This last week has been pretty good. We've been having a lot of success in the area and finding new people to teach. We have two investigators on date for baptism and we're hoping to set two more with a date this week.
Last week I had a tooth filling fall out which was weird because I wasn't even doing anything when it happened. I was sitting on my bed and writing in my journal and felt something in my mouth. When I looked at it, it ended up being a filling. Lol and just my luck it was on a Saturday night so I had to wait all weekend to even have a dentist look at it. On Mondaymorning I called a dentist in the area that people in our branch recommended. They were booked and couldn't get me scheduled till next Thursday. So I asked another girl in our branch who works as a dental hygienist. She told me that their office was closed that Monday for training. But I called them on Tuesday and was able to set up and appointment for the next day on Wednesday. Thank goodness because my tooth was very sensitive to the cold so it hurt when I drank cold liquids. So I went Wednesday morning and got it filled easily. No more teeth problems after that.
On the other hand though I finally got sick. So Sister Jones and I decided to go to urgent care on Thursday because she still wasn't feeling good either. So we went to the doctor to see what was wrong and to hopefully get some meds to help us feel better. She ended up having a sinus infection and I had an upper respiratory infection. Uck! Haha I've been blowing my nose like crazy this last week and have had a sore throat with lots of coughing so that makes sense. But it was nice because we were both able to get antibiotics. We've been taking those and can slowly feel ourselves getting better! YAY! It's hard to be sick as a missionary. We both felt disobedient for staying in and sleeping. But now that we're getting better the work has been progressing. It's cool to see Heavenly Father's hand in our lives as we try to work hard and push past not feeling good. He definitely blesses us for that and we have seen that this week.
As I said we have two people on date for baptism. One of them is this Saturday. Her name is Loveday and she is from China. I think I've already told you guys about her but ya she's about 22 and is studying linguistics at Penn State. She's been meeting with the missionaries for about a year now but she has come a long ways with her testimony. It is cool to see her progression even just within the last 4 weeks that we've been here. It's cool to be able to see people learn and grow. The gospel truly blesses people's lives!
We've also gotten a couple new investigators this week and we're really excited about them. They're really prepared for the gospel and are truly looking for a relationship with God in their lives. I'm sad because all the missionaries with me in this area keep telling me that this is nothing like the rest of the mission. Baptism and these promising investigators are not common here in Pennsylvania. It'll be hard to go from this great "promised land" to a new area haha but it does make me truly grateful to be apart of the work in this area and to see this much success. I think it'll motivate me to work harder in other areas because I know that there can be this success. We'll see how it goes though.
General Conference was great! Hopefully you all had the opportunity to watch all 4/5 sessions. If you haven't then no worries, that's what the internet is for haha. And if you have already seen them all I encourage you to read them again and again and to study them and apply them to your life. We are so blessed to be able to have the resources that the church offers us today. lds.org, mormon.org, the Ensign, etc. They are all great tools for us to be able to study the gospel and share it with others. My two favorite topics that we prominent in conference this year were recognizing the Spirit and having an eternal perspective. I think as we focus on both of those topics, we cannot fail. There was a lot about fast offerings, be united, serving others, and strengthening family relationships. I think there are going to be some troubled times in our near future. As we listen to the council of the prophets, though, we will be ready for these times and will be able to endure to the end.
I hope all of you are doing well. Hopefully you had a great Spring Break, Easter, and General Conference. The weather looks great in Utah! It's warming up here in Pennsylvania which is so nice. We can see the flowers are starting to grow and hopefully they'll bloom soon. I can't wait! Stay strong in your faith and do the little things of praying and reading scriptures daily especially if times are hard for you now. Ya'll are the best and I'm grateful for your prayers and support. Thanks for all you do for me :)
Love you all!
Sister Kayla Johnson