Elder Brad Johnson is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the ALASKA ANCHORAGE MISSION. This blog will include many of the e-mails Elder Johnson sends to his family each week. It will extend from October 6, 2010 to October, 2012.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Elder Johnsons June 27, 2011 E-mail

Hi Mom,
Elder Benage is the one who's been taking pictures for me, so you should recieve a bunch soon. Yeah, that's the district that I was in with Elder Collins. 
Glad to hear things are going good. Call Jake and ask him specifics on weather, etc. I'll have to update you when I have more time.
Went King Samon fishing with Roger Lehrman-Bon and John Williams. Members pitched in and bought our fishing licenses. $30 each for a day-pass for out-of-staters. Didn't catch any fish. But again, we were fishing for men, not fish.
Got the birthday package. Thank you. There is no shortage of cookies as a missionary. Everyday people give us cookies, cake, pie, jam, bread, everything you can think of. Food is in no shortage.
But I will esteem you among the highest if you: 1) Go to Deseret Book and buy me a replica 1830 Book of Mormon. They're about $30 as I recall. Also, can you search online for a dictionary that was made in 1830? Amazon it. Please find me that and send it this week please, if you will to do so. Thank you.
Also, I need the Church-produced movie, Between Heaven and Earth, on DVD. $5, Deseret Book Bookstore

Elder Johnson

Monday, June 20, 2011

Elder Johnson's June 20, 2011 E-mail

Elder Johnson and his District
(I found this picture on Elder Benage's website!)
Hi Mom,
Real quick today again.
Went fishing with Roger Lehrman-Bon, Lisa's husband. We also took out Brother John Williams a less-active, ex-marine in Vietnam, who needed some love and friendship. It cost $40 for both Elder Tonga's and my liscense. I had to pay because he doesn't have any money. Tell dad I'm really sorry, and I hope that I haven't over-drawn any money. Tell him I chose to not buy groceries and instead bought the day fishing-passes. Didn't catch anything, but it was nice--even though we were fishing for fish, we were really being fishers of men.
I got the package with the voice recorder, but I have not gotten the birthday package. I did get both pairs of grandparents. Please express my love and appreciation when you speak to them. I will try to write a thank you letter asap. But thank them for me without delay.
Gotten letters from Isaiah and JA, and just got a letter from Marcus, which I have not yet read.
Thank you for everything. Please don't be mad that I've been distant in e-mails for a while. We've been busy teaching lessons most p-days, so we have little time.
Elder Johnson

Monday, June 13, 2011

Elder Johnson's E-mail dated June 13, 2011

Hi Mom,
Thanks for the e-mail and the pictures. Yours are coming soon. I hired a missionary, Elder Benage, to take pictures for me during activities and such. He's been doing a good job. I'm just going to send the jump drive--takes too much time to send via e-mail. I've got a lot of pics for you though.
 It's Elder Tonga's B-day today, so I'm keeping it short so we can get out to do stuff. We're going to Matanuska Glacier (see Dad's letter).
We're getting a different mission president. President Beesley, instead of President Clark. It was a last second change. Quite interesting. President Beesley is apparently a big deal, though. I'll tell you more next week.
Elder Johnson
A letter from President Dance to all the missionaries:

Dear Elder and Sisters of the great Alaska Anchorage Mission,
Due to unforeseen circumstances, an adjustment has been made to the assignment of Pres. and Sister Clark.  They have been assigned to the Russia, St. Petersburg Mission as of Thursday night, June 9.  I received a letter from the Missionary Dept on Friday June 10 advising me that the new president of the great Alaska Anchorage Mission will now be President Jon S. and Sister SuusE Beesley.  (They were featured in the Church News of March 12).
Sister Dance and I spoke to them on Sunday, June 12.  They are very impressive and are very excited to come.
You will meet them at the "Meet the President Meetings". 
(Brother Beesley recently retired from a high security position as the Chief Test Pilot for Lockheed Martin.  He knows more about the new military jet aircraft than any other person on the planet.  Basically the Clarks are going where the Beesley's were first assigned).
Have a great and safe preparation day, give my love to your family and we will look forward to seeing many of you this week.
With love,
President Alan R.Dance
Alaska Anchorage Mission

Monday, June 6, 2011

Elder Johnson's June 6, 2011 E-Mail - Yea! An E-Mail!

Please see a response to one of your questions. They're about to kick me off the computer cause it's busy and a students need the computers more than missionaries--at least that's what they say. And then I see the student get on Facebook, while I haven't talked to my family in three weeks. Frustrating.

No I did not get transferred. I'm training again. A new missionary--Elder Tonga from Tonga. The library was not open during the holiday, and on transfers I had to go to a trainer's meeting in Anchorage in the morning. Our new mission president is not here yet. He will be here in a few weeks. President Dance is still the acting president. President Clark is the new mission president's name. 
I'm getting kicked off. I love you. 
Elder Johnson