Well, obviously this week started out great because i got to go out to lunch with lovely family people!! AND btw, saw the pics of Ella and Pepper and i can't believe how beautiful and grown up they are looking!! ITS SO CRAZY!!! O.o
Anyways, we had a pretty busy week, no lie. Tuesday we had an MLC, which is mission leadership council where we talked about mission goals, follow up from meetings, future meetings, etc. welcome to being an STL!! :P haha
We got to participate in a lot of service this week, which has been great!!
Brother Hawkins is the High Councilman over missionary work here in Rose Park Stake and he was pouring a concrete slab for his future shed this week, so we helped him dig up dirt and do the concrete which was lots of fun!! things you learn as a missionary! :) Sister pilling was also sick some of this week, so i got to help take care of her, which is one of my FAVORITE things to do, no lie :) i love helping people feel better :)
Other service we got to do: a LA lady's house caught on fire last week and one of her neighbors told us about it, so we went over and offered help. She called us this week!! WE GOT TO GO SERVE PEOPLE MORE!! :D haha it was a lot of washing walls and cleaning which was fun when you have a boatload of missionaries there like we did :P haha you could tell how much she appreciated the help and we loved helping too! :) we also got to go walk an elderly ladies dog (she recently had surgery) and when you serve people you can definitely feel the love the savior has for them :)
MIRACLE OF THE WEEK! we got a call fri afternoon from one of our bishops who gave us a referral from temple square, a man named John had been visiting with sisters there and said missionaries could come by. So, we went by at 8:30 that night before we headed in and guess what? he was home and welcoming and open! he was excited to see us and guess when we scheduled our return appt for?! next morning 10am!! :P haha
Another great experience this week: so we were on companion study practicing for one of our lessons and all of a sudden as i was trying to role play i literally just couldn't do it. could talk, teach, feel the spirit, ANYTHING. it was really weird and i just broke down crying because i didn't know why. it scared me and i was just trying to rack my brain as to WHY this was going on. i felt blocked.
one of the Sisters we are over as STL's called us later that day and said something seemed off and she was unsettled and so we took her to a place in Glendale called the Peace Gardens (fitting, right?) and just talked. I think what i went through (and what sis pilling went through earlier in the week that was a similar experience) was so we could feel what she would be feeling and be able to comfort her and know what to do to help her. She is an amazing sister who has a very strong testimony :)
Two other amazing things this week:
1) we had a regional conference which was awesome! elders Oaks and Hales spoke to the 12ish stakes in the region as well as other general authorities (it was at the conference center) and another great part? Tooele county is part of the Region so i got to see a bunch of the people i love there! It was great!! :D we also got to bring one of our investigators who is in a wheel chair and he had a great experience.
2) we got to go to the temple today! we literally spent about 4 hours in the temple today which was SOOOOO nice. i could stay there all day. I felt more peace in the temple today than i have ever felt in the temple before, it was amazing and incredible to be able to feel that much peace and love :) ♥
Love you all and hope you have a fantastic week! KEEP THE FAITH!!!! :):) SISTER JOHNSON ♥