Posted by: Susan Johnson | May 20, 2009

Got Baptisms??? (Meanwhile a Break in the Blog!)

 

Note from Kelsey’s mom:  As you will read in Kelsey’s following letter, she can no longer send e-mails (for who knows how long).  This letter will be her last for 3 weeks until I receive her snail mail.  So be patient (as I will have to learn as well) until her next letter arrives and I can post it.  We all will suffer the consequences of her new restriction!  For any of you inspired to write her a note, via snail mail, her address is:
Sister Kelsey B. Johnson
Philippines Bacolod Mission
Lacson & Galo Streets
P.O. Box 660 Bacolod City
6100 Negros Occidental
Philippines
Hi Family–
   Hey mom, you got our conversation down pretty well. Nice work!
Unfortunately I have some sad news for you all — particularly mom you’re not going to like this one — but its just the way it is. Due to misuse of internet and email in the mission, it is now being taken away 😦 for at least until President Daqioag goes gone which is in July. But the new mission president could extend it too. So this is my last e-mail to you all for who knows how long. I will continue to write every week – its just going to be through snail mail now. That means the next time you hear from me will be 3 weeks from now. PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE TO 
ME! I need the support and comfort. It gets me through the week. So instead of sitting down to write an e-mail every week write a letter or type it and print it out and send it to me. I am really bummed I didn’t get to hear from Heidi…it won’t be until forever now until I  get an update! Wobbs thanks girl for writing — I am getting your letters! In great abundance! Haha! I told you I got your 5 page letter right? Except for I am missing page 4 😦 So now that that is out of the way. 
   This week has been pretty good. I am super excited for our baptisms on the 30th (mom the ones you were talking about on the blog aren’t until the 30th) and we have more on the way in June. It is so exciting! One of the baptisms won’t go through though because the girl we are 
teaching is 12 so she needs parental consent and the parents are not for it. And we can’t talk to them because they live in the mountains far away. Its sad because she wants to be baptized so bad but I know that the Lord knows her heart and I am sure some day she will be able to enter the waters of baptism. 
   I had a really cool experience this week. Another one of our investigators, Sister Alvera who is scheduled on the 30th as well has made huge progress. I love Sister Alvera — she is one of my favorites…if I’m allowed to have favorites — she cracks me up. I sent a pic of her and her family a while ago. She is the one with her father that is blind. Well I was concerned for her because I didn’t feel that her testimony was strong enough or that she would easily become inactive 
after her baptism. She would read every now and then and I don’t think she has received a sure answer if our message is true. Well Sister Cudac and I were thinking about things we could do to help her. So we decided to show her the Joseph Smith movie. They have it in Cebuano here (which is entertaining watching white actors and hearing Cebuano.) So while I caught little of what was going on, I prayed that she would feel the spirit in great abundance. Our next visit with her I’m not kidding was like a night and day difference! When we followed up with her reading she gave this really in depth answer verses just one or two words. 
And she was totally paying attention and listening to our message. It was so exciting to see the change in her. And she talked about how excited she was for her baptism and she said how she wants to bear her testimony. It was awesome. Missionary work is so fun when you teach people that are open and receptive! I’m so grateful for the powerful spirit that comes with the message of the restoration and Joseph Smith. It truly has converting power. Hearts can be changed in a matter of seconds with the spirit, so never stop believing they can change.
Well that is about all for now. I will be excited to hear from you all in 3 weeks from now! Especially you Hid!!!!!
-Sister Johnson
Oh and good luck Brady going into the MYC. You will learn a lot while you are there. Remember the first 3 days are the hardest and they aren’t lying when they say that…I’m sure you can handle it though. Go to the TE as much as you can in your short time there. I learned the most from those experiences. Schedule it twice a week at least! Oh and make sure you check out the score board thing in the MTC gym and tell me if my name is still up there for the record for consecutive free throws! 🙂 Good luck! You are going to be an awesome missionary. Remember be exactly obedient in all things! Even when others around you are not!! Be the one to set the example. Don’t slack — this is the Lords time and you have promised to the Lord that you will live better then you have ever lived before so don’t let him down. Love ya! And I want updates! Mom can you send me his emails please? Oh yea — I no longer get e-mails!

Note from Kelsey’s mom:  As you will read in Kelsey’s following letter, she can no longer send e-mails (for who knows how long).  This letter will be her last for 3 weeks until I receive her snail mail.  So be patient (as I will have to learn as well) until her next letter arrives and I can post it.  We all will suffer the consequences of her new restriction!  For any of you inspired to write her a note, via snail mail, her address is:

Sister Kelsey B. Johnson
Philippines Bacolod Mission
Lacson & Galo Streets
P.O. Box 660 Bacolod City
6100 Negros Occidental
Philippines

 

Hi Family–

   Hey mom, you got our conversation down pretty well. Nice work!   Unfortunately I have some sad news for you all — particularly mom you’re not going to like this one — but its just the way it is.  Due to misuse of internet and email in the mission, it is now being taken away 😦  for at least until President Daqioag goes gone which is in July. But the new mission president could extend it too. So this is my last e-mail to you all for who knows how long. I will continue to write every week – its just going to be through snail mail now. That means the next time you hear from me will be 3 weeks from now. PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE TO ME!  I need the support and comfort. It gets me through the week. So instead of sitting down to write an e-mail every week write a letter or type it and print it out and send it to me. I am really bummed I didn’t get to hear from Heidi…it won’t be until forever now until I  get an update! Wobbs thanks girl for writing — I am getting your letters! In great abundance! Haha! I told you I got your 5 page letter right? Except for I am missing page 4 😦 So now that that is out of the way. 

   This week has been pretty good. I am super excited for our baptisms on the 30th (mom the ones you were talking about on the blog aren’t until the 30th) and we have more on the way in June. It is so exciting! One of the baptisms won’t go through though because the girl we are teaching is 12 so she needs parental consent and the parents are not for it. And we can’t talk to them because they live in the mountains far away. Its sad because she wants to be baptized so bad but I know that the Lord knows her heart and I am sure some day she will be able to enter the waters of baptism. 

   I had a really cool experience this week. Another one of our investigators, Sister Alvera who is scheduled on the 30th as well has made huge progress. I love Sister Alvera — she is one of my favorites…if I’m allowed to have favorites — she cracks me up. I sent a pic of her and her family a while ago. She is the one with her father that is blind. Well I was concerned for her because I didn’t feel that her testimony was strong enough or that she would easily become inactive after her baptism. She would read every now and then and I don’t think she has received a sure answer if our message is true. Well Sister Cudac and I were thinking about things we could do to help her. So we decided to show her the Joseph Smith movie. They have it in Cebuano here (which is entertaining watching white actors and hearing Cebuano.) So while I caught little of what was going on, I prayed that she would feel the spirit in great abundance. Our next visit with her I’m not kidding was like a night and day difference! When we followed up with her reading she gave this really in depth answer verses just one or two words.  And she was totally paying attention and listening to our message. It was so exciting to see the change in her. And she talked about how excited she was for her baptism and she said how she wants to bear her testimony. It was awesome. Missionary work is so fun when you teach people that are open and receptive! I’m so grateful for the powerful spirit that comes with the message of the restoration and Joseph Smith. It truly has converting power. Hearts can be changed in a matter of seconds with the spirit, so never stop believing they can change.

Well that is about all for now. I will be excited to hear from you all in 3 weeks from now! Especially you Hid!!!!!

-Sister Johnson

Oh and good luck Brady going into the MTC. You will learn a lot while you are there. Remember the first 3 days are the hardest and they aren’t lying when they say that…I’m sure you can handle it though. Go to the TE as much as you can in your short time there. I learned the most from those experiences. Schedule it twice a week at least! Oh and make sure you check out the score board thing in the MTC gym and tell me if my name is still up there for the record for consecutive free throws! 🙂 Good luck! You are going to be an awesome missionary. Remember be exactly obedient in all things! Even when others around you are not!! Be the one to set the example. Don’t slack — this is the Lords time and you have promised to the Lord that you will live better then you have ever lived before so don’t let him down. Love ya! And I want updates! Mom can you send me his emails please? Oh yea — I no longer get e-mails!

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  1. Bummer about the emails. I hope you can continue the blog…even if you have to type Kelsey’s emails. I would love to continue to read her emails. Good luck waiting for her next letter 🙂

  2. Don’t worry, the blog will still continue, it will just involve a little more work on our part.

    We do have some pictures that we will be posting in the next week; so keep an out for those!

    Colby Johnson


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