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!!!!!

😊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


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! 😥 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 ;)

Love you all!!!!
Sis. Johnson