Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Crazy few weeks...

Like I mentioned, we got a visit from Elder Christofferson. It was pretty cool to hear from him in stake conference and to visit quickly with him one on one.

Elder Geier & Elder Johnson
I went on an exchange with Elder Prue this past week. It went well. It was great to be in a car! Elder Geier has been having a lot of tooth pain this week so, while I was on exchanges, he went into the dentist to see what's up. It turns out that he needs his wisdom teeth pulled. That will be happening on the 4th. I am hoping that, as he recovers, he can be left at a member’s home who has a 2 priesthood holders so one can stay with him and the other one can go out and do missionary work with me.

There is a 21 year old boy were teaching right now who has some mental disabilities and mentally is 8. We have become really close friends while teaching him and getting to know him. He has a strong desire to get baptized he says it’s so, "when you leave I can still have a friend with me wherever I go (Holy Ghost)." I really have never cared for someone like this in 6 months and it feels wonderful.

One of the oddest changes I've made on my mission is something I don't think anyone would expect. I love reading. I've gone through more books the past 6 months then I have in 6 years… although the literature is limited out here I go through what I can. I encourage people to read "Perfection Pending." It’s a beautiful book. And for the more brave people who want to reevaluate their self-confidence… read "The Miracle of Forgiveness." it will make you feel awful about yourself until the last 3 chapters.

Things are well here. Biking all over is kinda fun. Thank you all for support.

Elder Johnson

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Missionary parents love pictures...

A note from Elder Johnson's parents...

We are grateful for mission president's and their wives.  Specifically, for President and Sister Blatter currently serving at the head of the Washington Tacoma Mission.  We are grateful for the love, care, instruction, and all other areas in which they serve as surrogate parents for our our son during these two years.

We know Thomas is busy.  He is spending his days serving others.  He is doing what the Savior himself expressed when He said, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it” (Luke 17:33). We pray that Thomas' service will reap the blessing promised by prophets throughout the ages.

We are grateful for the reassurances President and Sister Blatter provide through photos they post on their blog. (  They simply post photos of zone and missionary activities. It is not a journal.  They do not come with lengthy descriptions. However, they are one of the sweet reassurances we receive as parents of a faithful missionary.

Tonight, they posted photos of the combined conference for the Zone Conference for Elma, Centralia, and Olympia.  LOTS of photos of Elder Johnson.  Lots of smiles on the faces of missionary parents.  Lots of gratitude for those who watch over Thomas while he serves others in Washington.

As we have learned to say here in Hawaii... "Mahalo nui loa"

Here are some of our favorites.  You can see more online at:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Long full week little time to email...

This week was great! Our stake here was reorganized so we were blessed to have Elder Christofferson come to the area for the week. We got to meet him before the Saturday session. It was pretty nice. Zone conference was yesterday. We had some great training.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A new change again...

A new change again. Being moved up to every 6 weeks is weird. You learn to not get connected to anything because it will change. As for the move from Tacoma… it is sort of nice to go from the busy part of the mission (with lots of buildings and lots of people) to a lot more of a calm place. Everyone here (Olympia/Tumwater) live a different lifestyle, more calm and relaxed. When doing service in Tacoma we were helping someone move or cleaning their house. This week we split trucks full of wood then burned a dead field for an older couple. 

I was blessed enough to walk right into a baptism here and with a few more lined up soon.

I have been REALLY been enjoying my studies these past few weeks, reading everything I can get my hands on. I wish I could share all I have been able to learn. A few things I have learned is that hope is not possible without faith. I have the hardest time leaning back and saying, "It’s ok. It will work out the way it needs to." I want to be able to take control of a situation by its horns and make it work out the way I need it to for myself. But I can’t. I have control over almost nothing out here. I don't even control when I eat or when I go to bed.  I struggle with having that faith. Faith that God will work it all out. That I will end up happy as can be. I hope to gain more faith so I can have hope.

-Elder Johnson

New Address
320 Israel Dr. SW #34
Tumwater, Wa 98501

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Have faith. Have hope...

Since transfer meeting got pushed back, I will be able to email today. As for what has been going on the past week… it all led up to Saturday. On Saturday we had our interviews with the President Blatter that always go very well. I enjoy meeting with him and talking to Sister Blatter while my companion is in his interview. Later that night we got our transfer calls. We found out that I will be going to Olympia 4th Ward and Elder Lacasse is staying here in Stadium. Although I feel it is time to leave the area I wish I didn't have to leave Elder Lacasse.

It seems that it is always the anticipation to something that kills me… whether it’s a test, race, or date. It’s always the moments or hours before that kill me. It is no exception with transfers. Ever since I got my new call I’ve been antsy. I am looking forward to meeting my new companion and doing work in a new area.

Saying goodbyes are never fun. Last night I was able to go see some ward members and 2 investigators who I have grown close to and bear my final testimony to them. That testimony is that me, myself doesn't matter. It’s the work that is being done that does. That they need to read the Book of Mormon and realize how wonderful it is. That all the questions they have about the church can be answered. To tell them that the church is special. That we believe in some weird stuff but these beliefs are true. They are not supposed to be easy to follow or understand all the time. I just pray they can gain this truth and find joy and satisfaction from it all.

Back home my life was very worldly. I loved my friends. I loved running. I loved school. I loved relaxing. I went to church every Sunday. I went out with the missionaries once in a while. But, 85% of my time at home was doing things that didn't revolve around the gospel.

Therefore I feel coming out here has been very difficult. I felt my life was pulled right out from under my feet. I knew no one. I didn't know what I’m doing. I have only 1 ½  hours each day to think about myself. All that I had for 18 years is gone and probably wont ever come back. It is the hardest change that’s happened to me in my life.

Why would someone do this… pay to lose everything they’ve known? From just about anyone’s point of view it’s so dumb. Yet, 90,000 missionaries are doing it right now.  It is worth it. No one will truly understand why it’s so worth it until it’s been done. I’m only ¼  through this thing and I don’t think I even understand all that I will receive from it.  I don’t know if anyone will understand all they will receive.

But it is not just you the people you meet for 2 years or 18 months. You get to be selfless. The burden of focusing on yourself is gone. The Lord takes it from you if you give it to Him. The happiest missionaries out here are always the ones who are not focusing on themselves.  The ones who have given up the world and serve the Lord. I want to be that missionary who struggles going home after 2 years.  Who loves their mission more than the place they left to go on a mission. What a great calling this is.

If your thinking about thinking about a mission… GO! You will not understand the blessing from it till later.  But, it will be worth it. I love this church. I love God, I love this opportunity I have to be here. To give this up to Him its not easy but it is worth it. All God asks is to give our agency to Him, to align our will with His and trust Him. Have faith. Have hope.

-Elder Johnson

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shortest letter ever...

Hey!  I'm getting transferred to Olympia tomorrow. I will be emailing next Monday.  My new companion is Elder Gair. Love you all.  

-Elder Johnson