Friday, July 14, 2017

Still Moving Forward & Rock Climbing

I think he face shows how excited that he was able to go climbing.  

This week has been great. I feel like the work here is really progressing. I feel like my studies have been moving along pretty well. I was recently reading not too long ago about how the Lord has given us power. We must do what we can do and then wait quietly for the Lord. I really like that principle in the gospel.

Our current investigators are doing well. Rosteek is moving forward. We now have him on date and he is following all the commandants. I think that moving his date sooner was not a bad idea. We have a family now, which is very exciting! 

This week we did a lot of fun little things, but mainly we were out of town for a lot of meetings. We got approval to rock climb for finding, it's been epic! We've made tons of new friends and contacts there. The idea turned out well and we got some great contacts. A couple want us to meet with them at a cafe and talk more. I think that this will lead to the good ole "why are you here?" question and we'll be able to get into a gospel discussion. 

I'm sorry this letter is a bit shorter we have a lot going on this week and not as much time. I wish you all well. Have a good one! 


-Elder Cody Johnson

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Don't Judge Others & Grateful To Be In Krivoy Rog

This is an older photo Elder Johnson just downloaded to his google drive.
It was too good not to share.  lol

I had a pretty interesting experience this week. I was having some concerns for an investigator. To be honest, I just didn’t have any hope in him for the longest time. But one day I was sitting and reading about judgement and how we have no right to judge another person. That next day, we got a call from that investigator, he had been fasting and praying and he decided he wanted to be baptized.  It just goes to show that we never really know the end of the story in regards other people. We have no right to guess or assume who will make progress and who will not. It was a great experience and I don't intend on forgetting it anytime soon. 

Our current investigators are doing well. Rosteek is moving forward. We now have him on date and he is really striving to be a better person.  I think that moving his baptismal date sooner would not be a bad idea. Our other investigator is Areena. She seems very nice and we plan on continuing to meet with her. I think she has a lot of potential to be a great member of the Branch. 

This week for finding we plan on inviting Valeree, a local rock climber to come and meet with us and to bring all of his climbing friends so that we can share our stories about our adventures. I think this will be a great way to get contacts.

It's been another great week in Krivoy Rog. I'm so grateful to be here.

Hope all is well.

Elder Johnson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Just A Great Week

Thank you to Elder Johnson's friends who post photos of him on FB so we can see his face so often and I can use them on his blog.  We really grateful.  

Hey Everyone!! 

It has been a great week. Lots of fun things. 

The branch is doing well. It's pretty cool that we had our first presidency meeting and it was even cooler to see Koozma conducting our sacrament meeting. Plus Vasya is really starting to come even more out of his shell. He is fulfilling his calling as branch mission leader very well. Kostya also received the Melchezidec priesthood yesterday. Our Branch is moving forward quickly and I'm so excited for that.

Our current investigators are doing well. Rosteek is moving forward and really progressing. He enjoys meeting with us and discussing the principles of the gospel. I think he's found a new circle of support in the church, and that's been a big help for him. We also have Andy and Andrey. Andy is a good man and he came to church this week. He's got a lot of potential. He's pretty open minded in general, but i think he has a special interest in the church.Same for Andrey. I don't know either of them very well as of yet, so I don’t have as much to say about them yet. 

Sports night was a great tool for us this week. That is how we found Andy and Andrey. We were just playing football and having good conversation. At the end of the activity, we casually invited them to church. This led to both of them asking more questions, and becoming investigators. I think as long as we are ourselves when inviting people to act,it’s all fine. It's when missionaries act like someone they are not when things get weird. (and people think mormons are weird.) 

That was our great week in Krivoy Rog. Hope all is going well for you all.

With love, 

Elder Cody L. Johnson

Monday, June 19, 2017

Officially a Branch!

We have a **branch now! This is a big step in Krivoy Rog. We are so excited to move forward in Krivoy Rog, and her progression. All the members who have received callings are still excited. With the organization of priesthood quorum and relief society as well, I think we are going to have some great things in this area soon. I think the Elder Houghton was pretty stressed about being a branch president, and I think he still worries about it sometimes, but honestly who wouldn't worry about that.  We have been searching for a couple building for our branch and talking with a lot of people about different properties. I think we found the building we want though. Hopefully it will all work out. 

We continually work hard as a district and set a few goals to improve ourselves in unity and our finding. I love how our district is able to work together so well. I see our district as a school of fish. All in synch like on big organism but all single individuals. The new missionary, Elder Dinehart is fitting in well here in Krivoy Rog as well. 

With the festival, we ended up finding out that we have a couple more methods of getting good conversation with people on the street, which is exciting. We also have a couple of events that some of our contacts have planned that we plan on attending. We're still brainstorming on finding a new method to find instead of English, that is as effective as English (just for the sake of being prepared).

A couple of days ago we got stopped by some soldiers and had the most aggressive friendly conversation in my life. Everything about our conversation, body language and mannerisms were really aggressive, but everything that was said was really nice. It was really weird. 

The work is fun, the weather is better, and the air is still factory city air. I can't complain.

Have a good one guys! 
- Elder Johnson

** The term "ward" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is used to describe a congregation. Wards are usually made up of between 300-350 members (if there are too few members for a ward, the congregation is known as a "branch") all of whom live within a certain geographic area.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Staying Put & Growing the Area

Hey Everyone!

Not too much to talk about this week. Transfers were this week and almost nothing has changed. I'm excited to figure out some new goals for this transfer. So this week will mainly include me trying to figure out a couple new goals. 

Unity and obedience in the companionship is great! I'm excited to be working with Houghton for another transfer. This will be our fourth transfer together, that will be 6 months by the end of this one. We'll be beating some marriage records! haha We will continue setting goals and we have some good ideas on how we can develop this area even further.

Establishing the Church here in Krivoy Rog: Karina was baptized and she was welcomed into the branch with so much love from the other members. Which is awesome! We gave Vasya the calling of the branch mission leader. He took it really well and he's very excited to be part of the work. We also gave Diana the calling of being a ward missionary. She is also very excited.

Finding: We will be going to another festival this Saturday. There will be a lot of good things happening there. Hopefully we will be able to find people at this event and also with our presentation at Arcellor Mittal (the biggest factory and employer in our city.), so that will be fun :D.
With that said, we have a lot of work to do. It's going to be fun. We're looking forward to it. 
I love you all. Have a good day!

-Elder Johnson

Hmmm....A reminder that the average age of a missionary is 18/19 years old.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Zone Conference

Hey Everyone!
This week we had zone conference. The main points that we went over were perspective, being bold (but not stupid), and Building Zion. It was a super cool meeting. It was fun and we learned a lot. 

Now that we are approaching the end of the transfer so I've been looking at some of the goals I had made for this transfer. I've been really happy to have a little better understanding of Ukrainian culture and her people. I've also loved studying more about self-improvement through the Atonement.

I had an interesting experience this week. I woke up at 4 a couple nights ago, and I sat there and thought, "Well this is what we talked a little about at zone conference, maybe I’ll get some revelation." So I grabbed a pen and notebook, and sat there for a few minutes. I felt prompted to write a few random thoughts, and I also write down whatever the heck came to my mind. That next morning I opened up my little book that I had written in and though there were some random thoughts that were definitely from a half-asleep Johnson, and not inspired ideas. I don’t think that when I wrote down "African Circus Trade School?" I was too inspired. However, there were some pieces of information that I found really helpful and even something I'd like to share with an investigator. So that was a cool little experience. 

Train ride to or back from Zone Conference

The companionship is good. We get along great. I really enjoy working with Elder Houghton. I know usually companions get tired of each other by the end of their third transfer together, but I honestly feel like our friendship is just as fresh. It's a good time working with him.  We will be giving Vasya the calling of the branch mission leader, since Igor will now be moving to Katar really soon. In regards to our district, they are doing great. We talked about zone conference and our take away. The two take aways our district got was to be more bold, and sanctify ourselves to create a Zion district. We are very excited to continue on the process to "building Zion" In the East..

 Karina decided to be baptized this week! We had finished the lessons with her and we had said to here that we have finished all our lessons, and again invited her to be baptized. She smiled, and without hesitation said yes. It was an awesome experience. I'm really happy for her. She will make a great addition to the branch. 
I think that's all for this week, I love you guys. Keep living life!

-Elder Johnson