In God’s Hands

Happy New Year!!! I’m so glad to be able to start off my year in such a wonderful way. truly I could not be more blessed to have all of you as my wonderful family and friends. I love you with all my heart.

Well, my friends, this week has been an adventure. Unfortunately we were not able to proselyte much. I was sick Monday and Tuesday and we had to stay in our apartment New years day and new years eve night. On the plus side we received permission to watch all three Narnia movies!!! We probably had over 10 hours of movie time because we watched some of them more than once….C.S. Lewis is brilliant. Nuff’ said.
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The start of a new year brings so much with it! we found out about transfers on Sunday and Sister Evenson will be leaving Woodstock to Eldersburg Maryland. I will miss her so much. We have become friends that are more like sisters the past 4 1/2 months. Even though we bicker like old ladies I have never worked better with someone. The Lord has truly blessed me to be with someone as remarkable and faithful as her. She has truly taught me what it means to become submissive, patient, full of love, and willing to submit to all things The lord sees fit to inflict upon me.
As for me, I have no idea who my new companion will be or what she is like. In fact I’m pretty sure she’s still flying across the country right now from the Salt Lake City MTC. Yup. I’m training.
If I didn’t know this calling was from my Father in Heaven I would be terrified. In no way do I feel capable of training a new missionary. I feel as the Savior did when He said “Of mine own self I can do nothing” (John 5:30) Yet my heart is full when I hear the words of the angel Gabriel “With God nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37)
I pray that He will guide me as I guide her and as i have prayed for her the past few days I have received the strong impression that I will learn more from her than she could ever learn from me and The Spirit truly is the teacher.
God knows my weaknesses and I’m pretty sure this responsibility came to me so I can learn to be humble and “rely upon the merits and mercy of Him who is mighty to save.” (2 Nephi 2:8)
Woodstock here we come.
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This week more than ever there have been angels in our backseat strengthening and uplifting us and the dear friends we work with. Cassie has been able to withstand the temptation to smoke for four days now and is committed and determined to be baptized on the 14th of this month. Ashlyn received a blessing from the Elders today and after said she was going to give up coffee and pray about a baptismal date. Lynn is becoming closer and closer with her fellow shipper, doing her readings and continuing to ask phenomenal questions.
Does it get any better? Truly I am the luckiest girl in the world. i am surrounded by loved ones here in Virginia and I can feel the love of all of you as well. You’re all in my heart and your prayers strengthen me every day to hopefully be an obedient and submissive tool in The Lords hands.
I am so grateful for The Gospel. Someone asked us this week why we’re always so happy and my answer was immediate. I know my Savior lives and I know this is His church. These are His prophets. The book of Mormon is His word. I know if I and my family follow Him and His teachings we will not be led astray. our hearts will not fail despite doubts, fears discouragements, or persecution. I. Will. Not. Fall. Because of the rock upon which i am built who is Christ the very Son of God.
This is His work. I know it. I love it. I will give everything for it.
I love you all. I challenge you to strip your faith to its core and see where your foundation lies. If it is not in Jesus Christ than I exhort you to repent. Change your heart and your life so that you are in line with the will of God. Only then do we find true happiness.
Now is the time to be brave, to be strong, to stand as a witness of God. I know you can do it. I love you and more importantly God loves you. We are in His hands. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
He loves you.
All my love and more, Sister Johnson

Pedicures with Cassie on preparation day! That was super nice….also not happening again for another 9 months. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Also our amazing district is breaking up! Three of my closest friends will be leaving tomorrow and the whole district will change. We ended with Ribs and mashed potatoes courtesy of The Elders who stayed up all night making them. And took some really funny pictures. Elder Garcia thinks sisters have the plague.
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