Friday, September 11, 2020

September 7th, 2020

 Wow Friends!

Oh my goodness, this was a busy week! When you are training someone, you have loads more stuff you have to get done and we for some reason have a bunch of other stuff too.

Okay! First off, fun new thing, we've started doing chalk every night. We have been trying to talk to people more and we always see these kids playing in this parking lot near the apartments, so we decided to do something that would let us be out there and try talking to people. It took a couple nights, but eventually the kids came up and talked to us and now we are bestie pals with them! Their parents also made friends with us and it was pretty cool and fun. The kids are SOOO cute.

We had service at a food pantry, which was so fun! I love that kind of service. It was a drive by sort of thing, so our job was to put together the stuff on a table for the people to drive up and grab it. I felt like I was back in Arkansas. Since I've gotten to Bentonville, I've felt like I was back in Utah, cuz it's so similar. But I was able to feel like I was back in my mission environment.

We slowly started getting to know the ward more, which is nice. It's so weird not knowing anyone and having to slowly figure out who people are. It usually takes a minute anyway, but now it's a little longer. But we've gotten to know some awesome people. This ward is so amazing! I love them so much!

Jerry is all set for his baptism! He had his interview, which he did great at. He was sweating buckets about that bit, but he did just fine. Now we wait for the big day on Saturday.

I've been learning about hope this week and what that means. The tricky thing about hope is that it's so similar to faith and they are so closely related that we sometimes think they are the same thing, when in all actuality, they aren't. Faith is knowing God and Christ and trusting who they are and acting with little to no understanding besides knowing that God will take care of it. Hope is trusting God and Christ when we can't do anything and we don't know what's ahead. Hope is related to a brighter future and hoping, believing that what we give Him to work with will be made enough through Him. At least that is how I like to see it.

I love you all! Until next time, adieu!

Sister Savannah Johanson

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