Thursday, September 25, 2014

Living in the Sand

They cleaned a beach this week. It was covered in
every single kind of trash there is and there were loads
of dead birds. "Ha, so the moral of the story is:
 Trash really does kill birds, so be nice to nature."
Elder Johnson also said,
"Ha, I love all of you so much
and I pray for you every day!!!"  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Young Elder Johnson Out 2 months

Elder Johnson has been walking a lot in the sand. He had
an awesome training meeting and tried to soak it all in. He
thinks his Spanish is finally starting to progress. He said the
kids there play with "pogs" and cap guns.

This week, he bought and tried a new kind of fruit, but
he won't ever buy it again. He also got bitten by a dog
for the first time. Luckily it was a tiny dog and the
teeth didn't make it through his sock. Sunday, he said,
"Some much bigger dogs decided they wanted a taste
of the gringo but I called on my inner Earnest T Bass
and threw quite a bit of rocks and ran like a schoolgirl
down the hill."
He did not explain this photo.

Our New Home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

These boys helped us move out of our old house, carrying
the couches and everything, but they wouldn't let us pay them.

Our new house with just the
right size lawn to mow.
Just a donkey grazing alongside the road
with the cool cows that they have here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Happy New Year"

"Happy New Year! from Dale and Cindy. "We love and miss you all!"

Matt in his first area. It's winter there and cold.
He is lifting weights here on preparation day. 
Elder Johnson said its hard that a lot of families can't afford to go to church but he and his companion are working really hard to find a way to help them get there. They have Family Nights with people and have taught them how to play "No Come Pedra". He says" I really love following the spirit and teaching people." but he said that he still confuses people.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book of Mormon Challenge

We are giving everyone a challenge. Don't worry, no ice water is involved.
September 11th is the first day of the new year on the Ethiopian calendar.
We challenge you all to read the Book of Mormon starting September 11 
and finishing by our new year, January 1st.


Gibb's in Ethiopia

The village where Aunt Pirrko and Uncle
Daryl lived and did humanitarian projects,
including building these cement huts.
They lived in this building and
fed students here that came to school.
This is the clinic where Aunt Pirrko
treated people from all around. They
also helped the LDS church build a well.
Efrem worked with them years ago
 and remembers them fondly. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014


"I really do love it here and the people, but the Spanish is hard. I want to teach with power and authority, but a lot of the time, I just confuse people. I have already seen a lot of miracles. Like when I left my wallet in a cab and somehow found the guy and he hadn't taken anything out. Also all our appointments fell through one day, so we prayed to find members and someone to baptize. Then we walked to a new area and found both." 

Pres Archibald took them to the ocean where they all burned
paper boats like Cortez burned his boats so his men had to stay.  
Matt and his companion.

"I have already eaten intestine, heart, and liver but usually I eat
 rice, soup, chicken, and more rice." 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Yes we have seen Animals in Africa!

Camels in a caravan, free on the side of the road and hitching a ride in a truck.

We've also seen baboons, monkeys, interesting birds, including a flock of vultures,
hyenas, and lots of burros, goats, sheep, horses, and chickens.


We went to Harar, an ancient city that still has walls and 5 gates standing . We were able to learn about some history and walk through the streets, even a narrow one where couples get together after being in such close contact as they passed. We bought delicious fresh fruit and feasted on roasted goat with enjera. Dale also fed some trained hyenas.

People in the Ethiopian Countyside

The people in Ethiopia are friendly, polite, and  very religious. They believe in God and are interested in learning about truth. These are some people as we traveled to different towns and villages. They speak Amharic, Oromo and lots of different languages. Luckily, some of them speak English too. 

What is my purpose as a Missionary?

I got to have my first Gospel Discussion on the plane
 and give a woman a Book of Mormon to read.
At work in the mission office

Cleaning up a street with Mormon Helping Hands
What is my purpose as a missionary? "To invite others to come
unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through
faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism,
receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."