Friday, October 7, 2016


This week was awesome! General conference was amazing. We watched it all together with the Brazilians and so I had to wear a headset the entire time, but it was still such an amazing experience. I probably could have picked up a good amount of Portuguese, but I wanted to make sure to understand all of the messages. It is very different when you are listening to conference on a mission. The messages seem a little different. There was so much emphasis on the Plan of Salvation and Jesus Christ. The doctrine of Christ is so simple and so I am glad that it was the simple, powerful truths that were taught during conference. It is the same amazing truths. that I am learning and teaching here in Brasil. I can't teach anything complex because, firstly, I don't know how to say anything complex in Portuguese, and, secondly, it is the simple truths that people feel and are drawn to. So I loved conference. I love having prophets on the earth that we can learn from. We all need to continue studying their teachings. Instead of reading texts, tweets, or posts, just take a couple minutes to read a conference talk. It will bless your life.

Another thing that happened this week is that I went Proselyting again. It was again very different. It was colder and I got rejected quite a bit. Many people didn't seem to want to talk to a tall, skinny, curly hair kid from Utah who speaks grammatically incorrect, broken Portuguese. Haha. But there were a few people who stopped (or who I tracked down eventually) and in those moments I knew it wasn't me that was speaking. It was the Spirit. It is such a blessing to have the Spirit. That is truly what gets through to people. And so through the rejection, I still feel really good that I was able to hand out a few Book of Mormons. Nothing too crazy happened in proselyting this time, or maybe I am just getting used to it. Haha.

I got a haircut this week, which was an experience... The barber doesn't look at your hair when he cuts it. He just starts buzzing the sides and then he did a scissor cut on top, but he seemed to be very distracted and missed a few parts, so I had hair that was longer on the back and in a couple different places. My roommate fixed it, but it was pretty bad. haha. I took a few pictures before it was fixed and will send those when I get out of the CTM.

It was truly a great experience here in the CTM. I leave to the field on Tuesday. The CTM is in my mission area, so I am basically just going right outside, but it is going to be totally different and I am excited and also nervous. I feel like it is the last practice before game day and I know that I need to get ready and be prepared. I want to leave it all out there and have no regrets. I know that with the Lord's help, then I will be able to make it through and enjoy this opportunity to serve. I know that this work is so important and I absolutely love it. Thank you for all your love and support!


Elder Johnson

This is the Museum of Art in Sao Paulo, an area that Noah has been streeting within. He says that it is very impressive and interesting.

An aerial view of the MTC in Sao Paulo

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