Week 57

Hola mis amigos!
 
And the first sister missionary to be hit by a car? Oh yeah, that would be me. It was on Saturday when I was crossing the street and a car was turning right on red, the lady didn’t notice me (she just saw Hna Davis, didn’t realize there was another biker). She hit the last couple inches of my bike, knocked it out from under me. I didn’t fall or get hurt or anything but the tire popped off.  The lady asked if I was ok, I said I was but the bike wasn’t and when I crossed the street she drove off. A witness saw it, chased after her, tried to get her information but she wouldn’t give it to him because I said I was fine. He did get her license plate number. Some people helped fix the bike, including the Elders, and we got it in working condition. So pretty much I was shaken up and was mentally out of it all day but nothing long term happened!
 
From my weekly letter since I’m running out of time to write:
“Yesterday was really amazing. We had really good studies, interestingly enough both Hna Davis and I were inspired to read the same chapter about Ammon wanting to serve the Lamanites, wanted to dwell there until he died and he got to work. Then while working the sheep were scattered and the people cried about it, Ammon decided that no he wouldn’t take it as an excuse to stop as well. He kept working, solved the problem and astonished everyone. It inspired us to get out to work last night. We talked to a lot of people in our short 3 hours, we found a really amazing referral for Rimgrove. It is a family that is looking for a new church because they know the Catholic church is wrong. Once we started talking, the woman asked us if we or the leaders of our church come to people’s houses to teach. It was amazing! We said yes, got her address and everything so the missionaries in Rimgrove can go by this week. I feel like we are so close to meeting an amazing family here in our own ward. And we are working hard to do it.”
 
We decided to ride through the neighborhoods instead of sticking to the main roads to find people on our way to other places. It’s worked pretty well so far! We met a many Johnny literally 1 minute after we remembered that goal. We were on a main street, took the next side street, met him, got his address and we should visit him this week.
 
We also had a really amazing Sunday. I spoke on missionary work using Elder Nielsen’s talk about being excited to do missionary work! It was really awesome. I talked about how it should be exciting, not a hassle. I remember giving a Book of Mormon to one of my co-workers before I left my internship last summer, and it made me so excited! I remember I was smiling for days about it. We should all have that enthusiasm, we are bringing salvation to people’s souls! How exciting is that! Right after I spoke, I played piano for H Davis, she sang I’m Trying to be like Jesus. It was really awesome, all right after another. Missionary work is being Christlike, sharing his love!
 
Quotes from the talk:
“Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him”
 
Since we are all on the Lord’s team, do we each have our own winning game plan? Are we ready to play? If we, as members, really loved our family, friends, and associates, wouldn’t we want to share our testimony of the restored gospel with them?
 
Elder L. Tom Perry added the concluding comments: “This is the most remarkable era in the history of the Church. This is something that ranks with the great events that have happened in past history, like the First Vision, like the gift of the Book of Mormon, like the Restoration of the gospel, like all of the things that build that foundation for us to go forward and teach in our Father in Heaven’s kingdom”
 
We need to be engaged as never before to match the excitement of our leaders and the commitment of our full-time missionaries. This work is not going to move forward in the Lord’s intended way without us!

First, specifically pray to bring someone closer to the Savior and His gospel every day. You could do this by seeing all people as sons and daughters of God helping each other on their journey home. Think of the new friends you would make.

Second, pray for the missionaries serving in your area and their investigators by name every day. The only way to do this is to greet them, look at their badge, call them by name, and ask them who they are teaching. Elder Russell M. Nelson wisely contributed, “Until you know a person’s name and face, the Lord cannot help you know his or her heart.”

Third, invite a friend to an activity in or out of your home. Wherever you go or whatever you do, ponder who would enjoy the occasion and then listen to the Spirit as He directs you.

I really encourage anyone reading this to do those three suggestions. We as missionaries need all of your help to do this work, especially your help, participation! You will feel the spirit more in your life, will feel more love for your friends, family as you share with them. I promise you you will see it!

There was a baptism on Saturday for one of the Elder’s investigators. It was really cool. After the baptism we watched a video from the Work of Salvation. It was really inspiring. I felt the spirit so strong. This work is God’s work, we must be apart of it! The Bishop, a counselor shared their testimonies, I just really felt it. Baptism is really where the gospel begins to bless the lives of the people around us. We just have to help them get to that point.
 
I love you all. Have a good week!
Hermana Laura Johnson
 
PS. Looks like facebook will be soon, sometime before the end of the year. The leaders of  mission are on, just not the normal folks yet! And enjoy this weird picture of me modeling with a cookie.
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