Email from July 10, 2017
Another incredible week has come and gone. Time is just moving way to fast.
We have had some great miracles this week. The first one is what happened on Sunday. Our investigator I. came to church. We told him we would walk down to his house and then walk with him to the church. Well we were walking down the street and he drove up in his truck and said “I wasn’t sure if you guys were still coming so I left myself.” Then he gave us a ride to the church. It was ward conference so I was really worried he wasn’t going to have a good time. But the priests in the ward did a great job at fellowshipping him. During sacrament meeting President Smith called Elder Waite and I up to the stand, and then at the end of the meeting I. was leaving with one of the priests to Sunday School.
Then a member we ate with a few days earlier stopped us and said “I found someone for you to teach” and explained that he had been reading the book of mormon and was wanting to get baptized. (she didn’t tell us that he was at church today) but she said she would call us so I was anxiously awaiting the call. Well we went to priests quorum to be with I. and that other nonmember (J.) was there too. The lesson was on ordinances and covenants and I was worried because the member teaching was getting a little passionate and going off like he does. But the spirit taught I. and J. what they needed to know. At the end of the lesson J. asked “how can I get baptized?” I wish I could have seen my face. We have an appointment with him on Wednesday at his member friend’s house. I am very excited.
Great things are happening here. Elder Waite and I also started our “Bayfield Member Missionary” plan. At dinner appointments we are sharing a message to invite a member to do a specific thing. The one we are focusing on now is loving people at church. We are inviting all the members to introduce themselves to two new people every Sunday. We have a plan to call them and see how it went. I am excited. The work is growing.
The amazing thing is that God works it all out. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were really hard. We were working hard but I just didn’t feel like we were achieving what we should. I was a little discouraged and was thinking about home a lot (which I hate because whenever I think about home I only have fear). But then Sunday was amazing and now I am all pumped up again.
It is amazing to see God’s hand in it all. Honesty I am exhausted all the time. I can feel my body begging to rest, but there is a power beyond my own that gets me up in the morning excited for the day and that same power keeps me going when my body cannot.
I love my mission with all my heart. This week has been full of hard emotions. I have been avoiding the fact that I will be going home soon(not too soon) and all emotions about going home I have ingnored. Well Thursday during district meeting all those feelings hit me. It made me sick to my stomach and I started to cry. Then we had a role play and the scripture the missionary shared with me was: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.”
Yeah that hit me a little. But it was good because President Adams talks about the pendulum of a departing missionary. They either swing to one side and think about home too much and don’t finish strong, or they don’t think about home at all and they finish strong but then struggle when then get home and can’t start strong. Just as important as finishing (anything) strong is starting it strong. I was probably at the end of not thinking about home at all, but God is mindful of what we need and he is the master planner.
I love you all.
Love, Elder Johnston