It's been a really good week! We had so much fun and we were really able to get to work and try our best to do the things we need to see the Lord's hand in our work.
We had a really good week with our investigators. A lot of them have been struggling with a lot of things and this week, they have done really good at overcoming them and they are all in much better places than they were before, which made me really happy. I had been praying so hard for them and I was so grateful to see how Heavenly Father was able to help them.
We had our ward trunk or treat on Saturday and it was a lot of fun! Our Chinese investigators came and they really enjoyed it. They actually had never been to the church before and they were asking so many questions. We ended up showing them around and helping them understand how things work. It was so good to have them there and our members were so amazing with talking to them and being their friends, even though they didn't speak English. Sister Dixon and I also set up a bingo game for the kids for some indoor carnival games, ut it actually went really well. We had fun doing it.
This week we were trying so hard to try and do everything we needed to find people. We hadn't found anyone in awhile and we really needed to put in the work just to find 1 person. So, we were talking to more people and spending more time finding and we were praying so much to be able to find that 1 person. And, we finally did! It was on Sunday. We were tracting and we saw her in her garage and we went up and introduced ourselves. She asked about which church we went to and when we told her, she said the really appreciated the family history work our church does and she went on to tell us all the amazing experiences she had with it. She was saying that she had gotten pretty stagnant, so we offered to come and help her. We gave her our number and she said she would call us. She also said to come back anytime! We were so happy to see the result of our efforts and to see how the blessings come after the trial of our faith.
I also went on exchanges this week to the YSA ward and it was so fun! It was just a party over there and I got guy o meet so many amazing people there. Things are just so great there and I really hope I can serve there one day.
This week I learned a lot about prayer. While I've been on my mission, I've been learning a lot about how I can receive strength for praying for my struggles and weaknesses, but lately I've learned how wonderful it is to pray for others. I want to help others so much, but sometimes, there is only so much that I can do, but there is so much power in praying for them and their struggles. I love the idea that by praying for people, that they will receive an added strength from the Spirit and will receive blessings and help from God because I asked Him to help them. It helps me know that I am doing something for other people. I've really started on listening to the Spirit on who to pray for, as there are some people who need that and some blessings are conditional upon us asking.
So I would invite you all to pray for someone in your life. Maybe ask Heavenly Father who you should pray for and try and be aware of those who need that special blessing from God.
I'm so grateful for this gospel and for this restored church. I know we are all disciples of Christ and that because of Him, we can return to our Heavenly Parents. I'm going to keep trying and keep learning.
I love you all so much!
Sister Savannah Johanson