This week has been pretty good. Sorry about the short letter last week.
This week Elder Houghton and I have been putting together a conference at one of the biggest universities in Krivoy Rog, where we will be having our mission president speaking. It's been pretty crazy putting together the conference with the college. We are anticipating a lot of professors and students coming from different universities from all of Europe. The conference will be happening in two days, and on the third day the college wants us to speak at the conference. Unfortunately Elder Houghton and I won't be doing that since we have some meetings in another city but the other missionaries in our area will be getting to it so it's all good. We are pretty excited to say the least.
We also have been working with the UNHCR (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in teaching people who have fled the war zone and are trying to settle into Krivoy Rog. We've been having a great time working with them and helping them develop their free english program. We have been having a great outcome from that with our English practice and even if we didn't, it's a great service for these good people here. Our English classes have gotten significantly better lately. Houghton and I decided that our main goal with these English classes is to simply have fun, unless asked otherwise. Any person (especially those who are in a not so good situations) could really use the laughter and good time. This week for one of our classes we had the class reenact famous movie scenes (for us we played “Luke, I am your father”, “fish are friends not food”, and another scene from Elf). Seeing some of our class playing Darth Vader and Luke in their thick Ukrainian accents in our conference room was probably one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I have also never seen a group of people so happy and laughing hard. So I think our goal was met.
I really enjoy doing this kind of work, mainly because we are bringing a good to the community. Even if people were not interested in our message, we are still doing good for the people around us. I love it! We have met with a lot of people after our English clubs though. Like Ammon (a person in the Book of Mormon), we have provided a good to the community and the hearts of the people are a lot more open to hearing our message and are even searching for our message. They are curious why we are here and are so keen on helping them.These moments have lead to some of the most spiritual discussions on my mission. We are currently going to have another baptism with a good friend named Jack (name has been changed for privacy and for the convenience of reading). Jack is super interested and has already read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. He is probably one of the most sincere people I have met here in Ukraine. Working with him, and others has been a blessing in my life and I look forward to continue working with people in this wonderful city.
I love you all folks, do something nice.
-Elder Cody Johnson
|I guess we need to get Elder Johnson a quilt with us on it and a Razorback flag. We are slacking!|