Monday, July 10, 2017

July 9th

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Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry I haven't been sending more emails lately. I've sent videos to my parents, but most are too large to attach. Here are some photos that will hopefully update you all. I love New Jersey. I've transferred to a new area again. It reminds me a lot of Newark. The members are mostly all Hispanic. There is a bunch of energy and love for one another here.

We said goodbye to President and Sister Taggart a couple weeks ago and now are getting to know our new Mission President, President Hess and Sister Hess. They are Awesome!

We were able to attend a baptism of a young 9 year old boy that was taught by the elders before our transfer. It was so great being able to set up our first baptism program, but as you can see, we overfilled the font and I got a bit trunky wishing I could dive in. πŸ˜‡

My testimony and love for our Savior grows while serving in every new area. A mission stretches every part of me and teaching about the basic principles reminds me of how much we are each loved by him. Thank you for the support and love I feel from all of you.

Sorry this email is so stinking short. Love you all!

Elder Lucas Michael Johnson            
New Jersey Morristown Mission

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Scrubbing down the font.

    We overfilled it and I got super duper trunky!

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                         So then this happened...Check out my Swim Cap!

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Four man for a day. We made mongu and tres golpe, super good! Some serious Pokemon trading.
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                                 This one's for my momma!

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                               It's almost like I'm back home!

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This is what it looks like when you're I pad needs charging but you are knocking doors :)

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Haha we spilt some fruit juice in the other Elders apartment and Elder was like "Wait, nobody move, I've got an idea!"

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           Saying Goodbye for now to President and Sister Taggart

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It rained so stinking hard on exchange πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Our umbrellas did nothing.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saying one last goodbye to President and Sister TaggartπŸ’“
They have been amazing examples and leaders

 Sure am going to miss Elder Harding. 
He will be transferring to Patterson and I'm headed to Passaic

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10th, 2017

Thank you everyone who sent messages and prayers my way on my birthday, it was a great day! I ate tons of tacos and they were delicious!

So here's the thought that I came across this week. It's that pride leads to doubt and doubt leads to fear and fear kills faith. This world is scary and it surrounds us in every aspect of our lives. As members knowing who we are and understanding our unlimited potentials often makes us feel that we don't live up to the bar.. that we aren't worthy enough to call down the powers of heaven to give a father's blessing to cure an infection or even faithful enough to be able to speak with the tongue of angels to that one person in the lunch room that just has something different about them.
Doubt is simply not a part of our divine nature and it never has been. Nor should it ever be!! If you have to fight the spirit to make some big promise or action in order to get attention than the Lord is not going to fulfill that blessing. But He wants you to exercise every pinch of power that is available to you!

I was teaching an investigator this week and he posed the question that if someone were to break a commandment, would their blessings from keeping the other commandments be revoked. I can testify that the Lord does not bless us on the merits of perfection. The blessings are already more abundant than what we can receive, it is our journey of happiness in this life to be physically capable of receiving those.
Doubt leads to fear and that's what literally damns us and halts our growth. Pride is the root of this doubt. You need faith to give up pride and to replace doubt and fear.
The only way to get out of this cycle is to give up our will.

I know we can harness more power than we currently exercise and that is what my mission is doing right now. I know you can do it too. Love you! Here's some fun stuff:

You can find a super good talk on pride here: "Beware of Pride" in Teachings of the Presidents: Ezra Taft Benson.

Love ya! Treat my mom well this Sunday! :)

Elder Lucas Michael Johnson          
New Jersey Morristown Mission

We threw an activity for the kids in our branch painting pots, planting plants and learning about baptism as a special surprise for mothers' day.
Always refreshments!

Beautiful chapel where former Presidents used to attend
A date night we through for an investigator and her future husband! We are so luck to have members that know how to play music and cook!

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5th 2017

Happy 19th Birthday! 

                                        Here's my family's B-day box from home

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

A great week, one of the Lord's greatest miracles in our area this week was entering the house of Juan Flores. He is an inactive who has two very active brothers in our ward. After many contact attempts we ended up outside there apartment to contact a referral and saw his family leaving.. so what did we do? We ran to go chase them down! But the Spanish program has already taken a toll on our bodies and the car drove away right before we had the opportunity to put our foot in the door. But Elder Bohman had the impression to go back and knock on their door and who answered? Juan!
The miracle part of this experience was really humbling.. What happened is that we entered the apartment and saw literally gallons of every type of alcohol available. On the inside I was really nervous about inviting him to come back to partake of the sacrament but despite that obstacle the Lord blessed us with extra courage and the words to fill our mouth. I know Juan felt something, it is now our job as missionaries help him repent.

I know that the very same spirit that helped us testify to Juan about the infinite reach of Christ's atonement will fill your mouths to testify that it can and will bring peace and joy to your friends, family and acquaintances. Don't be afraid, if you listen to the spirit it will not lead you to destroying your life, socially or monetarily. I promise that a simple testimony of the importance of ordinances and where that authority comes from will fulfill your heart with joy and peace unlike you have ever felt before. You will think more clearly receive revelation more often.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Elder Lucas Michael Johnson            
New Jersey Morristown Mission