Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Month Down

I've been in the MTC for a little over a month now! It doesn't feel like I've been here that long, but then again it feels like I've been here forever. I think the more I learn Korean, the smaller my eyes get.. Really though.. I'm not joking.

The other day we were studying outside because it was 70 degrees. It was wonderful. I saw two missionaries walking my way and thought, "Oh look! Missionaries!" without even realizing that I'm at the MTC and that I AM a missionary... 5th week in the MTC and I'm already going crazy.

We got more natives this week and they are ADORABLE. I love trying to talk to them in Korean even though I always end up saying something way embarrassing. But they're so cute and energetic, I just want to go to Korea already!

We got to host for the first time yesterday and it was the BEST! I only got to host one girl, while everyone else was hosting three or four. But it's okay because I had a great time with my girl! As I was watching everyone say goodbye to their families, I was so emotional. I was so happy for the new missionaries to start their adventure, but I was also sad as I watched the moms cry when they said goodbye. And you know me, if someone starts crying, I start crying. I wish I was an emotionless robot sometimes. But hosting was great! It's my favorite thing to be obnoxious and welcome all the new missionaries. They probably think I'm crazy, but I gotta have fun somehow, right?

The MTC is the best. I learn more and more each day and the language is surely getting easier. It's still hard trying to remember all the forms and tenses, but I know I'll get it eventually. Teaching the investigators doesn't ever get easier though. We have this really tough investigator that WON'T pray. We've tried everything and we can't crack him. We'll try a few more times to get him, but if he doesn't budge, then we'll drop him.

Here's some pics! My cute foursome companions, and my district! (the two boys on the right of the map picture are the newbies)

Have a great week! Love and miss you all.
Sister April Johnson

p.s. if anyone wants to send me some Cadburry Eggs, I would love you FOREVER...(:

"Pray as if everything relies on the Lord. Work as if everything relies on you."

"Be the example missionary that you'd want your children to be."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

사랑합니다 ! ( I love you ! )

Hey friends!

THE PROPHET CAME TO THE MTC!  Haha just kidding... Nothing really exciting happened this week so this will be brief. The older missionaries left Sunday night and now our Korean branch is SO small! There are 19 missionaries now, including the two new elders that came in on Wednesday. It's really sad and lonely sometimes, but it's okay because I love my district.

I finally figured out how to upload pictures! One of them is the typical MTC photo by the map. The other is me and my adorable companion!

Have a good week 사랑합니다 (I love you!)

Sister April Johnson

"You have 18 months to 2 years to serve. You have eternity to dwell on it. So make it count."

 My "companions" Sister Kelly, Sister Van Weezep, me and Sister Gooch.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Older sister missionaries tried to prank us !!! Could you imagine waking up to people screaming & shaking your bed?

Friends and family,

I am so blessed to be surrounded by incredible people! My district is my family now. I know for a fact that we will be friends for life. The teachers are equally as incredible.

The language is getting easier. I think the first few days were tough because everything we were learning was brand new information. We can actually teach our investigators real lessons now! I mean, they're not very long and aren't very detailed, but hey it works!

This weeks devotional talked about conversion and being completely converted to the gospel. I know I am converted. Everything about this gospel has brought me so much joy. The experiences I've had here are once in a lifetime. I thank Heavenly Father day and night for letting me be here to serve him. I could not picture myself being anywhere else.

My companions are HILARIOUS. Yes, I said companions. I only really have one companion, but my roommates are basically my comps too. The four of us are always together and everyone calls us the crazy foursome. The older missionaries look up to us, because we're always making things fun! I love these girls so much. And here I was really worried because I don't really have a lot of girl friends. 

Sometimes we decide to match or switch name tags. Gotta spice up the MTC life somehow! The other night, the older sister missionaries tried to prank us (they're not necessarily old, they've just been here longer than we have). We were getting ready for bed, just chatting and talking about random things when Sister Kelly goes, "There's a dead body under the bed!" We all start freaking our and we find Sister Jacobson under one of the beds. Luckily, she wasn't dead. We then realized that Sister Lyman and Sister Collinwood were under the other two beds. They had been hiding under our beds for an hour just waiting for us to go to bed so they could scare us. I'm so glad we caught them before we went to bed, because I probably would have been scarred for life. Could you imagine waking up to people screaming and shaking your bed?!

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to go to the temple once a week. We always get so excited when pday comes. Temple and emailing day! It's pretty much the best thing ever.

I will send picture when I can.. Honestly I have no idea how to work these computers.. So it may take a while.. But don't worry, I am taking lots of pictures!

"As missionaries, we don't knock on doors to find investigators. We knock on doors to find those God has prepared for us."

Have a great week!
Sister April Johnson

President Snow & sister snow( My mom's mission president ) & my comp sister Gooch at the MTC 

Friday, March 7, 2014

First week in MTC

Hello all!
The MTC is wonderful, but I have a love/hate relationship with it. I often ask myself. "Why in the world did I want to speak another language?!" Learning Korean is so HARD. It's by far one of the hardest things I have ever done. The schedule here is jam packed so you don't have a second to think. There have been many times where I have wanted to give up, but then something spiritual and amazing happens and I realize, this is where I want to be. Those special moments make up for how hard it is at the MTC. I know it is difficult, but with Heavenly Father's help, I will succeed. I am here to serve God, not just to learn a language. The Elder and Sisters are incredible. We are all here for the same purpose. We have a desire to learn and a desire to serve. The MTC is incredible!
 Our second day we had to teach an investigator. We were all freaking out because we had to do it in Korean. I thought it was going to be very stressful, but when we got in there, we totally rocked those few sentences we had learned. On our fourth lesson we even taught him how to pray! It was the proudest moment for my companion and I. It's so hard to preach when you don't know the language. You can't say things you really want to say, but it doesn't matter. You just need the spirit and all things will be said.

 I have been in the MTC for a little over a week now and I have most definitely been humbled. Being a missionary is hard, but it is so worth it. Wearing that badge every day is the best feeling. People come from all over the world come together to share the gospel. I am so lucky to call myself a sister missionary. Every day I realize more and more how lucky I am to be learning the Korean language so I can teach the wonderful people of Korea. I love this gospel and I love serving Heavenly Father.

My companion is AWESOME! She's from Saint George and she actually found me on Youtube! We've been friends ever since. We're basically BFFs. I love my district and the relationships I have made here will definitely friendships forever. Thank you all for supporting me!
Sister April Johnson