Life is good. It is way good! I love our new district! It is amazing! We have a lot of new blood here, everyone wants to work. It is going to explode here! Everyone can feel it. Rimgrove is the place to be. My zone Covina is a pretty good one for baptizing, we have worked ourselves up to top notch. It is amazing to see. That is completely different than when I got here. The members are awesome, there are recent converts all around. It is ready for some new families! I’m just glad I got to see it get built up!
This week I don’t really remember what I did…
Oh on Saturday it was insane! So we had a Mother’s day dinner. Crazy part: there was a bounce house!! It was for all the little kids, but of course the missionaries took advantage… Nobody was at the dinner at first, kind of embarrassing. Then a lot of people came, two hours later. We ate, and were called outside. There was a pinata for H Stohlton’s birthday!!! It was a Dora the Explorer one. It was so funny!! All the kids went crazy, loved it.
Then we came inside, Juan M who arranged it all, had a cake for her birthday as well. The ward sang to her. At the end, they had her bite the cake as tradition, one of the counselors in the ward pushed her face into the cake. It was so funny! Then there was flan. There was so much stuff for her birthday it was crazy.
And today. We had a sister’s activity! We went on a hike. It was super nice. There’s so many crazy things going on with all the sisters. There’s a zillion trios, so many new sisters, including some visa waiters. It was nice to go out, although LA traffic stinks! It took 1 1/2 hours to drive 20 or so miles. But we’re used to it out here.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love CA? It’s great! I love the weather, even the 100 degree heat! Just go under a tree and you cool off, unlike in VA!
Also, this week, I’ve really realized how much my testimony has grown. This church is true. This gospel is the complete gospel of Jesus Christ as he taught it. We have the priesthood, the authority of God. We have miracles happening still on the earth. The scriptures are so important to your well being. If you aren’t reading daily, you don’t have that protection from the world and can be easily influenced for the worse. I have seen the power in prayer. Sincere prayer is the only way we can talk with our Heavenly Father, and he really does answer us. I have seen so many things, and I know it’s true. This is just an amazing thing. I am amazed to be here, see the hastening of the work. It is happening. It is real. It is true. You better be helping, my friends! Actively get to know your neighbors. The people you work out at the gym with. Anyone. You never know if they’re searching for the truth. There are so many people who are, even if they don’t know it yet.
I love you guys, I hope for the best for everyone!
Hermana Laura Johnson
So let’s just talk about what happened this week. Let’s say it was crazy. I kind of let H Stohlton take over, we did some really random things.
On Wednesday, I attacked a drunk man’s drinking habits. He knew it was something he shouldn’t do but does anyways. I asked if it makes him happy, I asked if he thinks God likes it. I asked what the worst thing that could happen in his life would be. I then told him I could tell he wasn’t happy and he would never be happy without Christ. I don’t know if I was trying to make him cry or what (not quite)… but yeah we’re not going back.
We tried to see Jose, the crazy old man from awhile back. He lives in an all Chinese area, says he wants to tape his eyes to look more Chinese to fit in. He talks about his communion which he gets every week. Well I was not having it. We went back for the helper lady who is a preacher’s wife. Well, they tried to give us green tea!! So awkward. That was my first time having to deny a drink. (lies I’ve had to deny beer a lot but people understand that…) They poured it from one of those Arizona cans, she tried to pour it back into the can, into a mug. They then gave us water, and were super confused by it.
Juan 2 is crazy. After getting the Holy Ghost he got this crazy overconfidence… It has been hilariously ridiculous. At a baptism on Sunday, I sat playing prelude with the hiccups. He, and H Stohlton sat there laughing at me for 10 minutes. They laughed with one of the ladies in the ward about it, they went and got me a water bottle. Then when I drank it, and they went away they laughed about it still. His favorite hymn is The Daydawn is Breaking or whatever it is in English. I played it for his baptism. Apparently, he read the lyrics during the Sacrament. That is such a random song! He is just so weird sometimes.
Also, totally didn’t mention that… IT’S MY BIRTHDAY NEXT SUNDAY!! Woohooo big 22. The Elders didn’t realize I’m so old. One of them, E Knapp, was shocked both times I said it. Next to these 19 year olds, I’m so old, weird. Also, next week we get to Skype! Also next Sunday, I’ll know if I’m leaving Rimgrove!! Ahhhh! My birthday is going to be all sorts of emotions. That’s all I know.
And yes, we did buy plastic flamingo cups. And go through donut shop shaped like a giant donut.
Other weird things lately. We saw this guy, someone we’ve been trying to teach, asleep in his car. It’s super hot outside, we thought he was dead. We came back later, turns out he didn’t. Also the same lady who wore mint green, wore the visor, used a pair of pliers to knock down the door of her friend. There are these awful gate things here protecting everyone’s houses. Then when you get closer they have like screen doors but made of metal and they don’t make much noise when you knock. She used a pair of rusty pliers she found on the windowsill. Weird.
Anyways, that’s all I have time for!
Now to the real thing, something I never talk about on here. Today. Today Anna, my sister got married. I’m not going to lie, this has been hard. Everybody wants to be there for their siblings when such a big event happens. No such luck for me. When I put in my mission papers, I knew this was likely going to happen but I knew what I had to do and it was to serve a mission. On Sunday I had a blessing. What I got out of it was that I am where I need to be, no matter how hard it is.
Today I also had the chance to go the temple, one of the two times every year (since it is out of the mission). In the Celestial room I just felt that at least I was in the temple on the same day partaking of the same spirit.
Anna, you’ll probably read this after but this is for you. I hope your day was amazing. I hope you felt as gorgeous as you are. I hope it was all you’ve ever dreamed of. I hope you felt the Lord’s presence in the sealing, that you understand the significance of the event in your life, that you can remember it forever.
Hermana Laura Johnson