|This message was still up when Elder Newton went to Gangneung (I assume in the missionary flat)|
Monday, April 23, 2018
|A view from Gangneung|
Curve and CrestWinding paths but straight lines
Stop the Problem
Sever the Line
The proof is defenestration
|The district (we're split up now but it's OK)|
We started off the week by sending the sisters off and heading to DongHae for district meeting. It was my last chapel of the district, so I felt very accomplished. We had pizza with my Son and Elder Steward. (Sadly, neither are pictured. We'll do better for next week.) It's really green out on the coast. But Taebaek still has cherry blossoms because we're chill.
Then we had a quick one-day break and sent me off to Gangneung for exchanges. It was a good time. I met my old English class at the college, and then studied syntax with Joon and tried to write my talk for Sunday. That was fun. We also had pizza with all the young adults in the 강릉 branch. It was a good time with a lot of half word. Well, they said it. The missionaries were all 요ing it up.
|Joon and Elder 허! It was a good time at the college. There was a 소주 bottle floating in the fountain. Also a lot of drinking games on the lawn (not pictured)|
|이창! We kept on running into him this week. He bought us a lot of Ice Cream|
I also may or may not have bought ₩4,000 worth of ice cream in really small amounts of change because ice cream bars are really cheap out there. Good stuff.
|We went on a walk with Sister Lee and 예은 to end exchanges. It was one of the best member visits of my life|
Well that's the three areas really. So we made the whole email! Yayyyyyyy O guess we have time for something else.
Oh yeah, now that there's just the two of us, the number of things we have to do for sacrament meeting has gone way up. Elder O'Brien is relearning the piano, I conduct, break the bread for the sacrament while he plays the hymn, and this week I even had a 25-minute talk. It would have been shorter, but a member forgot to come to church (it's OK though, we love him) and the only other speaker was our Primary child. We lucked out that he spoke for an entire 5 minutes.
But yeah, the topic was the Book of Mormon, so in a stroke of laziness and genius I decided that during the week instead of working on my talk, I'd devote personal study to finishing the Book of Mormon. So I've finished it yet again. I just spoke on what I learned in this most recent reading and added a few stories for time. It worked out really well actually, because I may or may not have been finishing it up right before church.
Maybe I'll send a copy home, but it's all in Korean. I didn't really have time for an English draft for this one. Whoops. Just know I gave Mom a shout-out for Harry Potter Time. That should be sufficient.
Monday, April 16, 2018
|View from a rest stop in one of the other missions (Elder Newton and Mom weren't online at the same time, so an explanation will have to wait until next week)|
Cramped but Quaint
Chill Rain but Warm Restaurant
Stop the Problem
Clear up the Misunderstanding
The proof is Pizza
|I like aesthetics|
|Elder O'Brien and his glasses|
Well, we've had an exciting week. We've bought Elder O'Brien glasses and sent a package to his home. Both of which got us some cool potential investigators, or at least nice friends in the post office and glasses store. If we keep this up, we'll know all the shop owners in 태백
|Our fearless zone leaders|
|Empty chairs at (not so) empty tables where my friends will eat no more|
|President Sonksen had an old photo book out (ft. Soohorang and Bandabi)|
|Old Wonju missionaries (l-r Bond, Newton, Saguinsin, Lee, Horne)|
|We liked the old man in the PC room|
On the bright side, we've combined districts with 동해 so I will finally be able to go to that church. My son is there right now too, so it's all a party.
That's all the time we have for today though, folks. Hope you're all doing well!
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
|Cherry Blossoms at the 강릉 chapel|
Squeeze and Squidge
Bland in itself but Spicy Dish
Stop the Problem
Don't get the medium
The proof is Droopy
|I just knew those balloon animal skills would come in handy someday|
|I think it was snowing at this point? It wasn't a lot, but it did pile up on the mountain outside our house a little|
|The weather was just darn nice|
Oh yeah, the meeting. It was good. President Sonksen spoiled conference, and my training went well. I hope they understand I wasn't telling them necessarily to study Korean Sign Language, but more to find fun language study things for them. Also I talked about spiritual gifts, and why we receive them. #D&C 46:9
|Getting ready to watch the broadcast from Salt Lake City (on delay)|
|Also the kids played with Sister Fryer's hair at lunch|
But yeah, that's a vague view of the week. I hope you all had a good time with whatever you did. I don't know what it was, but I'm sure it was nice. Good job.
|OK, this is hilarious. Ask your nearest Korean why. Or me. (It's because 노잼 [No-Jaem] is slang for no fun. But in English it sounds like No Jam. So yeah. Good Stuff.) We saw it on the wall when we were tracting.|
Sunday, April 1, 2018
|The missionaries with a local resident who likes the missionaries|
Discover Time Zone
Rotate and Reveal
Day early but week late*
Stop the problem
Boil the Egg
The proof is life
Well it's been a fun time. It's just the two of us out in Taebaek now. And the sister missionaries. And the 10 members. But yeah. We've had a pretty fun week. It's flown by though. One second it was Tuesday afternoon singing to Elder Martinez in the 연못 and next thing you know it's Saturday and Sister Fryer's greenie, Sister Cho (not pictured), is arranging a clarinet accompaniment for our Easter Party Song.
|Sister Lee's tribute to Elder Martinez|
We're still working on cleaning Brother ___'s house. It's a pretty long-term task, but since his house has so much stuff we got a couple old things he doesn't need. Elder O'Brien got a new chair and I got a Korean typewriter. It just needs a new ink roll. Neither of these things are pictured though. Whoops. I should have titled the email "Not Pictured"
|Easter invitation for the church members|
Ummmmmmmmmm we also picked up Sisters Cho and Fryer from the bus terminal to take her bagsto their house. It's on the other side of town, but only a 20-minute walk. Good stuff.
|View of Taebaek from the station|
Other than that, we spent a lot of time consolidating teams. We had to move all the data from the old phone to ours and also try to meet some of the other team's investigators. Also ours. There's a lot to do.
|The monk and the bridge had matching outfits|
Ummmmmmmm. Yeah. I dunno. The zone leaders called last night and asked me to give some training at zone conference about language study. I don't know who fooled them into thinking I was good at language study. Like I can speak Korean and conduct church meetings and the like, but my language study is the most random thing of all time.
Let's give you a rundown of the things I've focused on in language study for the last year or so:
Random Grammar Forms sometimes
Drawing Pictures of Vocabulary I learn (also in random spurts)
Korean Sign Language
A Korean Journal to myself because I'm bad at my English one
Typing on a Korean Typewriter
But hey, it's a good time and somehow we're able to speak Korean.
|Elder Newton loves the moon|
As for something spiritual, on Easter morning I read Mormon 9, and verses 11-13 were really good. Since it's still Easter for you all, give it a glance. Have fun with your conference spoilers. I'll accept them next week.
* Because of the 15-hour time difference (16 hours during the Standard Time months), Korea is usually a day ahead of Utah. Also because of the 15-hour time difference, church members in Korea don't watch the semiannual general conference live but wait until the next weekend to watch together.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
|l-r Sister Lee, Sister Fryer, Elder Martinez, Elder O'Brien, Elder Newton, Elder Jin|
Hoard and Heap
Healed leg but a plethora of canes
Stop the Problem
Here, let me show you something
The proof is distractionTrash
Well, as for this week, we did a lot of stuff I didn't think was possible before 태백. First we spent almost all of our day on Tuesday cleaning someone's house. It's not close to being done, but we at least cleared his counter and threw away his newspapers. Also found some spots we could vacuum. It was good. Our goal for the next transfer is to clean his whole house with the branch.
|l-r Soohorang, Elder O'Brien, BP's wife, Elder Newton, Elder Martinez, Elder Jin, Bandabi|
Then on Wednesday we took our branch president's wife with us to 강릉 for zone conference. She really wanted to see Elder Gilmore. Also she wasn't a missionary so she was a little curious about everything that goes on. It was really fun. We toured the Helping Hands Center afterward. Now that the Olympics are done, there's almost no one at the station. It's fun.
|At the Helping Hands Center after zone conference|
Oh, we also made tacos in Korea for one of the sisters in the branch. She's so nice. We had a good message about forgiveness. Huh, I think our only chance to teach this week was to members in member visits. That's fun. I guess we went back to a house we had tracted before and talked at the doorstep for a minute. It's a younger family, but the wife is always the only one home. Well, this time she had her daughter. She's so cute. When we knocked she asked who it was, and the mom said we were 오빠. Which means we're her older brothers. That was some real 정 right there.
|"Members ft. A Pillar of Light"|
Speaking of cute kids, we had our youth activity on Saturday and Sister Lee brought her niece. We put tape on the floor of the church and played a board game. But anyway, we were picking teams, and I went with one of the kids because he really wanted to be on my team. But yeah, he just ran up and hugged me, and the little girl saw me being hugged, so I guess she decided I was a hug-worthy person and ran over to grab my legs too. It was the most endearing experience of my life.
But then that night was transfer calls DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN
|Elder Martinez with a shopping cart and an umbrella|
It's chill though. Because I'm not leaving.* Big stress reliever there. There was still the stress of putting together Branch Council and writing a 20-minute talk for the next day, but at least one thing was off my plate. It all worked out because half the district was transferred. My 20-minute talk ended up only being 2 minutes. I still talked for about 10, but we're chill.
And yeah. Elder Martinez told us Mexican history at our farewell 식사 last night. It was nice.
|Last pizza in Gangneung for the transfer|
Have a happy Easter and Conference! Remember not to send spoilers^^