Sunday, March 23, 2014

여보세요? 네 안녕하세요!

AWESOME week. Yes. It was just a very great week.

We played soccer and ultimate last P-day... which was glorious. It's been a long time. I'm really out of shape... but not as much as I expected. We walk everywhere all day everyday, so I guess that's kept me fairly fit. One of the Elders in our house spent some time on a map and figured that we walk roughly 6 miles a day. Solid.

It rained really hard on... Wednesday? I think. So Elder Hansen and I stayed in the church for 3 hours and made call after call. We keep records of all the phone numbers we get on potential investigator record, but our phone's sim card is really old, so it has numbers going way back. So we just started at the top of the phone book and called for 3 hours. It was surprisingly fun. And we made around 4 appointments just from calling random people on the phone! We vowed to do it more often.

We are currently teaching a family! They are the Ha family. The dad is a soldier, I'm not sure what the mom does, and they have a 15 year old son and a 12 year old son. We found them while proselyting one night a couple weeks ago. We have a program here called the Family English Program, where we teach them English for 30 minutes and then the gospel for 30 minutes, meeting twice a week for 6 weeks. In the past when I've done this program with people, it's been really difficult to talk about the gospel because they have only English interest. But this family likes the gospel way more than the English, and they listen and respond really well. We shared the Restoration with them on Friday, and it was such a wonderful lesson!

Remember Brother Kim from last email? We reviewed the Restoration with him this week and then watched the Restoration video. It was really cool. Elder Hansen invited him to baptism, and he said that he will be baptized! Our member that we were teaching with got a little excited and set a baptismal date for 4 days after that, but we put it back a few weeks so Brother Kim can prepare and learn everything he needs to know. His date is for the 20th of next month. I'm really excited for him. We met him again 2 days ago (Saturday), and talked about modern day prophets and taught him the Word of Wisdom. He accepted super well and said that he will never smoke another cigarette or have another drink. He came to church the next day chewing lots of gum, and told us all about how he loved the feeling of not smoking (he smoked a fair amount before). I know that the Lord prepares people and provides them a way to keep his commandments!

I read Alma 30:34 this morning, and thought it was super cool. "And now, if we do not receive anything for our labors in the church, what doth it profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren?" I think that explains really well why I'm serving, and why so many missionaries are out there serving, why bishops serve, why anyone holds a calling, why we do anything at all to build the Kingdom of God. We do not receive profit from this labor. We receive plenty of blessings, our minds are enlightened, we grow closer to the Savior, but we receive no physical profit for our labor. We do it because it is the truth. We do it because it brings joy to our brothers and sisters. What a great cause.

Korea is wonderful. And the weather is 참 (really) good.
I love you all!

Love, Elder Edwards

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