Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

Hey mom ! This week was pretty amazing I had my first baptism on my mission where I was
 the one baptizing ! Never thought that it would happen but it did and I'm grateful for it.  This 
week was good though.  It started out where it was really warm like 65 70 and we were in our t-shirts
 and then today it put down a couple inches of snow.  But earlier this week we just taught a 
couple of our investigators and went to Fernley for meetings and walked the streets to find people
 to teach.  Something that missionaries have in their head is that we can't go "tracting" and I 
don't know where they got that idea from but I love to go tracting ! I love just praying about
 a street and knocking every door on that street until we find people to share the Gospel with.
  We did that on Saturday where the work was going slow and I just said to my companion we're
 going tracting and so we started knocking doors and not even 4 doors in we found a family of
 4 to start teaching and he was excited to talk with us and wants to learn more about the Gospel !
 It's always interesting to see what people say when we knock some are really friendly and some 
are really rude but it's worth it though and I find a lot of joy doing that ! On Friday we had a baptism
 for Heather and Aubri and I never thought I'd stand in a font on my mission and I actually did !
 It was a memorable experience that I'll never forget.  The font here in the church is really small 
and so the water was really shallow and I had to do it twice because the first time her dress and
 foot popped up and so the second time I stood on her feet and it went well. It was an amazing
 experience and the spirit was really strong there ! On Tuesday we go out to a place that is called 
Shurz and it's an Indian reservation and we get to play volley ball with them on Tuesday evenings
 and it's a lot of fun.  We have two investigators out there who are getting baptized in a couple
 weeks. That was most of my week but I'm grateful for all you do mom and I hope Brianna gets
 feeling better ! have a good week love you mom ! 

Elder Johnson

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October 23, 2017

Hey mom ! Sounds like things are going good back home.  It's truly a great blessing to have a temple in Star Valley.  The members out here have to drive 4 hours in either direction to get to a temple and they aren't too happy about it !  So it's hard for people to do family history out here but they still make the effort to go.  That's a goal I want to have when I'm home is to go to the temple at least once or twice a month.  How's Grandpa doing ? I haven't heard from him in awhile.  And I know I can't believe I'll be 21 either !  I'm getting old. This last week went really good ! On Monday we went to Winnemucca for the zone activity and we went through a corn maze and had a BBQ afterwords. It was a lot of fun ! I really like the zone I'm in there's some good missionaries and then on Tuesday and Wednesday we helped a family on the outside of town do some yard work around their house and it was a lot of fun! They have been inactive for over 25 years and they actually let us be with them.  I have a very good way to get people to like me and I'm blessed with that ! But anyways she wanted a Priesthood blessing and so I gave her one and at the end she was crying and she told me "thank you for the love you share for me and my husband" and nothing brings greater joy than to have people feel the love I have for them because it is Christ's love ! Charity never faileth and I have a testimony of that ! The rest of the week went good we are having a baptism next week for our investigator and I'm looking forward to that ! Then on Sunday it was stake conference so we went back to Winnemucca for that.  Today we're just going to hang out here in Battle Mountain and go golfing or something and transfers are next week so we will see what happens ! Anyways thanks for all  you do and I hope you have a great week and enjoy this awesome fall weather ! love you mom ! 

Elder Johnson

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

Hey mom ! This week went really good I really like my new area and my companion. He is from Virginia and he is way chill ! He knows how to work hard and have fun and he's only been out about 3 months.  The members here are great and the work here is awesome ! There's lots of work to be done and I know this is where God needs me to be.  The recent converts here are amazing.  I was talking to one of them and she said the last missionaries gave her a Book of Mormon and they told her to just read the first page and so she did and then she said "she couldn't put the book down" and she read it twice and was baptized two weeks later ! She is now in the relief society presidency and has a strong testimony of it.  The area here is really flat and its only about 3000 people so we are back on the bikes and walking (even tho we have a car) but it feels great to be working hard and being outside all the time. It snowed on us on Thursday and it go a little chilly so we took the car out most of the day.  We found two new investigators and another one this morning !  Today were headed out to Winnimucca for groceries and to meet the zone so I'm looking forward to that.  I'm looking forward to  conference this weekend and we also have interviews with the mission President that day as well so it'll be a busy week for us ! Anyways thanks for all you do mom and I'll look up those pictures ! have a great week ! love you mom !

Elder Johnson