I appreciate all of the letters of support from family this week due to this week being the 15th anniversary of "The Accident" I don't know the full effect that that event had on my life personally as well as on my family. I often experience things that I figure are probably tied back to it. I'm sure I will continue to find more as I grow up. But I do know that this is true: John
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Crazy things happen in this imperfect fallen state that we are in. But Christ has overcome all the Pain, sorrow, and confusion that we carry. I also find comfort in 2 Ne 2 which explains why we have opposition and the eternal role it plays in our lives. With knowledge of both of these things it helps me to develop an attitude described in Mos
"...submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."
I don't know all the reasons why this event happened. But I do know that it happened for a reason. There are a lot of different emotions tied to this experience. Deep grief, sorrow, and despair. Anger, fear. But also Happiness and love in my new family as well as deep exquisite joy and empathy from moments of healing from deep wounds. But ultimately I think my greatest peace and excitement comes from my faith that there is a reason for every experience I go through in life. Good and bad. They all have a purpose for helping me to be what god wants me to be.
"I will give unto men line upon line... For unto them that receiveth I will give more, and from them that shall say I have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have."
If you want to have a powerful experience with the Spirit start by recognizing the small simple workings of the Spirit within you and it will grow. Usually surprisingly quickly. In my experience its immediate. You don't have to wait a day, or an hour, or a minute. But the moment you recognize that you are feeling the Spirit your awareness and sensitivity to the Spirit dramatically increases. Yesterday as we taught Tom, when he recognized that he had felt the Spirit he got super excited. You could see it all over his face. It does something to us when we realize that the God of the universe is communicating with us.Sorry for all the preaching, but I'm a Missionary, its kinda just a habit. And its exciting to me because I just learned this.
-Elder (Andre) Johnson