Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PPM Senior "Moments"

On Saturday 23 April 2016 the Senior Missionaries throughout the PPM gathered for a special day together to share testimonies and wisdom they have gleaned through their service.  Elder Russell M Nelson recently shared these thoughts:

Senior couples in the PPM truly bless many lives and strengthen the work of the Lord here in ways that only they can.  Their unique experiences, talents, testimonies and wisdom have a profound influence on the members, young missionaries and those seeking to know more.  We are so grateful for their willingness to serve in this mission.  

One of the activities enjoyed by all was a trip up the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh:

Sister and Elder Woolley

Rick and Lori Casler (Sister Casler is the new mission secretary)

Elder Clarkson (fleet coordinator for the past year) and Elder Haroldsen (new fleet coordinator)

Elder and Sister Gardner (oversee financial and housing) in the office

Elder and Sister Clarkson (has been the fleet coordinator and the mission secretary)

Left:  Elder and Sister Butler (Pittsburgh), Elder Clarkson (office), Elder and Sister Christensen (Area Mental Health Advisor), Brother and Sister Casler (office),  Elder and Sister Gardner (office), Elder and Sister Haroldsen (office),  President and Sister Johnson, Elder and Sister Samuelson (Williamsport), Sister Clarkson (office), and Elder and Sister Woolley (Gettysburg)

Elder Butler took a panorama of Pittsburgh from the overlook.

Time for lunch!

Elder and Sister Gardner did a wonderful job organizing the conference.

Elder Butler

Let's eat!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Update on Sister Young

Sunday night was one of the best moments of the 22 months we have served in this mission.  We had a “Why I Believe” fireside in Harrisburg.  One thing made this one especially inspiring, moving and unforgettable -- a surprise guest.


About 15 minutes before the start of the fireside, as the missionary choir was finishing their rehearsal, Sister Rachel Young and her parents walked in the chapel.  This was an electrical moment that everyone in the chapel felt – especially the missionaries.  I wish we had captured the missionaries’ faces when they realized she was there, in person. All were surprised (none more than Sister Johnson and me as that afternoon we had spent an hour with them at the hospital, and they had not given any indication they would be attending the fireside). 


She sang in the choir and bore a powerful testimony of the Savior.


This afternoon Sister Young’s mother texted:


“Rachel is out of surgery; all went well. We will go to her room soon.  She will be in sicu (Surgery Intensive Care Unit) at least tonight, maybe a couple days.”


Thanks to all who fasted and prayed for Sister Young on this surgery.  We pray she recovers quickly and will be able to fly home to Nevada in a few weeks.


God bless,


President Johnson

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Visit With Sister Young

Sister Rachel Young has been in the hospital for 2 months now following a tragic car accident.  She was in intensive care for 3 1/2 weeks and then in Hershey Medical Center for 2 weeks.  She endured 8 surgeries.  She was transferred over to the Rehab Hospital and has been doing intensive physical therapy for several weeks.  She has had an amazing attitude and relied heavily on her beautiful faith in Jesus Christ.  There have been many miracles along with many setbacks and hurdles to overcome.  She is fighting an amazing fight and has made remarkable progress!  Tomorrow, 12-April-2016 she faces yet another surgery.  

We invite everyone who will join with us to pray for Sister Young and for the Dr.s who attend her that they will be guided.
 We love this amazing missionary!

Gordon, Rachel and Linda Young.  Her mom and dad have been here cheering her on every step of the way!

Sister Young is an artist and has produced some very special art during her recovery. 

Sister Young's tribute to Sister Wells. . .

"Called to Serve"

"You are assigned to do the Lord’s work in a specific area. He wants you to watch over your area with love and great care."       Preach My Gospel

As President Johnson and I travel throughout the mission doing interviews and some training at district meetings we are ever inspired by the dedication, preparation, and growing testimonies of the Lord's missionaries.

Franklin District
Sisters Blackwell, Hansen, Elder Aitken, Pres. Johnson, Elder Boyes, Sisters Birch and Pena

Erie District
Front:  Elders Elkins, Uchytil , Rackham, and Bramwell
Back:  Sister Hamblin, Pres. Johnson, Sister Jensen

Jamestown District
Front:  Elders Elliot, Syndergaard, and Millis
Middle:  Elders Kapp, Story and Williamson
Back:  Elders Gull, Andrade, and  Pres. Johnson

Philipsburg District
Front:  Elder Holman, Pres. Johnson, and Rose
Back:  Sisters Simonsen, DeMille, Paine and Hale

We arrived just in time to share Happy Birthday with Sister DeMille!

Bread Making Contest in Phillipsburg
Each companionship scored a blue ribbon!  (Judges were pleased to do the tasting!)

University District
Front:  Sisters Wong, Ewell, Chuah and Wadsworth
Back:  Elder Eubank, Pres. Johnson, and Elder Robertson

"I bear you my witness that the Lord's pattern found in a committment invitation is inspired and, if extended properly- including promised blessings, powerful testimony, and earnest followup - will result in more of God's children experiencing the miracle of conversion. "Bishop W. Christopher Waddell

McKeesport District
Front:  Elders O'Keefe, Isom, Pres. Johnson, Elders Pirzadeh, and Mueller
Back:  Sisters Johnson, Beutler, Johnson and Welch

Gettysburg District
Front:  Sisters Wall, Smith, Woolley and Collins
Back:  Elders Ross, Tengberg, Pres. Johnson, Elder Woolley and Sister Manumaleuna 

Shrewsbury District
Front:  Sisters Blake and Sibley, Elders Vu and Meija
Back:  Elders Gates, Stevens, Pres. Johnson, Elders Spencer and Spencer!

Elizabethtown District
Back:  Elders Baxter, Gehrke, Duffy, Pres. Johnson, Elders La Fon, Hawley, and Davis
Front:  Sisters Davis, Johnson, and Hokafonu 

Lancaster District 
Back:  Elders Lundgren, Camp, Garduno, Pres. Johnson, Elder Woll
Front:  Sisters Busath, Canseco, Wilson and Sears

Harrisburg District 
Back:  Pres. Johnson, Elders Shephard, Herzog and Walker
Front:  Sister Johnson, Elders Gee, Ibarra, and Bryant

Camp Hill District
Back:  Pres. Johnson, Elders Ramos, Poulsen, and Wilson
Front:  Sisters Johnson, Harlan, Simpson, Palmer, Roden and Elder Hinckley 

Hershey District
Back:  Sisters Johnson, Ewing-DiBari, Maya, Wyasket and Forrest
Front:  President Johnson, Elders Renteria, VanLeeuwen,and Adams

Altoona District
Front:  Elders Averett, Cluff and Haskins
Back:  Elder Johnson, Pres. Johnson, Elders Hansen and Richens

Johnstown District 
Left:  Elders Cook, Segon, Woods, Pres. Johnson, Elders Wilt, Draper and Beal

Beaver District
Front:  Elders Foster and Pennington 
Sisters Bartlett, Smith, O'Reilly, Kwasney and Johnson
Back:  Elders Liston, Masina, and  Pres. Johnson

Cranberry District
Front:  Sisters Nelson, Wayman, Huffaker, Oliver and Johnson
Back:  Elders Mink, Cahoon, Schofield, Tunquist and President Johnson

Wheeling District
Sisters Johnson, Johnson and Roberts
President Johnson, Elders Taylor, Geockeritz, Mills and Hughes

Washington District
Sisters Johnson, Amendola, Thompson and Christensen
President Johnson, Elders Moon, Parke, Hummer, Cuthbert, and Christensen

Pitt 7 District
President and Sister Johnson, Sister and Elder Butler
Elders Hansen, Baker, Worsham and Ekins

Greensburg District
Elder Loreto, President Johnson and Elder Christensen 
Sisters Penrod, Taunima, Campbell and McDonald

Freeport District
Left Front:  Elders Wadsworth, Rayburn, Sisters Meyers and Jex
Back:  Elders Woodbury, Tidwell, Chafin, President Johnson and Elder Bates

Towanda District
Elder and Sister Samuelson, Elder Halls and Kotter
Back:  President Johnson, Elder Holdaway and Elder Montgomery

Williamsport District
Sisters Morrison, Allen, Roberts, Durfee, Elder Swisher and Sister Johnson
Elders Hyer, Davidson, Bell and President Johnson

Lewisburg District
Sisters Thorson, Schofield, Farnes and Crockett
Elders Holbrook, Saylor, Haroldsen, Selfridge and President Johnson

Chambersburg District
Sisters Durrant, Johnson, Evanson and Smith
Elder Hatch, President Johnson, Elders Perry, Gray and Coburn

Carlisle District
Sisters Noorlander, Faamaile, Johnson, Neville and Crisp
Elders Howard, Lebaron, President Johnson, Elders English and Smedley

Greentree District
Front:  Elders Bramwell, Slade, Posada, Wood and Whitby
Back:  President Johnson, Elders Ord, Miller and May

Pittsburgh District
Elders Wilkins, Nelson, Furniss, White, Devey and Lundberg

State College District
Sisters Brown and Hartman
Elders Simmons, Smith, Calaway and Curtis