July 14, 2014
This week was crazyyyyy.
Despite losing an entire day to a zone activity, and spending most of
another day trying to get to a remote city, Elder Sullivan and I had
some record breaking stats and super sweet miracles. Every mission is
different so you can't compare stats and such. But know that there
have been weeks on end where I've found 0 new investigators. Many of
such weeks. But this week the Lord blessed us with SEVEN new
investigators. That's incredible. And so many of them have such great
Brother Choi: He has problems and remembers missionaries from his
childhood, so he runs down the Sisters one night to talk to them. They
refer him to us. We meet him. "Wow. I was expecting someone muuuuch
older...." (in korea, "elder" usually refers to those ancient pastors
who've been doing this forever.) He was really concerned with our age,
and didn't believe we could help him. He was only 36. Come on now. Age
is VERY important in Korea, but we explained that God had called us to
be missionaries, we held His power and authority, and we WILL help
Brother Choi with his problems. It was such a powerful lesson as we
filled his needs with the gospel and testified with a power and
conviction that no korean pastor, no matter how old, could possibly
have. It blew his mind.
Brother Kim: Another referral from the sisters. We thought he wanted
to learn english, so we can in ready to introduce our english program
to him. Turns out he's got 3 degrees from divinity school. One from an
American school in Chicago. WHOA. But he's working as a security
guard. Why did he want to become a pastor? Because other pastors
couldn't answer his questions and he wanted answers. Did he find those
answers? NO. I have no religious degree, but I knew more of the truth
when I was 14 than he does now. How sad. But how glad! His questions
will be answered and he will find what he's looking for....the
restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He recognized that we were different,
particularly the light and joy that radiated from us.
On a funny note: He related his impression of Chicago gangsters. (they
call africans "big black brothers") "They just sit around the gas
station, no shirts on. NONE. And their pants are halfway down their
legs! So I can see ALL of their UNDERWEAR. And they walk really funny
to keep their pants up. SOOOO scary. Very scary." All this in a
slightly appalled, and very afraid voice. Oh if only he could have
seen my highschool. Elder Sullivan and I tried so hard not to laugh.
Someone explaining "sagging" in korean.....ahhhhh.
We met another man who was super nice to us. Why? Because he saw Elder
McFarland and I shoveling snow from the streets, 6months ago. Elder
McFarland and I shoveled for DAYS. We helped so many people, but saw
virtually zero results from it. What a tender mercy to see someone's
heart softened by that service, even 6months later. Ahhh.
There are a series of other miracles that are not appropriate for me
to relate right now. But know that the power of the priesthood is
real. There is healing, and angels, and miracles just like in the
bible, all around us. The Lord truly directs this work. He speaks to
each of us through the Holy Ghost. Revelation and the Priesthood. Wow.
I hope you all are doing well. And are enjoying the blessings of
repentance and the atonement. This is the true church of Jesus Christ
in the later days. People have given their lives for His cause,
they've devoted their lives for His work. I know that Christ did truly
atone for each one of us. Through His infinite and eternal sacrifice
we can all be reunited with Him, and all our loved ones, after we die.
Such a pure and beautiful message.
Love you all!
selfie with a Buddhist monk.
Sweet pday hiking.
loving our recent convert. the hike about killed him.