February 6, 2021


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Well its official I am actually going to Finland

AHAHHHHAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! You guys it's finally happening!!!! I'm weird honestly haha my whole district has been praying so hard and they're so excited to head out but I just feel content. I dont feel this extreme excitement and I don't feel scared or really even relieved that I finally have flight plans, I just feel content. It's a cool thing though. I really truly know that God knows exactly what we need to be prepared for the events of our lives. He knows that I needed this time at home. I had a lot of anxieties deciding to serve a mission. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and I have such a big desire to share it but I was terrified to leave my family and I wasn't really sure if I could survive being a 15 hour flight away because what if something happened. I've had to struggle through that and other sacrifices to get myself here. I've said it before, but a mission was not my plan. It is God's plan and I have been living on trust and faith that He knows best for the longest time. I feel like it's my plan now though. I am content because I am living the life that God has given me to live. I am living what He knows will prepare me for other experiences to come. My mission is unique but it is exactly how I need it to be. I don't know what the future holds but I am happy I get to find out with my Heavenly Father, Heavenly Mother and Jesus Christ holding my hand along the way. AND on a less self reflective note, I am soooooo grateful for the people that God is preparing in Finland. I am so grateful that I get to be a part of their lives for a short 15 months and experience their light and growth. And I am so grateful for all the souls that I have gotten to know better here in Arizona. These past three months and all of my friends and family that I have been able to interact with will always hold a special place in my heart as an important chunk of my mission. I had the thought earlier this week that I am called to serve for 18 months. I am set apart by God to live a different lifestyle, one that allows me to feel so close to Him, because for these 18 months I am called to serve you. I am called to serve His children. That changes from missionary to missionary what exactly that service looks like, but in my case I feel so strongly blessed to have had the opportunity to learn and grow alongside the already members in Gilbert, Arizona. Members need strengthening too. I am in no way perfect, heck I'm a 19 year old girl, but I have a calling from God to guide others to His son and He has and will provide a way. A mission doesn't always have to be finding people to teach, but it can be strengthening those who have already felt the light. We are all enduring to the end and it gets hard at times. My favorite quote is "We are all just walking each other home." It's so true and I am so grateful for every soul baptized or not that I get to meet with this authority given to me from God to guide them to Christ. And I am grateful for all the ways I have been led to Jesus Christ through you. Did any of that make sense? I don't know haha but I'm grateful for what I have learned and felt from God in the 3 months I've been a missionary so far.

Now the part that you've all been waiting for... I leave on February 18th. Two-ish weeks from this last Thursday. It's gonna be a whole new adventure living in Finland and I'm sure my emails will be a lot more interesting. This is so crazy. So crazy. But so good.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me in this time while I have been waiting at home. You all have the hearts of missionaries. Set apart or not we can all be missionaries in the way we interact with the people around us. I have felt your love and the light of Christ through you so thank you. I am so grateful to serve alongside you as we all try to make this world a little bit brighter. You all mean the world to me, I hope you know that. Thank you for your love and friendship.

Now one more silly Arizona email next week and then I'm off to Finland. Off to go meet my people and learn so much and grow so much. Goodness I love life and I love this gospel so much!!! Jesus Christ is my perfect example and I hope you will all try to learn of Him. Learning who He is and the love that He has for me and all of you has brought me so much joy. Joy I didn't know existed. Life is so good you guys!

Here's a chapter I love since I didn't really share anything like that...I get a little intense with the self reflection sometimes. 3 Nephi 27 ---- So good!

I love you and God loves you infinitely and eternally more than any of us could ever comprehend!

Sisar Johnson

No faces sorry but here's some food I forced myself to eat this week so maybe I won't shrivel up and die from malnutrition in Finland...They like fruit. I do not. That's a whole 5 strawberries eaten by yours truly. Thank you. Thank you very much.


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