July 16, 2012
I don't even know where to begin!!!!! This week flew by and was absolutely amazing!
First of all, it is officially monsoon season, so that means the moment we leave our apartment to the moment we get back to our apartment we are soaked to the bone! I am talking rain like you have never seen it before! It is crazy! At night, we wake up to things falling outside and loud winds! And then in the morning when we go running in the park, the river is a few feet higher than the day before and the plants are all ruined. I never expected rainy season to be like this! So fun!
Sister Brady and I have been so busy! We have so many people that we are teaching right now...it makes the work so fun! On Saturday we had back-to-back appointments all day. We would walk one to the door and say "good-bye" just to be met by another appointment walking in the door. Our last appointment for the day was at a family's flower shop and we only had a half hour to get there. We went to leave the church, and realized that we only had one little umbrella and it was down-pouring outside! So we rapped all our books in plastic and put them in our purses and RAN out the door both holding onto one little, tiny, flimsy umbrella. We still hadn't eaten at this point, so we ran into a small mart and grabbed some 김법 (tuna wrapped in rice and seaweed) and started for the bus stop. That is when we saw our bus! We knew that if we didn't make that bus, we would be late for our appointment. So we started boocking it to the bus as fast as we could. At this point, our umbrella was non-existant because all we cared about was getting on that bus. We made it and the bus driver was nice enough to open the door again! We got on the bus and of course the bus was packed full of people so we were standing on the side. So picture this: two young American girls dripping from head to foot in dress clothes, standing on a bus(or should I say trying to stand on the bus - in Korea the bus drivers are crazy drivers and you can literally fly everywhere), eating 김법 (which is culturally rude to be eating and standing), and laughing histarically about what we are doing! But we made it to our appointment on time and everything!!! SO FUN! We just laugh and laugh at all the funny things we do everyday in this rain!
So we met with all of our investigators this week. They are all doing very well and are progressing rapidly! 서 자매님Sister Soe came to us the other day and told us that she couldn't sleep during the night, so she got up and started reading the Book of Mormon. She said that she still wants to get baptized, but she talked with her husband and he is really against that idea. We had to cancel her baptism. It was really sad to see because she had finally come to the point where she wanted to be baptized. I still have faith that her husband's heart will be softened and she will someday have the chance to be baptized. She explained to us that since meeting with us, her life has been blessed like never before and she has never been happier. It breaks my heart to see how much she has changed in just these past few weeks and how much this gospel has blessed her, but that she has to wait to receive all the blessings.
We also met with 박 자매님 Sister Park this week. We had asked her to read 2 Nephi 2 and Alma 40 before we met and she came to us with a bunch of questions and comments. She absolutely loved what she had read and we explained to her the reading using the Plan of Salvation. It was beautiful to see how her face changed as we taught her the plan. It looked like a light bulb went on and she understood something that she had spent her whole life searching for. She was so excited about it and kept saying that she finally received answers to her questions. She explained to us that she knows that all we have taught is true and especially that she KNOWS the Book of Mormon is true! We asked her how she knows all of this, especially the Book of Mormon is true, and she said because when she reads it, it seems familiar to her, like she has known this before. We are still planning on her getting baptized, hopefully on the 29th, but she has to discuss it with her parents first. We are praying for her, but have faith that all will work out well!
When we met with Jennifer and her family on Saturday to do our 30x30 program, we also taught them the Plan of Salvation. They had read the Book of Mormon passages that we gave them to read and the dad read even more than we had asked him to. He was expressing to us how much he loved the book and how he knows it will be something great for his daughter. Jennifer came to church on Sunday and when her parents came to pick her up, she kept begging them to let her stay because she was having such a good time. She finally left with her parents, and then about ten minutes later, she was back in the church with another little girl that we are teaching. We had invited her to church also, and she was on the way to the church when she ran into Jennifer and her family. Because they are friends from English class, her parents let her come back for a little bit of Primary. It was so fun to have them and once Jennifer left, 조 자매님 Sister Cho stayed and we were able to teach her the Plan of Salvation and how to pray. She stayed after church to eat lunch with the ward and to play ping-pong. She had a blast and it was great to see her interacting with the ward members.
Also during church on Sunday, a grandpa that we had met while running in the park at 6:30 in the morning walked in. He saw that we were two Americans and he was trying to learn English, so he started running next to us trying to speak English to us. We invited him to church, but were shocked when he actually showed up and walked in the doors. Heavenly Father has been blessing us so much and just sending us people to teach! We see miracles everyday!
Another walk-in that we had this week was a woman and her son that the Elders had met the week before and invited to Thursday's English class. They casually invited her and drew her a picture of a map to get to the church, but did not get any of her information. On Thursday, she showed up for the class and absolutely loved it. (Our English class by the way is getting HUGE! Everyone is inviting their friends and we are getting more and more people to teach every week!) We asked her if we could meet and teach her the required 30 minute introduction of our church so that she could attend the rest of our English classes. She agreed and we met with her the next day in her home. She is from China and has only been in Korea for 3 years. She is fluent in Korean though and is so kind. We taught her a brief overview of the Restoration as her 30 minute introduction. Before we started, I asked her if she knew who Jesus Christ or God were. She did not know either. Because she was born and raized in China, she had never had the opportunity to learn of God of Jesus Christ. I had the opportunity to teach about them before talking about the Restoration. It was a sweet experience for me and the spirit was so strong. She was so focused on everything that we were teaching and before we left,she told us that we were invited to come to her home any day that we wanted. She said that she would love to hear and learn more about our church. We are planning on going on Wednesday to do Family Home Evening with her and her son. We want to teach her about Jesus Christ and are planning to watch the movie, Finding Faith In Christ. I am so excited and looking forward to it!
So that is what is going on here with the people we are teaching! It is so busy! And like I said, our English class is getting bigger and bigger and we are getting more and more people to teach each week from our English class. It is so cool to see how that works! People bring their friends, we do a required 30 minute introduction about us and why we are in Korea, and then they want to learn more about our church! It is so fun to see! Because of our English class, we also are meeting with two other families this week and another woman! I will be excited to see where these go!
Another fun thing that happened was just today! Sister Brady and I were walking in the outside market looking at the fruits and veggies to buy for the week, and we came to a new little restaurant. We were both starving and trying to decide what we wanted to have for lunch. A woman opened the window and motioned for us to come inside, so we decided to try it out. The woman came to take our order and started talking to us in broken English, not knowing that we spoke Korean. After talking for a few minutes, we got her information and are planning on meeting with her and her son for a 30x30 program to teach her about the gospel and some English later this week. It is so fun how Heavenly Father puts people in our way that are willing and ready to learn. This work is so fun and everyday we see how the Lord's missionaries are just instruments for the Lord here on the earth to do His work! It is so great and humbling to be that instrument and I am trying my best to keep my Heavenly Father's trust so that I can teach those of His children that are ready for the true gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives!
I love this work and I love being here! I am so grateful for all of your love and support at this time! I feel so blessed to have such angels in my life!
I love you all!