Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

January 4, 2016

          Happy New Year everyone!  I hope it was a good one and that you are all off to a good start.  The end of the year went great and we were busy and meeting new people, but after New Year, well, it was super slow and we spent most of our time talking to difficult people on the street.  Even when we just try to ask people for directions they reject us!  Like what the heck?  Anyways, we met a super great new guy named Kim Yooshin who could be super golden, possibly.  He contacted us to learn English.  He said he came to find God while doing his mandatory military service and is now faithfully attending his church but said that recently the feeling he gets has been getting weaker.  As long as his church’s people don’t convince him to stop meeting us, he could have some potential. 

          We were also able to meet that guy who came to the Christmas party and he’s been taught everything!  But he has a bit of a mental issue and his parents oppose the church, so we’ll see what happens.  His name’s Park Jonghoon.  The best part of the week was Debby!  This awesome Nigerian lady.  I talked with her like a week and a half ago on a bus and told her a bit about the Book of Mormon and got her number.  We were able to meet her at just this bus stop and gave her an English copy which she accepted really well.  And then we helped her and her husband move a fridge into their house.  The husband lived in Spain for 15 years and was pretty misinformed about the church, but we told him we’d bring him a Spanish Book of Mormon.  It should be fun!

          All our other investigators are either the same or are kind of avoiding us, so there’s not much else to talk about with that.  But we did get sucked into having a lesson only about the Fall, that was no fun.

          Speaking of no fun, here’s a story.  In Korean culture, food and etiquette is everything.  You have to eat things right, and eat A LOT!  And never ever leave any rice (because Korea used to be super poor so people remember when it was scarce).  Well, our bishop decided to take us to a buffet and made sure we ate a lot, and then for dinner that day this old couple had us over (we usually don’t have meal appointments), and they destroyed us!  They made us all eat 3 overflowing bowls of rice.  I was so full on my last one that I gagged each time I put some in my mouth.  It was just impossible, so I couldn’t eat it all, and they might’ve been a little offended, but it was better than throwing up!

          We’re starting a new transfer and hoping to have lots of success!  I found a quote from Pres. Hinckley I like.  “If you do your best, it will all work out.  Put your trust in God…The Lord will not forsake us.”

                                                        My district

 Me and Elder Benefiel on our way to this guys house way out in the outskirts of Gwangju. We had some super good 추어탕 or loach soup

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