January 13, 2014
We had a mission conference with President Archibald this week. It was great, and it was all about the family. How to contact families, how to grab interest, and why we should be looking for families rather than people. It was great. This year, it is now a mission standard to have every missionary say a prayer at 8 in the morning to find families. He also said that if we see a family on the street (mother, father, child) we have to contact them, even if we are going to be late to an appointment. It's a learning process, but it's exciting. We're just trying to learn how to follow up better with the great people we find.
It was awesome too to find so many less actives at church this Sunday. The Canturini family came and were greeted by the stake patriarch that lives in the other ward. When he told them that he's been waiting for them to get their patriarchal blessings, they both thought that it was a heaven-sent sign that God knows them and that it's their time to get active again. Another less-active family that we've been working with was able to talk to the bishop and set a goal on when they can go to the temple as a couple. That was just fantastic.
In a little bit, I'm going to play basketball with a community team that is coached by a reactivating guy in the ward. Of course, all of you who have seen me play basketball must be thinking: "But Elder Johnson, you mustn't play your 100%, or else everyone there will feel terrible about their own basketball skills and then they won't ever listen to the missionary discussions!" I know, I know. But a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers. A silly boy like me needs them sometimes to be able to work well, so thank you. I love you all, and keep up the good work!