Friday, December 8, 2017

Week 63

Hey y’all! This week was great! Lots of cool things happened! So we had a zone conference in Topeka on Friday with Elder Stanfill from the seventy. It was so awesome! It’s so great to be able to meet and hear from a general authority. It was really good. 
Then this week we had Stephens baptism! It went so great! So this is Stephens story of how he found the church and that it was true. Stephen has a friend who was recently baptized. He was talking to her one day and he mentioned how he wanted to get back into church. His friend invited him to go to a Mormon service and so he thought he’d try it out. He went just that one Sunday and at church he “felt like he was home” and “where he was supposed to be” at church a member gave him a Book of Mormon. He took it home and started to read it. He would from time to time ask some questions to his friend about the church. Stephen got in habit to read the Book of Mormon every day. He found out about general conference and then started to study conference talks every day as well. He just showed up to church one Sunday by himself and that’s how we met him. By this time he already knew of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Teaching him was awesome, he knew very little of the Restoration or the plan of salvation but as we taught him he accepted everything easily because he knew the Book of Mormon was true. The other day we were talking about temples with him and he is getting deployed to Europe. (He is in the army) And he really wants to try to go to the temple before he goes to Europe. So that’s really awesome he has that goal. 
Also an awesome miracle is that Jason and Joes older brother Josue got baptized this last week. When I first met him he wouldn’t ever want to talk to us. But now he is baptized! So cool!

Elder Skylar Johnson 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Week 62

Hi everyone- 
This week was great! I’ll start off with an awesome miracle. We have been meeting with Stephen. He came to church a couple weeks ago by himself and that’s how we met him. A friend in another state gave him a Book of Mormon like 2 months ago and he has been reading it every day since(he is already in 3rd Nephi) This week he was in town and we were able to have a couple of lessons this week and it was awesome! We taught him the restoration and he loved it! He told us how he knew that the Book of Mormon is true and how he wants to get baptized! He is going to get baptized on the 18th of November! It’s so exciting! He is very excited to continue to learn about the gospel and live it! It’s so amazing to see how he is able to understand and accept the restored gospel when he knows the Book of Mormon is true. This just shows how important the Book of Mormon is and the blessing that come when we know it’s true! Heavenly Father is always preparing people to receive the gospel. And as we work to find those who ready the Lord will provide! 

This week I was able to go on exchanges with the zone leaders in Manhattan. It was fun to go and work in manhattan again, which was my first area. On the exchange we went on campus of KSU and talked to a ton of people. It was really fun to talk to a lot of people and share the gospel with them.

Elder Skylar Johnson 

Week 61

We had a ward trunk or treat. It was fun
1-3) hogwarts
4) Low quality pic high quality District

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Week 60 First Week in Junction City

Hey everyone! 
This was an awesome week! So first off I said goodbye to Wichita and some awesome members in the Wichita west branch. I’ll attach the pics. I also had to say goodbye to my trainer Elder Flores. (He went home Wednesday) so after all the goodbyes I was able to go to Junction City!  Junction is a cool place and I am liking it. Since I’m the only Spanish missionary in junction I get to teach all the Spanish people! So that’s cool! We haven’t found too many yet but we will sure find them :) So something that is really cool is that we had a baptism Friday! Ramon is his name. He is really cool. He has been meeting with missionaries for over 5 years. A couple months ago he moved to Junction. And three week ago he called up the missionaries and asked them to come by. So that’s a real cool miracle that happened! 
Also Saturday Jason (brother of Joe) was baptized in Kellogg so that’s super awesome! 

Las fotos
1) Me, hermana Bender, and hermana Stowell with the arreola family
2) Elder Riddle and I with the arreola family 
3) Hermana caro
4) Elder flores and I
5) With Elder Flores and Elder Riddle
6) At Ramon’s baptism with my new comp Elder Bryan 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week 59 (Transfer News)

Hey everyone! 
This week was really cool and we some some awesome milagros!! But also transfer news is in so I’ll start off with that. President called me sunday night and told me that I’m going to be a district leader in Junction city. I’ll be with Elder Bryan who just got finished with his training. He is an English missionary and it is an English area. So I pray I won’t forget my Spanish. But apparently there used to be a Spanish branch there long long ago. So that’s exciting! 
So my time was short here in Wichita west and it’s kinda sad to leave Wichita which I have come to know and love so much. I’ll miss being comps with elder riddle he is a homie. But even though my time was short it was awesome and I had amazing experiences and learned so much. 
One of these awesome experiences happened this week. With our investigator Ana. Who we have been teaching the whole time I’ve been in Wichita west. Anyways we were teaching her the gospel of Jesus Christ and we were talking about baptism. She told us how she knows she needs to be baptized and how her life has changed so much since she started reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church. She was in tears and told us how she has changed and how she has been finding much comfort though prayer. The spirit was so strong. So that was an amazing experience and lesson. On the down side she isn’t married to her boyfriend so it could take some time before she is baptized. But it will happen. 
Also I found out this week that Jason (older brother of joe that got baptized a couple weeks back in Kellogg) is getting baptized this next weekend!!

  This is what happens when a non member asks for some help moving. The whole zone shows up
A very low quality pic by a Wichita mural
  Wichita West District

Hoy fue el último día que su hijo cenó con nosotros 
Estoy muy agradecida de conocerlo

Esta foto la tomé para usted hoy
(A member sent this to me on Skylar's last day in Wichita!)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week 58

Last pday and an airplane factory with the zone

Week 57

Hey everyone! 
I had a really awesome week this week! A really awesome part of the week was that Joe Hernandez and Ricardo Estrada were baptized! I’ll start off talking about Joe. We were teaching the neighbor of Joe and they told us that they had new neighbors move in an they  were from Idaho. So Elder Radman and I went over and knocked on the door (this was like 5 months ago) and meet some of the Hernandez family. We found out that they were a part member family.  And that four of the six kids were members baptized only 3 years ago. We started working with them to reactivate them and baptize the rest of the family. Long story short we started working a lot with joe because he wanted to be baptized. And just a week ago his mom agreed to his baptism and signed the baptismal form. So joe is just the beginning as he has two brothers that the missionaries are currently working with. So that’s awesome.
Ricardo was an awesome miracle as well. A member brought him to church one Sunday. After church Elders Quorum got out like 10min early so I had a good opportunity to talk to him. We had a good little talk about what missionaries do. He agreed to meet with us the next day. We had a great first lesson with him. As time went on I got transferred and I was sad to leave and miss out on teaching Joe and Ricardo. But I was super blessed for the opportunity I had to attend the baptism of both of them. It was so exciting to see them all again and as well as the Kellogg branch! 
Anyways here are some pics!

Week 56

Hey everyone! 
So this week was really awesome and a lot happened I’ll share the most awesome milagro that I saw. So last Monday I found out that two of my investigators in my last area are going to be baptized on the 29th! (Joe and Ricardo) so thats super awesome! And Friday night a member had a bonfire and a little devotional. It was really fun. One of the coolest families from the Kellogg branch was there and it was fun to see them again. But the coolest thing about it is that Ricardo who is getting baptized this week came as well. It was so awesome to see him. This is how our conversation went:
Me- Ricardo that’s so awesome you are getting baptized this week! Are you excited?
Ricardo- yes I am, but guess who is going to baptize me?
Me- umm... elder Wagner?
Ricardo- nope. I’ll give you a hint. He is standing right in front of me.
I was the only one standing in front of him so it was an obvious hint that it was me. I am so happy that he wants me to baptize him! Ricardo is the coolest guy ever and he has already set a goal for going to the temple! So Friday was an awesome day. I’ll send pics of the baptisms next week. :)

One more milagro that I want to share is that we have an investigator named Lorenzo and he is awesome. He has lots of health problems mostly caused by his cancer he has and he is almost deaf. But he is the nicest guy ever and he wants to be baptized so that’s awesome. But we have been teaching him for a couple weeks now. His sister moved in with him to take care of him and when we came to see Lorenzo Saturday his sister was home and she came and talked with us. We ended up teaching her the whole restoration and she thought is was really cool. She said, “well I’m going to come to your church tomorrow and read the Book of Mormon and if I like the church and god wants me to be there then I will stay in your church.” They both came to church and liked it so that’s awesome! 
So this week has been going great in the city of Wichita. 

Me with Elder Mujica and he greenie Elder Wagner. Featuring a photo bomb by my homie Elder Goldsberry 
Zone conference pic. It’s kinda blurry though

Week 55

Things are going great in Wichita! Spanish is going wellit's getting tons better so that's good. This week consisted of just tracting. So lots of door knocked this week. 🚪 

PDay Visit to Keeper of the Plains Museum

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 54 West Wichita

Hey everyone! 
This week was super awesome! So first off we had transfers so I had so say good bye to the good ole Kellogg branch. It was hard to say goodbye to the branch after getting to know them all so well. 
But anyways now I'm on the westside of Wichita in the other Spanish branch. (Wichita only has two Spanish branches) So my new compañero Elder Riddle is cool. And we are reopening the area after it being closed for just a transfer. And so when we got to our area we didn't have a area book or anything so we just went to a random street and went door knocking. It was cool because almost everyone on the whole street spoke Spanish and Spanish only. So we found a ton of cool people. The next day we actually got our area book and it had absolutely nothing in it so we are starting completely fresh. It's hard but it's fun. But one of the coolest milagros that we saw this week was Saturday night. We went to go see a potential investigator we met earlier in the week. And in the driveway there was a man and we offered him a picture of Jesus Christ. As we talked to him we had a
powerful first contact in Spanish, we ended up teaching him the whole restoration and he loved and understood it. He said that he would get baptized if he came to know that our message is true. But there was a problem, he works out of town and is only home on the weekends. But since now we have Facebook we set that up with him and he is down to keep in contact with us throughout the week through Facebook! But he is pretty cool and he downloaded the Book of Mormon app and said he will listen to it as he works during the week too!

The Rodriguez family
 Joe and Francisco
 My Mexican grandparents Maria y Ramon
Our investigator Ricardo
Nancy and Hermana Castañeda and Fernando

Week 53

Hey Everyone!
Transfers are this week and I'm getting transferred to the Wichita west Spanish branch(all the west side of Wichita) So that's fun. There are two Spanish branches in Wichita and so now I'll be able to serve in both! I'm going to know Wichita very well. My new companion is going to be  Elder Riddle he was companions with Elder Flores and Elder Colemere so we have some past companions in common! 
We will be reopening the Elders area so that will be fun! It's going to be sad to leave because of how well I've got to know the members and the area in Kellogg but I'll just be on the other side of the river and both branches play soccer every Saturday morning so I'll still see some of them!
But anyways this week was good! We got Facebook this week so it's an awesome missionary tool to have. So that's what's going on with me!

The Rains family (they are super awesome)
 Kellogg district pics

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week 52 and a visit from Elder Oaks

So this week was good! Awesome actually because Elder Dallin H. Oaks came to visit the mission! The whole mission met in Wichita Saturday morning and we were able to meet and shake hands with Elder Oaks and Elder Natress of the seventy. And what an amazing experience that was! Not everyday do you meet an apostle of the Lord. 
These past couple of weeks we have been learning about lots changes that are soon going to take place. First we are getting smartphones! We will be one of the 4 missions in the whole world with missionaries with smartphones so that's cool! And with that we are getting Facebook. So that's really cool. We don't know too much about it yet but what we do know is that we use our old Facebook accounts that we had back at home. So that will be weird using my Facebook that I haven't touched since I was 13.
Oh I also hit my year mark this week! And it's crazy to think it's already been a year. Time is going by way too fast!
But here are some pics!
Elder Johnson

1) Reunion of mission dad and son. Elder Flores only has one transfer left :(
2-3) Battle of the Wichitans
4) mission conference with Elder Oaks!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Una semana llena de los milagros Week 51

Hey everyone! 
This week was awesome and we saw so many miracles! I'll share just a few though. So this Sunday some boys we've been teaching finally came to church. They really want to be baptized but for the past month they have been bailing on coming to church because they were scared to come to a new church with new people. But they came and they loved it!
And their older brother who is a member was out of town and they still came! But teaching them is so fun they are the funniest little boys ever. They are on date for the 26th of August so hopefully that date doesn't get pushed back anymore :)
And another miracle was that Friday night we got a referral for a Henry man from some English missionaries. We came by Saturday night to see him and he is super elect! He recently moved here from El Salvador. We taught him la restauración and he loved it. He told us how he wants to change his life and was looking for someone to help him along his way. He came to church Sunday stayed all three hours and loved it! He wants to come to church again next Sunday. Oh he also wants to get baptized but he hasn't accepted a date yet but he will totally get baptized in the near future!
The sisters found an elect family of 9 this week. The mom is a less active member and 6 of the 7 kids are baptismal age. The whole family came to church so Sunday there was a just a ton of people at church and it was so awesome! The Lord has been blessing us tremendously and it is awesome! So this has been a great week!

Elder Johnson

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 50

We went on an adventure with the zone and found a beach in Kansas

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 49

Us with the branch mission leader saying adios to 
Hermana Christensen

Wichita Kansas 🌽🌾🌻🌪❤️

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 48

Hey everyone! 
What's up? Transfers are this week and I am staying in Kellogg yet again! That means I will be in Kellogg for six months! I'm actually really happy to be staying here again and with Elder Mujica!
The Kellogg branch is so awesome I am loving it here! Wichita is a great place!
Anyways this week was awesome! We saw some more awesome milagros! One of which was when we were on splits with the zone leaders. Elder Sperry and I went to contact a referral from the APs and we met a sweet lady. We had an awesome door step lesson with her and she told us to come by the next day. So Elder Mujica and I went back the next day and had a super awesome restoration lesson with her. She was excited to read the Book of Mormon pray and come to church! And Sunday she showed up to church and she said she loved it!
Another sweet miracle is that we talked to an old Mexican man named. We have talked to him before but then fell if the face of the earth for like two weeks but we found him yet again! (He was working out of town) anyways we had a sweet lesson with him and he told us how he wants to change and learn more from us. He came to church as well and he loved it! But Hector wants us coming by more often because he wants to change his life. Which is awesome because the Gospel of Jesus
Christ is all about change.
Anyways this week was great! I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Fotos del distrito de Kellogg

Visiting a museum in whichita on PDay