Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Watch General Conference at lds.org !

"This week we found and contacted lots of families to teach.  Now if they watch General Conference, they can gain a testimony of the living apostles and prophets! I have been thinking about that a lot, the fact that in our days we have men chosen by God to bear special witness of the resurrected Christ.  I am really excited for the opportunity we are going to have to listen to General Conference.  I hope that each of us can take advantage of this great opportunity and that we can receive personal revelation for ourselves and our families. Have a great week!"      Elder Johnson

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


There's Matt, back row, far right. He needs to start sending photos again.

"We had a meeting with our mission president and learned about how to better teach people instead of lessons and the importance of listening to and getting to know the people we teach so we can truly have charity for them. I feel like this applies to everyday life. Love you guys tons!"      Elder Johnson

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Practice a Bit of Carpentry

No photos again, so here is a flashback from the Bountiful Temple on a very cold day about 10 years ago.
 "Wow, what a week! All day Wednesday, we had a meeting with our mission president.  Thursday, we all went in a bus to the MTC in Lima which is about 2 1/2 hours away.  We had a meeting with Elder Robbins, one of the Presidents of the Quorum of the Seventy. Both of the meetings were super awesome and I could feel that Heavenly Father was speaking to me through his servants.  Also, this week I was reading in 1st Nephi about when Nephi broke his bow and it made me think a lot. The first thing that stuck out is that I don't think Nephi was expecting his bow to break, but it did. He wasn't a bad guy and he wasn't doing anything wrong, but when his bow broke, he went hungry too. The difference though is that instead of thinking that he was being punished, he practiced a bit of carpentry and made a new bow and asked his father where to go. The other thing that stands out to me is that the liahona works according to our faith and diligence, or in other words, our ability to be steadfast. I love the scriptures and know that they are true. If we apply them in our lives, we will be able to feel God's love more fully. I love you all and hope you have a great week!"     Elder Johnson

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Prayer and Fasting in Peru

Back when Matt was the shortest of the Johnson Men

"This week was awesome! We worked really hard in our area and we are seeing
the fruits of our work. I want to share something today about fasting. We have
all read or heard Isaiah 58 about fasting and blessings and those who fast with
real intent and thinking of others and their needs instead of always thinking
about ourselves. This week I was able to do that(really focus on others and their
needs0. When I started, it looked like everything was going worse, but I kept
going. When I finished my fast, it still seemed like everything was going bad,
but I prayed that I was fine with whatever outcome, but I just wanted to know
that it was the Lord's will. Later that night, things really turned around and we
finished the week strong and were able to help lots of people. I know the Lord
loves each of us and when we entrust ourselves to his will, He can use us as
instruments in his work. I love you all and hope you have a great week"
                                                                               from Elder Johnson's email