Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Good Birthday, Good Investigator, Good Members, Good Interview with the Mission Pres. 10/26/2015

Hello Everyone!

Thank you all for your birthday wishes! It really meant a lot. It was a good week! We were able to teach quite a few investigators and they are all doing pretty well. Charles is still planning on being baptized on the 29th of November. He understands everything that we are teaching him and he knows it's true.

Charles is a really cool guy. He has had a pretty hard life. He grew up in California with his parents who adopted him. He is a little slow mentally so it has been hard providing for him self. He loves playing the guitar and creating his own music. He is always super positive and very nice. He is very excited to join the church. He comes from a Catholic background so he understands quite a bit of our doctrine pretty well and the new stuff he is picking up quickly. We are all very excited for him.
The ward is pretty awesome! One of the members that we have been able to spend some with is really cool. His name is Caesar Valdez. He is a recent convert of a couple of years. He was a Marine sniper for 20 years and he has some crazy stories. He has seen some crazy stuff. He is also very decorated. He also was one of the people who helped train the group that the American Sniper guy was in. Anyway he is really awesome! He loves the missionaries a lot. He feeds us every Sunday and it is great. He also got me a tie for my birthday! He is an awesome guy.

This past week we had interviews with President Cooke. It was great the theme of his interviews was be positive. It was really good.  During the interview I told him about our infested apartment and he said he would make something happen. So hopefully we will get to move apartments.
Thank you everyone for your emails, it always makes my week go by better. Take care.


Monday, October 19, 2015

New Investigators, Critter Infested Apartment, Vai Sikahema, and Upcoming Stake Conference with President Nelson - 10/19/2015

Hello Everyone!!

I hope all of you had a fantastic week! Thank you so much for all of your emails once again! This week has been pretty good! We were able to teach quite a few lessons to non members. We were able to pick up two new investigators. The one that we were able to meet with is super cool! He is 83 years old and he is one of the kindest people I know. He loves talking about religion and he said next time we come over he is going to bring his friend a long. It is going to be great!
In other not so good news we have found out that our apartment is infested with nasty bugs everywhere like crickets, silver fish, spiders and other unidentified animals.

Last night we were able to go to the 'Why I Believe' fireside and it was really good! The guest speaker Vai Sikahema and his wife Keala Sikahema. He played football for BYU then we went on to play in the NFL for Arizona, Green Bay, and Philadelphia. He now is a sports anchor in Philadelphia. He talked about his childhood and the first time him and his family saw the temple. He was only 5 years old and he can still picture it perfectly. It was very cool.
Sunday we also found out that in November the DC stake is having a stake conference and President Nelson is going to be presiding at it. I am super excited. 

Thanks once again everyone,

Elder Johnson

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fun New Ward, New Area, and a New Baptism Committment - 10/12/2015

Hello Everyone!!
I hope you all had a great week! Thank you so much for your emails. It's one of the best times of the week. I am glad that everyone has had a good week.
This week has been exciting because we were able to actually get out and make a difference in our area. We were able to meet some of the investigators and we were able to put someone on date for baptism for the 29th of November. His name is Charles, he is a funny guy who is really into music. The only sad thing was that we were not able to get anybody to church.
Yesterday was the first time we were able to meet the ward. It was really funny. This ward is a lot different then most wards. It's a lot like Ancostia but with a little bit more diversity. Haha it is funny because a lot of the members are former Baptist's so they are really loud.  They respond to greetings over the pulpit and they also give an amen during people's talks. It is quite amusing. At the end of sacrament meeting they have this time set aside to welcome visitors and new members, new move-ins, and new missionary's. So we had to introduce ourselves to the whole congregation. Haha they were very nice.

So the area I am I is pretty nice. I thought it was going to be like Anacostia but it is a lot nicer. We live right next to The Catholic University of America. And another Catholic college. We also live right by a giant Basilica it is pretty sweet

Monday, October 5, 2015

Transfers, DC 3rd Ward, and General Conference - 10/05/2015

Hello Everyone,

This week has been an interesting one. So this week was transfers and Elder Rowley and I are still together. We got transferred to the city. We are now serving in the DC 3rd ward. At this moment there is not to much work but hopefully we will be able to pick it up. The ward boundaries are pretty large. This ward covers the White house, and the National Mall. It covers most of the touristy places in DC, so that is pretty cool. We have not been able to meet to many of the members yet because of conference hopefully we will be able to meet some throughout the week.
Transfer day was crazy. We had to help an Elder out by grabbing his bike, but because the extra time it took us to get the bike, we ended up in traffic and we were about a half hour late to transfer meeting. Luckily we got there right as they announced that Elder Rowley and I would be staying together in D.C. 3rd.   

Conference was great. There were lots of talks that I really enjoyed. I liked Elder Christopherson's, Elder Bednar's, and President Uchtdorf's talks a lot. I am excited to be able to go back and read them.

Thank you guys so much for emailing. It makes my day being able to read them. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful week and I will talk to you next Monday,


Elder Johnson