To the youth of the Lewiston Idaho stake,
Thank you so much for the letters you all wrote me! After a long day your notes of inspiration came as a breath of fresh air and relief. You built me up in a time of need and made me laugh off the stresses of missionary work.
Missions are not easy, in fact they’re very difficult. But Heavenly Father rarely asks us to do things that are easy. Nephi had to kill Laban to get the brass plates and that certainly wasn’t easy! But Nephi knew “the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Nephi 3:7)
The Lord always provides a way for us to do anything He asks, and often He will use the people around you to give you strength. He used YOU to make my day a little easier!
Thank you to all of you who helped me feel beautiful.
Thank you to all of you who made me laugh. Shout out to Mallory who said, “Even if you’re having a rough day, you can take comfort in the fact that you have good hair.” And to Ethan who said, “Hi”
Thank you to all of you who made me feel appreciated. A “thank you for serving The Lord” goes a long way.
Thank you to all of you who refocused me on my purpose! Telling me to “baptize lots” and “bring lots of people to church”‘ is great motivation!
And lastly, thank you Carl for asking me this question, “Do you view your mission as successful so far?”
I’ve thought a lot about that question. You see, I have been serving a mission for over 15 months now and have taught literally hundreds of people. I’ve been part of the conversion of dozens, and seen many people come into the waters of baptism.
But I don’t think those are true measures of success. In my opinion a truly successful mission is when the missionary becomes converted to The Savior Jesus Christ. If a missionary comes home the same person they were when they left (despite baptizing dozens) I don’t think they were truly successful.
I can say for myself that I have a long way to go. I will never stop drawing nearer to my Savior in this life or the next. But I can say that I have come much closer to Him in the last 15 months than I ever thought I could.
I didn’t really know if Joseph Smith was a prophet until I had to defend him. I didn’t really understand The Atonement of Jesus Christ until I watched it literally save lives from total destruction, and I still don’t understand it by the way.
But now I do. I have defended both My Savior and His prophets. I have defended the scriptures and the commandments from people who see them as old and out of style.
I have become a soldier for Christ and I never was that before. So yes Carl, I do view this mission as successful so far because God has converted me. I’m His convert. And I will never ever ever regret coming to Maryland and Virginia to learn from Him.
You guys are all rockstars. You have the makings of the greatest generation of missionaries in the world. I would be proud to serve alongside any one of you.
Keep it up. The Church is true and the book is blue.
Love, Sister Johnson
Pictures from the week!
When that sweet potato craving got you in the bag…. also singing lessons!
We be goofin….and breaking our car. The broken piece was muddy so we just held it out the window.
Kitten in pockets and puppies in powder.
Selfies without shame and blue lips from berries.
These are a few of my favorite things!!