Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Elise and Grandma! - July 7, 2014

Sounds like everything´s going well at home.  I´d like to wish Elise and Grandma a very happy birthday this week!  Grandma is always been there to support me in all my big dreams and always encourages me to be my best self and work hard.  Elise has always been a good example to me of staying strong in all life´s difficulties, even if she is a nut who only goes to the hairdresser to get half an inch cut off.  Yep, that sure sounds like Molly!    Jk but really I love you all and hope Grandma and Molly have a very special week.  I hope they get the birthday cards I sent in the mail. 

For the 4th of July, we decorated the house with the decorations mom sent and also ate the blue pop tarts she sent, which were wonderful.  I really liked those.  We shared the licorice in our district meeting so everyone was pretty excited about that.  And so mom knows, everything you sent got here perfectly safe and sound.   Also I wore red, white, and blue in honor of my country, but other than that it was just a regular day.  No BBQ or blowing things up to the tune of patriotic music.  Thanks mom for making all the holidays special for me and my companions. 

In all my mission, in each of the houses I have lived there has been some sort of pest problem that has been unique to each area.  In Campana we had a spider problem.  There were always tons of little tiny yellowish spiders everywhere, and I couldn't put my toothbrush in the same place two days in a row or they'd  start making a web there.  In Potrerillos we had a serious ant problem.  They would eat through plastic and cardboard to get to the food.  We´d have to put everything someplace high up or in the microwave or the refrigerator.  They made their anthill house in a pile of books in a cupboard of our house!  Here in Puerto Cortes the infestation which we face is cockroaches.  And they are pretty decent sized.  About 2 or 3 inches long.  Idk where they all come from.  Hermana Luna has a theory that they climb up from the shower drain but who knows.  We find a big one about ever other day, so it´s not unbearable but it can be bothersome.  They are just so nasty!

President Dester counseled us that if we want more inspiration and miracles from our Father in Heaven, we´ve got to write them down when they come.  To show Him how sacred we hold them that He may bless us with more.  I will admit, my entire life I have always hated, hated, hated keeping a journal.  Because I never plan to read it and I don't want anyone else to read it so why bother having one?  Because really as a teenage girl what would I have been writing about, just who I like or music or fashion or really just stupid things.  Better not to have that information written down so my siblings could  blackmail me with it.  And so I have never ever been a journal person.  Even as a missionary, I rarely, rarely write in my journal.  I have a study journal that I keep to write down scriptures I like or ways to teach, but never do I write the things that happen each day.  I only write that to you people each Monday since I know you're saving my letters to put them together in a book for my enjoyment later in life.  Far better because that way only the most important things will get put there and it'll be a much shorter easier way to capture my missionary life.  Since I do know this time of my life is something I will want to look back on in the future.   I know that's a terrible thing about me but that's how I've been for 10 months of missionary life.  But as President Dester was speaking, I had felt for a while that I wasn't really progressing, that I'd just hit a plateau and was staying the same.  So I needed to change.

What I've decided to do to keep progressing and have more miracles is every night now Hermana Luna and I make a list of all the miracles that happened that day.  It is a short and easy way for me to write in my journal DAILY and show Heavenly Father that I really am grateful for all the blessings He's given me.  I really can say in these short two weeks of doing this I've seen a lot more miracles happen.  The list has grown gradually longer and longer, so I know Heavenly Father is more pleased with us for taking the time to notice the small things that happen.  Because here in these emails I only tell you people the big miracles that happen, like so and so got baptized, or went to church or whatever, but now I am more aware of the smaller miracles like so and so read their Book of Mormon today, or this member took time off from work and family to accompany us on a visit.  Or so and so said their first prayer today.  It's not that before we didn't notice those things, but now that we are taking the time to write them down, we are trying to show our Heavenly Father how much we care for each individual and that we hope those miracles keep on happening to them.  Sorry if that was a really lame thing to tell you that big flaw about myself.  I know I still have great changes to make, but everybody´s got to start somewhere. 

Today for Pday the zone leaders rented out a hotel for the morning to go hang out and relax.  It has a soccer field, basketball court, volleyball court, every other type of sports court, billiards, ping pong, and is literally right on the beach.  I went to the beach today!  Though I couldn't enter the water, just walking in the sand and eating lunch out on the beach was great.  We played soccer and volleyball as a zone, so it was really fun.  I wish we could've stayed longer.  I just love, love, love going to the beach.  I hope we get to go again real soon.   

Beach Day, missionary style!
 Things have not been progressing much this week.  We didn't have a ton of success this week.  I felt like a missionary in America because almost no one wants to listen to us.  We just walk around all day knocking on doors pretty much.  But we've found a few good souls.  Never in my mission have I had to report such terrible stats to our leaders, but also of those who do receive us, I've never seen people more prepared for baptism and the gospel. So, God really has been answering our prayers.  For example, a sister that got baptized only two weeks ago has been called to be the new Relief Society president.  She is just way brilliant and excited about the gospel.  She will be a wonderful leader.  She is the convert missionaries dream of finding.  There are wonderful people here, we've just got to keep on digging to find a few more. 

Creating our own fun!
I am so very grateful to be here.  I feel just lucky to be a part of it all.  I'm sorry I am not a perfect missionary.  I want so very much to bless your lives in every way that I can, and for that desire I am far away from you right now.   But I love you all so very, very much and hope you know that we have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who is in fact perfect in every way.  We have a Father in Heaven who also wants to bless us in every way possible, and for that is away from us for a time, that we may learn and grow and be the best we can be.  May we do all He asks of us.  And not take for granted the perfect example His Son Jesus Christ has given us.  May this time of separation, meant for our own good, not be in vain. 

All my love!  I shall be praying for you always, and ask that you continue doing the same for me.

Hermana Johnson

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