Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Don’t Get Too Used to the Spinny Chairs

September 1, 2014

Well, last week was just cray cray.  We were trying to recover from transfers while I was learning what in the world I do.  You all know about my famous stress eating, right?  Did you also know that you can buy a slice of the best marbled cake in the whole wide world in a store right outside of the mission offices for just one sol? Did you also know that Telepizza has a pretty good deal on lunch buffets?  Well, I sure do. I think the practice of sitting on the floor at 6:40, trying to convince myself to do sit-ups, just won’t cut it anymore.

Elder Feller is one of the best companions I've ever had.  I think I've already explained a little about him. He's 23, he's from Buenos Aires, and he's been a member for about 4 years.  He is the only member in his family, but his mom is currently coming to church and listening to the missionaries.  He's a really sweet and humble guy.  We haven't had as much time as we would have liked proselyting this week, but the good thing is that we are working like dogs when we can. It's so great being with a companion like him.  We started a game where the person who initiates the lower amount of street contacts in the day has to buy the other a chocolate before coming back to the room, and it is funny how well it has worked for us to talk to everyone.  We are really excited to be together.

Ok, and I won't lie, the offices are actually really fun.  We live in a room in our area, so we don't usually sleep in the offices unless it's Sunday night, because we stay pretty late doing the numbers and/or eating devil's food cake Sunday night.  I live in a ward called Covida, in the Palmeras stake.  It's a really small area, and the missionaries before weren't able to have a lot of time there to work, but that's about to change, because Elder Feller and I have the easy office jobs!  Woohoo!  It's fun being able to open an area and have completely new expectations and habits.  I'm having a good time here.  Love you all, even if you don't write me.  Jerks.  Just kidding.

Elder Johnson

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blast You, Computer Literacy Class!

August 25, 2014

Well, this week was pretty crazy.  I guess I'll start with where I am right now.  I'm not exactly in my area right now.  As of tomorrow, I will be one of the mission secretaries.  So, I am in charge of the numbers of the mission, which just means that Sunday nights feel like studying for a Computer Literacy final.  My other job is to receive phone calls from the zone leaders when I send letters to the wrong Elder Smith.  It's really a piece of cake.  My new companion will be Elder Feller, an Argentine who is the health secretary. His job is to listen to the various symptoms of the missionaries and then always always just recommend Pepto Bismol.  This is really nice, because we will really be the companionship that gets to proselyte more.  Ha! I'm actually feeling pretty good about being here.  We'll have success here.

I felt a little sad for leaving my area, because this week we had just taught a couple that had gotten married the week before.  The husband, Freddy, has read the Book of Mormon 3 times, but couldn't get baptized where he lived before because he wasn't married to the lady he was with.  But, I'm glad 200 Millas [the name of the area] has something nice to work with.

Ok, Thursday!  I totally went to the temple with Davi!  That was so great.  I was nervous while waiting in the airport, so I ended up buying Dunkin Donuts AND McDonalds for breakfast.  (It was great that my last area was so close to the airport.)  Well, I think that Davi has told you all everything, so I will just say that it was great.  No, it did not make me trunky, or tronqui, as missionaries say here.  It was really the opposite. Being there at the temple was really what I needed to get me to know what I need to end my mission well.

I love you all!  Make good choices, Davi!

Elder Johnson

P.S. Yeah, these are the most recent photos.  The first is my companion, Elder Feller.  The other two photos were from last night, because we always eat in the offices as our reward for making it through the numbers on Sunday night.  Yesterday was completos with lemonade.