Tuesday, June 24, 2014


All righty! I say it every week but I promise after this week I won't say it anymore but HOLY COW time passes so fast! I can't believe it. It is already almost July! 

Anyway! This week was good and crazy! I don't have a ton to share this week! 

On Monday we had an awesome exchange in Bordeaux! I went with Elder Taylor and Elder Sanchez went with Elder Beyers. I was happy to get to go with Elder Taylor just because we did a mini-exchange in Lyon before to teach seminary. We had an awesome time. 

We taught a lesson or two and it was already time for us to head out to our train. Unfortunately, the Zone Leaders live super far away from the Gare so we were stressing that we were going to miss our train. It was so close. We road the bus as far as we could but then the traffic got super congested and we bailed out of the bus and ran for the Gare. We probably ran close to a mile. hahaha. Poor Elder Taylor was fasting too. He was about to kill over. We made our train though with a few minutes to spare! :) 

Zoraya is doing awesome. This week we have a big BBQ planned at a member’s house and they told us to invite all of our amis to it. Zoraya is practically a member. Everyone loves her so much. She just needs to get baptized. But her date is coming around the corner. July 12th! Just three weeks. 

Juan Antonio is also doing really well. He seems happier now. It is pretty cool to see the different that the gospel can make in someone's life. That is one of my favorite aspects of the mission--is to see people change. 

Beatrice is also doing well! We have taught her all of the lessons and we are just waiting on few things and then as soon as they have been arranged she will be baptized :) 

This week we had a Branch activity were they made 72 hour kits and they opened them all up and reviewed them. with that they improve and saw what needed to be added or subtracted. Afterwards there was a picnic. 

Right now I am studying charity and the importance of it. I find that too often we complicate the gospel. We stress too much about the details and everything that we "have to do" but really there are just a few basic things that we must do to be happy and to live the gospel.

One of these things is to have charity. Charity is the highest form of love, meaning that if you have charity for others you love them as yourself. It means being humble, forgiving, and willing to help others.  One of the scriptures that I came across that I really liked was in 1 Corthinians 13:4--

 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Out of all of these principles, the greatest is charity...

This principle is further inforced with Moroni 7:46

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

We must have charity! Because if we don’t, we are nothing! 

Anyway! That is it for this week! I love you and pray for you lots!

Elder Johnson

PS-The next transfer date is the 6th of July... two weeks from now! It's creeping up! 

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