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.

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