Tuesday, April 12, 2016

He's coming back!

April 11, 2016

          We didn’t have a very exciting week, but it was still good.  Especially because we got to watch conference which was super great.  I loved being able to listen to the prophets, but it made me miss America and my family.  I really enjoyed what Elder Holland talked about, our futures may seem scary (especially after mission stuff) but we can find strength through our past experiences.  I wasn’t able to watch the Priesthood session which super stunk.  The Filipina sisters asked us to go help them with a lesson so we missed it.  We met Walter again with them.  It went well, but he seems to be hiding something. 
          As for our other investigators, well, there aren’t too many anymore.  Jo Youngook (had a bap. date) has dropped off the face of the earth, and we’re considering dropping Park Jonghoon because of lack of progress.  Ji Sumin (the one we thought was a girl) is kind of a sketchy, dangerous guy and says he has no interest at all to even know if God exists so we’re considering dropping him also.
          But in good news, Park Jongmoon comes back next week!!  Remember him?  He said he’d be baptized but had to move to a different city for like a month and a half.  We talked with him on the phone and he’s super excited to meet with us again.  It’s going to be great!
          We had a zone conference last week and Pres said something super awesome for those of us going home in June and July.  He said if we can focus all our thoughts, words and actions on finding more, teaching more, and baptizing more then we will be able to baptize each month.  I’ve been trying to do it and open my mouth better.  It’s tough but going well and I’m excited to see what’s coming out of it. 
          I hope we can all remember what we learned at conference and also the faith building experiences we have had in the past.  Have a great week!  Thank you for all your support.

          Love, Elder Jace Anderson
                                                  This tree has a sweater!
                                                We kinda got lost....haha

Monday, April 4, 2016

Message from President Shin

April 4, 2016

          Decent week, it went by pretty fast.  Wow!  It’s already April!  So crazy.  Update on investigators!  We’ve tried meeting with Jo Youngook and members, but it always fall through and then he didn’t come to church which was disappointing.  He’s supposed to be baptized in 2 weeks, but the members don’t know him and he needs to come to church.  Dang it!  But our rapper guy, Jang Yehoon, who we droopped a month and a half ago randomly showed up to church so that was pretty cool!
          We got a new investigator named Nam Gyo-ooh, who is like 50-60 years old and wants to learn English.  When we did the gospel portion he kind of just got up and left.  Haha so that stunk.  But we’ll meet him again this evening so hopefully it goes better.  Ooh!!  Ji Sumin is a guy!!  But we’re pretty sure he’s bisexual…he has lots of commandment issues, and not really any gospel interest so we might not meet him for much longer. 
          I talked with Pres. Shin on the phone and he said some cool stuff.  First he said, “You go home in July, right?  And your parents are coming to pick you up?”  Then he talked about how I haven’t been able to baptize yet, but when my family comes we should do something special with the people I will baptize.  He suggested going to the temple with them and Dad can baptize them.  Awesome!  He said I have all the skills, hard work, and integrity but just haven’t been able to snatch anyone yet.  But it’ll happen!!  It’s just hard because I feel like I’m doing just about all I can but it’s up to other people. 
          We had an interesting experience on the street with a lady from a different church.  I felt like I was in the BoM talking with Nehor as she tells us we’re missing the secrets of the Bible and even cries for us because we’re not getting it!  It was pretty freaky.  Oh!  She made us pinky promise that we’d talk more if we see her again, and when E. Groves did it she put her other hand on top and said something.  Later, his pinky started to throb and pain moved up his arm and to his chest!  But I have him a blessing and it was all good.  Crazy!  Haha.
          Things are going well here.  I hope you all enjoyed conference.  I’m super excited for it!  I love you all and hope you have a great week.

          Elder Anderson

                                                      Flower Festival