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, August 29, 2011

Elder Johnson's August 29, 2011 E-mail

Hi Mom,
Thank you for the e-mail.
I've got to be quick. We've had a busy P-Day. We actually hardly had a P-Day; we worked most of the day.

As for your questions:
Do you live in the double wide mobile home?
Yes, we do. The one Elder Record's dad has on his blog is the one, apparently.

Do you have the whole double wide for yourselves?
For now, soon there will be a member living in the unit next to us.
What are you driving?
We have a brand new 2011 Colorado truck. It's probably one of the nicer cars I've ever driven.

Are you and E. Record working out every morning? 
No, it's getting quite cold in the mornings now. We are, however, up every morning at 6:30 AM. That's been consistent throughout my entire mission, by the way. Not once have I awoke late.

What work out do you do?
We work out our brains. Sometimes, however, we will run. We have a goal to run twice a week.

Do you still get a lot of snacks from the members?
No, the Branch is not equipped to feed the missionaries all that often--especially because there's two companionships in the area.

Do you wish you had a package of almonds and jerky and healthy stuff?
No, I don't need any food. I'm good. I promise.

Or what about peanut butter and stuff that is expensive for you to buy?
No, it's not too bad up here. I'll be okay.

(p.s. your package of two books and a video will be sent this week.  It got all boxed up on Saturday)
Thank you.

Tell me one funny thing that happened with you and E. Record.
We had homeless people swarm us in front of the Salvation Army center in the Downtown district.

Tell me one hard thing you had to do this week.
Nothing's hard. Work is work. You go out; you do your best. You come home happy you tried. You go to sleep.

Are the members in Canada feeding you every night?
No, we get dinner Monday, Wednesday and Friday--That's because the other missionaries get the other days.

How is your ward mission leader?

Absolutely wonderful. So is his wife. They're a younger couple with three wild little girls, but they are terrific.

Oh, one more thing. Elder Record has quite a background in genealogy work. So I've encouraged him to use that as an approach when we go tracting. We've seen success from it. It's garnered enough interest that we decided it be best to revamp our dormant Family History Center. We've gotten permission from President Beesley to do so. And he asked that I catch up with Elder Record in genealogy know-how. He told us to take all of the consultant training sessions online and read all the handbooks, etc.

So I'm learning a lot about genealogy, and I've even got our Family History on We have some lines that literally go back to Adam and Eve--no joke. I don't know how legitimate it is, but we not only have royal Hawaiian lineage, we also have royal ancestry through your mother. Through her line, we are related to Marcus Antoniius Aurelius--you know, the guy who was killed by his son in Gladiator? Also, Julius Caesar. Through Grandma Maile (and this is very legitimate), we have Portuguese ancestry.

Also, I noticed that you've reserved Zelma Lee Cox to do her temple work for her. Please tell me about that experience when you do it. Also, Russell Allen Newton Jr needs his Initiatory and Endowment. That does not appear on There is most likely a duplicate, though, which I will have to change.

Also, will you please tell Grandpa Miller and Grandpa Jack to send me their PAF files of our Family History? You can have them e-mail my missionary address. Also, you can tell them to e-mail me at this address. It's okay if I correspond with them through this e-mail now.

Please tell Dad to watch my account. I've spent a lot of money lately. But I will no longer need to for a time. I've had low funds for the month of August, but I will be back up. Please also tell him to send me an accurate balance on my account. I'm going to keep closer track of my finances. I'm going to track them in Excel. Also, please have him check the balance on my credit card. They do not accept debit up here, and imagine all of my expenses have gone through as credit. Please ask him to pay these off. It should not be too much.


Elder Johnson

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