Monday, September 29, 2014

이메일 늦게 보낸다

(Translation courtesy of Google Translate: "Send e-mail later")

Hello! This week was an interesting one. Not a ton of time for email either, so I'll get right into it. We had Missionary Leadership Council today with all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders and President and his wife, so that's why this email is so late. It's like 7o'clock pm over here.

Me, Elder Goo (my trainer), and Sister Goo
(not related to Elder Goo, just a sister in my district.)

On Wednesday, we went on exchanges with the Assistants to the President! Super fun. I went to their area, Sheendang, with Elder Fonnesbeck, and Elder Lee stayed here with Elder Jung. It was a good exchange. We talked to a lot of people and taught a lesson or two and it was all in all a lot of hard work and good memories. Elder Fonnesbeck goes home in 2 weeks!! It's really crazy. And really cool to work with missionaries who've been out for a really long time and learn from them.

Elder Fonnesbeck!! Our foreign assistant to the president. 
(There's almost always one Korean assistant and one foreign assistant)

We lost 2 investigators this week... and they were probably the 2 with most potential. One is moving back to China and the other one said he wants to find a church that has a rock band where people stand up and clap and sing together. Pretty lame. So we won't meet him again for the next while because he wants to find a good "atmosphere". It's just sad to see peoples priorities get mixed up... they decide on the church they will attend based on how fun it is and how interesting it is, rather than basing it on things that are a little more important... covenant renewal, nourishment through the good word of God, etc. Anyway, so we lost a few investigators and our closest baptismal dates. But we have a few other people that we're working with that should progress and come closer unto Christ.

Elder Lee and I and one of our ward members. He's not crazy, I promise.

I have some not great news. We got a text from Elder Lee's parents on Thursday, telling us that his little brother had had a heart attack and was in surgery. We then called President and let him know and then Elder Lee called his family and got a scope on things. His brother, maybe 22 years old was just jogging and had a heart attack. On Friday, we just worked like normal missionaries while Elder Lee exchanged texts with his family about his brother's condition. And then President Christensen called Saturday morning, telling us that Elder Lee's father had called him and requested Elder Lee to go down to the south end of the peninsula so he could see his brother possibly for the last time. He left right away, and got to see his brother before he passed away Saturday night/Sunday morning. So I've been alone for the past 3 days, going on exchanges with members and other missionaries. I'll probably be alone until around Thursday, because Elder Lee said he would come back after all the funeral stuff is taken care of. Please keep Elder Lee and his family in your prayers. This was his only brother, and now it's just him, his parents, and his little sister. It reminded me of how fragile life is. Just one little thing goes wrong in an organ in someone's body, and that person moves on to the next life while the family and friends he leaves behind are devastated. But it's also a time to be grateful to God for the great plan of salvation and happiness. Elder Lee and his family will see his brother again. And they will all be resurrected and have perfect bodies which never feel pain or taste of death again. "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.

Love, Elder Edwards

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