Elder Zachary D. Johnson's Mission

Elder Zachary D. Johnson's Mission
Elder Zac Johnson has been called to serve in the Brazil Santos Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and wants you to share in his adventure! "Take the leap with me."

Monday, April 21, 2014

You're being transferred....not!

Elder Johnson and Elder Bushman
Elder Thurgood and I started our journey to Santos with my 3 bags and Thurgood's 4. Just us. We had to take 2 buses and a ferry boat to arrive at the transfer site. We had said goodbye to some families the night before so I was feeling prepared to leave. Well, as the Assistants started announcing the new companionships, Enseada 2 came up on the slide show and there was my face. So, my new companion is Elder Bushman and I am the Senior Companion and I am still in Enseada. Same ward, same everything. So, we had to go back to Guarujá with my 3 bags and Elder Bushman's 5 bags. So although I was told I was going to be transferred, I stayed. I was not too happy about that. Needless to say, church was a bit awkward when everyone saw me there.

But yeah, Elder Bushman is pretty cool. Everyone here calls him the brother from Stuart Little. (ha,ha). He is from St. Louis, Missouri and was reassigned 1 transfer to the Baton Rouge mission, was in Grandpa's stake and met Grandpa. WHY DOES GOD KEEP PUTTING ME WITH ELDERS THAT KNOW MY FAMILY?!?! But yeah, it is a little nervewracking, being senior compaionion already. I have only been here for 2 full transfers and Bushman has only been here for one so we really have to rely on the Lord to communicate but I already feel like I am receiving a ton of help. 

The day after transfers we had our Easter mission conference and President Cabral went in to the deep doctrine about the Atonement and all that did was increase my gratitude and really realize how much Christ did and does for me. I wish I had the time to type it all up but you will have to wait til I get home!  The bitter herbs were gross, but the lamb was really good.  The guy who made that and the  lunch is in my ward and he is a chef.  That man can cook.
Passover Meal:  Lamb, Bitter Herbs and Unleaven Bread

In other news, this transfer will only be 4 weeks long because of the world cup. President doesnt was to have elders using public transportation or be in the airports during the world cup. Brazil will be crazy. I cannot wait. 

I hope your easter was fantastic! Yesterday we didnt have a meal with a member scheduled but when we got to church, one of the sisters told us that she could feed us. We were teaching her grandson two transfers ago but he lost interest and wouldnt come to church. But during the dinner, the sister told us that Kauan told her that he wants to be married in the temple. So, we will start talking to him again this week! We sure have been blessed so far!

Elder Johnson and Elder Richards: Reunited in Brazil
Elder Johnson in the choir
                                                                                       Austin - Congratulations on the baptism bro! I still remember baptizing Alex and Lexi. Those were two of the coolest moments of my life! It is so awesome that you were so involved in her conversion process. She truly sounds like an angel! The lady I baptized here, Antonia, she is an angel. She read a verse in the bible before she was baptized that says "and this will be a house of the lord." We hold sunday meetings in her house for the people in Perequê. How cool is that? She is giving everything to the church and us (literally, she always sends cakes home with the other elders). Congrats! But you may wanna work harder at the gym... I didnt see a difference in arm size in the pictures ;)

Cam - oh I am sure your arms are massive :P The comp is pretty cool and he isnt afraid to talk which really helps. But you better rock those SOLs. I talked to a lady the other day who was really sad about how no one tries in school here and you can tell. They dont have jobs and get involved in bad things. In other news, Chocolate eggs (giant ones) are what people do for easter so we have a ton of chocolate in the house and it is enough to make me puke...

Lexi - Your birthday is so soon! I hope you have a great one and keep being awesome. I am glad to know you took 10 mins to write me. You are too kind :D Your bracelets are a big hit here! A ton of the kids in my ward wore them to church yesterday! 

I loved the pictures and looks like it (Easter) was a great day! 

Thank you for sending them!

Have a good week everybody!

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