Monday, January 30, 2017

Changing Things Up & Free Stuff Works!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week. 

This week has been a good one. Since the new year our branch has set some new goals and these goals were a little bolder. In short, in order to hit these goals, the members and the missionaries need to work together. With that said, we have been going on a lot of member splits lately. (Where the companionship splits and each missionary goes with a member to an appointment to teach, or something of that nature.)  We went on two member splits this week and both were fairly successful. Both of the splits have really pushed me on the language but that's not a bad thing. Easy never made anyone strong, now did it?  ha-ha so that's been pretty fun. 

I also gave my first blessing to a man in Russian. That was a little daunting for me. He didn’t explode or anything, so I guess I did it all right. Ha-ha

No explanation, but it kind of explains itself.  

This week we as a district we wanted to do something a little more creative than the normal walking on the street and asking random people if they are interested in learning English or the Book of Mormon. So instead of doing the standard routine, we got a giant sign that said "Free Books". And filled our bags with copies of the Book of Mormon.  We walked out onto the street and went at it. It was a pretty fun time and we had lot of great discussions with people on the street. So if there's a lesson behind this it is, free stuff is waaay more effective than anything. ha-ha

It's been a fun week. We had our zone conference interviews with our mission president, and we will be finding out if we are going to be staying in Kharkov this next transfer or not. 

Hope you all are having a great winter! Go on some adventures! 


-Elder Cody L. Johnson.

I am not sure if these photos are related to the one above...hmmm? lol 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Be A Pioneer

Hello Everyone!! I'm going to start this blog off with a big thank you to the Harrison Ward (my home church congregation). I just got all of your Christmas letters! I enjoyed reading each of the wonderful notes you sent. Thank you very much. 

Not much has happened this week. Some more snow and ice, slipping in the snow, and being called a Yankee by some of the older folks here. But this week in Ukraine has been pretty dang fun. 

W had an English lesson on Pioneers and what it means to be a pioneer.  Thanks to the Google, we had this definition for the class:

noun: pioneer; plural noun: pioneers
1. A person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.

verb: pioneer; 3rd person present: pioneers; past tense: pioneered; past participle: pioneered; gerund or present participle: pioneering
1. Develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity).

We ended up playing a game about pointing out characteristics of pioneers. Some of the responses were normal (brave, tough, smart). Though there were many other answers, the words that stuck out to me that they said were "Brave, Adventurous, and Resilient". Maybe it's all the Borscht or Shuarma (middle eastern burrito) I've been eating but those words just really stick out and inspire me personally to be a "pioneer".

Elder Cody Johnson, Vladimir Andreev, Elder Anderson

Unfortunately I don’t have much time again but I want to challenge you all, readers and friends, to go out and be a pioneer or do something of that nature. 
I love you all. I hope all you are doing well and staying out of trouble. 


Elder Cody J. Johnson

Monday, January 16, 2017

No Time.

Hello Everyone,

I am really sorry to say this but today there is not much time to write a blog letter. There will be some good stories next week on the blog.

Stay frosty, and go do something fun. 

-Elder Cody Johnson

Luke 15:4-7

4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.