Sunday, June 29, 2014

서울에 갔다 왔다

(Translation courtesy of Google Translate: "Been to Seoul")

A slightly out of the ordinary week this week. We got a text on Tuesday from the zone leaders telling us that there would be a multi zone conference on Friday, and we needed to leave for Seoul by Thursday afternoon. We usually know that we'll be going into Seoul at least 2 weeks in advance, but they sprung this one on us with 3 days notice. So, we went to Seoul on Thursday, went to a session at the temple, slept at the temple, and then headed to the conference. The guest speaker was a guy named PJ Rogers, who served his mission here in Korea, came back to Korea a few years later and attended and graduated from 연세대학교 (Yunsae University?). He was the first foreigner to ever graduate from that University in the Korean language. There's an English part of the school, but he did it all in Korean (which is incredibly hard). He's lived in Korea ever since. He talked to us about missions, the Korean culture, and how to study the language well. It was really informational and fun.

Elder Taylor and I were teaching an investigator on Saturday after English class. He's a 70 year old man who's super nice and happy. We reviewed the Restoration with him, and then invited him to be baptized. He responded with "I've already been baptized". We then reviewed proper authority and why it's so important, and asked him again. He responded with "I've already been baptized." It took us 30 minutes after that to help him understand the difference of being baptized with authority and without authority. He said he'd think about it. It's interesting how these things that we think are easy to understand are hard for other people to understand. So we as missionaries need to teach very slowly and clearly.

Recently I've been studying in Mosiah, specifically about Alma the Elder and the Church of God which he organized after fleeing from King Noah. The thing that interests me is the people's knowledge of authority. Alma baptized with authority, and those people were able to join the Church of God because they were baptized with someone having Priesthood authority. Later on, when Ammon finds the people of Limhi, the people of Limhi are desirous to be baptized, "but there was none in the land that had authority from God" (Mosiah 21:33). These people understood the need of proper authority to be baptized into God's church. That's something that everyone needs to understand. How lucky we are that the proper Priesthood authority has been restored and we can receive these necessary ordinances!

I love you all!
Love, Elder Edwards

Me and my comp. :)

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