Monday, October 28, 2013

Without God, I am Nothing

Our family had a special visitor at our home yesterday from a sister that lives in Kelsi's ward in Ohio she is serving in, Sister Learny.  She wanted to meet Kelsi's family.  She loves Kelsi and said she is a pure delight.  We really appreciated the fact that she would take time to come here.  It meant so much to us.


Hello family!

How are you all doing?  Glad you were able to meet Sister Leamy, Mom!

This week was the longest week EVER.  We have had so much to do.  We haven't even finished weekly planning yet, which that was supposed to have been done on Thursday... so we have no plans as of right now for our next week :)  That's how crazy it's been.

We had interviews with President.  That was fun.  He is the best mission President ever.  He is seriously amazing. we also had a pretty successful week!  We had a bonfire on Saturday night.  It was a success!  3 investigators came and a ton of ward members.  Everyone was so great in talking to them and we made s'mores.  Katee came!  We aren't sure how that will progress.  We have faith, but she hasn't gotten back to us.  So, we shall see.  She kept going up to everyone and hugging them and introducing herself saying, "hi, I'm Katee!"  She is so bubbly and cute.  She wants to come to church.

We also had 4 investigators at church on Sunday!  That was the most I've ever had... so that is good :)  The Stamm's came.  Michael and Lisa.  Bad news... Lisa and Jim have to move immediately.. and are moving to PA :( We will miss them... good thing that we are site missionaries and can still call people from all over the world.

Then Michael was going to get baptized this next weekend, but we pushed it back to the following weekend.  Satan was working so very hard on making everything not work out this weekend.  It was ridiculous.  He is still figuring things out,  but we took him to a baptism (the zone leader's baptism) so he could see what it was like, then we went to the bonfire and then he came to church on Sunday and then we gave him a tour of the Johnson Home.  He really liked the Johnson home.  I said, "How did you like it?"  He started thinking and said it was interesting... but then he said he had really good feelings and he can tell that it was important.  So that is good!  The Johnson Home is amazing.  He knows it's true :)  He was also the one who set up the appointment with us.  We were like, yes, we are definitely coming to see you this week!

The Stamm's came to church, but they really only came to hear me sing.  They said they wanted to support me... well a miracle happened.  We did not sit next to them in church.  I kept glancing over at them and they were smiling the entire meeting.  Katherine looked like she was having a ball :)  I got up to sing and I really kept them in mind as I sang... I saw them smiling as I was singing.  The stake president was there and he said he wanted to get up and say something.  He said, "I know that there are some people here today who are investigating the church."  He said, "I want you to know that you have made the right choice... he said the spirit was very strong today" and he bore a powerful testimony that was straight for the investigators to hear.  Then bishop ran over and greeted the Stamm's saying, "Can I come and visit you this Tuesday?"  The Stamm's were like...uhhh sure.  We walked over to bishops office and he was tearing up.  He said, he watched them in that meeting.  He said it was confirmed to him that they felt the spirit and he needed to go visit them.  He seemed so emotional and excited about it.  They would be solid members of the church.  They are just great great people.   I am so excited that bishop is going to see them :)  Drew and Katherine laughed, smiled and nodded the whole meeting.

Then I sang another time yesterday, at the Johnson Home commemoration.  Wow, I felt so special all day yesterday.  They were even talking about the song in Relief Society.  Bishop said he wants to know when my CD is coming out... pshhh yaa right.  Karl Andersen was the speaker and the "This is Kirtland" cast sang as well and then me!  I was soooo nervous.... I sang, "I Believe in Christ" in church and "Come, Come Ye Saints" at the commemoration.  The Tanner girls came up to me after (which by the way, they are the most beautiful girls ever).

Everyone keeps asking what school I went to before my mission.  I just usually say that I have been around a little haha.  8 colleges is a lot.... and makes me sound crazy!  But I KNOW that every single thing that I did helped me prepare for my mission.  I wanted to do dental for forever.  It taught me so much.  I worked with kids for forever.  That taught me how to get down on their level and teach to their understanding.  I use that every day on the mission... I did music for a year.  I was able to practice, so that I can sing on the mission.  Especially since we have NO time to practice.  I literally went through the song one time before I sang... Everything in life happens for a reason.  Everything prior to coming here was in preparation to help me in this moment and it will continue to help as life goes on.  Even in your lives... Heavenly Father prepares you for callings, for having children, for work, teaching someone about the gospel, being a friend, listening, etc.  He is preparing us, so He can use us!

Another little thought, President Vellinga asked me to memorize a scripture this week, so I memorized Alma 26:12. "Yea, I know that I am nothing.  As to my strength I am weak.  Therefore, I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in His strength I can do all things; yea behold many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise His name forever."

Without God, I am nothing.  I would be miserable and have no talents, no knowledge and understanding, nothing.  But with God, I am everything.  We can all turn to Him.  He will be there.  We can be an instrument in His hands if we but turn to Him and realize that our blessings are ours because we are faithful and because we have a loving Heavenly Father and because of the sacrifices made by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

He lives and He wants to use us.  I am trying my best to give Him my heart and my desires.  That is the only thing that He does not already have from us.  It is hard, the natural man wants to come out all the time, but as we continue to embrace ourselves in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it will come more naturally.

I know that I am nothing, but with His strength, I can do allll things.

I love you. Until Next week!

Sister Johnson

"I dwell on high, I hear your prayers, I know your hearts, I know your desires."  What the Savior said to Joseph Smith at the Johnson home.

Link to the Church News on Elder Ballard's visit to Kirtland last week.

Sister Smith, Clark, and Johnson.  They were MTC companions.

Sister Coontz and Sister Johnson

Kirtland East
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Guiding By The Spirit

Sorry this might be long, I am going to type as fast as I can, I have a lot to tell you before we get kicked off!  I made notes...
This week went by really fast.  It doesn't feel like p-day, especially since I got to talk on the phone with Mom!   Whoops.... I was just talking to the lady scheduling the doctors appointment and she said she was going to call Mom to get Dad's info and I said, alright awesome.  Then she goes... "Mrs. Johnson, I have you on the phone with your daughter... Kelsi?" then I looked at my companion and freaked... our eyes were big with our mouths open and we were just listening to Mom and then.... I said "hi mom and bye love you." I had to say something! haha  After Mom got off the phone, the lady kept apologizing and felt so bad because she could tell there were emotions.  I was like... I didn't know it was going to be a 3 way call!   That was fun though.  I told everyone.
Also, Sister Leamy (from my ward here in Hiram) is a single gal and she is going to California on business....I said, say hi to my family!   And she said... I really want to, so she is coming this weekend to see you all. haha. Either Saturday or Sunday.  I don't know her TOO TOO well... but she is really excited :)   Hope that is alright...she has your number :)
I also sang in a zone training meeting last week.  I am singing in church this Sunday and possibly will be singing at the commemoration for the Johnson home with Karl Andersen Sunday night... I have no time to practice so we will see how this goes :)  We are also planning a bonfire to invite our investigators to for some fellowship.  The members are coming to help fellowship.   Cute 20 year old Katee is coming, Stamm's, Michael, Lisa and Jim and someone else I can't think of.  We are still working on getting more :) Our zone leaders, district leader and his comp and the Solon sisters are all coming too and bringing members of the Solon ward.   Maybe the Tanner's will come!  The missionaries are also singing at the bonfire :) stoked. stoked.   We have the best district.  I am constantly laughing...
So ready to hear about Michael?   He pretty much has a baptism date :)  November second!  Less than two weeks away!   We had our "first" lesson with him since he dropped us. Instead of a "how to begin teaching", we did a "how to keep teaching" with him.  We felt strongly that we needed to talk about how this gospel can have a huge impact on the future.  He said he had been thinking A LOT about that.  I told him about our home... and how it was a home filled with the spirit and growing up, it was somewhere where I wanted to be.   Well, after I said that... he paused... he stared at the ground for a minute...and he said, "I look for signs sometimes to tell me what to do and what you just said is in my book.   Word for word."   We continued talking about families.  He said that he has a goal to get married in all white.   We told him that in the temple, we all wear white :)  He said he can see himself marrying a Mormon girl.  He so bad wants a family in a gospel centered home filled with the spirit. Sooooo me and Sister Coontz have definitely been looking for his future wife on hahaha it is our facebook.
I feel like we are having too much fun on the mission.  We are always making jokes and laughing, but we are serious when we need to be.  Too much happiness.
We were driving to a potentials house and I felt strongly I needed to pull the car over, and so I did.  I told Sister Coontz that we were going to be tracting for a few minutes before it got all the way dark. So we got out...the first house we went to, was a lady named Maria.  She wants us to come back and she is so sweet!  Then the next home a guy wasn't TOO interested, but he said he would check out, then the next house... Jessica answered the door.  She was so cute and beautiful.   She said she had never gone to church, but she really wanted to.   So she is going to come to church.   Me and Sister Coontz have been thinking a lot about her... we definitely stopped for a reason.
I found a little note this week in my binder that said, " I know this all to be true... after reading this talk a few days ago and after a few more things that have happened to me, I have decided to serve a mission.  I know if I also follow these things, I can bless lives of many.   I've never been so excited."   I wrote that note January 2012.  I went to go see my bishop and he actually discouraged me from going, so I dropped it.

The thought was still in my head, but I honestly didn't want to go and leave my family.  People kept saying, "are you going to serve?" or "You should go on a mission".   I kept saying, "no no no no no no" and denied what I knew I needed to do.
President Davis told me he wanted to see me.  He said he felt impressed to ask me if I had ever thought about a mission.  I told him yes, but there were things happening in life, that I wanted to see first.   I was dumb.   Then... nothing was working out.   I felt as if everything was going wrong.  So I prayed one night in tears, praying to get an answer on what I needed to do.   I had a dream that night that I was taking out my endowments and receiving a blessing.  I woke up at 1:30 am and knew that it was President Davis giving me the blessing.

The next morning was Sunday, I went into the Stake presidents office after church and was going to "see" if he was around.  I really didn't want to bug him and I probably wouldn't have come back if he wasn't there.   All the lights were turned off...but I walked in anyways and wondered around.  I looked in a room and saw a light in the corner.   It was President Davis looking at his phone.  He looked at me and said, "Kelsi, come in!"  I still didn't want to bother him, but he welcomed me in, even though he was leaving.  I told him I had a dream.   He told me it was meant to be and it was rare that I caught him.  He gave me a blessing and it all talked about preparing to be a wife and a mother.  I felt so strongly I needed to go on a mission... but I was not about to say that (because I still really didn't want to go).  I went home and really contemplated ... I told my mom and dad that I was going... I did not like that I was saying that.   But I knew I needed to.   So, we called the bishop and he called President Davis and just about 20 minutes later, President Davis called mom and said  "that is what I would have expected her to say".
Heavenly Father really does know us better than we know ourselves.  I should have never doubted what He knew I needed.  I am so thankful for the spirit and I am thankful that I was told so many times... the spirit doesn't always tell us what we need to do more than once.  We need to make sure that we are immediately following the promptings of the spirit.   Really tuning in on where you need to be.   You can be guided to help someone in need.  It happens every day on the mission and I just love my mission.   It is the best decision I have ever made and I know that this gospel is true.   I know without a doubt, more and more every week.
Sister Kelsi Denae
"Salvation cannot come without revelation, it is vain for anyone to minister without it" Joseph Smith

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Greatest, Most Spiritual Week!

Sister Coontz and Sister Johnson.  This is a photo taken by a man who was on their tour and sent a text message about how strong of testimony she has.

This week was a definitely special week.  Sister Johnson met Elder Ballard.  We received special notes and pictures from friends from Ohio, Utah and a random man taking tours from her about what a special missionary she is.  We are proud parents. :)


I don't have enough time to tell you all of the amazing things that happened this last week.  It seriously has been one of the most uplifting, special, amazing and most inspiring weeks.

We weren't in Aurora/Hiram very much this week.   We were at sites most of the week.  We had some great tours.  We took mostly non-members on tour one day... about 24 people and they were with a big group.  Well, 16 of them had requested Books of Mormon :)  It was awesome.  They asked some very great questions.... More and more non-members are coming to the sites all the time.  We also took an amazing tour.... we all prayed in the School of the Prophets and we sang the Spirit of God... best tour. :)

Scott Jarvie came to sites... he took pictures the entire tour we gave him!  No bueno... ha no bueno..  It scared me because I heard someone say, "Kelsi" and I was like, hey!  My name is Kelsi haha and then I turned around and boom!  It was weird... ha ha.  He said I was awkward. :(

You also should have received a text from a guy we took on tour and from the Tanner's.  I saw them a lot on Saturday and Sunday I sat by them.  Michael came to conference on Sunday and we gave him a tour.... long story.  Maybe I'll tell more about that next week.  President Vellinga wanted to meet him and so we introduced them.  President Vellinga shook his hand and stared into Michael's soul and told Michael to listen to us because what we are saying is true.  It was intense.  He asked him a lot of questions... I think Michael gained a lot of respect for President Vellinga after that.  (I have the best mission president in the world.)

We were helping Sister Young decorate for the open house with Elder Ballard.  It was fancy.  I will send you pictures.  We felt like we were at the ball on the Princess Diaries.  We felt way out of place.  Only invited guests came for the 10th anniversary of Kirtland.  They were so elegant and all dressed so nice!  I felt way out of place :)  They let the missionaries come (only us site sisters) and meet Elder Ballard.

Funny story, I was seriously so excited to meet Elder Ballard.  I was talking to Karl Anderson (Mr. Kirtland) before Elder Ballard and I was almost oblivious that I was talking to him.  I saw Elder Ballard was done talking to the person in front of me and so I stuck my hand out to shake his hand and said, "Hi, I am Sister Johnson" and before I could say anything else he said, "where are you from Sister Johnson?"  I told him where I am from...  he smiled a little bit and said, "Its a lot warmer, I mean, colder here in Ohio......"  Then he leaned in a little bit closer to me while still shaking my hand and said...  "Did you bring long underwear?" I didn't really know if I was supposed to respond and tell him if I really did bring any or not... and I was kinda speechless that an apostle was talking to me about underwear.  So I just awkwardly smiled and shook my head no and said"  No I didn't, I will need to get some :)"  Then he smiled and I moved on.... it was an interesting meeting with the apostle. ha ha

Before the event when me and Sister Coontz were helping set up, there was an older lady sitting on the couch.  We thought someone was already going to talk to her until we are about to take another tour and this family asks us if she was an important person?  We said we didn't know... and we put the family in the Kirtland movie and then came back to greet this lady sitting on the couch.  So I go up to her... she stated her name as Sister Smoot.  We talked and got to know each other a little bit and then Sister Coontz came and then Sister Spong and Sister Harrison joined us as well.  She was a sweet lady and then I asked what she was doing here and over another period of questions... trying to figure out who she was, she said "  I was the General Relief Society President and my counselor was Sheri Dew."  ha ha... so my eyes were big again... and kinda embarrassed that I didn't know who she was.  Whoops... but we became best friends over the weekend and her daughter gave us "mom" hugs and we saw them a ton.  It was fun.

The meetings were so fabulous this weekend. Elder Gay (who had the best talks ever...will prob be in the quorum of the 12) and Elder Seldom were there as well.  Elder Ballard told us to really contemplate what happened here in Kirtland.  He said there will be a time when we will all re-unite and we never want to look back on our lives and say, "Why did I not pay attention to what really mattered most in life?"  He said this is one of the most sacred locations and how very blessed are we to be here.  It really is sacred and hollowed grounds.  500,000 people have visited Kirtland the last 10 years.  It's beautiful.  He said that people need to see this.

When we were hanging out with Elder Ballard at the open house... it really was the most amazing time.  Seeing him watch the little primary children in front of the Whitney Store made me tear up... it reminded me of the Savior.  I just watched him shake the hands of every child and their faces were full of joy and they were so excited to shake this man's hand.  As we sat in these meetings... particularly the fireside on Friday night, the spirit overcame me.  Just like the saints say when describing how they felt when they felt the spirit so strong.  I could not move as Elder Ballard concluded his talk and when we began to sing.  I felt love surrounding me.  It was as if angels were surround me and I was being told once again that this was the true church.  I walked out of that meeting with my spirit lifted more than I ever have had on my mission and possibly ever in my life.

I know this gospel is true... this church is either true or it is grossly false and should be stopped.  I wish I had more time because sooooo many things happened and a lot of small miracles.  I wish I could share the talks... they were too great!

Love you and have a great week!

Sister Johnson

"Flabbiness of character should always be more of a concern than flabbiness of muscles.  Body building and body conditioning are worthwhile goals, but there is more needed to gain true inner peace.  We must blend balance in our lives and increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (see Luke 2:52) to reach our full potential."

Monday, October 7, 2013

We Do

My new p-day is now on Monday's.  It keeps on changing!  I felt like this week was lazy... watching 8 hours of conference!  I was needing to get up and get moving again.  It was soooooo good though. Definitely didn't want it to be over.  We hung out at the member's homes.  It was so great. :)
Michael came to the Mcintyre's home and guess what?  Sister Mcintyre made for dinner?  CafĂ© Rio.  :)  Just making us feel a little bit of the west coast.  Sister Busath made it for us before too.  (She spoiled us like crazy this weekend)  So yummy.  Michael said that he enjoyed conference.  That was the first time he has ever said he enjoyed anything!  He said he will watch the other conferences.  He is progressing again... :)
Then the Stamm's went to the Young's home to watch conference.  Ah man that was so great :)  I was watching them during conference and they were so attentive.  I know we couldn't go wrong with General Conference.  I kept picturing them in white and looking at what their potential could be during conference... I'm weird, but they have sooo much potential.  I could see Drew as a high leader in the church. :) She even invited us to eat Thanksgiving with their extended family too!  They like us a lot.  I am soooo nervous I will leave Hiram by Thanksgiving :(  I am praying I won't leave yet.  I can't leave yet... I love all these people too much.  Oh and it was kinda awkward... when we were eating dinner, Drew Stamm was kept touching my foot (playin' footsie or something).  I thought it was a dog and I looked under the table and saw it was him and I looked up with a puzzled look.  His face got soooo red.  He didn't know it was me and was so embarrassed. haha  I was like woahhh... :) haha   Sister Coontz thought it was hilarious. I was like "I will never be able to look at him the same again" ha jk  It was just funny.
Lisa and Jim also watched conference... Jim is doing a "little" better. Hopefully getting some help. They really want it... we talk to them everyday and encourage them. We feel like we should see them less, but still see them until they get on their feet again.
This week we have been trying to see a few new people, but appointments have been canceling like crazy.  We decided to get a little creative and serve them... and bring them things.  We did and they called saying that they were speechless and they couldn't believe what we did.  We knew they were going through a hard time... and we really wanted to help.  We hope we will be able to see all of them this next week or the week after.  We only have 1 day in our area this week.  We have zone training and Elder Ballard, so it will be really busy at the Historic Kirtland visitor center.
Well, I loved conference.  I loved everything about it.  I found it great that President Monson said it was the most inspiring conference and he was going to write it in his journal.  It made me cry when he talked about his wife and that his anniversary would have been today.  What a blessing it is to hear a prophet speak and to know who he is.  He is a man of God.  He is speaking to us as if the Savior were speaking to us.  You can see it in his countenance.  

There were so many good words that were spoken.  I wish I could write about all of them.  Just a little piece of something I pulled out of conference.... I loved the scripture from the Australian (Vinson). "And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure and he will say unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my father."  I am going to try my best and be ready for this day.  I want nothing more than to hear those words and be with my family for eternity.  I know there will be the day when we will stand before Him.  Face to face.  It will come sooner than we think.  We do live in perilous times.  We do need to remember to look up.  We do need to get into spiritual shape.  We do need to continue to be more converted in the gospel.  We do need to always put the Lord first.  We do need to love the Lord with all thy heart.  We do need to be Christlike.  We do need to always look ahead.  Faith is always pointing towards the future.  I know more than ever how important this gospel is. I know He lives.  This is a marvelous plan and we can conquer anything.
I love you more than anything and everything.
Sister Johnson
"Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith"
"Righteousness is always more powerful than wickedness" Good reminder
"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved"

Sister Johnson's district

Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Did you get my video?  I have more pictures that I will send later. Ya... my pday switches all the time and it will always be on a Monday or Tuesday during transfer week. Sorry about that... I hope to hear from you before I finish this email :)  It's transfers and we are staying!  We knew that because I'm still training Sister Coontz.  I am going to write President and tell him I can never leave Hiram and that I received my own revelation. haha
This week has been so great.  Not the greatest in numbers... but so great in finding and everything else!
We took this guy in our ward teaching with us, his name is Jerry.  He has been hitting on us... it's kinda weird.  He's like in his 70's and I think he thinks it's funny. ;)   Well, he and Jim are like the same person so he said he reallllyyy wants to help Jim.  Which is awesome.  We just don't think that we can take him to another lesson because they both talk too much!  Jim is hopefully in the hospital right now...getting things sorted out... Jerry kept saying the whole night "I am addicted to sea food, when I see food, I eat it!"  He says he was a comedian. ha ha
So we have a limited amount of miles that we can use each week on our car and they lowered a ton... so we have been biking again!  It is hard in this area because our area is so big, it wastes time when we bike, but we had no choice!  We biked like 27 miles up and down hills!  It was insane.  I was laughing sooo hard.  Sister Coontz was screaming "I'm going to die, stop Sister Johnson.  No.  Not doing it.  Kill me now.  I'm done."  Like every second.  She couldn't walk the next day, I was like we can make it, you got it!  Then when we got to the appointment... the people weren't there..... sad day.  But, we met people on the side of the road so that was good!
We went to Hiram College this week and we met quite a few people.  We met this awesome girl Alyssa (she's a freshman and plays volleyball) and then we met Katee!  Ahhhhh Katee is soooo dang cute. She is 20 and so adorable.  I feel like we could be way good friends.  We were both sooooo happy!  Can't wait to tell you what happens... bad news... we will only be in our area like 1 day next week :(  When Elder Ballard comes, we will be at sites most the week.
Michael is watching conference with us at the McIntyre's!  We are stoked :)  Jim and Lisa will be watching it at a members home.. and the Stamm's will be watching it with us at a members home too!
Then remember the Stamm's?  The cute couple that we ate with?  Well... we went and ate with them again this week.  We had an awesome lesson on Alma 56 talking about the Stripling Warriors.  I seriously love this story... you have probably heard it, but it starts out with Helaman sending a letter to Moroni.  We explained that they had decided to defend their country and that the Lamanites were shedding the blood of so many valiant men and were taking possession of different cities.  There were these young boys who were known as the 2,000 stripling warriors.  Helaman was leading them and they were going to fight... we talked about verses 45-48 and 56.
They say...
45 And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites. (LOVE THIS, how powerful!)
 46 For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.
These boys faithfully followed the teachings of their parents and leaders. Because they had done that, they were strong and miracles happened because of their faith! It goes on to say...
 "But behold, to my great joy, there had anot one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the bstrength of God"
Not one of them died!  Can you imagine having that much faith?  It was expedient for them to have faith.  It was expedient for them to have learned from their mothers, parents and leaders on how to have faith and trust in God.  They fought with the strength of God.  With God anything can happen... I know this can happen with us too.  It is EXPEDIENT for us to listen to our parents, follow the prophet and counsel of all of our leaders.  We committed the Stamm's to listen to the prophet and watch conference... the spirit was so strong.  They asked, " How will we know if he is the prophet?"  We told them if they prayed, they would know without a doubt.  Their hearts have softened so much since we first met them, they were not interested one bit at first. 
We are soooo excited for conference coming up.  What a great opportunity we have to hear from the leaders of the church.. I am so happy, I can't wait :)  They are going to tell us what the Lord would say if He were standing here.  I have understood more than ever that just like they are called by God to be general authorities, I have been called by God to be a missionary and just like these wonderful, humble, strong, Christlike men, I too can be a mouthpiece and instrument in His hands.  We can all be an instrument in His hands.
Enjoy conference!  Take lots of notes :)
Love you a lot!  Miss you lots!
Sister Johnson
ps- I took a lady on tour who looked and acted just like gma Johnson.
pss- we watched the broadcast in a members movie theatre! so fun!
pss- I forgot to tell you a quick miracle.... I had a random piece of paper in my scriptures with my handwriting that said "call Theresa" with her number.... no idea where it came from... called it.  She was excited, but when we went to her house, she wasn't there.  So we called and she gave us her real address so we went back this week to try again.  We were leaving another appointment and I said "I feel like we need to go see her instead of Dale"  We went.. .and I guess it was a miracle that we caught them!  Turns out... she is a previous relief society president, married in the Hawaii temple, from Utah and all her family is LDS!  Crazy!  No idea how that number got there and I don't remember writing that....

Sister Coontz and Sister Johnson

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