Tuesday, March 18, 2014

That was a close one!

Here is a little story Elder Johnson sent to his brother, "So,I went on exchanges with my District Leader,coolest guy ever!!! He reminds me of you're friend Mike C.  Anywho, we were driving back to Pikeville but we entered the wrong address on the GPS cuz it took us up a holler, through a patch of mud, through rocks and dirt!!!  We were so lost.  It was crazy scary cuz he had to floor it through the mud or we would have gotten stuck!  We were slipping and sliding and almost went off the mountain a few times!!! We had no signal and called our companions to tell them what happened and
The hills and hollers of Pikeville Kentucky
that we were thinking we might have to camp in the car that night!  We then prayed and found our way back to the four lane a couple hours later. 
March 17 2014
An excerpt from Elder Johnsons letter this week.  "We tracted a lady and her son and they let us in.  The son said he didn't believe in God and didn't like religion because of past bad experiences. We taught them about the restoration of the gospel and he was really engaged and asking questions.  He said he believed and liked alot of what we were saying!  So did his mom!  So we asked her at the end if she would be baptized on April 20 and she said YES!!!! It was awesome.

Elder Johnson Begins his Mission!

Elder Jared Ernest Johnson received a call to be a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He will be serving in the West Virginia Charleston Mission which covers portions of  the states of  West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  His mission began on January 29th 2014 with his arrival at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.

Elder Johnson and his first companion pointing to their mission on the world map at the MTC according to long standing tradition .  We have one of his dad in the same pose

Elder Johnson seeing snow fall for the first time!

A group of fellow missionaries at the Provo, Utah temple
Some happy Elders on thier way
Elder Johnson with his President Pitt and sister Pitt after arriving safe and sound in West Virginia.  The group of missionaries he was traveling with spent a few nights in the Atlanta Georgia Mission home when all the flights were cancelled due to an epic storm