Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rice Farming in Korea


Sounds like it has been a great week back at home!  

The church move was yesterday and it was SO GREAT!!!  The church is SO beautiful.  I will send pictures in a bit.  It looks like the inside of a real church building.  The dedication is next week and the stake presidency will come up, as well as President and Sister Gilbert, so we are working really hard to invite everyone we can-members, less actives, investigators, etc. and want to work on getting the members to all invite friends as well.  I know that it will be great!!

This week was good! Last monday, we went to Hahoe Maul, the traditional Korean village that Andong is famous for which was fun.  The have the traditional mask dance/festival thing there so there was a mask museum with masks from all over the world which was super cool!!

 Tuesday, we went and visited *** and his wife.  We went to Pungi where they live and they showed us their 학원-English Academy.  We were talking about how we were going to visit our Harmony later that day (which is really confusing to get there on busses and stuff) but they said that they would just drive us there because the road from their house to her's is only like 20 minutes!!  "Are you sure?"  we said! " Yeah we'll get lunch on the way!  It's just our way to help out God's plan and to help his servants" was his response!  I've never heard a recent convert say anything like that!! I love him and his wife SO much.  They have lots of questions about the gospel, and are both so excited to learn.  He showed us the pictures of his baptism in Tahiti and one of the sister missionaries there was a girl that went to Olympus a year older than me!! 

Then we went to visit our Harmony and she was talking all about how the elders visited her, and how she made them food, but they couldn't eat it all so they took it home, and then she made us the same food.  Haha here's the thing.  The elders never went and visited her...and she talked about it the majority of the time we were there hahaha we were laughing pretty hard.  Her dementia is getting progressively worse, but she LOVES coming to church.  It is so cute!  Yesterday, she brought the BIGGEST bag of bean sprout things that I have ever even  imagined of seeing.  Seriously it was bigger than she is.  We ate some with lunch after church, and then each of the members took a grocery-bag size home with them.  It was hilarious, but she was so excited about it!!!

Wednesday was district meeting, and then we did exchanges and I stayed in Gumi with Sister ***, and Sister *** came back to Andong with Sister ***.  We went and visited one of their harmony members who made us dinner and then taught their kids english class which was super fun!

Thursday, we switched back, and then on the way home visited one of our eternal investigators.  Her sister is a member, and she has met with the missionaries off and on for like 10 years, but doesn't have any desire to join the church.  She just likes the people.  We'll continue keeping a relationship with her, but I don't know exactly how to help her!

Friday, I got to cross RICE FARMING IN KOREA off of my bucket list!!! We went and helped one of our less actives and it was SWEET!  Ok it's a lot less glamorous than it sounds.  It was just planting day and there was a machine that you put a tray in, then it put the dirt, water, seeds, dirt in and Sister Choi and my job was to continually put these trays on a big cart for like 6 hours.  We laughed the entire time.  It was pretty fun!  Haha

Saturday, we went and met with a girl that was on our contact list from last October before I got here.  We have called and texted her every so often since then, but her parents didn't really want us to meet us, not because they are against religion, because they are fine with that, but they want her to spend her time studying.  So when we were talking with her last week, she said "Oh if you have time let's meet" and we said of course we did so we went met her.  Her parents said it was okay because she said she would practice English with me, which she did.  She wants to be a chef and is going to a high school for cooking.  She showed us some pics of her food and it looked so good!  She liked what we talked about the gospel, but we don't know if we can continually meet with her because of her study schedule.  We will defs try though!!  Then we took the train to Yeoungju where the elders were playing basketball with a member and his friends, and then our investigator and her family were there watching, so we went and talked with them and all had dinner together.  it was really good!

Then yesterday was the first day in the new church which I already told you about!!!

So it has been a great, fun week here!! I have loved being able to think about everything that is happening and the miracles that we are seeing!!  I am so grateful to be a missionary at this time.  I know that my personal testimony has really become firm as I have been able to share it with others!  My knowledge and love of the scriptures has especially grown. Sister ***
and I were talking this morning about how we have learned, and are still learning of course, really how to study the scriptures and apply it to our lives, and the lives of those we teach!!  I love it!!

I love you so much!!!!  I hope that you have a great week!


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