Sunday, April 19, 2015

비 오는 주

(Translation of Google Translate: "Rainy Week")

Cherry blossoms! All of Korea is full of these trees 
overflowing with cherry blossoms at this time of year.

Rain... and more rain... and more rain.

It was a rainy week. Probably not nearly as much rain as Jaron is now accustomed to over in England, but more rain than Korea or I am used to in the month of April. I like rain. But not as a missionary. Rain seriously impedes the possibilities of us finding someone on the street who wants to listen, so it doesn't make proselyting super effective. So, we resorted to knocking doors. We found a total of four people home after the first hour of knocking, and those four all had zero interest. So we made calls. And more calls. And more calls. Calls were much more effective than knocking doors and talking to people on the street. We made a fair amount of appointments and were able to talk to some pretty cool people who are busy right now, but would like to listen to our message later!! So that was good. So we called all week. It was good and kind of long.

Calls... and more calls...

We met a man that we called off some records from a year ago... the elders that were here a year ago met this man on the subway. So we called him up, he came to the church, and about 10 minutes into the conversation he said "Oh, by the way, I was the Choonchuen branch president here 40 years ago." It was rather shocking. He then told a long, sad story about how and why he went inactive. We talked about it and talked about the church a little and shared a scripture and then invited him to come back. He said he would think about coming back for good, but he said that he would for sure come next Sunday! It was cool to randomly find a less active member off some calling sheets.

Our nature museum adventure on P-day.

Do you remember the Chinese food delivery guy that we met last week? We met him again this week on Saturday. His name is Brother Yang. He's super cool and super nice but has the hardest time staying focused. We shared the Restoration video, talked about prayer and scripture study (we had to commit him strongly to prayer 4 or 5 times before he finally said yes because he got distracted every time we asked him), and also talked about some ways that he can come to church. Currently his only day off is Wednesday, and he's says that for the time being it will be impossible for him to get even a few hours off on Sunday. So that was lame, but he's reading the Book of Mormon and praying and really has a ton of interest, even though he can't focus super well.

Recently I've been working on memorizing parts of Matthew 5... it's such a great chapter. I've been working on memorizing more scriptures and reciting them often in my head to keep me focused and more Christ like. It's been a big help so far! "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!
Love, Elder Edwards

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