Sunday, February 21, 2016


Oh hey! It's pday again! I feel like every week goes by so fast I seriously cannot keep up. This week was really good! We had interviews with President & Sister Stevens on Tuesday. We were given some trainings about the atonement from both Sister & President Stevens, which inspired me to study the atonement throughout the rest of this week. 

One talk I studied was In the Strength of the Lord by David A. Bednar. It talks about both the healing & the enabling power of the Atonement. He starts with a quote by David O. McKay which says, "The purpose of the gospel is . . . to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature." Which he goes on to explain that bad doesn't just mean wicked & evil, but the natural man. The atonement is able to help us to put off the natural man, & then, from there, we are able to be strengthened to become saints, or go from good to better. One way we can do this is by praying & asking for strength to overcome trials, not asking for our circumstances to be change. We are then able to become a force that acts, & not an object to be acted upon. 

I have no idea how to explain all of that in an email, so just know it all makes more sense in my head than it does written out. 

We decided to go through out area book this week & call some former investigators to see if they were willing to listen to the messages again. We were able to set up quite a few appointments, one of them with a man named Gordon. Two years ago, when the missionaries met him, he was homeless. But he turned his life around & is now working, owns a home & a car. He was a little bit sceptical when we first talked about God, but throughout the lesson, his heart was softened & he ended up accepting a baptismal date for the 26th of February! 

We saw a lot of other miracles as well! We met with a woman whose husband had just left her & her kids. She is such a strong woman & is trying to teach her three children to follow Christ. In our first lesson with her, the children loved us & didn't want us to leave, & she accepted to come to church with us & her family. 

On Friday, Sister Lung & I both woke up really ill. She had a bad cold & I had been throwing up all night. We had to stay in for the first part of the day, but we had appointments with some of our investigators, so at 12 we left our flat. Oh my days. We were both like zombies. Soooo dead. We managed to make it through the whole day & even went to "play" volleyball with the youth & one of the families we are working with. When the elders saw us they were so surprised we were even out of our flat cuz we both looked like we were dying, but hey! The Lord blessed us for working & we are both 100% okay now! 

I love you all! 

Sister Sydney Johannes

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