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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Elder Johnson's December 5, 2011 E-mail

Hi Mom,

Thanks for the e-mail update. I look forward to getting a picture of Dad's black eye. Hopefully, it doesn't hurt too bad. I like the thought of him risking his body, though, for the interception. I'm sure he's one of the few leaders in Church history who've gotten a black eye playing with a bunch of Priests. Joseph Smith certainly had the demeanor to do so, but as far as I know, I don't think it happened to him. I'm sure the Priests love him and think he's awesome. Tell him to keep playing with them. It's really cool.

My Ankle

As for my injury, the Branch thought I was faking it. I show up to Church last Sunday, hobbling around on a crutch, wincing from discomfort, and then the next week I'm running around the halls doing things. Last Monday it felt a little tender, touchy enough to not desire to play sports. Tuesday I was walking without a crutch or wincing--still a little weak. But on Wednesday I felt no restrictions. Today, Monday, we're going to play basketball at the Canada Game Center. It's all better.

Weather Update

The weather has been very temperate, actually. It's warmed up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It looks like Spring break-up. Mud, slushy ice, dirty cars, wet shoes and pant cuffs. It's been warm enough to waltz around in just a suit--no gloves or head gear.

Coolest Experience of the Week 

We had our Zone Conference this past week. They had us drive down to Skagway and then take a plane to Juneau. It's a beautiful trip as I mentioned the last time we did this. This time, they had us stay in the houses of local members. Me and Elder Norris stayed with Bishop Kearns of the Juneau something ward.

We traveled Wednesday, had zone conference Thursday, stayed in Juneau Friday and then traveled back on Saturday. On Friday, they were struggling finding things for us to do, so we had the opportunity to watch Fires of Faith--that three-part series on the coming forth of the King James Version of the Bible. It was a great documentary.

Thursday night, after Zone Conference, while President Beesley was doing interviews, Sister Beesley took us out caroling. She's pretty funny. We sang in Juneau's Nugget Mall until they kicked us out at 8 PM due to closing. Then WalMart decided they didn't want us singing in their store, so we just loaded up in Sister Beesley's car, and she cruised around the parking lot with missionaries jam-packed, singing Christmas hymns out of the windows, creeping stalker-esque behind folks as they looked for their cars and loaded up their groceries.

Afterward, she took us to a local convenience store to buy us all hot chocolate and insisted that we all put a dollop of ice cream in it.

This week we will be back in our area for a full week. The Branch is having a Nativity Display, so we will help out significantly with that.


Elder Johnson

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