Yay! I'm 21 now! In korea you turn older at new years. woop woop.
The new years sunrise here is world famous. So we went with our ward and it was AMAZING. Too cool. So pretty.
A member this week is a professional painter. We helped him move, so he just gave me this painting. And the frame itself is massive and gold. I'm not sure how I"m going to move a 1000 dollar painting through customs.....
This week we've done a TON of knocking. And got a TON of slammed doors. Koreans are pretty harsh. So I was feeling a bit sad that so many people wouldn't even allow a few seconds to hear a message that could change their lives. So much stiffneckedness, so much hardheartedness.
I thought to Mormon and Moroni and their struggles with wicked people...."not withstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; ... for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay" (Moroni 9:6).
Their situation was sooo much worse than mine. Here everyone just breaks the law of chasity and the word of wisdom all the time. In Mormon's time they ATE PEOPLE too. So it was much worse. I've got it easy. But they pressed forward, laboring with diligence, despite the seeming futility. So too must I "be faithful in Christ" let him "lift me up" and let his hope of eternal life rest in my mind. (Moro 9:25).
And President shared this with us "If you don't see miracles on your mission, it's your fault." So even if everyone rejects our message, I can still see the Lord's hand in his work. We can still be successful. We can still see miracles.
We've seen SO many miracles this week:
We traveled to a distant "village" type place, and started going door to door to little Korean gate thing. As we sought spiritual direction (especially in coming to a place missionaries never go) we were led to a certain house. The lady had no interest and told us to go away. But we kept talking and she changed her mind. And let us in. And told us we'd be her sons for the evening. Such a good meal.
We've had people randomly call us, asking about the "appointment we have set up tomorrow." We never set up an appt, and we have no idea who they are. But now we've meeting them. And the kid understood our lesson from the "Earthly Father, Heavenly Father" message perfectly.
We had people stop and talk to us for 10 minutes in the sleeting snow, as we get soaked and frozen.
It snowed a foot one day and NO ONE was on the street. We got 7 contacts ALL day. That's how sparse. But 4 of those were total miracle contacts.
So miracles have NOT ceased among the children of men. (moro 7:35-36) The Lord directs this work. Wherever you are, among whomever you serve, the Lord will be there. Let us labor diligently. Let us be faithful in Christ. We have a work to do. No amount of rejection, no amount of hardship, no amount of wicked opposition can stop this work from going forth.