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Hi I'm Troy Johnson

I live in Virginia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from UT. It was a great place to grow up and I was blessed to have wonderful friends. I didn't start getting interested in the Church until the end of my 10th grade year when I met two amazing friends. Before I met them, religion was not something I was interested in at all. In fact, I shunned it. After looking back on my life, I can easily identify specific pivot points where my life took a different direction. Meeting these two friends was definitely one of those turning points. Through their good influence, I eventually came to the realization that spirituality was something to be desired, not ignored. I learned that doing the right thing and striving to keep the commandments did not mean you had to be dull and that you couldn't have any fun. Through my newly found friends, I met many other great friends that encouraged me to eventually go on a mission. One summer, we did nothing else but practice diving at a local country club. It was the only place in town with a high dive, and we were obsessed with outdoing each-other with our daring acrobatics. We met a girl there who was part of the high school dive team I had no idea we even had a dive team. She said we were pretty good, and encouraged us to try out for the team, so we did. Since the team was so small, there weren't really any try-outs, so we made the team. After one dive practice, the coach asked if I would be interested in joining the swim team. My first reaction was NO WAY! I wasn't about the wear a Speedo. My coach assured me that I could wear my swimming trunks if I would at least give it a shot the diving coach was also the swim coach. I agreed. I had no idea what was in store for me. Apparently, I had some potential and my coach did a great job encouraging me. Swimming gave me badly needed confidence. During my 11th grade year, I progressed very quickly and into my 12th grade year I was competing at a state level. I understood, even then, that this was something the Lord was blessing me with. Due to the blessings the Lord gave me, I had to opportunity to attend a nearby college under a swimming scholarship. What I didn't understand is that the Lord actually wanted me to serve a mission before college. As I was getting ready to head out to college the car was on and my mom was in the driver’s seat waiting for me, the phone rang. It was the assistant coach. He told me that there was a problem with my admissions and that I would not be able to attend the first semester of school. I was devastated. As time stood still, I remember thinking vividly to myself What now? The answer came so clear to me You are to serve a mission instead. So at that very moment, I told the coach that I would not be attending school next semester and that I was going on a mission instead. He was shocked but respected my decision. Over the next year, I prepared myself to serve a faithful mission. I lived with my uncle in California saving money. He was an absolute inspiration for me. It was there that my testimony grew leaps and bounds. My uncle's love for the Lord and his beaming testimony gave me the much needed light to prepare myself. Finally, the time came when I received the letter for my mission call. I remember opening that letter like it was yesterday. I got called to serve my mission in Italy. I was thrilled! I reported to the MTC two months later and immersed myself in the Italian language and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After two months in the MTC, I was shipped off to preach the gospel to the Italians. The next two years were by far the best two years of my life. I learned tremendous skills that I still use this day. The Lord blessed me with mighty experiences that have contributed to who I am today. I often think of my days as a missionary and I am eager for the time when I can return on a mission and serve with my lovely wife. When I got home from my mission, I decided that the college that offered me a scholarship was not the school for me and I wanted to try a church school. Unfortunately, the swimming coach didn't really give me the time of day, so I headed over to another school in the area. Indeed, that was where I was supposed to be. I was lucky enough to make the team. I remember being so out of shape from my mission I wondered if my talent in swimming had peaked in high school. Nevertheless, I push forward and worked hard. Quickly, the Lord delivered again. Over the next two years, I was able to compete at a conference level which opened even more doors for me. I came to the realization that I wanted to experience life outside Utah, so I started looking for schools where I could transfer. Since I had no money and my mother was in no situation to provide financial assistance for college, I had to lean heavily on my athletic abilities to gain an education. Eventually, I decided that VA was the place for me. The Lord again blessed me with the financial assistance to attend this wonderful school. I finished the next two years of school and swimming in VA where I graduated with a double major Economics and Italian. I constantly would look back on my life's trail and be struck by how obvious it was that the Lord was leading me. I was just following the bread-crumb trail. How lucky I was to be led to VA as this is the place where I met my sweetheart. After dating about 10 months, we were engaged to be married 2 1/2 months later. We got married in the temple. At the time I wrote this, we have been married for nearly 8 years. Our first year was quite an adjustment! I can honestly say that each year after that has been a better year and our love has grown into something priceless. We now have 2 boys another boy on the way. Our sons have brought indescribable joy into our lives. I know the Lord gives us families to understand a little more about the Love He has for each one of us. My family means everything to me, and His family means everything to Him too. Right now, my wife and I own a small business and we feel tremendously blessed. We are very busy with our church callings and we grow each and every day we serve. I have grown to love the saints in VA as my own family. Truly, the Gospel is a way of life, not a Sunday activity. We are anxious as we await the arrival of our new baby boy. I catch myself day-dreaming at work about what he will look like, what kinds of things he will like to do, and my hopes of him being a righteous priesthood holder. I can think of no better way than to thank the Lord for me blessings than to do what he asks of me. Although I don't always succeed, I will never cease trying and my greatest desire is to become worthy to meet him again by becoming a better father, husband, and through faithful service.  

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in Utah, I've always been exposed to the church. Some can make the case that I am a Mormon because it was part of my culture. Although I was raised being surrounded by Mormons, we all have a choice to follow what we feel is right or depart from it. Over my life, the Lord has led me to where I am now. Eventually, if you keep following those bread crumb trails you're gonna get somewhere. I am a Mormon because I have followed my heart to do what I feel the Lord wants me to do. I have received a witness time and time again that this is His true church. I have experienced mighty miracles confirming the truthfulness of His restored Gospel. I am a Mormon because the Lord brought me here and has whispered to me that it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by my actions. I believe deeply that faith is not found in mighty thinking, pondering, or hoping intensely. Faith is found in doing. I show the Lord that I have faith by obeying his commandments. I live my faith every time I make a mistake and force myself to say I am sorry. I live my faith each time I kiss my wife and tell her I love her. I live my faith every time I read my scriptures and pray with my family. I live my faith every time I overcome temptation and choose a "more excellent way." I live my faith when my life is in harmony with the Master’s will.