Friday, August 29, 2014

Going home......

OH!! What to say what to say what to say . . . . Well, I don't feel like I´m going home. I packed last night feeling like it was just another transfer. The Rama had a farewell for me last night, it was a big old testimony meeting and I absolutely loved it! the Duarte, and Godoy families and Jorge came to say goodbye to me this morning at the bus station at 6:00 am. And I got stung by a bee yesterday!

We really had a good week. We have been talking to EVERYONE! I wasn't gonna chance it, if I felt like I needed to talk to ANYONE we talked to them. It was so cool and I've been happy all week. It hasn't hit me at all that I'm going to see all of you soo super soon! I loved the pictures! There's a kid in a few of them I don't know who he is some tall big red headed thing ;) Anyway, we found some new investigators and I did push ups with their little boy Saturday when we found them in the park. They're great, and have tons of questions, mostly to do with where we{re from but also have a lot of desire to learn about the gospel, but not enough to get up earlier than 11 am to go to church. Oh well Hay que tener fe, good things will come if it. :D AND we found a lady that is simply amazing. We were walking by and just felt like we had to talk to her, and I have never felt so strongly to put a baptismal date! She accepted, the only thing is that her husband is so against it. I wish her luck.

I love you all and I am so excited to see you all so very soon! I got to go to the Buenos Aries Temple first ;) then I'll tell you all about it.

See you soon,

Hermana A Johansen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Elder Lee

                 Elder Lee (top row #1 going right to left) arrived safely in the Portugal Lisbon Mission.

Monday, August 18, 2014


So this week was completely crazy! I got emotionally thrown to the ground, but thanks to what I know of the gospel and the fact that I know where to turn when hard things come my way have allowed me to keep moving on and feel as much joy as great as was what ever it was that I felt. Funny thing is that during weekly planning the goals I made for the week were loof for spiritual experiences, write in my journal, accept the will of the Lord, and forget myself. The Lord has a funny way of making things work and helping us become stronger disciples of Christ. It´s true when they say that your last transfer is the hardest, but that´s when you learn the most. I know that the Lord is only preparing me for what is to come and what he needs me to do at home. I´m not look'n back or too far forward, we´re gonna work off what ever tails we have! :D Hermana Riquelme doesn't wanna say good bye, I don´t either, I´m gonna miss my Chilenita. 

That´s cool that Elder Birch gets home so soon! Tell his family hi for me please? I´m so excited to see them! That´s great about Tyler/Sabrina and about his family too! :D

I´ll keep whatever type of tissue I have with me. This is gonna be fun. 
Jorge won´t be able to be baptized for a while. We´re getting him the 12 step program to complete before his baptism so he can be baptized and do it for real.

Happy Birthday Issac and Abuelo Steve!! Love you both so much! Hey, Steve, I´ll have to bring you some Mate to drink with your big ol´ mate cup. 

I´m glad you´re all happy :) Nothing makes me happier than to know you´re all doing well and staying safe.

Love you all! The church is true and you are de gran valor y importancia! Please don´t ever forget that. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Hermana Amanda Lee Johansen.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Mom, I´m so happy that you had a great birthday! Your SMORE cake looked really good! Don´t worry about saving me some, for one I don´t think it would last that long with the siblings I have, and two, I´m sure it just wouldn't taste the same. Your date sounded really fun, I´m really proud to have parents who love each other, it´s really a huge blessing.

We had an interesting week this week. Hermana Riquelme´s been struck by a fever and we had Zone conference. Both took a lot of time out of working, but I learned so much from both experiences. 

We taught our 80 year old man in a wheel chair, Hermano Torres, he´s pretty great and he wants to come to church. The recent convert Gabriel came with us and they got a long really well. They have a huge age difference, but it could work out, Gabi´s great and Hermano Torres needs help getting places. Jorge could help him get to church, he lives a lot closer and always goes anyway. 

We also have Rosana, she´s great, has good questions, but doesn't wanna go too far without her ´husband,´ which is great that she wants that and loves him enough to do that, but he could really be an obstacle if he doesn´t take it well. Her son Axel loves us and made us a turtle. 

Have fun getting ready for school! Enjoy it, and don´t forget to keep living. Accept what the Lord puts in your way, and enjoy the day you have while you have it and live it to it´s fullest. 

Love you all!! Please be safe and Keep on keep'n on! The gospel teaches us to be good at that :)

Hermana A Johansen

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Personally I love p-days, but they go by really fast and the hour of writing goes by a lot faster. 

This last week has been interesting. Jorge decided that he wanted to listen to us, but for real this time. As in real intentions to change. We´re gonna see how it works out this time. His date is the Saturday before they ship me out of this country. 

Ter--- killed us off this week. She´s the lady that goes to the Universal church and couldn't meet with us on any other day but Saturdays. She said that the pastor de su iglesia le dijo that she would have to choose between us and them right now . . . and guess who she choose. 

Mariela a new lady this week came with us to church. She´s catholic and has the cutest little boy, I don´t know if I wrote about her or not. She came to church and it´s always interesting when investigators come on Fast and Testimony meeting. She liked it, but she was focusing A LOT on the members (importance of being a good example) We had a lesson with her about the book of Mormon and all with Hernana Sallago, it was really cool, good lesson. She has a ton of questions that have to do with the apostasy. Hopefully she reads, prays and recognizes her answer. 

Hermana Riquelme's been hit with the sick bug real hard this last week. Her stomach´s been bugging her and she´s had a fever for the last two days. I've never been super sick on the mission, and she´s my first and only comp that suffers so chronically. I´m not entirely sure what to do . . . Other than that we've had a good week. We've seen a lot of milagros and wonderful things like that. We gave a book of Mormon to a really cool guy last night, sad thing is he´s not usually home. 

Alright, Home stuff. OLIVIA! I´m so proud of you hun! And you look so pretty in your pictures. Livi and Korri are getting so big! I can´t wait to see you, babe! I´m gonna give all of you the biggest hugs you've ever gotten in your lives. :) Give me one more normal Monday and then you can do all the ¨when you get home writing you want. 

I got an Email from Laura Honey this week!! How great is that to hear from two of your best friends two weeks in a row? I think it´s pretty fantastic.

Kevin plays on the 28th! Woo hoo! I´m really excited to watch you play bud, you have no idea. Mom that´s really cool about the primary, I´m glad I could help :) We were in charge of the primary this week. We watched some of the videos they use for the new program in yw/ym about the Plan of Salvation. It worked out perdy well.

Love you all,
Hermana A. Johansen