Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Week 15 ~ August 19, 2013

well this week as been one heck of a week!!! so awesome! me and sister Stratton are on fire!! so the week before last we got like 9 lessons the whole entire week and then just in two days (thursday and friday) we were able to get 10 lessons!! all week we were able to get 18 lessons!! we wanted to get 20 so bad but we got stuck in peoples houses too long. probably our fault but its hard when people love you to be like op sorry we have been here for 10 minutes so we have to go! but it was okay. this week is going to be LEGIT! we have our sights set high!! so to follow up with Mike, the guy who had all the problems with joseph smith, so we saw him on friday and he still had a lot of questions aparently he was really busy and didnt get to very much of the book of mormon. :( we shared a mormon message with him that will knock you off your feet though!! and then search Testimony of the Book of Mormon. its a talk from elder holland and i tell you what the spirit is so strong everytime i watch that one! i watch it kind of a lot because i love it so much! so we had him watch that and he was impressed by it and said well thats what they say about the apostles that if it was blasphamy they wouldnt have died for the cause. so i hope so badly that he will jsut read the dang thing! he is searching so hard for truth and wants to know it so badly and he has it just sitting in his bookshelf! he just needs to pull it down and read it. but i am being as patient as i can haha one thing i have learned really well in this area is patience. i feel like an old grandma in patience level because nothing bothers me too badly anymore. thats good right? anyway umm we had 11 less active lessons and those people all drive me nuts casue im like seriously you dont go to church because someone said something bad to you like 30 years ago!!! get over it and get your butt back to church! your salvation is on the line! i am trying really hard to be patient with those people. they drive me nuts though. so we talk about the atonement and how much the savior loves them and how much he forgives them and that they should forgive those people too. i sound tough on here but i am really not that tough haha. i went to the doctor earlier this week too cause my throat has been so sore so we have been trying to figure out whats up with it. not strep, not mono, so dr condon said its probably a type of heart burn...? idk so i have been taking tons of that type of medicine but it hasnt gotten any better and its been like 5 days so he said to go back in 2 weeks so we will see what he says. i still can work just as hard so its not holding me back at all its just kind of an annoyance. all is well though. dont worry about me! umm every 3 months we have what is called zone conference where they gather 3 differnt zones together and have a big meeting. this one was SO spiritual!!! we talked a lot about the atonement how yes it is for redeming but it is also for enabling us to be able to do things that we couldnt normally do. there are tons of examples in the book of mormon like in 1 nephi 7:17 and 18 they are good! nephi is tied up on the boat and they are about to sink and his brothers are planning his death and then he prays according to his faith if God will give him the strength to loose the bands on his wrists and ankles. you know how we always say that heavenly father doesnt give us anything that we cant handle. i think i might have to argue that statement. i think heavenly father gives us a lot that we cant handle so that we learn to turn to Him and rely on the atonement for the strength to be able to overcome that challenge. that way we can increase our faith in him. well thats my testimony for the week. We can ALL do hard things but only with the atonement of our savior Jesus Christ can we accomplish what our Heavenly Father wants us to. I love you all so much! turn to the savior for everything! All you have to do is ask!  
Love, Sister Tori Johnson

P.S. the solo pic is of me at a members house the one with sister stratton is one where we are waiting for the doctor in his room :) haha we take lots of goofy pics!

this is sister barnes she is like one of my favorites in our ward she is so sweet!!

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