Happy November to you! I seriously can't believe how fast the month has already gone either. Crazy!! Time seriously is zipping by! Christmas is not NEARLY as big as it is in the US. I guess lots of people celebrate it as a couples holiday...but a lot of the stores do have decorations that are kind of fun. Yes there are transfers on the 12/2 so I don't know if I will stay here or not! It's totally up in the air for now! For my week...
Monday we had FHE. We played jeopardy--the elders wrote all the questions. I understood the ones about the gospel but was pretty lost the rest of the time. It was funny. It was also pepero day (those sticks dipped in chocolate) because it was 11.11 and the sticks look like the date (clever marketing scheme eh?) and so a bunch of the YM brought us pepero which was fun and we were happy about it of course!
Tuesday we once again tried to find less actives houses, started to plan our Christmas party and then taught our new investigator who we are doing 30/30 program with (aka 30 min English 30 min gospel.) I
Wednesday, we went to the hospital with my best friend Harmony for her every-other week check-up! She literally talked from 8:00 when we got there until 12:30 after we had gotten back and eaten lunch with her. I zoned out for most of it. She is funny. It's all about all the service she has given, and stories about former mission presidents, and then every so often about how she is old and her legs are sore. Then as we're about to leave she whips off her shirt (no she is not wearing anything underneath) so that we can put some cream on her sore shoulder. I was dying. Oh Korea. We also had English class that night, which is always one of the highlights of the week. I love teaching and asking stories, and thinking of funny stories to tell.
Thursday, we had district meeting. We talked about how we can help get our investigators excited about reading the Book of Mormon. My comp and I talked about finding scriptures that are specific to them and they can personally apply. We are excited to try this out as we teach this week! Then we weekly planned, and taught English that night. Friday, we went to our service project, did some oragami with old people, and then did exchanges. We jundoed and got a bunch of contacts--they have a really good area with lots of people to jundo in.
don't think she has a ton of gospel interest right now, and her mind is pretty closed but we'll see what happens over the next few weeks. She is super nice and fun to talk to, and I could totally see her as like a YW leader or something one day! Guess we have to see people how the Lord sees them and what they can become, right?!
When we were on exchanges, my comp taught one of our new investigators and I guess that went really well. They also taught the girl who is getting baptized on 12.1 so we're working on planning that baptism too! (Of course we have to do exchanges on the exciting day right?!)
Saturday night was the adult session of stake conference. It was all about..you guessed it! Missionary Work! It was actually really cool how they did it. They had a girl who just got back from Seoul speak, then a man who just got back from serving with his wife, and then a recent convert, one of the APs, a current senior missionary serving here, the stake mission leader and then the stake president. So basically got a bunch of missionary roles covered! They said there were 35 converts in Busan stake this year, 49 missionaries currently serving in the stake, and 140 in the mission, which is up from 80 at this time last year! They showed some of the video clips that are on LDS.org so it was neat to see those too!
Sunday was the general session and it was a broadcast from SLC just for Korea! Bishop Davies, Sister Burton (whose husband was the mission president in Seoul West mission a few years back), Elder Cook and Elder Hales spoke. A lot of the focus was on first, building faith, and second, the family. So those are obviously the things that they are concerned about here in Korea, which my comp and I have now talked about being grateful for some more direction now we can focus on! One of them (sorry don't remember who) said that we need to take ACTION to be an example. I love this! There is not time for us to just sit still and wait for the things going on around us. We need to have courage to stand up and take action for what we know is right and what we know is our responsibility as members of Christ's church. I loved how our stake mission leader talked about how we live like this, sharing the gospel should be a natural thing in our lives. Just the way we live should invite others to come Christ!
Oh other random story for you. I guess they sterilize the air here...? There are trucks that go around spraying stuff in the air and I guess its supposed to clean it or something. And the elders were saying in their building they got a knock on the door to leave because they were sterilizing the air in the building. What the heck?! Yeah there's quite a bit of pollution but I think its hilarious. Only in Korea!
Well I am glad to hear you are all doing well. I love you all SO MUCH!!!!!!!!