Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 24, 2017 - Quarantined

Hello everyone!

This week has been a good week! We got to go on exchanges this week. Sis. Kunz and I tracked up a storm in Ocean view. Cool story though! You know that referral we have been doing family history work for that
we haven't met, but that the 2nd councilor in the presidency is having us do it for? Well Sis. Kunz and I tracted into her. It was really funny! And she is so nice! She let us in and we talked for a good 20 min. She wouldn't let us show her what we found cuz she wanted to wait for President Smith, but it was cool!

Thursday we met with our new investigator. He is so funny! And so sincere about everything. He loves meeting with us, he said he always feels better after leaving. He carries his Book of Mormon  we gave in his pocket and takes it with him everywhere he goes! And he calls us on a daily basis so he is doing great! One of our bush investigators  set her baptismal date for July 15, she will be in Washington at that time so  all her kids can be there. The branch president will be flying to go preside.

We went on more exchanges at the end of the week, Sis. Oliver joined me in Ocean View as well. She is he cutest! (She's my twin) We got to do a lot of service on that exchange. We helped set up for the heart run race they do every year. It was fun and made me want to go running! So Sis. Oliver and I ran circles around the tents they were
setting up, lol. One of the elders timed us..... Let's just say I'm out of shape....

Sunday was an exciting but uneventful day. Sis. Jackson got the flu so we were quarantined in our apartment all the day long. We didn't get to go to Ocean View ward at all, but we did get to go to all of the
meetings in the Bush branch. Having church over the phone makes it
a lot easier!!! In Ocean View though, I guess there were tons of
visitors. And someone we had tracted into a few weeks ago left us a
note that one of the elders had on the church door telling us he would like to meet with us! That was definitly a miracle! We are going to start meeting with him Wednesday!

Anyways that was my week! Hope you are all doing well! Love and miss you!

😊Sister Johnson

April 17 2017 - Hoppy Easter!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 - Break Up Season

Hello everyone!
So this week has been amazing! The sun has been shining and it's been rising lots earlier! It has been up to 40 degrees all week long! I'm down to a small jacket now! The snow has been melting like crazy! There are literally rivers running down the roads and huge lakes everywhere! But it means spring is here so summer is coming, and I am so excited! Alaska summers are so amazing!!!

This week our investigators house flooded because of how fast everything is melting so we helped them try to clean that up, their front porch was sunk in the mud. So it's been the adventure.

We had stake conference In the Anchorage Stake this week. It was seriously so amazing! The adult session was by far my favorite! The theme was the temple and each speaker spoke about their personal story of how they got to the temple. Most of the speakers were converted within the last 5 years. I knew a few of the missionaries who taught them. It was a testimony builder to me to hear their testimonies and a puny part of their stories. The temple is so amazing you guys! It is literally the house of the Lord! Why would anyone procrastinate or avoid going to be in the home of your Heavenly Father? I know the answer to that already. Life happens, but the Lord makes time for you, so make some time for him.

Something I really liked in the conference was what a speaker said about faith, he said "faith isn't a feeling, it's a choice, the The feeling comes by choosing to act on your faith." That phrase really hit me. I guess you could say my faith has been wavering a tad bit, but it's because I'm choosing to let it waver. At the end of the conference the stake president got up and said that you all received a promoting of what you need to do to strengthen your faith and bring yourself to the temple. Whether is is to simply renew your recommend, or overcome things to become temple worthy, he invited everyone to act on those promptings. Since I'm a missionary I can't got to the
temple whenever I want, but I can strengthen my faith in the Lord's plan. So that's what I'm working on.
I love you all! Enjoy Easter next week!
Sis. Johnson

1. Members from the Bush branch visited anchorage!

2. It's coming!!!!

April 3, 2017 - Conference is the best!

Hello everyone!
So this week is transfer week! Sis. Jackson and I are staying in the Ocean View/Bush branch area. This will be my first 6 monther! Which is good cuz I like this area!

This week we did as much finding as possible! We have been brain storming and experimenting with so many different finding ideas and approaches. In district meeting on Tuesday one of the trainings was on working through members, then in conference it talked alot about family history. We talked with President and he also advised us to have as many lessons as possible in the week, whether with less active members, investigators, or even active members, tea change as much as possible. Because missionaries are happiest when they are teaching. So that's the goal this up coming transfer!

We had the amazing opportunity to do a service of cleaning the temple! It was the best! Mom, you prepared me well! I love the temple so much! It has been my mission goal to be able to help someone get there because of how amazing it is! And the blessings that can come from it. It is the house of the Lord!

The afternoon sessions of conference we watched it with our investigators. They are doing pretty good! I love the this family! And their dog! He's so cute!

I have decided that the hardest thing about missionary work is knowing so much of what will help someone. Having the answers to everyone's problems, knowing with all my soul it will help them, but then they don't listen to you, they don't like your answer, they aren't paying attention, or they just don't want to do the things that will bring them that peace the new initiative is talking about. It's painful. I have come to have a better understanding of how our Heavenly Father must feel.

There was a talk in conference I think by L Whitney Clayton where it's the little things that will answer all the struggles, all of the problems, everything! Reading your scriptures, saying your prayers, going to church, fasting, praying as a family, reading as a family, having family home evening. It is these things that strengthen your faith, that give you a connection to Heavenly Father. If you aren't doing them, if you are unwilling to receive, accept, and act on his guidance, then you will be trying to face your troubles by yourself. That is how you make it harder than it needs to be. They are simple but powerful things to do. Who knew it would make such a big difference reading a verse a day? We have been given these commandments for a reason. All that he asks of us will always be for our benefit! Always! And as said in another talk, trust him! He knows the way because He is the way!
I love you all!!!!

😊Sister Johnson

1. Cleaning the temple

2. He wanted to come do missionary work with us, he wouldn't give me
my coat back, and he wouldn't let me take a picture either!