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.
This week was incredible. So many miracles and so many cool experiences that I will remember for an
First of all, Shout out
to my little brother Big LUKE J. Happy Birthday you, stud. I am looking forward
more and more to seeing you and how much you have changed! I can't believe how
tall and big you look! You're gonna be bigger than me! I hope you had a great
day! I love you.
I guess I will start this
letter off with an amazing experience that Elder Brown and I had with
one of our members, early on this week on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Elder Brown
and I planned to go visit one of our investigators named Wang Su Yun that lives
out by our member in the Country side. It is about one hour from our house which is pretty far and so we have to take a bus for a while, which is fine, but just
takes some time to get there and back.
(Wang Su Yun works at our
member's restaurant where they prepare food for 300 people. She is the head cook and is seriously incredible. Her smile is the greatest thing in the world and
she is always so happy. She has such a pure heart and is the most prepared
person I have seen on my mission. We are teaching her with our member every
week and things are going really great!)
After we got off the bus, Elder Brown and I were just getting ready to pray when our member Brother Kim
Dam Yoon came and passed us in his car. He told us to get in and that she wasn't
yet ready to do a lesson because she wasn't finished cooking for all the
So he told us he was
going to drive us to the very top of the highest mountain (next to his house
which was only like 10 minutes to get to the top.. But it was super high) and
that we would say a prayer and consecrate all of Cheonan.
As we go to the top of
the big mountain, all three of us knelt down and we each said a prayer to
consecrate every area in the Cheonan Zone (we could almost see every area in
our Zone. Our Zone is really big too!..)
The Spirit was so strong. Elder Brown and I both prayed and our member Kim Dam Yoon said a very humble
prayer as well. It was such a cool experience.
(Elder Johnson stated: "The man in the red shirt above is 'the man.' He is our dad here in Korea and is incredible!" He is the brother who took the missionaries to the highest mountain and whose name is Brother Kim Dam Yoon.)
The Zone is doing better
than it ever has! We have 10 baptismal dates which is HUGE. Normally at one time
we have about two to four. So these are huge miracles.
The baptismal service
went really well. The Spirit filled the room with love and many members went
out of their way to make it a great experience for 김용호형제님.
His mother and younger brother made it out to
the baptismal service and we have a great relationship with them, so we will
continue looking for ways to teach them of the Restored Gospel. I have a good
feeling about the younger brother, but I feel as if the Mother will need some
Another quick miracle.
This was super cool!
Elder Brown and I just finished eating and we
felt like we needed to go behind the building a pray.
As we prayed, we asked Heavenly Father to lead
us and guide us and especially help us to remain focused for the rest of the
night and to find His prepared children.
As we got done praying, we were walking and out
of nowhere I had this feeling that we needed to hurry and go over to the train
station area (which was completely the opposite way of where we were going. As
we went over that way, we got rejected a whole bunch. We started to ask each
other why we came over this way.... After about five more minutes, this girl passed
by and we said hello to her. She started speaking really good English and started singing, "Count Your Blessings." We asked
her where she learned and she said that she went to Utah State on an exchange
student trip! She said she roomed with all return Mormon sister missionaries
and she went to church and met with the missionaries. She also told us that she
had planned to be baptized but ended up not making the commitment.
Long story short, she wouldn't accept our
message but was very respectful. I learned again a powerful lesson.
The Lord will always lead you to His prepared
people and well give you what we need to say, but because everyone has their
own personal agency He will not accept the message for them. He will give them
the opportunity and chance but will not accept it for them.
The Lord will always lead us to His prepared
The next person we ran into after talking to
that girl was our investigator who will be baptized in two weeks. SOOOO many
(Elder Johnson reported: "This is our other investigator Wang Su Yun. She is the most pure investigator I have had on my mission. I love her so much, and she is changing my life. She was a referral from Kim Dam Yoon.)
(Elder Johnson: "Our investigator who is getting baptized soon (Moon Jung Sook's son.)