Monday, December 28, 2015

Ring In the New Year

Welcome to your last week of 2015!

Where are you right now? Are you where you thought you would be a year ago?
I guess I am. I am still in the Neverlands, just chillin and preachin the gospel.

So Christmas was super weird. I never want to Skype again. I am just ready to hug the cookies out of you all, so let's just do that next time. 
But Christmas was actually quite lovely this year. We were booked with appointments! On Christmas Eve, we got to have a fun little Christmas Eve program with a family of kids (sound familiar?) On first Christmas, we had a lesson with our investigator Moen and watched "Joy to the World." She loves Jesus movies. :) So do we. Then we got to eat dinner and Skype and see some cool Catholic church nativities with our branch president's little family. On 2nd Christmas (because that is a thing in the Netherlands), we had lunch with some members, went to our ward mission leader's home for gourmet ("t" is pronounced here, it's their version of indoor bbq; awesome times), and then got to visit an American member who has recently started coming back to church. Also, it was fantastic weather! Wow, thank you Heavenly Father, you must have known that Dressa was over here trying to be a missionary this year.

We feel like miracles are beginning and we are going to see a lot this transfer. I was promised that one other time on my mission, and it was one of my most miraculous transfers, so I am believing in wonderful things for this transfer. We have people to teach and have begun working with a lot of less-actives, which has always been a softie spot for me. All in all, Tilburg is the best and probably one of the promised lands.

Thank you all for your prayers and love. You make my mission a gajillion times better and I'm grateful for ya. I hope the new year brings you many blessings and happy things and not too many delicious treats so you can make your weight goals! Love to you from Nederland!

Sista Jo

Harry, our fellow missionary, and our investigator Kenneth

Aida gave us little trees :)

Christmas morning!

Our investigator Moen

Cool churches

Belgium/Netherlands border

Gourmet! Delicious

Windmill with a star- how Dutch Christmas :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas :)

Hello Friends

Transfers came and went. It is such a blast to be back with Sister Manning. She is a gem of a missionary and we have high hopes for the oncoming transfer. Tilburg is set up for miracles.

 We have already seen miracles with finding new potentials and teaching lessons. We had two incredible lessons this week. One was with a new investigator who is having a hard time, but we taught her the plan of salvation, and we saw her entire countenance change. She said she felt peace and uplifted afterwards, and she could tell that the church is a good place to be. 

The other was a first lesson taught with the Restoration pamphlet. It's a new method in our mission, and it's quite effective. We taught our lesson in a train station to a man we had met on the street last week, and although everything around us was busy, we all felt calm and could feel the Spirit and the investigator was incredibly grateful afterwards. We felt like instruments in the Lord's hands this week as we were able to see the difference that the gospel can make in someone's life in just a few short moments.

Christmas is this week and I can't even believe it. I hope you all have sparkly Christmas trees and shiny exciting presents, but most of all, I hope you have the spirit of Christ in your home and are able to feel His love. He lives, and He loves us, and through Him, we are made whole. I'm so grateful to be able to represent and testify of Him daily. 

Much love to you all!

Sister Johanson the 1st

Tilburg sites

These are on doors when they don't want "religion convincers" We see them a lot.

Holland bench outside our apartment in the morning.

Friends on transfer day

Mom: My planner for this transfer

Sister Manning while door knocking..

Our apartment and Christmas :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Too Cool for Tilburg

Howdy Folks!

Guess what. Next week is Christmas! Every 25 of the month since July, I have sang a Christmas song to celebrate the anniversary of the upcoming holidays. Yay!

Transfers happen again. Sister Cowles is going to Dordrecht with my good ol greenie, and I am getting my MTC comp, Sister Manning. Weird times. I have actually worked with her a lot this last transfer because she was the sister training leader's comp. Funny. But, luckily, I love her and know her so we can have a happy Christmas party.

This week we had zone conference in Antwerpen and we talked about the new Christmas campaign. I love that new video. I hope you all get the chance to share that with someone. It's easy breezy and makes everyone feel happy.

Freaky moment of the week: We lost our phone in President's car..awkward. It is scary to live in a world without a phone for the day! Ah funny times. No worries, it all worked out.

We had some awesome appointments with some great people this week, and we have some new investigating friends on the way. We did get stood up for church, and another person returned a BOM, so it's not all fun and games, but the other people are doing pretty well, so it all comes good. We don't quite have anyone progressing quickly towards baptism right now, but miracles are always on the way, so we are on the lookout for those.

Have a happy week! Drink lots of hot choclit. I will drink some warm herbal tea, cuz that's what Dutch people do.

Love from the Neverlands,
Sister Jo

Tilburgy things

darling helmets! isn't mine cute?

And mom, you wanted pictures of my world, this is my world: windmills and muslims. everywhere

Bosche bollen, super yummy

Normal bike paths

So, uh, I cut her hair....desperate missionaries :) But my lifelong dream is at last fulfilled!

Sister Fredrickson is leaving :( Love that girl