Thursday, June 30

"be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

The past couple days I've been thinking about Jesus Christ with his call to "be of good cheer." As I've thought about this its caused me to reflect about the wonderful parents I've been given. They have always been an example to me of  good cheer.

Growing up I was always "daddy's little girl," I never wanted to leave his side and I loved observing the things he did. As I look back on the life he lived my heart fills with love for all he suffered and all he went through and still managed to make people smile and inspire those around him. My dad had a few loves: his family, being active, and making others laugh. Though when he was in his mid upper 20's he had an accident which would effect the rest of his life. Slowly with time this accident caused the feeling in one side of his arm to go away and continued to spread throughout his body as the years went on. This caused him to have many surgeries, medications, and doctor visits. At times it changed the person my Dad was: friendly, giving, and full of love. But even when this trial got the best of him you could see him doing his best to reach out of himself and be the person he knew he was: A loving, selfless, son of God. Even though it seemed all odds went against him from time to time he still managed to love with all his heart, make people laugh, and try his best to be the person he was before his accident.

As I've thought about the Savior's invitation to be of good cheer, I sometimes wonder how it is possible to be of good cheer when sickness, saddness, hate, envy, and even death pass by us. But them I am once again reassured that it is through Christ that we can "be of good cheer." Not just a superficial cheer, but a lasting cheer that brings peace, hope, love, and joy.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have apeace. In the bworld ye shall have ctribulation: but be of good dcheer; I have eovercome the world." -John 16:33
Christ calming the stormy sea (matt 14:27)

"When we acknowledge that we each face difficulties, that the Savior overcame the world, that He has lifted and strengthened and given vision to each of us in very personal ways, we will realize that we are never alone. We will feel a peace within even though the crisis without still rages. We will be filled with hope and even cheer." By Camille Fronk Olson, "Be of Good Cheer," July, 2011 Ensign

I'm grateful for the hope Christ brings. That even when life has challenges we can still be of good cheer because we have the hope of his Atonement. I know that his invitation to be of good cheer is real, and doable. Even though my Dad experienced trials I'm grateful for his example of finding cheer. I know that that cheer comes through Christ.

What can you do today to help you find the cheer Christ offers?

Tuesday, June 28

"A still voice of perfect mildness,"

Amongst all the chaos these two missionaries Lehi and Nephi were experiencing- in the Book of Mormon- they heard the voice of the Lord, and so did the people who were persecuting them.
Helaman 5
29And it came to pass that there came a avoice as if it were above the cloud of darkness, saying: Repent ye, repent ye, and seek no more to destroy my bservants whom I have sent unto you to declare good tidings.
 30And it came to pass when they heard this avoice, and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was a bstill voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul—

Paducah Zone with President and Sister Hutching's
This scripture reminds me of an experience I had the other day at zone conference- a meeting with 10 other missionaries in the surrounding area, as well as a few others. Normally during this meeting we are trained on certain topics to help us become better teachers and missionaries. That day our mission president decided to teach us more on the Holy Ghost and how he works in our lives.

Since most of us learn visually he took us to another room and asked for a volunteer, normally I would reserve this for someone else, but for a split second I was not myself and raised my hand. He had me go in a separate room for a few seconds while he instructed me and blind folded me. He told me that when I go back into the other room it wont be the same and that I would need to get to the other side of the room blind folded. He blind folded me and left to go instruct the other 11 missionaries. When he came back he guided me back to the room. On the way there he told me to go slow, that it would be noisy, and nothing else. In my mind I didn't know what to expect; that I needed to get to the other side and didn't know how.

Being led to the "Tree of Life"

He opened the door and immediately it got really loud. I heard people yelling, felt a fan blowing on my face, and heard a piano in the distance with intense music to make me even more confused. Just when I was wondering how I was possibly going to do this, with out getting hurt, I heard a quite, distinct voice, that said: "I'm the Holy Ghost." As I went along he guided me through all the noise and chaos. With each step he told me to go left, right, or straight. At first it was hard to distinguish His voice from all the noise around me, including others trying to pretend like they too, were the Holy Ghost. But as I completely blocked out all the noise I felt myself being carefully guided from one side of the room to the next. When I got to the other side of the room, He told me to turn around and take off my blind fold. As I did so I was amazed at what I had just walked through. IT WAS A MESS! It comforted me that I was able to get through all the chaos and noise by listening to the "still small voice."

This reminded me quickly of how the Holy Ghost works in our sometimes crazy lives. He doesn't shake us or speak loudly but rather he speaks in a quiet way that only our heart and mind will understand. If we listen to the voice He will be constant in guiding us safely through this sometimes messy world. As the world continues to get deeper and deeper in sin we have the hope of the gospel that all will be well as we heed the voice of the Lord. All it takes is a willing heart and a ready ear to listen. I'm grateful for the Holy Ghost. I know that with out His still small voice I wouldn't be here on a mission teaching others what makes me so happy. I know that through Him I've been safely guided in my life and led to where I've needed to go. And most importantly it is through the Holy Ghost that I know Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel has been fully restored to how it was when he established it while He lived on Earth. And the happiest thing is, that I'm not the only one who gets this gift, its offered to everyone who is willing to ask and recieve Him.

If you want to learn more about the Holy Ghost click on this link.
How have you been blessed by heeding the Voice of the Lord?

Tuesday, June 21

Blessings from Heaven

I'm grateful for the Book of Mormon. It's one of the main reasons I am serving a mission so I can spread the happiness this book brings. With the testimonies of the Prophet and Apostles I add my testimony that this book has brought me closer to Christ as I have applied the teachings from it. Not only has it brought me closer to Him but it has helped me come to know Him more personally through prayer and service. We invite everyone everywhere to read this book and watch it bring you closer to your Savior Jesus Christ. I know that Christ lives and that through Him we can return to live with our Father in Heaven. And most importantly we can live happy lives through Him and his teachings, which I love because I love being happy. Not only temporary happiness but happiness that will last through anything life may throw at you:

 12And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

How has reading this book blessed your life?  
Please feel free to share stories, experiences or a short testimony explaining why. 

If you haven't read this book yet, I invite you to do so. And if you have read it before I encourage you to read it again. I know that your life will be blessed by doing so, I've watched it bless my life, my friends, and my family.

Friday, June 10


Moroni 7
27"Wherefore, my beloved brethern, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended in to heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his right of mercy which he hath upon the children of men? 
28For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateh the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens. 
29And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men."

I know that this is true, miracles happen. Sometimes they are big or small. However the size most the time it takes a little bit of effort to recognize them. For me its the little daily miracles that keep me smiling.

Like: A family who can stick together even through the hardest of times. A beautiful sunset. Starving people who somehow get the nutrients to live one more day. A smile from someone passing by on a day that you may have thought unbearable. Laughter from a child that brightens your day. A tired missionary who somehow can keep on going even when all they want to do is sleep.

The Johnson, my greatest example of  the strongest family centered in Christ.
a cute elderly friend who brightens your day

 Amongst these one of my favorite is knowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is once again restored. That our loving Heavenly Father called a young boy, Joseph Smith, to establish the Church that was once on the Earth and became lost. It truly is a miracle. I'm grateful for God and Jesus Christ, that through them we still have miracles today.

I know the church of Jesus Christ has been restored and I'm grateful for it! If this is something you desire to  know for yourself, all you need to do is pray and listen for an answer, I know God answers our prayers.

Sunday, June 5

just pondering a somewhat crazy transfer.

FAITH my dear friends, this is what this post is about. A little insight in how our faith is tested from time to time.

In the Book of Mormon, I feel like sometimes in my life I can relate to Sariah, Lehi's wife, who can't fully see the Lord's purpose in all things. In this story Lehi, a fairly weathly man who lived in Jeruselam, learned from God that he needed to leave his inheritance with his family and go into the wilderness to be led to a different land. Obedient to what he felt he and his family left on to follow the will of the Lord. As their journey continued Lehi learned once again from the Lord that his sons needed to return to their hometown to return an important record. Again Lehi and his family we're obedient and his sons traveled their way, to again follow the will of the Lord.

As time went on Sariah (Lehi's wife) became worried that her sons had not yet returned:

"For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: behold thous has led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness." 1 Nephi 5:2

Sometimes in life we follow the feelings of our heart and the direction the Lord leads us.. and we become worried, doubtful, or even sorrowful, if we don't see immediate results or blessings. Even I have experienced this (I'm trying to improve my natural complainy ways).

I feel like this is how I've slightly been this past transfer, as I've been put here with a new companion (sister Barnes) and a brand new area. As a missionary, I trust that this is where the Lord needs me to be.. but as time went on and trials came I started to become doubtful and even sad from time to time. Yesterday was my breaking point, I had had enough from family trials, to car trouble, to personal inward trials. As I sat and pondered I decided to turn to the Lord. I prayed. I prayed simply and fervently. I asked that I might be able to see the purpose for serving where I now am. As I went about my day today I felt comforted and peace. I was reminded that sometimes it takes a little while to see the Lord's purpose for guiding you to a specific place. I can see that he has molded me into a better person, helped fill my heart with Charity, and most importantly has caused me to humble myself and rely on him more than ever.

After Sariah's sons returned, she rejoiced. She was comforted and her trust in God became strong again. She became confident in the commands of the Lord. Often times in life it takes a trial of our faith to recognize the greatness of God, and to learn to trust in him more. I know that God knows us individually. He knows what we need to become people filled with His light and love.

Can you think of a time the Lord has led you to a place and you weren't quite sure why? Or asked you to do something you didn't think you were strong enough to do? Remember to put your faith in the Lord. He loves you and me. I know it's true.

I love the Book of Mormon and how well it relates to exactly what I'm going through, if you haven't read it, or maybe its sitting on your bedstand collecting dust, I invite you to read it, to pray to know if its true. Your life will become more peaceful and you will be comforted.

Thursday, June 2

Dreams, Desires, Faith.

Since I was little I've always been intrigued by talent and the gifts others have. Growing up I never thought I had any of these talents I loved to see in others: like a beautiful ballerina being able to do a perfect Fouetté or even my sister who could play almost any sport with out being taught.
State Capitol 2010 in SLC, UT

As the dreamer I am I wanted to do everything and be everything; a basketball star, a swimmer, a dancer, a cheerleader, a musician, a singer, etc. you name it and that's what I wanted to be. Though as time went on I decided to focus more on dance. I started dancing when I was 12 years old. I danced with girls who had much more talent than I and had been dancing since they were three. But I persisted, because I wanted to be a dancer. Because I had such a great desire this caused me to spend lots of hours trying to become a dancer. Maybe 5 or more hours in class each week, then the time when I would come home and dance, plus all that I would do to help me be able to be on the dance teams I wanted to be on, like good grades. As time went on I tried out for dance companies, Drill teams, etc.. With lots of failure, trial and error, slowly with time I started to become a dancer. I wasn't naturally born with this talent but it was something I desired so much that with time I was able to become it. 

I feel like this is just how Faith works in our lives. We have a desire (hopefully righteous) and we work towards that desire. In the book of James it states  "26For as the body without the aspirit is bdead, so faith without cworks is dead also. "So, faith without works is dead. Faith is an action word. And for it to bring us happiness it must be centered in Jesus Christ.   If we have that desire to have more light in our lives or even to be just a little more like Jesus Christ, it takes effort. 

I know that as we put our Faith in Jesus Christ he can help us become the people we want to be. As me, Allie, I'm somewhat of a shy timid person when it comes to expressing exactly how I feel and what I know is right. Since my mission I've had this strong desire to become "Bold as a Lion." Silly, right? But its a desire I know I can achieve through Christ. With diligent effort and Faith in Christ we can find peace in our lives, we can become happy, we can find truth, and we can feel love. 

What is it that you desire? What do you want to become?  I know that through Christ we can find peace, happiness, hope, and joy. He is the only way to receive these things and have them last.