Sunday, November 2, 2014



 During Chinese food buffet
 After Chinese food buffet
 All the mail that Lauren isn't getting from us - except for e-mails (which we are good at)
 Getting everyone in on the selfie
Oakland Temple Sisters on P-day

Hey we're twins!! We also had our primary program on Sunday, and we went to a member's home for dinner and also had pot roast! Yipee!

This past week was good! We had some neat things happen. We were able to visit (finally) a former investigator who we haven't seen in a long time. He is still waiting for permission to be baptized. So it was so good to see him! We shared a simple thought with him on hope. As I've studied hope, I've learned that hope is as important as faith. Hope is not only the wish, or the desire, but having optimism - especially when the immediate future is foggy. Faith is action, and hope is the attitude! We can have faith, but if we aren't hopeful, we're not going to be as happy. Hope also teaches us patience, and that we know that in the end, everything will work out together for our good. It talks about this in Romans 8. It's a great chapter in the scriptures about hope!

We also had a neat experience stopping by another former investigator's home (he investigated back in 2009). He actually moved a few years back, but his grandma still lives there so we decided to stop by and meet her. She was super nice and let us in, and T*** (the former investigator) was there! So we ended up talking for like 45 minutes in their living room. He investigated for a year and loved coming to church. What is sad is he said it was a sacrifice for him to stop going to church because he enjoyed it so much but with the feelings of pressure and doubts, he stopped going. Anyways, we had a great discussion. He asked a lot of questions and even though he said he will never convert, we were grateful we stopped by and got to know him. And he doesn't even live there - he lives about 2 hours away but just happened to be there when we stopped by. We invited him to come to church with us and he said he would consider it. So there is hope! Heavenly Father definitely led us there that night. :) 

We also decided to call another former investigator who we stopped by a few weeks back but wasn't home. He answered and was super nice! We invited him to some upcoming events and asked if we could visit him - and he accepted! It was a bit of a surprise because that doesn't happen a lot haha, especially over the phone (for our area at least). We also were able to get in contact with a member who sent us a referral a few months back. We visited his friend, but at the time he said it wasn't a good time and he wasn't interested. When we talked to the member though the other night, he said that he told him we stopped by and is interested in having us visit again. So that was also a surprise! Some other neat things: M***** came to church yesterday!! He has finally been getting back to us and said he needs to come to church. So he did and he said he really needed it.  We just want to do all we can to help and support him. He's such a great guy!

We are also getting everything ready for Brother G******'s baptism! Everyone in the ward is so excited for him. He is awesome and has become so enthusiastic with such a strong desire to learn. It's amazing to see!!!

There are a lot of fun things happening this week: tomorrow we have our ward Trunk or Treat, Wednesday we have a Visitor's Center breakfast at Elder and Sister Poulsen's home, then Friday is Halloween (which means deep cleaning!) And then Saturday is Brother G's baptism interview and transfer calls! Unbelievable that it's the last week of the transfer!! This next transfer is going to be awesome also because Elder Bednar is coming! Yay! I am so excited for the Holiday season!!!

Also I'd just like to add how awesome all the families are in our ward. Every time we drive home from visiting members or having dinner with them, we are in awe by their kindness and love for us! It is so inspiring to be able to be around so many wonderful people. And the awesome thing is all of these wonderful families are not only here, but everywhere! All over the world! The Gospel is spreading more each day. And, even though things in the world are getting worse, the Gospel is growing stronger. I can feel it and see it, especially being at the Visitor's Center. I love seeing people of all different backgrounds and cultures come in and have an interest in the Gospel. The work is progressing and it's our duty to share it. This is what we're all here for! Invite friends to activities and to church. Share thoughts with them. Miracles will happen as you do!!!

Love you all and have a Happy Halloween week! :-)

Sister Johnson

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