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.
Monday, February 23, 2015
SISTER JOHNSON'S FEBRUARY 23, 2015 E-MAIL
GOING FULL SPEED!
"This past week was nuts!"
Bro. and Sis. Lavender went home this week!
"They are two of the
funniest, most loving people ever."
"...they have been like
all the sisters' second mom and dad.
I love them so much and am going to
Yayyyyyyyy I'm so happy for Brad and
Tatum!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!!!! I can't wait to come home to three new
members of the family! Ahhhh! Crazy!! How happy!!!!!! I love them
Well, this past week was nuts! Such
a busy and exhausting week. Sister Smith and I had to prepare to give
two trainings, went on three exchanges, and Tuesday night was bazerko. It was also, the Lavenders' (senior couple at the Visitors' Center) last week.
night was crazy. I was on exchanges with Sister Page. We were pulled in
a thousand directions that night! We had Visitors' Center from 9 to 3,
then four lessons scheduled that night along with institute dinner. Our
first lesson was with one of our recent converts who we found out is
struggling with some things, so we told her that night we would find
someone to give her a priesthood blessing. Then we had our second
lesson, then we had institute dinner. We could only eat for a little bit
because we had another lesson, but before we got up to leave, someone
we had met and invited to church and institute (non-member) walked in
the door! We were like ahh! So we told him we couldn't stay but that we
would meet him after and have a lesson with him. So we went to our other
lesson. Before that though, a recent convert who hasn't been coming to
church walked in the door and we were like ahh!!! We asked them how
they've been and it was a miracle because we hadn't seen or heard from
them for a few weeks. Then we asked someone if they could give a
priesthood blessing before institute class started. He said yes, and we
told him we would find someone else after the lesson. Then, we had our
lesson, which was short but went really well. Then after that, we had
another lesson scheduled with another recent convert, and she was
waiting for us, but we were rushing trying to find the first guy we has
asked for the blessing but couldn't find him, so we asked two other
guys. So we did that, then the potential who came walked down the
hallway and we were like "We have a lesson right now, but can we meet
with you after?!" And he said yes and that he wanted to go to institute
class to check it out (thank heavens). So then he went, and we were
rushing to get to our next lesson, then a member walked up to us and
said "Sisters! I brought my friend to tonight
that I want you to meet!" Haha so we went to meet them, while everyone
else (recent convert waiting for the blessing, recent convert waiting
for the lesson, guys to give blessing) were all standing there waiting
for us...so then we were done talking with the friend, and told the
recent convert who was going to get the blessing that we couldn't join
because we had a lesson, but then we all walked in the same direction so
we were like "Okay wait maybe we'll join" and asked the other recent
convert if she was okay with joining us for a blessing. So it was just
all really weird and 2343 things happening at once, but we finally got
into the room and our two members were so sweet and gave such an awesome
blessing. Then, we had our other lesson, then after that, we found a
member to join us for the lesson with the guy we invited and were
waiting for him to come out of class but he texted us and told us he
wanted to stay (which was fine with us so we could have a breather...)
So thennn we were waiting but had to leave soon to get back to the
Visitors' Center to finish exchanges. So we waited and waited, then had
to leave. But as we were driving out from the parking lot we saw him
walk outside, so we did a sharp turn back into the parking garage to
talk to him, and we were able to set up a lesson. Yay! So,
anyways......crazy busy night. Hope any of that made sense and conveyed
my point....but also I would just like to say how much help the Savior
gave to us this past week with everything else we had to do. He was
right by our side the whole time and it was all only possible with the
aid and strength He gave us. I love Him and am so grateful for Him!
the Lavender's are done with their mission. They are two of the
funniest, most loving people ever. I am so grateful for all they've done
for us who have served in the Visitor's Center....they have been like
all the sisters' second mom and dad. I love them so much and am going to
Love you all!! Have another awesome week!
DEAR READERS ... MOVE ON TO THE NEXT POST AND READ ALL ABOUT LAUREN'S BROTHER GETTING ENGAGED!