Monday, July 25, 2011


Hola buenos tardes mi familia! solo quiero decirles que les amo mucho y les extraño! espero que todos esten felices!
ENTONCES......this week, i got sick for a couple days and had to stay in the house...big bummer! no joke, i was so mad that i couldnt go out and work...but i feel a lot better right now and im gonna work three times as hard to make up for the lost time! so to answer the big Q...we havent been able to baptize this transfer so far, sort of a bummer but its not anything to get dissappointed or discouraged about...just keeping working hard and the blessings will come, its a promise from the Lord! but we have had the opportunity to teach a lot of great people and even a couple families that are super awesome! we are truly working super hard to help these people in every way we can and i know they have become closer to their Heavenly Father! Sometimes its sort of a bummer when you are trying to do everything you can to help these people accept the most important message they will ever hear in their entire lives, but they just dont really want to help themsleves! agency....its all part of the plan!! jaja. we truly live in a world that is getting farther and farther away from the teachings and example of the Savior...a world in trouble....and we are the ones that God has trusted to put on this earth at this specific time who have the true gospel and he expects us to truly be an example and live our lives in harmony with what the Savior taught when He was here on the earth! Quite a bit of trust!! I love my Heavenly Father for giving the ability and opportunity to have a testimony that He and His Son LIVE!!
14 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so stoked its unreal!! love you Jess!
its already back to school time??? that was super fast! i bet Court and Dillon are way excited/nervous for MVT! haha. thats still so wierd to me that they are going to have the 9th graders also! but thats wasy cool for them!
aaannnywayyy....the work moves forward! the end of this change is this upcoming Sunday and i believe that i will be getting changed...but were gonna find out on Saturday!! so on Monday, ill give you the update! its wierd to think that i could be in a totally different place this next Monday....haha.
I love it here and i love this work, it truly is the work of the Lord and we are the HOPE OF ISRAEL!!
my family is the coolest EVAA...and i love them so much!!!
lova ya fam!
Elder Johnson
p.s. ill put more photos next  just thinking of the best way to do it because i dont want the same thing to happen that happened the last time....(did that sentece make sense?) i feel like my english is terrible now....haha

Monday, July 18, 2011


My Family,
So I thought I would start by commenting on how much I love the letters that you send...they really do help me and animate me to work harder! L-L-Love you!
Soooooooooooo, thats super funny to hear that my mom (shawna baker) was watching soccer! jaja. I dont know why that made me laugh so much but just the thought of my mom actually sitting down and watching a soccer game is just funny....and new! jaja (by the way...jaja is the haha here...mexico is so original!) ohhh, and ROBERT! thats so sweet that he is home and doing super well! I was super excited to get that picture and see all my PRIMOS (cousins)! jaja. I'm way excited for him....its super weird cuz I remember talking with him about how he was getting home right after I leave and how we werent going to see each other for 4 years...and that feels like yesterday! Tell him I'm not jealous that he´s home though! jaja. I am a little jealous of the lake powell part!
Also, I'm way way stoked for this package that is en route! and yes, I got the email of all the stuffzz that is comin my way! way excited! I'm just excited to be able to talk about all my cool experiences and stuff and then you all can have them to hear about whats the happs here in Mexico! OH, and 21 DAYS!!!!!! WHAATTTT!  I'm soo excited to get pictures of my little SOBRINO! jaja.  I will continue to pray for you Jess and I really hope that all goes well! love you by the way!
Tell Court....well I guess your gonna be reading this Court so I'll just tell you myself...that I really love your letters a ton! I want you to know that I'm super proud of everything that your doing right now! I was so excited to hear that you made varsity cheer, I remember in the MTC...when mom sent me the email that you were probably gonna make varsity I was bragging about you to all the elders about how my 15 year old sister was probably going to make a nationally ranked cheer team! jaja. anyway, I'm way proud of you. and Dillon...stay away from those cheese puffs! jajajaja. nahh, I love you little bro!
I'm super glad to hear that you are reading conference! I really have seen so many blessings from following the counsel, council (honstly can't remember the spelling of that word...jaja) of our MODERN DAY PROPHETS! I took that for granted before my mission...the reality that we actually do have a living prophet on the earth today that literally speaks for God for all the world! I really have been thinking a lot lately about the reality of this and how great of an opportunity it is to be born in a time when we are guided by a prophet of God! I hope that you can take a little bit of time and ponder on the significance of that and really make an effort to follow the councils given!
Anyway......we had a district conference this past sunday (its like a stake conference, just with branches instead of wards) and President Cantu and his counselors came and spoke to us! President Cantu is the man! he speaks with so much power and authority in his voice and in his heart! He spoke about how MIRACLES ARE REAL!  Miracles really still happen in the world and they are not just something we hear about and think is cool...we can actually experience miracles in our own lives every single day...the problem is, we too often cut off our connection that we have with the powers of Heaven through our disobedience and often times, our lack of faith that these miracles can happen through US!  He bore a super powerful testimony of the truthfulness of this church and that we truly are in the ONLY path that leads back to our Heavenly Father! I truly felt the spirit super strong in this meeting and it helped me a lot to grow my faith in the reality and DIVINITY of my calling as a missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ and this very sacred opportunity that I have to represent the Son of God! I'm so excited to be here right now serving and being able to align my will to God´s to literally help people change their lives and come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ!  This truly is the ONLY path that leads to eternal life...and we are on it, and we NEED TO STAY ON IT!!!!!
I am learning so much every single day its unreal! And I'm learning it all in Spanish...even more unreal!! jaja. I'm really glad to hear all is well at home and I hope and pray that it continues to be that way! pray, study, reflect, obey!!
con amor sinceramente,
Elder Johnson
p.s. thank you for the contact! ill send pics next week

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm Elder Johnson and I'm Addicted To The Spirit

I'm Elder Johnson, and I'm addicted to the spirit.....question: if, as Latter day Saints we arent supposed to be addicted to it bad that I'm addicted to the spirit?? (missionary humor...sorry to anyone that just read that).
Aaaannnnywayyy, all is well here in the wonderful and blessed city of Rosario! We are continuing to work SUPER hard and trying everything we can to be a blessing in the lives of every person we meet!
Can I just comment on how much I have learned in these past 4 months or so??......I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH IN THESE PAST 4 MONTHS OR SO!!
I really have, its such a blessing to be on a mission and sacrifice everything that I have and at the same time GAIN more than I ever have! It's hard to explain how much I am grateful for this opportunity I have to be here and to represent the Son of God! OH, before I forget....PLEASE READ CONFERENCE!!!! (but only if you want to have more happiness than you ever have had in your life...if not, dont read...but I would recommend it!). Family, I love this work so much! Just thought you should know that! But first and foremost...I love my Heavenly Father, who has given me everything and asks for simple obedience in return! If we truly have a love for our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ...obedience will simply follow! Love your Heavenly Father and pray to Him...thats the most profound yet beautifully simple thing I can tell you!!
Its really cool...while I'm writing you all these emails and expressing a few of my feelings...those feelings increase and I can truly feel the Spirit super strong as I write you all! There's an eternal principle in that...write down your feelings or simply what happened in the day and you will begin to realize how much the Lord has blessed you and you will be able to see and feel a growing testimony inside you! Geeewizzz I love this work! haha.
sooo...we played soccer for the first time today with some of the local members and their friends and it was waaayyyy fun! Super hot but fun nevertheless! ha. I felt so uncoordinated after not having played soccer...or any sport for that matter in a couple months...and not to mention, looking like a fool compared to the mexican kids who are just unbeliveable at soccer! haha. I can't even imagine what I'm going to be like after 2 years...oh, and I wanted to tell you mom, that while we were in the supermarket getting our food for the week....a song comes on.....Bon the middle of Mexico! hahahaha. dont worry....I wasnt listening or anything like that, just recognized the tune.....haha. Bon Jovi makes it to middle of the mountains in the little town of Rosario....niiiccceee. thought you might like to hear that!
So another thing...this week at sacrament wasn't too hot....we had a grand total of.....(drum roll).....11!!! (including the 4 missionaries). haha. thats ok...we are going to continue to work extra hard to have 50 this next week! I learned a lot from this experience though and I hope that I can improve the person that I am through what I have learned!
So I'm way stoked to get this recorder thing! Get anyone you can to record a little somethinnn somethinn! It will be really cool to hear everyones voices again!
Oh and I just found out that I'm going to be training a new Mexicano in 2 changes!!! cuhhrazzy, pray for me! haha. I'm way excited, no just means that I'm gonna have to really step it up and learn EVERYTHING I can in this change and the next! Its cool to think that the Lord really trusts in me enough to have that kind of responsiobility...its a great opportunity for me to grow closer to my Father in Heaven and learn more about Him and how He wants me to be! Dont let a day go by without doing something to act on the spiritual promptings we are all entitled to! and please please go to the temple!!!!!!!
I love you all almost as much as I know our Father in Heaven loves you!!

Animo, Exito y Adelante!!!
con amor,
Elder Johnson

FINALLY...some pictures!!
Rosario, Mexico

Roberto's Family

The Font.  It's a "SACK"...used for baptisms

Clayra's baptism

hmmmmm...Elder Johnson's looking different!

Monday, July 4, 2011


 Bueno, pues la obra es tan suave ahorita! estamos trabajando muy muy duro aqui en Rosario. El Señor nos ha bendecido muchisimo aqui y no puedo expresar mi agradecimiento por El!
haha, there was un poco de español!
So whatsup whatsup, the 4th of July is so crazy here...everyone celebrates in the streets and its so much fun...................errrrrr no. haha.
I'm lovin the letters, for real, they keep me stoked and remind me how much I absolutely love my family and all the progress I can see you all making! Keep progressing like you are...please!!! Satan is attacking a lot of families big time...but I know that we can all stick together and get through anything! Center the family in Christ and His atonenment...find a way to apply the atonenement every single day in your lives! (I speak to all who are reading this right now). I have grown in my understanding of the atonenement and also in my knowledge of the INFINITE importance it has in our lives! I put emphasis on ´´infinite´´ because what we do here in this life, or how we apply the atonement in our lives NOW, has an infinite effect on what we will recieve and who we will become after this life and for eternity! It seems so simple (the words that I have written) but very recently my mind has been pondering a lot on my personal relationship with the Lord and who He really is and also why it is important that I have a very close and PERSONAL relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior! I have thought a lot on this subject the past week or so and I have come to realize that the best way to learn about Him and His son, is to really analize my personal life and my every day actions to see if it is in harmony with what He has taught...then, if anything needs correction, APPLY what He has taught! I was also reading the General Conference talks and I came across the talk given by D. Todd Christofferson and he talks a little bit about the expectations that God has for His children, us, on this earth....he expects and commands us to be PERFECT! He truly is a God of high expectations and He will do all He can to help us to become the kind of person that He knows he wants and knows we can become....and at times, what may not seem like ´´help´´ at the time (trials or correction of sin) will eventually lead us to become ´´like Him´´! I guess what I'm trying to say is, to stay as close to Him as you can...grab the Iron Rod with every bit of strength you have and NEVER EVER let go!
Anyway, I think I may have forgotten to tell you this....but a few weeks ago, we lived a full week without power in our house (no light, no stove, cold showers, no fans at night) basically a super hard week, but its really fun to look back on and realize how we survived for a full week with no power in the house! haha. Also, we got a lot of rain this morning and our street literally turned into a river...thats not a joke, it was a river! ha. So you were right, we are getting dumped on right now...its way fun though, we were playing b ball in the rain this morning!
We are still working with our neighbors, their Mom just passed away last that was way sad, but its a great opportunity and a blessing to know where she is! it Sounds wierd and at times a little selfish to look at death as an opportunity to teach....but death is one way that the Lord prepares His children to hear His gospel and recieve all the blessings that come with it!
We have a lot of baptismal dates for the 16th of this month, so we are going to work really hard with all of our investigators to help them enter into the waters of baptism and recieve all the blessings that the Lord has prepared for them!
I love you all more than you know and i wish i could express my gratitude for each one you through the words that i write, but i know thats just not i hope and pray that you will feel my love for you individually through these simple but loving words!
les amo mas que pueden saber,
Elder Johnson