Monday, October 27, 2014

Octopus and Halloween

October 27,  2014

Good news! We finally have a working phone again! It took 4 phones and 2 SIM cards, but we're back in action!

We had a ROCKIN halloween party this week. Way fun. Planned and run by the missionaries, and a few member kids brought friends! Wooohoo! The highlights were "water pong" , "tombstone bowling" , and "touch gross things in boxes game". 
The touch gross things game was the glorious creation of Elder Lee and I. You've played it in America, with spaghetti and cauliflower, right? Well you haven't played it with live eels and octopus have you? Stick your hand in, think it's just spaghetti....then it grabs you. BAHHH! 
We had the ward dying in laughs and screams. 

Church was incredibly uplifting this week. The whole stake presidency spoke, pretty much a preview for stake conf next week. I had brought some serious questions, really needed answers. The day before we listened to a pres eyring talk about receiving revelation. He instructed us to pray that God would speak to us through the church speakers. Well, God did speak. I was overwhelmed and overcome by the outpouring of love and inspiration that I felt that day. The Lord truly will speak to us if we are ready, and willing. 

The biggest miracle this week? Brother Choi. 
He approached us on the street a couple weeks ago, but we couldn't meet until this week. Turns out he's an old investigator who liked church but then dropped because he got offended. Well, he's been reading the Book of Mormon and is convinced that he was wrong. He told us that the book IS the word of God, and pulled out his marked copy to prove it. He started reading verses and testifying of it's veracity. WHAT. We asked him if that meant he thought the church was true to. "If I didn't think it was true, I wouldn't be here!" So we opened up to Mos 18. "If this be the desire of your hearts, what have ye against being baptized?" It was such a powerful moment, so perfect, as if Alma was speaking directly to brother Choi. He's getting baptized the 15th. 

Then on wednesday he called us, apparently on a bus. He moved to southern korea. WHAT. So that was sad. 
Then he called back a couple days later. He moved back. Something about the 99 and 1 sheep. 
He's still reading. And came to halloween. And is definitely getting baptized. A really special guy (He gets up and starts yelling and stomping in our lessons. just really excited.) 

It's been a good week. 3 baptismal dates. Lot's of fun with the ward. The Lord is blessing us SO much. 

Loveyou all! 

--phones 1 through 4. 
--the scary boxes. 
-district lunch at a mcdonalds knockoff

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fermented Soybean Paste. YUM

October 20,  2014

I've included a picture of our latest culinary masterpiece.  Basically
tofu, stringy mushrooms, and such in a soup of fermented soybean
paste. It's a popular dish and we did it justice. SOOO good.

Life is good! I've got a great companion, Elder Lee is a champ. We
have fun and do work!

I called a member this week and the grandma answered. Apparently she
was convinced that I was one of the sister missionaries with a sore
throat. Ouch. The worst happened the second time I called

Our brothers Jing and brotherbrother are doing well. Progressing, but
with challenges. We're working through it though. Found a couple of
new investigators this week. One had been in and out of prison and
says he needs church to keep him from killing people. Good potential.

Our phone has been having a lot of challenges. And doing missionary
work with no way to contact anyone is hard. Like trying to go fishing
with no bucket to put the fish you catch in. But the miracles have
poured in. The phone won't work for the entire day, then will suddenly
be functional for the hour we spend making calls to potential
investigators. Multiple days in a row. SUCH a blessing. The Lord truly
moves this work forward.

I've been thinking a lot about gift giving the past few days. I read a
talk by Pres Eyring about the 3 principles of true gift giving. 1)See
another's need and feel moved(ie compassion) 2) give freely, without
expect repayment 3) consider that sacrifice a joy.

Sunday morning on the way out the door, I felt prompted to grab 2 hard
candies to bring to church. Weird. Then in the middle of sacrament
meeting, an old woman showed up and sat next to me. She was dressed in
worn and dirty working clothes, and smelled very distinctly of
camping. But we sang and prayed together and had a great time.
Suddenly I remembered the hard candies. I pulled them out, one for me,
one for her. She smiled appreciatively and that was that. I'm not sure
how much it meant to her, but it meant SO much to me. The Lord gave me
an opportunity to feel compassion, give freely, and consider it a joy.

The Savior gave us the greatest gift. I try to show my appreciation by
sharing that gift with others. Everyday we see people who need it, are
moved with compassion, and reach out in love. We don't expect
compensation. And we consider this sacrifice an incredible blessing.

Love you all!
Elder Rosenberg

Monday, October 13, 2014

Missionary Eyes

Elder Lee and I at a sweeet park

October 13,  2014

I've realized this week that as missionaries, we see the world in a
way that few others do. We spend all day, everyday talking to people.
One day we're on the street, trying to help homeless men with no where
to sleep. Then the next we're teaching english to millionaires and
high level government officials. We walk the fields, and we ride in
luxury sedans. We teach people in basement sweatshops. We visit little
girls with leukemia in massive hospitals.

Such a unique view. But it also me to testify with surety that the
principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help EVERYONE. The
principles of happiness are the same, no matter your situation. Live
as He lived, love as He loved, serve as He served. His way is the only
way to peace in this life, and salvation in the next.

Also had a really interesting conversation with an atheist man this
week. He was trying to convince us that without seeing God, we could
never believe or really know. But our knowledge of God doesn't come
from our 5 senses. It supersedes our natural senses. We learn from the
Holy Ghost, a manifestation, spirit to spirit. And that is a witness
more powerful than sight. It's something I cannot deny. Alma saw an
angel, he heard voices, he had incredible experiences with his
physical senses.

But in Alma 5, when he bears his testimony, he says "I say unto you
they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have
fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself.
And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath
made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit"

The witness of the Holy Ghost is a witness more powerful than sight.

Love you all! Hope you loved conference as much as I did. So much
revelation. So many answers. Such a spirit. They are men of God, we
would do well to heed their counsel.

Elder Rosenberg

Monday, October 6, 2014

Member Present MAGIC

October 6,  2014

We had a big stake sports day this week. Our ward, small but mighty,
pulled a sweeping victory. Thanks to our CRAZY excited members. So
fun. Koreans are just so much more "into it" than americans. They get
excited about even the silliest games and there are NO party poopers.
In the states you wouldn't see a 70yr old woman going HARD at ping
pong and beating a woman half her age......

We really tried to focus on getting members to lessons this week. To
be honest I can probably count the number of members present lessons
one one hand. But that was the past! We taught three this week and I
never want to teach without a member again!
Sure members usely go crazy and mess up your lesson. We emphazized
multiple times that we were going to teach the plan of salvation very
very simply. And then suddenly priesthood, temples, apostasy, and the
history of the Book of Mormon. Not what we were planning. But then it
always ends up ok. Because of the member's influence, our
investigator, who had never even thought about God in his 82 years of
life, prayed out loud for the first time. That's incredible. That's
the power of members.
We taught Brother Brother with a member also. And he committed to be
baptized on the first of november. That's the power of members.
And one of our golden chinese was super touched by our member's
testimony and story. So great.

Members do more than just fellowship/share the occasional testimony.
If you prepare them before hand, ask them to review the section in PMG
you want them to teach, then they can be SO effective. They can play a
crucial role. The best is having the member commit the investigator.

Member present magic.

I've also been thinking about miracles this week. I read "Miracles are
the natural result of the correct application of true principles." If
we live right, work right, and are aware, we SHOULD see miracles. Lots
of them. I've almost come to feel that they seem common. But in a way,
they are. Simply the natural result of following heavenly laws. The
Lord loves us, and is so invested in His work. There can be sooo many
miracles if we're worthy.

This message is true. It changes lives, it softens hearts, it teaches
how to be cleansed from sin. We are given peace in this life, and
enabled to return to our Heavenly Father again. It's simple. It's
soooo logically complete.
And it's true.

Love you all!

--Our district(minus one, and plus an AP) at stake sports day!
--korean picnic!
--our medals for winning FIRST PLACE it says the church name and "THE BEST"
--a member at our house at 11pm, fixing the emergency flooding that
occurred last night....