Dear Family and Friends,
Happy New Year!
This week was definitely enjoyable and quite the experience. To start off the week, we met with Elder Yetter's old investigator who basically stopped meeting because of his crazy work schedule. Well we met with him on Monday night pretty randomly, but we were able to get one of the sisters in our ward to come to the lesson and help us teach at the church. She ran to the church because of the late notice and was sort of out of breath at the beginning, but she helped us out a lot. The investigator just loves philosophy and just studies all of these different religions in depth. I understood pretty much all of it, which is surprising considering all of the in depth thoughts he was expressing about how he believes in certain parts of the bible and how he is searching for all of the similarities between religions to find the truth. Long story short, the member helped us out quite a bit and he kept all of the commitments to read the Book of Mormon (including his question of whether it is better to sin with knowledge or without knowledge-Alma 9:14-23).
Wednesday was quite hectic to say the least. After our periodic interviews with President (which was awesome), we took the bus back to a couple of appointments at the church. Unfortunately, one appointment showed up late and the other one pretty early, causing us to have two investigators and 1 member at the same time. The other member who had agreed to come had fallen asleep, so I was pretty confused as what to do. Well, in the end, I had the member stall one of the investigators, while we took the other one aside and started to teach him. He's fluent in English and is about 17 years old. The lesson was alright, but a little crazy because the other investigator interrupted periodically and the member who slept late showed up in the middle... Sometimes, no matter how well you plan, nothing ends up going well. We then met with the second investigator who was a referral from a recent convert, which went okay. I was just grateful for the member who stalled our investigator!
We also met with Brother Lee, the less-active member who we are working with, in hopes of teaching his wife. He said he talks with his wife about religion a lot and that she loves books. He also agreed to let us come over to start teaching the lessons! That was definitely a huge miracle. Plus, one of the older members with a super strong testimony helped us out during the lesson. As for our New Year's Eve celebration, Gyeong-Min wanted to go back to the temple, so we took him, but he wasn't cooperating very well. He goes through periods of interest and focus, followed by periods of disinterest and lack of focus. I guess that's just the life of a 17 year-old kid. At least he still comes out to church every Sunday, despite his hesitation to get baptized.
Saturday was probably one of the most enjoyable days of the week, because I had the privilege to go on exchanges with the Korean Zone Leader in our Zone. He's a stud and is super Christ-like. Granted, he is 5 years older than me because he studied at BYU and did his two years of military service. Saturday morning we played soccer-volleyball in the gym along with a miniature soccer game with all of the Elder's quorum and some of the high priests. Elder Han (the Zone Leader) also had to withdrawal some money from the bank, but the machine broke causing us to waste a good 30 min on the way to an appointment. Fortunately, we made it to the appointment with a missionary who used to serve here and his less-active convert.
Thanks for all the love and support. I hope everyone sets great New Years goals and remembers one of my favorite scriptures, "Remember Lot's wife" Luke 17:32. Moving on from the past and not looking back is so important, and I'm so grateful that Christ makes it possible.
Your Favorite Missionary,
|A rice, pork and bacon omelet|
|Missionaries with some members of the Elders and High Priests Quorums|
|Elder Collins playing games at ward family home evening|