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.

Friday, October 12, 2012


The Real Sign
The Alternate Sign
Bethany and Annie and their cuties!

Long Wait

Here he comes!
Hugs for Mom

Hugs for Dad

Now What?
First Family Portrait in 2 years!
The whole Homecoming Crew!

Elder Johnson arrived at approximately 8:30 on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport where awaiting his arrival were family and friends.  Mom, Dad, Lauren and Brittany, Chandler Laney, Bethany (Auxier) and Annie (Auxier) and their cute little children ... were all waiting.  We clapped and cheered for him!  Mom got the first hug! The guy that took a picture of all of us said he remembered when he had his homecoming! 

Brad loves the people that he got to get to know on his mission.  After we got him home and settled, we sat down and saw just one set of his pictures.  He told us about ALL of those folks that he loves so much.  He misses you.  Thank you all in Alaska for loving him back!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Elder Johnson's September 7, 2012 E-mail

Found this picture on Elder Lawson's Blog!

Sugar will be sooooo happy to see him again!
Not many e-mails left ... they are getting few and far between ...
Most recent from E. Johnson


Thanks for the e-mail. Yes, you were correct. No e-mail on Monday.
Tuesday we had zone conference. Tuesday night there was a wind storm
like nobody's business that shut down the city for two days. Of course
no internet access during that time. And today we had a little time to
come out and e-mail. I have a commandment to e-mail my mother and then
President Beesley, so I'm going to do that.

I'm sorry my e-mails are not that cool. I have tons of faith-building
stories, etc. But e-mails don't do them justice. I'm always in a hurry
on these computers. I'll tell you all the good stories when I get

Elder Johnson


Sunday, September 2, 2012

A visitor from ... Missouri?

Just after returning from his mission in Alaska
he made a quick trip to Arizona to meet Brittany. 
They have been writing each other for a year ...
Shopping in Scottsdale
Shooting hoops with Britt, Bishop Dad and his Dad who
came as his wingman ...
Then it was Brittany's turn (the following weekend) to visit Missouri ...
Checking out all the fun stuff to do at his house
Ready for Church
Swag before his homecoming talk in church
To be continued ...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Elder Johnson's July 23, 2012 E-mail

Ze Chef ... Elder Tonga
Hi Mom,
That last e-mail was my weekly to President Beelsey. I've got very little time on the computer now, and my e-mails will be very short unfortunately for the rest of my mission because I need to report to President Beesley on the status of my trainee, not my son or my greenie.
1.  What is your companion’s name and where is he from?

Elder Bret Wingard. Tebetts, Missouri.

2.  How do you feel about not being an AP?

I was the one who mentioned that I needed to move out. And I feel good. Training a new missionary is the best way to end a mission because it's the hardest assignment to have. Being an assistant is easy.

3.  What was cool about being an AP?

It was cool. But it was easy. You have a really good companion to teach with. You go and rock lessons, and then on the times throughout the day that are slower are usually filled with trainings and meetings with President Beesley.

4.  Do you miss Elder Flynn?

Yes. He was a very fun companion to have.

5.  Anything else you want to share?  I know you are busy, but give us a quick shout out.  And tell your greenie HI from your Mom.

We are teaching a family from south Sudan. His name is Mayak, pronounced My-yack. He's really neat, and hopefully he will be getting baptized soon.


Elder Johnson

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Elder Johnson's July 16, 2012 E-Mail

Dear Mom:
We've officially completed transfers this past week. Planning for the transfer begins typically near the end of week five of our six-week transfers. For two to three hours each day, Elder Flynn and I meet with President Beesley and plan out the transfers. This decision process goes for three to four days. It's like putting a giant puzzle together. Matching missionaries with other missionaries, deciding whether they'll get along, whether they'll work hard, etc. The Wednesday of the sixth week is the day we seek confirmation for all transfer decisions. We seek that confirmation and direction in the Temple with President and Sister Beesley.

This transfer process was an interesting one. For the first four days of the planning, it was expected that I would bring in a new assistant, and we would work in the Airport Heights area--this would most likely be the companion who I finished my mission with. However, Tuesday night I had a difficult time getting to sleep running over thoughts on transfers--something didn't feel right; I wasn't comfortable with what I was doing. Before I was able to fall asleep, I came to the conclusion that what was bothering was I should be training a new missionary for my last two transfers.

In the morning, we met with President and Sister Beesley before the Temple. I felt as if I should voice the impression I had so that President Beesley could decide what the Lord wanted. After the Temple session, we had our final transfer meeting, and President Beesley felt comfortable about me training. It was interesting to see, as well, how everything seemed to fall into place with the rest of the companionships after I was put as a trainer.

So at the last hour, essentially, it was determined that I would be training--for the fourth time--a new missionary in the Airport Heights ward. And that is how I'll finish my mission. I can't imagine a better situation.

As for my companion, we have an idea of who it will be, but we like to wait until we meet them face-to-face to make the final decision. We will be picking the new missionaries up from the airport at 11:30 AM and will be with them the rest of the day.

As for my golf clubs, yes, I would like to send them home. I found out that I can send them home through Fed-Ex for around $120. They actually have a box specifically for golf clubs. These are very nice clubs. They would probably be $600-$800 dollars buying them new.

I look forward to see some of the things that Brittany and Chandler have come up with. I know someone else who is as well.

I love you very much. We've a busy day.

Oh, and I should mention, because I will be training, I will not have as much time to e-mail for the remainder of my mission. I will try to still write good e-mails, but do not be shocked if they are concise and brief. We just don't have enough time allotted to us to write a good e-mail.


Elder Johnson

Monday, June 4, 2012

Elder Johnson's May 28, 2012, E-mail

Grizzly - Don't try this at home ...

Johnson, Lawson and Flynn
(scammed from Elder Lawson's blog!)

Hi Mom,

Thought you might like to see the pictures that Sister Beesley attached to her weekly e-mail this week. LOOK AT THAT GRIZZLY! They were only 20 feet away.
Elder Johnson

Monday, May 21, 2012

Elder Johnson's May 21, 2012 E-Mail

Hi Mom,

Thank you for the e-mail update. You know, you've been so diligent all these weeks--for the last year and a half. I don't know if you've ever missed a week of writing me. That's pretty good. Do you think you can last for the next four-and-a-half months?

Shouldn't Lauren and Brittany always be snotty teenage girls who stay up all night and where pajamas all day? What's with this growing-up stuff? That ain't right.

Tell Brittany that I'd like to see her talk. Ask her to send it to me, please.

Tell Dad it's an endurance race and not to push it too hard.

Last week, some Elders were driving from Girdwood back to Anchorage after church on Sunday--only about 25 miles from where I am. They stopped on the highway with about 15 other people to check out the giant 8- to 9-foot grizzly bear that was hanging out just off of the road.  According to these missionaries, they were able to get within 30 feet of the bear--and they have a picture to prove it. I'll have to send it when I get a chance. 

The bear was remarkably comfortable with everyone around him. However, when a photographer got a little too close, the bear stood up and was beating his paws together, so everyone backed away. The missionaries were able to get a picture of this, while the bear's paws were clasped together. It's funny because it looks like he's in the posture of prayer. It's a really cute picture. Apparently, after this whole event, a newspaper article was published, discussing how stupid the people were who stopped and took pictures. The reporter recommended that no one do this.

Of course, we know why everyone was protected--the missionaries were around.

I love you. Thank you for your love and support. Oh, we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Duncan of the Seventy and Elder Call, an area seventy this past week in stake conference. I had the opportunity to meet them and mix it up a little bit.


Elder Johnson

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Elder Flynn's Mom and Dad - Kim and Andy

Proof that E.Johnson's and E.Flynn's parents got together in Arizona!

Seriously, how often does the family of one current companion get together with the family of the other current companion?  That has got to be a rare occurrence, right?  So, on April 17th, Kim and Andy Flynn, from Missouri, visited the Johnsons in Arizona!  We got together at our house, went out to dinner (Mexican - Andy Flynn's favorite), hung out, shared stories and pictures for the rest of the night and became good friends!  A Momentous Occasion!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Elder Johnson's April 9, 2012 E-Mail

Hi Mom,

Did you get your box today?  (p.s.  I will try to make your birthday box better - not so much candy, etc. ...)

 I don't know yet. The mail hasn't come in. I'm sure if I didn't, it will be here soon.

Where did you eat for Easter Sunday?

At the Doyle's house. It was our first dinner with ward members for a week. We have two missionaries in the area, and we make sure they get most of the dinners. But the Doyle's invited both of us, which was a pleasant surprise Sunday morning at church. 

Did you eat anything traditional that Alaskan’s like to have at Easter?

 No, they don't do anything special beyond what most of us do for Easter.

I heard you guys had another four inches of snow and that a roof in a church auditorium caved in.  Was that one of our ward building cultural halls? 

Yes, we've experienced the most snowfall in Anchorage that has ever been recorded. There's a lot of snow.

Yes, interesting that you heard about the church auditorium caving in. To answer your question, no, it was not one of our meeting houses. 

However, interesting story about that: Sister Tupua, a Sister in our ward was picking up her car from the shop. The guy who owns the shop, who was handing back her keys and running the bill, who also is an assistant pastor at this church, got a call 30 minutes after the roof collapsed and was told about the event. He hung up the phone and told Sister Tupua about the unfortunate occurrence. 

Sister Tupua walked back to her car and, feeling unsettled about the event, called me to see if there was anything that we could arrange as missionaries to assist.  I called our Bishop and made sure I was following protocol, and then after receiving the go-ahead, I called the guy who was an assistant to the pastor 45 minutes after the building collapsed and offered up services from the 26 missionaries in our zone and from other members in our ward to help clean up wreckage.

He thanked us and said that we couldn't do anything on the property yet because they were waiting for the insurance company to inspect the damage. But when they needed help, they'd call us.

Since that time they haven't called us, but how's that for first-response?  

How has it been driving around in the snow and (I suppose) Ice?

 Roads aren't too bad. Most of us missionaries cruise around in 2011 Colorados with 4 wheel drive. However, mission-wide, we had 15 accidents last month. Some very bad accidents. Thankfully, no missionaries have been hurt at all.

How are you and E. Flynn getting along?  Is it easy to live with him?

 Yes, he's a great missionary and friend.

Tell me one thing that was awesome, fun, funny or cool that happened this week.

We had another wedding/baptism! I've worked with this couple since I first got into the area. The girlfriend was immediately excited for baptism, but she knew she either had to move out of her boyfriend's house or get married. They decided to get married. The husband, who has quite an amazing background, is still working on some things, but he's excited to get baptized soon.


Elder Johnson

Monday, April 2, 2012

Elder Johnson's April 2, 2012 E-mail

E. Flynn, E. Johnson and E. Tonga
Yes, I think Elder Lawson's hope was that you write him. You should send him a bunch of funny pictures of the family. He'd enjoy that. Have Brittany and Chandler do something funny over picture or something too. He's a cool guy. He complained that you hadn't written him back when we were in Soldotna this week. He's the zone leader there in Soldotna, and he and Elder Adams (both former members of The District) gave a great training for their zone conference.
Your questions:
1. Where you able to get a break from travelling this week or was it another rush rush week?
It was another rush week. We started with Chugach on Tuesday, Soldotna on Wednesday and Wasilla on Friday. It was good to be back in Wasilla for really the first time since I left. I had an opportunity to see Roger and Lisa Lehrman-Bon. Lisa, whose conversion I was blessed to be a part of, is going through the Temple for the first time this Friday. I will be attending that Temple session. I imagine it will be one of the great moments of my mission.

2. Any way you can put your camera in your pocket today and take a few pictures around the office or of your apartment or something? Not to nag or anything, just a gentle reminder.
Yes, Elder Flynn and I decided we'd make a greater effort to take pictures. Sister Beesley is really good at taking pictures and has taken a lot from all the zone conferences. I'll have to download some. But here's one she sent to the entire mission in her e-mail this morning.

3. Last week you had two baptisms and a wedding! Awesome! What’s going on this week with your investigators?
And guess what? We're going to have another wedding and baptism this week. NAME and NAME. Elder Witt and I found NAME and NAME right when we arrived in Inlet View. They've been investigating since. NAME's ready to be baptized; NAME needs a little more time but is excited for his wedding . [Please subsitute the exact names with NAME if you're going to put it on my blog. We've had problems with investigators finding out what missionaries are writing about them to their parents. A couple of times it's been bad.]

4. Anything funny, exciting or scary happen this week? Do tell.
Elder Flynn and I had a miracle occur. It was a similiar miracle that Dad had on his mission. And immediately when it occurred I recalled Dad's similiar experience.
Elder Flynn and I were driving back from Wasilla after our zone conference and spending some time with people that we know in the area. I was driving. About halfway through the trip, our gas-light came on.
We weren't concerned because Wasilla's only about 50 miles away from Anchorage. I figured that we would wait to fill up until we reached the gas station that was closest to our apartment; it most convenient and time-saving.
We didn't think about it again.
As we were approaching the right-hand turn to get into the gas station, the car died--completely shut off and started to roll powerless. I tried pressing the gas and received no power, so I didn't press on the brake; we wheeled around the turn quite rapidly, but after the turn, much of our speed was taken away. We were about 30 yards from the pump.
Luckily, our tank is on the left-side, and there was a pump open on the left-side--a near straight-shot from where we were at. We started yelling and screaming, encouraging the car to keep pushing, keep moving. Go! Go! Go! It started to slow at an incline in the gas lot. It was eeking forward. I just had my hands on the wheel; I didn't even want my feet close to the brake.
We rolled and rolled, and without pressing the brake the car rolled to a complete stop. I put the parking brake on and got out of the car. We were parked perfectly to get our gas. It was almost comical. The gas hose had a perfect amount of slack to be off the ground yet not too far from the car to make a difficult reach to our tank. It was absolutely a perfect park job, and I didn't even hit the brake to park.
We saw it as Divine support. Apparently, the Jeep we were driving didn't have as much reserve gas space as other cars do--we only went about 25 miles after the gas-light came on. We were simply obedient missionaries on the Lord's errand, trying to be efficient with the His time. Heavenly Father watches over us, and he used this opportunity to show us that he's there.
Elder Johnson     

Monday, March 26, 2012

Elder Johnson's March 26, e-mail and Shoe Shine Boy Video

This was at a Zone Conference were all the missionaries
were given a shoe shine kit and they each shined their
companion's shoes.  Awwww.

Hi Mom,

Thank you for the e-mail update. When you get a chance can you send me a picture of Lauren and this new guy? He's a return missionary--is that correct?

JA's looking beastly. He looks like Jason Stathan.

Oh, we had two baptisms this weekend. And a wedding before. It was a great time. The Root family. Elder Wallace and I started teaching them and did so for a month. And then Elder Duvall and Elder Wallace took over for the past two weeks.

How was the trip to Juneau?

It was good. We did our training and then messed around for a couple of days. Saw the Medenhall Glacier--a particularly special one for some reason. Forgot my camera for the entire trip, but we'll see if I can bum some pictures off someone else. Elder Flynn didn't bring his camera either. 

Tell me who Sister Schindler is who took the video?

She is a senior couple missionary. She and Elder Schindler are the CES Missionaries in Juneau. That's like her thing to send videos each time we have a zone conference in Juneau. The only problem about the last two times I was there was I couldn't remember your e-mail. This time I had the capacity to log-on online and get it.

Did you eat the big burrito?  (I hope not).  Or the big burger (I hope not)

No way. Elder Flynn made the attempt. Key word--attempt. He failed miserably.

Is the ice breaking up yet?

It appears that's the case. In Juneau there was none. It was like spring. But up here in Anchorage there's still a lot of snow to melt--a lot. It's record-breaking snowfall. But it has been melting the past couple of days, but everyone says it will probably snow some more still. We'll see. 

Tell me something funny or something you enjoyed doing this week.  Also, please actually write it yourself.  Haha!

Something funny. Hmm. The Juneau zone leaders were really pumped about an activity that they had planned during their training. It involved going into the thick forest behind the church--thick like a fairy forest thick--moss, green, brush, stumps of fallen trees swallowed by undergrowth--and going through this Lehi's-dream-like progression until you advance to the end. They used me and Elder Flynn for the first part; Sister Beesley acted as the large and spacious building, and President Beesley was like Lehi at the end. 

Well, it was all good and well initially for the Beesley's. They may have found the forest walk a little difficult early-on--mainly due to the fact that we were all still in suits and dress shoes. But Sister Beesley's a big outdoors person, so she was cool; President Beesley didn't mind too much. We did our thing. And then the end came, and it was time to head back to the church.

The only problem was the fastest was back was down a steep hill with rocks and slick ice that had yet to thaw. I made it down with great difficulty as did the other Elders. But when President Beesley made the attempt, he slipped, landed on his rear and slid all the way down. Sister Beesley, when it occurred, said: Just keep slidding, Jon! Then she made the attempt. Hers was much more graceful. She hung-on to the trunk of a tree, took a step down to a slick rock (she was wearing semi-high-heel boots), did a little twirl once her balance shifted and began to fall; President Beesley, having just risen from his fall, caught her with his left arm and shoulder and then carried her to flat ground. Then we brushed off the dirt and twigs from President Beesley's nice trench coat and went back to eat lunch.

Story Two:

Word on the street was that if you drank 2 liters of water with 3 tablespoons of salt mixed it would act as a natural colon cleanser. Elder Flynn and I tried it. I got 3/4s the way finished before regurgitating all I drank.


Elder Johnson     

Elder Johnson's March 19, 2012 e-mail

E-mail update:  What Elder Johnson left out in his previous e-mail is that he was called as the newest Assistant to the President and serves in this capacity with E. Flynn.  What a great honor and priviledge.  He will be working closely with President Beesley and will be a large part of the leadership in Alaska for the next few months.  :)

Hi Mom,
Thanks for the e-mail. 
This week was pretty fun. You can get a more detailed description of the goings-on with Elder Flynn's e-mail to his family--but--here's what happened in brief.
Sunday: We were up till like 2 AM with President and Sister Beesley planning for the next week.
Monday: At the mission home early--prepped for the missionaries arriving from the MTC--they arrived in the early afternoon--we had a little orientation deal we took them through--we stayed with them all till about 1030 that night. 
Tuesday: Came and had studies with the new missionaries at the mission home--then we got them ready to go to our transfer meeting--had our transfer meeting--then took the departing missionaries (the ones going home, including Elder Witt) to the Temple--went through a session with them--took them back to the mission home (I got to drive a big huge van, seats like 10 or 12)--had dinner with them--had testimony meeting with them at the mission home--took them to the airport--waited with them for 2 hours until it was time for them to go through security--watched them until we couldn't see them anymore (President Beesley and Sister Beesley like to do that)--went home and slept around 2 AM.
Wednesday: Acted as our P-Day--we ran a few errands--then we got on a plane and headed to Fairbanks--arrived in Fairbanks and planned for zone conference.
Thursday: Had a leadership training meeting--I did some training--then went on exchanges with a new missionary and his companion--arrived home later on and prepared for zone conference--Elder Flynn and I stayed up till about 3 AM making preparations for our part.
Friday: Had zone conference--got to see elder tonga--did training--yada yada yada.
Saturday: Went on another exchange with missionaries--flew out of Fairbanks in the evening.
Sunday: Went to church--worked in our area for a few hours--then had two zone conference planning meetings
 Elder Johnson

Monday, March 12, 2012

Elder Johnson's March 12, 2012 E-Mail

Any changes in location this transfer?
Yes, I'm serving in Inlet View with Elder Flynn. 
Is it starting to get warmer or will you have another snow storm?
No, it's pretty cold here today. Bout 9 degrees. Yes we will have another snow storm. So much snow here. 
What did you do for p-day today?                            
Today? We're going to pick up the new missionaries coming in at the airport. Take them through the new missionary introduction to the mission routine.  

Who is your actual companion?
Elder Witt was my former actual companion. But because Elder Duval and Elder Wallace were in our area as well, I also served with them a lot. (They got sent midway through the transfer because we were very busy, and they didn't have companions.) But since Saturday, Elder Flynn is my new companion and will be for at least the next 3 to 4 and a half months.  ...He might be leaving out an important detail about this companionship, be we will wait until we get official word on what his new calling might be (what a sneaker)...
There was a solar storm this week.  Did you see any Northern Lights?
Yes, saw them twice. They were very prominent in the city. It was pretty neat. 

Did you TRY to take a picture of anything this week?  Well try!!!!!  Take pictures of the office, your room, your companion -   Anything!  You will go this whole transfer and not take any pictures and think, “I don’t have any pictures of that great time I had in Anchorage.”  And you will be sad. 
No, but I will. 
Elder Johnson
Note from Mom:  Hmmm.  Elder Johnson seems to be holding back some important details in this e-mail, but I know how he truly feels about his new companion.  Lets hear what his new companion has to say about him ...
This is from Elder Flynn's letter to his mom (which she forwards to me every week) ...
Hello my friends,
I will begin by allowing you all the opportunity to know that my dreams have come true. It is transfer week this week and we finished putting transfers together during the week. I have a new companion, and nothing against Elder Yang; who i love dearly, but my new companion will be the one and only Elder Bradley Allen Johnson! For those of you who may not understand this excitement, if you take Bryce and try to clone him, this is your boy. We have been around each other our whole missions and now we are rollin together. Elder Yang will be training a new missionary in the Hmong branch, so he will be close by. I am very excited about serving with Elder Johnson, we have big plans.
Now thats how you write a letter to your mother ... good job, E. Flynn!

Elder Johnson's March 6 E-mail

1.         How are you?

2.         Is your excel project done?

3.         Elder Lawson said you and Elder Flynn presented something to the other missionaries?  Was that your project?
                      - It is a book for District Leaders and Zone Leaders. Generally when someone is called to such positions, they are left with no info or organization. But, with our new books put together they have it all in front of them to allow them to work with all the diligence and love that should be a part of that call.  

4.         We may be misunderstanding what is going on with your eating out, please explain if we are misunderstanding.  (Actually, you are still cheaper in Alaska than you would be at home, but Dad says he wants you to more closely follow the mission rules.) 
                        - We have to eat out because we are super busy. We have 2  companionships in our area so we are running both of those and trying to keep it all going. If you haven't for some reason realized yet, this is mostly Elder Flynn typing with answers from Elder Johnson. :) And as a side note...Elder Johnson is a remarkably obedient and hard working missionary that is really trying to run a lot of stuff in a very busy area. He blows me away with how good of a missionary he is. In fact he blows everyone away. He is awesome! p.s. much love!

5.         Are you eating out for lunch because you are working too hard to go back to your apartment?
                     - refer to #4

6.         Your life must be a whirl wind right now (assuming since you didn’t write me last week), why are you so busy in this area?
                   - Because i am a boss

7.         How many investigators came to church on Sunday?
                     - 4

8.         Have you done anything creative in your zone like you did in your district?
                     - We had a bit of a friendly competition to get us all to our goal of 200 lessons this week as a zone. We set up everyone's goals and through the week the district leaders called and pushed everyone through...turns out we got 236/200 lessons!

9.       Why do you get to be in the office and see Elder Flynn so much?
                     - Nothing but God himself could separate a love like this.

10.       Why do you get to see the president so much?

                     - He has me do a lot of projects to get things going smoothly. He likes to use everyone's talents.

11.       What vehicle are you driving now?

                     - a muddy-white chevy colorado

12.       Are you using your exercise book?  How is that going?

                     - Yes...i am yoked

13.       Are you getting any pictures?

                     - No not currently...well elder yang just took one, does that count?

14.       Lauren got aletter from Elder Wallace.  Is he your current companion?

                     -  He is a part of the 2 companionships we have here in Inlet View, so we are together a lot.


Elder Johnson

Monday, February 13, 2012

Elder Johnson's February 13, 2012 e-mail

Hi Mom,
Thank you for your e-mails. I read every word. It's good to get the update on everyone and everything. Please keep writing me, notwithstanding my weak e-mails lately. They will get better, but right now, I do not have time.
My preparation days are spent revamping the reporting system in the Mission Office. Right now we have to go to see President Beesley. We're going to talk about bringing an additional companionship into our ward because we've made it so busy. We taught 50 lessons last week. In one ward, mind you.
I didn't even send President Beesley a Weekly. We do not have time.
Please keep sending e-mails. I'm glad to hear everyone's safe. I'm confident everyone will remain safe.
Elder Johnson

Monday, January 30, 2012

Elder Johnson's January 30, 2012 E-mail

Lights in Whitehorse, Canada

More Whitehorse lights -- pretty ...
Dear Mom:
Thank you for the e-mail. Let's get going on those questions, and I'll think of other things as well.
1.         Specifically, what are the cross roads of where you live in Anchorage?
We live on Denali and 15th Ave. There is a Masonic Center just east of us, one block down. 

2.         Did you see the northern lights this past week?  There was a huge solar storm, so there should have been some lights.  Newspaper had pictures.
No, but I saw them in Whitehorse, and they're pretty cool. I've got pictures. Didn't I send you some? Here's a few.

3.         Do you enjoy reading my letters?
Yes, I do.

  What did you eat today? 
I have yet to eat. I have spent a lot of money lately, but it's been all for the mission effort. Tell Dad I'm really sorry.

5.        What did you do for p-day today? 
I haven't done anything for p-day yet. It's just starting. But what I will do for p-day will be work on an Excel project that I've been doing for the past month each p-day. I come in on p-day, into the mission office and (don't know what happened to the rest of that sentence.)

7.         What do you and your companion talk about?
I don't know. We've had a member in the ward named Kali Lomu with us the entire week. Kali is a 20 year-old guy preparing to go on his mission, and we worked it out with President Beesley to have him serve a mini-mission for a week. So he stayed at our place with us. It was pretty cool.
We don't really talk about anything except the Work. 
Elder Flynn was called as Assistant to the Mission President. He and I will be in very close proximity now. We are in the same district. And we'll occasionally go on exchanges and things like that. 
I don't know if I had a chance to mention, but we were blessed with the opportunity to participate in two baptisms the past two weeks. Marquita Carroll and Jason Lee Welle. Both adult parents, part-member families. It was a great experience. We have more great experiences coming up.
Elder Johnson 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No E-mail this week!

I guess no e-mail this week because of the holiday, so here is a picture of Elder Johnson's family instead!

Brittany, Mom, Dad and Lauren

Ok, Dad got the e-mail instead.  Here it is!

Hi Dad,

Tell Mom I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to e-mail her today. Tell her
to be on the lookout tomorrow for one. It was MLK Day, which means the
library isn't open.

I've been pounding away on Excel all day. I'm doing a system revamp for the
way the Mission Office reports baptismal stewardship and other things. My
Excel skills haven't digressed in the slightest--they've probably gotten
better. I've worked on Excel a lot so far on my mission. All with
permission of course.

They are just like the originals. The black pin-stripe is slightly
different, but that's okay. They are also both two buttons. I'm looking way
fresh right now: brand new white shirts and suits. I'm looking good, feeling
good. Thanks a lot.


Elder Johnson

P.S. Tell Mom that her e-mail comes tomorrow

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hi Mom and Dad,
Thank you for my suits! I got them in the mail. They fit perfectly and look great. It feels so good to walk around in slacks without holes in them. I want to take care of them. I'm considering just wearing different slacks and suits each day, separate the wear a little bit. Dad: How often should I get these things dry cleaned, as they are dry-clean only? Two months? 3 Months? Things are much cheaper in Anchorage.
The reason I don't have much time is because in Anchorage the only public computers are in the library, and they only allow you to be on for one hour. 
Yes, Elder Witt wrote the article. And I will ask him about it.  (google Deseret News article "One Missionary's Open Letter to the People of Alaska")
The "aw" portion in Elder Lawson's name is short for awesome. He's awesome and a wonderful missionary. I look forward to serving around/with him in the future.
As for your questions:
Did you have fun going out with E. Flynn.

Yes, we have a natural ability to teach in unity. We got to hang out from 5 PM to 9:30 PM. It was fun, and I imagine we'll get to do that each time we have Zone Leader Council.

What did you do exactly?

We went out and worked in my area. We taught two lessons to less-active members.

Did you get to go to Wasilla with him?

No. He was doing that the next day. Elder Witt and I simply had a normal day working in our area.

Who did you see in Wasilla?

No one. But the Harman's e-mailed me last week.

Did E. Flynn talk about Brittany?

Yes, he did. And we basically planned out all of our activities for the month of October. It entailed coming to AZ around when I return. Saying hi to me and then hanging out with Brittany for the rest of the time.

Okay, I'm running out of time now. A lot of great things occured this week. I'd be undermining their significance if I tried to rush through and tell you here and now.

But just know this: The sun comes up now around 8:30 AM; things are looking bright. The weather's cold, not too cold. There's a lot of snow. I'm in the company of good people. And I have ample amount of support in the Work.

Thank you for everything. For the suits, the shirts, the future book--and everything else. I'll keep plugging away and tell you all the stories when I get back.


Elder Johnson

Thursday, January 5, 2012

No E-mail this week!

Didn't get anything from Elder Johnson this week, but check out what Elder Lawson wrote on his blog!
Note to Elder Johnsons mom! (please post on blog) I am indeed greatful for your support and faithful subscription to my blog. I would also like to inform you, in case elder Johnson didn't, that your wonderful son is currently a zone leader, along with your potential son in law, elder Flynn. These are two of my best acquaintences that I have been blessed to meet on my mission and I am requesting to be an adopted son some day. I know there is quite the waiting list and that the credentials are pretty strict but I am hoping that someday... you might lower the standard to my level of just ordinary missionary! Once again, I am thankful for your continued support and reading of my blog... I think you might be the only one that does read it! Co that makes me feel good!
Adoption approved!