Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Beginning of my 4th Cycle

Hello wonderful friends and family :)
The summer time is upon us and I am taking over the area!

A lot has happened since last week. 
Today is my preparation day. We don't usually have p-day on Tuesday but they changed it for this time because our new mission president is coming in on Thursday.
Sister Tu'akalau is getting transferred to Olmsted. That's the East side of the Bronx! My new companion is Sister Asregadoo. She's pretty cool. I've spent time around her before because she was in Manhattan and we'd see her and her companion on P-days.
This was a really weird last week with Sister T. Thursday and Friday she was sick.
I redyed my hair on Thursday during weekly planning.
Saturday was a bit of a rough day.  We had a few appointments which were good, it was just hard because I some what knew Sister T. could be leaving. I was feeling really anxious about the possible changes and the anxiety of taking of the area. However, Sister T. and I made a picture book for the older missionary couple as a thank you for all the improvements they have made in our apartment. We added funny commentary to them. It turned out so funny! We were dying laughing! We are a rather comical pair if I do say so myself! =P
Throughout the day I was feeling pretty inadequate. I did a lot of soul searching and said a very long heartfelt prayer that night.
Sunday was a marvelous church day!
I knew the Lord was answering prayers. Everything that was spoken in sacrament went straight into my heart :) The thoughts and talks shared were a lot about becoming committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, how we aren't called when we feel ready.  Brother Brittion, one of our awesome ward members talked about stories in the scriptures when great individuals like Peter and Isiah did not feel ready to be called by the Lord.  He bore his testimony about how feelings of confidence of doing the Lord's work comes as and after doing his work.  Also, since none of us receive calls when we feel ready, the Lord just needs us to say, "Here I am. Send me." Then he'll send the blessings that will help us become who we can be.
At district meeting we trained in our district about how to get the ward members involved more with the work. I'm excited because I have a lot of ideas of things I want to do and change to help the work move forward in this area.
After that we spent the majority of the day visiting members so Sister T. could say goodbye.  At one of our members place, Sister Phillips (one of the sweetest ladies ever!) shared this thought with us. It's from the ensign and it further confirmed to me that the Lord is mindful of me :)
Now it is Tuesday and we had our transfers. After this email I think we're going to take Sister Asergadoo's bags back to the apartment

This just in, some people broke into the garage of the church and stole some of the money and credit cards of the other missionaries. Mostly some of the other sisters because their purses were down there. The metal door got lifted up. That's so frustrating. Please keep them in your prayers.

I love you all and I hope you see the way the Lord blesses us each day.
Thank you again for all your support and letters.

Peace and Blessings!
Peace and Blessin's

Sister Emily A. Johnson

Elder and Sister Denison who we made the photo album for

me being crazy when it had been raining

a sample of the photo album ;)

a picture of all the missionaries from my last zone

one more picture-it's of Sister Asergadoo and I

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

15 minutes to type

Hello everyone!

Sorry I am cut short again on time this week. I will write more soon.

Mostly, I just want to say how much I love each and everyone of you.  Thank you for all the support :) I love hearing from you. 

Life in the Bronx is going really well. 
You should know I have eaten potatoes a couple of times now! haha. Also the other night we had a dinner appointment with one of Sister T's member friends from the city. She came up to us and made us so exquisite food! She went to culinary school and everything. There was Salmon with a pesto sauce thing with fancy ingredients made from scratch. Actually, everything we had that night was made from scratch. Delicious garlic bread and a pasta that I can't get over! Ironically enough this pasta that I love has: tomato, beans, mushrooms, onions, cilantro, butter, and a lot of other goodness mixed in.  For those of you who know my palette and it's selective taste, this is huge! Haha but it's just the right blend of everything that I love it!

This past Monday was Zone Conference. It's the last one with our current Mission President and his wife.  The new Mission President, President Morgan, and his wife will be coming in the next couple of weeks.  

This Saturday there a three baptisms taking place for some Elders in our district.  The people getting baptized are wonderful.  I look forward to the day I get to see some of my investigators take that step and enter into that covenant with God to follow the example of Jesus Christ, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and try their best to keep the commandments and live righteously from that time forward.  I am so thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I am humbled daily by the pain he suffered for me and for you. Plus, his Love is overwhelming in the best way :) 

We have an appointment tonight with our one current investigator who is solid :) If he didn't work Sundays he would definitely be progressing. We're having one of our Jamaican ward members join us.  I am excited! It should be a very spiritual lesson.  

I love the experience of the mission! I am learning so much.  In two days I'll reach my 4 month mark! lol
I try to focus each day on doing my best and continually work at being the person the Lord wants me to become and knows I can become with his help.

I love you 
stay humble and try to the Lord

Peace and Blessings
Sister Emily Johnson