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.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
SISTER JOHNSON'S FEBRUARY 16, 2015 E-MAIL
SORRY FOR THE DELAY, FOLKS!
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VC sisters, Lauren and Sister Smith!
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We love all Visitor Center Sisters with Lauren and Sister Smith
Those are bunny nose lollypops that I gave her back at Easter last year!
Valentines for everyone!
My dear sweet mother.....of course,
I always read your entire email!!! I just don't always respond to everything
haha. So don't you fret about that! I love reading them and hearing about
everything going on! It's my form of entertainment for the week!
Thank you again for the box! Sister
Smith appreciated the chocolates, and her mom sent her a box too and had some
stuff for me, plus our roommate's mom also sent chocolates for us, so we were
well-loved on Valentine's Day. About my
room, yes that's totally fine to move the other (twin) bed in there. I'll be curious
to know how you fit everything though :-)
This past week here was really fun
and amazing!!! We had stake conference with Elder Oaks, and Sister Smith and I
being the lucky ducks we are got to see him speak three times. We got to see
him at the single adult session Friday night (since we serve in a YSA ward),
the all-adult session Saturday night, and then the normal session on Sunday.
His daughter, Jenny Oaks Baker (the amazing violinist - famous in the Mormon
world), also performed last night at the Inter-Stake Center across from the
Visitors' Center, so a few of us got to go over there and greet people and what
not (we couldn't stay to listen though sadly). So it was a fun and eventful
weekend! Elder Oaks is amazing, and so is his wife - I think I've said this
before but every time we get visited by a general authority and their wife, I
feel like I come to know the Savior better. They truly are His chosen servants
and messengers. Elder Oaks was so powerful, and addressed the needs of our
stake very well. Also, before Jenny's performance yesterday, Elder Oaks hosted
an inter-faith reception at the Visitors' Center (and we were serving there at
that time :D) so we got to meet him and shake his hand! It was kind of a
funny/awkward experience, haha... we were standing in the front room of the VC
about to give a tour of the Christus statue, and he came in with his wife and
was greeting people. Some other people walked in behind him (people from each
of the ward's in the stake who were invited to the reception) and I saw Brother
Hilliard, who I visited every week when I was in Moraga. Anyways I saw Brother
Hilliard and went to go shake his hand (because I thought maybe Elder Oaks was
shaking someone else's hand or something) but I realized it looked like I just
walked right past him and ignored him because he was ready to shake my hand!
But I didn't mean to!! Haha... anyways, just something awkward that only I
would do... Sister Smith and I got to shake his hand though and he and Sister
Oaks briefly told us about what the Rome Visitors' Center will be like when
it's completed. The couple we were giving the tour to also got to meet him and
the man just got baptized, so Elder Oaks congratulated and hugged him. He is
such a loving person!! Without a doubt, a true apostle and prophet of God.
Some other fun things and miracles -
we went on back-to-back exchanges, so I got to be with Sister Tam who serves in
the Oakland Chinese ward one day, and then I got to go back to Moraga the next
day with Sister Lindsay. :) Those were a fun couple of days! It would be so
much fun to serve in the Chinese program - Chinese people are so funny and so
humble. When I went back to Moraga we visited a member who I visited every
week, which was so nice to be able to see him again! Last week was just overall
nostalgic because I also got to see many members of the Moraga ward during
stake conference and got to say hello to Brother R***, who recently got
baptized!!!! ---> Huge, giant miracle -- he is the one who has been waiting
for years to be baptized. Anyways, in Berkeley, we had a huge blessing of
finding a new investigator from visiting a former investigator. He is a student
at UC Berkeley studying to be a pastor, so he's always interested in learning
about different religions but is also sincere about learning about this one for
himself. With that came another huge miracle on Saturday. We went to the
Berkeley Public Library at 1:30 to meet up with him, and when we walked in, we
saw a member who we haven't seen in a while. We went up and said hello to her,
and she told us she was there with M**** (M**** got baptized right before I was
transferred from Berkeley to Moraga). Well, this is a huge miracle because we haven't seen or have been able to get a hold of M**** in a long
time!!!!!! So we were soooo happy to see her and it was an answer to our
prayers! She looked a little nervous to see us, but it was still a huge
blessing from the Lord to be able to just see her. We are hoping she will want
to meet with us again and come to church!! Then, right after that happened, we
ran into a guy who we found out got baptized recently in Nevada, but hasn't
been coming to church (he should be going to the Berkeley family ward) and were
able to get his info to help him get to church. So, in conclusion - miracles
happen, all day every day, and the Lord is so very aware of His children.
Well that pretty much sums up my
week. :) The Savior lives and loves us. Love you all!!!
EXTRA FUN COMMENT SECTION: Sometimes we get to chat back and forth on e-mail. This was one of her responses:
I'm here! Hahaha oh my goodness Brad is such a goober. I
loved the box! Thank you so much for it and for the money! I spent it all today
haha. I bought a new watch (my other one broke), some new tennis shoes (my
other ones for some reason smell really bad but I'm still going to try and fix
them so they smell better) and some new work out pants. So thank you!!! And
thanks for the dress! Hopefully it's not too short! Thank you!!!!!