Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26,  2014

Went into Seoul this week with my old companion Elder McFarland for a
training. He's a great missionary so it was fun. WOW. The city smells
different, sounds different, feels sooo different than where we're at.
It was actually pretty culture shocking. We felt sooo uncomfortable.
Like new missionaries getting off the plane. Weird. Getting to eat
some taco bell though.....sacred experience.

There have been big protests in seoul so there were about 200 police
officers in the sqaure by the palace. And 30 or so police buses lining
the streets. And tons of plain clothes undercover cops. They were
pretty undercover until you realized they were all wear the exact same
plaid shirt, jeans, and sunglasses.

The training was AMAZING. Definitely mission changing. President,
Sister Christensen, the Assistants, all gave incredible words. I'm so
grateful to have been able to go. I approached the meeting humbly,
hungering and thirsting after revelation, and OH was I filled. It was
a feast. It really gave me a kick in the pants about being a better
missionary. I'm trying hard, but I need to try harder. I need to show
a more perfect example for others. I need to love more, serve more, be
more of a leader. We have to set a celestial standard, and help others
reach that too.

I came with one specific question: "How can we raise others' vision?"
And it was answered in full. There were actually several portions
dedicated to that topic. AHHH. So blessed. We need to have a goal of
what we want to do, who we want to become. We need to desire to be the
mission who could walk on water, move mountains. Be our best. Shine
the light for others to see.  We set the example, we show other
examples, we teach priniciples. Then we help others see that. Help
them see their potential. And how to get there.

It is good to want to be the best. It is Christlike to want everyone
to be the best.
What is love when it is easy to love?
Have a passion for obedience.
Build spiritual trust with people, more than social trust.

I have so far to go. I'm so imperfect. But that's okay. The Lord takes
us where we are, then helps us move forward. I'm going. Not too
quickly, but I'm going. Through the Savior's enabling grace, we CAN
become all that we hope to become, all that God wants us to become.
That's Hope. Trusting in the Lord's promises to us. He has promised us
so many things. Obey. Trust. Receive.
D&C 35:14--"Their arm shall be my arm, I will be their shield"
68:4-our words will be scripture, the will of the Lord, the voice of
the Lord, teh power of God unto the salvation of men.

Elder Rosenberg

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19,  2014

Don't give me a ride on your airplane

That's a funny korean way to demure in the face of compliments. They love it.

Did more farming this week. Lots of fun. People come up to us "You're
foreigners, how did you get up HERE?" Always a blessing to serve.

We met some legitimate gangsters this week. It's probably not cool for
anyone serving in South America, or the urban US,  but in Korea it's a
rareee find. Mafia to be specific. One, probably the scariest man I've
seen here, was sporting a crew cut, hard eyes, and oozing confidence.
He's the actually mob boss for 삼척. And his friend had cool zipper
earrings. They loved us, and were super funny. They seemed to like
what we're doing and said they'd call when they have time. Pretty nice
guys when you open them up. We are more than our jobs, right? They'd
look great in white, and would make great law abiding church members.

We focused on listening this week and were blessed to see people's
hearts open. If you take the time and show sincere interest, you'll be
amazed by how much they'll open to you.

Brother 태민 is sooooo close. He loved the message of the restoration
and is still progressing. Hopefully he'll accept a date this week.
I've never seen someone this close. It's exciting. He's also a fan of
holding hands. The last person I knew this into hand holding also got
baptized. And I hear he's still faithfully attending church. A good
sign for Brother 태민.

We are working a lot with helping people overcome their addictions and
old sinful habits. It's much more of a burden than I imagined it would
be. When you love them so much, and desire so deeply their happiness,
you begin to feel such a weight on your shoulders. There is one man in
particular who calls us multiple times a day, and who has such
childlike faith. He'll drop to his knees in the middle of a
conversation if he needs help, praying is so natural for him. But the
burden of his addiction is tough. I'm so grateful for the Savior's
atonement and the power for ALL of us to become clean, free from sin
and guilt. All that is unfair can be made right through His sacrifice.
The power to change, the hope filled path of repentance, the happiness
of a renewed life, all is available because of Him. I know our Savior
loves us and will bear up our burdens. His yoke is easy, His burden is
light. Learn of Him, drink of His everlasting water, and you will
never thirst again.

Love you all! Keep working hard, serving, and "praying like the dickens!"
Elder Rosenberg

--Korean's don't particularly like the Japanese, so it's super rare to see a toyota! I've
seen more $300,000 audis than I have toyotas and hondas.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12  2014

-ferrariiiii: such a nice change after hearing wimpy korean cars for year
-traditional korean snack. cooked larvae. yummmmm.

It's been a great week. We've been pushing really hard to set high
goals then work our tails off to achieve them. Last night we were down
pretty far on our weekly goals, so I decided that walking was the
problem. We proceeded to run everywhere, whenever there wasn't a
person in sight, to save time. Despite the rain, darkness, and hills,
we blessed to so many miracles and exceeded our goals! Elder Sullivan
is a champ. I'm glad he puts up with me. And he's so good at opening
his mouth to everyone.

Saw a ferrari for the first time in my life. Turned and sprinted it
down. Ran into the road and snapped some pics. The korean guy LOVED

A member was asked to speak on faith this week. He got up and
proceeded to read all of Alma 32. Then without taking a breath, looked
up, bore his testimony, then sat down.

We were eating in E-mart the other day. I saw a dad crouching down in
front of his son. Then I realized the kid's pants were down, the dad
was holding a baby bottle, and it was being filled with urine. In the
middle of the store. Classic.

President said that the most joy on our missions will come from the
relationships we build. So true. I feel so much happiness from the
friendships I've made with our branch, recent converts, investigators,
people on the street. It can be a relationship of 6 months of knowing
and serving our amazing members. Or it can be the relationship of
6 mintutes, holding an 81yr old's hand and walking him across the
street. Or even the ones formed by eating the grass "pies" that little
kids in the branch give me to eat. Every moment we use to invite them
unto Christ results in more happiness for both of us. I am so grateful
for the wonder people I've met so far and look forward to many more
wonderful relationship here in the promised land.

As we reach out in the Lord's way, we will be infinitely rewarded.

Our mission focus this month is discipleship. I'd recommend Helaman
10, Matt10, Alma 38 if you've got a chance. The Lord will bless us as
we become His disciples.

Love you all! Have a wonderful mother's day. Enjoy the awesome video
about mothers!

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5,  2014

Today is children's day, a korean national holiday. So the usually
empty internet cafe is packed with kids screaming Korean expletives.
But we can make where we stand a holy place.

This week was GREAT! They always are, but this one was especially
good. We had an awesome hike this morning to a buddhist temple, and
some cool water falls. But only in Korea will you see cell towers in
the wilderness so you can still get your 4g.

We've seen some tender mercies as we set goals in faith, then press
forth with all our might to achieve them. Sometimes we don't, but the
result is still much greater than what it would have been otherwise.
Ah the Lord is too good to us.

But the best parts were miracles with our investigators.
Our sweet Chinese investigator has been progressing ever so slowly,
partly because he can only meet once a week. We decided to really be
straight with him and figure out why he's meeting us, how he feels
about it, and if he feels he's going anywhere. He told us that he
really feels our love for him. He thinks we actually care about him.
(We always call him during the week, and we weren't sure how he felt,
with his emotionless stoicism) Apparently our weekly calls mean a lot
to him. He's praying more and more often, and understanding so much
more. And the best are his questions! Questions often tell more than
answers. Our simply lesson of Christ and his role was beautiful in its
plain clarity. Sun Shu commented on how he feels like a spiritual
kindergartener. But that he could understand it. The gospel really is
SO simple. And yet so deep and profound that I give myself spiritual
headaches quite often.

Our other best investigator gave us a heart attack this week. He met
and basically told us it was all over. He'd felt the spirit with us
and knew from personal experience that church was good, but he is just
TOO busy. He's studying for a police exam that will culminate 10yrs of
preparation. So he just can't come to church. We just listened,
prayed, and prayed so more. But the Lord blessed our Korean and we
were able to bear powerful testimony and share personal experiences
that gave him pause. (I'd prepared a certain experience for a talk a
couple weeks ago. I felt that I had overprepared for the talk, but now
I see why. That experience changed him.). We are sometimes SO bold as
missionaries. He committed to pray and think about coming to church
just once to see if it will help/hurt his studies.

The Lord truly watches over this work. The field is white, already to
harvest. We are hear to harvest, not plant seeds, because we are
called as reapers. He is preparing people to both receive us, and to
accept this message and the covenant of baptism. Our sheaves will be
many and our harvest WILL be great.