Friday, May 6, 2016

Hope is Strengthened by adversity, you are not alone.

Hey fam bam, and friendios!

How's it going? Ah, well put your mind at rest it's going just peachy here in the southern state of South Carolina. "As I breathe, I hope." haha that's our state motto btw. Just South Carolina in a nutshell. #blessed XD

Well this week was just soooo good!! We had so many amazing miracles. We had lots of really good lessons and we are teaching some really awesome people!! And we had so many members come out with us. And God is just watching over our area, and just handing us people to be baptized. Our faith has really been growing and so we're seeing lots of miracles because of it. Faith is a power!!

Funnily, one of our part member families watched an anti Mormon video this week on Netflix so we ended up answering lots of their questions for the lesson, but what was really cool is that it went right along with the lesson plan we had. And it ended up being a really spiritual experience for everyone there.

So there's a scripture, and it may be in D&C but you know, just don't quote me on that. But it talks about being bold but not overbearing when we teach. And I read in this article this last week that overbearance is being bold without having love. But if we are teaching with love then we can be as bold as we want! You see that really well in the book of Mormon, and when Nephi preaches to Laman and Lemuel. He obviously loves them but is very bold. The Lord's sheep will follow and hearken to what we say, and repent.

But it was kinda funny cuz Sister Bird and I taught this guy last night and he hadn't read any of the book of Mormon. So we were teaching towards the commitment to read the book of Mormon while teaching the restoration. And Sister Bird told the guy that he was in his own personal apostasy. And then later I shared this scripture in 1 Nephi 13 where it says there are 2 churches: the Lamb of God's and the great and abominable church. So we told him if he wasn't a part of Christ's church he was part of the other church. And it was like the spirit kept bringing forth the words to say. And sometime I would start to want to retract them but then the spirit said no, teach. So we did. And he took it all in, and it was a great lesson!!

But anyway, miracles are out there. We just have to pull them down from the heavens with our faith. I love y'all. Hope you have a great week!

Sister Johanson

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