Thursday, July 28, 2016

Progressing In The Language, Rocky & Rules

This week at the MTC has been a good one. The language is progressing well and everyone's personalities are starting to show. I'm able to read now in Russian, which is pretty amazing, it's just big words take a little while. It is pretty amazing how quickly we are progressing though. Don't get me wrong, its a difficult language, but there's always been progress. Regardless of how fast or slow we are going, it only matters if we're moving forward instead of backwards. Though this applies to my language study, this also heavily applies to almost all aspects of our lives (and very much so in the gospel and our personal goals). 

You know in Rocky 3 (if you haven't seen it, I'm sorry). Rocky is not having a good time with the training. He can’t swim, run, jump, rope and is overall a total potato of a man. 5 minutes later after a pep talk (and some eye of the tiger), he's doing all of those things like it's nothing. Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Progress and positive change come through work, being outside our comfort zone, and most importantly time. Now that I’ve given you guys some fancy speech and insight, let me compensate with some story time. 

So there is a slight issue within the MTC that I was expecting to be a problem for me... Rules: Rules against this, rules against that. I often find myself breaking tiny rules by accident and then doing it again. Among one of these odd rules in the MTC (not in the volunteer field) is no cutting the hair for your buddies. Needless to say I had broken this rule. 

Elder Richardson and I are pretty great barbers, and Elder Snow was pretty happy to get his hair cut by the two of us. 

Did I cut Elder Snow's hair? Yes, and it looked beautiful. 

Did I role up my sleeve to flex my muscle for a picture? Yes. 

Did I not shave that morning? Okay, I did but my face just has good beard genes. 

Am I rule breaker? Pretty much. 

To anyone reading these short blogs, I hope you're enjoying the updates. These blogs will be a bit longer once I’m actually in Russia. 
Until next time, 

Elder Cody Johnson

Friday, July 22, 2016

Week one in the MTC and loving it!

The MTC sort of reminds me of preschool. I can't read the big words, I have a buddy following me around, and some of the elders have tantrums and should've been spanked more. Though I'm rendered to being a preschooler, I love this training center though. The Russian is not easy and the classes are immersion, but I'm fairly pleased and pleasantly surprised with how quickly my district and I are catching on with the language (I'm sure that the nine hours of classroom time a day help). The days feel like weeks, and the weeks have felt like days here. I find myself lying in bed at night thinking to myself, "Dang, It's already Thursday!”

My entire district (10 of us) will be going to Moscow.  There are some others on out floor in the residence who've been assigned to other parts of Russia, such as Saint Petersburg, one place I can't pronounce, and separate parts of Siberia. It's nice to be surrounded by others who are learning the same language as myself. I've really noticed a different overall feeling around the other volunteers going to Russia. They're all relatively mature, quiet when silence is needed, sharp, and the majority of them hold some very refreshing conversation when the bland small talk of "how are you?" "Where you from?" Doesn't suffice. I think I’ll be fitting in well with this group of young men and women who have dedicated the next two years of their life to service. 

I'm sure I’ll have more to talk about as the weeks go on. 

Thank you very much for the support and love from you all. 

With love,
Elder Cody Johnson.

"Let us not be creatures of circumstance, but the creators of such."-Elder Bednar at the evening devotional. (He just decided to drop on by) 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Well, it's officially the beginning! I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to serve and I hope to represent my family, my country, and my faith well in this grand adventure I’m about to go on. Thank you again to all who have helped me get here. I hope to hear from you soon!
Elder Cody Johnson

Elder Johnson and Great Grandpa Astle

Grandma Janet

We arrived at the Training Center around 10 a.m to have Elder Cody Johnson set apart as a volunteer  of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Afterwards went to "brunch" at Waffle Love and then took photos at the new City Center Provo Temple. 

Waiting for the MTC president to come and
get us to set Elder Johnson apart.

Waffle Love - Provo Utah

When we pulled up to the drop off curb at the Training Center (MTC) we were surprised to see a famaliar face, Elder Joe Stock from the Springfield Missouri South Stake. He was one of the host Elders for the day.  

Elder Joe Stock greeting Elder Cody Johnson

Final goodbyes!  Sierra is at EFY so she had hers on Monday.