Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 29

Howdy All!!

This is Elder Johnson way down south in Londrina Brazil!!! So far down south that I can´t see the big dipper! And without the big dipper I can´t find the North Star!!!

 I had an awesome video chat session with the family Sunday night!! It was so good to see the whole family! All my little siblings are growing up! 

This last week I received a new comp!!!! His name is Elder Emanual, he was my first zone leader when I arrived into the mission! He is known as the best missionary in the mission. It is good to be with a missionary that does things right. He keeps the rules, and works very hard. I 100% feel like a true missionary.

We had a good week this week that consisted in lots of learning, contacting and teaching!
Love you all and Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! 

Week 28

I tell you, in the US it is soooooo hard to see this here Owl. But here in Brazil, it is so easy to see. For example, in Brazil you see these owls like you see lizards in Arizona.

 Had another Bap this fine week. We have had 1 bap every week for the past 5 weeks!!!! Today is transfers and I am receiving a new comp!!! My new comp is one of my best friends and a brother Elder Emanual from just north of the D.C temple in Marland!

 I feel awesome right now. It has been a horrible week health wise but last night I was able to sleep!! For the first time in weeks I was able to sleep the whole night!!! Thank you all for all your fasting and prayers! I would like to testify to you all about the power of fasting. Yesterday I could slowly feel my pain leaving, and feel the new energy and strength of God coming into my body.  Today I am full of energy and only have a little pain in my feet. I feel relaxed and ready to start this new week running.

Love you all!! Remember, By the strength of God we can do all things!!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 27

This has been a long painful week. And let me tell you, when I say long and painful I mean looooonnnnngggg and painful! Let me tell you all a little something. Since I have come to the mission I have gotten sick many times and usually I am not feeling very good. In the 6 1/2 months I have been in Brazil I have had 5 hospital visits!!!!!! I think that is more times then my siblings have gone to the hospital in the past 10 years!!!! In the past 7 days I have received a total of about 15hrs of sleep, and once again tomorrow I am going into a clinic to get things checked out (this will be the 3rd time I have been to a clinic this fine month).

 I believe it is a test of my faith. Believe me, it is testing my faith 100%. I have been struggling with sleep for about the past 4 to 4 1/2 weeks, but this past week has been the worst! In the past 6 months, I have almost constantly had a cold or suffered from a fever or have had to stay close to a toilet or be at least a 5 min walk from one, along with many other things. 

I don´t have much time today. My wonderful comp gave me about 30 min to do all my emailing.

 But I would like to Testify to you all today mostly about one thing found in the Book of Mormon, in the book of Alma chapter 26 verse 12. It pretty much says that "BY THE STRENGTH OF GOD WE CAN DO ALL THINGS!" I don't know how I am able to keep going every day. This week I have had days where I have anywhere from 1 to 0 hrs of sleep. But even after all that and not feeling well, I am able to get up, study, and walk very far with my body full of energy. I am able to talk, I am able to teach, I am able to walk and run, I am able to go go go all day and somehow not die!!! 

When I get home I am so tired and my head hurts so bad and I ache, but somehow (and I know how) I am able to keep going!!!! To all my friends and family, please if you are having a hard day or don´t think you can keep going, get on your knees and pray for strength. If you do this and have faith God will give you the strength to do this thing!

 I found a quote this week that I love.

 PRAYER.... If life gets too hard to stand, KNEEL!

Love you all, I must go!