Cantando en la lluvia?

Hi everyone- this is Savanna’s mom.  I am going to take over the blog for Savanna.  There was a new change this weekend and Savanna can’t go on her blog on her mission.  I am going to include a majority of what Savanna writes me in her letter to me and any pictures she sends.  Here is what she said today:
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This was after Zone Conference.  Sister Reidhead and Sister Cooper are the best Sister Training Leaders!
I feel I have matured a lot.  I still have so much to learn and I just pray everyday I can be obedient and righteous enough to bring a soul to Gospel who is ready to accept it.  I read a talk called ‘the 4th Missionary” and it has honestly CHANGED my life and outlook on what is important.  I encourage you to read it.  it’s a little long, but I could probably not recommend a better talk for anyone, missionaries and non-missionaries.  I have decided to fully consecrate my life to the Lord.  I know that if I do this then it doesn’t matter what the world says or does, I will have my testimony and knowledge of the Christ and the Gospel and that it will all work out for our good.

It’s amazing to me that you write every week and it is always so inspired. I really am discovering myself out here.  I am a lot more bold and confident than I thought.  My comp doesn’t like to be pushy or overbearing, but I feel totally fine asking people why they aren’t going to church or something… I am trying to channel any stress or excess energy into helping people.

Maria and Victor haven’t been to church in a few weeks.  We need to just give them some space and help them develop their testimony of the Gospel and BOM.  When they have that they will be good.  Our other investigator Maria is sooooo AWESOME!  She came to both Sat. and Sun. sessions of Stake conference this last weekend and she is just progressing so well.  The spirit is really touching her heart and increasing her desire to learn and follow the Gospel.  She really wants to live the Word of Wisdom and has been really trying to keep it.
We had Zone Conference this past week and it was so great to hear from President Hanks and Sister Hanks.  They are  so great and inspired and I really respond well to how Pres. Hanks teaches.  The BOM Musical is here this week and every night there have been missionaries outside passing out real copies of the BOM to everyone.  It’s pretty cool.
We talked a lot as a mission and zone about how to get more members involved in Missionary Work.  It’s amazing to see the growth of investigators when you get a member there in the first or second lesson.  I invite you all to think of a way to can have a missionary experience this week and then make a plan to do it!!   Share a Mormon message, invite someone to church, talk about the Gospel and Families…THere are so many little things we can do to help people come closer to Christ.

Thanks again for the Almonds, the support, the letters, and prayers.  Missionary work is really the hardest but most rewarding.  It’s hard to explain but it really is true.  I know the Lord qualifies who he calls.  He is with us always if we follow Him and try to choose the right all the time.
Me encanta esta obra y no puedo esperar por el dia cuando podemos regresar a Dios y Jesucristo por medio su Expiacion.  Yo se que este Evangelio es verdadero, Como no va? Yo se que cuando perdonamos a otras personas estaremos mas feliz y tendremos gozo para siempre.
Les amo a todos!! Cuidense mucho:)
-Hermana Johnson
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That was one night when it rained A TON! We had a lot of fun and this nice lady gave us her umbrella when we knocked on her door.
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District having lunch together with one of our investigators. I love them all.

Feliz Dia de Amor y Amistad!

This was another week.  And like all weeks, was great in it’s own way.  Working with our investigators and the Law of Chastity….that’s always fun.

We had a fun fiesta with some less actives in the branch and they invited a few of their friends who aren’t members!! It was really great and of course the tamales were sooo good.  I ate a jalepeno one and almost died but it just tasted so good!

I read a lot of great scriptures this week and wanted to share a few.  Go look them up if you can! 3 Nephi 14– the whole chapter is so awesome!   1 Thessalonians 2:8– give your whole soul to the work!   2 Nephi 8:12-16– don’t be afraid, the Lord is on our side!

     I have learned that it’s so hard to be so close to reaching a goal but ultimately it doesn’t happen. When that happens it’s easy to think that it’s all your fault and that you didn’t do your absolute best. But God is a part of every aspect of our lives, and sometimes we don’t get what we want not because we weren’t obedient or God is punishing us. But sometimes just because it wasn’t meant to happen or it wasn’t the right time or thing.  He sees the whole picture.
I still love Spanish a LOT.  honestly I don’t really like teaching in English or contacting in English.  I’m getting better but there is still so much to learn!!! I can express myself a little easier. It’s just little by little.
My heart is locked against all hombres. It’s the locking my heart against our investigators thats tough.  I have such high hopes for all of them and even when they just cancel or don’t want to see us anymore it breaks my heart.  But my STL told me not to lock my heart.  When we give our all to them, they will one day see the greatness of our message. I try to give my whole soul to everyone.  It’s exhausting work and I have never been so tired in my life.  But God gives me the energy I need every day and I have already seen so many miracles.
   Maria L. is doing really great. She came to church yesterday and while there were some points of doctrine taught that were incorrect ( I almost died when they started talking about patriarchal blessings and stuff done in the temple…ahhhhhh!) But she still really liked it and I know she is going to be baptized one day, hopefully soon!
When ever I feel discouraged, I God is there because then a member helps us, or we meet someone awesome and I know he is looking out for us. I realized that when I hit three months on Jan. 29 that was the longest time I had ever been away from home.  I know I have talked a lot about moving and living somewhere far away.  But my perspective is changing.  So many people we teach have left their family in Mexico to try to make a better life for them.  Some haven’t talked to their parents for years. It makes me realize that family really is the most important thing in this world that we can have and I am so blessed to be sealed to mine for eternity.
Yo se que Cristo es mi salvador y por medio el podemos ser juntos para siempre.  yo se que Dios es nuestro Padre, y El quiere el mejor para nosotros.  Esto es mi testimonio. Estoy agradecido a ser una misionera aca en Alabama.  Doy gracias cada dia por mi familia.
I love you all! Have a blessed week.
Sister Reidhead and I on Valentines! It was an awesome exchange.

Scriptures-Manual of Life

Hi y’all!  What a great week it has been! We celebrated Hermana Portilla’s birthday and tracted and taught and it was just all around a good time.  We ate so. much. food. at members houses this week. The first of the month is when they pass around the meal calendar so we are always fed more now than towards the end of the month.  I honestly LOVE Mexican food and now it’s all I want to eat!

Sometimes the weeks pass by and I can’t remember what happened but I just remember it was good.  It’s always good though, even if we have harder or less successful days, there is something great in each one.  One thing that happened was that we were supposed to have a lesson with a man we met on the street who told us the he knew the BOM was true.  We were really excited for the lesson because I could just feel this man was going to be baptized one day.  Well he canceled and we were pretty bummed. BUT, he called us yesterday to just say that he was thinking about what we said and that he wanted us to know that he hadn’t just cancelled, and that he would really like to talk to us this week.  It’s a small thing, but as missionaries it’s the best when people call us to explain, usually it’s us calling them, repeatedly.

Yesterday we had a lot of less actives come to church!! One awesome woman named Aurora who served a mission in Mexico came! She hadn’t been to church in 2 years but she brought her kids and her son is old enough to be baptized.  Maria and Victor came as well. They have a lot of questions but are still progressing.

I had the opportunity to give yet another talk in Sacrament Meeting yesterday, on Family History.  They told me Thurs, which meant very little time to prepare.  But it went ok I think….I told about helping edit my great-grandpas book.  I really am thankful for the tools the church has to help us do family history.

I was thinking about my time here as a missionary. Sometimes I get really frustrated with myself because being a missionary exposes all your weaknesses.  One day I was thinking that I will never get to the point of being good enough, but then I thought, “good enough for what?”  We will always be continually progressing and when we reach a goal, we just set new ones.  I realized that being on a mission is a learning process and God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, just to do our best.

I love this scripture Mosiah 4:11 “…I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God..and have tasted of his love…even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God…and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come.”  Let’s stand firm in our faith and always REMEMBER Christ and Heavenly Father. When we do that we will recognize his hand in our lives and he all the blessing we have. So now I invite you to think of a way you can REMEMBER Him and what that means in our lives.

Use the scriptures to answer your questions, find peace, and receive counsel. The stories are old, but the teachings of God are applicable in all times.  I know we can come closer to Christ as we learn about Him, and the more we understand him, our desire to be like Him will increase.

I love you all! Now enjoy some photos:

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These were all on Hermana Portillas birthday! She turned 21 and we call her the ‘mama’ of the District. We had a sleepover on her birthday as well.  It’s just the six of us sisters in the whole zone, so we’re pretty close and have a lot of fun!


Milagros de Caminando

Hi everyone!  Hope y’all had a great week.  We saw so many miracles and I am just so grateful for this chance I have to be a missionary of the Lord.  Here is a quick update on some of our investigators.  We are currently teaching about 6 “Maria’s”, so don’t worry if you get confused.

Maria L.: Came to church for the first time yesterday and really liked it.  She even bore her testimony! She has so many great questions and is just overall doing really well.

Maria O.: She really needed to know whether she was going to move or not.  She had been going back and forth all week on her decision and been praying a lot too.  We met with her this morning and talked with her a bit and told her that what she was feeling was the spirit.  We got down and prayed with her and then left.  5 min laters she called us and said she is for sure not leaving! (I didn’t want to tell her but I think that’s great, because her BF doesn’t sound great.) Prayer works people!

We are also teaching a lot more people and the work is just going great.  Some moments are really hard, but reading a “bonita escritura” like my companion says, or praying, helps us get through tough moments.

God loves us and wants us to be happy.  He needs us on his team and no matter what is always there if we just take the first step towards him.  Love you all!