Lauren is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and will be working in the Visitor's Center of the Oakland California Temple and in the areas around Oakland and San Francisco, California. She will be on her mission for a year and half, from February 6, 2014 to August, 2015.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SISTER JOHNSON'S JULY 14, 20l4 E-MAIL
MISSIONARY LIFE IN MORAGA
I'm being a doofus
Going on Exchanges!
This is going to be a short email this
week! Well, it's definitely summer time! A lot of people in the ward
have been gone so last week was a slow week, but we are still loving it.
:) One of our investigators, L*** (the daughter of Bro. M***** who
just got baptized) is gone for 3 weeks, so we won't be able to see her -
but we met with them last week and she is continuing to do awesome. She
is growing so much! It is also awesome to see all the support in the
ward for Bro. M*****! We really do have a great ward. Everyone is
always really busy, but they do a great job at reaching out a midst
their busy lives.
Our main focus right now is meeting with the
part-member families in the ward (there are a lot of them) and new
families. The ward is so huge though so there are always so many people
we've never even met! It is fun to get to know these families though and
hopefully some of these part-member families will become whole-member
families soon, if you catch my drift ;) (Jk lame joke)
Last week on Wednesday
we had our monthly Zone Training, and in the morning I studied Chapter 9
of Preach My Gospel (the chapter about finding people). The chapter
talks a lot about always emphasizing and connecting our conversations
with people to the Restoration, and that is what our Zone Training was
all about! The Restoration is the unique message of our church - so if
you ever have a conversation with someone who doesn't know anything
about the church, always mention that our church is centered on Christ,
and that He has restored the gospel He taught while He was on Earth
through a prophet named Joseph Smith...etc. :) That is my challenge for
you all! I definitely have a testimony of Joseph Smith, and the more I
study the Book of Mormon the more I come to understand that everything
in it really happened - which is how I know Joseph Smith is a prophet.
If you've read and love the Bible, the Book of Mormon will blow your
mind! It is another testament that Christ really did live and was the
Son of God here on Earth, and that He continues to live today. It
explains to us the Plan of Salvation and the answer to so many questions
that we all have. It is truly from God and I know it with all of my
heart. Read the Book of the Mormon! You'll be glad you did!!!
Well, that's it for this week - thanks for reading! Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts. Love you all very muchly!!!