Wednesday, March 28, 2012
On March 26, 2012 Elder Johnson wrote:
Well this week was interesting. My companion hasn't quite opened up this week, but we keep trying. I'm hoping that soon we will be able to make some progress. As soon as we do, we are going to be good friends. I just need to find a way into his shell.
We are teaching a family that lives in two wards (the parents are divorced). All the children who live in the other ward all got baptized, and now we are praying for the mom and the other sister here in our ward. The mom is named Virginia and the daughter is named Berenice. The mom has recently given up smoking, and so we hope that she continues with not smoking. We are visiting them everyday so that she doesn't do it. We are also teaching a young woman named Liliana who has made the decision to be baptized the first week in April. She is excited and happy. We are hoping to find more families this week so that they can come to church and be baptized and be happy!
I am stating to feel funny, being one of the "ancient" missionaries. It's strange to think that shortly I'll be home again and in a few months I'll be back in school. Time is going by fast, it seems like yesterday that I got to my first area here in Mexico.
I am hoping that in the next few weeks I can go see Benjamin and the other people I taught in my old area. It will be good to see them again.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
On March 19 Elder Johnson wrote:
This week was good. Elena was confirmed and is so excited about being a member that she brought a friend to church. It is cool to see others have the desire of sharing the Gospel. Elder Nava and I made rice crispy treats for the Relief Society, and they were a hit. We are hoping that from that we will receive a lot of help from the ward. We need to help get them excited.
It seems that right when things "get rolling" in my areas, that they send me to a new area. I was transferred to the city of Queretero again, to the ward called Villas. It's odd, because it is the ward right next to my first area. It is just across the street. My new companion is named Elder Miron. He is from Vera Cruz, and I have yet to see him smile. I hope I can break into his shell and we can be friends.
Well, not much time...
I love you all!
Elder Iver Johnson
Sorry I didn't post last week. Corbin and I are getting ready to travel to Mexico City to pick Iver up in June, and his letter was just instructions for us.
Monday, March 5, 2012
On March 5, 2012 Elder Johnson wrote:
Well, this week was a good week, Eusebio was confirmed and this weekend we will have another baptism. Her name is Maria Elena, but she goes by Elena. She is friends with one of the future missionaries in our ward and was really interested in the Gospel. She went to church the first time all alone. We have been working hard with her, and she is so excited about her baptism. I sent a picture of my companion and I and Elena and her member friend Daniel.
It has been hot here this week. But despite the weather, the work continues. We met a family who lives about an hour from our church who is so interested in hearing the gospel. The dad's name is Luis and the mom is named Sonia. They have two kids, Juanita, 15 years old or so, and Luis, 7 years old. Luis, the big one, is very sick, and has to go to the hospital every week to have blood transfusions. They had to do that every Sunday, but changed it to Saturday so that they can come to church. Sonia says that she wants her son to be a missionary also. We are hoping that that does happen. Every time we go, Sonia makes us something to eat, and loves to talk to us.
I have been reading a lot from the Conference Ensign, and have been touched by the talk of President Monson titled: "Stand in Holy Places." I hope you all take the opportunity to read it and pray for how you can apply it in your lives.
With Much Love: