Estoy en ALABASTER!

Hey y’all! Sorry it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. But I am settled in now and getting used to serving in the English Ward of Alabaster. The members are so sweet. We are still working with the non-members….

Sister Saatkamp (pronounced sot-camp) is from Ohio and this is her second transfer in the field. She is awesome and we get along really great. We have similar interests and our unity in teaching is the BEST. We always say what the other one is thinking!
Since she’s not an Spanish missionary, I am teaching her a Spanish word a day so she can understand the basic phrases I always say in Spanish.
There was too much that happened this week, but no time to write it all.  We pretty much have no progressing investigators but that’s ok!
We are working hard and trying not to freeze as we search for the elect. I love what my amazing hermanita amiga Capri Dahle said in her email today.  “Patience is faith. Patience is a way to demonstrate your faith. PMG says that “patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing. When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully. Patience is related to hope and faith – you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfulled.” It’s not enough for me to trust God and believe in Him and lots of good things to come, but wait for those good things by working hard and never giving up..and being happy about it too 🙂
This is so true! I hope that we can all have a little more patience and faith in our lives, through the good and the bad. I am so THANKFUL for this Gospel, my Savior Jesus Christ, and my family.  Be thankful for all and have a blessed week and Happy Turkey Day!!! 🍗🍲🍞🍜
-Hermana Johnson
1- We ate at the Bakery last Monday. The members from the Spanish branch down here own it and make the most DELICIOUS food. Saatkamp is on the left. Bartlome and Fawcett are the Hermanas that live with us. It’s always a party with 4!
2- We drove to the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE to go see a less active that wasn’t home. So we took pics while we were there.
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Voy a cambiar!!!

Hola mis amigos! Pues we got our transfer calls and I will be leaving the amazing Huntsville Branch! I was really sad when I heard that because I haven’t been here very long. But then they told me I would be follow-up training and I was really humbled. This will be my third time training! I am excited for more adventures and changes. I will really miss the people here. They are like my extended family in Alabama. I have learned so much and felt the spirit so strongly, I am so grateful that I at least had this opportunity to be here for this time.

We had such an amazing week. We biked and walked and talked to everyone! We had 22 lessons and a family, Victor, and his friend came to church this week. Sister Ontiveros and I sang “Asombro me da” (I Stand All Amazed) in sacrament and it was such a great spiritual week and yesterday was a cherry on the sundae.
I have a testimony of this Gospel. I KNOW that the Priesthood was restored and that we have a living prophet and apostles who are our guides. These are perilous times, and we must choose between God and mammon. We cannot serve both and think we are going to be ok. I know God’s laws are eternal and we can find lasting happiness as we follow Him. The Atonement of Jesucristo not only enables us to be clean through repentance, but to overcome every trial and temptation in this life so that we may live with God again.
I love you all! Ponderized scripture of the week is Alma 37:35. look it up. Be wise, what can I say more?
1-The Cruz are from Puerto Rico and Hermana Cruz always makes the best food! And gives us a TON as you can see from the picture.
2- These are my lovely hermanas. I am going to miss them so much!
3- We had zone training. Huntsville zone has been the best!!!
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Feliz Cumpleaños!!!

Hola hola hola

Muchas gracias for all the letters and gifts and birthday wishes. Y’all are the best and I feel so blessed and privileged to call you friends and family. I got letters all throughout the week and yesterday was so fun.  I love celebrating birthdays as a misisonary, what better way to celebrate than by serving others?

This week we had Stake Conference and a general authority from the quorum of the seventy, Elder Parker, came and spoke to us. He is a very charismatic speaker, sounds more like a Baptist preacher than anything, and brought the spirit so strongly.  He said that “all is well in the church”, and that although we may see the physical weaknesses of our church leaders, they are men called by God to speak for him.  He talked about how the scriptures are our GPS for life, and they will never get us lost like the technological ones.  He said that when married couples fight or disagree, they should go back and remember how they felt when they knelt across the altar in the temple. Good stuff peeps!!
I love this church, I know that it is the true church of Jesus Christ.  The more I study the more I know this to be true.  The more people who bash with us, the better, because it strengthens my testimony of the apostasy, the priesthood, modern-day prophets, and temples. There is so much knowledge, but we must search for the TRUTH amidst all the knowledge available. I love this scripture in 2 Timothy 3:
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 3 Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers,incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I pray that we may search for the truth and the light through the Gospel of Jesucristo. I know that he lives and directs this church. That there is no other way whereby we may be saved except through Jesus Christ. Follow the spirt, it sanctifies us and enlightens our understanding.

I love you, que tengan una BUENISSIMA semana!

Hermana Johnson😸

Pics:  1. we went to the Space and Rocket Center last week. It was so fun!!  2. Our bathroom is haunted, I love Halloween🎃  3. Birthday cake. Elder Smith turned 19 this week; I’m 21 and feelin it!!!

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ABM!!!

ABM stands for Alabama Birmingham Mission, and it’s the best! We saw this awesome truck while we were driving. We are definitely working on building missionaries of value here in Alabama.

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This week was super LOCA! This mission life is ALWAYS an adventure and I’m glad I’m keeping a journal of the things that happen. Some highlights from the week are:
-We taught a lesson with Hma. Santos to an investigator that we recently started teaching again. It was one of the most spiritual lessons I have ever been in during my whole mission. Our awesome member invited her to be baptized and it was so amazing to hear the testimony and power of Hma. Santos conversion. She is so cool! We are excited to see the progress of all the people we are working with.
-Another thought that I heard/learned/not-sure-who-said-it this week: We meet so many people every day. Sometimes we meet them at a really good time in their life, other times it may be at their low. I want to invite all of you to treat and think of others that you meet this week as LOVED children of God.  We are all fighting battles, and as brothers and sisters in Christ we have the sacred responsibility to build and lift up those around us.
-I Love you all so much! Thank you for your prayers, support, testimonies, and steadfastness in Christ!
Hermana Johnson
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We went to a quiceanera this week!
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