Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Second transfer in Gwangju
Thank you so much for all of your emails. I didn't mean to guilt you into writting me and I really do appreciate all that you have done in remembering me so far.
This week was transfers, or for me, not transfers. I love the wards I am in and we have a baptismal date for a few weeks so I am really glad that I am able to stay here for a little longer. For my companion this will be here 7th transfer here with only 2 left after this one. Maybe she will set a record and be in this area for over a year. I suppose we will see.
Did I mention that we have a baptismal date for February? It's basically the most exciting thing so far. The girl,Sister 임선진 is 30 and originally starting meeting with us because she has a friend who is a member and told her about our English/gospel program. We usually talk about whatever she wants to for 30 minutes in English and then teach her about the gospel in Korean. I feel so much love for her and although she is 30 she doesn't seem like it. Last Saturday she set a baptismal date for February and then on Sunday when she came to church it was like magic. I probably seem like a bad missionary since this is the first time that I was actually able to get an investigator to church (it's like pulling teeth, they'll read, pray, keep the word of wisdom, but getting them to wake up to come to church at 9am is so hard). However, when she came it was really amazing. I was a little worried because a lot of times people at church refer to all sorts of things which an investigator would have no idea about, however, she ate everything up and was smiling the entire time, saying that she really just felt a good warm feeling. I love being a missionary because I get to have experiences like that where I can really see the spirit working in people's hearts and it becomes so tangible.
Other things I love about Korea:
Ice cream, they are so creative. My favorite ones I have decided are the ones shaped like fish filled with bean paste and vanilla ice cream and the ones shaped like corn with real corn and chocolate and vanilla ice cream on the inside. Really, where do they come up with these things?
This week's challenge, bring a friend to church. Think about someone you know, pray about them, and invite them to church. It may not be that easy, but if you can get them to come, I promise it will be all that you ever imagined and more.
I love you all, have a great week.