Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 28, 2014

Happy Birthday to ME!

 Look Mom, no hands!!

 We are Thugs!!
This may or may not be 80 pounds of ties!

Hey Kimbo,
How are things going at home this last week? Anything exciting happening at home? That sounds like it will be fun with Nae tomorrow. Let me know how that goes, and also tell her to write me because she always sends like a one sentence letter saying “sorry I don’t have time to write you much!” haha she says she sent me something for my bday though. See if she got my letter too, I sent her a letter like a little under a week ago for her birthday so hopefully she got it. How has Brock been doing in his games? How did he pitch? That is cool about Cameron, if you see him give him my email or get his email from him. Do you by chance have Logan’s email from his farewell this last week? I need to email that kid because he is yet to email me and I need to send him a strongly worded email! What has Tyler been up to? I don’t hear much from him. How is he liking it over in Provo or Orem or wherever he is living? How is it just living at home with Borkles and Tubs? Do you guys talk to Chase a lot or does Ty just talk to him because they have the class together? Was that the first time you have gone to the SWAT training thing? I loved going to that every year, because the last few years they would tell us to just run around the halls the whole time and not listen to the SWAT guys to see how they would act with us running around. They wanted the SWAT guys to grab us and throw us in the rooms so that’s why they wanted us to not listen to them. We usually get packages every week and a half so depending on when it shows up during that week is when we get the package.
Things here are going pretty good, but we didn’t have all that successful of a week though. Sunday after church when we went out to the car the temperature in the car  said it was 109 degrees outside! It has been sooo hot these last few days, and they are telling me the humidity isn’t all that bad yet here but it feels like the humidity is super bad to me already.  I can’t imagine what it is going to be like in the middle of the summer.  We have to ride our bikes at least twice a week, so we usually ride two or three times a week.  Since our area is so huge and so spread out though we are usually riding a lot when we are on a bike.  The other day we rode probably a little over twenty miles and it was super windy that day which makes for a good leg workout riding into the wind. We have to ride on a small two lane rode that has no shoulder a lot and is a 55mph road which makes it super sketchy sometimes because Mexican drivers are awful and just come flying right next to us on the road.  The big semi's always come flying by us too and since there is no shoulder they are always super close to us, close enough that when they come by the wind from the truck gives us a big boost on the bike it feels like. We found a lady named Elvia this week that we have been searching for since we got here, and she is a lady who has gone to church for an entire year and fed the missionaries almost every week during that year. What the missionaries didn’t know is that she has never been baptized!! She stopped going to church because of how much Border Patrol there is around the church but she said that she will start coming again and we set a baptismal date with her and she is really solid for that date. It is may 25th so I hope she stays strong till then. We also have a investigator that we found this week that we are about 99.9% sure is gay. He is a nice boy though;) He came to church yesterday though and we have a baptismal date with him also. After church yesterday as we were pulling out on the road we stopped because we heard sirens and we look back and there are a string of Border Police trucks hauling towards us! There were 9 trucks that we counted that came flying by us going who knows how fast! It was pretty cool to watch and they were definitely after some frijoleros!! Other than that nothing too exciting has happened this last week. Me and Elder Shumway are just like best friends and he is awesome.  We get along just like buddies down here.  He got an air soft gun from his family for his bday so during comp study if we don’t do something or he gives me a challenge to do something in Spanish and if we don’t do whatever it is the other one gets to shoot the other with the airsoft gun. I didn’t finish practice teaching in Spanish fast enough the other day so he got to shoot me in the butt with it in the apartment and now I have a bruise on my butt from it! haha We wrestle all the time now too and we have a good time together. Elder Embley came in shooting us with a squirt gun last night when me and him were wrestling on my bed so we both went and held down Elder Embley and soaked him:) Things here are pretty crazy, the work has been tough here and we haven’t had much success though.  This area we are in is one of the least successful areas in this mission and is why they pulled missionaries out of it for a while, but we are learning the area and finding those prepared people here and there. We will keep working hard and find the people ready to accept and grow in the gospel though because they have to be out there somewhere.
I am excited to talk to you here in a couple weeks Kimbo. We are going to try to figure out where we can skype from this week so we can set it up for the next weekend. It will probably be from an I-pad at the church on its wifi. I hope everything is going great for ya!
Bo. Le amo.
Love, Elder Johnson

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