September 2, 2014


so i realized that when i do my weekly emails i often run out of time, so to be more efficient i'll share some of the highlights from the week in general. I'll try my best to give lots of good insights about mission life!! :)


Earlier in the week we were walking a dog for the ward mission leader (Clausens) and were trying to contact people at the same time. across the street was this man and so we walked over and he pet the dog and we stroke up a conversation. we had a good talk and talked some about gospel, he brought it up more than we did (which actually is often the case, especially when its people that are telling us they don't want to hear it :P haha). but at the end of our conversation he told us that he wouldn't usually talk to missionaries but he did that day... because we had a cute dog with us!! haha

We've been able to add new investigators this week, which has been great! we usually have at least 1 per week but finding is definitely a struggle, which is weird because this area has a lot of potential but its just hard to move them from potentials to SOLID investigators...
anyways, we were at a lesson with a LA named Misty and we watched the movie "Finding Faith in Christ" and talked about the book of mormon. her daughter was there (not a member) and sat in on the lesson. we could FEEL that SHE was feeling something after talking about the savior, faith, and prayer, etc. we're excited to work with her, her name is K*. 

Another amazing thing this week: it’s hard to come into an area and have to go on exchanges and basically NOT know whats going on but have to do it for a whole day. But, i did do that! Testimony: NOT IMPOSSIBLE!! :P haha i wasn't too stressed for it, we just planned VERY thoroughly the night before :P I was with Sister Estrada for exchanges. She is one of the Spanish Sisters and is going home in just a few weeks. SO SAD! haha but we were out contacting referrals and we went to one and the lady in the apartment above started talking to us, she is a LA member (i think) and is moving in a while, but she was completely open to talking with us and said will gladly come to church and we have an appt to go see her again this week! its great, i love being a missionary and love miracles!

Another Miracle!! we had dinner one night with the high councilman over missionary work and talked about...well, misisonary work :P haha but when we left we both felt like instead of getting into the car to drive to the next appt we should walk, so we did! as we passed his FIRST neighbors house we said hello and chatted (we had talked before) he offered us vegetables out of his garden and as we were leaving from there, he also said, "Oh! and that lady across the street isn't a member and her house caught on fire today, she could probably use your help!" Hallelujah! we are seeing the members starting to love and trust us here and its awesome! we went over and talked to her and she said she would let us come and help her clean and stuff, we really want to teach her, she is super great and super sweet! :)

OK, a little fun though :) Saturday the District Leaders and us got together and baked cookies for every companionship in the zone to give to their Bishops to help us become closer with the members and have them trust and love us! i love baking cookies... and they were pretty delicious... :)

OK, last thing, and mom. you would be proud :) we both had talks in sacrament on sunday in the 9th ward and bishop was having us basically do the whole sacrament, so we decided to do a musical number too. Yes, sister johnson sang a SOLO in sacrament meeting. it was crazy, i didn't actually get too nervous, it OBVIOUSLY wasn't perfect, but sis pilling played the piano and i sang "The Olive Tree" and i think it turned out pretty good :) Heavenly Father had my back that day :P haha


of course, for one last highlight! got to eat lunch with Dad, Alex, and Uncle Greg today!!! it was good to see family and weird because, well, it didn't feel weird or like i'd been away for 9 months (which i have) and it wasn't hard to say goodbye :)

Have a great week and Keep the Faith! :)


sis pilling on her 1year mark (i got her a card) :)

we went to walmart and got matching tshirts with superman on them!

With her sister that just returned from her mission... Alex

At lunch with Dad, sister and Uncle!

Happy family!.... Proud Papa too!

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