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These little kids gave us ice cream after we taught them the plan of salvation with chalk.

We had such a great week this week!! We played volleyball and went to the pumpkin patch and had a great time with the members and missionaries. We had a really fun activity with the branch and non-members came and it was fun, spiritual, and with good food at the same time!!

We still can’t find Melanie, but we have faith that she will find us, or we will find her, or something good will happen!!!
Victor is progressing well, he loves to read the scriptures and is trying to get off work so he can come to church. We had an amazing lesson about baptism and he wanted to know more about how he could be baptized. I love the spirit and how it works in people to help their desires.
I have been ponderizing scriptures this week. It is so fun!! I invite you all to pick a scripture to memorize and ponder this week, it’s nice to have a scripture to call on if you need it.
I hope you have a great week, I love you all. Les quiero mucho!!!!!!!!!!!
-Hermana Johnson
1-2  Pumpkin patch, we picked our own calabazas!
3 We all ate donuts at the activity without our hands!!
4 Volleyball!
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Israel Israel God is Calling

Did you read the talk I gave y’all? Did you listen to conference? Wasn’t it great?!

Here is something my amazing mission President sent to us:
“Conference weekend is always a blessing. It is a wonderful opportunity to fill our cups. How can you walk away from such an experience and without feeling it is a privilege to serve the Lord? How can you walk away from Conference without feeling empowered and ready to face the [world] with courage and new found wisdom? What a blessing to witness the calling and sustaining of three new Apostles.”
I encourage you all to read and truly STUDY the talks given at conference. “Ponderize” them, and the scriptures, and it will be such a great next six months until the next conference!
Little update on life here in Huntsville:
-I sent Hermana Torres to her home in Utah. It’s so crazy when a companion dies. You never think it will happen to you. I feel that I will be here forever, and it’s amazing!
-We were calling contacts in the phone that we didn’t know and a hispanic named Victor answered. We set up a time to meet, we met, and now he has been reading the Book of Mormon and he called us to set up a time to meet!
-Our awesome investigator named Melanie disappeared! We don’t know where she is or how to get in contact with her. But we are praying and fasting that we, or other missionaries, will get in contact with her so she can continue to progress toward baptism.
-This is gonna be a great transfer! I was with Hermana Acosta for only a week 6 months ago, and now I’m with her again!
-All the Spanish Speaking sisters were at transfers, so we had to take a picture!
-We went to a mexican/american wedding. So fun!
-Hermana Acosta and I!
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Picture Week!

There are some poor Elders who want to email their families too. So I’ll make this super quick.

Hermana Torres is going home this week! She is such a great missionary and I feel so blessed to have been able to serve with her. We have seen so many miracles this transfer and I am so excited to continue to work here for another transfer.
I have a really great homework assignment! Read this devotional given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. It changed the way I look at life, the Gospel, missionary work, and everything. I love you and promise you blessings if you apply what you learn. Have a great week!
-We played Volleyball this morning. Our recent convert friend Fernando gave us presents. How nice!
-Dear Hermana Leonor left for Mexico, but before she did, we made empenadas! She is like my little grandma from Mexico. I love this branch!
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When we fail to plan, we plan to fail

This is such a good lesson I am learning as a missionary. We tried to plan really specifically this week and we saw SO MANY BLESSINGS. We planned one day where Sis. Torres and I would split up and go teaching with two other Hermana’s from the Branch. We coordinated who we would see, and although we weren’t able to see everyone we wanted, we were able to gain Supertrust with the members, teach some really good member-present lessons, and it was just a great experience!

4 people came to church yesterday! Sister Torres gave an AMAZING talk about her conversion. And since she goes home in a week is was only appropriate that we, (the 4 missionaries) and the little kids in primary sing. We sang “A child’s prayer” in Spanish. It was so cute and I could feel angels there singing with us.
I want to testify to you all that the Spirit has POWER. We are teaching a lady named Melanie. She came to church for the first time with her boyfriend at the beginning of the transfer and has come every time since! Although her boyfriend right now isn’t ready for the Gospel, I know he came that one time to church with her so that she could feel the SPIRT there and we could meet her. We started teaching her and her heart is changing. She told us that she wants to move out and start living the law of chastity, although we hadn’t even taught it to her yet! Wow! The spirit truly can teach us. It has the power to let us know what we need to do and gives us the courage to do it. I love it so much. It is so amazing to have front row seats to God’s work and glory. I am so glad I can strive to be a good instrument in his hands and serve the people here.
I hope you have a great week and look for ways to feel and follow the spirit. Let it teach you and may we all have the courage to follow what it says.
Life truly is beautiful my peeps.
-Hermana Johnson
We can’t swim, but we just took a really fun shower!!!
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El Tiempo Vuela!

How time flies! Is it really another week already? As we were planning we realized we are getting ready to start week 5 of the transfer! Hermana Torres only has two more Sundays in the mission field and everything is just go go go. We just keep finding the most awesome people! The Lord is just placing them in our path and we are blessed enough to be at the right place at the right time.

We went to the Temple this week. It was so great to feel the Spirit of the Lord there, it is truly His house and I encourage y’all to go there if you can, as often as you can!  We learn so much there. One thing I learned was accountability. As you attend the temple, think of the ways the Lord is teaching us to be accountable and responsible. I can now say I love the temple, even though I still don’t understand everything, I know God has blessed us with the ability to make more promises with Him so that we can receive even more blessings.
On Saturday we biked early in the morning to go volunteer at an Alzheimer’s walk the city Botanical Garden was hosting. Here comes my most funny/most embarrassing story of my mission: I was wearing really old yoga pants and they RIPPED on the inseam! We taped them together with purple duct tape and that was my outfit for the morning. Oh the things that happen on our missions:)
That’s all I really wanted to say, in English.
Yo se que Dios nos ama y que tenemos desafios y pruebas porque El esta purificandonos. El quiere que todos regresemos a El entonces tenemos que aprender todo lo que El ya sabe. Estoy tan bendicida por servir en una rama de Espanol y apredno mucho cada dia de la buena gente aca. les queiro mucho y que tengan una buenissma semana!!!!
-Hermana Johnson
1- Fruits of the Summer
2- Temple trip!
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Sept. 8, 2015

Bullet point list this week because I so much happened!

-It was Magdalenas birthday so Hma. Torres and I made chilaquiles! They are so rico and I feel more mexican than a cactus right now.

-Hermana Santos made her famous flour tortillas for soccer night. We made quesadillas and ate super spicy salsa. Dad, you would be proud, valentina sauce isn’t even spicy enough anymore:)
-We have found so many cool FAMILIES this week! 13 new investigators! Our zone is really concentrating on finding families and having F.U.N. Family, Unity, New Investigators.  It has been so cool to see how the Lord really is preparing people and families to be taught, we just have to be willing to go out and look for them and have the faith to find!
-There is really so much going on I can’t describe it all. I just LOVE this work and I never want it to end! I thank my Heavenly Father every day for sending me here to speak Spanish in Alabama. There are always good, bad, funny, sad and most importantly, spiritual experiences every day that are bringing me closer to our Savior and brother Jesus Christ. How great this Gospel is and how blessed we are to be able to share it with our fellow brothers and sisters.
-I challenge you all to pray this week, not only for the full-time missionaries. But also for your own missionary experiences. It can be with friends, family or even other members. As missionaries we find, teach, commit, and follow up. So I am committing you to find and help someone come closer to Christ this week. Share a scripture, link a video, or just be an answer to a prayer! I will see how it’s going next week. I love you all.
1- I found Ginger jelly! My favorite!
2- Cumplianos de Magdalena
3- Angy and I eating our quesadillas:D
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Happy Birthday, God Bless You

We have been riding our bikes so much this week and it is so fun! God has blessed us with so much good weather and riding up and down the hills here in Huntsville has given my legs a well-needed workout.

To explain the subject line, we went to sing and play in a ukulele choir this past week. There are banjos, singers, guitar players, a pianist, and an autoharp. So cool! So we went and sang happy birthday to some people and instead of singing “happy birthday dear ______” (put name here)  They all sang  “happy Birthday God bless you!”  I couldn’t help it and just started laughing. Only in the south would you hear something like that!
I have had such a fun time here already. The members are really great and so willing to help us out. I love being in a big Spanish area, I still have so much to learn. Sister Torres has been a member for almost 6 years now and her testimony is so strong. She knows so much doctrine so we have had some really great conversations. I love her and I feel so lucky to be her last companion.
I hope you all have a great week and remember that your example and your light reaches more people than you think. I met a boy yesterday that remembers missionaries from 2 years ago and how they gave him pictures of Jesus for his birthday. Never underestimate the power that our testimony and light of the Gospel has in other people’s lives! I KNOW that our Heavenly Father loves us and that we are here on this earth to experience all that we need to so that we can be like him.  Don’t let the adversary get you down! One person told us that Satan is the God of this world. That is false! Hma. Torres said, “Satan may be able to bite our heels, but we can crush his head, that’s not a God.” How true this is. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we can be happiest by living His teachings.
May we stand firm in what we believe and have the courage to follow God and his commandments. 1 Nephi 3:7.  We can do all things because God will strengthen us!!!
1- I almost kissed it, but I decided to obey the mission rules😀
2- Biking is the best!!
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