Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Week 38 ~ February 3, 2014

Hello Family. Well last weeks email stunk so this time before I even Tell my Mom that i am on i am going to write everyone an email. So this last week has honestly been one of the best weeks on my mission. It started out with a fun game of Marshmallow Dodge ball. Honestly the most fun game i have ever played in my life!! I have our whole zone hooked on to it now! :) Then after all the fun and games were over we went and we taught a lesson to a recent convert who is preparing to receive the Melchizedek priesthood and is planning on going through the temple in March. He started out with a rough life and he was literally left with nothing and was homeless and he prayed to God and asked for help and immediately God was there for him and so he said the rest just brought him to the Gospel. He is so awesome and has such a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Anyway... we taught him about Priesthood and Auxiliaries. I love sharing messages about the priesthood because of the experiences in my life where i KNOW that the priesthood power is real. I have seen way too many miracles to deny the power of the Priesthood so it was great to be able to bare testimony of how he is going to be able to bless the lives of his family and of many people when he gets the priesthood. The next lesson we had was with one of our investigators who is on date for baptism on March 15. I am not super confident that she has very much real intent to know if it is true. She has taken the missionary discussions a lot and she knows what we believe in and she doesnt want to stop drinking coffee or wine. or change really any part of her lifestyle. there is something bigger holding her up we just havent really found it yet. 
Okay so Wednesday is like a day for the books oh my gosh!!! Haha it started off TERRIBLE!!! We got a new apartment so on wednesday we went to our old one to kind of clean it up a bit before we turned in the keys for good. well we were cleaning out the refrigerator and we pull out the drawers at the bottom of it to clean underneath them and we look at it and almost want to cry.... there was SO MUCH CRAP plastered onto the bottom of the fridge. We were so mad! haha why dont people clean up messes in the fridge as soon as they happen!? haha we were so frustrated. but cleaning the fridge made us late to our next appointment. which we walk to because we only have a car on Friday saturday and sunday. So we were like sprinting but we were not making it anywhere near on time so we show up late. the member made us hot chocolate and brownies and so those were good. but then us being late to that appointment domino effected the next appointment. so we were walking to this members house because i forgot my planner in their car and we are lost without those things and we were already late for out appointment with this really old couple who we didnt think they would even remember our appointment but anyway we were walking and sister hoffman looks at me and she tells me that her stomach hurts so bad. i was like oh crap she starts power walking to the members house and she keeps saying how bad her stomach hurts and i am like oh crap. haha and it was like a 2 mile walk from the lady that gave us the hot chocolate to the members house and she is in like panic mode. anyway we finally get to the members house and the member is out on her driveway scraping the snow off from the night before and the first thing sister hoffman asks is if she can use her bathroom. haha she was in there for a little while and i was like oh you poor soul. haha i felt so bad. anyway she finishes up there and graciously the member we went to to get my planner gave us a ride to the appointment that we were an hour late for. so we walk into this old coupleshouse. they are like these crazy hoarders like on the tv show on TLC. but it was real life.... plus they have this nasty cat that has like a million tumors on its back. anyway we sit down and sister hoffman asks to use their bathroom too!!!! My eyes get really big and i am thinking oh my gosh this has to be bad!!!!!! So I awekwardly sit in my small corner of the couch that doesnt have junk on it and wait for sister Hoffman. it was the longest bathroom time of my life. haha so we have that lesson and then we are walking down the sidewalk on this pretty busy road and a semi drives by and a mist of black gunky melted snow comes spraying on us and it was so gross!! but we keep walking and we go to our next appointment when we walk out of that appointment we look out and its raining. I know you guys would never understand this because i didnt use to until wednesday but when it is snowing and then it switches to rain... that is like the worst thing in the world because the rain like collects with the snow already on the ground and so instead of just running of into the drains it lingers with the snow and makes it super slushy and so its pooring rain and we are walking in slush puddles and we are inevitably soaking wet. we are like okay lets have dinner. we walk into this place called Mongolian BBQ it was SOOO good. (thanks dad) but we were sopping wet sitting there eating our food. so have to go back out into the raining snow and there were just huge puddles everywhere it was terrible haha but anyway we go to our last appointment of the day and BAM!!! Golden Investigator!!! She is the wife of one of our members who is less activeish. but the sisters before me were tracting and ran into them and so we started teaching her and we have a return appointment and the spirit was so strong and we are going to put her on date this wednesday for March 29th :D SO AWESOME!!! so even when you have a crummy day, dont get Discouraged! Heavenly Father is just keeping you humble enough to be prepared for a miracle! Me and sister hoffman were just laughing all day in the snowing rain though it was funny casue we werent getting discouraged at all we were just saying how much worse could it get. and then it got worse haha but it was a lot of fun. no matter what we are able to keep our spirits up and keep working hard. She is like the best companion ever! 
The next day we went over to this creepy guys house Dennis who is usually drunk and we run away from him on a typical day but another set of sisters ran into him and offered to do service for him and so they got us to go with them to help clean and then we didnt want to be in there with him so we got some elders to go with us to keep us safe. haha so 6 missionaries in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment. haha so we go in there and start picking up and one of the elders looks down and underneath Dennis's refrigerator there is a Book of Mormon holding his fridge level... haha i about lost it!! i was laughing so hard. and he had like 5 Mormon.org cards and a pass along card taped to his front door. haha oh dennis. so we cleaned his house pulled to book of mormon out from underneath his fridge and read the introduction with him. it was awesome and we invited him to say the closing prayer and the open his prayer he says "Hey Dude." and goes on to say that he thought that we were coming at 6 (but we really were suppose to be there at 1 but didnt show up until 2) and that if he knew there were going to be so many of us he would have left a bigger mess to clean and he said that he was grateful for the kind people that are still out there like us and how he has grateful for us. haha it was so funny how he started out with hey dude haha that was the best. hahahaha
as if our week couldnt have gotten any better on friday night we get a call from the vehicle coordinator in the mission and he calls and wants to give us a new car.... SCORE!!! we got a brand new subaru legacy and it is a CHAMP in the snow!! it has all wheel drive and so we were mobbing up these icy snow covered mountains like it was flat ground.
So the week consisted of a new car and a new house.. whats next.... IPADS?!?!? oh how i hope so!! hahaha but yes it was the best week of my mission i love being with sister hoffman. she is like my best friend. we work hard and we are going to baptize nations. or just moscow either one. we will take it :)
Love you all!
Sister Johnson

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