Monday, July 11, 2016

Moving Party, Epic 4th of July P-Day, and Meeting the New Mission President - 07/11/2016

What's up everyone! I hope you all have had a fantastic two weeks! Sorry about last week! It was a pretty epic pday, but I will get back to that. The week before the 4th was a pretty good one. We
were able to meet lots of families in the ward through our meal appointments. This ward is really good at feeding the missionaries and not only is it great because of the food it makes it a lot easier to
meet the ward. Most wards, the missionaries pass a calendar around, but this ward, the mission leader assigns people to feed the missionaries, so we are getting fed every single night. We have met some awesome family's who love to do missionary work.

I named him Otto the Tick...Yes mom I pulled the whole tick out, I contacted the doctor and the bite is doing fine :)
One of these awesome family's called us up one day and asked us if we would help move one of their non-member friends. Our roommates and us headed over to house and surprised these people, who were planning on moving all over their stuff by themselves. It was a sweet way to kinda introduce the Church to them. Later that night the family who had asked us to help them had us over for dinner and they invited the family we helped move over. We were able to talk and visit then, we shared a spiritual thought about the importance of family's. It was awesome! That same week were able to get a hold of most of our investigators in the area book! It has been pretty hard to get a hold of them since we have been in the area, but things are finally starting to pick up.
One of the biggest highlights from the last week was the 4th of July! This year the 4th of July landed on a P-Day and our new Mission President, President Johnson, gave us an all day P-Day and let us stay out till 10:30. Unfortunately we were not allowed to go to the National Mall (where the Washington monument, Lincoln Memorial, and that kinda stuff is) so a bunch of us missionaries got together and had a big barbecue a the Holmead chapel in DC. The chapel is really old and they only use it for young adult actives so it worked out perfectly. Once it got late, we made our way to a high school which over looked the mall. Unfortunately everybody and their dogs were lighting of all these little fireworks and that made the air so smoky that we couldn't even see the fireworks going off at the mall. Fortunately there were a bunch of apartment buildings lighting off fireworks on top of the buildings, so we could still enjoy them. We packed up around 10 to make it back to the DC Zone Leaders apartment so we could be in on time. There ended up to be around 11 missionaries trying to sleep in this tiny studio apartment that had no carpet. Needless to say it was a very long night and most of us only got a couple of hours of sleep because of the uncomfortable sleeping conditions. The next day, Elder Schank and I made our way out of the city to a stake center, via metro, to pick up our car and made the long drive back. Surprisingly we were able to make the whole day with out taking a power nap. We spent most of that day just checking on potential investigators.

Another huge highlight of the week was that we were able to meet President and Sister Johnson. They seem awesome and they will do great things for the mission. You can for sure tell they have that greeny fire and they are ready to rock and roll. Not going to lie it is pretty hard to attempt to build that relationship with them when you have a pretty short time left, and when they are focusing on the younger missionary (which is a good thing). They will do a lot of good for the mission. The rest of the week has been the grind. We have been able to work with a lot of the focus family's in our ward and we are continually meeting with our investigators. So far we have not seen too much progress with them, but we are still working hard at inviting them to come unto Christ.

Thank you guys for all the support!

Have a great week!

Elder Tyler Johnson

Epic Rope Swing!!!

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