We have about 500 Book of Mormons in our house.
This week was a tough one for missionary work. We had a TON of snow, which means no one on the streets, and lots of shoveling at the church. And our 20min ride took an hour and half. But that night on the way back the bus driver ran every red light and got us home in 15.
If you get a little head start, you can slide for 20-30ft at a time, standing up. Gets Koreans laughing everytime. And snow always brings miracles!
We met this guy on the street last week, June Young. He told us his phone was dead and he'd text us later. Likely story. I saw him pull out his phone as we left, and watched him scroll through facebook. BUT THEN HE ACTUALLY TEXTED US. And brought his friend when we met! MY FIRST REFERRAL! 6months of asking pretty much everyone I see for a referral.....and we get one!!! Despite the snow we still met him. And he accepted a soft baptismal commitment. Woop. He's the one that hugged us the first time we met on the street.
Our miracle people we found tracting? Met them again this week. Gwang-il and Ah-ee-yah. They're super excited about Joseph Smith and read in the Book of Mormon. But their korean is wayyyy over Elder McFarland and my head. They'll rattle off a fast sentence then ask us if it's true. "ㅁ나어로녀ㅏㅗ루ㅜㅕㅍㅊ놈덜ㄷㅇ. RIGHT?" So it's a little tough. Our district leader actually might be taking them over. Which hurts, but if that's what it takes for them to come unto Christ, we'll sacrifice.
We got 200 less contacts this week than last week. And had to drop an investigator. Which was really hard. It really hurts when you do all you can to help someone; you testify and really feel the spirit together, you confound them, you love them, they feel your love, they recognize that we have someone special; but then they reject it. He was just too stubborn to accept us even hypothetically. AH. It is so sad. I understand when the Book of Mormon prophets get weighed down in sorrow because of people's stiffneckedness. AHHH. But we don't get discourgaged.
"Oh Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have the strength that I many suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the inquity of this people."
"Wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success....behold O Lord, their souls are precious...therefore give us O Lord power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee." (Alma 31:31-35)
We still press forward with steadfastness in Christ. We are on the winning team. It hurts when those we love don't accept this huge blessing. But we go on. In Korea our "afflictions" aren't starvation, imprisonment, or other physical things. Our affliction is rejection, watching people reject that with they know is true, turn away from the light. But the Lord promises, that we can be blessed to "suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the JOY of Christ." (alma 31:38)
This work is amazing. I love it. I still see miracles everyday. I love studying the Book of Mormon.