Monday, November 24, 2014

Winds of Change

November 24,  2014

Brother Choi is getting baptized this week! WOOHOO! We met to go over
the bapt interview questions, but.....he showed up and proceeded to
show us this "life changing talk." He'd been searching the internet
and found President Monson's talks, and wanted to share. Then shared
his insights about the book of abraham, which he'd also found online.
"I'm throwing away the old testament, this is sooo much better!"
Yeah.....he's ready.

It never ceases to amaze me, how much the Lord guides us. We were
rushing to an appt this week, and passed a man and his son. We ran by,
but then felt prompted to go back. About face. Turns out he's the dad
of a girl who came to our halloween party. After we allayed some
concerns about us being a  real church ("I only seen foreigners
there!"), he decided he'd start sending his kids on sundays. YES!
There's just no way we could meet this people on our own. There IS
divine aid.

First real member referral of my mission! The amazing son of our stake
president, is filling out his mission papers currently. We had a talk
the last week about how cool it'd be if he could baptize one of his
friends before he left. Well, he showed up this week to church with a
friend and asked us to "talk with him." Yeah, he's getting baptized.
Super cool.

Well, transfer calls came and....I"m going to ilsan! 일산! I had a dream
that I was going back to the east coast. Apparently instead I'm going
to the farthest west area! Woohooo!

It's really sad to leave jangwi though. It feels like I JUST got here.
Three months seems so short compared to the 9months in my last area.
As I was sitting in sacrament meeting on my last sunday, I was
overcome with a powerful feeling of satisfaction. I've accomplished
the Lord's will for me in this place. It's time to move on to the next
thing He has for me.

I've also been thinking a lot about Joseph Smith this week and my
testimony of what he did. And I've settled once again on this: He was
a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon through the power
of God. Heavenly Father restored His one true church through Joseph
Smith. It's a knowledge I've obtained through study and prayer. And
such a witness cannot be taken away by man. I cannot deny it.

Love you all!
Elder Rosenberg

--"singles party" at bishops house.
--the districttttt
--bishop and his wife. SOOO GREAT>




Monday, November 17, 2014

Heart! 하트!

November 17,  2015

The primary program was this week. That means all the little kids at
church got up and sort of sang, sort of hid, sort of just acted really
cute during church on sunday.
The best part was when a little boy got up, said he's lines, then
yelled "Heart!" And through his arms up in a heart. We all meltedddd.

Brother Choi is back! He came to church this week, actually listened
to most of gospel principles class! He only gave a  little sermon at
the end. He participated eagerly in priesthood, and the members were
all really patient with him. He's excited for the 29th as his new
baptismal date. Transfers are the week before....so we'll see if I"m
still around! Thanks for all your prayers and love. He's almost there!

We met a nice grandpa from North Korea this week. Told us to stop
knocking doors late at night (7pm) but let us in because I'm a
foreigner. He gave us some special mountain water that will make you
live forever. or something. He's in his 80s, but looks 60, so I'd
believe it. He said he escaped from the north during the war, under
cover of american gun fire, leaving his dead family behind. Then lived
barely above starving for many years. It's people like this that made
korea, the country it is. People with iron wills to survive, to climb,
to live. Sadly, his hard life had jaded his hard to God. "There is no
God. I don't need him. You can't tell me He exists." We testified, but
he just kept protesting. Finally the prompting came, "Do you want to
see your family again?" " Of course, but I can't." We testified that
he would. That there is a life after this, that because of Jesus
Christ, we will all live again. He just stopped. No more arguing. He
didn't accept it. But he couldn't argue with it. There is something
about a pure, spiritually directed statement of testimony that can't
be denied. It can be rejected, but not denied. And in the moment I
knew again for myself that this IS all true.

The spirit played a huge role in another family's lesson this week.
Charlie and Andrea. Korean, 45, and Filipino, 23, respectively. The
first family I've ever taught on my mission! We brought a member, but
that led to.....well, the usually member present fun. Despite the plan
for a simple overview of the restoration, we were treated to a run
down of the entire plan of salvation, and a detailed bit of Book of
Mormon history. All of which poor Andrea could not understand
(korean......). But Elder Lee and I were praying like crazy. "Heavenly
Father don't punish us for bringing a member. He means well. Please
touch their hearts. Please help us to follow the spirit." Well,
somehow Charlie understood some points about the Book of Mormon that
we'd been struggling with him. My companion beautifully summarized it
all, then roped us back to the Book of Mormon blesses families. We
asked some inspired questions to andrea. Then we felt prompted to open
to Mos2 and read about how the gospel could bless their family, how
the Book of Mormon could answer their questions. The spirit was strong
as we closed. Though we had been dragged wayyyy from what we'd
planned, the spirit helped them get what they needed. And I was so
touched as we closed.

The Lord truly guides His work. If we really trust that we will be
given what to say in the very moment and just open our mouths, it WILL
work out. The promise is true in d&C 84:85. I know it.

Love you all!

--some AMAZING charcoal beef....
--11/11 is 빼빼로 Day. they're like "pocky" those chocolate covered stick
snacks. But they have MASSIVE one's. And oreo covered ones. ahhhh sooo
good. It's actually a holiday.
--according to this chart I read, Pres Monson is ranked as the most
powerful american over 80yrs old. More than jimmy carter, warren
buffet, and a couple other famous people. why? "he is supreme
commander over worldwide missionary work" hahhah
--chestnut snacks. taste and feel like little slimy brains. but
apparently they're healthy? So says Elder Lee...





Monday, November 10, 2014

Welfare and Farewell

November 10, 2014

It was a crazy week this week. But two highlights: Setting up a
service project at a children's social welfare center and attending
the funeral for a member's father.

The Social Welfare Center:
A lady runs this little place that takes care of about 11 kids, ages
3-19, homeless, abused, and lonely. We are going to be teaching
english/doing activities there once a week from now on. Super excited.
We went and played with the kids for a while on the playground this
week. At first they all just sort of started at the white kid, then
started shouting "foreigner!" And within a few minutes I had little
korean kids clinging all over me. They're all SUPER cute, and
hilarious. Playing tag, hide and seek, just talking to them, ahhhh
melted my heart. There's a reason why Jesus liked being around little
children. And it reminded me so much of summer camp staff.

We are in a pretty poor area of Seoul and there are sooo many homeless
and troubled people here. This little place serves but a tiny fraction
of those in need. Some would say it's a hopeless cause. As I thought
about it this week, I was reminded of something Mother Teresa said
"The work of Christian service is not about statistics." It's not
about numbers, it's about individuals. And it means the world to each
of those little kids.

Our missionary work is much the same. Someone calculated it: if we
wanted to talk to everyone in Seoul, we'd each have to serve a 17yr
mission. It's just not possible to keep up. But it's not a work of
stats, it's a work of miracles. We don't do it man's way, we do it the
Lord's way. The Savior was always reaching out to the one, always
caring for the individual. And that's how we do it, one contact, one
investigator, one day at a time. The Lord truly guides us as we do it
His way. That's true for full time and member missionaries.

The Funeral:
Brother Park in our ward, his father passed away this week. Our ward
had a finally service at a traditional korean funeral center. It was a
very enlightening cultural experience. Each of us were given a chance
to place a flower before a picture of the deceased brother and to say
a short prayer, then bow to the family. (If you want to learn more
about korean funeral's google it.) But more than the culture, it was
the spirit that struck me. Honestly I don't think I've ever been to a
funeral service that I can remember. But the spirit in the room was
very interesting. Definitely sad, but with a lighter, hopeful
atmosphere. The light of gospel truth shining into what could have
been a dark moment. The speakers spoke of healing and the plan of
salvation. They bore testimony that we would see this father again,
that he would indeed live again. But the most powerful part was when a
13yr old deacon's letter was read before the group. "I've never met
you, but I felt your influence, thanks for supporting our activities.
It's sad you're gone, but I know you're happy in the spirit world now.
And we'll meet again. So it's not so sad." Not an eye in the room was
left dry.

Those truths are real. We lived before this earth and we will live
after it as well. "There is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath
no victory,and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ." (mos
16_8)

I know that to be true.

Love you all!
Elder Rosenberg


Monday, November 3, 2014

Family Reunion

November 2,  2014

We had stake conference this week, with the ward of my greenie area, and it was like a family reunion! So many family faces, so many beloved memories. I LOVE this place. I love this people.

Stake conference was sweet; the area 70, Elder Jeong, gave some incredible talks, so personalized to us, so by the spirit. And in the saturday session, he had everyone friend the stake president on a social media app, then attached the stake president's phone to a projector. He'd  ask questions then have people post them on the president's page, so we all could see them. Super cool. He had us split into groups and discuss then post, then he'd read and discuss with us. Super cool new ways to learn the gospel. Technology can be such a blessing.

Brother Choi is still golden as ever. We met him and taught him the commandments in one sitting, just one after another. Boom Boom Boom. He testified about each one and committed to do it all. He drinks coffee, but he's going to stop. His only problem is that his work sometimes has him work on sundays. But he'll be ready for his baptism in two weeks! 

President interviews, always a blast. Apparently he told another missionary "Trials? Oh Elder Rosenberg LOVES trials..." 

We ate dinner in my greenie area for conference. We got to go to a less active's restaurant that I visited a couple times back in the day. I was so excited to see the less active sister! Somehow she remembered me, even though I spoke not a single word to her back then. Just smiled everytime we passed her resteraunt. Well, she was happy to see me and kept giving us more and more food. Just loading us up. And serving us before anyone else. It was such a sweet moment. It's the relationships we build that are the most precious. Sure she hasn't come back to church, but she feels the love of Christ. And she knows someone cares. 

Cool going on exchanges this week with the new missionary, Elder Houston. Such a good kid. He's been here for only a few weeks, but he''s trying so hard. It's incredible. When we start, we dont' know ANY korean. Like he didn't understand really anything anyone said. But he'd just walk up to people and start talking. Saying the only things he could, which was a testimony of our message. So miraculous. How could we have that kind of courage if we were not supported by divine aid? And he's way better at korean than I was..... but we go and we do. 

The Lord prepares people. We just need to go out, act in faith, and find them! Fear not man. Be of good cheer for Christ has overcome the world. 

Love you all! 
Elder Rosenberg

--just elders of israel.
--crab pizza
--our stake center
beautiful korea