What a wonderful weekend we had! I absolutely love being able to listen to the prophet and apostles. I learn so much and I can always receive revelation and feel the Spirit when I watch it. It is one of my favorite times of the year! Only 180 days until the next one! Who knows what will happen then. I’m sure it will be so exciting! I look forward to it and will be counting the days (literally).
The beginning of this week was a little bit slower, but we were able to go see a couple of people and continue building relationships with them. We are really working on finding ways to keep busy and on getting ourselves to be thrown into the work. It’s a process, but we will get there. Some things just take time.
We really got to help and get to know some of the members this week, which I actually really enjoyed. I really love this ward here. They are so wonderful and are doing such wonderful things. They have become my friends and I am so grateful that I have a chance to be here with them and get to know each and every one of them. They are so helpful. Getting to know the members in my mission areas has really helped me grow a love for people and listening to them and knowing how important they are to the work and the church. We are the church. The church is not an organization, but us members who actively participate in the gospel.
On one note, I now have to go to China, because I told my Chinese family we are teaching that I wanted to go and they told me that they would be my tour guide when I go. So, now it's a must! Oh, well!
I would just like to say how much I love my mission. I love the growth it has allowed me to make and the learning of the gospel and my own conversion. I know I have come so far and I am so grateful I was given this opportunity to come out and spread the love of our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is such a beautiful privilege and I hope that I can continue to learn and grow and find myself growing closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I am so blessed to have this gospel in my life. It brings me hope, love, peace, and joy, even in those hard times. Sometimes my joy looks different than other times, but it is always there. I can always feel my Heavenly Father close, even when I don’t recognize it. I know that this is the restored gospel. I know that I am a daughter of God with a divine purpose and destiny. I know that I have a Savior, who has borne all my sins and sorrows and has allowed me a way to return to my Heavenly Father so that I can live with Him again and be like Him. I know I’m am going where I need to go and that I can always find the path with looking up and feeling with my heart and the Holy Ghost. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, who restored the church to the earth, and I know that President Russell M. Nelson is also a prophet of God, who is continuing to restore it in this day. I have received guidance and direction from him and I know that he is leading us back to where we are meant to be. I love this gospel with all my heart. As this is my testimony, I’m going to close this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
I love you all and am so grateful for all your love, prayers, and support. I keep you all in my heart and my prayers!
Sister Savannah Johanson