Monday, July 13, 2015

The last email.....

July 13,  2015

Well, it's been a week of lasts! And now it's time for the last email.

We have only eaten dinner once at home in the past 9 days. Turns out
people like to feed missionaries going home....

My last MLC, President Sonsken's first. It was great. He's going to be
a great blessing to the mission. I really felt the spirit. And I knew
I was feeling the spirit because I kept recognizing things I needed to
do better. Like Nephi in 2Nephi2, I felt the "wretchedness."

Actually was able to talk about that with a less active this week. We
were discussing Jesus Christ and what He means to all of us, and the
spirit was there strongly. So we stopped and said, "Hey. The spirit is
here. We feel it and we know you do too. And when we feel the spirit,
He often prompts us to change for the better. So what is He saying to
you? What do you need to change in your life to draw closer to Jesus
Christ?"

The power was almost tangible as we sat in silence for a few moments.
Finally the LA looked up and said, "well, I suppose I should talk with
Him more often, probably pray everyday." YESSS! We teach and testify,
and they commit themselves under the power of the Holy Ghost. BOOM!

We're trying to work better with members. Our ward is infamous for
less than the best relations. Sure I have no time left, but I still
memorized more names, and as I used them on Sunday, it was awesome!
People love being called by name, and asked sincerely about their
lives. Cool stuff.

Zone training was great. My last, Elder Sullivan's first. I dropped
the hammer a little bit. It was affectionately described later as
"Elder Rosenberg's Hell-fire Speech." Love our missionaries. Such
great potential.


I'm saving all the money stuff for my final testimony tomorrow at the
temple.  But it's been a great two years. I love Korea, I love the
Lord. This IS His work. He WILL be right beside us every step of the
way. We just need to trust Him, and jump in. Be clean, have faith, go
hard, and follow the spirit. We WILL be led. And there WILL be
miracles.

Jesus is the Christ. He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. If
there's one thing I learned here, it's that fact. His way IS the way
to real happiness and success.

Discover the gift. Embrace the gift. Share the gift.

Elder Rosenberg.
Korea Seoul Mission.
2013-2015.
Brief, but passionate.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Happy Birthday America.

As hiking and pday was wrapping up, we were out of time so we ran to
McD's to grab dinner really fast. Turns out it was not really fast. We
applied Christlike Attributes and waited patiently, then started
sprinting home. But we ran into a member and started talking. We
needed to get home and change, but felt to keep talking to him. After
a moment he said, "hey I'm actually meeting my friend right now. Want
to wait and say hi to him?" ohhhh yeah. So we met him. Casually became
friends. Went back to McD's and all ate together.
That was cool. A first.

A taxi stopped next to me the other day, and the driver started
yelling at me. Oh dear. I get close enough to hear, "That book. Give
me one of your books!" Ok. He takes it and speeds off.
That was cool. A first.

Met our new mission president! President Sonksen! Up until a week ago,
he was the CEO of a peanut butter company, and mannn he loves that
stuff. They've got powdered peanut butter, peanut butter energy shots,
all kinds of stuff. A very impressive man. Full of the spirit. Excited
to be here. Sacrificed a lot to come. So grateful for those who serve.

4th of July BBQ with the temple missionaries! Wow. Delicious. Super
fun to listen to all the korean temple missionaries make comments
about the food. hehehehe. They were not fans of the rootbeer floats.
(Rootbeer is 'medicine' flavor). I happened to sit across from one of
the area 70s. That was AWESOME. Pretty cool to hear about sitting in
front of the prophet, sweet to ask him gospel questions, and all
around wonderful. Turns out his daughter is married to the older
brother of my greenie, and both live in arlington, VA.

David. Sooo close to baptism. He's doing well for the 18th. Woooo! We
talked about temples and how that's the goal, baptism's just the
start. He was getting excited and the spirit was so strong. Elder
Sullivan and I were tearing up.
ah.
This is all so great.

love you all!

at the top of namsan, they have this wall of locks, couples write on
the lock, lock it on, then put the key in the mail box there.



when people tell us they "don't have time to meet until next year..."

Monday, June 29, 2015

The bottom of the otter-pop is always the sweetest.

June 29,  2015

Felt like epic mealtime last pday. Went to a place next to the
military base, called "Burger Mine." Unlimited burgers. Real.
American. I only managed to get down 3 of the massive stacks of meat,
egg, bacon, veggies, etc. So worth it.

Made jello for one of our chinese investigators this week. He started
giggling like a child on christmas as he bounced it up and down. nice.

We teach a pretty crazy kid who's basically a third korean, a third
american, and a third chinese. He finally came to church this
week....but on the way home from the club and hadn't slept for 32hrs.
Surprisingly made it through most of the 3hrs. Pretty cool that he
came.

"Once you hit your 5th transfer together, you finally start to feel unity.."
Yes, Elder Sullivan and I work well together. Super busy, tons of
teaching. Not a lot of finding time. But the Lord provides. We got 2
member referrals this week. More than I've got my entire mission. Both
are awesome.

Coolest moment of the week:
One of the member referrals is a girl whose mom is LA and grandma is
active. The girl is apparently a prodigy, speaks 6 languages fluently,
and attends an elite liberal arts school in boston. But she's having
some really hard times. After the doctors, counselors, and
psychologists gave up, they finally called in the missionaries. We
show up to probably the most expensive house I ever seen in korea
(after the mission home). Mom, grandma, and daughter are all there.
They feed us Popsicles and awkward chitchat for a few minutes. But
finally get out of the way. Then begins one of the best lessons I've
ever seen.

It's difficult to describe, but it was an incredible experience. It
just felt like D&C 50:22. "Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that
receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice
together."
The Lord will reveal to us people's needs. In very real ways, we will
be given exactly what to say. And you and they will feel the power of
the Holy Ghost.

Wow.

The mission is like a Popsicle. It just gets better at the end.


--burger king had a sale...10pc nuggets, $1.50. Yes, we bought 60. Yes
it was too many.


Monday, June 22, 2015

The ETERNAL COMPANIONSHIP reunites!

June 22,  2015

Anyone remember that kid I spent 6months being companions with a year ago? Well we're back together! Elder Sullivan and Elder Rosenberg 7.5months! I will have to be with my wife for a long time before she beats Elder Sullivan.....

Fun experience this week helping out an 94yr old grandpa. We were on the way home, almost late, and spotted him, struggling along with a big on his back. I grabbed the box, my companion grabbed him. And off we go, for about 20min, grandpa yelling out directions. Finally we get him to tell us where we're going. Oh no. He's lost. Our destination is actually 2hrs in the opposite direction. So we spend the next 20min getting him to a police station and they help him back to his house. Poor guy. Just kept saying, "wow. I ran into some really nice guys tonight...." 

Another man actually saw some other missionaries doing a similar thing and wanted to meet us. Pretty golden. Memorized the script of south park to learn English so originally thought Mormons were stupid, but now he's moving to america for grad school and thinks we might be a nice "community to join."  People just never know how much good they do. 

Had my final interview with president. Pretty sweet. I'm going to miss him. 

President Christensen actually had final combined zone conferences this week. SUPER sweet. It felt some Lehi in 2nd Nephi, exhorting his sons with all the tender affections of a parent, his final counsel before he passed on. The Spirit was so strong. 
-Foundation. A mission strengthens our foundation, but now we go on and build! 
-The biggest thing missionaries don't understand is how important this work is. There is NOTHING more important than saving souls, it's God's work and His glory. When you understand that in your heart, not just know it in your head, it makes all the difference. When Satan tempts us with fear, laziness, or "it's not worth it' "it doesn't really matter", than we can answer as Nehemiah, "I am doing a great work and cannot come down." 
-Boat Guy. Don't live below your privileges. There's a feast to be had in doing the Lord's work. Don't sit by and watch it happen, don't settle for scraps. Dive in. Just do it. 

The Lord sent me here because He knew I would complete the mission. 

Love you all. This IS a great work. 
Elder Rosenberg






Monday, June 15, 2015

100hr adventure

Here I sit, blinking blearily at the computer monitor, trying not to
let my head hit the key board.....

HA. Kidding. It's been a great week! Yes, way tiring. Much so. But
easier than I thought'd it would be. It worked out to 14.5hrs of
proselyting/teaching everyday. I haven't felt this sleepy since
highschool, when I sit down/stop moving, I start nodding. Also, korean
is like one of those old cars, it doesn't get started too early in the
morning. The first 5 people you talk to at 630am have no idea what I'm
saying. But then you get warmed up and cruiseeee! Sure, half the
people you talk to are half asleep too, but you meet sooo many people
you'd never have see otherwise. And you find SO many more people. Our
zone doubled it's contacts to 4556 people met this week, between 11
companionships. YEAH!

Learned a lot though.....you need to exercise/eat right otherwise your
body is NOT happy. And I will never look at those sacred hours of
morning gospel study the same. Those are inspired, God gifted hours.
NEVER waste them.

The biggest thing though: The Lord strengthens us. We CAN work that
hard. 100hr week is a LOT. But almost our entire zone did it! And when
we go to the edge, there's nothing but the Lord to hold you up. And He
DOES.

It's been the funnest week of my mission. This is just such a
wonderful work. Elder Smith goes home tomorrow. It was a good way to
go out. I'm sooo lucky to still have a while left. There's just
nothing like this.

1 Nephi 20:10--For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in
the furnace of affliction.
Isa. 40:31--But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint.

Christ lives. This is His church, His work. His power is behind us.



Monday, June 8, 2015

100hr week

June 8th,  2015

We're doing a 100hr proselyting week this week, so time is short!
We leave the house at 5:30am, then go until 9:30pm, with half an hour
of studies, and no meal time(unless with investigator/member).
WOOOOOO!

Had steamed pig feet this week. better than I thought.

Went and did baptisms at the temple with a recent convert, brother
Dae-Young. Really cool experience. He bore his testimony about it on
sunday.
Like Pres. Packer says, "Everything we do in the church should point
to the Savior and His Holy Temples."



Monday, June 1, 2015

"Don't count the days, make the days count.

June 1,  2015

"Don't count the days, make the days count."

We're making them count, this week was packed with the Lord's tender
mercies. In Seoul it's 400 20yr olds against 30million, but we're
winning everyday.

Brother Yang: he's a chinese grad student here. We had to help edit
his graduate level materials science paper......ouch. Elder Smith went
to MIT and I used to be ok at that stuff but.....we got our tails
kicked. 48pages of pain. But we did it. Yang's awesome. Brought his
girlfriend too. He's come to church twice, loves it, loves the gospel,
and should be gettting baptized soon. Even referred his girlfriend who
has TONS of questions.

Brother Allen: a much younger chinese college student who's super
relaxed, loves church, and is also getting baptized this month. Turns
out he and Yang are from the same hometown, so they love sitting
together at church.

Brother David: meeting missionaries for 1.5 years, but finally came to
church for the first time. We dropped the hammer on him this week and
his heart is softening a ton.

Picked up another couple baptismal dates. And in total, we taught 20
actual sit down lessons. That's pretty ridiculous. I've never come
close to that before. This is a pretty unprecedented level of success
for Elder Smith and I. The Lord is raining down the blessings.

Elder Maynes of the 70 came for a combined mission conference this
week. He taught about having extraordinary expectations, extraordinary
goals. Then we have faith and manifest that by the way we pray. They
will be extraordinary prayers. And boyyy are we praying.
Honestly Elder Smith and I had that discussion about a week earlier,
and were already well on our way. Elder Maynes just put it all into
words for us and helped refine our vision. And the results are
coming!!!!

This is the work of the Lord. He truly watches over His servants. When
we go all in, and plan, pray, and act in faith......stuff happens.

Wish I would have figured this out sooner, huh? But I guess that's a
sign of progress :)

love you all!