Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Preaching in Hail

The picture didn't turn out as well as I hoped because you can't tell that it is hailing.

Me preaching the gospel in hail

This week I went on exchanges to Davenport. It is a small town of 1500ish people about 45 minutes west of Spokane. Right now there is only a branch but very soon it will turn into a ward. They have a phase 1 church building which means it is really small but can be built on to. They other day at exchanges we had to go to the church for something and when we walked into the multi purpose room (Chapel) this is what we found. Someone had broken into the church by pushing the window in. You can't see it in the picture but the cupboard where the electronics were kept was left wide open. It was pretty crazy. The Sheriff came and was looking around the building for any more clues. Then we watched him extract some fingerprints off the window. It was sweet.

It was a great day in Davenport. One of the Miracles that we saw was we were walking by this lady named Doris who was weeding her flower beds. We offered to help her and she turned us down. We tried striking up a conversation and she wasn't having it. She said I am not interested. So as a final attempt to have a good contact we asked her if we could say a prayer. With reluctancey in her voice she said ok. When we all said amen we were surprised to see that there was another lady there that had joined us in the middle of the prayer. She explained that Doris was her sister in law and that she actually was the one that lived here. She was very nice. One of the first things she asked us was, "do you want to get your hands dirty and help weed?" Ha Ya we do! We taught her the Restoration while we were weeding and gave her a pamphlet and she was very excited to read it it and learn more.

Love you!
-Elder (Andre) Johnson

Monday, May 18, 2015

Kool-aid Challenge

A few weeks ago for p-day we had some unique activities. Usually all the missionaries go to the stake center gym and play basketball and marshmallow dodgeball. But for this particular p-day we did something different. Wal-mart right now has a sale for kool-aid jammers. You can get a 6 pack for 1 dollar. Its a pretty good deal. We had to take advantage of it. So for p-day 4 of us Elders did the Kool-aid challenge. The challenge is to drink 15 bottles of Kool-aid in 15 minutes without throwing up. We started off the challenge with confidence quickly guzzling bottle after bottle.

But just like Ether 12:27 states, "I give unto men weakness that they may be humble"
It didn't take long for us to become humbled and get a little discouraged.

But we followed the counsel of 2 Nephi 31:21 to "Press forward feasting upon the word of Christ [or whatever else you may be feasting on], and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the father ye shall have eternal life"

Alma 26:12
Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

Anyway other than that we've seen some cool miracles lately. Kimberlie brought her friend to church! We also just recently had a family move in named the Rigsby's. They are all members but the father. Well the whole family came to church yesterday including the father! We also had a whole bunch of other non-members there because there was a farewell talk. Ha nother small miracle we saw last night. We just started teaching our neighbor named Joan. She is an older lady who's husband died a year and a half ago. She knows Brother Lybbert because back in his day he was the real estate agent that sold her the house that she was living in. Anyway we dropped by to see if we could have a quick doorstep visit, because we can't go in because she is a single lady. When we showed up she said, "come on in the Lybberts are here" We visited for a little and had a great lesson on the Plan of Salvation. It was one more testimony to me that this is God's work and if he wants something done he will make it happen.

Love you!
-Elder (Andre) Johnson

This is probably the last week that I will have to sign my name with my first name because Brian is coming home. Thats super weird. When you guys see him tell him I love him and that he doesn't have free reign to steal all of my stuff that is currently packed in boxes right next to his.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Since the Mother's Day call...

Soooooooo much has happened since I last talked to yall!!!!!!!!

I ate dinner. I nightly planned. I got the zone's numbers. I brushed my teeth. I went to bed. I woke up. I cleaned the apartment. I ate some breakfast. Now I'm here. Needless to say the past few hours have been great!

Talking to you guys was awesome! It was lots o' fun!

Love you!
-Elder (Andre) Johnson

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hot Chocolate

I feel old. My Ward Mission Leader's Daughter's family, the Leavenworth's are in Bowdish ward, my old area. I would have dinner at their house pretty often. I remember Sister Leavenworth always talking about her daughter who was on a mission who had six months left. Well I got kinda freaked out yesterday when my Ward Mission Leader said that his granddaughter got home from her mission that day. The last 6 months just flew by! But the experiences I am having are amazing! Some of them are super exhilarating, spiritual, and motivating. Some are bland, tiring, and difficult. But nevertheless they are all amazing. I am learning from the good and the bad. I feel like no moments are wasted. I feel like they are all preparing me for my future. 

Here was one of those great experiences. Elder Bowring and I didn't shop very well this week so some times it was hard to decide what to have for dinner. I used a skill I learned at a very early age. Look in the pantry, find nothing, go to the fridge, find nothing, go to the cupboard find nothing, go to the pantry, find nothing, go to the fridge find nothing, go to the cupboard find nothing, go to the pantry and lower your expectations. Eat. This is what I did. What I found in the pantry was six different kinds of Hot Chocolate. So I decided that for dinner I would discover which of the six brands of Hot Chocolate tasted best. I made every cup exactly how the ingredients directed me to. I had a glass of water to drink in between every cup of hot chocolate to renew my taste buds. It was a great learning experience for my life! I discovered that Stephen's Candy cane Hot Chocolate is to die for! I also found out that Western Family hot chocolate is also to die for but in a different way. 

One of the highlights of this week was we convinced Bob, a hard hearted old cuss that lives in Sprague to come up to Cheney for a church tour. We drove all the way down to Sprague, met Bro Thompson. Woke Bob up. Told him to get ready. Then we all drove back up to Cheney in Bro Thompson's car. Did the Church tour. Drove back to Sprague. We visited a few people down there then came back to Cheney. Needless to say we invested quite a bit into this church tour. But its because we have faith in this stubborn old cuss. We have seen his countenance change from the first time Bro Thompson introduced us. He has lots of questions about the Mormon "cult" but each time we go over his heart gets a little softer.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mothers or prospective Mothers!
Here's a cool video about you. Plus its a plug for family history.

-Elder (Andre) Johnson