Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Years! Receive many blessings from the New Sun!

December 29,  2014

It was a crazy week this past week! Christmas conferences, temple day,
a trip to the east coast, calling the family, good byes for Elder
Black, and now he's gone! Bye Bye Josh!

Calling my family was great, I have the BEST family ever. #1. 최고. 전무후무.

On Christmas Day, Elder Black and I traveled to the other side of the
mission, pretty much as far as is possible to go, to Sokcho. It's a
little branch on the east coast, close to Donghae where I served. It
was very humbling to visit Sokcho's 6 members, one by one and spend
time with them. Each is so strong in their own way, facing such hard
trials, but still incredible. A 13yr old young man, the only attending
member in his family, who acts like he's going on a mission next year.
A spiritual giant. A physically disabled sister with the funniest
personality and brightest smile. A family with severe financial
challenges. And more. Each with their own story, each with their own
conversion. But together they form a unit of love and hope. Such a
resilient hope for the future. Ah, the future of our church is bright.

It's a hope that comes only through Jesus Christ. "Behold I say unto
you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the
power of his resurrection" (Mor 7:41) It's a hope that is everlasting,
never ending, and always supporting. It's a hope that is true.

We also attended a stake youth talent show. The missionaries in the
stake were asked to prepare a couple musical numbers. It was way fun
and the youth loved seeing 50+ missionaries singing the EFY medley.
But the feeling was really weird. Lots of kpop, breakdancing, love
song duets, etc. Way cool. But just really uncomfortable for us as
missionaries. Weird how those things are totally fine, but just not
for us right now. Everyone with a name tag felt it.

We really are set apart from the world.....

love you all!
Elder Rosenberg


--duck!

delicious 돈까스 (pork cutlet?) at a stress free restaurant.

Monday, December 15, 2014

There can be miracles....!

December 15,  2014

We fasted and prayed like the dickens this week and the miracles pulled through!

Brother Jo, an 85 year old retired professor from the Korean Yale, came to church, a baptismal service, and dinner with the bishop! He first learned about the church when he visited byu to help start their korean program or something. He LOVED the people there, the modesty, the purity. And he loved chruch this week. Said it was much less "rank based" and more like a family. And instead of just listening, it requires participation and people actually learn thinks. In korea, age is super important and it is unheard of for little kids to be giving talks and prayers in worship services. But here, we are all children of God, learning and growing together. He was super impressed. And he really wants to get baptized. He just has to end his deep relationship with the korean Yale church, and wants his son to get baptized too. 

Prayers are answered. Fasting has real power. And despite kids screaming and trying to through things in the font, the spirit is SO resilient. 

you know how I'm awful at bowling? I bowled a 135 last week after a Korean taught me how to bowl a curve ball! 

love you all! Merry Christmas! 









Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Christmas! 메리 크리스마스!

December 7,  2014

Hello beloved friends and family!

Being a little far from home, I'm hoping this christmas email can suffice as a substitute for a christmas card. 

If you saw the youtube homepage yesterday, you might have noticed the new christmas video our church has released. Entitled "He is the Gift", it is a beautiful 2 min reminder of the best gift we've ever received, Jesus Christ.

So I asked myself, "How is Christ a gift to me?" "Is He really?" And here's what I think.....

He has given everything to me. A second chance, a fresh start, another try. I fail and I fall, but He affords me the opportunity to rise up, to begin again, and to move on. I am weak and insufficient, but He gifts me His grace, His enabling power, His strength. He IS the gift. Not one wrapped in ribbons or hidden beneath a tree. Not a gift of tangible feeling, touch or substance. But a gift to the heart, of love, peace, and hope. A gift that sounds too good to be true. But He is true. I know that. I know He lives, loves us, and is our Savior. 

He is the most precious gift I have ever received. And so in love, I wish to share that gift with you. Discover the gift. Embrace the gift. #Sharethegift

I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again! 

사랑합니다!

Elder Rosenberg

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ilsan! 일산 화이팅!

November 30,  2014



It's been a crazy week! We had Brother Choi's bapt interview, lasting
2hrs, and got him all ready to be baptized Sunday! And he got baptized
whoooohoooo! So happy for him. He understood what an important step it
was in his progression and is excited to keep going.

Sadly, I wasn't able to go to the baptism. But I had a great sunday in
the ilsan ward! It's HUGE. About 140 strong. And the building is
american style, and massive. I'm way out of my leauge here. The area
looks a lot like northern virginia and is a rich commuter town. And
they have REAL HOUSES. Whoa. Excited to get to work with such a great
ward.

My new companion elder black is really great. We're both older,
experienced missionaries, and we are going so hard. We keep running
out of time when we go places. There are just SO many people to talk
to on the way! It's tough. We also keep running out of pass along
cards. He goes home in a few weeks though....so we're on the final
sprint!

We had an awesome service opportunity this week. Making KIMCHI! 7hrs
of washing vegatables, cleaning, peeling, slicing, etc. Super fun. And
a great chance to get to know our new zone. I was chopping these HUGE
stacks of 'great green onions" and just bawling. The ward sisters
thought it was hilarious.

Met the man who translated the Book of Mormon in to Korean, had
thanksgiving at a buffet, and loved life this week.

Transferring was rough, it's always hard to leave an area, and start
all over: learning the area, memorizing members, building trust with
them, getting missionaries to trust you, build everything up. I had
just felt like I got it together in jangwi, and then I had to start
all over in a HUGE ward/area/zone with a lot more responsibilities.
But I was reading 1Nephi3 and it was totally talking to me.

Lehi(president) received revelation to send his sons (me) to go do a
hard thing, get the plates. The sons, (me) had two ways of reacting 1)
"it's a hard thing you ask...blah blah" 2)" I recognize it's the
Lord's will, He's help me do it, let's GO!"  And the son who reacted
the second way was "favored of the Lord" and giving the strength to
commit himself to "not leave until he had accomplished the Lord's
purpose in that land."

So I'm choosing to react the second way. It's a lot more fun. And the
Lord is already blessing me so much. He has asked a hard thing. But
He'll make me great enough to do it. And I wouldn't have it any other
way. He WILL strengthen us to do more than we ever could alone. The
Savior's enabling grace is real. I know it.

Love you all! Have a great week! Do something hard!
Elder Rosenberg