Here's a look into my mind, life and mission focus, from preparation to service.
Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
February 24th EMAIL! SISTER JOHNSON
I am so glad that you
guys feed the ward missionaries often. I am so grateful to be fed. And I
love it when members ask us what we would like to eat. I always tell
them vegetables. hahahah! Dad told me that you guys sent a picture of
the elders to their moms? I bet they died of happiness. Take care of
them and give them food. hahaha there's a family here- the churchills-
that always give us random food and soda and candy. Although I don't
drink or eat the bad stuff, I'm grateful that they take care of and
watch out for us.
THIS WEEK WAS GOOD.
So WE GOT A NEW INVESTIGATOR. Finally!! haha
His name is Reuben. We were in a neighborhood, parked and sitting
in our car and sister respecia rolled down the window when he walked
past and yelled at him! haha then we had a solid conversation through
the window about the gospel, and gave him a BOM and Restoration pamphlet
and set up an appointment for this week. So we met with him Wednesday
this week, and we brought one of our new ward missionaries with us, his
name is Brother Nunnally. He is passionate about the gospel ahahahah and
hilarious. We were grateful he was there because he pretty much invited
Reuben to do everything we wanted him to do. (after the lesson with bro
nunnally there, he took us to PF Changs. what a gem right?? we are so
taken care of.) Reuben is in his 20s so we probably will have to hand
him over to the YSA missionaries soon.... sad day. anyways. He is mega
involved with his church.. I mean standing on the street corner and
yelling into a mega phone involved... It's legit. He knows the bible so
well also. So we taught him the Restoration. He is super content with
his life and his relationship with Christ and doesn't think he needs
another book or a prophet. But he agreed to read and pray. Anyways, so
Saturday we had a ward activity. A DELICIOUS TACO dinner and auction to
raise money for the youth in the ward to go to scout camp and girls
camp. Anyways. HE CAME. What? right? yeah he came so we ate and IT WAS
SO DELICIOUS. And then we gave him a church tour and when we got to the
chapel, we got in another intense conversation about prophets and Christ
and the Book of Mormon. He hadn't read it at this point. So We HARD
CORE bore testimony to him. He kinda wanted to argue. But we don't argue
as missionaries. So we told him he had to pray and read to know.
Anyways. I have such a strong testimony of the converting power of the
Book of Mormon. I know that Heavenly Father answers the prayers of his
children. And I know that when his children ask if the BOM is true, he
answers the prayer. Conversion to Christ's gospel is impossible without
reading the Book of Mormon AND praying. Everyday. So that night after
the ward activity he text us and said he read and prayed. We have an
appointment with him Wednesday so I will let you know how it goes :)
The Andersons- they came to the ward activity toooo!!!! (they are
the couple that took us out to eat and she text you a picture of us) I
am pretty positive that brother Anderson hasn't been inside a church
building for 20 years, and his wife has never been inside one. (she is
Filipino, did I ever tell you that? and not a member) We found out that
he stopped going to church when he divorced from his wife. ANWAYS talk
about a miracle there. He has never let his home teachers talk about
religion to his wife because she doesn't like to be pushed into
anything. So it was surprising that they have been letting us teach
them. Probably because sister Respecia and his wife speak the same
dialect so they chat in their own language and bond. It's great. such a
testimony that she was sent to this area for a specific reason.
Hopefully we can get him to come back to church. He needs to let the
Savior and Atonement back into his life.
We also got to go to Chipotle this week for dinner! A member just
gave us $ instead of feeding us because they were having some stuff
ALSO there is a woman in my ward named Jakelle. Yes-- she is indeed
white. she is in her 20s and married with two kids. what the random
right? I told her about Jakelle Westergard and she said that her friend
saw a Stay Strong Jakelle sticker once and text her about it. I wish I
had another sticker- I would totally give it to her. Anyways. Gem
moment. Precious tender mercies that the Lord gives me to keep me going.
I'm glad I have Jakelle cheering me on.
OKAY HAVE YOU READ TEH FEBRUARY ENSIGN?? It's the BOMB.
legitimately. And there is a lot about the word of wisdom and health.
Lexi should read it!!! I love all of it. Especially the one called
"Living a Life of Peace, Joy, and Purpose" by Elder Richard G Scott.
Seriously everyone read the entire ensign. It also talks about Noah and
how he lived to be 950 years old. legit right? The ensign is amazing. If
the entire world read this issue, it would solve every problem.
literally every problem.
Some things that I decided this week to implement throughout my life.
I will never give into temptation
I will never let others control me
I will always show my best and true self to the world
and I will let my light so shine so all others can see it and say "she truly is a daughter of god."
I will be valiant in the struggle in the battle for the souls of men and women
I will always fight on the Lord's side
I will always build my character upon the bedrock of integrity
I will always be worth of the spirit, and I will be obedient to it
Satan will never destroy my growing character
I will never look to the wron sources for how to live
I will make decisions based on eternal truths
I will always drink deeply from the fountain of the revealed word of God-personally and as a family
I will hold fast to the word of god
I will be an essential part of the shining light that our country needs
I will build a home centered on Christ
I will stand at all times, in all things, and in all places--for the greater good of the future
I will sacrifice whatever the Lord asks of me and more
I won't be perfect, but I will work to perfect myself in and through Christ- who is the sure way to eternal life
My children will grow up in a haven of goodness
My home will be a rest for the weary.
My life goals.
I love you
I love the gospel
I love my Savior Jesus Christ
I love my Heavenly Father
and I love His children. Especially those children in Ontario.
Love Sister Johnson From: Victoria Paige Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Allison Johnson <email@example.com> Sent: Tue, Feb 18, 2014 4:56 pm Subject: Re: hey hey
story!!! NEVER LET YOUR TEMPLE RECOMMEND EXPIRE. A man we stayed
with in Diamond Bar told me that while he was working in the temple, one
of the counselors of president hinkley came and spoke to those who
worked in the temple and said 1) get your own clothes for the temple
because soon there won't be enough for everyone 2) never let your temple
recommend expire. The temples are all connected together so that they
can live video stream to each other. does that make sense?> so when
Christ comes... and he is speaking in the temple. You will want to be in
the temple, because it will be broadcast to each one. But if the day
the Savior comes is the day yours expires, you're out of luck. crazy
huh?!?! anyways.. there's another temple video coming out soon.. ANOTHER
ahhh that Acai place is out of my mission. If it's in rancho or Ontario or chino or upland I could go? but not