Monday, March 30, 2015

Seeing the finger of God

March 30,  2015

Hello!

It's been a crazy week, full of fun!

We had the chance to go to the temple this week, always my favorite.
wow. we're so lucky. That's also when the missionaries about to go
home give their final testimonies. We're starting to have lots of
missionaries going home, so it's cool to hear all the powerful
testimonies.
President also said some really powerful things. He said sometimes we
wish we could be like the brother of Jared and see the finger of God
touching the stones. He says that while he doesn't see the stones, he
definitely sees the finger. He watches the Lord touch each one of our
lives, changing us, making us into who He needs us to become.
I've definitely felt the Lord's hand in my life, I've felt the change.

We had a bunch of new investigators this week! The drought is over!
One of them was a super cool guy who had no religion but said "Wow. I
think this mormon thing is the religion for me!" He had looked us up
on the internet, which is how we usually lose people here,but he
actually found some really good things! NICE.

I've been reading all of PMG in korean for language study (which
sounds weak if you're spanish serving, but is actually effective study
for us). I'm in chapter 9, about finding, and I came across one of my
favorite scriptures from alma 31.

 "34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in
bringing them again unto thee in Christ.

 35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our
brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we
may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee."

I as I read that out loud in korean, I was suddenly just filled with
the spirit. I LOVE these people. They are my brethren. And they are SO
precious to the Lord, and to me. There is nothing more fulfilling than
laboring for their salvation. So great.

So we're setting goals to be better this coming transfer! Got to go
harder, farther, faster! The clock is running down.....

love you all!
Elder Rosenberg

--random paint brush in the middle of seoul

--korean size.

-the king who invented the korean alphabet. genius.


Monday, March 23, 2015

"I'm trying to be like MoTab"

March 23,  2015

The ilsan ward choir finally performed the 2 month practiced "I'm trying to be like Jesus" at ward conference this week. In the US, choir is like pee-wee league: everyone's nice, you just do it if you feel like it or if you get guilted into it, and you get snacks if you're lucky. In Korea? It's the NFL. We practice for 2 hours at a time and we go hard. If you sing off key, they'll single you out, they'll find you. No mistakes. No substitutes.

The weather's getting nice! That means two things: people are nicer, and other churches are getting more active. They've got people claiming to be the returned Savior, They've got people with crosses strapped to their backs, and They've got people with mega phones. We may be out numbered. But we've never out gunned!

Been focusing a lot on love this week. A district leader gave us the commitment to love those that reject us. (pray for them that hate you, bless them that wrong you, etc). Well, the next day, we were faced with a fairly unprecedented streak of rejection. For over an hour we couldn't find ANYONE who'd talk to us. And trust me, we go hard. My natural man response to such a time is to just running after people that try to escape, to chase people into buildings, and all sorts of zealot-ness.

Instead, we tried to show more love, to pray for them, to be extra kind. Then in the next few hours, the miracles started to happen. I met an old man walking backwards. So I walked forwards and talked to him as he kept stepping away from me. Unfortunately he was convinced we were heretics and wouldn't accept a Book of Mormon. So I wished a fine day and immediately stopped the next man and started to teach, but then the backwards man, now sprinting forward came back. "Actually, can I have that book?" 
Then another man, after hearing a brief spiel about the Book of Mormon wanted to sit down immediately and talk about it. WOW. That's pretty rare. He responded to our love by being super open and understanding, despite being 70 yrs old. 
Then that evening on the way home, we were long out of Book of Mormons, we met a man who really wanted one. So we ran to the house and grabbed him a copy. 
And another guy had bought an english copy off amazon .com and really wanted a korean one. 

It was incredible to see how people responded as we strove to increase our love. The Lord blessed us with challenges to stretch our hearts, then filled them with charity. Super cool. 
Christ's love is all consuming. It's strong enough to overcome rejection, to overcome disappointment, to overcome all. If we seek it with all our hearts, we will not come away wanting. 

I really love the Lord. And I really love His people here.

Love you all! 
Elder Rosenberg

-delicious japanese food. vaguely familiar though, I think Dad/Mom have made it at home before....

-"Wow Rosenberg. I was shocked at how handsome you were." 

sweet tie clip one of my beloved companions gave me!  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Run the Race!

March 16,  2015

Sweeet service project this week helping old handicapped people. My friend couldn't write his own name, but had notebooks full of perfectly transcribed bible passages. Crazy.

Daniel dropped, so that's no fun. But we did enjoy a $50 a person italian meal together in parting. Wow. most expensive thing I've ever eaten. First time having steak in yearsssss. 

Lots of time spent this week working with other missionaries. Lots of counseling, training, lifting vision, working hard. It's tough. Way harder than just working hard yourself. It makes me really feel for a mish pres. I'm straining just trying to handle 25missionaries problems, he has to handle 250. wow. 
Also, doing lots of korean testing. We have sort of pass off program for korean that new missionaries have to complete. So lots of helping new missionaries and teaching korean. 

And our ward had a baptism! Actually I lady I found in a 3-some two transfers ago, and taught a few times on exchanges. super cool. the elders were looking for a lessactive's house, but then found a different lessactive in the process. then over time his wife ended up being interested. and BOOM. she's now on the path back to Heavenly Father! 

I've been thinking a lot recently about how the mission is like a marathon. Dad and I did a marathon. It was....fun. We didn't prepare as well as we could have, and it HURT! Of course we finished, but the race it's self wasn't super fun, lots of pain. We will all run the marathon of a mission. And by the end, runners figure it out and start to run fast. But for those who didn't prepare very well.....it hurts. A lot. And they experience a lot of pain. And they don't run very fast at first. But for the runner who trained a lot before the race, he can explode from the blocks, never losing ground, never looking back. And it's a lot more fun for him. He changes a lot. He grows a lot. And it's still a marathon. It's still hard. But it's so FUN! And he's happy, and loves it. 

Just really realizing the importance of preparation. And I'm so grateful that I did a little running before the marathon. 

Love. this. life.
Elder Rosenberg

the remains of delicious chicken and red pepper sauce. yum. 


I think I"m full

Monday, March 9, 2015

More work=more desire

March 9,  2015

I came up with this theory one time when I was really sick for two weeks. "The more you do missionary work, the more your desire increases." After two weeks of not doing anything, I didn't really feel like going out and talking to people. "Ugh." But of course I manned up and did it anyway. And BOOM. After two days I was super happy and had tons of desire.
Missionary work is not all sunshines and rainbows. And sometimes you don't feel like talking to people. But following the "work/desire postulate" whenever I feel like that, I hurry and talk to the first person I see and go super hard. And BOOM. I suddenly feel like Alma and want to trumpet truth to all the world. 
Yup. It's the best. 

We were teaching a guy this week and he asked us for advice. He was living with a bunch of roommates and they were messy and he scolded them sharply and felt really bad about it. So we whip out D&C 121:43. "Now, so they know you don't hate them, show more love to them!" Blew.His.Mind. "Give me another one!" So we went back and forth pulling out scriptures and blowing his mind. It's all in there. All the answers. Just got to look! 

Met a fun guy this week from a church called "신천지" or "new world." They're famous for going undercover into other churches and asking really hard questions and bible bashing the pastor in front of his congregation, destroying churches from the inside. So most churches actually have signs prohibiting them, warning that they'll call the police. Well, he was happy to talk to me. He had a friend who was mormon, who'd given him "several copies" of the Book of Mormon. Good friend. We didn't bash, but we did have a great discussion about the gospel. And though I don't know the book of revelations or korean as well as him......I do have actual priesthood authority and the spirit of God on my side. Once again we learn, that if the mormons are being nice, humble, and seeking the spirit, you'll NEVER beat them. Lots of faulty logic and arguments based on incorrect knowledge of bible history. Nice guy though. But as I told him, the most important thing is the witness of the Holy Ghost.

We don't learn truth from men. We don't prove our church through logic, history, clever arguments. We don't have to prove it. Any honest seeker of truth will have it proved to them by the Holy Ghost. That's why I can say that I know this church is true and the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That's why I know Jesus Christ is my savior. Not because of clever biblical interpretation, but because I've asked God and I've learn it through the Holy Ghost. 

That's how we drop the hammer. 

love, 
Elder Rosenberg


Monday, March 2, 2015

Drop the hammer

March 1,  2015

Ahhh, great week this week! We met on of our super high potential, yet super risky investigators this week, michele. He punked an appointment, has no phone, and lives in a bathhouse, so he's a little hard to find. But we ran into him in the library, turns out his court case is over, he gets his money back, and is heading back to france soon. But....he wants to get baptized before he goes. Good choice.

Also, brother Gyu-Seong, a sort of wild card, one armed brother I've only met twice over the past 3 transfers. He came to church this week! His comments, "This doesn't seem like a church. A church just has a worship room where you listen to the pastor speak. You've got allll kinds of other classes going on. And no pastor. Hmmm." Definitely understandable, considering that he attended the biggest single church in the world for 30 yrs. Weekly attendance of 200,000 people. CRAZY. 

D&C71. Soooo I met this really nice divinity student from 'the church of God' a veryyyy interesting religion mostly found only in korea. He was out proselyting and asked if I had time to hear a message about the sabbath day. (1st mistake. PMG says not to ask if they have time. Just testify.) "Of course" heheheh. Long story short....in a very nice, non bible bashing way, I "dropped the hammer." Poor kid. It ended with "The Holy Ghost testifes of truth, and you feel it when someone speaks truth. I know you feel it right now because THIS IS TRUE." Super powerful. wow..... We will never be confounded before men. 

Daniel. He's at the point now where he says he'll be baptized if he feels the Book of Mormon is really true. And he means it. 

Here are my thoughts on the Book of Mormon: 

Many times I've prayed to know if it's true, asking God with faith, sincere heart, real intent, the whole deal. And very few times have I received an immediate powerful spiritual manifestation. That "warm fuzzy feeling" comes to very few of us. Like the young prospector looking for gold, I have sought and found few of those 'fist sized nuggets.' Rather, I have, like the old prospector, collected an innumerable amount of little flecks of gold, the sum total of which is a priceless treasure to my soul. Looking back, I see the gold. It's undeniable. I have a surety that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. And with that comes a witness that Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith is His prophet, and this church is His church. 

So look for the little flecks of gold....

Elder Rosenberg


Daniel

--costco pizza





--the best purchase of my life. remember these beans, mom?