Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 13th, 2019: Week 8

Howdy Folks,

This week has been interesting to say the least. I can't decide whether it was long or short, but I'm surprised that it is already Monday. So weird!

I had both interviews and exchanges this week, right after the other, so it was an adventurous 2 days at the beginning. I got to meet plenty of interesting people on exchanges, as I went up to Van Buren. I got to spend time with my Sister training leader, Sister Buhler, and she is absolutely fantastic! I love her! We had so much fun and were able to learn more about each other. After that on Wednesday, we went to Young Womens and had a fun time there, as they had an activity based around mothers. We had 2 investigators there! It was a teenage girl named Lita and her mom, Kristy. We were so happy to have them there.

I had my first bashing experience this week, which was great. We had found him last week and asked him to read the Book of Mormon, but when we came back to check up, he had been doing "research" and was saying how we believed that people are supposed to be perfect and how that isn't possible. That was pretty frustrating as we were trying to explain things, but he wasn't trying to understand.

I get to go to the temple! Sister Skelton, a less active who we have been reactivating for awhile is going to have her interview with the bishop to get her temple recommend. We plan on going June 15th, the day before her birthday. I'm so excited!

We also get to start teaching lessons to this guy named Roger. He has been reading the Book of Mormon and he is willing to hear more of what we have for him. It will be so good!

Kadie and Presley are well on their way to being baptized! We taught them the Plan of Salvation this week and they understood it really well. Presley is just eating all of it up and Kadie is slowly starting to open up to us. We are going to her softball game tonight.

Mothers Day was amazing! I was so happy I got to talk to my mom and grandma. I love them so much and it is still so special to talk to them on that day. I got to talk about the role of mothers in church during sacrament meeting. I would say it went pretty well and everyone now knows how special my mom is to me.

I have learned so many amazing things this week. One thing is about goal making. We got to have a meeting with bishop, where he taught us how to achieve our goals. Everyone teaches you how to set goals, but never how to achieve them. So, I will relate some of that knowledge to you.

First thing to remember when you are setting goals is to keep it at 2-3 at a time. Statistically, it is shown if you set 11-20 goals, you will achieve 0. Setting 4-10, you will achieve maybe 1-2. When you set 2-3 goals, you will achieve 2-3.

Each of us has different whirlwinds in our lives. The stuff we have to do every day, every week, every month. We have so many demands. You wildly important goals (WIGS) should be the thing you devote your best effort to. It is priority #1. Use the good, better, best to decipher how to best use your time. But you should keep doing the things in your whirlwind, because it is important. Not doing them is as being as successful as a person with 11-20 goals.

Next, are your lead goals. There are 2 types of goals, lag goals and lead goals. Lag goals are focused on where you are right now. Such as, " I'm not going to be 190 lbs." Lead goals are focused on where you want to be, such as "I am going to be 140 lbs." Then, you come up with small and simple steps or things you can do that will help you achieve this. For this example, things like exercising 5 times a week and eating right.

After you have done this, you will set yourself up a scorecard. You will take a calendar or something similar, and at the top, right one of your simple steps. Remember, by small and simple things do great things come to pass. For each day you have accomplished that step, mark it. This shows you how you have done and helps you be accountable.

Last step is to find someone who you can be accountable to. Find someone who will be willing to help you succeed at your goal, and maybe once a week, tell them of your progress. Show them your score card. Ask them for advice and help in areas you are struggling with.

Another thing I learned this week is how I should be happy with my gifts and talents. I have been given certain abilities and Heavenly Father will reveal truths and his his will to me in a way that best suits my personal needs. We should never desire to have someone else's gifts, as we each are a beautiful individual who has their own way of feeling the spirit. We each do have spiritual gifts, and I would encourage you to find them out, so refine and strengthen them, and use them in your everyday life. You will be surprised in yourself on how it blesses you and others and will recognize how special you are. Turn to prayer and the scriptures, and for those of you who have it, read your patriarchal blessing. Go through it and find those strengths and talents you have.

Heavenly Father is always there for you. He hears your prayers and knows your struggles. He will not abandon you. He loves you. I love you. Know that all things are possible with Heavenly Father and the Lord on your side. I know that He is there for me and that I receive an extra amount of strength each time I pray and I feel the showers of prayers that are bestowed upon me. I know that my Savior and Redeemer lives and that I am able to return to my Father in Heaven because of Him. I know this church is true and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

With all my love,
Sister Johanson

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