Monday, March 6, 2017

A Baptism & Much Success With the Conference.

Hey Everyone! This week has gone super well with the baptism of Jack and the conference that had happened.  The baptism was in a little sauna/hot tub that we had rented out for the morning. It's been a great experience working with Jack and we look forward to continue working with him. I would go into more detail about Jack and his stories but they are not really my stories to tell.  This week has also been really busy. We had the conference that we have been planning for the last few weeks and it turned out to be a hit. We had about 500 people there from different universities from all over Europe. It was a little crazy hearing all the different languages bounce back and forth from across the conference hall. It turned out really well though. We made a lot of new friends and have standing invitations to almost all of the universities in eastern Ukraine, which will really help the other missionaries in other parts of the mission. Along with that we have had a couple of doors open with Arcelor and Metal and a couple other companies to teach English to their employees. 

 President Sullivan spoke at the conference about something that separates companies (and people) from those who fall short of the mark and those who succeed, and that is, purpose and understanding potential. Often times people and companies will look at a result of a purpose and then consider that same result their own purpose and they will do well, but will not really be hitting their full potential (if that makes sense).  An example would be Apple, one of the bigger companies out there. They make new things, their purpose is to discover new things and hence all their fancy phones, TV's, and computers. These are the results. People see that result, and now their purpose is to make something similar, and they can't keep up. This is because their goal is to keep up, not discover. I wanted to bring that up because we as people can be similar to that situation. We may see little pieces of the big picture and attempt to make that little piece our big picture, when really we have the potential to achieve the whole thing. This may not be too interesting to you guys who are reading this blog entry but that principle just really stuck out this week to me. Once we understand or find our purpose, as opposed to striving towards the results of other's success, we can be able to do so much more with our life and leave a positive influence on those around us. I love you all and I hope you are all loving the spring weather.  Keep your cool and doing something kind for somebody! -Elder Johnson

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