Sunday, July 27, 2014

장마... 없는것같은데요

Translation courtesy of Google translate: "I think not seem rainy..."

This is from a Korean to the other elders. Usually English
mistakes are funny, and sometimes they're REALLY funny.

A good week. It's supposed to be rainy season over here in Korea, but we've really only gotten 3 or 4 rainy days. I heard that it's supposed to rain nonstop for 2 weeks, but it's been a pretty easy one. Solid. The lame part of this week: Elder Taylor was sick on Saturday. After studies, we went out and proselyted a bit and looked for some addresses, had one of our appointments punk, and then went back to the apartment for lunch. I ate and he slept. I woke him up when it was time to go, but he was too sick. So, from 2:30 to 8:00 (when I ate again) I sat on the floor and called former investigators. It was kind of a long day. But, we got 2 appointments out of it for this week! So we'll see how that goes. Calling former investigators essentially goes like this... "Hello! I'm a missionary from America. Do you remember missionaries? Cool. I'd like to introduce myself... Would you like to meet and hear about our message again?" with small talk sprinkled in. It gets pretty dull after a while. To keep myself from going insane, I did 10 push ups every time the phone was ringing and I was waiting for them to pick up. I stopped after 500 because my arms got too tired. Cool, huh? :)

Just a small game of Quidditch.

Sacrament meeting was really good this week. We had 2 less actives, an investigator, and a potential investigator all come. The potential investigator (we'll call him Brother Meen) is the boyfriend of a less active girl, whose mom is very active. The mom wants them to get married in the temple, and the less active girl wants to get married in the temple, so now Brother Meen is coming to church. Not with a lot of commitment... but more to just check it out. Anyway, after church our branch mission leader grabbed me and Elder Taylor, Brother Meen, and his girlfriend and her mom and brought us all into a room and laid down the law. He's very enthusiastic about people getting baptized and doesn't really ask them if they want to be baptized, but just sets a date for them. Poor Brother Meen. He was really freaked out. But, he said that he would start meeting with us. So we'll meet, smooth things over a little, and then teach him the gospel. It should be good.

We play soccer every monday morning with all the missionaries
and the branch president. A picture from this morning.

There's a lot of preachers in Korea... Guys (and sometimes girls) who basically stand on a busy street corner and preach to people all day. The bad ones even have little mega phones and yell at people to repent (회개하라!!). We have one here in Wonju who is maybe 50 years old and stands on a certain street corner almost every day and yells at people through a megaphone that they're going to hell unless they accept Jesus and repent of all their sins. Which is fine I guess... it's just the way he goes about doing it that isn't fun. Just getting up really close to people and yelling at them through a megaphone. And to top it all off, he REALLY hates Mormon missionaries. So he'll yell at us any chance we get. We always ignore him and walk the other way, but he'll usually take a minute or so to yell through his megaphone about why he doesn't like Mormons every time he sees us. This week, he stopped yelling when he saw us, approached us, and offered out his hand for a handshake! It was super nice of him. So I reached out and shook his hand. Which he promptly took in a vice grip and yelled through his megaphone that we're going to hell and need to worship Jesus and told us why Mormonism isn't good. That was kind of lame. Oh well. "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." Forgive and forget, right?

We fixed up the bikes, so now we cruise on them sometimes. 
This was last P-day.

I read Psalms 118:24 the other day. "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." That really hit home for me. Everyday should be a joy. Everyday should be worthy of rejoicing and being glad in it. We should be happy now. I don't remember the exact quote, but... "It is a happier state of mind to be interested in the changing of the seasons than to be hopelessly in love with spring." Wishing for times back then or wishing that now would hurry up and get out of the way so later can come and we can be happy is neither healthy nor fun. We should live in the now.

I love you all!
Love, Elder Edwards

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