Good story. Thanks!
Awesome story... I take it he did not do the bad deed.
Touching story - thanks for sharing!
I loved this story. Thank-you!
Our choices do have consequences. I'm grateful for his life story and for
his listening to the Spirit. Doing this has changed and blessed me in my life as
Whoa! Amazing stories! Much thanks to Bro. Johnson for what you have done and
for what you have become and thanks to Bro. Wright for this great read.
This story seems very similar to the former Black Panther leader, Eldridge
This is a powerful story of the potential for change. Thank you John Johnson and
"Wright Words." I would enjoy knowing about his family life.
Amazing story! Yes, we can ALL change!
Sometimes, we don't give people the opportunity to change. I'm
grateful for you account and hope it helps me to realize that part of the change
is that we allow people to change. We are required to forgive, and with the
mercy that we mete, that amount will be given to us. Thank you both for an
incredibly moving story.
I served in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission and was privileged to meet John
Johnson. When he'd come out with us, those lessons were so intense! This
man knows the bible backwards. He was awesome! The New Orleans 1st ward is full
of awesome converts.
Isn't it wonderful that we all can change and that the Atonement is there
for each and every one of us. His story is amazing!
Thanks for such an uplifting account of such an uplifting life!
John Johnson is a true example of the changing power of the gospel of Jesus
Christ. I am glad his story was shared, and hope more can hear it. I think it
would be good if we could have him come here to Detroit and give a fireside
Thank you. I needed this for those I care about.
Inspiring. If only this young man could have found the church sooner, his crimes
and misspent youth wouldn't have hurt so many people. Oh well. We've
got him now and better late than never!
Isn't the Atonement a wonderful thing? This short article reinforces the
fact that Satan is alive and well and working against the Kingdom of God.
Just goes to show that God loves everyone of us - He knows us personally,
whether or not we know Him, and He wants us back. I sometimes look at
gangsters, druggies and thugs as "beyond hope", but this story proves
there is hope for us all. Sometimes the greater the change - the greater the
testimony. Way to go Brother Johnson!
RE: The Caravan Moves On: Amazing story! Amazing Grace, how sweet
the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was
blind, but now I see. T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear. And Grace,
my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear The hour I first believed.
But,Moroni 10: Moroni’s words speak from the
‘dust’. KJV compared to(Latin vulgate, Is 29:4), and thy speech
shall whisper out of the ‘dust’. and thy voice shall be from the
earth like that of the “*pythonis=(familiar spirit)”, and out of the
earth thy speech shall mutter. Acts 16:16 And it came to pass , as we
went to prayer a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination=
(*python/Grk,=4436) met us which brought her masters much gain by
This story has touched my heart and confirmed yet once again the true and
miraculous power of the Lord for each of us and the work He does within us. How
grateful I am that I know this and can see the Hand of the Lord in Others, and
in myself. Thank you Bro. Johnson for sharing your story with all of us. Thank
you Bro. Wright for writing his story. The Gospel of Christ is true, the
Atonement is the ultimate miracle!
A wonderful story of the power of the Gospel to change lives. Thanks so much!
What a great story! This is why I read the Deseret News. The regular news is so
negative. This is uplifting. The power of the Savior!
Wow. Just wow.
Thank you, Jason, for yet another influential personal story proving no matter
how hard Satan tries, God is always stronger. We all need to let Him guide
us.Over thirty years ago, I was asked to ghostwrite a book on the
life of Eldridge Cleaver, who at one time had been the Minister of Information
for the Black Panther Party. We worked together for several months before the
project was killed. I was present at his baptism, and can testify the Lord
himself was there, with many generations of his family members, both
pre-existant, and those who had passed. There is a power among the
people of African origin like no other I have known. As we are not accountable
for Adam's transgression, neither are they to be condemned for Cain's.
One day, these people will rise up to be the strongest pillars of
this church and nation. It is up to us to make this happen. If we harbor any ill
will toward people of color or other perceived differences, it is time to
repent. We can do only two things perfectly in this life: forgive, and repent.
Now is the time for both.
I wish Brother Johnson would write his autobiography -- I would like to read it.
I come from a similar background. I am so grateful for the atonement of Christ.
I wish everybody in the world could catch just a glimpse of how lost we all are
The words of Jesus from the New Testament, specifically the beatitudes/sermon on
the mount, is a voice of love and tolerance and forgiveness for one another.That voice is the opposite of the voice that encourages you to do
something that is significantly less than good for those who are your enemies.
WOW! A truly amazing story. Thanks for sharing this DN!
What happened to the original picture that accompanied this article? It showed
Brother Johnson in his military uniform. Something smells fishy here. If a
newspaper is going to edit a story, there should be an editorial comment
inserted explaining that a change was made. Things shouldn't just get
flushed down the memory hole.
What a great story about Bro. Johnson. To me it only goes to show what we teach
in the Church has great relevance to our sojourn in mortality. Sometimes I
forget that everyone on this planet accepted the Plan of Salvation as presented
by Jesus Christ in our pre-mortal existence. We are all Heavenly Father's
children, some of us have lost our way. He is mindful of each of us as is shown
by Bro. Johnson's story. We are, if we choose to be, masters of our
destiny.Our Savior payed the price of redemption for every living soul through
His incomprehensible act of the Atonement. How we use our agency will dictate
who we become in this world. Bro. Johnson thank you for your courage, and
realizing our responsibility to share what we know with the rest of the world.
Every member a missionary!
You're right Newt Observer. It is a conspiracy solely based on a picture of
the man about whom this article was written.It is possible that
originally the wrong picture was posted with the article. It is not and uncommon
occurrence in news media. Did the story get changed too? I don't think so.
Too bad you were seemingly focused on a picture that may or may not
exist and thus unable to feel the message.
RE:iron&clay,The words of Jesus from the New Testament, specifically the
sermon on the mount.3 Nephi 13:12, (Jesus)“ deliver us from
evil”( Poor KJV translation). Did Jesus teach the Nephites an abstract
prayer in 34 A.D.? “As translated correctly”, Mt 6:13
NIV is “deliver us from “the evil one”= ( Greek, ho poneros,
Satan).The presence of the article indicates not evil in general, but the
evil one himself(Satan). In the context of Matthew's Gospel, such
deliverance from the devil is linked to Jesus' temptation in 4:1-10:
Because the Spirit led him into temptation by the evil one. Also, JS
was unaware that “Erasmus added the doxology to the Mt 6:13 KJV, see 3
Nephi 13: 13. Per, Mormon scholar Stan Larson
Not long ago I had a conversation with a young black male who appeared to be as
lost, angry, and tortured as this man once was. This is a conversion story far
more impressive than my own, and it reinforces the Book of Mormon's promise
that salvation through the Gospel is available to everyone, black and white, Jew
and Gentile, male and female.
Awesome article. Thanks sharing this!
What an inspiration Brother Johnson is to the world. I am a life member, a
former Naval Officer, and a retired Airline Captain. When I read about a great
man like this I salute him with the highest of honor and respect. Thanks for
following your conscience and being a missionary to the world.