Date

July 30, 2018

Area

Erlanger, Kentucky

Companion

Elder Zach Jones

God's Hand

Well this week was a decent week. But what I love about my life now is that even when I don't have the best week I can find some small thing that God did for me each and everyday! I found a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 59 verse 21 that really hit me this week. It says,
"And nothing doth offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments."
What it's saying is that we offend God when we don't notice His hand in our lives. As well as when we don't keep his commandments. With that being said I have tried to notice God's hand in my life each day and even each hour. Being on a mission and serving Him full time, makes it a lot easier to see his hand all the time.
On Thursday we had a lesson planned with one of the new people we are teaching named Doug. He is a super awesome guy that never wears a shirt and has long gray curly hair. Some People think he looks like the angel Gabrielle... He loves to read the bible and has notice a lot things that makes me believe he has been prepared. We found him a few weeks ago as he was walking his dog.
The lesson that was set for Thursday was pretty solid appointment, but he called early afternoon and told us that he had somethings going on and would need to reschedule. We were pretty disappointed, but we were really glad he called to inform us. At the time we were at the transit center, so we took a seat and tried to decide what we should do during the time that just freed up. We both felt like we should still go in the area where Doug lives and personal contact people. So that's what we did.
As we were trying to contact people, no one was outside and if they were they ignored us. We went about 45 minutes of walking, knocking, and talking to people that were not interested in listening to us. We decided to call an audible and go to a different area. As we were walking to a different area, I felt like we should knock on a series of doors. So we did, but there were no results from it. Everyone wasn't happy to see us. We, at the time didn't know why we had the feeling to knock on those doors, so we began our trek to a different area. As we started again I saw a big guy with long gray curly hair and no shirt on... He kind of looked like the Angel Gabreille. It was Doug. (We would not of seen him if we were even 1 minute earlier).
Sometimes I would feel a little awkward seeing someone that had just canceled on us, but this time I didn't. I felt like this was the reason why we came back here. So we called out his name and he greeted us with a warm friendly smile! (Keep in mind we hadn't had a whole lot of success this week so that warm friendly smile meant a lot.) We started talking to him and he told us he had just finished doing a bunch of tasks and he felt bad for canceling on us. We asked him if he read the Book of Mormon. He replied that he did! This made me so excited, so I asked what his experience was as he read.
As he began to speak I felt the spirit tell me what he was saying was true.
He told us that he reads the bible every night at about 11:30 pm. The day that he talked to us, he had set the Book of Mormon on his reading desk and didn't think much of it. Then at 11:30 he went to retrieve his bible and saw the Book of Mormon next to it. He thought to himself, "I am going to read this book just like those boys told me to."
And so he did. He read 16ish pages and understood all of it. I even quoted 1Nephi 3:7 to him and he began to finish my sentence.
This experience at the time felt very small, but I know it was God orchestrating everything. He put Doug in our path and allowed us to talk to him. I have noticed that as I look for Gods hand in my life, then my life seems much more meaningful and I am happier.

Another cool experience we had this week was when a member invited us to help his new neighbor move in. She is a famous artist from Florida. She had us moving these giant rocks into her house. As we were doing this she was talking about the things she loved. Which consisted of her mother who taught her to be an artist and her art projects. Elder Jones and I listened and I was just amazed by how much she loved art! It made me think what it was that I loved and the main thing that came to my mind was the Savior. So I thought if she could talk about the things she loved I could talk about the things I love, so I did. I told her about the Book of Mormon and how it shows Gods love for is children and how it testifies of the Savior. Then I told her of my love of the Savior. It made me so happy to talk about the things I love. By the end of the conversation she said she would love a copy of the Book of Mormon.
I would encourage all of you to think about what it is that you love. See if those things are priority in Gods eyes and if they are not look for things that are priority in Gods eyes. I can promise you that if your priority is the Savior and the things he taught you will be much happier. I know it is contrary to what the world teaches, but God doesn't work the same way us natural men work, so trust him!

Love you all
Elder Johnson




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