We almost had a baptism! But …yeah. We met Song Gwongjeong with our ward mission leader and reset his baptismal date for Sunday. He had his interview on Saturday, and well…he and our zone leader and President Shin talked for over an hour and a half about tithing, the word of wisdom, prophets, and the original sin. Long story short he’s not ready for baptism and doesn’t listen to what the missionaries say. So we are going to focus on working with our ward mission leader. Age means everything in Korean culture, so it’s tough being 20 teaching a man in his 70’s. When we called in Pres. the first thing Brother Song said was, “how old is he?” Oh Korea.
We have a new investigator! His name is Jang Sangyun and is 22 or 23. He called us off an English advertisement so we’re doing our English/gospel program with him. He’s a very pure and sweet guy, just a little shy and quiet. He’s definitely humble enough for the gospel, he just needs to get more interest and act on it.
Sadly we haven’t been able to contact Lee Yongil. Things seemed like they were going so well! He loved the member we met with and was set to come to church, but now he has disappeared. It’s really sad how often stuff like this happens. We need to find some prepared people, and we need to do it fast! Time is running a little short now. We have a third of the mission going home in June and July, and President Shin goes home also, so we are focusing a lot on finishing strongest. Hopefully we’ll be able to see some miracles and success these last 2 months.
We met 2 other new people this last week with the Filipina sisters, they were older Korean guys though. Boy did they have some strange ideas and weren’t about to change them based on the words of a couple white kids. It’s ok though! It has been great to get out and see what else is out there in the world. It has definitely made me more appreciative for what I have and makes me want to help others get what we have.
Oh yeah! I had my last interview with Pres. Shin this last week. I’m really going to miss him, he has been an amazing president and leader. An important thing he told me was that it’s not enough to just learn, we must take what we’ve learned and allow it to change us. I would say I’ve definitely changed for the better. In fact, my comp said he never would have thought that I was shy before my mission. Can you believe that? Haha that’s what the gospel’s here for, to mold us into better people, the people that God would have us become. Thank you all for your constant support. I hope you have a wonderful week and find opportunities to share the joy the gospel brings.
Elder Jace Anderson