Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 7, 2017 - Here I come!

Whelp, we got transfer calls Thursday. And they are closing our area.
Sis. Dunlop is getting transferred to memory lake (best place ever!)
and I'm getting booted out of Alaska. Lol ;)
I love you all! See ya Thursday.... or Sunday.... or whenever!!!!!!!!

😊sis. Johnson
This sums up the last week of the mission
1. It's this Elders bday this month!

2. Food bank service with Steve and Betty (Betty was on the phone in the back)

3-4. Some of my wasilla friends came to say good bye! (Yes this is
Bobby D Smith, my blind a deaf cowboy)

5.this is Brent from the nature center. He is my favorite person ever!

6. Transfer calls, matching shirts, and ice cream fav family the burrups

8.sis. Henson love her! other fav family, these two are future sis. Johns missionaries!!!

10. The district

11. Hugs Ya'll!

July 31, 2017 - The final week

Yes, you read my subject line right........... this is the last full week of my mission. Hoy cats! Boy did that flow by!!! There is this poem my aunt angela sent me quite a while ago about missions, I can't remember if I have shared it already, but I'm gonna share it again cuz it's true! 
A mission is a strange experience.  It's a trial and a test.
A mission throws at you the worst, yet teaches you the best.
They told me this would be the best period of my life, but I guess they didn't explain it all too clear. 
I came out looking for a bed of roses.  I just wasn't expecting all of the thorns I've found out there. 
Since I've been out, I've never been so happy.  I've never been so depressed.
I've never felt so forsaken.  I've never felt so blessed.
I've never been so confused.  My mind has never been so clear.
I've never felt my Heavenly Father so distant.  I've never felt Him so near.
I've never been so discouraged.  I've never been so full of hope.
I feel like I can go on forever.  I think I have come to the end of my rope.
I've never had it so easy.  I've never had it so tough.
Things have never gone so smoothly.  Things have never been so rough.
I've never travelled through more valleys.  I've never ascended to so many peaks.
I've never met so many neat people.  I've never met so many freaks.
I've never had so many ups.  I've never had so many downs.
I've never worn so many smiles.  I've never worn so many frowns.  
I've never been so lonely.  I've never had so many friends.  
Man, I hope this is all over soon.
Gosh, I hope it never ends.
--Jack L Brinkerjoff__
This is the state of my mind right now.  But boy oh boy, I have sure loved my mission! One of my super good friends, that many of you might know, recently returned from his mission from Guatemala. In one of his last emails he said something that I just love! He said that "the last week of the saviors mortal ministry is the week that has had the most effect on the salvation of human kind. It is when he did the most for us. He instituted the sacrament, suffered in gethsemane, suffered and died for us, and completed his atonement with his glorious resurrection! And that is how my mission in Guatemala (aka Alaska) is gonna end! The last week of my mission is gonna have an effect on others in the same way." (Thanks Jordan) so that's been my thought process. I want to make an impact on people this last week and share the gospel with as many people as possible! 
1. Temple trip

Anyways since Wednesday we have had a lesson with Gavin, we had a fashion show as he tried on different baptismal suits to see what fit him. He's getting baptized on the 12 by his dad!!! We had a lesson with the ysa elders and Ripleigh, my favoritest human in the world!!! We had a lesson with Xander. He is such a great kid! He was finally confirmed in church yesterday so that's awesome!!!
2.exchanges with the best stl ever!!!

We went on exchanges, sis. Oliver came with me to eagle river where we baptized everyone... lol jk but it was a good ole time! Friday we had an amazing dinner with a part member family. He isn't a member but he is active. His daughters were visiting him for the summer. They are the coolest people ever!!! One of the girls is training to be an opera singer! How cool is that!?!? Anyways we had a super good discussion about the Book of Mormon and about missions. They have lots of questions! They came to church on Sunday and Cici, one of the girls, said that this week has been the most enlightening week she has had. I guess in gospel principles the spirit was super strong as they all shared experiences of how their prayers were answered. Sis. Dunlop and I got to do sharing time in primary so we missed it. That was a cool experience! 
3. Stacking wood at nature center 

4.a beaver ate this tree 

Anywho, just cuz it's my last week doesn't mean i still don't expect emails next week lol πŸ˜‚ I still have one more pday! I love you all! 
😊sis. Johnson 

July 26, 2017 - I am still alive!

Hello everyone!!!!!!!
So I know it's a Wednesday and it's like way later then normal! But
all is well! We had temple day today so our pday got moved until
today! We got to go to the temple, we went to target! (They don't have
one in eagle river so we were super excited!!!
This week was great!
1.nature center monkeys πŸ’
First off cool thing, if any of you get sister Chantel Savage's emails
you know already, but my friend Chantel is serving in Alabama and her
companion is my companions old roommate! Well, there is this super
noce guys in the ysa Ward who is from Alabama and he went to visit
home! So we gave him a package to take to them if he could find them,
well he did find them and delivered our package! And then we got a
package from them! The church is such a small world!!! :)

2. Sythe lords
On Wednesday we hade so many lessons! We met with sis. Erickson and
helped her remodel some of her basement. Then we read the Book of
Mormon with her. That is the deal we made. We also met with Gavin
Hinkley! We finished up the lessons with him! He is getting baptized
soon! Wahoo! We also finished up Gavin joe s new member lessons and
started Xander freitas new member lessons. He got baptized in Utah and
is getting confirmed so Sunday in our Ward!(don't ask, it's super
4.oh ya.... I hit my 18 month mark........
(Don't worry mom, the zipper was completely 
broken and unfixable)

7. I didn't have an 18 so it's a click day banner instead

We have also been meeting with the members and promoting the bingo
game! Every member must have one! It's been going super great. Some of
the families get super into it and get competitive! It is so funny!
One family out of both wards got the very first bingo! So we presented
candy bars that our beloved Ward mission leader provided us with. Thy
were pretty proud of themselves for being first.

We tried to find a referral we got from salt lake who asked for a
bible, but she has never been home. On one of these stop-byes she
wasn't home so I pull away but we didn't know where we were going so I
park in front of this random house to figure our lives out and two
seconds later this truck pulls in pot the drive way and these two guys
with huge ponytails get out and stare at us. It was so awkward we did
t know what to do so sis. Dunlop pretended to be on the phone. I waved
at them, and they just stood at there car staring at us, not moving to
come talk to us or ask why we were creepily sitting in front of their
house, just staring............ eventually they walked around the
corner so we drove away but they were still on their door step
watching as our car drove away...... #lifeofamissionary
Other good news! Our Ward mission leader finally got back from
Fiji!!!! So we were able to have correlation meeting with him!!! I
love that family! They said I could come stay with them when I come
back to visit! I love that family!!!! XD

Anyways I love you all! The church is true! It is, it is! And the
temple is a place of peace and answers, if you are stressed, go to the
temple, if you need guidance, go to the temple. Even the grounds will
help you to receive the assurance you need to keep going!
I love you!
Sis. Johnson