December 23, 2013

The First Crazy Week

So as much as the weeks so far...all three of them... have been NUTS, this one was exceptionally strange, in good and bad ways...Its still cold and snowy and icy. right when its about to melt, BOOM! more snow. but its in the high 20's and 30's now. Your snow looks SOO wimpy compared to ours :P  Monday night we had dinner with someone we are teaching named M* and her daughter B*. She is into crafty stuff (of course) and somehow it got to the point where she exclaimed, "YOUR MOM'S LISA JOHNSON!!!???" yes, i was rolling on the floor laughing and it was hilarious :) haha but she is awesome. Tuesday was an awesome day because ...drumroll please...WE MADE CHRISTMAS MICE!! YAY! it was so fun and Sister Taylor and I had a blast doing it and then delivering them was super fun too :) it was finally feeling like Christmas, which it still kinda doesn't...but mostly because everyday feels like Christmas when you are a missionary :) i also got my lost package with my eeyore pillowpet! YAY! we also visited an awesome LARC family (less active/recent convert) and talked about faith and tithing. AAAND B* dropped off the face of the earth. Here is what we know: she had another relapse and apparently moved out the saturday before last and the service missionaries (older couple) working with them failed to let us know what was going on, someone else is now living there. We still know nothing after a week and they haven't called us back despite our efforts to contact them and we were pretty miffed and upset the first few days, but there isn't really anything we can do about we kinda have dropped it. I'm still sad though. Anyways, Wednesday! We are working with an ex member named Sister K* who wants really badly to be baptized again, this had happened 10 years ago. She had met with the Bishop and he had originally told her she would have to wait a year, but she called us and let us know that when she talked to him again he said since its been 10 years she didn't have to wait another year! :) she has had a really tough life, but we pray for her and we are so excited for her :) On Thursday we had our first apartment check, and OF COURSE got excellent on everything (i was actually surprised cause I struggle with keeping my room clean, but Sister Taylor and i help each other). Sister Taylor is an STL, which kinda makes me one, just unofficially, so we went around to all the sisters she is over and snowflaked their doors/cars and threw in candycanes. IT WAS SO FUN! :D We went all the way up to North Salt Lake... sister taylor said "oh yeah, and just up that street is President Uchtdorfs house", etc. you know, usual Utah missionary day :P We also made more mice for grandma to deliver to her neighbors as our Christmas present to her. Thursday night i had a headache, so went to bed a bit early. IN THE MORNING... i was puking my guts out. And i hadn't eaten anything so there was nothing to be sick on either. Sister Taylor made me sleep and then when i got up to take a shower at 9am i puked before and after. SO NOT FUN. She texted the Zone Leaders and asked them to come and give me a blessing which they did. and right after, he said amen, i ran to the sink. and thew up yet again. in front of the ZL's. AWESOME. stories to tell my posterity.This continued, 6 times in one day i was sick and i was in bed all boring when you can't watch Disney movies :( there is a 48 hour stomach bug floating around and i happened to get it. But i felt worse for Sister Taylor because she was stuck in all day. Although she did get to go caroling with the district while i "slept" at home. The next day was pretty much the same except i didn't throw up at all, just stayed in bed most of the day. We felt the presents and knew what lots of them were... so i opened the thermometer. Im sorry, but there was a need :P haha it was 100.5. SO FUN! but we got sprite, gatorade and saltines at walmart and i was feeling mostly better that night. Sunday morning i was feeling better so we went to two ward councils, three sacrament meetings, dinner and two lessons. This is every sunday, except sometimes more. We had an awesome lesson with C* Sunday night too! He is another one of our investigators, but he can't get baptized until he marries his girlfriend (they live together). We're gonna bring in Elder Daley, he is a missionary specifically called to deal with situations like this and he always gets people hyped about marriage and specifically temple marriage. Anyways, He is always dedicated in reading the Book of Mormon and is super good and writing down questions and highlighting verses he likes. last week we had committed him to pray, which was something he has always struggled with along with faith. Yesterday we found out he had prayed for the first time in a long time right before he read in the Book of Mormon and found his answer right there! it was so great and we were jumping for joy when we got back to our car (which we love SO much and we named Nimrod... missionaries for the Win :D) Anyways, the spirit was super strong and we are just so excited for him! today i am feeling much better and i'll be able to relax a little... and do some Christmas shopping for my companion. She is just so wonderful! 
Christmas is just so wonderful because its a time when everyone can focus on Christ and what he did for us. My challenge to you: Share the gospel with someone. Christ was the first Christmas gift, and the best gift you can give is the gospel, and its really NOT THAT HARD! Everyone needs it and its a great gift to the person you share it with, yourself, and Heavenly Father :) Merry Christmas friends and family and i'm thinking of you! thanks for all the letters and love sent my way, they really lift my spirits... especially when i'm super sick :P LOTS OF LOVE!
Sister Johnson!

Their Christmas presents
Preparing items for making mice

Sis. Taylor melts the dipping chocolate

Finished mice... one of our family traditions!

Ready to deliver... such cute homemade tags!

Apparently proud of her perfect report! LOL!

Card made with paper I sent to her... she did great with so few things!

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