I'll try to make this short...not much time.
I am still soooo grateful for such a great companion. I learn things from him everyday. His passion fo rKorean is inspiring. He is such a loving a charitable Elder too. I am so blessed to know him. I really hope we get to serve together in Seoul down the road.
I've started to put a new emphazize on SYL or Speak Your Languege. It's where you try to use Korean, as much as you know, all the time. It's making a big difference already. I know that as I continue to strive to SYL, miracles will occur and the gift of tongues will kick in even more. One sign that I'm learning more Korean: my English is getting way worse. Hmmmm.
I was released as District Leader. I'm so glad the Lord saw fit to call me to that position so early on. It was what I needed to be more humble, more stressed, and more reliant on him. I wouldn't have been nearly as challenged had I not had that in the beginining. And I nkow now, more than ever, the power of the spirit in inspirign us. I would teach things, ask questions, and do things taht I know hweren't from me. The Lord used me as a tool to bless his children and I gerw so much because of that.
In the Elder Holland devotional, he talked about how wee were saved for this time. He didn't know why all of us were chosen, because he doesn't think that he is really any better than his ancestors, but for some reason, we were chosen to be the ones to perform the work in the last days. We are the ones that the whole world has waited for since its inception. Every dispensation ahs fallen into apostacy. Every prophet knew that he would inevitably fail; his people would fall away. But not this dispensation. This is the tim ewhere we finally win. This is the time that gave hope to all those who went before. And WE, all of us, not just full time missinoaies, are responsible to carry out that work. We owe SO much to those that went before. It really is a heavy load to bear, once you understand what he means. But it is super motivating. We are winning now! We cannot bear to let a moment pass by with out focusing on our purpose.
The temple is wonderful. It was closed for cleaning so last week was the first time we got to go. AHHHH. So great. The changes are amazing too. I truly feel that they are an example of the greater revelation that is to come forth in the fullness of times. I'm sure the Lord could have taught me all that anyway, but I feel that so much more is now more fully explained. I understand so much more clearly our purpose on earth and the nature of the fall.\
I've been focusing a lot on prayer. Effective prayer takes great effort. My inherited prayer narcolepsy (DAD.) makes it take even greater effort. But I think I found a rememdy. Just as for an importnatn meeting one would prepare an agenda, I've begun to prepare somewhat of an agenda for my conversation with my Father in Heaven. Evening prayer is where you account for how you spent HIS time that day on the mission. I've found my prayers meaning much more and being so mcuh more sweet to my soul. It is such a blessing. Don't rush the privilenge of talkign with your Father in Heaven. Pray for trials. Pray to know who you can serve, and how you can sacricfcie in their behalf.
The Plan of Salvation is so precious. How tuching it is taht the most all powerful, all knowing being would want so badly for us to return to him and be like him, that he would spent ALL of his time working on that. (moses) He WANTS us to return to him. So all we incounter in life is for our good and will help us return to him. We need to see that. It brings such peace and perpective to life. My how the people of Korea will be blessed by such a Plan of Happiness!
Oh and I taght my district to split apples. hahahahahaha It's pretty great.
Love you all so much! Keep praying for me! Keep writing me! Do great things!