Last monday, we traveled ALL day to get Elder Hansen a foreigner card. It took forever. But I got in some sweet naps on the bus. Those are really hard to come by. Afterward we played some pingpong and then went to a member's house to have family night with their family. Super fun. It was Elder Hansen's first time having a meal with a member, so it was a good learning experience for him. When eating meals with members, it's important to be super polite and follow certain customs: Kneel until you are told to sit comfortably, and then you're allowed to sit cross legged. And you have to eat A LOT, or they think that you think the food is gross or something. I love Korean culture. I was reminded of my first couple weeks in the country, where absolutely nothing was understood. I felt a little bad for Elder Hansen, but I think he'll turn out okay.
|Elder Hansen took this picture. I had no idea that they took it. |
Just a typical night trying to get ready for bed and making calls. :)
We work with a less active named brother Bay who works as a math teacher at an academy close to here. He's super funny and likes speaking english and reading the Book of Mormon. He just doesn't come to church because he's super busy. I called him to follow up on his reading in 1st Nephi chapter 4. He excitedly replied that he had read it, and then said in his heavy Korean accent: "Ayduewoujeh(Edwards)... Nepaee SLAYEEDEH Lahbane???" It was so funny. He was kind of thrilled to read about that in the book of mormon, and went on to tell me about how Nephi did it according to God's command. Super cool guy.
Another less active named brother Hwang we're working with came to church twice in a row and then got the priesthood! We're happy for him, but it'll be a trick to keep him coming out to our church. He thinks every church is good, so he doesn't always come out to our church.
We went to Gangneung this week for Zone training meeting. Gangneung is about a 1.5 hour bus ride from Wonju, and it has at least 4 feet of snow there. The streets are practically shut down because the traffic is so bad. I felt bad for the missionaries in Gangneung... they spend a solid amount of missionary work time shoveling the church driveway almost every day. Wonju didn't get tons of snow, so I didn't have to shovel too often.
We taught our pastor investigator the Restoration this week. It went surprisingly well. He didn't really believe in the Great Apostasy... but he did agree to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. He's a pastor for a Methodist church here in Wonju and super nice. He's pretty firm in his church, but we'll see where that goes.
I'm good. Being a father is still kind of scary, but it's awesome. Elder Hansen is pretty innocent... so maybe I'll feed him some dog soup or something. He'll like that, I think.
Korea is still awesome! God is watching out for the people here and helping us missionaries along. He lives and knows all of us perfectly. For that I am so grateful.
Love, Elder Edwards