Nothing is ever again to be as it was before.

I don’t know what else to say, beside, this has been the greatest experience of my life.

I love being a missionary.

 

Love, Elder Johnston

p.s. J. and T. were both baptized this week.

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This feels like home

Well if I didn’t know it before, all the trunky emails reminded me that I have one week left.   This week is going to be absolutely crazy. Time is moving fast. I am sprinting to the finish line. Time is just moving so fast. This last week is nuts.

So Monday p-day then today we are so packed busy every moment.  Wednesday morning the AP’s are picking me up to take me to Farmington to help with transfer news until Friday night I will be back in Bayfield for J.’s baptism, then Saturday is T.’s baptism, then Sunday is two confirmations and all 3 of us got asked to speak and then I will be going home.   I don’t say that to be trunky. My mind has realized I am going home but not my heart.

J. is doing amazing!! He is so close the Spirit and follows everything that God asks him to do. Even if it is really private he is always so open to us and so committed. I love him. His baptism is going to be amazing!!

T. is in Utah celebrating her Birthday so hopefully she is having fun.

I. is doing great. He had his interview for the priesthood and is really excited. So solid.

We met a lot of crazy people. The past few weeks we have met no one but elect people so this week Heavenly Father sent us to all the crazy ones.  One guy kept trying to prove the church wrong with the Bible but he had no idea where the reference were and we would show them to him. It was funny.

Another guy wouldn’t let us talk with him unless we loosened our ties, because we “work to hard”. Elder Waite would not, the same guy who was Bible bashing refused to call us Elder and called us by our first names. As we drove away Elder Waite said “it kinda makes me uncomfortable because I am not representing myself right now I am representing Jesus Christ.” The way I felt as he said that I imagine what is is like to be proud of a child.

Having the time of my life as always.   We helped W. with his vapor shield again and took pictures.
Life is just grand. I love this place.

Yesterday I boar my testimony and told all the members I was leaving in 10 days and after they all told me to move back. Tempting.

I love being a missionary

Love Elder Johnston

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“Brother Chee!”

Email from August 28, 2017

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad week here in Bayfield. Lots of amazing things happened this week so I will focus on the highlights.

S. WAS BAPTIZED!!!! That was great. She is such an amazing lady and is really looking forward to her confirmation on the 3rd. It has been a lot of fun teaching her.

T. had her interview for baptism and pasted it super easy!! She is getting really excited. When we go to teach her she pretends to be uninterested but deep down she is super excited and every once and a while she shows it!

J. had his interview with President Adams yesterday. Such an amazing kid!! I am excited for his baptism. He loved Stake Conference this weekend.

We got a new investigator L. who set up the appointment we had with her in her member friends home and just told us to show up and then just begged to baptized basically. I never would have guessed it from her but I am excited.

We also got a new investigator named W. K., he has diabetes and leukemia and so we go and help him in his house a lot. We put in a new vapor shield under his house and then we taught him in our service clothes. It was really weird teaching some one in a t-shirt and jeans, but the Spirit was still strong. W. definitely had the gift of discerning of Spirits he just looked at each one of us and totally nailed who we were. I am the leader, Elder Kaluhikaua is the lover and Elder Waite is the soldier.

I had exchanges with my District leader and I was in Mancos for two days and by the end of it I was ready to come back to my home in Bayfield.

I love being a missionary it is so much fun!! At stake conference yesterday all the full time missionaries were asked to stand up and I was so proud to be able to stand up!!

This really is the best. Even thought the members all like to remind me how I have no time, and apparently they think I have an unlocked heart and are trying to set me up on all these dates with their kids who are going to school in Utah, yeah NOT happening. Lol.
Time is just going way to fast.

Love, Elder Johnston

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Last night we watched Joseph Smith: the Prophet of the Restoration and I wanted to get some ice-cream as a snack but we didn’t have an ice cream scoop so I used tongs. Didn’t work to well. Gotta love mission life.

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My Best Friend

Email from August 21, 2017

I am having the time of my life here in Bayfield!

This trio is the greatest blessing!! We work so well together and we get along well and teach well. Just perfection!!

J. is doing really well!! He has such amazing faith and strong desires!! He started the Book of Alma over again because he liked it so much! He also is thinking about going a on a mission. He even came to mission prep yesterday. He also is sharing the gospel with all his friends. We taught him this week about callings and home teachers and all the amazing involvement of the church and at the end he said “I think this was my favorite lessons. My fear was that after I was baptized I would be forgotten and just become another member in the congregation. But it is great to know that I will have a part and that I will be important.” He is so excited to be baptized!

S. is doing great!! She has her interview tomorrow. This past week we were going over the baptismal interview questions and it was so amazing to see her strong testimony and willingness to follow God. She already has a strong understanding and testimony of the Sacrament. Just super exciting!!

T. the daughter of the active member family is going to be baptized! She finally prayed about the book of Mormon and got her answer. When we taught them again we asked if she wanted to be baptized and she just said yes. It was so easy! Her date is September 9th. That is going to be a crazy last weekend!! What a blessing.

The work is going amazing here in Bayfield! We found this new part member family this week the P. and they are going to take some work but the 15 year old son Z. has a lot of real intent. I’m excited.

I love being a missionary. The experiences don’t stop! The Lord is so good to us!! Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us and he keeps it!

Love, Elder Johnston

 

Called to know the richness of His blessings

Email from August 14, 2017

This week has been incredible!!!  So many things to talk about!!!

We have been so busy this week.
So N. S., the guy that gave us $100 then set a dinner appointment. Well we had dinner and got to share a message afterwords and they are such a great family!!! So ready for the gospel. We got out of their house and I was running and jumping and just going nuts!!

That same day earlier we met this lady J. She trapped us in her house for 2 hours!! When we first started talking to her she was high and super friendly and then it wore off and she got kinda mean. She had a lot of hard to answer questions. Not doctrinally but could easily offend people. A lot about gays and other choices. She kept targeting Elder Waite and wouldn’t let Elder Kaluhikaua or myself talk. But Elder Waite stood by the truth and his testimony and was bold. It was a fun experience.

J. is doing amazing!! We saw him last night and we felt like we needed to invite him to pray about going on a mission. Well he already has been!! He has a strong desire to serve a mission!! He has been praying about it a lot!! Such an elect individual. I almost started crying in the lesson, (luckily I had ran out of tears in the truck on the way to his house). Yesterday was one month exactly from the day I get on a plane and it was just powerful to bear my testimony to him and talk about my love for missionary work.

We were driving from J.’s house and right as we got onto the main highway we got this text from T.’s dad. T. is an investigator we have had for a while who just wouldn’t commit to being baptized. Her and her two siblings were adopted by an active member family. Her siblings were baptized but she wasn’t. Anyway to abbreviate the text she finally prayed about the Book of Mormon and got her answer!!! So exciting!!

We also got to teach S. She is doing great. Last Sunday the lesson in Sunday school was on the Word of Wisdom and we asked her what she thought about it “I think its exciting. It just amazing that even that is part of the Gospel. I saw Sister C. (member from the ward) at the gym and said, ‘This is what we do!’ I love it”   My jaw just about hit the floor. She is so ready for the gospel. She even takes notes when were are teaching her! She is so ready. The promise from PMG (“As we begin to feel that what we are learning is true, we will desire to know all that we can about the Restoration.”) is being fulfilled quite literally.

I am thankful for the Blessing of the Lord in this area!!
I am having the time of my life.

Lots of beautiful scenery.
Full moons
and Sunsets

Love, Elder Johnston

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Welcome to the mission Elder Kaluhikaua

Email from August 7, 2017

This week has been exciting!!!
Monday we played scatter ball with a bunch of the priests from Bayfield. It was a blast.  Tuesday we woke early and went to the mission home. I was able to see Elder Geilman (and a bunch of other missionaries) right before they went home. That was hard.  Then we went to the training meeting. That was so exciting. So many trainers and trainees it took forever!! We were one of the last ones go get assigned. WE got Elder Kaluhikaua!! He is form Farmington Utah and rest his family is from Hawaii

This has been quite the first week.
We had a lot of busy things that kept us form proselyting his first day. Wednesday I did my plan. This whole going home thing is getting very real. We did some community service at the senior center (it is important for later). That night we taught S. She lives in our area but a friend in our Zone leaders area introduced her to the church so they were teaching her for a while. She is on a baptismal date of August 26th. So we finally got to teach her, and it was in the relief Society president’s home. It went well. Very spiritual.

Well Thursday morning we woke up and both Elder Waite and Elder Kaluhikaua had been puking all night (they got food poisoning). So that was interesting. We then left to Durango for district meeting and we were driving and out of nowhere Elder Waite just puked all over us and the car. So we didn’t go to district meeting! We ended up staying home all day while they continued to puke their guts out. Making some memories!!

I. is doing well. The YM president is doing great getting him to advance in the priesthood.  J. is also doing amazing. His mom (Pentecostal paster) won’t let him get baptized. So his new date is September 8th (his 18th birthday) and also my last weekend as a missionary!! It will be amazing!!

We met some other amazing people this week. A part member family we had no idea about just randomly texted us asking us to come finish the lesson with them so they can get baptized!

A member took us to his neighbors to give them a Book of Mormon and we have an appointment with them.

N., that guy that gave me $100 in Durango a few weeks ago. WE FOUDN HIM!! And he gave us a pound of bacon and we have a return appointment with him.

The work is just going amazing!! I wish time would slow down!!!

We also had an MTC camp on Saturday. So we drove us to Vallecito lake and taught the youth and role-played with them. It was a lot of fun!! It rained on us a ton. I got soaking wet!!

I love being a missionary!
Love Elder Johnston

Also I finally got a bed so I don’t have to sleep on the floor.

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Always look at the picture!

Email from August 1, 2017

We will start with the big news first!!

TRANSFERS:
Elder Waite and I are both staying here in Bayfield but we are getting another greenie. So we will be in a trio!! What a way to finish!!! Super excited.

I. WAS BAPTIZED THIS WEEK!!!! It was an amazing baptism. Tons of members came to support him and also a lot of his nonmember friends and family came and the Spirit was super strong!   God just worked it out all perfectly. The priest who was going to give the talk on baptism (also the one baptizing him) texted us Friday saying, “could one of you give the talk, it just isn’t coming to me”. So Elder Waite prepared a talk and it was just the perfect talk for I. and his family!!   Then the baptism was super spritual. I wish I could explain it!!

Brother A. (the YM’s leader) gave an incredible talk about the Holy Ghost. Then on Sunday he confirmed him.  It was just a super exciting day!! His mom agreed to listen to the lessons as we come back to reteach them to I.

The rest of the week is just a conjumbled mess. I was in Mancos for 3 days on exchanges, because that is the only way it worked out for miles. But it was a great opportunity for Elder Waite, he took over the area just perfectly.

We found a new investigator this week, B. She said that she believes God directed her here, “whether it is for me to meet you or for you to meet me, I don’t know” is what she said!! So I am excited!! Another amazing week in the work of the Lord.

We have been having crazy lightning storms and it has been muddy!!

Our apartment is too small to fit 3 beds in the bed room so last night we had to move the coaches int the bedroom and now we will be sleeping in the living room. It was an adventure.  This is so much fun!!!

Love, Elder Johnston

Our Ward Mission Leader took the picture at the baptism and he only took one and I didn’t look at it. So I look super mad. But I was actually super excited.

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