Week 27

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This week….

Not too much new. Or maybe a ton of things!! So let’s go through my week.

Wednesday
Had the sister’s conference. Really inspiring. This mission is kicking it up a notch! Seriously, a few baptisms every once in awhile is not enough!! Monthly baptisms! We went out with a lady in the ward to see her friend. She came in a minty colored sweatsuit. And told her friend, that she is an investigator. Let’s just say that it wasn’t tactful.
 
Thursday
Super random day. We met a guy at Walgreens, he talked to us for like two seconds, then decided to buy us ice cream… What?! We followed him to the freezer section, got ice cream. Then we gave him Finding Faith in Christ, got his number. He even tried to take us out to eat the next day, but we could not understand him on the phone… haha. Also Juan 1 finished D&C this week. He’s awesome!
 
Saturday
We went and saw Guillermina. We haven’t seen her in a long time. It was just at the door. She told us her faith keeps increasing. Apparently when we put the balloons, note on her door like a month ago, we didn’t realize it was her birthday!! She said it was thrilling to see. We didn’t even know, she realized we must have felt to do it without any reason why.
 

Sunday

Crazy. Baptism. Juan 2 was way excited, so many people were there. Everything went as planned for prep. Then we started. While the talks were going on, I thought I heard the water draining in the font. I worried the whole time that there wouldn’t be enough water! H Stohlton worried the whole time it was flooding because she accidentally left the water on! We opened the doors, the water was running, but not too much, just enough to counterbalance the draining that was going on. We were both relieved. They went in through the bathrooms, couldn’t get in! Apparently the door locked to the font when we went in and out to turn on the water. Luckily the girls’ side was open, so they went in through there. It was hilarious, they had to get in, walk their shoes across. Then he was baptized, and luckily the door to the mens’ room opened from the font side. 

Afterwards we talked forever. As we left, Juan 2 shook my hand. He always shakes really hard. Well this time, he broke my ring!!! Ridiculous. 

Monday
Interviews with President! He basically told H Stohlton she’ll be staying here, training a native. Gaaah. Meaning I’m out of here. I’m not done here! We’re meeting Rafael and his girls again tomorrow, getting them stinking baptized! They are getting testimonies! They are soo so so close. They just don’t realize it! Luckily nothing happened over the 2 months we didn’t see them. We’re kicking it into gear here!

Love,
Hermana Laura Johnson

 

Week 26

Hola!!!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how much I love granola but I do. A lot!!! I discovered this delicious granola in the bulk section of the Hispanic market. I got two bags of it. I spent $15 on granola. Totally worth it. The guy at the cash register was super confused, he’s never seen someone buy so much at once! 

Also at the Hispanic market: Some random guy stopped us to talk. He said he liked H. Stohlton’s eyes. I told him that it was because of the light of Christ. Cheesiest thing ever. Totally worked. Sadly he didn’t know his address nor phone number since he just moved. We hope he calls us!

Juan 2 is getting baptized next week!!! Woohoo!! He is getting baptized by the same person who baptized Juan 1. That’s going to be great. He is just looking for a wife so he can have that eternal family. It’s so cute! He is going to be a great member.

I used all my energy within two days of the week. We fasted on Tuesday because we didn’t have time to eat, had no dinner scheduled. Well it worked really well. A lesson cancelled and our member who had gone out with us remembered 10 different families she wanted us to visit but just didn’t have addresses for. At the end we were exhausted after going around. Also ate dinner with the same member on Saturday. We came in the middle of her dying her hair with another member… It was kind of strange and very unexpected.

Thursday we had a couple extra minutes, we prayed to find someone new because the person we tried to see wasn’t home. We tried a house on the same block, a lady was sitting out front. We asked if she knew the neighbor we were looking for. She didn’t but she did know of the missionaries because her family is LDS. What?! She was great! I am really excited to go back and see her.

Also we randomly saw the family I taught back in January the single man, his two girls. Lately a lot of people have asked me about them, he texted us, we’ve seen them crossing the street a lot. When we saw them I finally decided that I can’t keep running into them on coincidence. They gladly welcomed us back. So we have a catch-up lesson this week. I really hope that things work out for them! I know that they can, we’re out here rocking Rimgrove!

Con amor,
Hermana Laura Johnson

 

 

Week 25: Six Months

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Hey all,

So I am six months old!! Just one year left…. Ahhh so much more to do!

This week… not too exciting. Oh wait, I’m training all by myself! I’m in charge! It’s been different but a good different. It’s definitely helping my companion talk more with just two of us. And actually we had a great week! The best on my mission! We had five new investigators and a ton of lessons!! It was wonderful! It was unexpected too. Our investigators are the family of a current investigator, it will be interesting because the family is separated… yeah. Very interesting.

General conference! Nothing too much stuck out to me. I didn’t think there was too much counsel, it really was about teaching the doctrine. The doctrine was focused on chastity, eternal families. There definitely will be a lot of problems with chastity, those problems are only getting worse!

Also, this week we got lost for an hour trying to get to dinner. That moment definitely reminded me I do not know Spanish yet, especially over the phone! I did not understand anything from that phone conversation. She tried telling us her number where she lives…. yep got nothing. The Elders didn’t have her address either so that stunk! We eventually found her waiting for us by a gas station. Oh well.

We have two baptisms in a couple weeks. I’m really excited! Not so much about the planning of them though. They are both super excited for baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost. It will be super great. (Wow I have awful vocabulary… super awesome/excited/great, do I say anything else?!?)

It was fun at Conference, so many missionaries were together at the stake center. We ate lunch with H Jardon and her new companion H Johnson! That’s right her second companion with the same name, and she’s training her! It’s hilarious how the situation is so similar. Things are all going good!

Sorry I don’t have anything interesting this week. Maybe next week! Here’s pictures!

Love,
Hermana Laura Johnson

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Week 24

This week… 

I’m staying in RIMGROVE! Woohooo! We figured out the next transfers are May 13th… So that means I’ll know May 11th, right before my birthday what’s going on. I think that might be awful but we’ll see. If I leave I’ll have to say good bye to everyone on my b-day 😦 But we’ll see, that’s awhile away! H LaPierre is going to Pomona, just 6 weeks here! And I’m sticking around with H Stohlton! It’s going to be good!!!!

The talent show. Dang. It was hilarious! It was the worst run talent show I have ever been to but the funniest. Many reasons why: 

  • One of the old ladies fell over a chair when they turned the lights off, her nachos flew all over her. During one act, we cleaned cheese off of her jacket.
  • None of the acts went in order
  • Everyone wanted to read poems…. One was super passionate, it was a little scary
  • Two little girls sang “call me maybe” to their dad! Creepyish
  • We tried to sing a T.Swift song using helium but it didn’t work for us… Everyone thought we sang really good. Not what we were going for…
  • There were kids crawling around on the gym floor
  • The Elders were running in and out
  • One of the kids did Gongham style (? I can’t even remember what it’s called) And he legit did it. It surprised us a lot
  • During the RS samba, everyone wore matching costumes except for one lady in a fluorescent joker outfit… She didn’t have a different part or anything. It was hilarious

Good thing the credit and planning go to the Elders and not us! At least everyone enjoyed it! Our investigator Juan came just to laugh at us!

Also, we got permission to do ZUMBA (as a finding activity)! I loved it and pretty much died, I worked out harder than I have in so long! I was soooo sore the next day.

We went and had wings this week, They were disgustingly messy, yet super delicious!

We are teaching English to a neighborhood… Yep. We went to see one guy, and did it outside. We attracted a crowd. Now we have 5 new investigators! Awesome sauce! My favorite part about English class was how one guy pronounced neighbor–naked!! It was so funny! Then in English class I fell off my chair because it broke, and flew into the brick wall. They keep making fun of me when I sit down now, asking if I need help or anything.

We went to a party and met a couple less actives that we didn’t know about. It was so great, random. It was at the party a couple of our investigators had for their daughter. They also made us set up some of the tables, tried to give us beer… Interesting.

Things are getting good around Rimgrove! I hope everyone is doing well at home! Love you all!

Love,
Hermana Laura Johnson