안녕하시나요, Everyone? Hello! It's been a while. ^^
Things have been going quite well here in 신갈 Shin-gal area. My companionship of me, Elder Perry the runner, and Elder Taylor the master chef is working hard to labor in the Lord's vineyard over here. We are quite diligent with our street contacting, and got quite a few phone numbers for our efforts, but are still kinda low on the lessons aspect. We will have a few more this week, though! It's truly exciting to find and teach through your own efforts.
This week has been an up week for me in learning Korean. I think the Lord likes to tease me sometimes, because it seems like one week I am super good at speaking the language, and the next week I can barely string 2 words together. Either way, my english is starting to degenerate significantly (you have no idea how hard that sentence was to put together! ^^).
This week... what did we do? Let me look in my planner. I love that thing, and I have no idea how I lived without my life this organized before the mission! Highly recommended to plan every our of every day. ^^
Anyway, it looks like this week, we:
Went to a Public Bathhouse on P-day. Those things are soo relaxing, and probably not legal for missionaries anywhere else in the world... haha!
Met our new ward mission leader. His son left on a plane for the MTC earlier that day! I love this guy. He 반말's all the time, which is using "Low Form"of speech, used with kids and animals ore really really close relationships. He also makes jokes and stuff. But, he is also extremely dedicated to the Work of Salvation, despite having no job for the time being, and having 6 foreigners who can't speak his language suddnely dropped in his lap! I love brother 이병호 (Byeong-Ho Lee)! ^^
Got a miracle Less Active Member visit, when I prayed before-hand in my heart that she would be there. She was, and was super nice! Said we could come back later. ^^ First direct answer to a prayer like that!! ^^
Talked about "Divine Discontent" in District meeting. That means being happy, uplifted, hopeful, but never EVER satisfied with where we are. Our Mission President has been really emphasizing this lately, and I think we are starting to feel it more and more. Always looking to the next goal, next point, next PR.
Talked to a slightly drunk guywhile we streetboarded our English program that was just in love with me! He tried to take our sign, and then my pen as a memory of meeting me. He was really impressed with me, and that there were still good people in the world, but I think he was indisposed to talk right then, judging by the fact that he was wobbling and we had to catch a bus in time to get home before 9. But I got his phone number, and we'll call him at sometime in the early after before he's too far gone. I hope. ^^
Played Soccer with our ward Young Men and their non-member friends! That was super fun, even though I still can't play worth anything. Koreans aren't Brazilian skill level or anything, but they are wayy better than the average American. That's not what they expect, though, because they hear that all Americans are blonde, tall, have blue eyes, and are super-human athletes. Since I only fit 2 of the 4 requirements, people usually think I am from Germany or some other place. haha!
Had one of the best Sundays of my mission thus far! I had an excellent study in the Gospel of Mark, took the Sacrament, had a great lesson in Gospel Principles, and taught our investigator Dong-Hwa Kim in 3rd hour. This was the first time we've met him without members present, and we found out a lot more basic, necessary facts about him and his life and beliefs than we knew before. He attends church to appease some Power or Energy out there, not necessarily a God, but he has been coming to our church every since he met some of our missionaries about 5 years ago! Wow! He is also from China, so neither his Korean nor ours is perfect, but since it's the only common tongue, we use it. Super cool feeling, by the way... ^^
After church, we went to a Baptism of one of Elder Perry's former investigators! We rode the subway for about 2 hours into Seoul, and met Cheol-Ho Ji. a studly man who gave up his life in the fast lane because it required him to drink every night. He wanted to change, me the missionaries, and was "only Friends" with them for about 5 months, coming to activities in the ward and stuff. But then, finally, he committed to take the lessons. Elder Perry was transfered out about 4 weeks ago to be with us, but he was with this man almost the whole way. So, we got invited over, and Elder Perry got to baptize him. Inspiring!
I also met some people from the deaf branch over there who attended the Baptism, and learned some 수화 Su-Hwa, or Korean sign language (literally translated as Hand communication). Really fascinating! I met a former American Missionary who served in Taejon several years ago, and has now moved to Korea, married a Korean and has a little daughter. He's fluent out of his mind at Korean, and he is a really cool guy, too! He is a lawyer here, which takes pretty fluent command of the language. ^^ Inspiring!
Then we had some 돼지고기 Pig meat to break our fast. Gogi burritos, that's where its at.
This week I have been a little sick, but now am much better. Still a little cough that interfered with my work a little, but since I pushed through, God helped me see these miracles this week. ^^
I hope all of you are well, and I pray the Lord blesses you in every aspect of your lives. I pray you feel my love and His love, which I know He has for you, and since time is short, I will close that prayer (and this email) In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen!