Monday we mostly just got Sister Jones all packed up and cleaned the apartment and finalized everything for the end of transfers. We left for Pittsburgh that night because we had to go to training meetings early in the morning. We were about 10 mins on the road and then our tire popped! Heavenly Father was looking out for us though because we luckily weren't on the freeway. It was a car full of Sisters and we thought we were stranded but thankfully we were a few mins away from the Gardner family's house (members who always have us over for
dinner). We figured out where the spare tire was and how to get it down from the car and then Brother Gardner showed up in time to change it. In the meantime Sister Gardner took us back to her house and gave us dinner. After he changed our tire, we drove over to a car shop and
the Gardners were so sweet cause they followed us the whole way there to make sure we made it safe then sat there with us while the mechanics changed got us a new tire. We didn't make it to Pittsburgh till 11:30 that night but it was a blessing how it all happened.
Tuesday morning I had to go to meetings to be trained on how to be a trainer haha. It was kind of overwhelming because a trainer is the highest calling you can get as a missionary but it was good to get some advice on how to fulfill that calling. We did a training with all of the trainers and then lunch and then another training with all of the trainers and the trainees. Afterwards was transfer meeting where I found out that my trainee and new companion is Sister Hansen. She's a
really sweet girl from College Ward, UT (which is just south of Logan). She lives on a dairy farm and misses the farm life. She also does cross country. We left Pittsburgh around 4:30 and it took forever to get home but we made it safely with no complications that time.
Wednesday we mostly just did stuff to get Sister Hansen settled in. We had to renew the apartment contract under her name and then we went to Walmart to get some basic stuff to hold her over till p-day. Then we had to redo ipad training for her but it was a good refresher for me. We had a lesson with Loveday that night about prayer and scripture study and how it can help her stay active in her faith and grow her relationship with Heavenly Father. Afterwards we had institute where we learned about the fall of Adam and Eve in Moses 4. It was really
interesting and I got a greater perspective on it.
Thursday we had a combined district meeting with 2 districts here in State College and our Zone Leaders. They trained us more on ipad stuff and told us that we'd be getting a new app for our area book and planners. We have to input all of that info from all of our records this week so that's gonna take for ever but it should make things better and we'll be able to have more accurate and up to date records. Afterwards we went and did service at the community cafe which is always fun; cooking and cutting stuff up for salads and all.
Friday we watched Elder Perry's funeral. They were great services! It was cool to see how many lives he touched whether they were members or not. He was a great guy and we were proud to have him as our apostle. It'll be interesting to see who replaces him, but we probably won't here that for awhile. We tried to do forums that afternoon but campus is too dead right now so we just went and called potential investigators. That night we had dinner with Kendall family. They are so fun cause they always do themed nights when we come over. She just made us American food this time but last time we did Italian and another time we did breakfast for dinner.
Saturday we did correlation with the branch in the morning and then we did family history in the afternoon. This week I learned that I am related to Porter Rockwell who was Joseph Smith's body guard. He did a lot of cool other stuff but ya that was cool to learn about. Also I tried to see how far my family history went back and I got as far back as 126AD. That's so cool! That evening we had a lesson with Raisa which was cool because she decided on a baptismal date. She chose July 11th which was cool cause that was the date that we had in mind for her but she told us the date before we told her what we were thinking. That's pretty cool huh?
Yesterday (Sunday) we had church and Raisa was there! It's always so exciting when we get investigators to church! We've been praying and working real hard for it so it was cool to see her there. We did break the fast with the branch afterwards. We had hot dogs and hamburgers so that was good. We also had two lessons, one with a recent convert and the other with a less active.
Things are looking up for us for this next week so that'll be good. We got two potential investigators on the bus this week and we already have a lesson with one this week so hopefully that'll go well.
I hope everyone's week has gone well. It sounds like just about
everyone is done with school so that's nice! Any fun plans for the
Love you all!
Sister Kayla Johnson