Monday, June 27, 2016

Elder Johns is Back

Ok! We got a good one today! Great week, great work, great vibes! For those of you who don't know, I have been made a zone leader! I am in a zone right outside of Cuautla, but the furthest from Chalco haha. You can't win 'em all!! And like Isaiah wrote, " thoughts are not your thoughts... Saith the Lord". But I know a lot of people in my zone and most of them were my leader at one point. So it should be awesome!!! Now on to the week.

Tuesday we got up and got ready to head out to our changes! We packed all of my stuff over to another stake building and I waited there for my comp!
Once he got there we had to start checking if all the zone had their comps and were headed to their area. We only had problems with one companionship but they both ended up alive and well! Then we headed to our area and began looking. After we ate, the member we ate with showed us around the area where we lived and we had 3 lessons before the day was all said and done. I think I had a total of about 3 lessons in the past 3 months so I’m feeling pretty good about this area!!!

Wednesday we got up and it was the real first day we could work all day! The last guys here didn’t leave us anything and we are both new to the area so we are starting from scratch! My area is a bunch of little towns put together with just a bunch of hills. I’ve lost about 30ish lbs. so these hills are now just going to wither me away to nothing. Not too much work Wednesday. Mostly contacts, but I’m loving where I am!

Thursday was another good day. After our weekly planning we headed to the food. We ate with a little old lady and then took off to see who we could find. We had a couple lessons today and I’m still excited about this area because there is a ton to do here. But it’s also ginormous we found out. For example, we have to take a convi for 30 mins to get to a part of our area. Not even sure if that’s the farthest part either.

Friday was good! We had an interesting lesson with a lady and her son who’s 16, married to another 16-year-old, and she’s 4 months pregnant... we asked what he was studying, he told us he dropped out of high school... we asked where he was working, he told us he wasn’t looking for work... we asked his wife where she was working, and she just laughed at us for even having the THOUGHT PROCESS of thinking she would ever work... they’re done for. But hey, koodos for your kid that you’ll have in 5 months. Sure hope you can feed him.

Saturday was a special day! It’s the day we head over to Ameca at 8:30 in the morning so we can get there at 10 for a meeting with the president. And from 10 to 3 we were over there hashing things out. And from 3 to 4:30 we headed on over to Amayuca for an intervista that another companionship needed us to do. 5 to 6 we waited realizing she wouldn’t be coming and 6 to 7 we headed back over to our area and did what we could for 2 hours.
So yeah! Elder Johns is back and kicking and loving it up here in my new area called Estacion. It feels good working again with someone I don’t want to kill!!! Thank you for all your prayers! They have helped me so much this past trial of my mission! As Always!

Stay Classy

Elder Johns

Monday, June 13, 2016

God is Aware

Another week just like the last. Except this week, something crazy happened that I'd like to share.

Thursday night we headed over to an old members house. It was our first and last lesson of the day as it was around 7:30. We began to talk about faith, repentace, and enduring to the end. He had comments for all of it and it was awesome to hear what he had to say. He told us he had lost his sight almost 100% and wasnt able to go to church that often. As we began to end the lesson, he told us all he had done in his life. He confessed to us everything right there in the room. Nothing terrible, but we could tell he's been holding it in for a long time because he has no one to talk to. When he finished, he told us if he were to die in that moment, he would've liked to have been in the chapel.

Jump forward to Sunday. We start church at 11. We got there at 10:30 and we saw this brother sitting in the back! It was a shocker to see him so we went and said hi. He said hi and asked how we were and then we went out to greet people as they walked in. Around 10:45 we heard a little bit of panic and then we saw four brothers carrying this man who we had just talked to out the door. And off they went to the hospital.  After church, we received the news that he had passed on. He had passed on in peace, exactly where he wanted to be. It was a crazy thing to see and think about. But it just testifies again that God is aware. He knows what we need/want and when we need it.
Thank you for every prayer you send my way. I'm sorry there just isn't much to say right now, but we know changes come in a week, so fingers crossed! As always,

Stay Classy,
Elder Johns

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chancla ~ A heavy leather sandal

Oh sweet mercy!!! I mean what the heck Mario? What is going on? There is nothing to be had here in Cuautla. Nothing. Bloody hot means no people in the street except those of whom who have a sacred calling to serve the Lord... and no one excepts us. Nevertheless, if walking in the sun is the service that is needed, we will do another week of it!! I have heard Elders say, "Cuautla is so awesome man! I never want to leave". Those who say that have a week or two here and can smoke another! Try taking a 5 month dose of it baby! And then tell me what the doctor says! If I hear it once more I will slap them with a chancla (a chancla, my dear friends, is a heavy leather sandal. It could do some damage and its sounds cooler in Spanish). Really this letter is just to let you all know I am alive. I have nothing to report on. Ladies and Gentleman, Elder Johns has left the building! Peace!!