Monday, August 25, 2014

Steaks for Sunday Dinner and a Visit to the Washington Monument - 08/25/2014

Thanks for the update Dad! It really means a lot. Things have been going pretty well. We were able to teach 16 lessons last week and that is a lot. Our goal is 20 so we are getting closer and closer each week.Today has been super long but pretty fun. Elder loveless, Elder Wang, Elder Lian, (not sure how to spell that last one) were able to go into the city! We went to the Holocaust Museum. That's not my favorite but it was pretty cool. Then we walked all around and waited for our time to go up to very top of the Washington Monument. That was so cool! You can see everything from up there!

I am looking forward to this week. We have some plans set up already and I will finally get my ipad tomorrow! yay! I'm most excited for one of our lessons we have set up for on Wednesday. His name is Carlos, he is a non member that we found trying to visit a less active. He sounds very interested in the gospel. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he started reading it as soon as we left. I think he is very promising but I guess we will have to see.

The members are so cool in this area. Just yesterday we had a dinner with the Hanson Family. He is very very very well off. He has probably thee nicest backyard I have ever seen. He is so humble and down to earth which makes him really cool. For dinner we had Steaks and then we shared a spiritual message about honesty. We basically retold our lesson that we had to teach in Gospel Principals. I think I forgot to tell you that we had to teach that class for two weeks in a row now haha. They went super well and it helps us practice our teaching.

Thank you so much for messaging me. It really means a lot. I really like to heir what is going on at home. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be on a mission. I have learned so much already and i have only been in for a month now. I can feel my testimony grow every single day and it is just amazing. We are all so blessed to know the truth and to have the knowledge to live Christ centered lives. Because of him we can be happy even in the hardest of times. And because of him we can live together forever as a family. Please keep messaging me. It always puts a smile on my face. Well I guess I better get going.

Love Elder Johnson

Monday, August 18, 2014

Neanderthal Night and Other News - 08/18/2014

Everything has been going awesome this week. We were able to eat at a new converts house and they made us eat spaghetti with only our hands. They told us it was a family tradition and they did it only once a year and they call it neanderthal night. But we found out later it was just a total joke. Ha ha, but it was really fun.

This week we were able to teach 11 lessons which is a lot better then what we did the week before. We also tracked a few homes and actually the first door I have ever knocked.  We got in and taught an awesome lesson. The Spirit was so strong. The name of the lady was Agnus and she seems really interested. We are teaching her again tonight so lets hope that she is still interested.

I have been able to sleep very well. Thank you so much for your payers! It means a lot. We have been getting up at 6 every morning so we can go to the gym in our apartment complex and that has been very nice to have. The very first day I got to meet the Cooks and they are awesome! I have gotten to meet them quite often because the ward that we are serving in is their ward. We even got to teach a lesson in there home and that went super well. 

Thanks for the update, It really means a lot. I'm glad to hear the family didn't scare Terlynn too bad. Well I guess it is probably time for me to go:( Thanks for the email. I love you so much! I'm glad and kinda sad that this mission is going to fly by. it feels like just yesterday i was being dropped off and now I have been out for almost an entire month.

Sorry that this letter is so short but I am running out of time and I still have a few email I have to get to. I will be so happy when I get an iPad so can email more throughout the day. Hopefully my comp will let me borrow his. The only thing that i can think of that I kinda need is more P day cloths other then that I am set.

Thank you for all the support. It really helps out,

Love Elder Johnson P.S. the address you want to send all the letters and packages is:

11700 Falls Road
Potomac, Maryland

Love you and have an awesome week :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First Email from DC! - 08/11/2014

Hello Mother ha ha ha,

DC has been amazing so far:). I met my trainer almost as soon as I got
off the plain. His name is Elder Loveless. He is so legit! He was an
Assistant to the President right before I got him as a trainer so he
knows everything. 

This week has been slow. Elder Loveless and me are starting an area over again, so we have to start from scratch. It kinda stinks,but oh well, it just gives me more experience.

On Saturday we were able to go to a ward party at this mansion. It was HUGE!!! It was really
fun and a good way to start to get to know the members. On Sunday we went to church and my comp and I had to give the opening and closing prayer in sacrament and I was not nervous at all!! It was soo great! 
can feel the spirit working on me so that I can become a true missionary. 

Today for P day we went to the Washington mall and played football with 40 other missionary's. It was a really cool sight. We noticed a lot of people were taking pictures of us instead of the
monuments.  Ha ha, kinda funny we must be famous or something. 

Well that is all for this week. I'm really enjoying and learning how to be a missionary. I love you all:)! have an amazing week!

Love Elder Johnson,

ps we are rooming with the Chinese Elders!! Ha ha, they are soo funny:))

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pre-MTC Departure...

The MTC has been amazing. The spirit is everywhere and being in the presence of Gods army is speechless at times. It is still hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that i'm one of them. The first week in the MTC was challenging for me. Not because of the stress that I have felt, not because of the non stop schedule, and not because of the early mornings. It was hard because of the pain I have felt because a infection that I had. I discovered this Thursday. The next day I was riving in pain. I walked like a ninety year old man for a week ha ha it was quit funny. On Friday Aug 1, I got surgery and what comfort that brought into my life. After the surgery I was so out of it that I would shake hands and thank all the nurses multiple times in a row ha ha. Because of the surgery, I have been feeling a great relief of pain. But while I have had this problem I have been on my knees a lot more and I believe that is why I got it. So I could come closer to Christ and God through pray.

While I have been recovering I have been making my comp push me all over the MTC in a wheelchair, what a life. I doubt many people have the blessing of being escorted everywhere you go in a wheelchair for a week ha ha. 

To conclude my thoughts I would just like to say I am so thankful for this gospel. I know that Christ is my savior. I know that God gives us trials to make us better people. I love you all and I hope this week is fantastic for everyone. I go in for my follow up appointment tomorrow so I will let you all know if i'll be leaving this week. I pray that everything checks out. Thanks for all the love and support:)

Love Elder Johnson PS I'll make it more spiritual next time... 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Visit to the Doctor while at the MTC

Tyler was scheduled for a visit to the surgeon to have a bacterial infection drained today.  He was surprised to see a familiar face to give him a ride to his appointment.  We had joked around that it was possibility that Tyler Eyre might be the one driving Elder Johnson to the airport when he flies out to the mission field, but it turns out he did at least drive Tyler to the surgeon's office.  Thank you Tyler Eyre for sending the picture! This made everyone's day!