Hi I'm Rodric Johnson
I love to write. I have self-published a couple book and look to do more soon. Writing is a way of living a life different from what I currently have. I wonder about being the man on the street or the lady in the window, so I become those people and live the life. It helps me to appreciate what I have now and strive to improve. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I like to look at my wife while she is interacting with the kids. Sometimes it amazes me how lucky I am to have a wife as great as mine! She is a loving kind lady that accepts me for me and for what I can become, which is very important for me. My kids are kids and behave like kids and I would have it no other way. I love them and the cute things they do. I savor the taste of Pecan Chicken Crunch Salads from Applebee's. I also love the pecan pie, which will be the death of me! Raisin Brand is my favorite cereal. If you didn't know already, chicken is my favorite meat, serve it how you will! I enjoy a good movie, especially action. I absolutely love Jackie Chan! Glorified violence may be wrong, but I am in love with the art of it on film. Will Smith is one of my favorite actors. I graduated with a bachelor in Psychology and a Master in education degrees. I love learning! I hiked Table Mountain in Cape Town and survived! I actually completed P90X. I need to start it again.
Why I am a Mormon
I found Christ as a young man, 15 to be exact. I discovered a copy of the Book of Mormon in my High school library and was converted to Christ by reading it's words. I was introduced to the Gospel by missionaries. I know that Christ lives based on the words I read from the Book of Mormon. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's authorized church because I asked God after I found out if he was real. My life has been a series of blessing ever since I have found that Christ has a church on the Earth that he directly leads. I like knowing that I have access to God in prayer and through His own prophets here on Earth.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
Every day our family prays together and reads the scriptures together. We are a large family and it is a bother just to get breakfast. We struggle through it all! Reading our scriptures and praying helps us to remember how important we are to each other and God. Once a week we have Family Home Evening. During this evening we have a gospel lesson and spend family time together having fun. We tell each other how we feel about each other often and serve each other. I pray for and bless my family members often and live a good honest life because I know that God has blessed families to be together forever if we are righteous. I keep my life straight and God keeps my family straight too.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
We have a connection to our ancestors that drives us to find out more about them so that we can know where our lineage originates. We also believe that God has a plan to bless all the people of the Earth who have lived whether with the gospel of Christ of without it. We find out who our ancestors are so that we can connect to them as we perform special services on their behalf in holy Temples. We believe that through holy services in the temple that we can be connect to our ancestors through Christ all the way back to Adam and Eve. We believe that our ancestors are aware of us and know our daily lives, so we connect with them through memorial services in the Temples that link us together.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
The most precious gift given to me was the knowledge of who I am and why I am here. Ever since Elder Sheridan gave me that knowledge, I have wanted to share it with others--and I did share it. I serve as a missionary in the Cape Town South Africa mission. My reason for going on a mission was to please God. I knew that I could never repay him for the peace that he has given me, but I could offer access to that peace to others in sharing my witness that God lives and that he love us.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I have not always been one for listening, especially listening to God. It was very hard starting out praying for the first time. I had to find out if God really existed. The missionaries challenged me to find out for my self if God was really there instead of just believing He was there only because I heard it all my life. I needed to know for myself. It was a hard challenge for me, but I knew, or I felt that those missionaries were telling me the truth about finding out. They told me that if I prayed to know God was real, he would let me know beyond belief. So, I told God in my first real prayer that the missionaries told me to ask Him if he really was there, so I asked Him. I felt a warm embrace as best I can describe. I felt the word YES in my mind peaceably assure me that God, the God I had always believed in was there! I know that prayer is just me talking to God so I do it often. It helps me to remember my promise to live a decent life and serve others as I serve God. Prayer also reminds me that a loving Heavenly Father is just a prayer away, whether I do it out loud or from my heart in silence.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is make it through the week because of how stressful daily living can be. I have found that after a long hard week of life, to sit in church surrounded by people of like faith gives me strength and power to carry on for the next week. Anyone who thinks that church is not necessary to attend is missing out on extra strength and support in living good clean lives. I feel like I am visiting family every week because of the love a support we offer each other when we worship together at church. I also grow closer to God as I accept and love His other children who may need my support through church attendance. God truly helps the strong to succor the weak, and the wounded soul to be healed through church services. It is not the only way to get His spirit in our lives, but it is an easy way to keep our desires strong from the support of others.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
I lost a close family member that brought me to the brink of snuffing out my own existence! I turned away from God and my family. I was saved from that dark place by accepting help from others. I had to humble myself and allow God to work through other people to help me reattach to live. The principle of humility saved my life as I allowed God to heal me through Christian counseling, prayer and scripture study. Challenges come, and some may seem too hard to bear, but if we humble ourselves and allow God to help us through others we can overcome all of them. Christ's teachings do have the power of both saving us in this life and the next.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
The mission of the church is four-fold to prefect the saints, missionary service, redeem the dead, and support the poor and needy. I attend church as a teacher for my Elders Quorum (a group where men gather to hear how to become better husbands, sons and friends) and I directed our Ward (church) Choir. I served as a missionary for two years and I support the missionary effort now by sharing the gospel and feeding the missionaries. I attend the temple to be connected with my ancestors through the saving ordinances of Jesus Christ. I give to the poor and needy when I can and I will learn to do more.
How I live my faith
I have had many roles in the church, missionary being one of them. I have taught the Sunday School class for adults called Gospel doctrine. I have been a secretary to a Bishop. I have worked with the young men at the stake/diocese level and currently serve as a ward choir director. I seek to befriend as many as will let me and treat all as Christ would. I want the things I do in secret to stay that way so that I do not allow pride to enter in gloating.