Monettan to serve 18 month mission in Brazil
Pollyana Johnson, of Monett, will be serving an overseas mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The daughter of Liza and Eric Johnson, also of Monett, she has been assigned to the Sáo Paulo Brazil West Mission - Temple Visitor’s Center and will begin her mission there May 19.
“Ever since I could remember, I have wanted to serve a mission,” said Johnson. “As a child, the thought of living in a foreign country for 18 months sounded like a fun adventure.”
According to Johnson, it wasn’t until her teenage years that she began to contemplate and try to understand her desire to serve a mission.
“I had went and undergone some serious personal trials that heavily affected both my spiritual and mental health,” she said. “For many years I was fighting it and felt completely lost and chained to the world. Upon instruction from seminary teachers, priesthood holders, and my family, I decided to not read the scriptures but to ponder the scriptures.”
Johnson said if it wasn’t for the immense truth she found in both The Book of Mormon and The Bible, she would not have found the peace she had been searching for.
“I want to serve a mission to share and to help those who were in my same position or to those who are struggling with their own personal chains. To explain to them, that the Lord, their Heavenly Father, loves them and wants them to come home to Him. And that His son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, has given us the gift of His Atonement to do just that.”
“As it says in Alma 5:33, ‘Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he [the Lord God] saith: Repent, and I will receive you.’”
Johnson spent most of her primary education enjoying the theater and participated in competitive theater, speech, and debate. Additionally, she is a two-year international qualifier with Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), which started her love for business marketing.
At the collegiate level, she recently finished a Business Marketing Internship with VelloMedia, where she assisted with marketing for the city of Bella Vista, AR. On April 8, she will graduate BYU Pathway Connect Worldwide.