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

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

22 January 2018


Monday we had a really interesting dinner appointment. As usual we had good food. We were transitioning into our message we were going to share. We basically just discussed the Book of Mormon and why it's important. At first we got the typical answers about how it's evidence God speaks through prophets in our days as he has in all of time and that it's the keystone of our religion. Things were typical and we asked Jorge one of the kids in the family. He paused for a moment and told us that the Book of Mormon is important because as we read it we start having questions. Those questions are then taken to God to get answers and getting answers to questions help us to actually come to a knowledge of the character of God. He concluded his answer by saying that the Book of Mormon was written to come to know God and those who read it with real intent can obtain that blessing. The spirit was like, "you should remember that." Most of the members who feed us live on this side so I don't really have a lot of experience doing the meal and message thing but our most powerful messages have all been in that member's house. 

Tuesday was pretty good. We watched the broadcast at the chapel with the Zone leaders and the other Elders. It was interesting, a little awkward at least in my opinion, I was expecting something more spiritually powerful. The day ended with a mission correlation where we actually had our Branch Mission Leader and it was super good. It's basically been a mini district meeting for the last few months.

Wednesday we had a powerful lesson with the recent convert Gasper. He's moving down to Nebraska for a few months. We spent our last visit with him putting him in contact with the local bishop and the missionaries down there. We also had a mini testimony meeting with him that turned out really well. The spirit was super strong and it seemed to really lift his spirits. 

Thursday was fun. We meet with a less active named Axle. Such a good kid. We were just talking about life and he mentioned he was struggling with the stress of school at the moment and not being able to keep up. The talk given by President Nelson clearly came to mind and we first opened with prayer and showed the talk. In my mind the promises made by President Nelson to those who read the BOM daily would really apply to him and figured that was why the talk came to mind. We watched it and I could see the spirit was working with Axle and at the end we asked him what he thought. He totally took the talk in a different but very important way. The spirit revealed what we had to do to help Axle but in a way I would never have known if he didn't tell at that moment. I just found it interesting that through the soft nudging of the spirit we were able to put Axle in a position to receive pretty strong revelation on some things he needed to change and start doing. 

One things Elder Rencher and I have started was simply reading with members for a few minutes every week. We only have two members right now who we prayerfully picked and we've seen some impressive changes. I really like the scripture in Alma 31:5 which says, "And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to that which was just- yea, it had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God." That principle is true and really is one of the reasons I know the BoM is true. There really is a power in that book.

Elder Rencher is the district leader so we had a trade off with the Zone leaders. I spent the day with Elder Guerrero and it was like we never left, comp unity was spot on.

Elders Rencher, Magalei, Guerrero, me, waters

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