Monday, November 13, 2017

#DerLichtEinWelt

Good day, acquaintances.

Well, this week was a crazy one. We started off this week with a total of 0 investigators with a baptismal date and ended with a legendary 3 investigators with baptismal dates.

Let us go through them. Jason, he is a son of a member in our ward, who we’ve been meeting with quite often and playing sports with every week. He is trying hard to find an answer for whether or not the church is true, and if he should get baptized. Well this legend decides to take the 2nd of December as a date for him to get baptized, as he searches further and further to see if the church is true.

NEXT on the list, we have our legend Georg. He is an older gentleman, but he has got quite the young sense of humor might I say. He is getting married, and then gonna get baptized about a week later, how legendary. He reads in the scriptures about an hour a day, and isn’t even a member yet! That’s a pretty solid roast to all of you who ain’t got time for that. An overall legend.

Last but certainly not least, we have our friend Richmond from the wonderful country of Africa. He’s very new to Germany, but has family members in our church and realllyyyyy wants to be baptized. He has already fought against his job to get Sundays free, and he was finally at church on Sunday as well! If all goes well, we can probably get our legend baptized on the 1st of December.

Overall, I am super pleased and satisfied with how well the work is going here. We continue to find new people to teach every week, lose a few every now and then, but wow, it’s wonderful. Anyways, enough with the sappy stuff.


Our district. Rip Elder Ausobsky

We had the chance to go out with some „future missionaries“ on splits this week which was fun. It was good to have a solid conversation with someone who can tell me all about the new xbox games coming out and which ones I gotta play and which ones I shouldn’t. No, but he was a legend. We met ourselves with Georg, drank some God-sent peach tea, some less God-sent weird cake things, and he had a great time getting a taste of the mission life. He did wonderful, also gave out his first Book of Mormon out of many to come.


after the mission prep day

On our mini splits, we were standing in a bus back to the church, and I heard a small family speaking English. Now friends, in Hamburg, hearing English isn’t so rare. But bear in mind, even though not many speak it correctly, there are other countries where the people speak English that can be living in Germany. For example: anywhere in the UK, many parts of Africa, Canada, usw (etc.). This family though was speaking the real correct English, I could just feel it. I headed down towards them and was straight up with them. I started off, „Excuse me, I don’t mean to interrupt, but I couldn’t help but notice that you guys sound very American.“ Of course they were, and we got to have a solid American conversation with two people not from Utah. Wonderful.

In any case, the work here is walking beautifully, and it’s amazing to see the power the gospel and the Book of Mormon can have in changing people’s lives and bringing them closer to our Father in Heaven.

Stay lit this week boys.



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Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany


Monday, November 6, 2017

Super Classic

Happy Monday everybody,

Well, this week was a fun one. We had a zone conference this week and it was quite an entertaining one. We learned a lot about the Reformation and the role it played in the growing of religion in Germany because we had Zone Conference on October 31st—one of the biggest holidays in Germany—HALLOWEEN. Oh yeah, it was also some random 500 year anniversary of some guy posting a bunch of complaints about the Catholics on a door; but who even cares about that right?



Altona Church is a legit Mansion
Hamburg and Neumünster Zones

Afterwards, we were blessed with the opportunity to hitch a ride with our dear President Christian Hans Fingerle back down to Wilhelmsburg where he accompanied us in a lesson with Georg. Also freaking GOOD news: Georg is getting married on December 5th!!!! That means this legend is gonna get baptized as soon as possible after that. Also he wants me to be a witness at his wedding, how dope!

Halloween is quite interesting here in Germany. Unknown to most, the kids here actually are going trick or treating nowadays here. We saw a bunch, but didn’t have any candy to give out so we blacked out our apartment so nobody would ring hahaha. But the young teenagers here celebrate Halloween in a different, more German way. Und zwar they find joy in pelting almost every single bus in the city area with eggs. I didn’t see a single bus that night that was without egg splatters. Classic German youth.

On Friday morning, we were doing some weekly planning and we get a call from a random number, but knew it was a missionary in our mission. Well, I answered it, and it turned out to be a very good friend of mine, a sister missionary in a former district. Well, she talking to a Persian guy on the street at that very moment who couldn’t speak English or German and she was like „Well, can you talk to him for me??“ And so I was like, „Uh, no but I’ll try haha. “ And then he got the phone and it was crazy. I was understanding a ton of what he was saying, was able to get my point across with what I was trying to say. I talked to him about God and Jesus and all that good stuff and he was super excited. I got a chance to introduce the کتاب مورمون (BofM) to him and he ended up taking a Book of Mormon and swapped phone numbers with the sisters! All in Farsi too—like what the heck? (The gift of tongues in action!)

Anyways the time is flying by and I can’t believe I’ve been here in Hamburg for almost 6 weeks already, it feels so fast. Elder Hillyard and I are killing it out here, and are super pumped for our upcoming baptisms in the next couple weeks. Let us pray for miracles, because God wants to give them to us. It’s great to be able to see the hand of the Lord frontline out here!
Have fun this week 🙂




the Altona church is a legit mansion
Most of the Persian group ❤️ 


some cute pday sights 

TV Tower in Hamburg

Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany


Monday, October 30, 2017

Out for a year? Nah

On Wednesday, October 25 of the year 2017, my fearless Zone Leader, Elder Jarom Hickenlooper, and I were on splits for the day. Going throughout our planned activities for the day, it comes time for us to make our way over to a sister in their ward, who needed help moving things around in her house.

As we are both fairly new to Hamburg, we were a bit lost on the U Bahns, so we decided to get out at a station called Wartenau. Now we are looking for a way to get there, soon to find out, we can take either a U Bahn (the one we were just in) or a bus. We decided to take a bus instead of more U Bahns, because we’re both used to busses and U Bahns are a little foreign to us.

As we are walking up towards the bus stop, I see a woman walk towards me in the corner of my eye, and speak to me starting off in English, and when I turned around it switched to German. „Elder Johnson?“ she asks, looking at my nametag, „Yes, that’s me,“ I reply. She then asks a question I had never thought I would hear for a long time. „Is your dad‘s name, Chuck?“. To this question I reply (in English, even though we were speaking German) „Yes..?“

She then proceeds to recall her memories of my father serving in her ward, as he served in Hamburg more than 30 years ago. She could still remember him coming over to their house for Christmas all those years ago. She saw us two Elders, and knew she recognized my face from the very first sight. She is one of the only people who my dad is still in contact with from his mission in the Hamburg mission, and the chances of us running into each other like that are very very small. But as we learn from the prophets, es gibt keine Zufälle (there are no coincidences).

My Dad's friend, Petra

I hit my year mark on the mission this week, pretty sick.

That was the big highlight of my week. Other highlights: we had a lit supertausch in Harburg where we played an intense game of BS, had some more lessons with some legends, gave some Books of Mormon out, and feasted upon one of the most heavenly pizzas on the planet.

a stake dance we helped set up a bit
This pizza had Ground beef, pepperonis, bacon, chicken breast, AND bbq sauce. We’re talking one of the most American things you can buy here; ‚twas a blessing to eat.

dürüm lit laden



Elder Hillyard is scary when he’s mad

Happy Halloween

Well. The bock is getting lower and lower so I’m gonna say Tschüss!

Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Zauberei Boys

Moin ladies and gentlemen, a warm welcome back to my weekly.

Now that that’s over, allow me to go to the explaining of my week. We met with Jason again this week and that went super well. We were able to go through the 10 commandments and through the rest that we have in our church, and he really enjoyed it and was down to follow them, so that’s a good sign. We also met with our friend Georg a few times. He’s still working on preparing to be baptized so that’s sweet! We went through the baptismal interview questions and he took them like a champ. His son even sat in on most of the lesson.

A miracle happened again this week! We received news from our good friend Richmond who also wants to be baptized, that his boss decided he can have Sundays off from work starting at the beginning of November so that he can come to church! It’s awesome to see that all of our prayers were answered. He’s also working extra crazy overtime for the rest of this month so that he can have Sundays free, which is so cool to see.

We met a very interesting Polish man at a street display this week. He went up to one of the sisters and got real nice and close up to her, so I headed over there to make sure nothing would happen. He couldn’t understand or speak a word of German, and after trying to explain the Church/Book of Mormon in German while showing him the Polish Book of Mormon, we realized 😥 he was just plain crazy. He started kinda touching one of the sisters and then he grabbed one of the sister’s arms and tried to take her with him, and that’s when I decided that was enough haha. I grabbed him away from her, had the sisters go somewhere else, and helped him find his way to anywhere that wasn’t where we were.

Well, that’s about it for this week. We don’t have much time because we went and saw some dope stuff in Hamburg. As a sorry for not writing a ton, I’ll grace your eyes with some good ole pics.

Read the Book of Mormon.







Trip to the Philharmonie via ferry


some bomb ice cream with a member in Buxtehude


Ballin City 🏀 


Tschüss

Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany

Monday, October 16, 2017

I Live Among Hamburgers

Greetings homies,

Welcome back to another report of the 2 American guys trying to preach the word of God in a somewhat anti-God country. We’re still working closely with 2 of our friends who will be baptized, but unfortunately both of them need to wait a little longer to be ready to be baptized, but that’s okay. In fact, we had a small miracle at our lesson with Richmond, our friend from Ghana. We rang his apartment and he let us in. And as we were walking in he was about to walk out to leave, because his boss had called him to come do something. But he decided he’d have us teach him and he would just wait for his boss to call again. We taught for about 30 minutes and then his boss called and cancelled their appointment, so we got to finish our bomb lesson. Miracles haven’t ceased boys.





we representing Arizona here in Hamburg

We’ve been working with another investigator of ours, Jason, to find an answer for the big ole question whether or not the church is true. We spent a good hour or so with him discussing how he can find the answer and what he needs to do with the answer once he gets it, commonly known as real intent. He seemed to enjoy and learn a lot from it, and came to church. So we’re making some good progress here ladies and gentlemen.

Our ward has been focusing a lot on missionary work, which is sweet to see. They emphasize praying specifically for the missionaries of their ward by name, and since they’ve started doing that we have been reaping the benefits from it. We experienced another miracle on Sunday. A little late into the first hour of church, a lady walks in and sits down in the congregation. Throughout the meeting, she did a few things that you’d see normally in a Catholic Church or other religions which aren’t quite what we usually do during sacrament meeting. We went up afterwards and introduced ourselves and she had a cool story. She’s from Haiti and lives here in our little part of Hamburg. She wanted to visit a church because for some reason hers was closed, and after asking around on the street, someone pointed her in the direction of ours. She loved sacrament meeting, really enjoyed the English Sunday school class with our English speaking members, and said she’s going to try to come every week! We got to give her a Book of Mormon and explain a little bit about our church, but more importantly we exchanged phone numbers and we planned on meeting this week. How sick is that?

I tried to think of something funny that happened this week to write about, but all the miracles kind of drowned out the funny stories so sorry not sorry haha. I really enjoyed a quote we heard in church on Sunday from a speaker who said, „We need to first love ourselves before we can love our neighbor as we love ourselves.“ As commanded, we need to love our neighbor as ourselves—we can’t do that if we don’t love ourselves. I just figured that was a cool thought to share.

some monument of a dude with a gun, found it fitting

These r not the missionaries u are looking 4 
when there are no open seats 😫
anotha monument ne?



Enjoy your weeks, my sons

Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

„Er duscht dich“

Moin,

There’s been so much crap the past 5 days, I will now use the form of bullet points as an attempt to make it all known.

  • I said goodbye to some legendary families in Brandenburg
The Osbecks, my legends

  • I took a tea candle light bath, quite relaxing might I say

My lit bath--last night in Brandenburg

  • Traveling to Hamburg 
Goodbye, my legends


  • In Hamburg, we were hit by a huge storm, they called it „Xavier“ you can look it up. The storm killed 6 people in northern Germany and 1 lady in Hamburg

  • The storm basically stopped all movement of public transportation in and around Hamburg

Hamburg craziness--the main screen was totally blank 

  • We were almost hit by a falling branch going out to check out the big tree that fell down

  • We served with a very interesting man at the Tafel, who will only call us by our first names and loved controversial questions about the church

  • We saw 2 car crashes on the same corner on the same day

  • We saw 3 busses in an accident in which they all had destroyed fronts and lots of police

  • We put our friend Richmond on baptismal date, for the 28th of October, super sick lesson about Christ visiting the Americas and about the restoration

  • We met with another few African legends

  • We played soccer one morning and the people we played with kicked the ball so hard it broke a window of the stake center



  • After soccer we went home and showered and while I was showering the Hausmeister under us came up and asked if all is good, because we don’t usually shower during the day, and Elder Hillyard meant to say „er duscht sich“ which means he’s showering himself; but said rather „er duscht dich“ which means he’s showering you

  • Georg, another investigator of ours, is also being baptized on the 28th with our friend Richmond

  • We sat next to a guy on the S Bahn who had some Arabic letters on his phone, so I peeked over and read that it was Persian, so I used some of my amazing sign language to tell Elder Hillyard that, so we started speaking Persian to each other very not well. But then I made a mistake and the guy fixed my mistake and I got to „act all surprised” that he spoke Persian, and we introduced the church and the Book of Mormon and gave him a Persian one. We wrote down his number WRONG, sadly, but hopefully he’ll find the church somehow. He seemed quite interested

  • This city is dope and the mission work here is going suuuuper well--I’m loving it

View from my Apartment


Hamburg Rathaus is siiiiiick man

chill half sphere seats in wormland

Well then that’s how it’s going here. The Lord is working miracles left and right and we get to reap the rewards of hard work. Stay thirsty my friends…




Elder Glenn Johnson
Kirche Jesu Christi
Heckengang 55
21079 Hamburg
Germany