Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind.

Happy Memorial Day everybody, I hope you all have had a fantastic week. From the looks and sounds of it lots of,you have. Yay for time and all eternity and marriage :)

So! This week was crazy. Our part member family we have been working with had some crazy issues going on all this week and that was just emotional all over the place. But all in all it was a fantastic week.

Tyler was baptized!! I'll have to send proof next week cuz we don't have access to puters right now. Ah man, it's been so cool working with him and his family. They are awesome :) So I'm just gonna take you through a little bit of a journey of the last 6 weeks/11 months. So coming to the mission we have focused a lot on using the power of faith to make things happen. There is a certain process that goes into it to be able to call down the powers of heaven to have faith cause things to happen. So from the beginning of my mission I've been setting faith as a power goals (that's what we call them). Of telling the Lord things I'm going to do to have my goal and desire realized and to draw on the powers of heaven to make it happen. I've seen a lot of miracles happen because of it, but it's also been one of the most frustrating things on my mission and the most disappointing. Because I hadn't seen any of the overall desires achieved.

And so since I've been with Sister Bird (who goes home in 2 weeks) we've really wanted to baptize. Our zone has been in a rut for the last 3 months, but prolly more like the last 6 months and there just haven't been any baptisms. And so sister bird and I decided that if the zone was going to change, we
had to start first. So we set a faith as a power goal to baptize by May 28. We were working with awesome people, it looked like it was completely possible. But as time went on the people we were working with became less solid to be baptized on the 28. So about 2 weeks ago we sat down and analyzed every person we were working with and what we would have to do to have someone be baptized by the 28. And then we just treated everyone like they would be baptized then. On the 16 of May we still didn't have anybody on date to be baptized. But we had been meeting with Tyler and his family for about 3 weeks already and he was reading the BOM and had come to church a couple times. And so we pushed him all week to pray about the 28 of May. He was really hesitant to pray and just kept not doing it, but we knew that if he just prayed he would know to be baptized. And we knew he would be, because we had promised the Lord that we would do certain things to have someone be baptized and we had been doing them, and so a miracle was going to eventuate. And on May 20 we went to his house and he said he prayed and was going to be baptized on May 28!! And his mom is following shortly after next month to be baptized while his dad is working to be active in the church and work to get the Melchizedek priesthood. (That is the super watered down version of it all) But The Lord has allowed us to be agents unto ourselves and become the kind of people that cause things to happen through our faith. And it's amazing the power that we have access to in our own personal lives. The church is true brothers and sisters ;) But I think y'all are great and I sure miss ya and am proud of the things you are all accomplishing. But I'm sure of where I am and what I am doing and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love y'all! Have a great week :)

Sister Johanson

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