This week Elder Patterson and I have decided to do breakfast together because we usually eat the same things. I have since then found that I absolutely love french toast! I have come up with my own recipe too, you guys should try it! ( mom, this is for the family recipe book!)
Elder Johnson's Ultimate French Toast
Cinnamon (Just as much as you want I guess)
Milk (I didn't measure this either, measuring is for whimps anyways)
Chocolate Cereal Flakes (crushed up)
Mix the milk, eggs and flour together until you get the consistency you like. Dip the bread in the milk/egg/cinnamon mixture and proceed to cover the bread in chocolate cereal flakes. Cook on low. Serve on a plate, and dig in! Your welcome world!
This is my present to all of you!
Now on a spiritual note, this week has been full of many thoughts, especially since Christmas is less than 3 days away (Whoo Whoo!). Every year it is always the same thing, it's not about receiving, its about giving. This is totally true, but I also feel that the vice is just as important. Do we put what we are given into use? Do we use the time someone spends with us to make ourselves better? Do we receive the gifts of someones talents with happiness and gratitude? for me this Christmas has been a real eye-opener for me. I'm not saying that anyone is ungrateful by any means, in fact the people I know and have in my life are some of the most thankful people I know. But instead of just being thankful, put the gifts to use, put the time and energy that someone put into that gift for the betterment of yourself and others.
I also want to leave you with a small list of things I am grateful for, and I encourage each of you to come up with your won list and send it back to me and other people!
1- I am very grateful for a loving family, both and earthly family and a heavenly family. Without them I would be lost, through their love and support I can and want to be better than I am. I grateful for a strong father, who gave me an appreciation for working hard, and using my agency to good things of my own free will. I and thankful for a kind mother who even though I have my shortcomings, and my weaknesses she treats me as if I am the most perfect son in the world, and want s to only see me happy.
2- I have so many friends on my mission and especially at home who I know will be my friends forever. Let me give a shout out to two friends in particular. Brock and Jeff. These two have been my friends from the beginning, and now two of us are in the field and we have one going to Germany in a very short time. They are my brothers, they are examples to me and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them.
3- My cousin Christopher. I don't think he knows how much he means to me. I love this guy so much, and also see him as my brother! If you ever need a smile or a laugh he is the guy to call on. I remember a day in the MTC, i was having a rough day and when I got mail his letter was the only one for the day. I don't remember what it said, but it made my day, my week so much better! He is an example to me of what a missionary should be, someone who is happy and wants others to have that same happiness, he refuses to hold any of his talents back and he blesses others because of this. i can't wait for him to go on a mission, wherever he goes, I know the people will see as the giant blessing he has been to me.
4- My 4 sisters. Let me clarify, I have 4 sisters, their names are Ellie, Julia, Emilie, and Jessica. Let me give you a reason I love each of them. Ellie, she is my first sister, she is the one I grew up with for the most part. She is an example of what it means to be diligent. She knows the rules, and she follows them, with exactness, she does the things that most don't. Her example has helped me be more diligent on my mission. Julia, she is the sweetest girl on the planet. You change the definition of joy in the dictionary to her name. when she is happy, it makes me happy, she is the sunshine when I need it! Emilie, if you haven't met her yet, you should. She is an example of a person who perseveres. She knows when things are hard, but instead of stopping or shrinking, she does it. And when she does it, she does it well. I hope I can have that same ability on my mission. Last but not least, Jess. She could win The Voice if she wanted to! But not just that, she is an example of what it means to use talents. She is not shy, and loves to share her talented voice and piano playing every opportunity she gets. She blesses others with that talent, and I have been lucky to hear that talent on multiple occasions.
This is just a short list, and there are many more, but like I said earlier, try doing it yourself, you will feel happier if you do!
I love you all, MAHAL KITA!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (The weirdest missionary you know)