Sunday, December 27, 2015

2016 is just around the corner


December 28, 2015

          Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope it was a great one.  It definitely did not feel like Christmas at all here, but it was good none the less.  We were not able to meet with Bro. Song Gwang Jeong so he was not able to be baptized (he also didn’t come out to church, he only has once since I’ve been here and we have only been able to meet once).  But we did have a pretty good week.  We started it off with our mission’s Christmas devotional thing.  It was fun being able to see some old friends again.  Sadly it wasn’t the whole mission so there are several people that I haven’t seen in a super long time. 

          Our ward mission leader was super nice and took us out to a buffet as a Christmas gift.  It was good, but Korean food is starting to all taste the same now.  We had our ward Christmas party on the 24th which was pretty fun.  We did a skit about trying to get Scrooge out of his house on Christmas which went pretty well.  We also had this seemingly golden guy randomly show up who had met the missionaries before, but he got chewed out by a member for having these Buddhism beads, and then this other crazy less active guy would only speak to him in English.  So yeah, he ended up just sneaking out and escaping.  Hopefully we can meet him again because he could be super golden. 

          All our other investigators are just at the same spots.  No one really cares enough to know if our message is true to the point where they act.  It doesn’t help that they all just meet because they want to learn English or just like missionaries.  But we can still help them!  And we’ll find some great new investigators soon.

          It was great to be able to Skype for Christmas.  It’s hard to believe that I only have 1 more skype left on my mission.  So crazy!  And 2016 is just around the corner!  Time’s going pretty fast and I hope to use the time I have next year well and help some people.  And baptize too!  Thanks for all your support and caring about what’s going on over here, it means a lot.  I’m grateful to be here and excited for what’s ahead.

          Love, Elder Jace Anderson
Christmas party and package

 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas


December 21, 2015

          We had a pretty good week.  Nothing too great, but it was a good one.  I was finally able to meet with our investigator who has a baptismal date for next week, Song Gwangjeong.  We met him with our ward mission leader who taught him stuff from the Book of Revelations and about the tabernacle.  It’s great and all, I learned a lot, but we need to help him prepare for baptism!  So hopefully we can meet him more. 

          Jang Yehoon, the guy my age that came out to church last week, came out again for just a tiny bit.  We met him twice, and he’s still just the same pretty much.  He just isn’t trying to find an answer.  We were able to meet several other people, and one of them (Park Minjong – eternal investigator) gave me this super awesome scroll with Chinese characters on it that his grandpa made.  It’s super cool!  But we left them at the church, so hopefully they don’t get lost.  Some of our other investigators that seemed like they wouldn’t progress much are showing some decent signs. 

          I got my 2nd invite from a member to come visit!  They were super nice and it was a fun time.  Except it’s super hard.  Why?  Because we have all these rules for member visits, so we’re only supposed to be there for 20 minutes, but they just keep bringing out more food and don’t want us to leave.  We do our best. 

          I went on a split with Elder Benefiel, the young missionary in the house.  It went really well.  We had a good time just talking about how things are going and I was able to give him tips as a young missionary.  It’s crazy to think of how long I’ve been out.  I’m about to skype for the 3rd out of 4 times.  I hope you all have a great holiday season and use this time to strengthen your relationships with family and others.  It’s the season of giving, so I hope you all look for those opportunities to serve.  I love you all and hope you have a Merry Christmas.

          Elder Jace Anderson

Me and Elder Benefiel

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Christmas Baptism


December 14, 2015

          This last week went by pretty fast.  We had a pretty cool experience on Tuesday.  We had an appointment cancel so we got on a bus to go get on another bus to just go to a random area.  When we got off the bus there was this big black guy there on the sidewalk.  He approached us and said hello and it was a bit awkward at first.  Long story short he is from Liberia and was baptized 2 years ago.  He absolutely LOVES the church but didn’t think that it would be here in Korea.  He came maybe 2-3 weeks ago and has had to go to his brother’s church which he doesn’t like.  He had been praying to find the church and on Tuesday had the random feeling that he needed to go outside and just walk around to get to know the area.  He didn’t want to, but kept feeling like he should.  He did and we got off the bus right as he was passing by.  His name’s Nelson and he is such a cool guy.  We even had a member lesson with him, and it’s pretty great having a sweet black guy with an awesome African accent talk about Satan’s tricks to keep you from going to church.  Haha he’s the best.

          In other great news, our investigator I’ve never taught and only seen once is getting baptized on the 26th!  His name is Song Gwangjeong and is the husband of a member (he’s pretty old).  Our ward mission leader has been meeting with him and teaching him Revelations.  We’ve tried visiting him many times, but haven’t been able to.  But he’s getting baptized so yay!  I wish I could’ve done a bit more but…

          In less good news, my investigator in Iksan heard about the word of wisdom, said he’d never be able to do it so he decided to not get baptized and stop meeting with the missionaries.  So that was super sad to hear.

          We were able to meet with more people last week and our rap loving 19 year old investigator named Jang Yehoon came out to church and stayed the whole 3 hours!  It was great!  He has a lot of changes to make, but things are looking good.  Yeah, so we were able to meet with more people, but also had several people just not show up and had no intention to meet when they made the appointment.  I will never understand that.

          Here’s my favorite scripture, Alma 26:37.  “Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth.  Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; year and I will give thanks unto my God forever.  Amen.”  I’m enjoying my time here and the opportunity to meet so many great people.

          Love, Elder Jace Anderson 
Me and Nelson!
 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Being sick isn't fun

December 7, 2015

I kind of broke last week.  Well, my body did.  I woke up several times in the middle of Monday night and threw up a bunch.  But Tuesday was zone conference so I didn’t stay home, I just kind of suffered through a really upset stomach and also threw up Tuesday night as well.  My upset stomach lasted the whole week and then Saturday I started getting crazy itchy and got all these freaky spots and bumps.  I was intending to call Sis. Shin today, but I woke up and they were gone!  So that was super great, and my toe seems like it is getting better.  So things were rough, but are looking much better now.

We weren’t able to meet too many people this week, but we did meet a dad and his son for English which seems like it will work out well.  We also met with Kim Sanghyun twice, he is the son of a recent convert.  If he just feels like he wants to be baptized, he can whenever.  We have several investigators, we just weren’t able to meet with them.  Things are looking good this next week.  I’m getting healthy again and we have some potential people to meet.  It’ll be good!

I want to share a quote from Pres. Benson I read this morning.  “Happiness must be earned from day to day.  But it is worth the effort!”  I’m grateful to be here sharing this wonderful message and am hoping and working to find those who will accept it.

Elder Jace Anderson

Elder Dubois

Adjusting to a new area

November 30, 2015

          It’s pretty hard to believe it’s already the last day of November.  So crazy!  This last week was alright, nothing too great.  But I do feel like I’m getting used to things more.  We still haven’t found any new people to teach, and our other investigators are just kind of floating at the same spot.  There are still several of them that I haven’t met yet.  We have a few that could get baptized whenever they feel like it though.  Oh!  I finally met Jonathan, our Filipino investigator with the baptismal date.  His date is December 12, but it won’t happen because he can’t come out to church because of work.  He wants to get baptized though, and it’ll probably happen a month down the road once he stops doing this part time job.

          So, it turned freezing here.  Especially Thursday.  It was soo cold and wet and it was just an awful time.  But it’s ok!  It’s not too bad now.  And I had to go to the hospital twice this last week.  My toe got infected so now I’m on some ills and have to bandage up my toe each day.  It seems like it’s getting better though.  I just need to keep it dry which is a very difficult task, especially because my bandage is pretty big so I can’t wear shoes…just sandals.  Lame!  Also, E. Dubois was pretty sick for a few days last week, so our team was a pretty sad sight.

          Things are going well though, we just need to find some more people.  We do have some people that could get baptized whenever they want to, so hopefully that happens!  Things are still pretty new and different here, but I know there are lots of good things ahead.  I’ve been preparing for a training at our zone thing tomorrow and have been learning about finding strength and having a good attitude.  I have been learning that when things get difficult we need to have that bigger perspective and remember why we are doing what we’re doing.  Thank you all for your support and prayers.  I hope you’re all doing well back home and staying warm!

          Elder Jace Anderson  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sad Leaving Iksan


November 23, 2015

          Well, things are quite different now.  I am now in Gwangju, a huge city, in the Nong Seong ward.  There are about 150 active members and 8 missionaries.  My comp is Elder Dubois from Draper, he went to Alta so knows some of my YMAD friends.  He came to Korea just one transfer before me.  He’s the zone leader and I am the district leader for the ward.  I’m not going to lie, things are pretty overwhelming.  The city’s huge, the ward’s huge, and things have been pretty crazy because of the start of the transfer.

          I’m not going to lie, I miss Iksan.  I miss knowing what’s going on, what we need to do, and being comfortable.  I definitely have been thrown out of my comfort zone.  But things went pretty well before I left, and Bishop said that he wished I could stay another transfer.  There are a ton of members here, so it’s quite the difference and I realized how poor I still am with talking with new people.  Hopefully things get better.

          We have a few investigators, but have only been able to meet 2 so far.  All our investigators are pretty young, and I’m used to old guys.  Haha.  We do have a Filipino investigator named Jonathan who has a baptism date for December 23 I believe.  I haven’t met him yet though.  It sounds like he has some issues with tithing and the word of wisdom though.  Hopefully we can help him out!

          Oh yeah, do you all remember my Iksan investigator named Kim Youngyur?  Well, he got super sad when I said I was leaving so he took us out to dinner my last night and said he wrote me a letter.

          It was pretty sad leaving Iksan, and we had a whopping 7 appointments my last day.  So crazy!  I hope I can get a bit more comfortable here and get things figured out a bit more.  It should be good though and there are great things in store!

          Love, Elder Jace Anderson
My old house

Our bishop (Iksan)

One of our members
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Last week in Iksan?

November 16, 2015

          Time flew by pretty darn fast this last week.  I started it off well by getting toe surgery again.  I didn’t like being able to understand what they were saying.  They kind of messed up on the shot, and then they were talking about how serious my toe was, and yeah.  I wish my toe had been a bit more numb, I don’t like being able to feel them jabbing stuff under my nail.  My toe wasn’t supposed to get wet, but it’s been really rainy so it got soaked.  Hopefully it’s ok!

          We have a new investigator!  His name is Kim Sheekchul, he’s in his 70’s, and we met him on the street.  He said he wanted to meet us again because we were cute.  Hah he’s attending another church very seriously and seems pretty converted to that church.  But we gave him a BoM, so hopefully he read some and recognized its truth.  I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but Korea has sooo many churches!  It is insane!  People that go seem to be either way into it with a super strong belief, or not belief at all.  A lot of people just go for the social aspect, but don’t believe in God or anything.  So when we share a message about a loving God who still cares, well, not many people accept.  It doesn’t help that there are crazy churches here where people claim to be the resurrected Christ or even Heavenly Mother.  So people just put our church in the same group as these ones.  And don’t even get me started on the pastors!

          Anyways, as for our investigators, we told the Jo family and another lady we meet with that this next week is the last week for English.  Hopefully they still meet for the gospel!  I think the family will.  They love us too much to stop.

          Kim Hyobong is the same.  He never reads because he says it hurts his head, so we told him to listen online.  I think he will since we’ve been telling him so many times to do it. 

          Kim Youngyur (came to church once, English interest) is doing well.  He says that ever since meeting with us his interest has been growing a lot.  He didn’t read last time though, so we could see a pretty big difference in him.  I told him it was probably my last time and he got pretty sad.  Really sad actually.  He’s a great guy and I’ll miss him if I end up leaving.

          We finally met Melinda again!  She’s our Filipina less active.  She’s super great and says her dream is to just serve God and be a missionary.  Hopefully we can help her do it!

          Yup, it was a pretty good week and we usually had things to do which is always nice.  It seems like it was my last full week here in Iksan.  I’m still not completely sure, but I’ll find out in just a bit.  I’ve learned a lot here and it feels like I can never leave, like this is my area.  I’ve seen a lot of progress in myself and this area.  I’ve really been blessed with a great experience. 

          Love, Elder Jace Anderson

English class

Kim Youngyur

 Brother Jang and our member that got dropped on his head as a kid and calls us all the time saying crazy stuff.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Protection from the Lord

November 2, 2015

          Hi, I had a little time to email, but a guy called me and is about to commit suicide, so I need to leave and go help him out.  Please pray for him.  His name is Han Bit.  If you remember he is the gay investigator I had a loooong time ago.  I had a good week, everything is well.  Thank you, I love you all.  Please pray for him.  Don’t worry about me.  I am enjoying my time here and am very happy.  Our investigators aren’t really progressing, but I’m sharing the message I love.  Thank you!!!  Sorry I couldn’t write much.  I’ll try to write a letter about last week and send it next time.

 

November 2, 2015

          We had a lot of appointments and taught a lot this week, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed at the end of it because no one is really progressing at all.  That pretty much sums up 2 weeks ago.  I didn’t have any time to write, so I’m just going to move one.

 

November 9, 2015

          Last P-day we went to Naejang Mountain with the south half of the mission.  It was pretty cool and had lots of fall colors.  It was really great seeing some old friends, especially Elder Tischner!  At the top there was a cool Buddhist temple which reminded me of the stuff we saw in China.  It was a pretty fun time.

          After the little trip I started my split with Elder Woods, one of our zone leaders.  We had a pretty crazy experience that Monday evening in which we got dragged into a pretty sketchy experience.  We met with this guy who turned out to be pretty suicidal and drunk and did lots of sketchy stuff.  But we got out of the ok!  We met with one of our English interest investigators (Son Insook) which went really well!  She said afterward that we had a very deep, profound discussion and that her interest is growing a bit.  Woohoo!

          Elder Woods wanted to know how Iksan was able to change from having nothing to being what it is now.  Sadly, I don’t really know!  But my time is running up here.  Next week is stake conference and then it’s transfers, so I think yesterday was my last time attending the Iksan ward.  Bishop had me give the 10 minute talk, so I spoke on Christ.  Kim Hyobong came of course, but we also had another investigator at church, Kim Youngyur.  It was his first time in his life (he’s probably 50 years old) that he went to any church, but he said that it was a very good experience for him.  He’s the best!  When we invited him, he got really sad because he had plans to go with his wife to visit some friends in another city.  But he called me later that evening saying he talked with his wife and called his friends, cancelled his plans, and would come out on Sunday!  Yay!

          For an update on our other people, Sis. Moon said she went to Seoul and doesn’t know when she’ll come back and doesn’t respond to texts or anything.  The Jo family isn’t really doing much.  They don’t come out to church even though it was my last week, and only the 11 year old daughter is keeping her reading commitments.  We can’t do the English program forever, so we might have to have a pretty tough conversation with them.  I don’t want to have to drop them!

          We had lots of appointments with new people, but none of them showed up.  So it has been a while since we’ve found any new people.  We’re meeting people and teaching, but people just aren’t really acting so they’re not progressing.  I really want to get some more done before I leave, but time is running out.  So we really need some miracles!

          It was a pretty good week.  I learned a lot about myself, had some good experiences, but also some things that I hope I never experience again.  I know that we received a lot of protection from the Lord and I grew closer to President Shin because of the help he gave us, so I think that I learned a lot and progressed some this week.  Thanks for the love and prayers!

          Love,

          Elder Jace Anderson



My favorite picture

Elder Tischner

Sunday, October 25, 2015

9 Months to Go

October 26, 2015

          This last week was a bit slower than they’ve been lately, but it was still a good one. Kim Hyobong (the older guy) came out to church for the 4th time and we met him twice, once with bishop.  He wants to attend church and even pay funds, but he just doesn’t want to be baptized for some reason.

          We met the family twice this week, once with the aunt.  They said they would come out to church, but the daughter woke up with a cold so they couldn’t make it.  We taught lesson 3, the Gospel of Christ, using some fun teaching aids for the kids which they really liked.  The aunt read from the BofM and actually remembered what she read!  She seems like she could have some interest and potential.  They just need to come out to church again and actually get a warm welcome.  But they’re still a super cute family and they gave us cheese!!!  Just like those American cheese individual slices, but still!

          Oh, I gave a talk in church on Sunday, and bishop asked me on Saturday night.  Haha I prepared a talk on asking questions and receiving answers specifically for the family, but they didn’t come. 

          We were able to meet Bro. Jang, the paralyzed guy, at his house but weren’t able to teach too much.  He might take some time.  We also had the worst lesson of my life this week.  It was with Kim Gihong, the guy that just talks a ton.  I don’t know why, but he was a completely different person.  He refused to read scriptures when we asked, and kept going on rants about other churches.  When we tried to stop him and tell him that we had an important message to share and how we aren’t those other churches, he went insane!  And he even refused to take his BofM when he left.  It was a pretty sad time.

          Update on Sis Moon!  Bishop finally got a hold of her.  She said she’s just super confused about life and everything right now so she doesn’t want to see anyone.  But she said she’d answer our call in a few days.  Hopefully we can get her back!

          We found a fun less active Filipina lady named Melinda this last week.  She is so nice, reads the BoM every day and prays every day but works on Sunday and doesn’t really like the ward.  But she did say that she would like to be pen-pals with Marissa!  So hopefully we can figure it out, it would be pretty fun!

          We had a cool experience this week.  There’s a lady we met maybe 2 weeks ago and gave her a BoM.  She works at a grocery store so we visited her and she said that she has already read half of it!  The down side is she doesn’t seem all that impressed and she doesn’t want to take the lessons with us.  But if she keeps reading and does it sincerely, it has to go well!

          I don’t have too much time left here since it has already been about 6 ½ months, so I’m really hoping to get some more stuff going before I leave, and hopefully help one of these great people come into the waters of baptism.  Also, I hit my 15 month mark this last week.  Only 9 more to go!  That’s so weird.  Things are going well, I’m feeling a bit more stressed lately, but I’m enjoying my time here.  Thank you all for your prayers and for being such great examples to me.

          Elder Jace Anderson

                                 Me and Kim Hyobong and me and spongebob!
 
                                                     Me and the family!! 
 
                                Bad news, the other side of my toe is exploding
 
 
 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ten Lessons

October 19, 2015

          This last week went pretty well, and we had a whopping 10 lessons!  That’s so much!  But to be honest, I’m coming out of this week feeling a little down because of Sister Moon.  I don’t know what she is doing!  We tried to visit her on Wednesday, but she said it was too late.  She said that we would be able to meet on Saturday, but she didn’t answer any calls or respond to any texts.  And she didn’t come to church either.  I just have no idea.  I think maybe she’s just looking for her auditory hallucination to be healed, and since it’s still there she might have given up.  It makes me soooo sad!!  Bishop is going to try to contact her and set up an appointment.

          On the bright side of this week, we were able to get in contact with and meet our paralyzed guy again!  Bro Jang.  We were able to go to his house and his other friend was there too.  His friend doesn’t believe in God or anything and doesn’t want Him to exist.  It was pretty much me, my comp., and Bro. Jang against this guy in a pretty sweet battle.  The best part was that every time he had a tough question or point that Bro. Jang didn’t know, we answered it with the BofM.  Bro Jang loved it!  Hopefully he starts reading to find his own anwers.

          Kim Hyobong, the old guy, came out to church again!  It was his 3rd time.  We met with him once and discussed the Plan of Salvation.  We extended a baptismal invitation, but he just wants to learn more first.  We extended another bap. Invitation to Kim Gihong, the guy that talks A TON and doesn’t want to come back out to church because there are so few members.  He didn’t accept it, but also didn’t reject it.  He’s just a funny guy. 

          The family is doing ok.  The first time we met them this week, the kids kept fighting and things didn’t go too well, but we met them again yesterday with the aunt and finished the Plan of Salvation.  It’s almost like they think this stuff is interesting, but they don’t care too much.

          We went to Daejeon on Friday for a combined zone conference.  It was so weird being back in my old area after 6 months!  Man, it sure felt so weird.  The conference was great.  I really love President and Sister Shin.  They are so great and such amazing examples. 

          I got a funny email from President a couple weeks ago.  He told me that he is expecting a lot out of us here, and then last week he said that a baptism in Iksan is the same as many baptisms in another area.  Haha we were able to meet with our bishop and the ward council and talk about missionary work.  Hopefully they start to have a bit more interest and help out some more.  I think Bishop is willing to do some more now.  Things are going to be great!

          Thanks for all you guys do and for your great examples.  I hope you had a super happy B-day Marissa!!  I love you all and hope you have a great week.

          Love,
   Elder Jace Anderson
 
Because I know you guys like food pics, here's me and some Chinese noodles. haha


                 Me and Elder Skouson riding the bus home like we do every night 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Conference Miracles


October 12, 2015

          This week went by crazy fast!  A big reason was conference, but also because we were able to meet people during the week also.  I’ll just skip to the end of the week real quick.  We had 5 people come out to conference!!!  The members seemed pretty shocked, but they kind of excluded them after which was pretty disappointing.  We have sooo few members and they’re all really close, so it’s almost like they don’t want anyone new to come in.  Anyways, the first one to come was Sis. Moon.  I wasn’t able to really talk with her after, so I don’t know how she liked it.  We met with her once during the week and talked about A LOT of stuff.  She doesn’t really have anyone else in her life at all, so it’s good for her to talk with us.  She said ever since she started meeting with us all her loneliness and bad dreams have gone away!  That was super great to hear.  We extended a baptismal invitation and ………she said she wants to read and learn more first.  But she said she’d get baptized when she knows the BofM is true.  She also said she wants to start paying tithing right now, which made me want to cry because she has very little, only government support.  She’s been having questions lately about just not knowing what to do in life, so hopefully we can help her out.

          The second one who came out was Kim Hyobong, the old guy who came out to church last week.  We met him once during the week and taught the restoration.  He’s just a really chill old man who is humble enough to be willing to give things a try.

          The other people came from the Jo family!  They’re the best, I love them so much.  We met them once during the week as well and their aunt just happened to drop by, so she joined us for the gospel portion.  We reviewed the restoration with the help of the kids, and I think the aunt really liked seeing that.  We focused on prophets and talked about conference.  The mom said she’d love to come, but works every day from 9-5.  That hurt to hear!  So we didn’t expect them to come, but they were able to!  I asked her how, and she just said that her work was switched!  So that was a cool miracle.

          We had the less active lady call us because her baby son we sick, so we went over and gave him a blessing, my first in Korean!  It would’ve been better if he wasn’t screaming though.  She said something about how whenever she needs help, she thinks of us.  It made me think that it is easy to think of God and pray when things are hard, but we need to remember Him and especially be grateful when things are going well.

          I’m grateful for the great conference that we were able to enjoy.  One thing I learned is that the Lord is the one doing the work, we just do the little acts.  I was really able to see that as well when He provided a way for the Jo family to come out to conference.  I am grateful for the chance to do my little part in this great work.  Thank you for all your love and support and especially for all your prayers.  I love you all and hope you have a great week, and remember the good experiences you have had in this great gospel.

          Love,

          Elder Jace Anderson
 
                              My district! well, last transfers district. 

 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I'm staying


October 5, 2015

We slowed down a bit this week.  We weren’t able to meet as many people or have as many lesson but it was still a good week, especially the end.  We had 2 people come out to church!  A new old guy we had met on the street came out, but I think he felt a little bit of pressure from the members, well, 1 member.  Haha he got taught all of the Plan of Salvation in like 10 minutes after sacrament.  I was with our other investigator so there was nothing I could do about it.  Sister Moon came out to church!  And she asked bishop if he could give her a ride to church EVERY WEEK!  We weren’t able to meet her this last, but it seems like things will go well. 

We are meeting with this super cute family for English and they’re showing signs of progression (Jo Family).  We were also able to meet their dad who we though would be really tough, but he actually had interest and asked lots of questions.  The kids are 10 and 7 I think, and actually remember the stuff that we teach!  They’re really cute kids.

I went on a split with our ZL Elder Russell here in Iksan which went well.  We met 1 investigator and E. Russell kind of put a lot of pressure on him.  But that’s ok, he probably needed it.  He’s been an investigator for a while (Bro. Beak) without much progression. 

We had a couple funny things this week.  The first one is that we bought suits for $20!  There was a big sale so we went during dinner hour one day.  $20!  Pants and jacket.  Haha.  The second one was bad.  We were walking and started talking to this guy outside and restaurant.  He offered to feed us, so we accepted thinking we would be able to talk with him.  Big mistake.  He sat us down, ordered our food, and left.  Then we ate the worst food I have ever had in my life, stingray soup.  I can’t really explain it, but the smell of it would just attack your nose and get even worse when it got in your mouth.  It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!  Food is super important here, so we had to keep going.  It sucked!

But we had a good week and it’s nice to see so much progression here.  Thanks everyone!  I love you all!

          Elder Jace Anderson

P.S. I am staying here in Iksan for my 5th transfer!  That means I’ll be here for like 7 monthsish.  It’s gonna be great and we’re going to have lots of success.  And definitely a baptism!!
elder skouson painfully eating the soup. my $20 suit!!
 
we also ate good food. more chicken!! my favorite food in korea. haha
 
 
stingray soup and silk worm larvae

 

 

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September 28, 2015

To start off the week I got toe surgery!  And it was no fun at all.  Pretty darn painful!  Especially when the guy stuck a needle directly into the gross hurt part.  Ouch!  After it was numb he just went to town with some scary scissors.  He was just slicing and yanking and I was lay8ing there trying not to imagine what was going on. After a while they wrapped it up and sent me to another room.  The lady nurse comes in and says something I couldn’t understand.  Then she said it in English, but I still didn’t get it.  I look at my comp and he says, “injection.”  I looked at her and she says “injection” as she pats her butt.  Oh no.  Next thing I know I’m laying on this bed thing with my pants down and this lady just starts slapping me on the butt, then rubbing, then said I was done.  I didn’t even feel it!  Haha I had to wear 1 shoe and 1 slipper this week which wasn’t fun and limped a lot, but things are going well now!

We were able to teach several lessons this week, 10 actually!  I think it might’ve been a record for me and we were actually busy some of the time.  Sister Moon is doing ok.  We met her a few times but she’s not doing well with keeping commitments.  I still think she’ll be baptized though.  I might get transferred in like a week and half, so we’ll see what happens with her!  I still don’t really feel like I’m ready to leave and I think there’s a decent chance of doing 5 transfers here in Iksan.  We weren’t able to meet our paralyzed guy and things aren’t looking too great for him.  The other people we met were mainly new people for English.  And they’re like all women!  Good think there are no sisters here or we would have like no investigators!  We met our homeless guy one last time and dropped him after he declined a baptism invitation.  He just has no chance to improve and no desire to do so.  And he’s pretty crazy.

Well, it has now been a year since I have come to Korea.  It’s pretty hard to believe that it’s been that long!  I’ve come a long ways, but I know that I still have a lot to do and still need to improve a whole lot.  I’m grateful for the time that the Lord has given me and for all the chances and opportunities that I have been blessed with.  Thank you all for your love and support.

Love,

Elder Jace Anderson
                                 My wrapped up toe. It looks pretty good now!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Good Week

September 21, 2015

We had a solid week here in Iksan.  Things just keep getting better and better and I’m afraid that I will get transferred in a few weeks.  Let me tell you why things are so great!  The biggest reason is Sister Moon Sunae.  She called on Thursday, we thought it was for English, and we met on Friday.  She said she found our church and number on the internet and contacted us because she wants to attend our church!!  She is 43 and has what’s called auditory hallucination which makes it so she just hears random noises sometimes.  It’s really hard on her and she’s had it for 10 years.  She wants to work but said she can’t because of it.  She lives alone and seems pretty lonely.  The gospel will be a huge help for her.  She came to church on Sunday and it was a little unfamiliar for her, but she talked well with bishop and I think she’ll progress well.  Please pray for her!

We also have a cute little family that we are doing our English/gospel program with.  They don’t have much religious background, but there is a really good feeling in their home when we teach the gospel portion.  I hope they recognize it!

I went on a split with the new elder in the house and we had 3 lessons that day!  He said it was the busiest day of his mission.  We met another new lady, a Chinese one named Choe Eunsook who could have some potential as well.

Elder Choe (Choi?) of the 70 visited our mission!  It was really great and we learned about changing who we are and our destiny starting with our thoughts.  He also dropped quite a large bomb on our mission saying that each companionship should be baptizing one person per week.  So we’re trying to figure out how to get that done.  1 per week!  
 
Our paralyzed guy didn’t come out to church and we haven’t been able to teach him.  So we are kind of afraid that we could lose him.  If we can just continue he has potential.  
 
Things are going well and I’m enjoying my time a lot more now.  It really helps when we have things to do!  Thanks for the love and support.

          Love,

          Elder Anderson 
                               ps im getting surgery today on my toe. scary!!!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pretty solid week



September 14, 2015

          Pretty solid week.  The beginning went well, the middle was a little bit slow, but we had a good finish.  We had a cool experience on Tuesday.  We were walking back to the bus terminal and were talking about our plan for the next day (we went to Jeonju and extended our visas which was an adventure).  I pulled out my camera to check the bus times and stopped in front of a store that sells plates and bowls and what not.  Elder Skouson and I had been talking about buying cool chopsticks, so he said that that store might have some.  Usually I would say no since it wasn’t p-day, but for some reason I felt like it would be ok, if not good.  We went in and the owners started talking with us in English and had met missionaries once in the past at the church!  So that was pretty cool, being led in there.

          I also had another cool experience on Saturday.  All our plans fell through in the afternoon so we were left out on the street.  We tried talking with people but they rejected us pretty hard so I was feeling pretty down.  I said a prayer that we would be able to find someone who would just give it a chance and listen, someone we’d be able to teach.  We stopped the next guy we saw and it went so well!  He wanted to talk for a while, accepted a B of M, gave us his number and seems pretty interested!  It was great!

          We met a few of our investigators, but nothing too big with them.  Except we’re thinking of dropping our homeless guy because he’s pretty crazy.

          Sunday was great!  We got a referral like over a month ago from a guy we met once.  The referral had hurt something so we couldn’t meet him, but he came to church yesterday!  His name is Jang Bongsuk and is 74 and in a wheelchair leave because his bottom half is paralyzed.  The members were great with him and he learned a TON, maybe too much.  Our sacrament meeting is on the 2nd floor and he was in his electric wheelchair, so couldn’t go up, but just talked with one of our members during sacrament and learned all about the church including the Pearl of Great Price and stuff.  Haha but he wants to learn more and seems like he will accept it well.  Should be great! 

          Things are going well and we’re meeting more and more people.  I’m really hoping to help one come unto Christ through baptism before I leave Iksan.  I think that Bro. Jang is showing some good signs of potential.  Hopefully things go well with him this week!!

          Thank you all for your love and support and also for all your prayers!  It means a lot to me.

          Elder Jace Anderson
 sometimes we eat sushi buffets and sometimes we eat fried egg and peanut butter sandwiches with a jar of kimchi. because we are homeless and eat at the church.
 
my surgery