This week, we traveled to Seoul on Monday night and then had temple day on Tuesday! The temple is so great. One of the benefits of being in Choonchun is that even though it's Gangwondo area over here, we still get Seoul benefits, such as a subway line and temple day. Sleeping in the temple reminded me of all the times we slept in the temple from way back when I was in Taebeck and Wonju... that was a long time ago! After we went through a session on Tuesday, we headed over to a place called Gwangwhamun to check out some palaces and museums because Tuesday was our P-day. Gwangwhamun is kind of like the Times Square of Korea, so it was really cool to go and see some of the historical stuff about Korea. I realized that even though I've been living here for over a year and a half, I know almost nothing about Korean history. So it was good to learn about it.
Gwanghwamun, and the 4 of us in a museum.
This week we also met with a man named Brother Lee a couple of times. (Side note: you may be wondering why almost every person I talk about has the last name of Lee or Kim. Well, it's because there aren't a lot of last names in Korea, and the common ones are REALLY common. There are SO many Lee's and Kim's and Jung's, etc.) Brother Lee is an alcoholic to the extreme... He's been addicted for 30 years and drinks enough to stay in a state of semi drunkenness every single day. It's really sad to see and kind of hard to deal with, because Elder Jung and I don't know the least thing about alcohol. We usually don't meet with drunk men if we can avoid it, but Brother Lee kind of has his head on straight and has a desire to quit. So we're going to see if we can't help him.
We met a few really cool people this week and taught the Restoration a few times. We even had 4 people commit to come to church!! In the end, not a single one of them showed up, but we'll hopefully be able to meet them this coming week and teach them more about the importance of the Sabbath Day. Our ward is awesome, and the members are so kind and good to the missionaries and care about being good people and good missionaries. We're working with them to get referrals and help them invite their friends to learn more about the gospel and it's blessings!
I read a lot and have been thinking a lot about "going about and doing good." Kind of related with what I said the other week about "ceasing not". We have a need to get out of our comfort zone and make sure that we're doing good and helping at all times. President Harold B. Lee once said that the gospel is "to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the [comfortable]." If we're comfortable and feel like we're doing good, it's okay to take encouragement from that, but it's never okay to get complacent! President Thomas S. Monson said (and this is the quote I've been thinking about all week):
"There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.
Are we doing all we should?"
The thought that comes is "there's so much to do! And so little time!" It's my hope that I can learn to better implement the Savior who, put so simply by Peter, "went about doing good." (Acts 10:38).
The time flies and is far spent. I'm tired. But the work is good and so is God. I hope you all have a wonderful week full of good works!!
Love, Elder Edwards
A super creepy alley that we found that leads to a members house.