Pretending: How I Cope in Costa Rica

When I was little I remember pretending to have pets all over the place. I had bunnies in the bathroom and horses in the house. I thought I wanted a bunny and a horse more than anyone in the world. I would read books about them and pretend they were real. I daydreamed at home… Continue reading Pretending: How I Cope in Costa Rica

Beaten Like 7% Ketchup

Old ladies can really stomp, and I don't mean the cool African American form of dancing. Thanks YouTube I mean good old fashioned foot slamming stomping. How do I know this you may wonder? Well. Let me tell you a story. It's our first real day in Costa Rica.* We flew in yesterday but… Continue reading Beaten Like 7% Ketchup

The Harrowing Adventures of Santa Cruz Pt. 2

The first swoop of the ride threw my stomach against my spine and my head lolled against the seat restraints. I tried valiantly to withhold what I knew was coming. It didn't work. After Typhoon gained some momentum, it swung us into the air upside down. My body clenched, and my legs slammed against the… Continue reading The Harrowing Adventures of Santa Cruz Pt. 2

The Harrowing Adventures of Santa Cruz Pt. 1

I'll never be able to ride a roller coaster again. This summer I flew to Santa Cruz to go camping with a good friend and her family. They kindly invited my sorry self along for what turned out to be a very memorable week. On the third day of the trip we went to the Santa Cruz… Continue reading The Harrowing Adventures of Santa Cruz Pt. 1

Miss Beautiful Me

Miss Beautiful Me by Samantha Lucille Johnson August 2017 A painting can boast of her beautiful self as she sits for display on her well-dusted shelf. She calls to the world, "Come look now, come see!" And they come from afar for "Miss Beautiful Me." Yet, with all of her fame and all of her… Continue reading Miss Beautiful Me

My Left Wing

The past week or two I haven't been sleeping much. The muscles in my legs are having a really difficult time relaxing and so the cramps have been keeping me up at night. Sunday night was particularly rough and often as a missionary its easy to feel very alone, especially at night if you are… Continue reading My Left Wing

No Longer Required

In the Missionary training Center I faced some difficult medical problems and was advised to return home. I remember asking the MTC doctor if he thought it was possible for me to serve a mission without returning home. He said it would be difficult and painful, but if I was willing to do it it… Continue reading No Longer Required

The Peaceful Feeling

Monday night Sister Goodwin and I got a call from Alexis. She told us she had been praying about a day to be baptized and got "The peaceful feeling" about the 20th. We were so excited for her as we frantically rushed this week to pull together a baptism and get her interviewed! Not only… Continue reading The Peaceful Feeling

“Where’s the mountain and whats the record?”

Its interesting what being across the country and unable to contact the people you've always relied on when you're in distress will do to you. This past week I've thought often of those moments on my mission when I felt as if the world was going to end and my heart was going to explode.… Continue reading “Where’s the mountain and whats the record?”