This week has been an adventure. It has been kind of trying, and I have learned a lot. So my new companion is 28 years old (She was born before Dad graduated from high school haha) and is from Seoul. She does not speak very much English, but is fairly fluent in Japanese...? Haha she graduated from college (her major was jewelry), worked for a few years, then decided to go on a mission. My Korean has shot up a ton and my attitude is improving every day!!
She does love making Korean food though which has been super fun! I can't wait to make some of it for you at home!! Every night after planning, she makes herself super spicy ramen, which I choose not to eat haha:)
As I have been thinking about this, I have studied a lot about patience. I loved the talk you sent by Elder Carl Cook about looking up!! Also, I read about the Sons of Mosiah on their mission. They experienced "all manner of afflictions" (Alma 26:30. Their hearts were "depressed and they were about to turn back" (Alma 26:27) but they cast their burdens on the Lord and trusted in the promise that they would be blessed and continued on in their service. They were comforted by the power of the spirit! The lord told them to go forth and serve the Lamanties (Koreans) and establish his word. He also counseled them to be patient and long suffering in their afflictions (Alma 17:10-11). Through their patience, they were able to be good examples and instruments in the hands of the Lord! Even great missionaries like Ammon had great trials. But the trials were what made them great. The trials were what made them trust in the Lord so they could be joyful and glory in Him and His gospel. We are promised countless times through the scriptures that we will be blessed as we are faithful, hopeful, and patiently endure what trials Heavenly Father gives us because he knows exactly what we need to learn from them. I am going through one of those times of testing now, but I can't wait to see what I learn from it and how I improve because of it!!
Maybe that's more of a pep talk to myself, but I know that its true!
We got to hear from Brother Randal Ridd that is in the YM General Presidency and Elder Aoiagi, who is in the 70 and area presidency over Asia North, on Thursday which was awesome! Brother Ridd talked about having "Real Intent" like talked about in Moroni 7, in everything we do. It was really good! Sorry I don't have much time for more details:)
So our branch had like 20 people at church yesterday. The church is really pretty and big--it was the first chapel built in Korea way back when. The missionaries are basically in charge of all of the callings. The Elders are the counselors in the branch presidency, we do YM/YW activities, clean the church, teach sunday school, and whatever else you can think of. I taught Gospel Principles yesterday. But I didn't find out i was teaching until after class had started...and the manual was all in Korean!!! Haha fortunately it was on the Scriptures, so I picked out a few things of the manual that I could, had them look up scriptures, and then just talked about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon because I've got that down pretty well by now!
Other funny things that happened this week:
-We were teaching English the other day and one of the missionaries who was saying the closing prayer said Amen, and his companion who is Korean said "B-Men" Hahaha he thought he was hilarious. I thought it was pretty funny too.
-I have seen more fish in the last week than I think I have my whole life. I have tried a little of it and it isn't bad. Lots less fishy than the US because its so fresh. they don't gut it or cut it though. The whole fish-bones, eyeballs, and all- are on the plate and you just eat around it haha.
-There is a Chinatown. Don't know why I thought it was so funny, but I did.
-So people in the hospitals can just leave and go walk around as they wish. It's not uncommon to see someone in their hospital gown, hooked up to an IV, just taking a casual stroll down the street!
Ooh! I read a talk that you would like. Look up in the February Ensign the one by Pres Utchdorf that is titled "A Word for the Hesitant Missionary". It goes along with what we have talked a little about!
I guess that is about it for now! Sorry there aren't too many specific details about what we did! Lots off learning and prayers!
Love you all so much!!