Monday, January 15, 2018

Hafen Station

Greetings fellow weekly readers.

Welcome to our next chapter of this 104 chapter novel of my mission.

Well, you guessed it sons; another busy as heck week. It started off with us meeting with a referral of a friend from Afghanistan, who was quite interested in receiving a Bible in Persian. We met with him, I started to explain what we are and what we do in Farsi, and after I say that we’re from America, he says „You’re American?“ in an impressive American accent. He then explains to us how he was a translator for American troops in Afghanistan, so can speak fairly good English. We then jumped right on that opportunity and introduced the Bible and Book of Mormon in the best language in the world. He was sincerely pretty interested, which was awesome. Later that day me and Elder Hillyard destroyed some chumps in volleyball.

We also met ourselves with Faiz this week, our Indonesian legend who is a basketball baller. We had another great lesson with him going through the commandments and what God’s expectations are for us, and he was down to work on following them all, so we were super happy about that. He then continued afterwards to break Elder Hillyard’s ankles every time he had the ball.

We received a referral from an Elder in the London England mission, who spoke with someone from our area online who would love a visit from us. This guy lives about an hour away from us in a small village outside of Hamburg. So we head on out to go visit him after treating ourselves with wonderful Döner with 6 different sauce selections. The bus ride was 45 minutes, and then we waited for a different bus, that went classic and fell out and never came for some reason. We were left with the choice to either wait for an hour for the next train home, or walk an hour to his house. Being the bockfull missionaries that we are, we choose the walk in -1 degree weather. It was cold, but we were excited because we knew the Lord wouldn’t let us do all this for nothing...we get there, ring once....no answer. Maybe he didn’t hear it. Ring twice...... still no answer. After about the 5th ring we gave up and decided to knock on the doors in the area, from which we didn’t have much success. Right before we started the long walk back to the train station, we rang one more time, and the guy’s parents were there. They had no clue what we were talking about but were interested in what we do, so we got the chance to introduce ourselves. The father said, „well I’m a lost cause, you won’t have any success with me, but good luck with my son.“ And we came back yesterday and he wasn’t there again. Hopefully one of these days we’ll get in contact with him.


Stade is a cute city 

President Monson was a man who learned the lesson to never refuse to act to a prompting from the Holy Ghost. He has had an insane amount of experiences where he followed just the smallest prompting, and became a life saver or a soul saver. He and his amazing ways of living will be truly missed, but he’s in a much happier place now.



when you’re freezing at a member's house and find a blanket that matches your personality 


Probably one of the hugest blasphemies I’ve ever seen. This painting is in a train station here and says „United We Stand, Divided We Fall“ on a picture with the American flag and the twin towers.

an ICE passing through, along with a surprise at the end



Well thanks for readin' that’s all folks 👍

Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany



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Monday, January 8, 2018

Who’s Brian?

Hello sons,

Welcome back to the favorite part of your weeks, getting to read my weekly.

This week was quite busy full of appointments with legends, being ripped away from my boy Elder Hillyard twice, a baptism, and a confirmation.

First, we can slide right in to the lessons we taught. We taught a legend called Christoph who is quite busy, too busy to read even the smallest of pamphlets, but it’s alright. He’s got 2 lizards which he’s quite proud of.

We also later met with our friend from Indonesia, and it was an amazing lesson. We talked about the plan of salvation, what the purpose of life is, where we go after we die, etc., and he accepted it very well. He actually told us about how he read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and had a, „warm feeling of joy“ from it. This was awesome to hear. Hopefully we can help him come to baptism by the end of this month.

We also met with Jason, prepared him for the baptism and answered last minute questions, and read some of the Book of Mormon.

Hmmm we also met with Georg again after a while, he’s also ready and excited to be baptized, and should hopefully be there by the end of the month too.

Saturday was a busy day, we had Jason’s baptism!! We started off real nice and early in the morning heading over to play soccer, and then right after, showering and going to visit a Persian family. There we had some great food, and Elder Neale gave his first 2 sick blessings in Persian, and I attempted to do my best to make myself seem entertaining in Persian. Then after, we sprinted for a bus we needed to catch—and wouldn’t have been able to catch if the bus driver hadn’t stopped for us in the middle of 2 stops!

We headed back to the church for Jason’s baptism. The legend came having not tried on any of the baptismal clothes, but luckily they all fit. The talks were great, it only took one try to baptize him, and it was overall an awesome experience that we won’t forget.



Like I say lots, the Lord is blessing us like crazy up here with so much success. I’m so grateful to be on a mission and to see so much of the Lord’s hand in His work.

Have a fun week,

Byyeeeeeee


Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany

Monday, January 1, 2018

Where is my boost?

Moin everybody,

I just barely wrote you legends so imma keep this email quick this week.

First and most importantly, I’m honored to announce that we received a large case of root beer and cream soda this week from a member. Oh and Jason also passed his baptismal interview but ROOT BEER AND CREAM SODA did you see that??? Nah just kidding haha, we are really excited for Jason and that we’re so close to his baptism on Saturday! So far everything’s going perfectly, hopefully it stays that way.

We also had a great lesson with our investigator that we got from the sisters in Cologne, Germany, named Faiz. We went through the teachings of Christ more specifically the specific doctrine and he was loving it. It’s awesome to see him actively asking questions, just a real desire to learn. We invited him to be baptized on January 27th—if he gets an answer that our church is true—and he was suuuper down so that’s awesome. He’s also super into basketball and is really good so I got another legend to destroy me in basketball.

Basketball cr3w
Well sons we are blessed with lots of success here in Hamburg and it’s great. We also had a lot of fun not sleeping at all last night with the ongoing fireworks till 3am....but it was great.

As the Germans would say, have a good slide into the New Year!!

Bye sons 


Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany



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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Is dat possible?

Well friends,

It’s an honor to be able to greet you in the middle of this Christmas—New Year’s week where everyone’s trying out their new gifts and usually where I’m dying to light my fireworks off early—but I’m forced to wait until New Year’s…

I have no clue where to start because it feels like a month since I’ve written last, when it’s only been a week and a few days. I will go through the highlights with you. 

On Tuesday night, I got a call from Elder Neale, the Persian group leader, in a quite panicked way asked us if we were home. We had just gotten home to change so we could head over to play volleyball, so I replied hesitantly yes, and then panicked, he asked me if I could translate for a lesson for Elders at that exact moment.

I wasn’t going to back down, no matter how trash I think my Persian is. I said okay and got my notes, got my trusty comp in the background with google translate on--ready for words I didn’t know--and just went to town. Classically, the elders were teaching a lesson I had no complete notes for, but we didn’t have any time to doubt. Listening to the elders teach in German, I had to translate it in my head from German into Farsi without trying to get English mixed up in there, it was quite interesting! The guy luckily understood me well and I was able to say everything the elders were trying to say, just in a different way.

We received a referral this week from sisters in Cologne, Germany. This new friend of ours is from Indonesia and is truly pretty golden. He has never really been into religion, doesn’t know much about the Bible or Jesus, but has already started praying and reading in the Book of Mormon and seems really interested and it’s awesome.
The rest of our investigators are still doing great and the 3 who are going to be baptized soon are doing awesome.

Christmas was wonderful. On Heiligabend (holy evening, Christmas Eve) we were with a family in our ward who had every type of German cookies and crackers there is. We sang lots and went through the Christmas stories, played games and it was overall a great time. 

Christmas Fun Times


Christmas Day, we were with a family that my dad had been with in Christmas 1981, when he was on his mission in Germany. That was really an awesome experience, and a great fun night as well. 

Christmas Dinner with the Krugs in Hamburg - flashback of Christmas 1981


Also my family was blessed with the opportunity to Skype me so that was fun for them I believe (and me 😉).

my family I think?

Then on the second day of Christmas (yes, Germans celebrate Christmas for 3 days), we were with another family and had some wonderful food and a good time. Later we went and hung out with Jason, our legend, who’s getting baptized on January 6th, and we watched a great ole Disney movie with him.

Christmas is over, but we need to remember the words of a pastor we talked to while caroling, „We should be thinking about Jesus ALWAYS—not just at Christmas time!“ which is true and great.

Have a good New Year and do some good fireworks in my Name.

Cool, see you, 


goodbye cool Christmas Market



don't mess with us


carolingggggg


Train Station Announcement - Notice all of the references to Star Wars--Hans Solo, Obi-Wan, Vader, C3PO and lastly, Yoda speak: 3 Minutes Waiting You Must
Nice


Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Jaamoinnn

Merry Christmas you filthy animals

Our week was filled with some great beautiful Christmas bock. We had ZoKo this week, which was quite normal except we were all given copies of the book „Jesus the Christ“ in German from President and Sister Fingerle with mini notes to each of us—very nice.

We met with Jason this week and had quite the bomb lesson. We taught him the law of tithing, which he understood very well, and a bit about the word of wisdom, just answering questions he had (even though some Germans have different outlooks on it). Overall, great lesson. He is still ready and planning on getting baptized on January 6th, which is wonderful.

On Friday, we did some zone caroling around different suburbs in Hamburg, and that was quite the blast. My son, Elder Mehr, and I had a blast giving out cards and speaking to some legends while the rest of our zone sang some Christmas songs. We met some very cool and nice people, a legendary lady from Oldenburg (the city Elder Mehr and I were a year ago), some legendary German girls who have great tastes in music and were also pretty interested in our message (legends took like 3 extra Light the World cards to give to their friends).

some legend we saw in a u Bahn station

Caroling with the Zone

Overall, it was a super fun night—except one noteworthy roast one of us got. As we were finishing up in one of the suburbs, we started getting ready to take a picture, but a passerby didn’t want that to happen apparently. As he walks by, he hits the phone out of Elder Hickenlooper’s hands. The Elder ignores it, and then as he tries to pick it up, the guy kicks his phone around on the ground. We (still posed for the picture ) are all just like, what da freaking heck is going on? The man leaves, but turns right back and starts swearing at us, calling us a sect, and shoving the Elder pretty hard. Elder Hillyard takes a step up to protect poor lil’ Elder Hickenlooper, but the guy walks away (probably because of fear of the great Elder Kevin Oliver Hillyard) and doesn’t forget to leave a good ol’ spit on him.

//Love//

Interesting story, but goes to show how even in 2017 Christmas time we can still get such persecution from people, when we are doing truly nothing wrong, but spreading the word of the Gospel.

We also had a legendary lesson with Richmond and he still really wants to be baptized, but struggles hardcore with getting to church, so we’ll have to roast him nice and good.

Anyways, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and don’t forget to leave room for Christ, the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas.

Eat some good food.


Bye


Elder Glenn JohnsonKirche Jesu ChristiHeckengang 5521079 HamburgGermany

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sie ist schwanger? Was hat sie gemacht?

Hëÿ,

To start you off on this pleasant P-day, I’d like to relieve you of your worries from the subject line of this email. If you’ve already translated it for some reason or your German is just taking over and you’re forgetting your English, you’ll recognize that the sentence means „She‘s pregnant? What did she do?“ That was a quote straight out of our ward Christmas party, ladies and gentlemen. A few of our legends were acting out the nativity with hand puppets with the kids of the ward participating. Well, Mary’s part comes on and the actor of Joseph (the true legend himself) says to the kids those questions, followed with an „uhh.....I mean....“ and before he could get another word out he had all the adults in the room weak at the knees; great experience.

Christmas is getting closer and closer and that’s great. We had a Christmas party with our fellow workers from the Tafel. We were a little freaked out, because we had no idea what to expect; eating at some random German restaurant (that looked more like a bar from the outside) in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of Germans. But, oh man, was this a treat. I was blessed with some really awesome tasting duck, along with Knödel and Rotkohl of course, and Elder Hillyard unfortunately got Grünkohl (cue Sister Stewart‘s classic „GRÜNKOHL??“), but he enjoyed it. One of the saddest parts was when we realized that it was all free, drinks and everything, and we hadn’t used our free refills to our advantage until about 20 minutes before we were done. Never making that mistake again. But once half of them were drunk and singing it got to be quite the show. Germans and their alcohol, man!

We were also „surprised“ at our Christmas party with the assignment to sing a song. I put quotes around surprised, because we had talked about it before that they might do that. Apparently it’s a German tradition to have the missionaries sing a song at the party. But luckily we were prepared and had gone over the words to „Jingle Bells“ beforehand. We were also pleased with the opportunity of meeting one of the greats this week; Stephen Sinclair. The man who created the legendary pie loving Elder Ryan Sinclair. It was quite a funny experience though, I don’t think I could’ve been able to count how many times this legend said goodbye before he actually left, quite fantastic.

Anyways, other than that the work is going great. We are just waiting on Georg’s papers to be finished then the legend can be baptized, Jason is still getting baptized on January 6th, and Richmond will come around sometime and quit letting our appointments fall through haha. We’ve also been doing lots of finding and spreading the joy of the Christmas season through the light the world initiative. Macht mit.


Peace out



district Christmas sons

ِگِندس (Persian Group in Hamburg)

Huh?


Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany

Monday, December 4, 2017

Well that's not pretty

Merry Christmas everybody!

We had quite the week. Nothing compared to last week’s craziness, but it was still fun.

winterdom is good
We had a lesson with Jason again that started off not too well, but did a full 180 and ended with him deciding he’s going to be baptized on January 6th and there’s nothing going to stop him from that, so that was dope.

Georg is also doing quite well. The Rathaus in Wilhelmsburg was super classic and not open at all until today, so he wasn’t able to get the papers done to get married quite yet. But we’re hoping for about 4 weeks from now, we should be ready to baptize the legend. We also had a good amount of lessons fall through this week, which included one with Richmond, so that wasn’t very fun.

legendary poster at Richmond’s house

Other than all that, we’ve just been doing lots of finding and getting everyone to Light the World. We’ve had some super dope conversations with some legends about the real meaning of Christmas, and how most people forget what it actually is. We’ve found the perfect question for people when we talk to them on the street und zwar „What is the real meaning of Christmas to you?“ and that’s perfect BECAUSE, if they are religious, most of them would say it’s about the birth of Jesus, about coming closer to God all that good stuff...but, even if they aren’t religious, they will talk about how it’s about family and just being a good person in general. So no matter in which direction it goes, it’s always super possible and easy to bring it back to the #LightTheWorld initiative, which is great by the way. We’ve been trying to do something every day that goes along with the initiative and posting it on our WhatsApp story so that we can hopefully inspire someone to also try to Light the World.

cute Tannenbaum 

district pdayyyy

nice

You all do the same. Be nice people and love others—that is all.

Byeeeeeeeeee


Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany


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