It was a good week! I feel like we don't stop moving, but then I look back at the week and think "what did we even do?" Here's a brief overview for you (I hope you like that I do this. I figure its the best way to get info over)
Monday we had to go to Changwon, a city about an hour bus ride away because my comps back has been really sore and we had to go to a dr there who is a member. So I got to see a new city which was fun. On the bus ride back we laughed and laughed and laughed.
Tuesday, was one of the busiest days which is a blessing of course! We had lunch with a less active. She is like 17, but her parents are divorced and live in Seoul so she and her brother live with their grandma but they have no money so she had to drop out of high school to work. Its really sad, but she is cute and we had fun with her. I don't think she totally understands the gospel, but we are going to keep trying to meet with her every few weeks and buy her lunch and hopefully get a good pokum (gospel) message across! Then we visited one of our non-progressing investigators who was basically just best friends with my old comp (they're close to the same age.) It was kind of weird, and she wasn't too excited to see us. I think she just likes the social aspect of meeting with the missionaries. So I don't know what we'll do about that. Then we taught another lesson that night to a NEW INVESTIGATOR in Goejeong. We met her on the bus and introduced our English program to her. If they can't come to regular English class, we can teach them for 6 weeks 30 min gospel and 30 min English. She lived in Sydney for a few years studying, and then taught English here so her English is really good. She asked about the Book of Mormon, so I got to introduce that which I love (it was like half in English and half in Korean. She wanted to hear it in English, but didn't know all the gospel words in English so that's where the Korean came in). I guess when she lived in Sydney, she went to church EVERY MORNING because she loved the peace she felt when that preacher spoke. She hasn't been attending here very frequently, however, so hopefully we can get her to come to church and feel the real peace and happiness that comes from the TRUE gospel!! We meet with her again Tuesday
Wednesday, We had zone meeting. They challenged us to share the miracles we see as we work with the members to help get them excited about the work we are doing, and further help them get excited to do missionary work themselves! I thought it was brilliant. Then that night, we taught our investigator that is set to get baptized on Dec 1! We talked about the importance of reading the book of mormon, and how when we do so we are following the words of the prophet. She is only like 15 but, is seriously so mature! I love her!
Thursday, we had our service project and then taught English class in Goejeong. And it was Halloween, so yes we wore Orange and Black (my comp does not like how they look together but I made her do it anyway haha) and ordered chicken that night haha #fatmissionaryprobs
Friday, we set up for our halloween party/fall festival at the church. Then we did weekly planning. If you don't know, this is like a 3 hour process that goes by SO FAST! We are really trying to make planning a revelatory experience, and to really PLAN not just schedule our day. We are excited about this week and have some good finding ideas!
Saturday, we tried to find less actives houses. This is seriously a process here. They changed the address system a few years ago, so there are two different systems and the old one makes absolutely no sense, but we can usually find them on the map. The problem is none of the old addresses are on the houses so we have to take pictures of the map and pray that we go the right place. We found houses, but most of the addresses are really old and people don't live there any more. We'll keep working on it... Then we had our halloween party!! We got all the missionaries in our district to help and had games like bean bag toss, the donuts from a string (except donuts are super expensive so we just used cookies with a whole in the middle haha), pumpkin craft, fishing, bowling, bobbing for apples, and then just games like uno. It turned out really fun!! Then after, we had one of the elders play the violin and another play the guitar. Then we did a skit of the mormon message "the coat" for our spiritual message and the Elders sang "Love is Spoken Here" while I played the piano. It turned out really well and I think everyone had fun! I'll send a pic of the group.
Sunday, We had meetings of course. I bore my testimony in sacrament meeting about sharing Christ's light. We went to branch council in Goejeong which was really neat. The branch is small, but it was so neat to see them all working together and really setting goals and plans to help the branch grow. Then we had linner (3pm) with a member which was nice! Like I said earlier, ate SO MUCH! (Ok maybe it wasn't that much but my stomach was just nice and small from fasting) and then MCM.
So overall, a great week!
So this morning, I started by studying the Book of Mormon and then somehow found my way to Romans 12. I loved verse 21 "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." I thought about how we can't let the evil things of the world affect us or weaken us. Instead, we must live so that we are able to beat Satan, however clever he is. As we get ride of unchristlike attributes, like pride, disobedience, pessimism, "slothfullness", etc, we will be able first to overcome that darn natural man inside of us. Once we learn how to fight the evil, aka things that pull us away from Christ, we will have a better idea of what we need to do to envelop the evil with good. Can't you just imagine when Christ comes and there is a big cloud that wraps all the bad, evil things of the world inside of it and sucks them in to a big black whole?? Christ has the power to do this, because Satan cannot have power over him. As we become more like Christ, we will be able to start overcoming the evil things in the world by replacing them with good things. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said "The future of this world has long been declared; the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is absolutely no question as to who wins because the victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the field trying to decide which team's jersey we want to wear!" We just need to focus on how we can individually give ourselves more to the Savior and what we can do-however small it is each day- to become more like him and replace those evil habits, thoughts, actions, doubts, or whatever it is holding us back, with the things of God. We are only able to do this as we trust in the Lord and rely on His atonement to bring us through whatever the current battle is. It's like Peter walking on the water. We we feel like we're sinking, we just need to cry out "Lord, save me" and IMMEDIATELY the lord will reach out to us, as say to us, I imagine with a smile on his face, "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" and the winds will cease and we will be carried through by the light and love of our Savior Jesus Christ. (Cue Hymn "The Lord is My Light") Ah this is why I love the gospel. It is so happy and makes so much sense!!!