Monday, December 9, 2019

December 9th, 2019: Fear Not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy

Good morning, all of y'all!

Its P-day and only 10 days left of the transfer. Not okay! I'm not ready for this! It's crazy how fast these six weeks have gone. I just need everything to slow down. At least this next week and a half.

Anyway, here's the rundown of this last week!

So, Monday night we had a dinner with a member, the Tompkins. They were putting up their Christmas decorations, so they let us help/join them. We had a blast! We had Christmas music playing, made cookies, and put their Christmas tree up. Actually, Sister Jack helped a lot more than I did with that part than I did. But I have good reasons! They have a little boy who was just so excited for Christmas and to help, but he kept getting into things, so I took it upon myself to entertain him while things were being set up. Mainly, it consisted of a light roller being placed on someone's head and taking a picture, but right before you snap the picture, it falls off of your head. We also got crazy wiping crumbs of our hands and faces. It was a fun night and their little boy is just the cutest!

We got to meet with a new investigator this week! Their names are Clay and Annette Wright. They were actually found by the YSA elders, who helped with their deck. So, Clay and Annette are friends with some members in the other ward and they knew they needed help with their deck, so they recruited the elders. They became good friends and the Wrights were really impressed that they would just come out to help, so they decided to really investigate. They are so awesome! We started by talking about the Restoration, but then Clay started asking a bunch of different questions (some were deep doctrine). We ended up talking about more of the Plan of Salvation, mainly about the Spirit World, the Kingdoms of Glory, and the Premortal Life. They seemed super receptive and open to everything and had pretty similar beliefs. Annette might have been confused by a lot by the big stuff, so the important doctrine parts, probably be best to be simple and direct so she doesn't get lost. Annette talked about how she really likes the friendliness of the church and serving each other and living our religion. She wants to see this all the way through and learn. They are actually ex-Jehovah witnesses. They seem to really like having us over and want to feed us and have a jam session at one point.

We also met with Angela Johnson, who is a member that Bishop referred to us. She was baptized awhile ago and she and her family had gone inactive. She wants to get her family back in the church, but most of them aren't ready to meet with missionaries, so she just wants help getting back into the groove of things. It's kind of a weird situation with their living arrangements. Her husband (who isn't a member) is a trucker and they kind of move around a lot. Right now, they are living with their kids, but that may change. But she is planning on getting a job, so they might be around for at least a year.

Friday was an interesting day. We got challenged as a stake of missionaries to a bingo, with bunch of different challenges on it. Sister Jack and I are both very competitive, so we were determined to get a bingo that day. We were so close! One of them was to hand out 100 pass along cards. So, we attempted to do that. We contacted quite a few people, but did not reach our goal. We only got 15 out. But it was a cool thought! Saturday we had the ward party, which was fun. I got to meet more of the ward members and get to know them better. It was fun!

Sunday, we had a farewell and it was pretty cool. He had been inactive a year ago, but the missionaries had reached out and now he is going! We went his open house and talked to them. Later, we had dinner and watched the devotional with a member. It was a good day.

This week, I had a lot of experiences with listening to the spirit and not being afraid of acting upon things. Most of the time, there is a fear of doing things and wondering if we should even ask a question or say something, but this week I learned a lot about how if it's a good thing, we shouldn't question to do it. This transfer I have focused on knowledge and really learning about things a delving deep into it and I can see that being played into my everyday life. I love this gospel and I love my Heavenly Father and I'm so grateful that I'm out here serving Him. I'm just so happy to have this wonderful feeling and experience in my life!

I love you!

Sister Savannah Johanson

212 S Mock St. Apt. C1
Prairie Grove, AR 72753

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