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Sister Johnson - 8/14/2023

Oh man I love being a missionary. This is hands down the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I would not want to be doing anything else. Sunday night I was basically a dead man walking! This week we got to do a lot of filming and content creating. This has become so fun for me because I am learning so much everytime. Our content is seriously getting better and better. I am very grateful for the members that god has put in our path to help us move the work forward in this way. We wouldn't be able to do it without them. 

Biggggggg news! We got in contact with Lexi! I don't know if I have talked about her but I am literally obsessed with her. She is so cute and so prepared for the gospel. For the last few weeks we have only been able to be in contact with her boyfriend and he has been really flakey. Once we got in contact with Lexi, we were literally at her house the next day teaching her about Adam and Eve. She hasn't had the best experience with religion in the past, but she keeps saying that everything we teach her resolves her concerns that she had in the past. The spirit was so strong and as we were helping her recognize its presence, we told her about her purpose and invited her to follow Christ's example and make promises with Heavenly Father starting with baptism. She immediately accepted and is excited to see what to intales.

Rakesh is doing super well! This week we are going the help him find his ancestors and connect with them! 

School is starting up in a week or so, which is so exciting because campus is getting busy again. We are currently making tons of plans to jump on that opportunity, and other plans to strengthen our branch where it is already at.

Someone shared this scripture in church and it shook me to my core. "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Ah man, talk about holy mic drop. I think this might be one of my new favorite scriptures. The thing is that I have heard it a ton of times, but this time it spoke to me. We all know the current state of the world: chaotic, dirty, pitiful, prideful, passive, painful, hurtful. We all know it too well. Can a world like this really be overcome? I testify that it can and it has been. Through Christ all things can and will be made perfect. Through Christ pain, hurt, and loss are temporary. Through Christ sacred things can remain sacred. Through Christ, my dirty, prideful, and imperfect self can be made perfect! I know it! I know that Jesus Christ's atonement brings healing to an all too broken world. And that it brings healing to an all too broken sister missionary a long way from home. Sometimes I feel lost, sometimes I feel scared, lonely, dirty, or worthless, but I find so much peace and faith because my best friend and older brother has overcome the world for me. Don't forget that he has don't the same for you too.

This week crocheting made me happy.... yes I am still on this crocheting thing.

Sister Johnson

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