Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Week 6 in Gwangju

Dear Family,

Things are going great, but time it seems is increasingly limited. There are so many things to do, especially on P-day. Today we have a district activity since it the last P-day for one of our elders and we will be going to Outback Steakhouse (yes they have those in Korea, although how similar to American ones I have yet to be able to attest) and then going to a museum. Then we are teaching Korean to our of recent converts and that basically takes up the entire day.

Side note: February 9th we are having a mission tour here one of the 70 will come and see the Daejeon Mission and we will get together as a mission and be spiritually enriched and what not. It should be great.

I was reading through an old Ensign (August 2007) the other day and came across an article entitled "It started with a pamphlet" which is about the people in the wards that I am in! I know all of them and they are so amazing, so it was really random that I found the article. If I could put in links I would put in a link to the article online, however, since I can only do email, that is not feasible.

This week was great and I thought a lot about Moroni 8:16 which says "perfect love casteth out all fear." A lot of times I feel fear, not big fears like for my life, but small things like-- "should I really talk to that person at this bus stop? They look so busy and maybe they will start talking and I wont be able to understand them." I think sometimes we all have those small fears, but as our love for others increases through learning more about the gospel and what God expects and hopes for us, then I think those small fears and the large ones will begin to dissappear. Challenge of the week: overcome your fears of sharing the gospel and tell me about it.

We found a family to teach, but they are only on the first lesson, so I am still praying a lot that they will continue to accept our message and to progress. Keep praying!

I love you all,

Sister Rebecca O'Bryan

p.s. the pictures are what our typical lunch is like when we eat at home. It's kimchi fried with rice and tuna and wrapped in seaweed with some other side dishes. Mmmm...


  1. My five-year-old loves kim. She gets two pieces and puts rice between to make a sandwich.

    I heard about the demonstrations in Korea over American beef. I wonder what they serve at Outback. (Australian beef?)

  2. My 5 and 7 year old both love "kim" too. They ask for rice all the time just so they can eat it!

    Gwangju (or Kwangju as we used to spell it) was my second area (1991) and we loved going out to jeondo on the street. We newbies would head out and have lots of fun contacting and were able to bring lots of people back to a makeshift visitor's center on the site of the Stake Center.

    We used to live on the 5th floor of a building which is no longer there and I remember going to sleep to the sound of muffled traffic. It was wonderful.

    We used to buy tubu from a someone in the morning who would pass in front of the church with his cart too. What a great city.

    In my day it was the place everyone wanted to be for the winter because it had a jihado shopping area. Helena told me it has a subway now?

    Have a wonderful time and enjoy the city (especially in April!)