how the atonement applies to the key indicators listed in Preach My Gospel. For example, a member present is someone who has experienced the power of the atonement, or a recent convert is someone who just experienced feeling the atonement fully. There were some other awesome things like that that helped me realize that I want a better understanding of the Atonement of Christ so I can teach with more power and authority.
   We had an exchange with the Rocky Mount elders, Elder Yocom serves there! He's one of the missionaries I trained! it was good to be with him again. We got a call the other day from the mayor of Roanoke himself! Hes said he wants to meet with us and the sister personally! so that should be really fun! Shayla and Manny are doing great! Shayla said she wants to be baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im soo excited for them!!! She said that when we teach and she goes to church it feels right!! I love it!!! gets me so excited and want to teach all of Roanoke and baptize them! haha. We found a lot of new investigators this past week!! We were defiantly lead to them by Heavenly Father. one if them said, "I was just thinking about how I lost my mother, and yall come and bring me the good gospel news. It wasn't coincidence that you came here".
   I love missionary so much. I don't want it to end! Roanoke it doing really well. We get to see the Salisbury's on Wednesday! well love yall!1
Elder Johnson

Monday, June 1, 2015

Word of the day:Abdicate

 This week i was really thankful for seminary! Thanks to the support of my amazing seminary teachers; especially Brother Barlow, Sister Olds and Sister Richardson. A couple times I was able to remember my scripture mastery scriptures and share them, AH YEAH! haha. It was sad to hear about the passing of Elder L  Tom Perry. He was an amazing man and influential apostle. Thank goodness for the plan of salvation and the knowledge we have of our families being forever! 
   Elder Millard are having such a blast together!! We are laughing pretty much all day. We have started learning a new word everyday and then use it throughout the day. its pretty awesome. We also have been working out hard core! Elder Millard was a pro gymnast so its pretty much been like training for the Olympics, i love it! 
   So we had had some amazing opportunities to be in the community and serve. We went to the Roanoke mayors office and set up an appointment to see him! We met with the community rep and he was really pumped to meet with us! He got our number and said he'd love to have us help out in the community! What a wonderful opportunity to find and teach! We put our number on a #BecauseOfHim pass along card and as we were wrapping up, we invited him to check out the video! I just love missionary work! 
   Manny and Shayla are doing so well. They have been coming to church consistently. He should be ready for baptism in the next few weeks!! They are such funny people, i love them! Nylaejah is doing well also. She is about to become a sister again! Benita is a wonderful Cuban lady that is returning to activity! Shes so kind and has a strong testimony; i love meeting with her! Shes had us for dinner, super good! I know Homer would've wished he was there for it haha. 
   We have MLC tomorrow! so yet another road trip up to Charleston!! Its always a blessing to be with President and Sister Salisbury! Roanoke is doing really well! #NokeOrNothin is what we say haha!  Its awesome to have Elder Yocom (one of the missionaries i trained)  here as a district leader in the zone! Hope yall have a blessed week! Love you! 
Elder Johnson