Monday, May 25, 2015

Temple Run

May 25,  2015

Pretty sweet week. Like every week, but this was especially so. Really
felt the spirit a lot.

Everyone in korea comes to the temple on saturday in the bus loads. So
we get to see lots of friends. This week I got to see my training and
our old AP.

Really fun family night with an american family in our ward. but I got
pretty sick from the hamburgers and 7 layer dip. Wrecked my insides.
I'm not doing to do well when I go home.....

The TEMPLE. Everyday I realized the power it has. We meet people on
the street, tell them we have a super cool building, show them a
picture, say "lets go!" and start walking. And a surprising number
just follow. Once they get to the temple, their jaws drop, the noise
fades away, and an overwhelming feeling of peace sweeps in. People
feel the spirit. It's real.

Elder Smith and I had a really good discussion about faith, belief,
success this week. Decided we needed more faith. We need to believe in
every contact that they WILL meet us again and get baptized. In every
lesson that they WILL commit. Made the decision, went out and acted.
One of the first people we met that day, we invited to the temple and
started walking. He followed. Told that he couldn't go in, but WHEN he
gets baptized he can. Sat down and taught him. Of course you can't get
baptized yet, but WHEN you do......
He committed to be baptized next month.  Brother Woo.

Have faith. Do or do not. There is no try.

Life's good.

love you all!


Monday, May 18, 2015

#Blessed

May 18,  2015

Transfers! Now I'm in Sinchon, the center of Seoul, full of
universities, parties and the LIFE. Yes, you noticed it's SIN-chon.
But we've got the temple, and Elder Smith and I are  here to gather
out the righteous,right?

Went to the temple, wonderful as always. But especially cool because I
got to do the work for one of our ancestors, Sir William. A special
experience, unlocking the gate to his exaltation. I also had a temple
recommend interview with Pres. Really grateful to be able to answer
the questions easily, and be worthy.

BYU WIND SYMPHONY! They had a pretty sweet concert. BYU's great. The
south mission was there, so I saw an Elder Joe Eads from columbia
stake and Sister Kaelin Holdaway from MD. And the Anderson family!

I was supposed to do the bapt interview for a chinese man named Rick,
that my comp/the AP's taught. I sat there in the lesson beforehand,
watching elder south just go at it in chinese. Turns out he smoked
before he came so we'll have to postpone. That's sad. But from what I
could understand it was a pretty powerful lesson.

We teach a lot of internationals here. We just bring people to the
temple/the church and show them mormon messages in their native
language. In the past 4 days we've taught germans, saudia arabians,
chinese, mongolians, americans, and koreans. Wow.

Studied this week about being "blessed." Sounds pretty good. I was
especially impressed by Jacob 5:70-77. That's written about me, in
case you were wondering. One of those few servants who were called to
labor in the vineyard. And now the time is short, and the end is nigh.
(two months?!?!) But we labor with our might. And the Lord labors with
us also. What an incredible privilege. So we GO HARD.
And await the day when the Lord shall say:

"blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with
me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, ... behold ye shall
have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard."

Until then.....

BYU WIND SYMPHONY


Elder Smith, 6'5" went to MIT


Monday, May 11, 2015

Are you from Utah?

May 10,  2015

For pday we went to a massive electric vehicle convention. Great day, definitely satisfied my inner tech geek side. Best part? We had to sign up and state the company we represented. So....we walked around all day with big "LDS Church" name tags. In addition to our missionary tags. And we found a guy from sweden who stopped us "Are you from utah?" niceeeee.

Elder Fulthorp and I have continued getting up early to study more. Definitely feeling the dividends. 

Transfer calls! I'm heading to Sinchon for my last two transfers! That's where the temple is. Smack dab in the middle of Seoul. TONS of people. Yessssss. 

Our adorable old man investigator, Brother Lee, came to church this week! He really really needs hearing aids, but a member sat by him and wrote tons of stuff down in a notebook for him to read. And they smothered him with love. He said "It's really a good system. Really feels like a family. Very warm." 

Picked up a pretty cool new investigator this week, Brother Joo-hyeong. He had some serious questions about repentance. Sounds like he's made some mistakes in his life and wants to be rid of them. "Can those things, those feelings, really go away?"

Yes. Yes they can. Because our Savior Jesus Christ bore the weight of all our sins, sorrows, transgressions, we can become clean from them. The burden of that guilt and shame can be replaced with peace and cleanliness. It's not as easy as just saying "I believe." but it's possible through the gospel Christ gave us. 

Repentance and Christ's atonement is a gift that blesses my life every single day. If keep falling short. But I keep reaching forward. Like brad wilcox said, "He doesn't fill the gap, He fills us." 

It's an incredible privilege to be able to bear that sacred testimony to people here! 

love you all!
Elder Rosenberg


a couple who used to live in my home stake MT Vernon!
-probably the most legendary and respected korean saint, first mission pres, stake pres, general authority, translated the Book of Mormon.


Monday, May 4, 2015

And the truth shall set you free

May 4,  2015

Hello!

Busy week, an abnormal amount of sit-down, actual lessons, making me
realize how bad of teachers we are. Despite how much we role play, we
just don't teach enough. It's a miracles that people still get
baptized, despite poor korean and confusing teaching. A definite
testament that it's not us doing the work.
But some solid progress with the investigators. We should hopefully
get some to church this week!

Met a really SWEET guy from ghana. Abraham. I've never taught an
african before, but in our mission africans and chinese are the money
demographic. Super prepared to accept the restored gospel. Abraham
knows the bible super well. Every verse we quoted, he finished.
Committed to read and pray about the book of mormon and get baptized
when he knows it's true. Pretty cool.
Also, it's really good that we don't teach in english very often.
Whenever I teach in english I start to get really passionate and
excited and make lots of hand motions. And sometimes get really
intense. Never fails to make my companions laugh :)

Elder Fulthorp and I discussed consecration the other day. We both
realized we'd slipped a little and were talking too freely about
home/the world/other interesting intellectual topics. I know that my
thoughts are definitely not as focused as they have been before. So I
had MUCHHHH repenting to do. I actually felt really bad. But we made
the decision to re-consecrate. And the next day we saw a huge
difference.
 We didn't have to make a big change in ourselves, but the result was
incredible. We worked so much harder. We saw so many more miracles. It
was like all the prepared people in ilsan just decided to run into us
that day. And I felt an increased passion for the work. AHHH. Grateful
I can repent and get better each day.

I know that the Lord wants our all. Not just now, but forever. When we
center our lives on Him and His will, we will get all that we want.
As our african brother Abraham told us:
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free:John 8:32;

There's nothing more liberating then discerning the Lord's will, and
giving up all we have to Him.