Monday, November 3, 2014

조금 늦었다

(Translation courtesy of Google Translate: "A little late")

Well, it's 7pm over here. Elder Weight and I had MLC (missionary leadership council) this morning from 8:30 to 4:00... a pretty long meeting, but a really good one. The purpose of that meeting is to gather all the zone leaders, sister training leaders, assistants, and President and his wife every month and discuss rules and problems/good things in the mission and receive training on this months focus. This months focus is the role of the holy ghost in conversion, which I'm super excited about! Elder Weight and I and our Sister Training Leaders will all be training our zone on it on Wednesday based on what we heard and learned at MLC. The monthly focus is pretty cool... President picks a different one every month and it's always cool to focus on a certain aspect of missionary work. Some examples of past focuses are: The Book of Mormon, Teach People Not Lessons, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, etc.

Me and all of the people at mission leadership council that I came to Korea with!!
Our sisters go home in 3 weeks ㅠㅠ

Today was a good and another interesting week. We went on 3 exchanges this week... which is 2 more than we usually do. I was here with Elder Pratt(the Dongdaemoon district leader) in Dongdaemoon on Tuesday, with Elder JungJeeHo (one of the assistants) here in Dongdaemoon on Wednesday and Thursday, and Elder Choy(Hwayaang district leader) in Hwayaang on Friday and Saturday. So out 7 days this week, I got to spend only 1 full day with Elder Weight. That's okay though. We're already pretty tight, so it wasn't trying on our relationship or anything. The exchanges were all really good. I learned A TON from Elder Jung that I've started to apply this week. He teaches really powerfully on the street, and tries really hard to teach and testify to people's needs on the street. He's awesome. He also uses his time really effectively, including the time that most missionaries call "free time" (we technically don't have free time on the mission... it's all the Lord's time. If you want to do something that's not missionary purpose focused, it needs to wait for P-day.) But missionaries usually call 9:30 to 10:30 at night "free time". He uses it to study and call missionaries who need help and write in records and prepare things for members... He just uses it really well. He's a really fantastic example to me of a consecrated missionary, and I'm working on teaching more on the street and using my time much more effectively.

Elder Jung, one of the assistants.

It's a little hard trying to keep up with everything and everyone in the zone... It's crazy how many problems with missionaries and areas can be seen when viewed from the eyes of a leader. It makes me kind of miss just working with my companion really hard and not having to worry about anything or anyone else. But, being zone leader is good and I find a lot of joy in helping missionaries here. We're all not perfect, and we can all help each other along the path toward perfection and consecration.

Elder Weight and I.

Things are good. It's so crazy that it's already November... where did October go??? Let alone September and August. Time doesn't seem to have any rules here.

I love you all!
Love, Elder Edwards

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