Tuesday, March 31, 2015

But they still trust in God fully...

Well another transfer has flown by and we received transfer information personally this last Saturday when we went over to a members home for lunch on the day transfer calls were happening. We walked in and there was Sister and President Blatter. It turns out the member are cousins with the Blatters so they thought it would be a good idea to have them over for lunch with us. Me and Elder ward, though pleasantly surprised, still would have had liked a heads up. But we all got a good laugh out of it and had a very enjoyable lunch with the family. After President told what would be happening this next transfer. Elder Ward will be going to Toledo with Elder Hansen and I will be staying and getting a new kid. We are both excited although a little sad to be leaving each other.

This past week has been very busy. We went on an exchange with some other elders and it went well. It is nice sometimes to switch things up to meet new people and learn from others.

I recently had the opportunity to interview a few people for baptism. It has been some of my favorite times to be able to sit down with people, learn about them, and how they have a peace brought into their life by giving their agency to God. The last man I interviewed had been investigating the church for a very long time. To be able to hear his story and the things he has done was very inspiring.

We have a family that was recently baptized from the Middle East that moved here almost a year ago, leaving everything they had behind. The father had been a doctor for over 20 years in his home country. Yet, here in America, they do not except his schooling. He is having to start all over. The mother has had to start school all over as well. The child has been sheltered for obvious reasons while escaping their home country. The stories they tell are heartbreaking and nightmarish. Yet, their faith in God has never wavered. They do not understand why it is still all so hard for them. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel any time soon. But they still trust in God fully. It is remarkable to see. I have, perhaps, never met anyone with as strong faith as this family.

I hope all is well at home that people are safe and happy. You’re all in my prayers. Thank you for the support I have received coming here.

-Elder Johnson

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