Monday, August 6, 2012

It's official, our boy has gone home...

We are always sad when an Elder has served his time and ready to return home to his family.  You get very close to these Elders and learn to love them a great deal.  We have had so many wonderful times with Elder Johnson and made a lot of memories together.  It is his time to return home and he will do so with honor.  We have grown to love him as our own son and wish him the best in his life.  
Sister Tiffany greeting Elder Johnson, who has been serving in Guam as the AP, back to Chuuk with his parents.
1 Corinthians 2:4,5 "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of Spirit and of power; That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God"
Elder Tiffany and Elder Johnson"Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step by step, line upon line. We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We include a continuing commitment to prayer, a willingness to be obedient, and an ongoing witness of the Book of Mormon"
 Elder Johnson with his parents Brother Russell and Sister Joan
We always had Sunday dinner together when Elder J was on Chuuk, so we wanted to share our love with his parents and tell them how much we loved their son with an American meal of meat, potatoes and spaghetti, Elder T made a chocolate cream pie for dessert.   The other gentlemen are visitors to Chuuk working on government projects.  
After their boat ride yesterday, they are just happy Papa Johnson is okay and able to eat dinner with us...
 Elder J's last Chuukese dinner and party @ President Tarsis' home with lots of family... We ate Chuukese dinner of fried breadfruit, cooked banana's, fresh tuna, fried chicken, rice, taro, fresh coconuts and cinnamon rolls.

Through the years we take these important spiritual steps over and over again. We begin to see that “he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (D&C 50:24). Our questions and doubts are resolved or become less concerning to us. Our faith becomes simple and pure. We come to know what we already knew.
 (D&C 43:8,9) "And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other, that ye may know how to act and direct my church, how to act upon the points of my law and commandments, which I have given. And thus ye shall become instructed in the law of my church, and be sanctified by that which ye have received, and ye shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before me" 
All shared a story and testimony with Elder J and his parents.  What a special evening with everyone together.  They sang songs for him and each child and adult came and hugged him goodbye.  Then Elder J sat on the floor with the children and sang songs with them.  
He was a wonderful Elder and friend to all and will be sorely missed here in Chuuk.  
Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts—these are part of our mortality. But we are not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith. Jesus said, “Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).
Kot epwe nom roem ach chu sefan!!

1 comment:

  1. We will never forget the family home evening night with you both and the other wonderful families, many tears were shed. We will never forget you and Elder Tiffany and the friendship and love you showed us! This is so nice to look through. I never want to forget our life-changing experiences in Chuuk. WE LOVE CHUUK!