Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 2, 2019: It's all about the mind

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing good. It’s been a pretty good week for me. We had a few rough spots, but we were able to get over them. Life isn’t perfect and sometimes we have to go through hard stuff to learn. But it can be good, if we will let it.

I got to start my week off with exchanges with my sister training leader, Sister Clayburn. It was actually really fun. We get along pretty well and we have a lot to talk about, partly because she also was in Greenwood! I actually heard about her when I was there and I was so excited to meet her. Now, I get to hang out with her sometimes and be her companion for a day. We got to do some fun finding and talk to a lot of people. We had some time to kill, so we decided to go contact a couple people and do some tracting. It was actually a lot of fun. We got to talk to this girl named Logan. We were asked by a member to go drop by his friend's son's apartment, just to see if there was anything we could do. We went and he actually wasn't home (or just didn't answer the door), but while we were there, I felt like we might as well go and knock on their neighbor's door and see what came of that. We met Logan, who we talked about Jesus Christ with and were able to give a Book of Mormon to! It was amazing, and it was definitely a learning experience on my part, being led by the Spirit and reminded how some of his promptings work. After that, we had some time, so we decided to go and contact some people. We were kind of driving around, so we decided to go see a person on the map named Alexia. We were just going to do a standard tracting approach with her. We had parked down the street and decided to just tract houses before it. One of them was Randy! We talked to him a bit and asked what he believed in Jesus Christ. He said he was a christian, but that he hadn't been to church in awhile. We asked if he would be interested in learning about our church! He said yes. He said we could come on weekends and talk with him. On another note, no one lived in Alexia's house. But clearly we were there for Randy.

At the beginning of this week, we had actually gotten a referral! Which was the first time ever in my life! So we got to see her this week and she has learned a lot of the lessons and was almost baptized! But there were some complications, that she wasn’t able to. But she wants to keep learning until everything works out. She believes everything and is just so awesome. I was so excited!

Thursday was a weird day. Our schedule had gotten majorly messed up, so we ended up having a couple HOURS of free time, which is normally spent tracting when you have some time available. It was a hard time for Sister Dixon, and I don’t know if we accomplished anything doing it. But, we did our best.

Friday, we met with Lois, and she is so darn close! She is so amazing and I honestly think that she is almost there. We are just chipping away at it and she will be there in no time. We also talked to Renee, which I think is fun. She is so funny and I can tell that what we talk about is kind of weird to her, but she just accepts it and keeps learning, which I think is awesome!

This week, I learned a lot about change. Our entire purpose here on earth is to gain experience and to learn how we can become more like our Heavenly Father so that we can live with Him again. Everything we go through has a purpose and there will never be a moment of your life when you aren’t learning something new or changing in some way. None of us are perfect, which is why it is so important to repent and become closer to our Heavenly Father and letting ourselves be open to His will. There is a huge difference in our lives when we allow ourselves to grow versus just letting it happen accidently. When you go through anything in your life with the open mind of learning something new and becoming a better person and learning new skills, you can grow so much faster than you would have just thinking that you will always be the same. There is definitely a degree of patience with anything we learn and not everything will come quickly, naturally, or easily. But we can learn better and grow better when we put ourselves fully into it and decide that we can become better at something and work at it. Our state of mind has so much influence on every aspect of your life.

So, my invitation to you this week is to talk that road block off and be willing to learn. It may be something entirely new or something you have been working on for a long time. Just find something in your life that you had decided was going to take too much effort to work on and decide that you can improve on it, with the Lord’s help, set a goal, and tell yourself that you can learn it. We are only as limited as we think we are.

I love you all and I hope you are doing wonderful things in your life and allowing Heavenly Father direct you. He will guide you in all things.

Sister Savannah Johanson

Sister Savannah Johanson

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