How is everyone? First of all. Thank you so much for all the love and support this week. The packages have been amazing. I Love Gordon B Hinckley's talk. Lp book was awesome. Haha I was so pumped you sent that to me! Ahhhhh I love the packages and all the support that comes from my family! I love you to death. This week has been a little tough. I have missed home kinda a lot. But I refocus myself and know that this is the most important thing I can be doing in and for my life. It is hard. And I learn so much everyday. I have been going beast mode learning here while I can. I have been doubling my flash cards a day, and I memorize 20 words a day. It's great. I am so excited to get to Korea. I got an e-mail from my mission president today and it basically said I will be arriving in Korea the 23rd of Sept. and I will stay two nights in the mission home, and then that next day, I will be in my first area! Holy cow! When I read that, I was peeing my pants. I've never been so nervous and excited and at the same time. I can't wait to be immersed in the culture and to grow a love for the Korean people. I look forward to all that awaits me in HANGUK (Korea). I am working my hardest everyday to be prepared for the day I get to Korea. I know that as I work hard each day, the Lord blesses me. I am so grateful for that. I love being a missionary. It is tough at times, but It makes me happy knowing that I am bringing people back to our Heavenly Father.
This week has been pretty good. Not a ton has happened. First, I wanna tell you about something funny that happened! Haha Saturday afternoon during additional study time, I spent like an hour giving a push up class to the two Korean elders. One of them can do them fine and challenged me and Elder Lee to have a push up contest to see who could get the most in 1 minute. I PUMPED OUT 70 in a row baby! Sooooo sick! I was hauling haha. I was sweating bullets after that cuz I was in my church clothes. After that, I taught Elder Kim how to do push ups. I showed hims tons of different kinds of push ups to get strong. It was so fun to teach him that stuff. He teaches me Korean and I teach him how to get strong. Haha lol (not that I am strong or anything.....) I haven't really gained many pounds since I have been here. I work out most nights with Elder Smith, and I think I have actually gotten more muscle. It's great:) We wrestle in the hallways some nights, and it brings back so many good memories.
So, this week my companion is really not feeling well. Friday, he was really sick, and I gave him a blessing. I said that if he was able to get some rest, he would be healed. Sure enough, he was able to get some rest, and he woke up feeling a lot better and was able to come to TRC. That was something I was praying for was that he would be able to come teach with me. My prayers were answered. I am grateful for the priesthood power.
Yesterday, my comp was throwing up again. I'm not quite sure what is wrong with him. I feel bad. I have to sit back at the residence while he sleeps. Yesterday was hard because I spent all my time at the residence, and I just read some scriptures and studied vocab. I walked around the halls of the residence like over 70 times studying my vocab. I was like shadow wrestling--doing push ups, singing, and lots more.
This week, also, we had an amazing devotional. He said so many things. I will have to write a letter home talking about what he talked about. He said that as I give my best everyday and be obedient and work hard, the power of heaven will be upon me and to the ones I love. He said it will prompt the people who are close to you who aren't members.
This week has been pretty good. I look forward to learning a lot this next week and taking specific steps to get me prepared for Korea. I love you and miss you a lot. Thank you for all your prayers. I love you. Hope all is well.
Love, Elder Johnson