Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Years! Receive many blessings from the New Sun!

December 29,  2014

It was a crazy week this past week! Christmas conferences, temple day,
a trip to the east coast, calling the family, good byes for Elder
Black, and now he's gone! Bye Bye Josh!

Calling my family was great, I have the BEST family ever. #1. 최고. 전무후무.

On Christmas Day, Elder Black and I traveled to the other side of the
mission, pretty much as far as is possible to go, to Sokcho. It's a
little branch on the east coast, close to Donghae where I served. It
was very humbling to visit Sokcho's 6 members, one by one and spend
time with them. Each is so strong in their own way, facing such hard
trials, but still incredible. A 13yr old young man, the only attending
member in his family, who acts like he's going on a mission next year.
A spiritual giant. A physically disabled sister with the funniest
personality and brightest smile. A family with severe financial
challenges. And more. Each with their own story, each with their own
conversion. But together they form a unit of love and hope. Such a
resilient hope for the future. Ah, the future of our church is bright.

It's a hope that comes only through Jesus Christ. "Behold I say unto
you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the
power of his resurrection" (Mor 7:41) It's a hope that is everlasting,
never ending, and always supporting. It's a hope that is true.

We also attended a stake youth talent show. The missionaries in the
stake were asked to prepare a couple musical numbers. It was way fun
and the youth loved seeing 50+ missionaries singing the EFY medley.
But the feeling was really weird. Lots of kpop, breakdancing, love
song duets, etc. Way cool. But just really uncomfortable for us as
missionaries. Weird how those things are totally fine, but just not
for us right now. Everyone with a name tag felt it.

We really are set apart from the world.....

love you all!
Elder Rosenberg


--duck!

delicious 돈까스 (pork cutlet?) at a stress free restaurant.

Monday, December 15, 2014

There can be miracles....!

December 15,  2014

We fasted and prayed like the dickens this week and the miracles pulled through!

Brother Jo, an 85 year old retired professor from the Korean Yale, came to church, a baptismal service, and dinner with the bishop! He first learned about the church when he visited byu to help start their korean program or something. He LOVED the people there, the modesty, the purity. And he loved chruch this week. Said it was much less "rank based" and more like a family. And instead of just listening, it requires participation and people actually learn thinks. In korea, age is super important and it is unheard of for little kids to be giving talks and prayers in worship services. But here, we are all children of God, learning and growing together. He was super impressed. And he really wants to get baptized. He just has to end his deep relationship with the korean Yale church, and wants his son to get baptized too. 

Prayers are answered. Fasting has real power. And despite kids screaming and trying to through things in the font, the spirit is SO resilient. 

you know how I'm awful at bowling? I bowled a 135 last week after a Korean taught me how to bowl a curve ball! 

love you all! Merry Christmas! 









Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Christmas! 메리 크리스마스!

December 7,  2014

Hello beloved friends and family!

Being a little far from home, I'm hoping this christmas email can suffice as a substitute for a christmas card. 

If you saw the youtube homepage yesterday, you might have noticed the new christmas video our church has released. Entitled "He is the Gift", it is a beautiful 2 min reminder of the best gift we've ever received, Jesus Christ.

So I asked myself, "How is Christ a gift to me?" "Is He really?" And here's what I think.....

He has given everything to me. A second chance, a fresh start, another try. I fail and I fall, but He affords me the opportunity to rise up, to begin again, and to move on. I am weak and insufficient, but He gifts me His grace, His enabling power, His strength. He IS the gift. Not one wrapped in ribbons or hidden beneath a tree. Not a gift of tangible feeling, touch or substance. But a gift to the heart, of love, peace, and hope. A gift that sounds too good to be true. But He is true. I know that. I know He lives, loves us, and is our Savior. 

He is the most precious gift I have ever received. And so in love, I wish to share that gift with you. Discover the gift. Embrace the gift. #Sharethegift

I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again! 

사랑합니다!

Elder Rosenberg

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ilsan! 일산 화이팅!

November 30,  2014



It's been a crazy week! We had Brother Choi's bapt interview, lasting
2hrs, and got him all ready to be baptized Sunday! And he got baptized
whoooohoooo! So happy for him. He understood what an important step it
was in his progression and is excited to keep going.

Sadly, I wasn't able to go to the baptism. But I had a great sunday in
the ilsan ward! It's HUGE. About 140 strong. And the building is
american style, and massive. I'm way out of my leauge here. The area
looks a lot like northern virginia and is a rich commuter town. And
they have REAL HOUSES. Whoa. Excited to get to work with such a great
ward.

My new companion elder black is really great. We're both older,
experienced missionaries, and we are going so hard. We keep running
out of time when we go places. There are just SO many people to talk
to on the way! It's tough. We also keep running out of pass along
cards. He goes home in a few weeks though....so we're on the final
sprint!

We had an awesome service opportunity this week. Making KIMCHI! 7hrs
of washing vegatables, cleaning, peeling, slicing, etc. Super fun. And
a great chance to get to know our new zone. I was chopping these HUGE
stacks of 'great green onions" and just bawling. The ward sisters
thought it was hilarious.

Met the man who translated the Book of Mormon in to Korean, had
thanksgiving at a buffet, and loved life this week.

Transferring was rough, it's always hard to leave an area, and start
all over: learning the area, memorizing members, building trust with
them, getting missionaries to trust you, build everything up. I had
just felt like I got it together in jangwi, and then I had to start
all over in a HUGE ward/area/zone with a lot more responsibilities.
But I was reading 1Nephi3 and it was totally talking to me.

Lehi(president) received revelation to send his sons (me) to go do a
hard thing, get the plates. The sons, (me) had two ways of reacting 1)
"it's a hard thing you ask...blah blah" 2)" I recognize it's the
Lord's will, He's help me do it, let's GO!"  And the son who reacted
the second way was "favored of the Lord" and giving the strength to
commit himself to "not leave until he had accomplished the Lord's
purpose in that land."

So I'm choosing to react the second way. It's a lot more fun. And the
Lord is already blessing me so much. He has asked a hard thing. But
He'll make me great enough to do it. And I wouldn't have it any other
way. He WILL strengthen us to do more than we ever could alone. The
Savior's enabling grace is real. I know it.

Love you all! Have a great week! Do something hard!
Elder Rosenberg

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winds of Change

November 24,  2014

Brother Choi is getting baptized this week! WOOHOO! We met to go over
the bapt interview questions, but.....he showed up and proceeded to
show us this "life changing talk." He'd been searching the internet
and found President Monson's talks, and wanted to share. Then shared
his insights about the book of abraham, which he'd also found online.
"I'm throwing away the old testament, this is sooo much better!"
Yeah.....he's ready.

It never ceases to amaze me, how much the Lord guides us. We were
rushing to an appt this week, and passed a man and his son. We ran by,
but then felt prompted to go back. About face. Turns out he's the dad
of a girl who came to our halloween party. After we allayed some
concerns about us being a  real church ("I only seen foreigners
there!"), he decided he'd start sending his kids on sundays. YES!
There's just no way we could meet this people on our own. There IS
divine aid.

First real member referral of my mission! The amazing son of our stake
president, is filling out his mission papers currently. We had a talk
the last week about how cool it'd be if he could baptize one of his
friends before he left. Well, he showed up this week to church with a
friend and asked us to "talk with him." Yeah, he's getting baptized.
Super cool.

Well, transfer calls came and....I"m going to ilsan! 일산! I had a dream
that I was going back to the east coast. Apparently instead I'm going
to the farthest west area! Woohooo!

It's really sad to leave jangwi though. It feels like I JUST got here.
Three months seems so short compared to the 9months in my last area.
As I was sitting in sacrament meeting on my last sunday, I was
overcome with a powerful feeling of satisfaction. I've accomplished
the Lord's will for me in this place. It's time to move on to the next
thing He has for me.

I've also been thinking a lot about Joseph Smith this week and my
testimony of what he did. And I've settled once again on this: He was
a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon through the power
of God. Heavenly Father restored His one true church through Joseph
Smith. It's a knowledge I've obtained through study and prayer. And
such a witness cannot be taken away by man. I cannot deny it.

Love you all!
Elder Rosenberg

--"singles party" at bishops house.
--the districttttt
--bishop and his wife. SOOO GREAT>




Monday, November 17, 2014

Heart! 하트!

November 17,  2015

The primary program was this week. That means all the little kids at
church got up and sort of sang, sort of hid, sort of just acted really
cute during church on sunday.
The best part was when a little boy got up, said he's lines, then
yelled "Heart!" And through his arms up in a heart. We all meltedddd.

Brother Choi is back! He came to church this week, actually listened
to most of gospel principles class! He only gave a  little sermon at
the end. He participated eagerly in priesthood, and the members were
all really patient with him. He's excited for the 29th as his new
baptismal date. Transfers are the week before....so we'll see if I"m
still around! Thanks for all your prayers and love. He's almost there!

We met a nice grandpa from North Korea this week. Told us to stop
knocking doors late at night (7pm) but let us in because I'm a
foreigner. He gave us some special mountain water that will make you
live forever. or something. He's in his 80s, but looks 60, so I'd
believe it. He said he escaped from the north during the war, under
cover of american gun fire, leaving his dead family behind. Then lived
barely above starving for many years. It's people like this that made
korea, the country it is. People with iron wills to survive, to climb,
to live. Sadly, his hard life had jaded his hard to God. "There is no
God. I don't need him. You can't tell me He exists." We testified, but
he just kept protesting. Finally the prompting came, "Do you want to
see your family again?" " Of course, but I can't." We testified that
he would. That there is a life after this, that because of Jesus
Christ, we will all live again. He just stopped. No more arguing. He
didn't accept it. But he couldn't argue with it. There is something
about a pure, spiritually directed statement of testimony that can't
be denied. It can be rejected, but not denied. And in the moment I
knew again for myself that this IS all true.

The spirit played a huge role in another family's lesson this week.
Charlie and Andrea. Korean, 45, and Filipino, 23, respectively. The
first family I've ever taught on my mission! We brought a member, but
that led to.....well, the usually member present fun. Despite the plan
for a simple overview of the restoration, we were treated to a run
down of the entire plan of salvation, and a detailed bit of Book of
Mormon history. All of which poor Andrea could not understand
(korean......). But Elder Lee and I were praying like crazy. "Heavenly
Father don't punish us for bringing a member. He means well. Please
touch their hearts. Please help us to follow the spirit." Well,
somehow Charlie understood some points about the Book of Mormon that
we'd been struggling with him. My companion beautifully summarized it
all, then roped us back to the Book of Mormon blesses families. We
asked some inspired questions to andrea. Then we felt prompted to open
to Mos2 and read about how the gospel could bless their family, how
the Book of Mormon could answer their questions. The spirit was strong
as we closed. Though we had been dragged wayyyy from what we'd
planned, the spirit helped them get what they needed. And I was so
touched as we closed.

The Lord truly guides His work. If we really trust that we will be
given what to say in the very moment and just open our mouths, it WILL
work out. The promise is true in d&C 84:85. I know it.

Love you all!

--some AMAZING charcoal beef....
--11/11 is 빼빼로 Day. they're like "pocky" those chocolate covered stick
snacks. But they have MASSIVE one's. And oreo covered ones. ahhhh sooo
good. It's actually a holiday.
--according to this chart I read, Pres Monson is ranked as the most
powerful american over 80yrs old. More than jimmy carter, warren
buffet, and a couple other famous people. why? "he is supreme
commander over worldwide missionary work" hahhah
--chestnut snacks. taste and feel like little slimy brains. but
apparently they're healthy? So says Elder Lee...





Monday, November 10, 2014

Welfare and Farewell

November 10, 2014

It was a crazy week this week. But two highlights: Setting up a
service project at a children's social welfare center and attending
the funeral for a member's father.

The Social Welfare Center:
A lady runs this little place that takes care of about 11 kids, ages
3-19, homeless, abused, and lonely. We are going to be teaching
english/doing activities there once a week from now on. Super excited.
We went and played with the kids for a while on the playground this
week. At first they all just sort of started at the white kid, then
started shouting "foreigner!" And within a few minutes I had little
korean kids clinging all over me. They're all SUPER cute, and
hilarious. Playing tag, hide and seek, just talking to them, ahhhh
melted my heart. There's a reason why Jesus liked being around little
children. And it reminded me so much of summer camp staff.

We are in a pretty poor area of Seoul and there are sooo many homeless
and troubled people here. This little place serves but a tiny fraction
of those in need. Some would say it's a hopeless cause. As I thought
about it this week, I was reminded of something Mother Teresa said
"The work of Christian service is not about statistics." It's not
about numbers, it's about individuals. And it means the world to each
of those little kids.

Our missionary work is much the same. Someone calculated it: if we
wanted to talk to everyone in Seoul, we'd each have to serve a 17yr
mission. It's just not possible to keep up. But it's not a work of
stats, it's a work of miracles. We don't do it man's way, we do it the
Lord's way. The Savior was always reaching out to the one, always
caring for the individual. And that's how we do it, one contact, one
investigator, one day at a time. The Lord truly guides us as we do it
His way. That's true for full time and member missionaries.

The Funeral:
Brother Park in our ward, his father passed away this week. Our ward
had a finally service at a traditional korean funeral center. It was a
very enlightening cultural experience. Each of us were given a chance
to place a flower before a picture of the deceased brother and to say
a short prayer, then bow to the family. (If you want to learn more
about korean funeral's google it.) But more than the culture, it was
the spirit that struck me. Honestly I don't think I've ever been to a
funeral service that I can remember. But the spirit in the room was
very interesting. Definitely sad, but with a lighter, hopeful
atmosphere. The light of gospel truth shining into what could have
been a dark moment. The speakers spoke of healing and the plan of
salvation. They bore testimony that we would see this father again,
that he would indeed live again. But the most powerful part was when a
13yr old deacon's letter was read before the group. "I've never met
you, but I felt your influence, thanks for supporting our activities.
It's sad you're gone, but I know you're happy in the spirit world now.
And we'll meet again. So it's not so sad." Not an eye in the room was
left dry.

Those truths are real. We lived before this earth and we will live
after it as well. "There is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath
no victory,and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ." (mos
16_8)

I know that to be true.

Love you all!
Elder Rosenberg


Monday, November 3, 2014

Family Reunion

November 2,  2014

We had stake conference this week, with the ward of my greenie area, and it was like a family reunion! So many family faces, so many beloved memories. I LOVE this place. I love this people.

Stake conference was sweet; the area 70, Elder Jeong, gave some incredible talks, so personalized to us, so by the spirit. And in the saturday session, he had everyone friend the stake president on a social media app, then attached the stake president's phone to a projector. He'd  ask questions then have people post them on the president's page, so we all could see them. Super cool. He had us split into groups and discuss then post, then he'd read and discuss with us. Super cool new ways to learn the gospel. Technology can be such a blessing.

Brother Choi is still golden as ever. We met him and taught him the commandments in one sitting, just one after another. Boom Boom Boom. He testified about each one and committed to do it all. He drinks coffee, but he's going to stop. His only problem is that his work sometimes has him work on sundays. But he'll be ready for his baptism in two weeks! 

President interviews, always a blast. Apparently he told another missionary "Trials? Oh Elder Rosenberg LOVES trials..." 

We ate dinner in my greenie area for conference. We got to go to a less active's restaurant that I visited a couple times back in the day. I was so excited to see the less active sister! Somehow she remembered me, even though I spoke not a single word to her back then. Just smiled everytime we passed her resteraunt. Well, she was happy to see me and kept giving us more and more food. Just loading us up. And serving us before anyone else. It was such a sweet moment. It's the relationships we build that are the most precious. Sure she hasn't come back to church, but she feels the love of Christ. And she knows someone cares. 

Cool going on exchanges this week with the new missionary, Elder Houston. Such a good kid. He's been here for only a few weeks, but he''s trying so hard. It's incredible. When we start, we dont' know ANY korean. Like he didn't understand really anything anyone said. But he'd just walk up to people and start talking. Saying the only things he could, which was a testimony of our message. So miraculous. How could we have that kind of courage if we were not supported by divine aid? And he's way better at korean than I was..... but we go and we do. 

The Lord prepares people. We just need to go out, act in faith, and find them! Fear not man. Be of good cheer for Christ has overcome the world. 

Love you all! 
Elder Rosenberg

--just elders of israel.
--crab pizza
--our stake center
beautiful korea





Monday, October 27, 2014

Octopus and Halloween

October 27,  2014

Good news! We finally have a working phone again! It took 4 phones and 2 SIM cards, but we're back in action!

We had a ROCKIN halloween party this week. Way fun. Planned and run by the missionaries, and a few member kids brought friends! Wooohoo! The highlights were "water pong" , "tombstone bowling" , and "touch gross things in boxes game". 
The touch gross things game was the glorious creation of Elder Lee and I. You've played it in America, with spaghetti and cauliflower, right? Well you haven't played it with live eels and octopus have you? Stick your hand in, think it's just spaghetti....then it grabs you. BAHHH! 
We had the ward dying in laughs and screams. 

Church was incredibly uplifting this week. The whole stake presidency spoke, pretty much a preview for stake conf next week. I had brought some serious questions, really needed answers. The day before we listened to a pres eyring talk about receiving revelation. He instructed us to pray that God would speak to us through the church speakers. Well, God did speak. I was overwhelmed and overcome by the outpouring of love and inspiration that I felt that day. The Lord truly will speak to us if we are ready, and willing. 

The biggest miracle this week? Brother Choi. 
He approached us on the street a couple weeks ago, but we couldn't meet until this week. Turns out he's an old investigator who liked church but then dropped because he got offended. Well, he's been reading the Book of Mormon and is convinced that he was wrong. He told us that the book IS the word of God, and pulled out his marked copy to prove it. He started reading verses and testifying of it's veracity. WHAT. We asked him if that meant he thought the church was true to. "If I didn't think it was true, I wouldn't be here!" So we opened up to Mos 18. "If this be the desire of your hearts, what have ye against being baptized?" It was such a powerful moment, so perfect, as if Alma was speaking directly to brother Choi. He's getting baptized the 15th. 

Then on wednesday he called us, apparently on a bus. He moved to southern korea. WHAT. So that was sad. 
Then he called back a couple days later. He moved back. Something about the 99 and 1 sheep. 
He's still reading. And came to halloween. And is definitely getting baptized. A really special guy (He gets up and starts yelling and stomping in our lessons. just really excited.) 

It's been a good week. 3 baptismal dates. Lot's of fun with the ward. The Lord is blessing us SO much. 

Loveyou all! 

--phones 1 through 4. 
--the scary boxes. 
-district lunch at a mcdonalds knockoff








Monday, October 20, 2014

Fermented Soybean Paste. YUM

October 20,  2014

I've included a picture of our latest culinary masterpiece.  Basically
tofu, stringy mushrooms, and such in a soup of fermented soybean
paste. It's a popular dish and we did it justice. SOOO good.

Life is good! I've got a great companion, Elder Lee is a champ. We
have fun and do work!

I called a member this week and the grandma answered. Apparently she
was convinced that I was one of the sister missionaries with a sore
throat. Ouch. The worst part.....it happened the second time I called
too.

Our brothers Jing and brotherbrother are doing well. Progressing, but
with challenges. We're working through it though. Found a couple of
new investigators this week. One had been in and out of prison and
says he needs church to keep him from killing people. Good potential.

Our phone has been having a lot of challenges. And doing missionary
work with no way to contact anyone is hard. Like trying to go fishing
with no bucket to put the fish you catch in. But the miracles have
poured in. The phone won't work for the entire day, then will suddenly
be functional for the hour we spend making calls to potential
investigators. Multiple days in a row. SUCH a blessing. The Lord truly
moves this work forward.

I've been thinking a lot about gift giving the past few days. I read a
talk by Pres Eyring about the 3 principles of true gift giving. 1)See
another's need and feel moved(ie compassion) 2) give freely, without
expect repayment 3) consider that sacrifice a joy.

Sunday morning on the way out the door, I felt prompted to grab 2 hard
candies to bring to church. Weird. Then in the middle of sacrament
meeting, an old woman showed up and sat next to me. She was dressed in
worn and dirty working clothes, and smelled very distinctly of
camping. But we sang and prayed together and had a great time.
Suddenly I remembered the hard candies. I pulled them out, one for me,
one for her. She smiled appreciatively and that was that. I'm not sure
how much it meant to her, but it meant SO much to me. The Lord gave me
an opportunity to feel compassion, give freely, and consider it a joy.

The Savior gave us the greatest gift. I try to show my appreciation by
sharing that gift with others. Everyday we see people who need it, are
moved with compassion, and reach out in love. We don't expect
compensation. And we consider this sacrifice an incredible blessing.

Love you all!
Elder Rosenberg

Monday, October 13, 2014

Missionary Eyes

Elder Lee and I at a sweeet park

October 13,  2014

I've realized this week that as missionaries, we see the world in a
way that few others do. We spend all day, everyday talking to people.
One day we're on the street, trying to help homeless men with no where
to sleep. Then the next we're teaching english to millionaires and
high level government officials. We walk the fields, and we ride in
luxury sedans. We teach people in basement sweatshops. We visit little
girls with leukemia in massive hospitals.

Such a unique view. But it also me to testify with surety that the
principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help EVERYONE. The
principles of happiness are the same, no matter your situation. Live
as He lived, love as He loved, serve as He served. His way is the only
way to peace in this life, and salvation in the next.

Also had a really interesting conversation with an atheist man this
week. He was trying to convince us that without seeing God, we could
never believe or really know. But our knowledge of God doesn't come
from our 5 senses. It supersedes our natural senses. We learn from the
Holy Ghost, a manifestation, spirit to spirit. And that is a witness
more powerful than sight. It's something I cannot deny. Alma saw an
angel, he heard voices, he had incredible experiences with his
physical senses.

But in Alma 5, when he bears his testimony, he says "I say unto you
they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have
fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself.
And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath
made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit"

The witness of the Holy Ghost is a witness more powerful than sight.

Love you all! Hope you loved conference as much as I did. So much
revelation. So many answers. Such a spirit. They are men of God, we
would do well to heed their counsel.

Elder Rosenberg

Monday, October 6, 2014

Member Present MAGIC

October 6,  2014

We had a big stake sports day this week. Our ward, small but mighty,
pulled a sweeping victory. Thanks to our CRAZY excited members. So
fun. Koreans are just so much more "into it" than americans. They get
excited about even the silliest games and there are NO party poopers.
In the states you wouldn't see a 70yr old woman going HARD at ping
pong and beating a woman half her age......

We really tried to focus on getting members to lessons this week. To
be honest I can probably count the number of members present lessons
one one hand. But that was the past! We taught three this week and I
never want to teach without a member again!
Sure members usely go crazy and mess up your lesson. We emphazized
multiple times that we were going to teach the plan of salvation very
very simply. And then suddenly priesthood, temples, apostasy, and the
history of the Book of Mormon. Not what we were planning. But then it
always ends up ok. Because of the member's influence, our
investigator, who had never even thought about God in his 82 years of
life, prayed out loud for the first time. That's incredible. That's
the power of members.
We taught Brother Brother with a member also. And he committed to be
baptized on the first of november. That's the power of members.
And one of our golden chinese was super touched by our member's
testimony and story. So great.

Members do more than just fellowship/share the occasional testimony.
If you prepare them before hand, ask them to review the section in PMG
you want them to teach, then they can be SO effective. They can play a
crucial role. The best is having the member commit the investigator.
WHOOOO!

Member present magic.

I've also been thinking about miracles this week. I read "Miracles are
the natural result of the correct application of true principles." If
we live right, work right, and are aware, we SHOULD see miracles. Lots
of them. I've almost come to feel that they seem common. But in a way,
they are. Simply the natural result of following heavenly laws. The
Lord loves us, and is so invested in His work. There can be sooo many
miracles if we're worthy.

This message is true. It changes lives, it softens hearts, it teaches
how to be cleansed from sin. We are given peace in this life, and
enabled to return to our Heavenly Father again. It's simple. It's
soooo logically complete.
And it's true.

Love you all!


--Our district(minus one, and plus an AP) at stake sports day!
--korean picnic!
--our medals for winning FIRST PLACE it says the church name and "THE BEST"
--a member at our house at 11pm, fixing the emergency flooding that
occurred last night....





Monday, September 29, 2014

WHOOO!

Sept 29,  2014

Life. Is. Good.

I'm busier, and have more responsibility and worries than ever before, but it's so GREAT. 
I'm so grateful for the 'load' that provides spiritual traction, that allows me to move forward. 
I am just soooo blessed. 

I had the chance to go on exchanges back in my greenie area, and meet 2 of my old investigators who finally were baptized. One, Brother Kwon, was taught for almost a year and a half before finally getting baptized. Though I couldn't speak but a few words of Korean, he remembered me. "Ahh you helped me move offices like 5 times." (yes we did) He repeated that maybe five times. Even if we lack in the language, we never have to lack in love. Then Brother Ahn, the 76yr old legend. He was so excited to see me. "Rosenberg" is one of the only 4 foreigner names that he knows. His faith is so strong. He has a pile of scriptures and liahonas, topped by a massive magnifying glass. We read Alma 32 together from the children's storybook, and he LOVED it. Every couple sentences, he stop and go back. "Oh, yes, yeah. Exactly Alma. Yes, faith. Umm good seeds. Oh perfect. Tell em alma." So funny. 

Brother Brother is doing well. His friends are not supportive, but he feels the seed beginning to grow, and he can tell that it is good. 

Jun-Lee, our chinese friend, brought another friend, Jing, to our lesson. So cool to see the simple truths of who God is, touch their hearts. 

A couple weeks ago, we met a really cool guy on the street, taught the restoration right there, and gave him a book of mormon. But his phone number got suspended. Then the other night, in the middle of a lesson, he walks up. So we split and taught two lessons, there sitting on benches. His friends told him that our church is a cult, a sham, fake, pretend, so he needed to throw that book away. But he didn't believe them. He's been reading it and feels so good when he does. It was a really cool miracle to have the chance to teach him about the Savior's healing power and how it could heal the wounds he was grieving. 

It's been a crazy week. But I love it all. The Lord loves His children. He will lead them to the truth if they are ready. If we will repent and return to Christ, He will heal us. (3Nephi 9:13). He felt all our pains and afflictions so that He could. And He will. 

Love you all! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Windows of Heaven

September 22,  2014


-my district! SOOO many koreans.
-by the palace!

Ahhh it's been an incredible week. The Lord truly opened the windows of heaven and poured out blessings we couldn't even receive. We met so many people, taught the first lessons a surprising amount of times and picked up a bunch of new investigators. 

--Jay-oong: he works for his church, but LOVED the Joseph Smith story. Real intent, sincerity, he's got it down. But he's convinced that he's going to see God like JS did.....
--Jun-Ri: Golden chinese! 
-Hyeung-Jae: His name is the same word as "Brother: So we call him "Brother Brother." He's suchhh a brother though. Parties, smokes, drinks, lives in the world. But recognizes that it doesn't bring him happiness. 
--Several more. To put it in perspective: we got more investigators this week than our whole district had in the past couple months. 

It definitely wasn't us. It was the Lord deciding to grant us success. But it certainly helps that my companion is such a champ. Elder Lee is so excited and so prepared to do missionary work. He's been here for less than a month but he acts like he's been here a year! 

We're working hard with the members, visiting them and role play with them: how to invite their friends to activities. They're so fun to be with. 

I had a GREAT sunday this week. The gospel doctrine teacher is super old, had every church calling, and is currently int eh temple presidency. So his lessons are incredible. I don't understand it all, but what I get blows my mind. And a member lent me his tablet for elders quorum so I could read the lesson in english. Wow. Most I've ever got out of church before! 
"The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the son of God, to do ever the things that please Him."--Joseph Fielding Smith

And I gave a talk. That was fun. Practiced a bunch, prayed like the dickens, and it went okay. The lady who went after me got up and spent the first few minutes talking about my face. "He has such a nice face and looks just soooo happy." Hope they liked the content of my talk too.....

LOVE MY LIFE. Love korea. Love my companion. It's all so great. 

The Lord is certainly blessing us here. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

A week of no missionary work :(

September 15,  2014

It's been a most interesting week. Monday, everyone in the mission just cleaned their houses because it was a massive korean holiday. Tuesday was temple day. Then Wednesday to Sunday I was decommissioned by a nasty intestinal virus. Finally managed to leave the house today to renew my visa, an enjoyable 5hr process.

Sooooo not a lot of work happened this week. Which is really sad. But a few highlights:

-We met a sweet less active and ate dinner together. Taught a really great lesson on prayer. Just walking around a park at night, testifying of the simple truths about God and prayer. There was something really beautiful about that. God does hear us, He wants to talk to us, and He will answer. I know it. 

-The sacrament has taking such a big role on my mission. And this week it was especially sacred. Church was a risky excursion from the house, I was feeling pretty sick, and unhappy about the week in general. But as we sang the sacrament hymn, heard the prayers, and partook of the sacrament, a  sweet peace filled my heart. I felt the quiet reaffirmation that the Lord truly suffered for me, He understands exactly how I feel. His grace and mercy are enough to make up for my shortcomings. I can repent. I can be made whole. I can rise up, get better, be better. Really sweet. 

-ONE OF MY OLD INVESTIGATORS GOT BAPTIZED. Only a 15min bus ride away, but NO one told me. Sad. But I taught him as a greenie, a year ago. And finallyyyyyy he's entering the waters. Super cool. A testimony builder. Never give up on people. Keep praying for them. 

The temple is great. Wish I could go every day. 

Love you all. Be healthy, be happy. Do work. 

Elder Rosenberg.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"I don't shake hands with cult members."

Sept 8,  2014


HA. Probably the funnest thing that happened this week. Talking to a guy who was convinced we're a cult. Didn't have any interest. That's ok. I wished him a good day and stuck out my hand to shake his. "No. I don't shake hands with cult members." HAHAHHA. Poor guy. That caused me launch into to a testimony about how we're all God's children, brothers and sisters, regardless of what we believe, God loves him, I love him, etc. All the time I'm rubbing his arm, just in case I can get some of the cult to wipe off one him.
My companion sort of looks to me after, sort of "how do I react?" But I'm busy pulling out my planner to make of note to write about it in my journal. "These are the money experiences! hahah" He'll learn. 

Anyway, life is grand here in 장위! (jang-wee). It's huge. So many people. The ward is awesome. So many people. We have the stake president's family too, and they are all super sweet. I actually saw the wife working at the temple the day before I came here. 

My son was born at a solid 120ish pounds and 36 ounces. He's full blooded korean. (must of got that from his mom's side.) But went to high school in America. And attends WashU. So he's fluent in both languages, super smart, and way prepared to be a missionary! 이호현 장로님. Elder Ho-Hyun Lee. He's been going so hard this week. It's been sweet. 

We had a big mission conference for a the korean holiday 추석, basically their thanksgiving. President taught us a ton of awesome things, especially about prayer. And he talked a lot about the stats of our mission. For the past 10-15yrs, baptisms have been steadily decreasing. But when president got here in 2012, it stopped. Then in 2013 is slowly increased. And this year, after accounting for the increase of missionaries, the number of baptisms have doubled. After 10 years of decrease, they DOUBLED. That's the effect of a righteous, powerful leader. And evidence that the Lord is hastening His work. 

Just a couple thoughts on prayer. Prayer is the BEST. I've really learned how to pray as a missionary. It's really talking to God, two way, building a relationship. We align our wills with His, submit our hearts, humble ourselves. We ask questions, get answers, offer our gratitude. It's a precious time. I know that God hears our prayers. I know He wants us to talk with Him. We can each improve our prayers in little ways. PMG ch4 has some great ideas. 

2 favorite prayer videos:

Love you all! 
Elder Rosenberg

Monday, September 1, 2014

If God had granted me a son...."

Sept 1,  2014

Transfer calls came and reminded me of Les Mis song that MoTab sang...
God's granted me a son! I'm whitewashing an area in Seoul and training new missionary!!!!
WHOOOOA!

This week the drought ended and we found some new investigators! Tons of super sweet miracles. One  investigator, Jin-Soo, reminds me exactly of my old investigator in Gireum that eventually got baptized. Therefore, Jin-Soo is also going to receive baptism! Super nice old man. When we knocked on his door he just yells, "Come in, it's open!" That's a one in about 10,000 experiecne. WOOO!

The other is an old investigator from before I got here. The record says "DO NOT MEET. NOT PREPARED AT ALL!" Well.....that's sad. Because he's now very prepared, accepted a soft baptismal commitment, and is eager to meet us and learn about the gospel. Never give up hope. It was an incredible lesson. Lot's of listening, roping things back to the gospel, Elder Sullivan bringing sweet parables. Lot's of confounding. Lot's of really bold testimony and invitations. Taught with the spirit and he responded under that spirit. 

We had an amazing District Conference (like stake conf).  SOOO good. I learned so much. And understood way more than I did at the last one 6months ago. Super good revelation. The theme was Alma 37:6. Small and simple things. Such an important lesson. The church here is small and simple, but it is STRONG. They have such powerful testimonies. We have incredible leaders who truly love the work. 

So after about 9months here, it's time to leave Donghae. I am incredibly sad. My heart has expanded so much as these people have taught me how to love. I've learned to love more than I ever thought I could. Most of my mission has been spent here in the land of the east sea. It is truly the promised land. I have made such precious relationships and it's so hard to say goodbye. If I don't come back to Korea, I will never see these people again. It's hard. Really hard. Our branch is so great, each member has a special place in my heart. Ah. That's what this is really about. 

But I can leave happy. We started with nothing, but we've now got an area book full of soooo many people that have come a little closer to Christ. They said you'd lose your faith here, they said there'd be no success here. WRONG. This is a blessed land and I have been blessed to teach many many people here. 

This place, this wonderful place, will always be my korean hometown.

Donghae forever.

Love you all!


-Min-taek being me, me being him.
-branch pres, made me squat for a pic


Monday, August 25, 2014

AHHH The best week

August 25,  2014

Once again, this week was the best week of my mission. Once again I remember why I'm here. Once again I'm reminded that this IS all true. ahhhhhh. I love it.

First, 
"God will hold us responsible for the people we might have saved, had we done our duty." 
--Pres John Taylor
We will be held accountable for all those that we could have helped, blessed, uplifted, all those who could have come to the same happiness as us, all those that could have, but didn't. If we are slothful and do not our duty, we will not be counted worthy to stand at the last day. AHHH I love these people so much and I so badly want them to enjoy the blessings I do. Moreover, it's my duty.

Biggest  miracle:
About 8months ago, I was working on trying to find a certain less active, Brother Yong-Gil, but wasn't able to locate his house. However about 3months ago, Elder Sullivan and I found him. Visited a few times, but just got yelled at. Actually very rudely, very harshly. Not fun. And the poor guy wouldn't even accept the brownies we made him! Ouch. That's the background on Brother Yong-gil. 

Well, these past few weeks, we've had 0 investigators and despite backbreaking effort, have yet found 0 new investigators. That's no fun. But we're still working hard. The other night, we were walking home after a long day of 0 zero success. We passed by a little pavilion sort of thing up a little hill. I saw a man sitting up there, in the dark, with headphones in. I thought, "yeah, that'd be a super weird contact. I'd have to walk up there, scare him, then super unnaturally start a conversation. (usually awful with koreans) yeah, I'll just go talk to the guy at the bus stop instead. that'd be better."

 But as soon as I walked past the hill, I felt the slightest nudge on my conscious. Ever so soft as to barely be recognizable. Probably one of the weakest spiritual impressions I've ever felt. But I followed it. I turned, strode up to this guy, plopped down next to him and started talking. He was ticked. But I kept talking. Then he says, "I know who you are. I know your face. I remember you. You came to my house." (whattttt? I've never seen this guy before? have I?) He keeps talking. Then suddenly it's hits me. BROTHER YONG-GIL! He freaks out. "you remember my name?????" Then elder sullivan jumps in too. BOOM. His heart begins to soften. We end up talking there in the dark for over an hour. About him, the missionary who baptized him, about the church, about prayer, about who it was God who told me to talk to him, about how God is still watching over him. 

It was an absolutely incredible experience. Probably one of the coolest of my entire mission. The Lord led us to this man, a man I've been praying for for months. And He softened this man's heart, little by little. As we prayed to close, he took our hands and simply said "I like you. I really do. You are good people." The man who before yelled in my face on multiple occasions. Told me many times to NEVER visit him again. This man was changed. 

2 quick principles from this experience. 
1--A few months ago, I would not have recognized or followed that spiritual prompting. But the Lord has been preparing me, teaching me how to recognize, how to follow His voice. I've had so many little things that prepared me for that moment.

2-The Lord is always watching over His children. He will lead them to you, He will lead you to them. He truly directs this work. He truly love each and every one of us. 

I love you all. This IS the work of the Lord. He loves each of you too. When we stray from the flock, He will leave the 99 and find us. We too must go to the rescue and find the 1. 


Elder Rosenberg

Monday, August 18, 2014

smores on a chopstick

August 18,  2014







Found an american candy store this week! Bought marshmellows, hershey's and roasted smores over a lighter. SOOOO goooood. Koreans are super inquistive people, so we had a whole crowd of them gathered around watching. It blew our recent convert's mind.
Met the manager of the Korean bobsled team this week. Nice guy. 

We did a service project picking up trash in the downtown of Donghae as a district. Super fun. Everyone that saw us just LOVED it. "Oh you came all the way from america to clean our great korea? ahhhhhhh" The neon mormon helping hands vests were super sweet. We want to keep doing it; it's a good way to soften people's hearts and help them see us in a different light. The Key to people's hearts!  (We're the missionary avengers, try and guess who we are!)

We had an incredible district meeting this week. I had a really tough time trying to figure out what we needed, and didn't feel like I had prepared as well as was necessary. But the Lord rewards those who give their best efforts. He really guided the meeting and sent His spirit among us. We talked a lot about the sabbath, church attendance, how to make it more meaningful for us and our investigators. It's hard to get a lot out of church when you don't understand what's being said. But if you come seeking revelation, desiring to learn, He will pour His spirit out upon us. We also took a few minutes and pondered why we each individually attend church. When the missionaries went around sharing their personal ''church attendance testimonies" the spirit was SO strong. There were tears and powerful testimonies. Such a great experience. 

I attend church to renew the promises I made with God, through the sacrament. I go to feel His spirit, and draw closer to Him. I go to get answers. When I keep those things in mind, when I come with questions, when I note down revelation, when I share what I learned, I am filled with an assurance that this IS the true church of Jesus Christ. Other churches might be more fun, more reverent, or more enjoyable. But no where else can you feel this spirit, get these answers, or draw this close to the Lord. 

Love you all! Enjoy the Sabbath this week. Make it more meaningful. Draw near unto Him and He will draw near unto you. 


Elder Rosenberg

Monday, August 11, 2014

CLEAN UP ON AISLE 3

August 11,  2014

Yes it took me way too many tries to spell aisle.
Met a guy in the store the other day who really wanted to bible bash with us. But 2 problems. 1)Bible bashing only works if the white boys understand the things you're yelling. 2)Sometimes we don't feel like bashing. It's a careful balance between "contend with no church" and "Confound your enemies". In the Ramen aisle, we chose the soft answer, turned away wrath. Fun stuff. 

Met a cool guy this week. Met him for the first time my first week in Donghae. EIGHT months ago. Hasn't answered a single phone call since. Until last week. Decided to meet us. New investigator. Pretty cool. Sometimes the spirit works on people, other times they're just reallyyy bored. Either way, it's a chance to come unto Christ! 
The key to getting him interested? Parables. Sooo key in teaching. You take what they love, ie badminton, and talk about it for a while, build some trust, then relate it back to the gospel. Badminton and the gospel are sooo similar. Who knew?

Our best investigator, Brother Gee-Seok, is doing well. He accepted a baptismal date in the first lesson, then couldn't meet us for weeks. We finally met him again, and he told us that he had "broken off relations with the catholic church." Despite attending for 25 yrs, he decided they don't follow the bible, and their teachings and actions don't match. He was confused, looking for answers. We felt to share about Joseph Smith and it blew his mind. (Once again reaffirming to me that the story is TRUE.) We've met him once more since then. He's praying and reading and feeling good. Sooo close to coming to church this week, but instead partied with his girlfriend. But we'll get him! The Lord is watching closely over this brother! (Side note, last time we taught him he brought his japanese friend. So we had japanese, korean, english, all flying around. The atheist Japanese brother prayed for the first time, and better be getting baptized in japan soon! )

Lots of cool experiences following the Spirit this week. Felt one time to immediately refer to the Book of Mormon while knocking a certain door. Turns out the lady read a little 20years ago from it. NICE. 

A simple lesson reinforced once again this week. "Open your mouths and spare not!" It's no fun when the guy on the bus next to you doesn't want to talk. And it's easy to stop and give up. But I decided to just start talking about korea to try and open him up a little. I basically just spouted off everything I knew about the current holidays, and korean traditions surrounded them. In America, if some foreigner on a bus starts rattling off facts about President Lincoln, you're like "Whatever." If you do it in korea......"You LOVE my country. And my grandma. And me! LOVEEE." 
Boom. He opened right up. Turns out he's been wondering about religion. He isn't happy and is really interested in how our message can improve his life and family relationships. Yes, the missionaries in South Seoul will probably baptize him soon. 
Spare not. 

If we open our mouths, they will be filled. If we reach out in love, despite rejection after rejection, we will find success. We cannot afford to let a single person pass by, what if they were the one? A hundred people rejected you, but it's in vain, because you missed the 101th person, who was ready. One more door. One more call. One more contact. 

It's all true. Jesus Christ IS our savior and redeemer. 

love you all! 
Elder Rosenberg

--cutest little boys. longest story with them. but they're in an orphanage 3hrs away. But the Lord brought them back one last time. Tender mercy. 

--we live in building 28. My little patch of paradise.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Little Hut of Heaven

August 4,  2014




Pizza Hut--The best way to celebrate a year of missionary service.
-They started us off with pickles and garlic sauce. We just pretended americans eat it like an appetizer
-Only about 35 american dollars for a medium "Chicken King"
-Yes it was pizza hut. Yes there were green beans, no chicken, beef strips, and cream cheese cubes.

All in all, an incredible experience. SOOO good. Savored like bites of gold. I love korean food to death, but.....there's nothing like a good ole american(ish) pizza. 

Yes, this week I clocked in 365 days of service as a full time missionary for the Lord. In limited time, I'll try summarize the myriad of thoughts buzzing around this buzzed head. 

--The first year of mission work was hard. I encountered lots of difficult things, I had to work really hard at adapting to the culture, to learning the language, to acquiring skills, attributes, and really struggled to become a missionary. After a really hard first year, this second year can be easy. I know enough korean to get by, I know the scriptures well enough, I've developed teachings skills, I can get by. I can use that first year of difficulty to make this second year one of ease. I can coast. Or.....I can climb. I can make this second year harder than the first. I can assimilate more of the culture, I can frantically study more of the language, I can diligently immerse myself in the scriptures. I can go farther, climb higher, push harder. I can really dig in, and kick. And that is what I will do. It would be so hard to grow as much in the second half as I did the first. But I will. 

Why coast when I was born to climb?

--I think one of the ways to do that, is to make the second year focused outward. I've spend all this time working on my own progress, but now it's time to turn outward. Elder Bednar said, "Your second mission is to the other missionaries." I need to really fulfill my role as a leader and selfless serve my fellow laborers.

--When I try to remember what's happened the past 12 months, I see mostly rejection. Our days are mostly filled with people telling us no thanks, go away, or just ignoring us. Before my mission, I thought the "good moments would outnumber the bad." Well....that's totally untrue. But the good moments outweigh the bad. Though my days are full of rejection, I can't really remember many specific instances. But I can remember with stark clarity soooo many happy moments, so many miracles, so many wonderful people that we've taught. My head is full of names of people I will love forever. Full of memories that assure me the Lord watches over us, directs this work. When I look in retrospect, I see mostly rejection, but I just feel happy inside. That, I think, is the joy of the work. 

--I've recognized how much I've learned and grown over the past year. Comparatively, I was pretty big tool back in the day. Prideful, self centered.....the list goes on. I am SO different from who I used to be. My character, my very habits and self, have been changed through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Through His enabling grace, I have been stripped of so much worldliness, pride, selfishness, impatience, slothfulness, etc. More than just what I've done, it's who I've become that makes me happy. I'm still so far from perfect, but I've come a long way. 

--A few specific things I've learned:
--Humility. Not thinking less of yourself, just less about yourself. Not comparing others. Not putting others down. Seeing God as the source of all your goodness. Such a liberating principle when you embrace it. 
--Following the Spirit: it's gentle promptings are soooo prevalent in your life if you invite them. if you heed them you always feel good. I've learned that more than any specific dictated directions to the mind, I feel the spirit through generalized feelings and urges to the heart. Just uncomfortable when there's something you need to do. Unsettled until you do it. 
--Studying: really how to feast upon the words of Christ. To embrace the scriptures, to thirst and be filled. To seek answers and find them. To find the daily revelation I need.
--Obedience. I always wanted to be obedient, but know I have a super strong testimony of it. Obedience is eternally related to our personal happiness. 
--Faith. It's SOOO deep. So simple. So crucial. I can't put into words how much I've learned about this topic. Definitely the thing I've studied the most. 

It's been crazy. It's been a blessing. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But now we're onto the second lap. Starting the kick. Feeling the burn, but just getting faster!


Love you all. I know this is all true. This is the Lord work. He still speaks to men today, as He did in times of old. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

I kick when I don't want to kick

July 28,  2014

"I kick when I don't want to kick, I stroke when I don't want to
stroke." --Advice from Elder Holland on how to be a swimming champion.

Elder Sullivan felt prompted to take a different way home the other
night, and we met this sweet chinese guy. He didn't speak very much
korean, and even less english. I pulled out a couple of badly
pronounced lines of mandarin, and he LOVED it. But then he went into
fluent mode. And I don't speak chinese.......

We dropped some investigators, watched almost every lesson fall
through, and got another baptismal date! WOHOO! He joined catholic to
learn about Jesus Christ, but then didn't find what he was looking
for. Reading some Book of Mormon verses together on Christ (Alma
7:11-13) blew his mind. Yes, this is what he's looking for.

In our mission, if someone doesn't show up for lesson, we call it
"getting punked." And we usually meet at Dunkin Doughnuts. This week
every single lesson there fell though, and Elder Sullivan's genius
created "Punkin Doughnuts." Ahhhhh we laughed for ages. Missionary
humor. It's the little things that keep you going.

Everything we experience gives us an opportunity to apply the
teachings of Jesus Christ. As living things, like plants and animals,
we all experience stimuli. But unlike plants and animals, we have a
period between stimulus and response, wherein we can choose our
reaction. In that moment we find humanity. In that moment, we choose
whether to apply the teachings of Christ or not, to follow the natural
man or Him.

My old ward mission leader, from my greenie area, 김홍민 came to church
this week! His family was visiting. AHhh so nice to see them. I really
love that family. It's the relationships that we form that bring us
the greatest joy. Aren't they cute?

I approach my year mark, my halfway point of the mission, this week.
AHHHH. But it's a good time for reflection. I've come to realize two
major things:

1) I actually am starting to feel like a missionary! It's taken a
year, but I"m just starting to get there.
Deeper thoughts on that next week. But in the words of Elder CS Lewis,
"I did not come to frustrate the natural man, I came to kill it. I
don't want to prune a few branches, I want the whole thing OUT."

2)I LOVE these people. My people. I loved them when I first got here,
but....it's just different now. Now I really love them. And I expect
to love them even more. AHHHH. Such a wonderful culture, a beautiful
people, a wonderful language. yup. It's love.
So we decided to make brownies to make for a lessactive/member.
Korean cooking directions are super difficult to understand, for multiple reasons, one of which being that I don't know any of the strange cooking words. We'd made brownies before, and it had us heat up water in the microwave. And this package said something with a microwave too. So I tossed the bowl full of batter in, and thought "hmm 4 minutes seems like a long time...." then left the room to go make calls. I thought the directions seemed a little strange so I rechecked the package. "Microwave Brownies." I run back to the microwave, but it's too late. There's just a big bowl of unevenly cooked brownie-ish stuff. So in my desperate attempts to salvage it, I decided to spoon out the brownie stuff into cupcake tins, then just pretend we made brownie cupcakes. YUP. It worked. The family loved them. An we ate the crusty parts out of the bowl with a spoon. 

D&C90:24 "be believing, and all things shall work together for your good" 
Just another day in paradise.


LOVE YOU ALL! The Book of Mormon is true, Jesus is the Christ, and God
still speaks to men today. If you know that, you're good to go. Do you
have a burning testimony? Or is it burnt? Strengthen it. Share it.
Treasure it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Dog Days....

July 22,  2014

We are currently in a period of time called the "dog days." The 30
hottest days of summer. Named because they traditionally eat dog soup
during this time. Fun.

Transfer calls came and I'm.....STAYING! This will be my 6th transfer
here, 4th with Elder Sullivan. WHOOOAOA! So I will be spending almost
HALF of my mission in Donghae. yeah I'm happy.

We've been working hard this week, cutting back meal times and really
focusing on  "keeping our lines in the water." You know it's a good
week when dinner is usually just a back up plan.

It's been interesting to see my spiritual sensitivity slowly
increasing as I grow. I've had many a cool experience this week with
it. It seems for me, I don't have those classic inspiration stories.
"I felt to go to this address at this time, and I met the guy who
wanted to get baptized."  But it's the little, day to day, tender
mercies and little promptings that have build my foundation of faith.
I know the spirit is with us, and I have learned to recognize what it
feels like. As I've focused on boldly heeding those little 'nudges'
I've felt them muchhhh more often.

One cool experience this week. We were on a "shee-neh" bus, one of the
big tour buses we ride almost daily. We try to sit next to people so
we can talk, but there was no one to sit with. I sat pretty close to
the back. Then an old guy gets on with headphones, watching a movie on
his phone,  and sits up front. I was really tired and didn't feel like
that awkward situation would help him. But I prayed, "Heavenly Father
if I'm supposed to talk to him, let me know." and stood up to show my
real intent. The immediate response, "Duh. We talk to everybody." Ok.
So I weaved my way up the isle, plopped down next to him, looked over
and proclaim loudly, "NICE SHOES! WHERE"D YOU BUY THEM!" He pulls out
his headphones and says in perfect english, "In the states, but
nottttt utah hahah" Boom. Turns out he's an english professor who
lived in american, visited utah a ton, and loves mormons. Thank you so
much to the nice mormons who helped him out when he was lost! Boom.
Follow the spirit. No matter how awkward it might seem. Simple things,
truths we already know, but good to refresh.

Other big takeaway this week: The Restoration. What an incredible
story. So powerful, so live changing, so 신기해요. And it makes sense.
Logical, simple, truth. Other religious theories are SO confusing, but
the missionary 1st lesson is sooo right. It's beautiful. God led His
people through prophets throughout all time. Christ established 1
church, with a prophet. But that church was lost because of
wickedness. In our day God has restored that same church through a
modern prophet. BOOM. easy. And what's more, it's true! And any one
can learn that same truth through prayer and study. Easy.  No
unknowable God, no complex and erroneous trinity, no man made creeds.

God is our Father. He has always loved His children. And He loves us
today. I know that. Through my our prayer and study I have learned
that this church IS that same church Christ originally established.
The Lord has answered my prayers. And I know that He will do the same
for anyone who asks.

Love you all! Be happy! Take care during the dog days!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The miracles continue..........

July 14,  2014

This week was crazyyyyy.
Despite losing an entire day to a zone activity, and spending most of
another day trying to get to a remote city, Elder Sullivan and I had
some record breaking stats and super sweet miracles. Every mission is
different so you can't compare stats and such. But know that there
have been weeks on end where I've found 0 new investigators. Many of
such weeks. But this week the Lord blessed us with SEVEN new
investigators. That's incredible. And so many of them have such great
potential.

Brother Choi: He has problems and remembers missionaries from his
childhood, so he runs down the Sisters one night to talk to them. They
refer him to us. We meet him. "Wow. I was expecting someone muuuuch
older...." (in korea, "elder" usually refers to those ancient pastors
who've been doing this forever.) He was really concerned with our age,
and didn't believe we could help him. He was only 36. Come on now. Age
is VERY important in Korea, but we explained that God had called us to
be missionaries, we held His power and authority, and we WILL help
Brother Choi with his problems. It was such a powerful lesson as we
filled his needs with the gospel and testified with a power and
conviction that no korean pastor, no matter how old, could possibly
have. It blew his mind.

Brother Kim: Another referral from the sisters. We thought he wanted
to learn english, so we can in ready to introduce our english program
to him. Turns out he's got 3 degrees from divinity school. One from an
American school in Chicago. WHOA. But he's working as a security
guard. Why did he want to become a pastor? Because other pastors
couldn't answer his questions and he wanted answers. Did he find those
answers? NO. I have no religious degree, but I knew more of the truth
when I was 14 than he does now. How sad. But how glad! His questions
will be answered and he will find what he's looking for....the
restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He recognized that we were different,
particularly the light and joy that radiated from us.
On a funny note: He related his impression of Chicago gangsters. (they
call africans "big black brothers") "They just sit around the gas
station, no shirts on. NONE. And their pants are halfway down their
legs! So I can see ALL of their UNDERWEAR. And they walk really funny
to keep their pants up. SOOOO scary. Very scary." All this in a
slightly appalled, and very afraid voice. Oh if only he could have
seen my highschool. Elder Sullivan and I tried so hard not to laugh.
Someone explaining "sagging" in korean.....ahhhhh.

We met another man who was super nice to us. Why? Because he saw Elder
McFarland and I shoveling snow from the streets, 6months ago. Elder
McFarland and I shoveled for DAYS. We helped so many people, but saw
virtually zero results from it. What a tender mercy to see someone's
heart softened by that service, even 6months later. Ahhh.

There are a series of other miracles that are not appropriate for me
to relate right now. But know that the power of the priesthood is
real. There is healing, and angels, and miracles just like in the
bible, all around us. The Lord truly directs this work. He speaks to
each of us through the Holy Ghost. Revelation and the Priesthood. Wow.
It's amazing.

I hope you all are doing well. And are enjoying the blessings of
repentance and the atonement. This is the true church of Jesus Christ
in the later days. People have given their lives for His cause,
they've devoted their lives for His work. I know that Christ did truly
atone for each one of us. Through His infinite and eternal sacrifice
we can all be reunited with Him, and all our loved ones, after we die.
Such a pure and beautiful message.

Love you all!
selfie with a Buddhist monk.
Sweet pday hiking.
loving our recent convert. the hike about killed him.




Monday, July 7, 2014

The best of times

July 7,  2014

Saw a sign this week: Urinating prohibited. Why was it funny? because
it was inside an apartment building, in front of the elevator.

Ate intestine for the first time this week. Pretty good.
FHE games are the best. Imagine little kids playing ninja, signs,
bunny bunny, samurai, etc. But they're all adults. And Korean. And
trying to understand from badly conveyed instruction from yours truly.
But all LOVING it. Sooo fun.

This week was SOOO packed with miracles. Baptisms, baptismal dates.

Robert was baptized this week! He wasn't our investigator, but that
doesn't matter.
Doing his baptismal interview was such a cool experience. So powerful.
He'd been searching for years, and through a series of crazy
circumstances, ended up here in Korea. He lost his job and is leaving
in 3 weeks. But the Lord brought him here to find the gospel. He found
it, he embraced it, and he intends to follow it forever.
His baptismal service was pretty cool. Half english. Half Korean.
Really only the missionaries understood the whole thing. We had 4
investigators there! The branch did such good job welcoming him and
showing love.
His confirmation on Sunday was also powerful. Despite Satan attacking
Robert, he prepared for and took that step in following Jesus Christ.
He's such a wonderful man, and will continue to be a great member.

We did exchanges this week and I meet the other Elders' investigator,
Isaac. He's a really cool kid that I've actually met a lot. Last time
I met him, he was going to drop us. But we prayed like the dickens,
listened sincerely, followed the spirit, and he stayed. This time, I
felt that we should give him a baptismal date. As I extended that to
him, he accepted it excitedly. He said "I first met the Lord in march,
as I was baptized into the Presbyterian faith. But it's like living in
a small city that you like. But then you see a new, bigger, better
city. And you wonder if you should move, if your city is really best?
I really want the Mormon faith to be true."
SO cool. The spirit was so powerful.

While I was gone, Elder Sullivan got a baptismal date with one of our
really cool kids, on the first meeting! Super excited. The first
baptismal date our area has ever had!

The Lord is pouring our His blessings in Donghae. He sure loves these
people. And as we work hard, live obediently, and testify, He will
reward us. Our sheaves will be made full. He will open the people's
hearts, they will receive us. The Lord is pleased with the wonderful
missionaries that I am blessed to serve next to.

I was so struck last night with how much I LOVE this people. My
people. The people of Korea, but specifically here in
Donghae/Samcheok. My heart is full.

Love you all! Have a great week. Invite as many people as you can to
be happier!

Elder Rosenberg.

--robert's baptism
--food at the baptism, I made the cookies.