Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shaken but not Baken

So as you probably may of heard there was a pretty good sized earthquake down here in Chile and you know it was a pretty good time! I am here next to the coast right now and there was a huge Tsunami warning and everything and it was looking like bad news for us that's for sure! The big old sirens were going off and everyone in Chile was going nuts. When the earthquake hit we were in these really old ghetto apartment buildings and I thought we were dead. The thing started shaking pretty stinking bad and it was making all kinds of scary noises. What's funny is we had just started the lesson and we were praying when the earthquake hit. Everyone started booking it out of the buildings. We seriously all thought that we were toast! But we were all okay after all.

When we were walking back it was chaos. Like I literally felt like I was in a war movie or something people were driving like idiots there was a couple of car wrecks and we were just booking it back to the house when we get a call that there was going to be a tsunami from our zone leaders.  Without hesitation, we knew it was time to start booking it out of the low land and start getting to the high ground.

Lucky for us our apartment was right in the Tsunami warning zone so hahahah thats a good old time right? But also lucky for us some other elders live in a really old scary apartment building a good ways up the hill. 
So we booked it for their house that is a 10 story building but is super ghetto.  All through the night we could feel the aftershocks and at one point we thought the apartments was going to fall in. But all in all it was okay haha! Well you are wondering right now why is he writing me this story on a Thursday? We got a call from the zone leaders and they told us to write are families to tell them that we are okay! 
So that's that why you got an email today!  hahaha. Also BTW there was not a tsunami here which is kinda funny
Well that's all Love you all!
Elder Johnson

Editor's Note:

Here are some links of the earthquakes that Lance felt.

Picture taken from the web

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tiempo por un Bautismo!

I am super stoked to announce we had a baptism this week!  His name was Martin! We where not able to actually baptize him because his step-mother wanted his grandpa to do it for him. Martin is 13 years old and says he is thinking about serving a mission now! We are super happy for that. We found his step-mother and she had been inactive for about 3 years.  We found her and now she going to church every single week with Martin and his dad. Our next goal is to get the dad baptized. He is kind of a "Goon" though, so its going to take a lot of prayer and fasting to get him humbled enough to accept his baptism. We were able to confirm Martin on Sunday at church. 

I would like to thank you all for your support and love. I am working hard down here in Chile and I'm doing the best I can to make due with what I've got! I love you all and I hope you have a rad week! Sorry about the picture its pretty chanta! 
Love you all!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bible Bashing, Big Dogs and a Hard Cover Book of Mormon

Me and my comp had one heck of an experience yesterday. This pastor dude decided he wanted to fight with us. We wanted nothing to do with him we were just walking down the road minding our own stinking business then all the sudden this dude decided he wanted to fight us or bible bash us. We where already having a cruddy day so we kinda M16'd him.... It was pretty bad but funny. He was pulling all kinds of crap on us and we were able to come up with something to respond to him. It was pretty funny. because we where both just letting him have it. 

He kept trying to accuse Joseph Smith and stuff so we started talking to him about the first vision. He said that Joseph Smith wrote the book of Mormon. but no he actually translated the book of Mormon. Then he said he read half of the book of mormon and said he didn't feel anything so I looked him in the eyes and said Mr, If you really read the book of mormon then tell me whats it about. Tell me what's in it. He didn't know what to say so I explained to him that lying is a sin and he needs to repent of that now. I also explained to him that we are representatives of Jesus Christ and so he just lied to Jesus Christ. Ohhhh he started freaking out. Then my comp asked him what the name of his church was because him being a pastor owning his one church. He said it was the church of 

Then I said thats neat, We are the Church Of Jesus Christ not the church of Pentecost. He got all mad and went running into his house. I think that's the last we will see of him. But during this whole thing he was saying all kinds of crap that  wasn't real. like Joseph Smith raped children and that when we close temples down that we rape woman and do bad stuff in the temples because he had learned all of this information from an ex member of our church. Haha right because an ex member is the person to believe when it comes to learning things about not our church but the Church of Jesus Christ. I can't believe some people.

But other than that we had a pretty good week this week. We have a baptism this friday. So we are super stoked for that. My hardback Book of mormon saved me this week from getting bit by a HUGE dog. Haha we where walking down the road and I had my hardback book of mormon in my hand and this huge dog comes running out of no where and so my comp just starts booking it. But instead of running I took three steps back stood my ground this thing comes running up and I Swing and miss this dog by about half an inch the thing turns around and starts running I chase after it until it was pretty far away. I was super happy to have my good old hardback Book of Mormon with me.

Well thats about all for now. 
I hope you have a  great week this week
Love you!
Elder Johnson