Elder Eric Johnson
2516 Normandy Dr. SE Apt. 304-C
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

14 October 2017

Michigan-Lansing Mission


I think I have yet to send out a notice for Saturday P-days. General rule of thumb is there is one every 6 weeks. Something is going on with scheduling. I don't really know anything, but this transfer was only 5 weeks and the next will be 7 weeks. 

On Monday I discovered the Joseph Smith Papers, the first 60 podcasts were quickly downloaded. We've been listening to the podcasts in our car and it's been pretty interesting. It basically goes in depth into certain aspects of church history and what we know based on the documents surrounding Joseph Smith. I would definitely recommend listening to it. 

More information about the Joseph Smith Papers

Weekly planning is one of the tough things of missionary work. I might get a little too into it and it might go a little too long sometimes. Basically what we do is we go in and plan out what we are going to do with all the people we are working with and try to map out what we want to teach and how we teach it. We had a lesson planned a few days ago for a family that got canceled. We basically spent an extra two hours just planning for that lesson and after all our plans nothing felt right. Our planning was concluded after an answer to prayer I didn't really want. The scripture D&C 100:6 came pretty strongly to mind, which says, "For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say." Missionary work really shows Gods trust in us, I've got a long ways to go. 

Mary texted us out of the blue. That was a miracle, we had been trying pretty hard to re-make contact with her and nothing was working so we were starting to back off and were about to send an ultimatum text asking her for a yes or a no and then we made contact. We talked over the phone and she told us everything that's been going on. To keep it short, it's not good. Luckily the gospel is true and if she opens up and lets the Gospel change her life, great things will follow.      

Our Zone leader got called to be the new AP (Assistant to the President) this transfer. That isn't terribly significant but the last two AP's got called to Lansing immediately after going on exchanges with me, I'm dangerous. It's a good thing I can't do an exchange with myself!  

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