February 24, 2014
This week has been good, full of lots of finding. Working hard to find new people to teach, because we've had to drop most of our investigators. Saddest thing: our most progressing investigator left today for his manditory military service. All Korean males have to do it for about 2yrs. Pretty sad watching him ride away on the bus today. He had his hair cut all short and ready to go. But he's been changed by our meetings and committed to continue to pray throughout his tour. And we promised to mail him a Book of Mormon as soon as he finishes basic training.
I've been thinking this week about the light of Christ, the light of the gospel, the "candle set on a hill." One of our Zone Leaders spoke at District Conference(basically stake conf) and shared a great scripture: "Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the alight with you. Walk while ye have the blight, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in cdarkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, abelieve in the light, that ye may be the bchildren of light"(John 12:35-36) As we follow Christ and walk in his light, we become the "children of light." We become as a candle set upon a hill. The light of the gospel that shines from our eyes can only be hid if we let it. Do we dim that defining characteristic? Do we put it under a bushel? Can others look at us, our faces, our actions, and see us as disciples of Christ?
With that in mind, we've been focusing a lot on finding this week. Last night we were out street contacting and we met this guy, Jeong-Su. He was smoking and totally didn't want to talk to us. But we just kept pushing it, smiling, laughing, being nice. I pulled one of my favorite lines, literally translated, "outside of the amount of a rat's tail, I speak no Korean." Koreans always DIE when they hear that. That's all it took with him. "Hey, you want to go get something to drink together?" We proceeded to talk for 2 hours. He kept commenting on how he could tell that we were different. "You can see it all in the eyes: maturity, conviction, strength." He just felt that we were pure men, good men. He ended up being a business man from Seoul, taking a midlife crisis vacation out here in 동해. He had planned to leave the day before, but suddenly felt that he should stay just one day more. He was in a bad mood and didn't want to talk to anyone. But when we just kept smiling, "the amount of a rat's tail," and were being so nice, he felt moved in his heart. He detected our light.
He ended up staying an additional two days, so we met again. He took us to the fish market and we bought live crabs and fish. We took them to a resteraunt and had them cook the crabs for us. So I had the most amazing, freshest Korean crab. And an entire raw fish. "회." or "Hway". Definitely an interesting day. We're referring this miracle of a man to the missionaries in Gangnam (yes the same place as Gangnam Style). Hopefully he will remember the miracle of first meeting us and continue to seek the light.
The Lord truly sends his Spirit to testify to the hearts of those we teach. He answers our prayers. He even lets us have a little 'loaves and fishes' sometimes. If we are obedient, keep our covenants, and do all we can to ensure our lights shine brightly, then others WILL notice.
love you all!