Thursday, June 8, 2017
Is it she? ...Could it be? ...
Tears of Joy?
Sister Johnson finally arrived on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at approximately 2:05 p.m. at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Alex had the best advantage (because he was the tallest) and saw her coming all the way down the terminal. She finally emerged from the gate. She was met by Dad, Mom, Brittany, Alex, Lauren Horne and Chandler Leaney! While we were waiting, a missionary on the same flight got welcomed home right next to us. We headed home to a fun little welcoming home party with fancy cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes where Chandler works.
Thanks to everyone in the California Oakland Mission and at the Oakland Temple Visitor's Center and all the wonderful people she met in Northern California! She loves you all!
Monday, July 13, 2015
RETURNING WITH HONOR
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
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Well, last week was crazy and emotional, but fun. I gave my testimony at our Visitor's Center training and balled my eyes out! Then Saturday we went and helped a member of our ward who cooks a ton of food for homeless people a few times a month and gives it out at a park. It was crazy day - some of the people were getting really riled up (some were on drugs and were getting impatient because they were really hungry and it took longer to set up than normal) but everything worked out hahaha. Then we were rushing around and one of our members spilled spaghetti in our car. So, twas a crazy, but overall exciting day! It's my last Monday on the mission and it's weird! It's been good though, really good. :)
I've taken a lot of pics with people. I am going to miss the Oakland 9th ward so much, and my district. But, I am suuuupeerrrr excited to see everyone!!!!! :)
That's really all I have to say today. My favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon lately is Alma 32:42. This verse is talking about faith but I applied it to being a missionary and it describes my feelings about my mission very well! It's been the best adventure ever. Being a missionary is the coolest job in the whole world. I've learned SO much on my mission. I thought I had an understanding of the Gospel before my mission, but I've learned I didn't know every much about it at all. I still don't know everything but what I do know is so precious and important to me and I can't wait to keep learning. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect and simple, and is what brings true happiness in life.
I'll see you all on Wednesday!! Thank you for all your love and support for me while I've been out :) Love you all!!!!!
Alma 32:42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
E-mailing with my Homies
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
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JUST ONE MORE E-MAIL TO GO
AND SHE'S STILL
"DOING SWELL AND ENJOYING LIFE!"
Dorothy! Adorable 87 year-old and is in awesome shape. Grew up in New York. She made us a feast for lunch (a ham, a chicken, mash potatoes, peas, corn bread, macaroni, rolls, and cake and ice cream for desert.)
We thought this was cool. Our yams that we forgot about grew little trees. :)
Well, I really can't comprehend that it's the last week of my mission. It's going to be a great week. We have a lot of dinner and lunch appointments (yeehaw!) and are going to see many miracles. :) We are doing the district meeting training this week and are going to be doing Preach My Gospel Jeopardy, so that should be fun. :)
Last week some awesome things happened - we added a new investigator, a man named Ron who is homeless. He is soooooo cool!! And he is very put-together, professional, intelligent and very nice. So we are excited for him and he was a miracle and will be getting baptized as soon as he gets a job and a place to live. :)
Also, last week we met President and Sister Frandsen! Sister Frandsen came with us Tuesday to observe our studies (which we were really nervous about). It ended up being so much fun and Sister Frandsen is literally the sweetest, most humble and amazing woman on the planet. We had so much fun that morning, which was such a relief because I was nervous for it haha. She came to district meeting with us after our studies as well, which was also a lot of fun. On Friday we had a meeting with President and Sister Frandsen, and they are both wonderful speakers. President Frandsen is very passionate, humble and taught us a lot of neat things. He's all about teaching doctrine, which I love. He showed us a lot of neat scriptures that made cool connections. :) I'm so excited for both of them. They will be amazing!!!! And they have already made a huge impact on me.
For the 4th of July, we went with a member (Dorothy, 87 years old and soooooo sweet and cute) to her daughter's home. We had a high-class barbeque! Then at night Sister Houskeeper and I watched some fireworks from a balcony in our apartment.
Anywho, don't have much more time but it was a fun week. I love you all!
Sorry no time for pictures this week!
JUNE 29, 2015 E-MAIL
Wow, what a week! We had a lot of lessons with less-active members this week. All of them elderly, single women that are awesome. We also had a lesson with a recent convert named Eagle who is from Mongolia and speaks very little English (but is getting better!) We had someone come who speaks Mongolian who translated for us (they met randomly at the Visitors' Center one time which was a miracle) and were able to figure out how we can best teach him without having a translator all the time (because he also wants to practice English) so it was just an awesome visit and Eagle is awesome and is a miracle and has such a strong testimony. So that was cool. And he gave us some Mongolian treat that made me choke and die because it was so gross haha. I thought it was going to be sweet but its like a dried milk ball and tasted like rotten cheese. Anyways, it was special!
Also, today the new mission president arrived! When Sister Houskeeper and I were walking to the mission home to get some stuff, we saw the former President and Sister Meredith walking to their car to leave. They were dressed in normal clothes and we asked if he already got released. He says the second the new mission president arrives, he is released. Then he introduced himself as Jerry! What in the world!!!! That was a weird and cool yet sad moment. Then they drove off into the sunset forever. It was crazy. But, I am excited to meet the new mission president and his wife. :) President and Sister Frandsen now reign over the Oakland California San Francisco mission. Which reminds me - tomorrow Sister Frandsen is coming to observe Sister Houskeeper and I's (correct grammar?) companionship study tomorrow. Scary!! We're going to have to actually act normal....darn...just kidding. :)
Well, that's it for this past week...here are some pics. I'm doing swell and am enjoying life!
Love you all!