Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week 68 bonus post ft. photos from Brother Kim

Our music night (sorry, Mom doesn't know who that is between Elder Newton and Elder Saguinsin)

Music night again
My first district conference! (l-r then-President Kim and daughter, Elder Lee, Elder Horne, Elder Newton, Elder Shumway)

Week 68: Where Is Elder Lee?

Discover Needle 
Prod and Prick
Wide Eyes but Narrow Vein
Stop the Problem
Ask Questions Make Mistakes and Get Busy
The Proof is Argot

To be honest with you all, as we were going through this week I was wondering if there would be anything to write home about. We had appointments every day this week and every single one fell through. I guess we had zone conference. It was pretty nice. We talked about Christmas a lot and I'm so ready. It's the most wonderful time of the year everybody.

However, our week really started to change on Pepero Day. Classic Pepero Day, always pulling through. It started in the morning when after personal study Elder Lee said we needed to change our plan to drop by a hospital. He had a surgery in his mouth a while back and it's acted up once or twice. He had set an appointment for Monday at a hospital in Seoul, but it turns out he needed treatment faster. So we spent the morning in the hospital and got him some medicine.
Elder Lee is holding the streetboard. Elder Newton hasn't told me which sister is Seo and which is Jang because in another photo, the sister wearing black is drawing.
He felt better after getting medicine, so we managed to do our streetboarding with the sisters. It was a really fun activity too. (Pictured) We had Sister Jang draw caricatures on the street. It turned out enough people wanted to do it that we had to make balloon animals for the people waiting. And if it couldn't get any better, at the end our lovely Jun showed up with snacks. He's a gem. However, after the activity Elder Lee started to lose some energy again and we ended up heading home a little early so he could rest.
Sunday morning our beloved Korean was still out of it and so we called the branch and found a good hospital to go to so we could have him more fully checked out. We ended up missing church and everything. The members kept on calling asking where Elder Lee was. They're so good.
In the end the hospital told us we should probably head to Seoul right away. We called President to check if it was OK. Of course it was, so after dropping by home for a quick lunch and priesthood blessing we packed and took a four-hour bus across the country. The members kept on calling then too. They do really care. Of course missionaries are a decent portion of the branch.
Once we got to Seoul things went by a little faster, as Seoul is wont to make things do. We got to the hospital there and met Sister Sonksen and the mission nurse. They stayed with Elder Lee and they sent us off to the office. It's always weird going through Seoul these days. It's just so many people. But we did get to the office safely, as did Elder Lee and we spent the night. I texted our favorite Brother Kim a bit and he sent some pictures. (Pictured in separate post.)
And yeah. Now I'm emailing from the mission office. It's weird. But cool.

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Week 67 photo post: Olympic venues and Gangneung scenes

Flags by the Olympic Stadium

The moon out in the middle of nowhere/ not too far from the Olympic Stadium

We have filters on our phones so Elder Lee became artsy

The ski jump is in the distance under the sun

I took a picture of the stadium and my phone made it better

Olympic road (note flag with Soohorang and Bandabi on it)

View from the roof of a building we study in a lot

Panorama of stadium and surroundings
Gangneung Bullet Train Station

Even newspapers are counting down to the Olympics

Week 67: "You act like an animation character"

Elder Newton, Elder Lee, Elder Pulsipher, Elder Sonksen. (I asked Elder Newton about the aprons and he said most of the meat-buffet-style restaurants have them.)
Discover puddle
Splash and slosh 
Uneven earth creates smooth surface
Stop the problem
Change your attitude
The proof is Frogger

So in news this week I have a smartphone. Missionary work is similar except now I take more pictures, can read the conversations I text to investigators (this led to what almost counted as a lesson but over text. We had a long bus ride), and send emoji to said investigators. It's a blast

Also a heck of a lot happened this week and heaven knows I never have time to relate it all (see last week) so I have been keeping a journal now. Read it in a few years. But yeah. Um. We've now been a trio for a week. It's weird, and I am acting translator between our English and Korean speakers. President Oh says triangles are the most stable relationship, which I agree with, but would add that all the sides need to be connected.*
Elder Newton and Elder Lee

Elder Pulsipher and Elder Newton

As for the subject line, as we did the proselytizing this week, Elder Lee pointed this out about me, and I enjoyed the statement. It's rather true, isn't it?

Ummmmmmmmmmm we also did a service project this week. Oh and Halloween happened, but I think I can just tell you about service in brief. One of the members works at city hall and they were doing a terror simulation drill. They needed foreigners. He knows foreign service missionaries. So we went for like three hours, moved district meeting, and acted for about 2 minutes. But we met the vice mayor of Gangneung and everything. I have his namecard now. That's cool. 


We also went out near the Olympic stadium a few times.† There was a big Dream Concert we wanted to talk to people at. We also met, made and dropped an investigator out there all in the same week. Don't worry though, because when we dropped him we were with Branch President, and since the meeting ended early, we were far from home and it was 6:30 on fast Sunday, he took us to his house for dinner. It was nice. He lives in the middle of nowhere though, but not far from the stadium, which itself is in a rather not busy place. The stars were super great, and you could see the bobsled course in the distance. The lights on it were great. 

Oh and President Sonksen came out to give us our phones, and when it was all done, he took the Gangneung missionaries out to dinner. It was a meat place, but it had the best vegetables I've ever had. I swear, the greatest injustice of this country is that they hoard the best cabbage for their meat buffets. Like, give a vegan a break. We also had interviews, and I'm scared that I might get a greenie. But we'll see, transfers aren't for a few weeks. 
A vegan stirfry made by Elder Newton. "We ended up eating [the potatoes] on the side, but they were delicious."

Also yesterday when we taught our other new investigator, who is rather golden, I made a missionary metaphor with Frogger. It was one of the best lessons of my mission. 

I'd tell you more, but time,

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton
* To be clear, all the sides of this tripanionship are harmoniously connected. 
† Photos of the Olympic venues in a separate photo post.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 66: But Time

He went home ㅠㅠ

But he victoriously killed a mosquito
Discover Praying Mantis
Crook and Crack
Lasting Promise but brief honeymoon
Stop the Problem
Throw the shell
The proof is Leaf Discoloration
Praying Mantis

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo this week was fun. On P-Day we went to the house of the people on the 50,000 and 5,000 Won bills. They're mother and son, fun fact. It was sweet, and maybe I'll try to find good pics from there, but time. 

Also there were two exchanges this week, so I felt like I never saw Elder Pulsipher. I did go to Taebaek without him, though. It was so sick. Elder Gilmore was there and he gave a fun English class message. I'd tell more about it, but time. 

Also our beloved Elder Park went home early while I was out in TaeBaek. So I came back and suddenly I was in a trio with Elder Pulsipher and Elder Lee. We met a cool French guy who thought Mormons were Amish and was hurrying to catch his bus. It's a cool story I'd love to share, but time. 

Yesterday we spent a lot of time getting ready for our Halloween party. Also my old zone leader came to church. That was cool. He's a real fun guy. I'd tell you more about him, but time.

At least the party happens tonight so I'll tell you about it next week?

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton
View from the TaeBaek apartment

Our favorite mascots out in the little city of TaeBaek

There was a festival of traditional Korean Dress and I liked the confetti that got caught in the telephone wire

We did a lot of music practice this week

Oh yeah, and my two-time zone leader, Elder Song, showed up to church because he finished his mission. That was cool

Week 66 bonus photo post: A Glorious Discovery

I was so happy

It started to condensate

Cotton candy ft. out-of-focus fancy house

Me soon after receiving this $1 manna from heaven

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week 65 photos

I liked the aesthetic

I mean it's so pretty

Also people were flying

It's all about *Megamind Voice* Presentation

So the book on the left means What is Baseball and I almost busted up laughing in the library
I made lo mein

Beach sculpture!

We made card for member because the weather was bad