Sunday, September 1, 2019

August 19th, 2019: What is Important

Hey Friends,

What a week it's been! We've been pretty busy this week. For those of you who don't know,  we got transfer calls last Saturday, saying Sister Thomas was leaving and I was staying.....and training! Aaaahhh! Just a little stressful, but you know, it's fine. So we have been busy this last week.

The first couple days was a lot of Sister Thomas packing and saying goodbye to people. The silly girl had so much stuff! I guess that happens when you stay in one place for 6 months. She ended up having 5 suitcases, a tote bag, and her proselyting bag, all stuffed full! She's a funny girl. I was really sad to see her go. I loved her so much and we became good friends. I hope I get to see her again, especially after my mission.

So, when Sister Thomas left, I got the amazing Sister Dixon. She's really cute and wants to work hard and be exactly obedient. She's amazing and is doing so good. We have been busy the last couple days, trying to get her to have a feel for the area. She was able to meet with some of our investigators, Lois and Kathy and is starting to bond with the ward. It's been a good week. It's been a little stressful, as I feel I'm still trying to figure out the area myself, and then I have to introduce a new Sister who has just got out into the field. But it's okay. I'm fine.

We actually went to a funeral yesterday, for a young man named Spencer Bird. It was really sad. We had so many people come, both member and non-member. He had passed away a week ago, fixing something on his truck on the side of the highway and someone had driven by and hit him. His parents were on a cruise while it happened, and he had sustained a lot of head trauma. The hospital kept him on life support until the parents got back. He sounded like he was an amazing person who was friends with everyone and was just happy about life. It was amazing to see all the people who came to love and support. It was really eye opening for everyone to realize what is really important and how minor our challenges in life our. 

Sometimes, we forget how much we are actually blessed and fail to see everything Heavenly Father has given us. It is so easy to lose sight of what is actually important in life and we lose our focus on our loved and our lives.

So this week, I would invite you to look at your life and realize what is actually important in your life and make it a priority. You never know what might happen and we only have so long to be able to do what is actually meaningful. One of my favorite videos is a Hope Works video, and the guy sets up a question for himself to make sure that he is focusing on good, important things. The question is, "will this matter in a thousand years?" Find what is important and will impact eveything and everyone for the better. If you find yourselves rationalizing and making excuses, I invite you to read President Nelson's talk, "We can do better and be better." Hopefully, that will help you with some things.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and know how much I love you and pray for you.

With all my love,
Sister Savannah Johanson 

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