Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017 - Here comes the sun!

This weeks weather has been top notch!!!!!! It's been in the 70s and I'm dying of heat but loving every second of it!!!

Last Monday we put our beloved Gavin on date for August 5! His dad (who got baptized last Saturday) will be baptizing him and hopefully his brother :) We are so excited for them!!!!! We also helped out at the food bank again with Betty and Steve, which Is always a good time.
1- sisters in the zone
Wednesday was a rough day. We started a 40 day fast with both wards, and every time there is a blank day for either wards we fast to fill it, cuz at least one family needs to be fasting for 40 days straight. Well we had the privilege of fasting on Sunday and on Wednesday. Sunday wasn't to bad cuz we were inside most of the day for church. But Wednesday we both were dying. It was hot, and we were out tracting most of the day. It was hard.
BUT, we saw so many miracles, in every street we tracted on we found at last one reason the Lord wanted us to be on that street at that particular time. My favorite miracle was we were just about done tracting this one street and on our way back to the car we passed one of our former investigators house. As we passed she had just come outside to take her kids to speech therapy. So we were able to talk with her. She said she wants to raise her kids in the Mormon church but her husband wants to go to the Catholic Church so they are still working on that. She also said she lost the Book of Mormon we gave her, so we gave her another one. It was great! She is so prepared
I just want to teach her, but patience is a virtue and we will work on the Lord's timing, not mine.

2- lemonade stand
Thursday we got to help out at the nature center. We helped fix a bridge that the earth was trying to swallow up. The ground literally looked like jello it was so wet. Poor B smashed his finger. He's a trooper! Sis. Dunlop and I have decided that Brent will someday be a Mormon. Every Thursday he always has questions he asks us. Either
about the church or our missions, then every time we are about to invite him to church or to figure out what he believes he quickly changes the subject or says something sarcastic. Like we almost invited him to church and he stopped us, spread out his arms, and said "ladies, this is my church" (referring to the woods and nature) "I take care of God's garden".  We shot back "ya, and we take care of God's children, so we would love to see you at church on Sunday!" He just laughed and rolled his eyes..... we were only half joking.... someday B, someday!

3- idk what's happening here
Friday and Saturday were super exciting! We got to help out at Bear Paw! It's a festival that goes down in Eagle River. They have rides, booths, games, food, you name it it's probs here! On Friday they have what is called the Teddy Bear Picnic where families bring their kids and a stuffed animal and play games with their animals and just have a good ole time. I got to hand out medals to each kid, and help out at a bean bag toss. Then On Saturday we did crowd control for the parade where we walked up and down the parade keeping kids out of the street.
A lady got mad at Ssis. Dunlop for how unevenly the candy was distributed throughout the parade...... she was probs just having a bad day, but other then that it all went pretty smoothly! 

4- dinosaurs
After the parade the Beach Lake sisters (sisters Randall and Clawson) and us set up a free cookies and lemonade stand. The Beach Lake members made the sign and cookies and we made the lemonade. It was fun! Lots of people saw us and took some refreshments! We gave away five boms!!!! This one lady we offered her some lemonade and cookies and she was like " actually could I just get a Book of Mormon?" And we were like "heck yes!!!!!!" (No she was not a member). She said her sister was a Mormon so she wanted to learn more about what her sister believed in. And this other guy with a cool afro asked if he could take a Book of Mormon. We gave him one and lemonade and all the flavors of cookies we had and he was like "dang! I got the whole package!"........ almost sir, almost. He only got half the package, the rest is waiting at the temple. :) Alsm by skin is not used to all this sun! For the first time on my mission I am sunburned! My arms are so red!!!!

5- we were working, I promise!!!
Anyways I love you all!!! Make good choices! The church is true and will bless your life! In the Book of Mormon it says over and over and over again "keep Gods commandments and you will prosper in the land", whether that is in Utah, on a mission in Alaska, or in Fiji. Whether prospering means finding investigators, or just having enough money to buy groceries. The Lord promises if you are obedient to the commandments, any commandments he gives, whether it's mission rules, or keeping the Word of Wisdom, the Lord always keeps his promises and you
will prosper!!!!!

Xxoxoxoxoxox
Love,
😊sis. Johnson




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10, 2017 - Happy 4th!

Hello everyone!

So this week was pretty grand we had the Fourth of July, that was fun. We didn't get to watch any of the fireworks because it was at midnight and it we were sleeping. They do it at midnight because it doesn't even get dark enough to see the fireworks until midnight so that's how that happened. We also got to walk around the parade that the city put on, you talk to a lot of super nice people and they even gave us some food so that was very nice of them.

Happy 4th!



We had zone conference this week and I met the new mission president, he is the best! He is super nice and zone conference was super spiritual. I got to see a video of myself opening my mission call forever ago.. So that was weird... but it was good motivation to remember to work hard!

This week we tracted in the bear mountain area and it rained all day long and we were soaking wet! It hasn't rained like that in forever. But it was fun. We also saw lots of fireweed so that means winter is coming soon.





Zone conference

It was also Sister Dunlop's birthday yesterday, she is now 20! We had a birthday party for her and for Brother K, the Mount Baldy ward mission leader, because it was also his birthday! So that was exciting, they had birthday cake and balloons and everything.


 Buster the bear outside our window


Anyways, I love you all lots hope you had a great week and remember who you are and what you stand for because that's important to know. Remember that Heavenly Father  loves you and so do I!



😊 sis. Johnson


The great Alaska



July 3, 2017 - Transfers and stuff

Heylo!

Last Monday we had a zone BBQ cuz it was the last one of the transfer and two of our elders were going home so that was fun! We also taught Gavin, he is still my favorite person!

Tuesday we helped out at the food pantry with Betty and Steve.

Wednesday I shipped off Sis. Anderson to the Palmer Lazy Mountain Ward and picked up Sis. Dunlop my new companion! She's the cutest! We also had our last lesson with Sherri before she moves to Ohio! πŸ˜₯ but it's
ok she's in good hands with the mission over there!

Thursday we had a pass off lesson with the YSA elders with Ripleigh. So basically we are giving all our people away...... except Gavin!!!!;) we also got to help out at the nature center. We helped build a trail! That was freaking awesome! I love love love the people there! They are the best!!!!! Oh and guess what! I saw another bear!!!!!!!!!! This time Sis. Dunlop and I went for a walk for our morning exercise and as we were walking down the road a bear dashed out in front of us to cross the street. We got scared and ran all the way back to he apartment where we hopped in the car and went on a bear hunt!!!!! Don't worry we were safe.  We did find it. He was right next door to us. In all this excitement we didn't get a picture so you'll have to take my word for it ;)

#prayersareanswered🐻
Love you all!!!!
Sis. Johnson

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017 - Grizzly bear!!!!

Hello people!

This week was super exciting!

Starting with Monday, we had a lesson with Gaviny. He is the cutest little 9year old ever! I love that family!!!! His mom was baptized about a year and a half ago and has gone through the temple and goes every week. His dad is taking the lessons now I and is getting baptized the first week of July. And now Gavin is taking the lessons and is so excited to be baptized! I love them!!!  We also stopped by a less active family in the Mount Baldy Ward. It's always crazy when we go over there but we managed to squeeze in a little video message. Their 17 year old said
she needed to come back to church. So we are going to help her with that!

President Nelson
Tuesday we helped out at the food bank. Steve and Betty are still some of my favorite people. We also read the Book of Mormon  with another less active family in the Mount Baldy Ward. Wednesday we did service for a lady in Mount Baldy Ward as well. She is working to go to the temple! We also met with a sister in the Eagle River Valley Ward. She is the cutest! She keeps telling us we are bringing back in a lost sheep. She's so cute and super sincere! We also had a lesson with another sister again. She is doing super great, but sadly moving soon :(

This is Sherri Polling

Thursday we did service at the nature center. We filled holes and fixed a bridge (rather we watched Brent fix a bridge while we cheered him on and gave him moral support).  We also had another lesson with Gavin. I sure love that kid!

Friday we went to the senior center and played bowling with them. Robert won... Again! He always wins haha then Friday night we went tracting. Now this is a cool story! It had been a pretty rough day. Persecution was stronger then normal and we were tired of not being treated like humans, it had just been rough. Well after all that fun
stuff we had now planned on going tracting. I didn't have the best attitude about it. I have never been a fan of tracting even on a good day. Sis. Anderson and I were being Laman and Lemuel and we had a murmur session.
Well we went tracting  anyways. Luckily the street was full of nice people. We got to the second to last house and this super nice catholic lady comes out and asks what she can do to help us. And it was a genuine question, she really wanted to help. She said she had a Mormon friend who had a missionary son. She took out pictures and sent them to our parents. She wasn't interested but just a nice person, really gave me an attitude adjustment.

Then we knocked on the next door, the last one of the street. And we asked if we could share a message about the Book of Mormon  and Jesus Christ. She said she loves talking about Jesus and invited us in. She gave us water and had so many questions! We were able to give her a Book of Mormon  she loved it, she said it made sense, it was the connection of the Bible to our day. We were like yes! We shared the restoration with her and talked about the church. It was awesome!

Even when your natural man tried to take over the Lord will still bless you so much just for trying and pushing through. That is what enduring to the end and the atonement do for us. No matter what we are going through, keep trying, use the atonement, and the Lord will bless you. He knows each of us and hears us, even if we don't necessarily pray for that things, he knows all about it!

Also we got transfer calls this week. I'm staying here in Eagle River with my new comp Sis. Dunlop and Sis. Anderson is going to Palmer in the Lazy Mountain Ward!

The view from the Young's mountain


Anyways I love you all! Have a great week!

Sis. Johnson

P.s. Oh ya and I saw a Grizzly bear on Sunday! We were eating with the Youngs (a couple in the ward) and it was nice outside so we went out to eat. They live in the mountains, and have this nice little tented gazebo type area a ways from their house, so we had a picnic. Well a little while through a Grizzly popped his head out of the grass not too far from where we were and stared us down. It was exciting! Don't worry we made it to the car safely, no one was hurt ;)
The bear, he's closer in real life, the pic doesn't do him justice!




5. A bee attacked us last Monday...

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Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 - Hi!

This week was good! We were able to help out a few of our members with service. Summer is rough cuz our members disappear to go do fun things! Like what the heck? Haha that sums up a summer in Alaska for you lol but it's ok, the few who stay behind are awesome and let us do things for them.

Exchanges

Anyways we had a sisters meeting this week so I got to go to Anchorage and all the sisters in the mission were there. Except the ones in fbx, Juneau, and soldotna, they were over pbc (a Skype type system) it was nice to see everyone! It was the last time I would see President Robinson in Alaska though.. so it was awesome to be able to hear his departing testimony. We get a new mission president within the next few weeks so that'll be exciting.
#alaskapride  house we found while tracting


We also had exchanges this week! I went with sis. Johnson in the colony Ward out in Palmer. Biggest tender mercy of my life! While doing service at the bishop's storehouse I saw two of my favorite families ever from the Memory Lake Ward!!!!! It was awesome! It was also fun to be the johnson twins for a day. Haha 

Johnson &Johnson


Anyways that sums up my week love you all!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017 - All the things

Ssssoooooooooooo much has happened this week!!!! Hopefully I remember it all! Starting with Monday my district went hiking!!! It was super fun! It rained a little so we got muddy but it was a blast! Pictures will
follow, don't worry! We hiked up to Symphony Lake where there was this random little check like cabin and one of the elders brought a hammock so we hammocked and chilled there awhile. It was fantastic!


1,2,3- jumping pics on a rock, this is my district...




Tuesday we did service at the food pantry. Steve and Betty are the cute little old family that have to put us to work, poor things. But no worries, we don't cause too much trouble :) and we finally got in with a less active family we have been trying for ever. Most families are gone now a days cuz its summer time, so everyone is out camping or fishing and no one is home!!! It's makes my job a tad bit complicated. But anyways these guys were finally home and we are going to start reading the Book of Mormon  with them :)


Wednesday we did service for a less active member. We helped clean her house. Then we went to try another less active in Eagle River Valley Ward and she was home and let us in! She sat us down and said "alright, start from the beginning" like she was waiting for us or something. It was sweet! We are going to start teaching her the discussions. Then we tried to contact a former investigator, she's awesome! Then we had a lesson with another investigator. We watched the restoration (can I just say I love that movie!!! Like a lot!!!!!!) the spirit was super strong and we were able to talk about why she was dragging her feet to be baptized. She's a gem!

4. Hammocking

5. Me and sis. Anderson

Thursday we volunteered at the nature center. Now, I want everyone reading this to pay super close attention! In the 16 almost 17 months I have been on my mission in Alaska, never have I seen a bear................ but guess what! I SAW A BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool! Before we left the apartment this morning I said the prayer. Then as an after thought at the end I threw in that we would really like to see a bear, from a safe distance. Well everyone, no matter how silly or little or insignificant our requests may be, if they are important
to us, they are important to the Lord. He hears and answers prayers. I prayed to see a bear, and I saw a bear!!!!!!!!! It was in a tree near one of the trails. It was amazing! 

8.can you see the bear?????
But even more amazing was what happened Friday. Friday an apostle of the Lord visited Alaska. President Nelson  came up to speak to the youth at their youth conference. And while he was here he wanted to meet with the missionaries. It was amazing! I got to shake his hand!!!!!!!!!!! With him was his wife, Sis. Nelson, Elder Gong of the 70 and his wife, and Elder Murray in the  area 70. It was cool. The spirit was so strong! I have never been so close to an apostle before!!!! They each spoke on different things but the over all message I got was how important my calling is. And I need to treat it as such. There was one point I even cried! President Nelson was speaking to us, he introduced his body guards to us, one of them was the father of the best friend of my companion. That would be like Bro. Hanks or Bishop Torrie coming to my mission with an apostle.... So that was cool for Sis. Anderson to see him. 

7. Future home

When President Nelson introduced him, he invited him to come and share his experience as he prepares to send his daughter on a mission. It was so cool to hear his testimony. It was cool to see, even in this big burley body guard the sacredness and the tenderness he has for the gospel and for his family. It was a good reminder that the missionaries aren't the only ones sacrificing, our families are too..... So family, I'm super sorry I suck at writing letters, but I love you!!! And will try to do better haha

6. Symphony lake
After that awesome revelatory experience we went to the assisted living home and played games with them.
On Saturday Sis. Nelson and Sis. Gong held a women's conference for all the women, two of our investigators went and both loved it! Both went with members who had invited them themselves! I love this ward! They are so good at sacking in and enveloping the people we bring to church!

Anyways that was my week! Hope you all had a great week too!!!! Love you!!!
Sis. Johnson
😊

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9. Meet koda (what movie is that from??

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 5, 2015 - Tank Armor

Hello everyone!
This week was awesome! As of Wednesday we taught an awesome lesson with our investigator Sherri! She's the coolest! She is also moving...so that's sad... so we also helped her pack some things πŸ˜₯ 

1. Meet Gavin. He's a cute kid!! Always protect yourself with tank
armor.... Aka the armor of God!

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We did service at the senior center. I love those people! The workers are just so funny! And it's been so nice, we got to take everyone out side. Robert is my favorite! He's this cute little guy in a wheel chair. He wins at everything!! Since we were outside the workers were spraying us with water guns. Robert was the only one who would let them spray him. He loved it! Those people are my favorite!
2. The nature center
Then we got to do service at the nature center. Now this is a tender mercy! We do trail maintenance and any other task they need to get done! The people who work here love the missionaries! Anyone riding or walking by always stops to talk to us! I love it! Now I'm sure I'll see a bear!!!! πŸ€—

We have also been doing lots of finding! We are hoping to pass out 40 bond this transfer, that's an entire box!  We have done pretty good so far.
3. Meet Elaine, she's the best!
I also finally met a recent convert that got baptized right before I got here. He's 10 and the funniest kid ever! His family is so cute! We also found a new investigator, I guess we didn't really find her, she was a potential in our area Book from Sis.Slaughter and Kunz. But she is so prepared. As we were teaching her we focused very much on the fact that God is our Heavenly Father. Then in my studies I was reading about how we need to teach people who they are. I found it super interesting that the very first thing we teach in the restoration is that God is our loving Heavenly Father. In a sense we are teaching them who they are. Then I got to asking myself, why does it matter if we know who we are? What difference does that make? Well it makes all the difference!!!!! In a mission perspective, I know I came from Hyrum Utah, I know my parents and my family. And because of that I'm motivated to make them proud and then to return home to them. It's the same for the people we are teaching. Once they know where they came from and who their family is, they will be more motivated to live in such a way that will make their Heavenly parents proud and they will want to return to him. An identity is super important when in comes to any aspect of life, especially eternal life.

4. Alaska

Anyways I love you all!!!!
😊sis. Johnson

5. My crew

1. Meet Gavin. He's a cute kid!! Always protect yourself with tank
armor.... Aka the armor of god!