This week was a good one. We started the week off with a trip to a public bath house on P-day... a member told us about one that's pretty close to our house, so we went to check it out. It's SWEET. Large, and a selection of baths ranging from rather cold to so hot that if you're in for too long you come out looking like a red lobster. We stayed there and soaked for a total of 2 hours. It was heaven. Afterward, we proselyted until 9:00. It was a really good proselyting session. We went super hard and talked to literally everyone that we could and were able to meet a lot of cool people and share the gospel a lot.
This week we also went street boarding as a district (4 elders and 2 sisters) on a large college campus during lunch hour when all the students were streaming from classrooms to go to lunch. We set up one street board and brought a boat load of Book of Mormons to give to people that were interested. Sometimes street boarding works really well and people come to the board because they're interested. But that's pretty rare, so we usually have to set up the board and then leave it and go talk to people to see if they're interested. It's interesting... you'd think that after almost 2 years of talking to random people on the street day in and day out, you would be very used to it and not have any problem with talking to people. While it has definitely gotten easier than the very beginning, there's still that small fear that makes it a little hard. Especially when a whole campus of college students is staring at the weird foreigners in suits with funny accents. It's almost a little embarrassing. The solution? Work. So I stuck a smile on my face and worked my tail off and talked to everyone I could for 2 hours. It's really fulfilling.
We didn't have a whole lot of lessons this week... A lot of lessons punked and people aren't picking up the phone. We were able to teach one man, Brother Jung, a second time. We taught the Plan of Salvation with a focus on baptism to get to the celestial kingdom. He accepted it all really well and committed to reading and praying more fervently so he can get that answer. He said he would think about getting baptized. Usually when people say "I'll think about it" it means "No", but Brother Jung seems to be really sincere. But he hasn't come to church yet because he sleeps in really late in the morning. They say that "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." But they also say that "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes." I'm not sure which is true... I've personally experienced both.
Yesterday was Sunday and a really good day. When we talk about keeping the Sabbath Day holy, we also talk about serving other church members and other people who may need help, right? Yesterday was a really good service opportunity for me, mostly by way of translating. I conducted the music in sacrament meeting (a new girl moved to Choonchun for college, so she plays the piano now) and translated sacrament meeting into English for a girl from Russia. And then translated Gospel principles class into Korean for the Koreans there because our gospel principles teacher is a recent convert from China and only knows Chinese and English. So he teaches in English. And then translated priesthood meeting into English for that same Chinese recent convert. It was really hard and I had a nice headache at the end of the day, but it was really good to be able to help so many different people. (It's really awkward when you're translating from English to Korean and you miss/don't understand the first part of a story and then just sit there awkwardly not translating for a 2-3 minutes while this person tells a story and you have no idea what they're talking about and neither does the person you're translating for. Oops.)
Life is good and I'm really excited for the upcoming General Conference! Have a wonderful week!
Love, Elder Edwards