Week 36

Hola

Another week in Tujunga!! And sad news. H Lopez left today! She is in a different area, Fletcher. And I am now with H Hernandez. It’s way fun, and surprisingly we are not in a trio like we thought! And now I am in my first not training situation! Awesome!

Oh, surprise, I cut my hair! About a foot of it! Ahh. It was needed, fun though–way too heavy, hot in this heat. I always enjoy seeing everyone’s reactions when they notice. Some people were confused, didn’t know whether they were crazy or I really did cut off all my hair. Some were convinced that H Lopez cut her hair… nope. It’s good though I really like it this length.

Wednesday we tried to see a less active. We walked a ton around the house before we realized which one it actually was. Apparently we went in through the back entrance. And the neighbor was creepily watching us, wouldn’t let us go back through the back entrance. So we walked all th. So dumb.

Here’s something hilarious. There’s this Denny’s in our area. H Lopez and I really wanted to go there. For some weird reason, I was convinced it had a windmill on top of it. So everytime we passed it, she would laugh at me. Well today while driving to the office, to trade companions, we saw a Denny’s with a windmill on top!! We laughed until we cried. Perfect ending to a good companionship.

We sang to a less active family last week with a ukelele. That was fun. 

Did I mention the weird thing with cats? H Lopez and I would point out every cat we saw, she said, “cats are the sign!” meaning we would have to contact whoever.

Also that letter was from awhile ago. We parked in front of someone’s “main gate”, not for their car, but like their gate/door to get in. They totally had the gate part for their car unblocked. Oh well. People are weird here.

Also I bought cookies ‘n cream cereal like the chocolate bars. So delicious. 

Love,
Hermana Laura Johnson

 

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Week 35

Hola!!!

 
So this week was good. We had so much fun last P-day! We went to CVS and listened to all the musical cards. Then we went to the dollar store. It was amazing! I went crazy buying nail polish (which if you can tell from my pictures, I’ve recently become obsessed with it thanks to H Stohlton). We have this thing about cats because we see them everywhere and I love them, H Lopez doesn’t so we bought a new keyring, a black cat. We just had so much fun!! Like seriously, our jaws dropped while we were at the dollar store it was amazing!!!
 
We met a random lady on the street who told us she loves the Book of Alma and wants to read it but lost her BoM. So cool! Too bad we haven’t been able to find her again for the last few days. I hope we can find her again this week. We couldn’t remember her name so we just have been calling her Lady and cats (she has two cats).
 
I had asparagus this week which was delicious. It’s surprising how little we eat vegetables. I forget until the members actually give us some. They only ever give us salad, if that.
 
We found this cute 20 year old this week. We taught the Restoration and it surprised her so much. Like her jaw dropped about the BoM, that we believe in other scripture. It completely shocked her. She didn’t realize how completely different we really are. She’s committed to read it, she really wants to find out more about it.
 
Saturday night we used the GPS to try to find an address. It took us on the freeway and while still on it, it told us to turn right, go off road!! It wanted us to leave the freeway. Then when we didn’t, it tried to recalculate, redo what we had just driven. It was hilarious!!! I sat there and told H Lopez, “Jump Hermana!!!” We sat there laughing until we cried.
 
Also, we have transfer calls next week. And a couple minutes ago we got a call from the APs. They wanted to know if we have room for another sister in our apartment. So guess what… we’re probably going to be a trio!! That’s super exciting! I seriously just love trios!! We have a blast every time. I don’t think I’ll be double training but it’s a possibility. Probably one of the Hermanas who’s finished training will be coming. 
 
It’s crazy right now, the oldest Hermana is leaving next week. That means that my trainer, H Jardon, H LaPierre and H Southworth are the oldest missionaries! They aren’t even a year on their missions yet. Then me, H Connelly, another sister who went into the MTC with us H Duran are the next oldest. How crazy is that! We’re practically the oldest sisters in the mission and will be for the next 9 months. We’ve just been pushed into leadership positions so early on. This is not normal for missions, I don’t think the missionaries will ever have to train this much ever again either. The time I’ve come out on my mission is so unique, I know there is a reason I’m here during the chaos!
 
We got a new investigator Marisol. She was the one we prayed with last week. She immediately opened the door, chatted about her goings on. She told us she had some funny things happen while going job hunting. She asked a waiter who was standing outside a group of buildings, if their restaurant was hiring, if they got her application. He said he didn’t know but to reapply, she could talk to the manager. Apparently he was not from the restaurant she thought, he took her to a different restaurant and has an interview this week. The Lord works in mysterious ways! Seriously. I know she will be able to find a job! She told us that after we left last week, she felt something weird that she couldn’t describe. She felt the spirit! It was amazing how she was able to recognize it!
 
Well that’s all I’ve got!
Love,
Hermana Johnson

Week 34

Hola!!
 
Seriously, this week has been so fun. It has been super hard, but really great. Lots of fun stories.
 
On Friday we went to Subway for dinner. First there was a girl getting married the next day. Her and her friend were just hilarious. They were jokingly fighting over who was paying. They also put a lot of weird things in their sandwiches for fun. While we were sitting it got super freezing cold. Outside=super hot so they love the AC. We went to an appointement which fell through. So we walked around a couple blocks. We saw a house of a former we had tried to go to before, they were there with the door open. So we went by. They were busy ironing inside, they didn’t really want to talk. I’m not sure why but I played the desperate missionary card (which has never happened before). We really were cold, since we didn’t have sweaters. I told the lady, Leticia how we were just so cold, just wanted to come inside. She told me I looked like an angel so she let us in. She gave us fruit, water, and we chatted about what we do as missionaries. She’s so cute. We’re going to give her the conference Liahona since she loves reading magazines from churches, loves the advice. Well we’re hoping it will help her.
 
Last night we had a really cool experience. We tried to see a referral, but they weren’t home. We decided that since we were in the area we would see a former we tried to contact last week (someone was there but totally didn’t open the door). With just hope, a little faith we went. We rang the bell 3 times and were about to leave when it opened. She totally didn’t want to let us in because she was tired, she said she needs a new job. We told her we could just pray with her. She invited us in just for that, with the expectation of leaving after a minute. The prayer was really awesome, really powerful. After that, she invited us to sit down, have some water. She talked to us for 45 minutes about her family, turns out she actually was really interested in the church because of the youth actvities. Her twin daughters just graduated middle school, are at the point where they really need help before the temptations come! And she knows a bunch of members! She is awesome, super prepared, and really needs it right now!
 
Also, I love living with members! We live with the Ross family, Larry, Kathy and their daughter Crysta (their other kids are out of the house). Last night after we got home, we ate a bag of chips and two jars of salsa and talked. We heard their love story, chatted like we’re all family (which we are now!). We talked about how I just am a cat person, no matter how hard I try I am not a dog person. I said I just love holding cats, one thing you really can’t do with big dogs. Brother Ross proved me wrong by having the huge golden retriever jump up into his arms and he just held her for a few minutes. Yeah, it looked kind of ridiculous.
 
We met this really awesome guy, Danny, on Saturday. He was shirtless, waxing his car in a park. He did not look like the type to accept. We almost walked right past him, but I casually said, “You never know! Let’s go talk to him.” Good thing! We talked about the restoration, how there is a prophet now. He loved it, said he’s been looking for a church. It was so perfect. Sadly he did not want to give us any information!! I really hope he comes, I’ll be praying he does!
 
We tried to see a potential from a list in our area book. We saw a ton of dogs out front, all barking. They didn’t seem too ferocious so we walked in. The lady came out of the house because of all of the dogs barking. She told us she was not interested and that the dogs bite, was actually surprised to see they were not doing their job. “They’re supposed to bite!” Lame. So we went next door. We met this lady who had a pass along card in her screen door…. That was strange. We knocked not knowing who we were meeting, a member, an investigator? It was some random lady, she immediately invited us in for lemonade. She told us she’s had missionaries before, her niece goes to our sports night. She even ended up telling us that maybe we would be the ones who would baptize her (she even brought up baptism herself)! It was super super random. But needless to say… we are going back to get her baptized! She’s awesome!
 
This week we met a less active family. Somehow (the spirit) we made it to their house during the only time that family is ever together. They told us their daughter in college got an apartment right in front of the San Diego temple. She can feel the spirit, wants to go to the temple. This in combination with us showing up, makes them think it’s a big sign saying they should go back to church. They decided they want to go to the temple. I made them a promise, as a representative of Christ, that if they returned, their daughters would follow regardless of the concerns they have for their kids, and they would be sealed in the temple. It didn’t feel like much, but Hno Duran just looked at me and pointed, speechless. All the talk before wasn’t really meaningful to him, but the promise was. It was amazing to see that change in them.
 
There’s this member who has what looks like a sleeping puppy on a pillow. It looks so real! I went to pet it, then realized it was not real… and it was weird. I pet a stuffed animal… Awkward.
 
Also, I didn’t mention the commitment the whole stake here has. Our Stake President committed everyone to invite a friend to have the missionary lessons in their home by the end of the year. Yes. Isn’t that crazy? Well guess what. I’m inviting everyone reading this to do the same. Invite people! You never know who will accept, and who will not!
 
“And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” (D&C 8:15-16)
 
I know this church is true. I know this gospel can change lives forever, open the hearts of those who are closed off to the Lord. I know the Atonement can heal the wounded, broken of heart, and can be applied for every situation, for every person. I know this and so many other things. I love this work! I love the gospel! I love Arcadia, CA!
 
Love,
Hermana Laura Johnson

Week 33 TUJUNGA!!

Dear everyone,
 
Happy 8 months!
 

I’m in my new area! We live with members, the Ross family and they are great! They have a three kids, a daughter who is married here in CA, one in DC on his mission, one daughter who is graduating HS this week, a cat (which makes me miss our kitty), two dogs. I love it!

 
Oh and introducing my new companion Hermana Lopez Chavez from Mexico City. She is great already, it is so fun since she already knows the language. I just tell her we’re going to contact people and she just does it. And people love her since she’s native, they love to find out why she’s here from Mexico!
 
Tujunga is full of white people, Armenians, Chinese, Korean people and a few Spanish. So our job is to sort out everyone and find all the Spanish speakers here. And oh there is a lot of work here! We went through our area book, found a bunch of people to go by. At this point, we’ve gone by a bunch of members, random people. We haven’t found any investigators yet, but we have a lot of potentials! Things are really moving though! 
 
Yesterday we had stake conference, President Becerra spoke. He talked about how we as members have to start asking ourselves more questions. If the verse Amos 3:7 is true, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” What secret has Pres Monson been revealed that helped bring about the age change in missionary work? Most likely something about the second coming. And as members how does that affect us? Every nation, tongue and people need to hear the gospel before the second coming, how are we moving along the work? He talked about how we don’t necessarily have goals to do missionary work, so it doesn’t necessarily happen. The missionary work is hastening because of the number of missionaries increasing, how as members are we contributing? Are we hastening our pace as members or are we trotting along at the same laid back pace?
 
Also random things from the past little bit. A bird flew in my face on Saturday (1 week ago). H Stohlton had this MoTab CD from the 80’s. It had a few really awesome songs, one called “Suddenly you’re Older”. We couldn’t really understand it but it was awesome from what we could tell. (Mom send me the lyrics it’s hilarious!). I never knew the organ could sound so 80’s until that CD.  We made a fruit smoothie, H Stohlton put some Cap’n Crunch in it…. really weird idea. Don’t do it. I put in some yogurt, strawberries, it somewhat fixed it… it was weird.
 
This week we walked around on Friday. We had a member to go see who was in the directory but not active or anything. Well they don’t live there anymore. So we went elsewhere. But the address didn’t exist or something. We were super confused so we knocked a couple doors around the number to find out about it. Then we knocked into some English members! Hilarious. We weren’t sure why we were supposed to be there but we think those members were it. They were busy so we’re going back next week, hopefully we get a referral from them!
 
Love,
Hermana Laura Johnson
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