We live in Payson, Utah where Rustin works as a developmental scientist for NuSkin. Luckily, I am able to stay home with our three children: two lively boys (3 and 4), and one stubborn little girl (1). I teach voice and piano out of our home one day a week. Nothing too exciting except for the every day cuteness of the children that keep us on our toes.
Favorite memory: Oh so many! The first thing that comes to mind is when our district was given permission to go to the midnight Christmas Mass at the Duomo in Milan and Anziano Karpowitz picked up a vehicle. No kidding. I have a picture I need to scan and send with the story but I have to dig it and my journal out to give you the whole story. Then there's the recital we gave, the vomit story from the bus, sitting with the nuns, and having my mother as a companion (how could I forget that?). I'm going to have to think on this one a little.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Hi! This is Sorella Susanne Read, now Johnston. Sheri Steed forwarded me information about the upcoming reunion. I know I only served under you for a couple of months, but I still have fond memories of you both. I would love to come to the reunion, if I'm invited.
I am married to a wonderful man, Chris Johnston, who converted to the church months before I met him. We are going on nine years! We have three beautiful children, Katelyn- 6, Madeline-4, and Adam-2(in May). We live in Inglewood, CA, near LAX. My husband works as a film editor and director. In fact, he edited some of the Preach MY Gospel videos! I manage apartments for my parents and homeschool. My husband is in the bishopric and I am a primary teacher
The Lord has blessed us considerably, I sometimes feel I don't deserve it, but I am so grateful. I have had many opportunities to share the gospel here in LA. It is reminiscent of the mission, however, no bites...YET! I'll never forget when Sheri and I returned to the mission two years later to find that someone I had given an English flyer to was preparing to serve her mission to France. That gave me tremendous hope that, even though the number of people baptized during my service was very low, I had planted many seeds that, God willing, would/will grow into something fruitful. That hope was rekindled when I heard the announcement for the temple in Rome. I cried so hard! The joy was overwhelming
Jeff and I have been married for nearly eleven years and we have three very cute kids (Owyn, 8, William, 6, and Ellena, 2). We moved to the St. George area ten years ago and we currently live in Washington City, Utah in an almost historic home. I work as a reserve Sheriff's Deputy for the county sheriff and I have been a law enforcement officer for the past eight years. I'm also about a month away from getting my bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice (as of the reunion). Someday we will get the time and money to visit Italy since it is all Jeff's fault I wasn't able to go back when I had planned . In the meantime, we really like being together as a family, swimming, hiking, hanging out at home, and all that other good stuff families do.
And a favorite memory from the mission:
When I was in Como, Sorella Townsend and I would take half an hour most mornings to go jogging. A little while after we started our morning routine a friendly garbage man stoped us and offered us fresh brioche. Of course we accepted (mmmm brioche). The next time he saw us, he again offered us pastries, and we accepted again. Soon, this occurance became habit and we saw the pastry toting garbage man nearly every day. Sorella Townsend and I commented to each other that this habit was counteractive to the jogging but we couldn't refuse for fear of offending him. We never had a conversation of more than a few words, only brioche and a wave. A few weeks later his shift or work area must have changed because we didn't see him again that I can remember. The elders, though, told us our friendly garbage man came looking for us at the mostra. I don't think he took a Book of Mormon or spoke about the gospel to the elders, but I hope he did someday.
Presidente: Congratulations on your new calling. I hope that all is well with you, la Sorella Clegg and your family.
I remember the mission often and I am very grateful for the role that you played in my experiences. Let me know if you ever need ANYTHING.
I've attached a somewhat recent photo of my boys Trace & Kolby and Keegan. The twins turn 7 this summer and Keegan just turned 3. Mindy is actually 10 weeks pregnant. We are of course hoping for una femina.
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Che piacere sentire da voi. Sono felice che state bene. Date saluti a tutti i missionari per noi--non ce la faciamo venire--mi mancano tanto! Ecco la mia famiglia: mia bella moglie, Myrissa, e mi figli, Logan (10), Gabriel (8), Addison (6) e Tanner (4)--che divertimento! Stiamo tutti bene. Viviamo in Phoenix, Arizona. Io sono un missionario di "LDS Family Services" e mia moglie fa Presidente della Primaria. Speriamo tanto di ritornare in Italia fra poco.
One of my favorite memories of being a missionary in Italy: After a long day in Milano, we were returning home on the subway. When we boarded, we hardly noticed a beggar at the other end of the train who was playing his harmonica for money, because there was always someone playing some type of music for change on the subway. He stopped playing and stared at us for a few moments and then started playing a different tune...a tune that we recognized, but couldn't place because it seemed so foreign coming from a beggar on a subway train. Finally, it dawned! The song was "Joseph Smith's First Vision!" It seemed too bizzare to be real. The man got off the train at the next stop and we piled out after him, since we were convinced that he was either an angel or someone who was obviously prepared for the gospel, as he already knew the hymns! Turns out that he was a member, who had fallen on hard times. We shared with him what we had and he eventually went his own way, but I will always remember how his song lifted my spirits that night.
Brad Jeppson Family