could do traveling work. So at age 25, I had the privilege of being a traveling overseer.” Johnson was scared at first with all the responsibility at a young age: “I knew the truth, but I was uncertain about myself, but then I also knew Jehovah would help me. I learned a lot as a young traveling overseer, and I thank Jehovah that the people in the circuits that I served endured those three years that I was with them.” The benefits of being a traveling overseer: “for the congregation, they had somebody who could stay out in field service long hours. And also the younger traveling overseer could relate to the young people and the younger adults in the congregation. There were other benefits that even today different ones that I served in earlier circuits ring forth to me. For example, after having a good time in field service and then the meetings, I would do recreational things with the kids. And we ran track out in the streets, and we played board games, softball, basketball, and then we had good times just talking about the truth and also talking about how you can put your ministry first, and there’s plenty of time for seeking a mate later.” Johnson talks about his time as a single brother and having a wife: “I have enjoyed the best of two worlds. I enjoyed singleness and the blessings Jehovah gave me. But when I was 28 years old, I married a beautiful pioneer sister, and I had already gotten adjusted in my circuit work, this was my second circuit. So, thanks to Jehovah, we were able to be married, and to this day, Gracie and I continue in full-time service after 52 years of marriage.” Johnson and his wife are now doing special pioneer work in Orlando, FL, which makes him have more than 60 years of full-time service to Jehovah. R.P emphasizes the fact that being baptized at such a young age was “the best thing I could’ve done with my life, and I had many opportunities. Jehovah blessed my humble efforts as he has blessed you and others too.” To conclude, Sanderson thanks Johnson for telling his story of joy and blessings because of being baptized and becoming a disciple of Jehovah.
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