Alabama missionary shares conversion story

She wasn’t interested in the Church. Now, she’s a full-time missionary

It took the world shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic for Sister Monica Johnson to seriously consider joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Alabama missionary shares conversion story

That’s how the young woman from Texas described her journey towards baptism and serving a mission.

It was October 2020 and she was stuck in her college dorm room. Classes were online only, campus jobs weren’t hiring and businesses were shut down. With nowhere to go and nothing to do — and despite previously deciding she wasn’t interested in the Church —Sister Johnson decided she might as well accept a Latter-day Saint friend’s invitation to watch general conference.

She wasn’t impressed at first. “I was like, ‘This is really weird. It’s a bunch of old guys.’ And I didn’t understand anything at all.”

But she kept watching, if only because she had nothing else to do. And then President Russell M. Nelson stood during the Sunday morning session and delivered his talk, “Let God Prevail.”

“You could tell that he was a man of God. His blue eyes were just so pure,” Sister Johnson said. “They were the kindest eyes I’d ever seen, and I just remember crying.”

Sister Johnson, who is now serving in the Alabama Birmingham Mission, recently shared her conversion story with Church News.

While her life hasn’t always been easy, she’s grateful to be where she is now. “In my patriarchal blessing, it says God has labored me in His hands until it was time for me to meet the Church. … God was preparing me for this moment.”



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