Hi I'm J.A. Johnson
My passion is food and family. I strongly believe that family is central to God's plan for us, and what better time to get together than around a table covered in delicious food where you can talk about anything from days gone by to the latest session of General Conference? Meal time is family time, family time is God's plan.
Why I am a Mormon
How to explain why I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... I have done the same things the Church's missionary force asks everyone they teach to do, that is read and pray. Now if you read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ just because it might be an interesting book you probably won't get the answer that it's true. I have Read and prayed and the Spirit of the Lord has testified to me that it is true, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the Church, The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But other than that how can I say? Well, the Spirit of the Lord is hard to describe or give proof of. Feeling the Spirit testify to you is like... salt. You have tasted salt and I haven't, how would you describe it to me? You can't say it's salty, how would you descibe it? That's kinda what describing the Spirit testifying to you is like, it has testified to me the truthfulness of The "Mormon" church but I can't begin to describe it. I am a "Mormon" because I know that this Church is true as surely as I can know. Jesus the Christ is our Lord and Savior. He Atoned for our Sins when He died for us and then rose on the third day. When the Church which He established on the earth was corrupted He removed His authority, and then in the 1800'2 He reestablished it through a farm boy named Joseph Smith Jr. who He called as a Prophet in these days.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
I live with a lot of people, I'm the 5th of 6 kids and we all live together still, with my oldest brothers family, wife and two kids. So we have a lot going on. Due to the fact that we all live the gospel it allows things to work out. If you had 11 people living together that don't have the same values then life wouldn't be so good. It truly proves that you can take people all living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and put them under one roof and it will all work out for the best.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
The Ward, Church group, which I attend experienced a series of deaths among its members some time ago. Some of those deaths were expected since the individuals were elderly, some were not since the individuals were youthful. The first of these deaths was a young woman who was battling cancer. She was the first person I knew that died young, I did not know her well but I did know her family, her death brought to my realization the frailty of our mortal existence. It caused me to take a good look at our Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation or Plan of Happiness. I found that our Loving Heavenly Father does have a plan for us, a way to help us progress. A way to help us, as any loving parent wants, become more like him. We existed before we came to this earthly life, we will exist after, and as Christ did we will regain our physical bodies so that we will be like our Heavenly Father even as Moses saw him, with a body of flesh and bones. Knowing that there is something more after this and that there is a plan in action to help us progress has brought me to terms with our mortal frailties. As I encounter deaths in life, friends, family, strangers, I have no problem accepting that it is all part of the plan which our loving Father in Heaven has for us. I myself do not fear death, it is the next step in the Plan of Happiness that has been laid out for us.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Have you ever felt that burning desire to do something? Whether it be spend that $20 in your pocket or go on a road trip with a friend. In part that is why Mormons go on missions. We believe that we have the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored to the earth today and we feel that burning desire to share that Gospel with the world. The other part to why we serve missions is that we have been asked by God, through His holy prophet whom He has called, to go forth and share the Gospel, so if we have the desire and the request, why wouldnt mormons go on a mission?
How I live my faith
Oh the ways I live my faith. the most basic way that I live my faith is through my words, actions, thoughts, and deeds. I accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be true, including those latter-day revelations that have come to us in our time. I choose to involve myself in the restaurant industry, particularly the cooking aspect. If you are familiar with the career you know that many of those that work it find their way to drugs and alcohol. When I work those I work with see that I do not live like that, I do not drink or use drugs. It is in ways like this that I live my faith, following the commandments of the Lord as revealed to His Chosen Prophet.