Date

January 30, 2021

Area

Home MTC

Companion

Taylor Watson

Emergency say what now?!

Hei friends!

Well it's official... I will be going to Finland before my mission is over!!!! I still don't know when I will be leaving and I'm kinda terrified that it's gonna be a last minute pick up and leave situation but my visa was approved. Kinda crazy how it happened. A little bit ago we found out from a senior couple in Finland that someone wasn't aware we were waiting. Then just this week, one of the elders in my district texted all of us to get on a zoom call fast. I was maybe a little bit of a punk and didn't get on for a bit because I was on duolingo learning Finnish and thought it was just a call for fun but I was convinced to get on eventually after a text from my favorite Sisar Staples. We all got on a call with one of our MTC teachers... shout out to Sisar Jarvis (my quarter Finnish twin) and Vanhin Pabst told us all that the same senior couple just called and said that our visas made it to Salt Lake!!!!!! What we know now is that the visas are in Salt Lake and it should take about 3-4 days to process them but we're all kinda freaking out BECAUSE the reason the ball got rolling in Finland is because our Mission President told whoever is in charge that it is an emergency and that the missionaries need to get to Finland. We don't know if that means there's a small window of time for us to get there or if it's because of the fact that Finland is one mission and it has 54ish missionaries compared to its regular 100. We don't know the reason he said it was an emergency, but we are grateful for the news and hoping the flight doesn't come too suddenly. But if it does and I don't get another email out haha I love yall!! I'm pretty sure I'll get to say my goodbyes though because I have to take a covid test three days before my flight so I'll atleast have that much notice. I'm thinking we'll get flight plans this coming week and leave the next. We will see! So crazy it's finally happening. I keep getting asked if I'm just ready to get out there and my honest answer is sometimes haha. I personally would be content living at home with my family for the rest of my life but I haven't really had much to do and my family has their own lives so I'm excited to go and be busy again, sharing happiness and serving the people of Finland. This week we got to talk to the 4 in our MTC district who are already there and they showed us around their apartments and the cities outside their windows. That got me more excited but I am gonna have a seriously rough time leaving my family. 15 minutes is what I've been saying everyday. Every month is only a minute and I just hit my 3 month mark on Thursday. It's gonna be hard to leave but I'm stoked for all the adventures and people and food and getting to know my culture

Welp that's my life update and here's the part where I share happiness with all my friends who read my email rather than just looking at the pictures (if you're a picture looker that's okay I am too... ) ((I guess if you're reading this you're probably not a picture looker and I just exposed myself for no reason)) ANYWAYS I posted this on facebook this week, but I thought I'd share it in here too because I think it's really important to understand our relationship to Jesus Christ:

"I recently came across Mosiah 14:12 and it is becoming my favorite verse to connect with literally every other verse of scripture that I study. It reads, "Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." I absolutely love how Jesus Christ is being portrayed in this verse. He stepped into the game of life to live alongside us. We are the transgressors. We all make mistakes and none of us are perfect, but that doesn't change the lengths that our brother would go to bring us back to our heavenly home. Jesus Christ walks among the sinners and teaches us by His example how to return home to our Father in Heaven. He leads us and guides us. He, a perfect and sinless being, suffered in Gethsemane for our sins so that we could be free from the burdens of them, if we would choose to change. He died for us and was resurrected so we could be resurrected and live with Him and our Heavenly parents again. He wants you. He knows you and He has not and never will give up on you. The thing I love about this verse is that Christ, in His knowledge and perfection, is given His portion with the great but He takes it and divides it among us. All He asks is that we are strong. All He asks is that we endure the hard patches of this life that are thrown at us. The coolest part? He is our strength. For a portion of His spoil in Heaven, He requires what He gives to us. You are not meant to endure this life alone. Jesus Christ is holding your hand all the way through. Every step of the way. And when the second set of footsteps disappears from the sand and you think He has left you, He hasn't. The footsteps gone are your own, He is carrying you."

I love you and God loves you more!
Love,
Sisar Johnson

P.S. If this is the last email I send for a while, I probably made it to Finland and have no phone yet and my P-day is now Tuesday. If not... See you next Saturday. Just a little warning for my committed, weekly email readers. I know who you are and minä rakastan teitä tosi paljon ;)

P.P.S. A friend of mine's family was in a serious accident. Will you please remember Savana, Jayson and their dad in your prayers? Especially Jayson, he needs it the most.

Pictures:
1) Just a bunch of old Johnson kids
2) We learned shapes in Finnish by teaching each other how to draw animals. My go was not very good... those are supposed to be monkeys
3) One of the big blessings of being home. I got to go through the temple again with my mom for Maija's endowment. Congrats maija!! <3
4) Just a little vacuum photoshoot while running errands with my mom




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