June 8, 2010
Well, it’s official. Johnson is a full-time missionary. He was set apart in Kathy Feeny’s beautiful cabin at Promontory Ranch in Park City, Utah. Our family was joined by the Mechams and Doug represented Bishop Bennion as a member of the bishopric. Everyone in our family bore powerful testimonies. I cannot recall a more powerful, spiritual combined experience that was shared by our entire family. It is clear that Johnson has been a great example for his siblings and an easy child to raise. Mary shared a great scripture from Moroni 8:1-3, which reads, “An epistle of my father, written to me, Moroni; and it was written unto me soon after my calling to the ministry. And on this wise did he write unto me, saying: ‘My beloved son, Moroni, I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you, and hath called you to his ministry, and to his holy work. I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end.'” How apropos!
I set Johnson apart as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to labor in the Singapore Mission, speaking Mandarin Chinese. This is an experience that is not so new to him. In pre-mortality, after God’s plan was presented, but before the War in Heaven, Johnson was one of the noble and great ones who believed that Christ could do what he said he could. He counseled, testified and persuaded others to believe and was, therefore, an “advocate of the Atonement.” Whereas he testified as to what Christ would do then, he will now testify about what he did do.
Elder Moody was blessed with the understanding that his life has prepared him as a leader in God’s kingdom. He has had experiences and he has excelled in areas that will bless him to be an example to others. Leadership opportunities will come quickly and he will have a wide sphere of influence on other missionaries.
I blessed him with the gift of observation; to watch, listen, learn and feel from others. If Johnson will knock and ask for discernment, he will then be blessed with that spiritual gift that will make him a more effective missionary. He will understand the hearts and minds of the people he will meet. He will be led to areas, homes, families and individuals. From time to time he will also understand the thoughts and feelings of his companion, and with the gift of discernment will be able to counsel with his companion and others and will be able to counsel them through difficult times.
He was blessed with the gift of tongues that will manifest itself in at least two ways. Mandarin will come quickly to him. His mind will be expanded and his capacity learn will be increased. Once he is in Singapore, he will also be blessed to speak and understand this and other languages. The the language of the Spirit, he will realize that he is the recipient of this blessing.
Although he is promised the gift of ministering angels already, grandmothers and great-grandparents from the other side of the veil will minister to him in the mission field, going before him, being round about him and bearing him up. They will strengthen him and protect him, leading him away from and even out of danger.
He is a pioneer in Singapore and will build the kingdom of God in the branches of the Church in Malaysia. The work he does in those branches will build the Church and they will one day be wards and stakes of Zion. Many will hold his name in honorable remembrance as the Lord’s representative who brought to them the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He was blessed to be bold and courageous as he teaches about Heavenly Father, the Lord, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost and the restored gospel.
He was blessed with health and strength to carry out the responsibilities that are now his. His family will be blessed as a result of his service and sacrifice; testimonies will be strengthen and they will attribute their blessings to his service.
Elder Moody was blessed with a good relationship with his mission president. He was counseled to take careful notes of his mission president’s teachings, lessons and interviews. If he follows that counsel he will be added upon.
Heavenly Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ, love him. They will watch over him and bless him as he carries the good news of the gospel to this part of the world. He has developed a kind and fun loving personality. Be happy and find joy in the work. Some around you will think missionaries always have to be serious. His warmth and ability to be happy will be a blessing to those around him and they will be happier missionaries as a result of him.
We love him and are proud and excited for the opportunity ahead of him! What an incredible evening! We could not be more proud.