On July 23, 2014, Elder Cole Johnson began his two-year missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church). This blog is intended for those who want to share his experiences for the next two years as he serves the Lord and the people of the Korea Daejeon Mission.
Hope all is well!
Sounds like everyone had a great week! MOM AND DAD, 23 years!! WHOOOAAA that's
big time! Congrats on the big anniversary! That's amazing. I love my parents, and
I am so grateful for each thing that you taught me to prepare me for this
eternal journey of happiness. When times are rough or even when things are
going great, I apply the simple things that I was taught from my youth and every
time I have seemed to find success. I love you!
This week was great.
Found some great people but before I explain a little more about them, I want to
talk about transfers. My Yoseuong, 유성 experience is coming to an end. I am so grateful for the
experiences I obtained from my four transfers here in my second area. I learned
countless lessons and I met countless people whom I will remember throughout my life. The Lord sent people in my path to help me at different times here in
this land. I have a big testimony that the Lord will send you those people who
will build you up and who will help you will specific needs that we might have
in our lives. The Lord sent people to me to help build me up and make me a
sharper instrument in His hands.
(This is the Bishop's family in Yoseuong. They have nine kids! Elder Johnson is going to miss this crazy, cute bunch of kids! Elder Holden and Elder Johnson are in the front.)
(Elder Johnson says: "One of my closest
friends. Jimmy Primero")
(Missionaries at the Stake President's Home with his family.)
(On to his next area: OnYang)
I will be transferring
to a bigger branch in a place that is called, OnYang.. 온양. I will be serving with an Elder named
Elder Boombasi. He is from Philippians. I have never met him, but I hear great
things and I hear that they have about five people prepared to receive baptism.
President called me today after transfer calls and told me he is sending me there
to help out with baptisms. If they get about 10 more baptisms, they will be a
ward. I have a big responsibility and I will do everything I can with an
attitude of gratitude and helping there. I know that with the help of the Lord,
I will and can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I will rely on Him and do
everything through Him. I am really focusing on expanding my knowledge of the Savior Jesus Christ. I love Him and I have come to know a little bit of the
role He plays in my life everyday of my mission.
Saying good bye to
everyone will be hard. I love these members and each of the people we are
meeting with. They have changed me in many ways.
Our investigator that
moved to Seoul came back down to Daejeon this week. It was great to meet with
him. He was one of the first people I met here in this area. He explained to me
that the desire of his heart is to be baptized. I am praying for him very
strongly, and I really think he will be baptized in a few months. He told me
that he doesn't have anyone who loves him in his life like we do as
missionaries. I feel a very close bond with him and I pray he is baptized here
in the future.