Nothing too exciting this week. It's the week before finals here and not a lot of people have time to meet with us because of it. It was cool though because we made a goal this week to have 10 lessons and we have been praying and working hard all week to be able to accomplish that goal. It was cool to see the Lord's hand in that and us being able to accomplish our goal. We taught a lot of on the spot lessons at forums and were able to meet with a lot of our recent converts and less actives. Because we have had two baptisms though our investigator pool has gone down. They moved from the investigator pool to our recent converts. On top of that we've had a couple people drop us. So now we only have 2 investigators that we're working with and we might drop one of them this week because she is Korean and really struggles with English so there's a huge language barrier. So ya we're working hard to get more people to teach. Hopefully it'll be better within the next two weeks though after finals. We have a lot of good potentials and some good ideas lined up.
Wednesday we had a lesson with Loveday and then afterwards we went out to eat with her and her friend, Jane, at a chinese restaurant called Little Szechuan. Loveday said it was the most authentic Chinese food that she has had around here. Szechuan is a region in China that has really spicy food. We were a little worried we wouldn't be able to handle it but we got it a little mild and it was sooo good. I love the flavors and spices that they use. We had a vegetable hot pot, fish fillet with tofu, and fried green beens and potatoes. Super yummy! One day I want to go to China and see how it compares.
Friday night we had dinner with a family in one of the wards in the area. They were so cute! They were from Sierra Leon (I think that's how you spell it) which is in Africa. The mom and dad converted to the church when they were teenagers and then had two kids and moved here so he could go to school. They are such a cool family! I wish I could be as accomplished as them. They have a 5 year old daughter who has read the BoM twice already by herself and is on her third time around. She has a bunch of scriptures memorized, and the MLKJ speech and Gettysburg address memorized, and is working on memorizing the Family: Proclamation to the World. She's a dancer and is learning chinese and spanish in school. The other kid is a boy who is 4 and he does all kinds of sports: football, soccer, baseball, basketball, etc. He has a bunch of scriptures memorized as well. They're whole family is just so great and accomplished and centered on the gospel. One day I want to be like them.
Saturday was my click day so we went to the creamery to celebrate. It was really good! That's where Ben and Jerry's learned how to make ice cream. It was a fun day and really hit the spot.
Yesterday (Sunday) for church we did a multi-stake conference with all of the stake within the North-eastern part of the states. It was super cool. I think it was broadcasted from Salt Lake. They had Elder Kacher of the seventy, Sister Carole M. Stephens one of the counselors in the relief society presidency, and Elder Hales and Anderson of the quorum of the twelve. They all spoke and it was great. So it lasted two hours and they had some really inspiring messages. They were so personable and shared a lot of personal experiences. It was fun to hear their messages and things they've learned through their lives.
So ya that was some of the highlights of the week. Things are going really well. We also had transfers last week so we have a lot of new missionaries in the area. We're happy they're hear and i'm excited to get to know them more. We have an update on our ipads. We'll be doing a mission wide conference on May 21st where we'll get some training and more info on how we'll be using them and then at the end of that conference on that day we'll be getting the ipads. Then throughout the next couple weeks after that we'll be getting more training on specific apps that we're using for our records and stuff and then we'll slowly be converting our paper records to online and electronic records. I'm super excited!
I hope everyone is doing well! And good luck to all of you in school with finals coming up! Keep studying but don't forget to make time for the Lord. As you pray for help, He will give you that extra strength that's needed. I love you all and hope the best. Especially for the Johnson family. I hope the funeral went well for Grandma J and that everyone is adjusting well. You're all in my prayers!
Sister Kayla Johnson
I also forgot to add these couple pics and stories that go along with them.
We made foster care kits on Saturday as a service project. The part that we helped with was making stuffed animal bunnies from socks. They were super cute and actually not that hard to make.
That night for training sister Jones and I watch some movies from the District series so we decided to make a fun movie night of it. I popped popcorn and we got our blankets. Sister Jones was funny and said "you know Sister Johnson, other missionaries are out tracting and you're just in the kitchen popping popcorn." Lol we laughed about it for hours but had fun with it. We weren't even being disobedient, it was in the training booklet to watch the movie. Haha #movienight #training #neverbeentractingyet