Sorry i didnt email yesterday, we went to a stake sports activity yesterday for pday, and so we got time to email and shop, and do the stuff we need to get done in order to live today. lets see this last week has been pretty fun. this last week we had zone conference and it was awesome. we hiked a huge mountain behind the mission head quarters, and along the way had various spiritual messages. the topic was the sacrament, and how we can better remember its importance and utilize it in our daily lives. something that stuck out to me is how it is literally a physical tool that the lord has given to us in order for us to always remember him. consider 1 Nephi 3:7 100%true. our district also sang a musical number, and it turned out well, i do not know what the song was, but we practiced it a lot, and what is even crazier is some of the sisters in our district re-wrote part of the song, and did all this crazy stuff to it to make it sound good. they are musical geniuses. this week is transfer week, so we find out if i stay or go on thursday. ive tried to think about what might happen, but i honestly have no idea. all i know is the lords will will be done. President Barrow is so amazing. he always does what the lord wants him to do. this morning i got a call from our district leader asking me to give a talk in district meeting tomorrow. he asked me to talk about weaknesses, recognizing them, accepting them, and how through christ we can overcome them. the talk is only about halfway done now, but we will be ready. probably the best thing i have learned was in the april liahona, the is an article titled 'why weakness isnt a sin" or something like that. its truly amazing. through the grace of God and Christ we can do all things. you should all go read that article its super good. the whole magazine is. yesterday was the stake sports day,we played a lot of soccer and basketball, it was so much fun. though i do have a sunburn, and am sooooooo sore right now. but its fine. the rest of it is just work, eat. sleep, do it all again. when we were coming back from zone conference we miraculously saw one of our investigators at the bus terminal who had just dropped off the face of the earth. we are meeting him again, what a miracle, and we almost missed that bus too. there are no such things as accidents, im sure of it now. anyways, that is what is going on here in korea loving it and savoring every moment.
Hello everyone! this week went by so fast i can hardly believe it. it feels like it was just p-day, and here we are again. today we had to go to another city in our district to practice singing a song that we are going to sing in zone conference tomorrow, its a really, great song, so hard to sing, i feel bad for the sisters that are trying so hard to make it work, because me, my companion, and two other elders, which is about one third of the district, really are not the best at singing. but we try, and i think it will work out. its also raining again, so much rain. and when it does not rain it is muggy. so muggy, but the mornings are really nice. we finally finished unpacking this last week, that is awesome, it took so long. but its done.
the new house is great, i haven't taken any pictures of it yet but i intend to. also we are starting to see mosquitos. from what i have heard, in the summer there are way too many. it will be an adventure.
this week as i said has been pretty good, an investigator accepted a baptismal date today, it is set for the 27th of june. we hope al goes well. his name is Kim Jay Gue. he is a great guy. we met him in english class, and has progresses so much as we have met with him, such a blessing really. this transfer so far has just been a crazy amount of learning, and appreciating the fact that even though we all stil have miles and miles to go, the Lord has already brought us so far. and he will continue to carry us throughout our life. This gospel is truly amazing, and i love it now more than i ever have in my life.
these are my amazing chair, before the move, what happens when they think you cant use chopsticks well, and i am the year of the rat
So these last two weeks have been absolutely, crazy im sorry that i have not been able to write, we learned a lesson in time management last pday, because we did not get to email, and we also did not get to go shopping for food, but today we will get to and all will be well.
Last week was interesting, because we were moving the church, so we had a bunch of people we had planned to meet, but nowhere to meet them at, so it was very interesting. a lot of appointments fell through, but we learned a lot about how the lord provides for the needs of his children. the new church and house is absolutely amazing, the house we live in now is at least twice the size, and extremely close to the church. the location is perfect, it almost feels like a new area.
I do have one story that i want to share, so a week or two ago we were walking to our church to help, 'clean' just after moving in, but it turns out that we never cleaned or anything just walked there and back, but while we were walking to the church there was a guy that we decided to talk to and it turns out he is super amazing at english. his name is Mr. Beck and he is an a amazing man. he agreed to meet with us at a later time, and that was it after we got his contact information. yesterday we met with him and it was by far one of the greatest experiences of my mission to date. when we met with him, we talked a little about english, then he started to ask about our church. one thing led to another, and he ended up telling us how he wanted to accept our religion, and he loved the concept of it. which is amazing because he is a mensa member, a.k.a. genius and he believes in science, but he also is open to the idea of God, so we met with him, and he was so open minded and such a prepared person, he told us if he find out it is true he will join this church, so amazing. the spirit was strong, and i know he will progress. Such a blessing, it was no accident that we went to the church that night.
The rest of the mission is amazing, this week has just been crazy because we moved our house, and all spare time, has either been packing or unpacking. Elder Affleck is absolutely amazing. such a blessing to be with such a hard-working, amazing missionary. apparently there is a typhoon on its way, so we will get hit but the rain no doubt. we are ready though. wind rain, snow, whatever. the work goes onward.
It was a treat to Skype with Elder Dobbins last night. What a great Mother's day present. Elder Dobbins looks good and is in good health. He and Elder Afleck are working hard and they seem like a great fit to work together. They just moved from a one-room apartment to a two-bedroom apartment. They like it much better as it has more room to move around and separates their sleeping and studying areas. Elder Dobbins spoke Korean to us and wow, was I impressed! He's doing well. He and Elder Afleck have an investigator they call Brother Beck (they don't know his real name). He's highly intelligent - rated as a Mensa. The two elders are enjoying teaching him and getting to know him. They said he speaks English very well. They have a total of 9 investigators now, so they are keeping busy. Elder Dobbins speaks very highly of President Barrow, his Mission President.
Elder Dobbins is definitely where he needs to be at this time in his life. He is happy and learning so much. Thank you to all those who love and support Isaac. Please keep him in your prayers, especially as he continues to work hard finding people who are ready to change their lives.
(I'm sorry readers, I just realized that I didn't post this last week. )
Hello everyone, So this week has been absolutely crazy. By far the busiest in my mission. So on monday I met elder affleck at transfer meeting (no relation to ben affleck) he is a rock satar elder to say the least. Last P-day was super busy because we missed the bus we had inteneded to take, but we got on the next one, we just had no time, really only got shopping done. I ve started doing alot more cooking lately, and to be honest it is kind of fun. Much better than just living off of snacks and what not. yesterday i tried my hand at baking, but it was a disaster.. a huge disaster. i was going for cookie dough, but ended up with gross pancake batter. ots ok though, im a missionary not a cook
Elder Affleck is from Sandy utah. He has been out for aboput 9 months. he is awesome. i love serving with him, he is extremely focused on the work, works diligently, and we have a blast all at the same time. He is such a blessing. At this point in time, we have 6 investigators, with probably about 3-4 more people that could become investigators again. thay are all former investigators, and have alot of english interest for the most part, but in all honesty there are so many people that start as english interest only, and over time end up getting baptized. English is a HUGE tool in the missionary work here. Indispensable really. We do something called the 30/30 program. It is basically 30 minutes teaching english, and 30 minutes taklking about the gospel. the program lasts for about 6 weeks, after that, if they are not progresssing, then unfortunatley we have to drop them. It is a great program though. The way our schedule is right now, we have absolutely no extra time on the week days, and all the time in the world on the week ends. as of right now there are 12 lessons scheduled for this week from tuesday to friday, the lord is blessing us exceedingly right now. we would not have this with out his help. he is truly directing the work.
Also, yesterday was so much fun. the first thing that happened is we were out street contacting and we talked to this man who owns a little store and he had so much interest, and wants us to stop by every once in a while, and that is want we will do. while we were talking to him a drunk man came up and started talking to him, so we had to leave, but as soon as we did, the drunk guy followed us, and started talking to us. he proceeded to tell us that he was drunk, and while we were talking to him we ended up giving him our cell phone number, which he put in wrong, so we just gave him a plan of salvation pamphlet just in case he wanted to talk later, when he was sober. righ as we were about to leave he started telling uis that he wanted to buy a drink for us. we told him we had to go(we had an appointment with one of the sisters investigators, thats the next story) but he was very persistent, he then grabbed my arm and tried to pull me along, but then he grabbed elder affleck, and then we were off to the same store we had just been at, and he bought us powerade. very nice man, i wish him the best of luck with his life, but it was so funny.
After that we went to meet the sisters and their investigator, and we got there first, so while we waited outside we talked to their investigator and she started to ask us about our church, and so in 5 minutes we ended up teachin the sisters investigator the first lesson, giving her a book of mormon, and commiting her to read moroni 10:3-5. BOOM!! it was fun though, and all we really did was answer her questions, but the sisters have an awesome investigator, the reason that we were meeting, is the sisters now are both korean and this investigator wants to do the english program so we helped them out. its good. anyways that is what is happening here in Geoje. So much fun. I hope all of you are having as much fun as we are. And count your blessings!!!!
The church is true