Search for the Sunshine

I have a new companion! Sister Guthrie is from Gilbert Arizona and has been on her mission for 15 months! She’s allergic to sugar (which is great), loves planning, and has more stuff than I do! We’re basically the same person.

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Whew! This week has been one heck of a storm! From losing investigators due to anti-material to seeing our families we’ve been through hurricane Katrina! We biked so much we couldn’t walk the next morning. We prayed so hard I thought Heaven and earth had met. We worked and worked and worked.

We had a fantastic lesson with Troy. Sister Botchway and I found him and had to pass him off to the elders, but the elders both got transferred and not replaced! So we got him back! Our lesson was one the three basic things we do to feel The Spirit; pray, read, and come to church. We invited him to pray at the beginning of the lesson and it took about 20 minutes of awkward silence, but he did! He also committed to come to church next Sunday and be baptized in June!!! The great thing is, he always has Sundays off, he’s never touched drugs or alcohol and he’s married. Is this guy prepared or what??
Unfortunately we also lost three investigators. We had an amazing lesson with them on Friday. They really bonded with the member couple we brought because they were all Italian. The Spirit was so strong. We promised them if they read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it they would know Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is The Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth. They accepted the invitation to be baptized when they knew it was true and accepted the invitation to come to church the next Sunday.
Saturday morning we called them to follow up on their reading and they were very concerned. They told us their questions could wait until our next appointment, but apparently they couldn’t. They put their 12 year old daughter on the phone and she asked me a question I won’t repeat. Basically she asked if we believe something that we absolutely do not accept nor tolerate as a legal practice. I answered her that we don’t and then the parents got back on the phone.
I have never been exposed to that much negative vehemence towards the Church of Jesus Christ and the prophet Joseph Smith in my life. Long story short they told us never to come back so we didn’t destroy their daughter. We were advised to leave the church as well.
My mom gave me a small little block with a quote on it a few years ago. It read,
“Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”
-President Gordon B. Hinckley
 
We all have bad or discouraging things happen to us almost daily. If we let those overwhelm our happy moments then what do our lives become? I let that experience bother me all day and I didn’t have a good day! The next morning I woke up and it was still bothering me! It was only when I gave my worries and anxieties to My Savior that I was able to be free from those burdens. (Matt. 11:28-30)
Oh how grateful I am for The Spirit of The Lord. In a moment of violence, anger, and disappointment I received a glimpse of how God sees all of His children, and instead of falling to doubt and fear I was able to stand up and smile.
I love you all and am so grateful for your support and prayers! Remember this week to smile a little more and search for the sunshine on days that may be a little darker.
Talk to you next week!
Love, Sister Johnson
P.S I would love to hear how all of you are doing! Please send me letters! My address is-
908 Gatepost lane apt. D1
Frederick MD, 21701
Oh and I found some shoes in our apartment that were really cute! Wednesday was a bad day to wear them. Lets just say when you’re walking around outside with no shoes on you don’t have to worry about talking to people. They talk to you!IMG_8568
ALSO – Saying Goodbye To Sister Botchway… Our zone and district got some pretty big makeovers though!
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