Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 55: Birthdays and 횡성

The library. Can you spy a man in a red hat?
Discover Mercury
Revolve and Return
Melted landscape but Frozen scenery
Stop the problem
Cut the scene
The proof is interpretation

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii to you all! It's been a great time in Wonju! (OK, let's be real, I will always say this. Even if it was terrible, when it comes to the email in the end I will always speak this way)

But it really was great! We taught an investigator with a member and everything. And he had kept his commitments. I felt like a real missionary. 

Also I went to good old 횡성 two days in a row. Both times were to give our recent convert a gift. Both times I didn't know his address. But both times he was in the library studying. We're all so predictable. Also the library and our recent convert are featured in the one picture I took this week worth sending. (Elder Bond took several pictures worth sending, but he was called away by the spirit to Seoul, and his email time has not happened yet. So you'll see pictures next week.)

Also it was Elder Bond's birthday! It was great. We got dinner with our recent convert (by the way our life revolves around 임윤섭 now). He's such a good man. He bought a cake. We told him not to, but he did. It was delicious, and saved us, because we ran out of eggs and couldn't make Elder Bond's American cake. 

But yeah, back to our lesson I just skimmed over in the beginning, which was really the biggest part of the week. We got lunch at a buffet, and the member (임윤섭) hit it off super well with Anderson. They have a lot of similar questions, so it was like teaching two investigators, except one had a super strong testimony and had already been baptized. Also the Koreans sing 1 Corinthians 13 as a song. So that's a fun fact to close a short email. See you later!

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 54: Red Hot Chile Peppers

Elder Newton, Elder Bond and Elder Lee
Discover Cracker
crumble and crunch
scattered crumbs, but gathered stack
stop the problem
Shine your shoes
The proof is  =: O

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii to you all! It has been one of the hottest weeks of my life. Wonju is so hot, and I was so grateful for every moment inside. This week also flew by, but we have a couple things we can talk about, so let's go

Thing the First: 
I taught a Chilean this week. It was a sick exchange. Also my Spanish is terrible, but I can translate from Spanish to Korean, which was interesting. The man's name was Alex(some suffix that we aren't 100 percent sure of) and his son is Alexander. I have no picture, but just imagine Angel Herrera but with a beard. It's spoopy. He's living in Korea because of his wife (she teaches English) and works as an internet design person. He also is so sincere. He said he felt a special feeling at the word restoration, and if that doesn't scream prepared, I don't know what does. 
Also, I spent all week praying for the gift of tongues in this meeting, which came in handy, because at the end I was able to (in a probably incorrect way) translate Elder Lee's testimony into broken Spanish. Shoutout to Dad and the Spanish branch. 
Speaking of, I got to testify on the street a lot this week about learning the gospel in different languages, and it was nice

Thing the Second: 

I forget, and I'm low on time. So part 2 will be pics! Sorry I'm not there. Whoops

Bus ride to Gangneung (l-r Elder Lee, Elder Saguinsin, Elder Bond)

Pretty sights in Hoengseung (fun fact: There are three times as many cows as people in this county)

We went biking this morning. It was sweet

A dragon looks over his kingdom

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,
Elder Newton

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week 53: Turn left

We walked to a high point in a village just off of town, but the lady at the top wouldn't even hear our music : (
Discover Goats
Bleat and Bray
Strong spirit, but weak... nothing  Goats are too good
Stop the Problem
Turn Left
The proof is here

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it was a pretty good week. We got an AC. I'd like to send a shoutout to President Sonksen. 

In other news, there's not a whole lot so I can just tell y'all about the best decision I've made as a missionary. 

See once upon a time it was Saturday morning and time to plan for another day. We had streetboarding in the evening and English class in the afternoon, so all we had left to plan was the morning. As we were thinking, all I could think was, "Go to Hoengseong." And since there was nothing, we had time to go to Hoengseong. 

What we all need to understand about 횡성 is that in 횡성 there is nothing. Well there's a little. There's even a copy of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy in one of the local libraries. But anyway, there is very little in the way of population. So we get there about half an hour after we planned to, due to some delayed buses and people on the street. So we have to hurry and grab lunch at the Isaac Toast

In Isaac Toast we have a nice conversation with some Sri Lankans, but otherwise lunch is uneventful. However, this is the setup to the best decision. Because as lunch ends, I'm left with a choice, do I turn right or left out of this restaurant. 

The right road is oh, so appealing, with its faster route to the library I'll study Korean at, and the chance to walk by the 횡성 bus terminal. However, as the subject line and my Discover poem state, I turned left. 

Upon turning left, we passed a bus stop, with a decent number of people, and there's one college-aged kid who looks like he'd be great to proselytize to, but before I can even pull out a sticker to offer him, he looks up at us and this kid's face just lights up. He walks up to up, and says, "Hey Elders! I was just on the way to your English class!"

It turns out that about seven months earlier a couple of missionaries in California had had the same idea as me (at least concerning proselytizing to this kid) and had baptized him. And now he had moved back to his hometown to become the newest member of our little Wonju Branch. And he's such a nice man. He helped the other elders with a lesson after church yesterday and everything. I love Im YoonSup.

Turning left is turning out pretty good for us so far, but it's about to get even better with what happens after we stop talking to Yoonsup and keep moving along our way to the library. 

We ran into Brother Pan! Like not even a meter away! And he was nice and didn't hate us!

Disclaimer: I don't know if I mentioned this, but about last transfer Brother Pan went mad less active because of many reasons, and now is not really a fan of any church-related things or people.

But now it's slightly better! He was with his daughter and they were just going out for a fun day together. It was sweet, and while we didn't talk much, I can tell he's doing better than he was before. Not that he'll come to church, or even meet with a missionary anytime soon, but I think one day he'll be ready to come back. 

And that's about it. There could be more, but I want to finish this email. So. Yeah. Best wishes!

Elder Newton

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Week 52: Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked and walked

Discover Jump-rope
Hop & Scotch
tense focus but slacked string
Stop the problem 
Set the table
The proof is continental drift 

Hi everyone! This is a normal week with no milestones at all.* So no one has to freak out and say blasphemous things about Elder Newton going home one day. Elder Newton lives in Korea and will not leave.

So yeah, now that we have that out of the way for next week, let's go into the weeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkk 

*excited cheering in the distance*

See, they were cheering about something going on far away. It's not actually about my email. Because it takes time for sound to travel, ya know?

*Different excited cheering. Also in distance*

OK, that one might be for the email.

(I don't know what all that was. I'm sorry. A year in Korea does things to ya)

Anywhoooooo, I was pretty busy this week. There was a less-active youth to meet, a potential investigator who really wants to meet, so we set up like three appointments, but it never quite worked out. But it's OK. We also taught our Mongolian member (who's back in Korea for a bit. See some previous email) some Korean. We teach him semi-regularly now, and he's working to get his Mongolian roommates to come so they can meet the missionaries. Isn't he the best? Member missionary work is good.

But also besides that there wasn't a lot this week? There was only one picture for me to share, and I forgot my camera, so we'll shove that to next week.

Oh by the way we got our new district member. We would have gotten two, but Sister Cheon broke her toe real bad, so she went home. Now we don't have sisters for a transfer. We cleaned out their house. It was very nice and clean. Also it had an air conditioner. 

But yeah, our new kid is Elder Bond. He's chill. He's in his third transfer. Very nice. I like him. He speaks Chinese a bit. I will learn maybe.

And yeah, that is news. Oh yeah, also I conducted the music in sacrament meeting. It was stressful. But it was OK. I have to do it all transfer now. So that's cool. Next week we have Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd, though.† So that is scary. Oh well. That is officially all I think. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton
* Check the subject line. 
† A hymn in 6/8 time. Mom sent a video to demonstrate how to do this.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week 51: In which Elder Newton was assigned to Pocatello

My Korean father is the best. It's great not moving
Discover Script
Click and Clack
One line but 12 rewrites
Stop the Problem
Set the lights
The proof is harvest

So this week was Music Night. And that's about all I worked on. I wrote a script for it, and we made stage directions, and I had to learn how to relate a story involving a blown-away hip in Korean. It was intense, and also took up literally all the time. Except Thursday. We went to the Han River on Thursday. But it was far, and then that afternoon we did more music prep. 

Also I learned this week that Kangwondo (why does Korean look this way in English I swear) is the Idaho of Korea. It's big, there's not a lot of people, and the rest of the country makes potato jokes about it. But the potatoes are good. Like all McDonald's in Korea use our potatoes. Also for snacks after church on Sunday we had potatoes. It was amazing. 

Also we made banana bread for Music Night.

Music Night was so good though, you don't understand. It was also so much stress. Things are good now that it is not a thing we have to plan. 

So it was all about pioneers and the history of the church, because it's July and whatnot. I think I'll just send the script we made. It explains things better. But you'll have to wait until next week, because I did not download it. 

But the best part by far was member involvement. Like Old Branch President Kim played some clarinet duet, and also told us the pulpit in the chapel could become a stage. My mind was blown. Then we had a sister in the branch who played harmonica. And she was mad good. But even better than that, was because she played, she was able to invite her less-active family and her nonmember husband. And they had a great time. They also brought her nephew or some sort of relation, and he was the cutest thing of my life. 

Oh yeah, and then transfer calls came, and I wasn't transferred. So that was a good day. 

Then on Sunday we had the Mongolian member come. He's nice. Translating is still hard. But the member who just moved to America and then came back for a few months gave a talk that was pretty understandable. So that was nice.

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton

Elder Lee is good at district meetings and English, we promise

That's another mission. We had a picnic here. We kind of had to. The town out here is so small it didn't even have a convenience store that could charge my transportation card. But it did have a post office

Munmak is pretty

Look we're so happy

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 50 bonus photo post: My favorite place in the world

The front
Right side
Left side
And a Korean typewriter wow

Week 50: 🎶It's Christmas in July🎶

Discover Heart 
Bump and Beat
Adult Perspective But Childlike Innocence
Stop the Problem
Paint it Blue
The Proof is Christmas

So this week things happened, but nothing this week was better than Saturday morning so here we goooooooooooooooooooooooo

So our area is huge out here in the good old GangWon Province. And there are not many people. Especially on the edge. But we had nothing to do Saturday morning, and so we went to Munmak. It's like an hour bus ride. And there are no people. Their whole market is like five tents. Or maybe it's bigger? But I only saw a few tents.

But the point is, we decide to wander and proselytize still. It's what we do. And then we stumble upon a heaven on Earth. Like as I stood there, I wondered if I would be Zioned up and translated into Heaven.

It was a coffee shop (Oh that's why we weren't translated. The dang coffee).

It was not just any coffee shop, though. It was Munmak Christmas. It was completely decked out. (See pictures.) There was even a K-Drama* filmed there. I assume for a Christmas special. Fun Fact: It was the first cafe in Munmak. That was just three years ago. Isn't that insane?

So yeah, we go in, and there's no one there but us and the owner, who is definitely one of my top 10 favorite Koreans of all time. We talked to him for like an hour and a half. All through language study, companion study, and kind of a sudden lesson. 

So yeah, the heart poem is actually all about a discussion we had about a painting he had up. His granddaughter drew it. You can kind of see it in one of the pics (It's Where's Waldo).

And yeah. It felt so Christmas, and also he sold bagels for only $3 which is mad cheap around here. So I had my first bagel in ages. 

And yeah, it felt like Christmas. I was able to talk about it again in the middle of July. The guy started the shop because he knows everyone always remembers their Christmas memories. Isn't he so pure? I want to be him. If I take anyone to Korea we're visiting him. 

And the best part is that at the end when I offered him a Book of Mormon —

By the way,  he has a wall stock full of books (including "The World Is Flat") that he has read all of. They're books from his home —

Anyway he said he'd read a little before. He studied with missionaries in the ’80s. Isn't that cool? 

And I'm out of time soon. So here's pics from not Christmas Shop.
This is the sunset under which I got the other team a new investigator while on exchanges
This is Munmak. So much rice. Later I will rant on how there are too many rice words
My language is hard. No one uses this word. But also they do. I swear to King SeJong
Best wishes,
Elder Newton

* Apparently the name of the K-drama is 여동생을 구해주세요 which Google Translate tells me is "Save Your Sister." Unfortunately I was not able to find information on this drama on IMDb. I'll keep trying.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week 49 bonus photo post

Bandabi gets Mike Wazowski'd

Sometimes I take pictures of my cooking

Pokemon Go!

Aesthetics on the bus

It's a ha

Week 49: In which Elder Newton sings to a Seventy

My Discover Poem from two weeks ago. Now it's Korean
So yeah, other stuff happened this week, but everyone will want to know about the Seventy*, so we'll get on that.

So first off it was an all-day meeting. (Not counting when he came to church on Sunday too.) Getting to and from Gangneung is an ordeal. But it's a pretty ordeal. 

So the meeting is amazing, and I forget everything as I'm sitting here typing this. Elder Choi went off for a long time on eternal marriage and the purpose of companionship. I learned a lot about the purpose of full-time missionary work, and why I need to be doing this and not only member missionary work. 

But we'll fast forward to the part where we sing to Elder Choi.

So at one part of the meeting Elder Choi does a demonstration by singing with his wife for us. It was very pretty, and so afterward he asked for volunteers to come up and sing with their companions. 

Naturally no one raised their hand.

So I'm sitting there in this grand predicament. What do I do? I like singing, but I also know my companion will not like me if I do this. But also we are just sitting in silence. But Elder Saguinsin is tone deaf. But like, he's still all right at singing. And Sister Choi/Gu said that we would have our mouths filled if we volunteered ourselves earlier. 

And so, like any good Elder Brown would do, I shot my hand into the air.

So we get up, and it turns out it was all a trap, and I actually had to do a proselyting roleplay. And it would be a couple.

Disclaimer: Proselyting to couples is very difficult and never works.

But we did it, and they told us to offer to sing to them. And so we sang "I Am a Child of God" and taught gospel truths.

So that was cool. 

And yeah, there are pics in another email. Hold tight.

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton
* Elder Yoon Hwan Choi of the Asia North Area Presidency

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week 48: Subject lines are the most stressful parts of emails

I took a picture because the sky was pretty
Discover Key
Switch and squeal
Simple modulation but Diminished chord
Stop the problem
Take the plunge
The proof is pillow

This week just flew by. Not much even happened, but also things happened. Missionary work is like that. 

But we have important things to talk about:

It's only six months to Christmas! I love Christmas so much. I should probably start preparing now tbh. I love Christmas. I also watered PlantyMcPlantface again this week. It feels like yesterday, but the last time was a month ago. I love succulents. It means I only have to water him six more times before Christmas (and the last one will be Christmas Eve).

We found a new investigator this week by the way. He's a year older than me, but we're both born in the year of the ox, so we're still friends. We met him on the street a week or two ago, and when I texted him he was a little surprised that I actually texted. So we set up an appointment to eat ice cream and talk about Jesus, as you do, but he only had time Sunday. So we had to buy ice cream Saturday night and store it in the church freezer. That was a good time. 

So yeah, we met the kid, and we just sat and talked in the kitchen of the church eating vanilla ice cream. It was a great first lesson, let me tell you. It was almost like member missionary work, which, by the way, I really want to do now. It's like missionary work, except you're not always stressed. It sounds amazing. 

And yeah, so that was how we achieved our weekly goal with like an hour to spare. It was good. 

And that's about it. Byeeeeeeeeeeeee

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 47: Stolen memes

Here's Han Lee with one of the stolen streetboards (before it was stolen).

Discover Blood Donation
Draw and Drip
Give life but get a cookie
Stop the Problem
Treat the fool
The proof is pollution
Blood Donation

I'm working on this poem's Korean translation. We'll see how it goes.

So I've spent another week in Korea! Good job me. There has been no death, which is always fortunate.

So yeah, we went to Seoul last week. I had cream cheese kimbap. It was really good actually. Our appointment was forever, so there wasn't a lot of time to do much in Seoul. It was mostly starting the day in Wonju, grabbing a quick snack in the market, getting to Seoul about noon, wandering the city for a bit, getting it legal again for my companion to stay in Korea, and then running around Seoul more. 

Then the rest of the week was OK. Only a couple things happened, really. 

1. Our streetboards were stolen.* They are gone, so we are starting the slow process of remaking what was lost. Our "Talk to Me in Korean" board turned out pretty good, though. 

2. We met a Chilean less-active member yesterday. That was really crazy. We were just in the market streetboarding and she came up to get a picture with us. She only has her day off on Sunday, and she lives a little far from the church, so we don't know if we can get her to church, but it was cool to translate between Korean and Spanish. (I just need to remember enough Spanish to go the other way now.) 

And yeah. Those are the memes.

Here's pics

The aforementioned kimbap
The greatest king of all time
Now ft. me
They follow me
I am still aesthetic trash
Best Wishes,
Elder Newton
* Elder Newton believes he knows who the culprit is.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 46: Lots of surprises

Elder Newton with his new companion, Elder Saguinsin
Discover Clarinet
Slide and Squeak
Thin body but wide register
Stop the Problem
Befriend the President
The proof is 정 

So we'll just go through the week with varying levels of detail.

Monday: Tried to proselyte with the clarinet. It was k

Tuesday: We went to Gangneung! It was great. There's an annual sports festival there with all of the members of our district. They're all so fun. Some missionaries got hurt but I wasn't one of them. We had an amazing picnic with Branch President and his family. Also I played with children a lot and it was great. After it ended it took until almost 9 to get home though. But it's OK because Branch President Kim drove us. I love that man. More on that love later. 

Wednesday: I met my new companion. I showed him the countryside and a less-active member who has suddenly really come to dislike the missionaries. Then we closed the night with music practice

Thursday: We did something Thursday? An investigator couldn't meet, but we still managed. Then we closed the night with music practice

Friday: Just like Thursday, but with weekly planning. 

Saturday: We tried to do missionary work in the morning and also do studies, but time got hard near the end. But it's OK. We made it to English class, and then afterward we had more music practice but with President Kim. He helped us improve a lot. I love that man. More on that love later. For now I spent that night learning some Tagalog. I can now say that I'm going to ride the bus, but not much else

Sunday: The craziest and maybe best church meeting of my life. Like my journal last night was 22 minutes, and a good 21 of those were about that meeting. So I'll type my thoughts on it until I'm out of time. For now, just know we finished by closing the night by playing music for new Branch President Jung. 

Oh wow, now my Discover Poem has double meaning. Cool. 

Anywho, sacrament meeting was great because of a few things. 

1. It was branch conference, so the district and mission presidency all came out

2. We missionaries did a musical number. It was "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," and it featured a clarinet duet featuring me and (exish) Branch President Kim (This sacrament meeting changed my life, but I don't remember if the music was before or after he was released)

3. By that point Brother Kim gave the greatest talk I have ever heard in my life. It was all about sacrifice. I love that man. He cares so much about our branch and the missionary work here, and he sacrifices so much. He is my true Korean dad. I don't think anyone will ever replace the place he holds in my heart. Like I don't know when it happened, but I would do anything to help this man. And I'm out of time, but I'll write a letter to my mother about this. If it's not too sappy, you might read it. 

In the meantime: Pictures!

It's the Tiger!

It's (Ex) Branch President Kim!

We took selfies at the same time

Elder Horne (left) ready for the big city

Best Wishes,

Elder Newton

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week 45: Hey, want a sticker?

Discover Whey
Cool and Curdle
Simple Breakfast but complex molecule
Stop the Problem
Fold the crane
The proof is disapproval

So hi. The most predictable news from Korea is that while I am a day ahead, an hour is still the same amount of time as it is in America, and typing is not my strongest suit. (That's my navy one, if you're curious)

So as for short news: Meeting people is hard, but it's OK because so is proselyting. We did that a lot this week. I discovered my favorite method yet, though. All you do is give people stickers on the street. It's an instant bond, both emotionally and literally to their skin. It has really helped people open up. 

Warning: Sometimes people don't understand what's going on, and they end up just walking away looking confused

And in other news: Transfers! But I'm staying so it's chill. So is Elder Lee. So that is also chill. Elder Shumway is heading off to my old area to be companions with the old AP. That'll be cool. I'm telling him all the memes, so he'll be ready. 

Also our beloved Elder Horne, poor fifth-transfer Elder Horne, is going to the office. 
And I am really out of time, so here's pics. Elder Shumway had a birthday.

Also I keep running into these things. The Olympics are still a while out and yet …

He enjoyed his stapler

Best wishes, 

Elder Newton

P.S. Oh yeah, I have a new companion. He's Filipino and I'll make him teach me Tagalog I think. His name is hard for me to remember though. It's Seguinsin? I think? We'll keep you updated

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Week 44: I was with a Korean again!

Because Elder Newton sent no photos this week, I'll include this one from last week's missionwide "zone conference" that one of the other moms was kind enough to share. Can you spy Elder Newton?

Discover Horn
Curve and Curl
Fresh Layout, but Dusty Shelf
Stop the Problem
Strangle the Squid
The proof is Shelley

Hi! So I have no time because people emailed me a lot this week? Thanks for that by the way, but I only have time for my best story, which is my exchange with Elder Lee. Other than that, um, well we have our sort of investigator whom we visit in his realtor shop if he's not busy and in and yeah, a lot of things have to go right to see him. But I played clarinet for him and shared a nice message about peace and the Spirit. It was nice. Now to story!

So basically, you have to meet Elder Lee. He's amazing, and my favorite type of Korean. 

Let me explain

In Korea, sarcasm isn't a thing. There's a decent amount of sass. Especially as you get older. There are even sass grammar forms. Anywho, the point is there are almost no sarcastic Koreans. But sometimes, they pop up. It's rare, but if you ever meet one, they are more sarcastic than the entire state of New York smashed into one person. It's amazing.

So Elder Lee is super fun, and good enough at English to the point where he's learning grammar like "I would rather" and stuff like that. So we basically spent the day talking to other people about Jesus, and talking to each other about language, and making English fun. My favorite was when we slowly built up from "I would rather die" to "I would rather be strangled by a squid" (There's your hint into my poem) 

And I'm out of time. But you get the point. Have a good week! Send me letters as well as emails. I can read and reply to them better. But also every communication is good. Next week you'll hear about transfers! Sorry I have no pictures for the week. ㅠㅠ 

Best Wishes,
Elder Newton

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 43: Over the river and through the woods, to the Seoul Nam mission home we go

Discover South
Cross and Cram
Short boarding but long commute
Stop the Problem
Execute the Operation
The Proof is Basket

So this week was crazy. Really only because we went to Seoul.* It takes forever to get out there, and I now realize how many people are there. There are so many.† And they're so fast. 

Also I can now confirm for the fourth time that there is indeed more Seoul south of the river. It's crazy. I am further convinced that the Han River is magical. It's basically the weird border of Camp Half Blood. Wow. I made a Percy Jackson reference 7 1/2 months into the field. What am I?

Also because we went to Seoul there is very little news besides the fact I existed there for a brief time. We had an Area Seventy at church on Sunday I guess. He was sacrament meeting. He was the only talk, and we still went overtime. But his talk was mad crazy let me tell you. He told some sick‡ mission stories, one of which involved him giving a sermon to 200 people because there was some guy yelling at him in the street. There are many other things we could discuss, but there is one story that outdoes them all. 

So once upon a time there's a young man walking down the street in Area Seventy Man's first area. This guy walks by our church, sees the name is super long, and decides to check out what it's all about. Area Seventy Man teaches the guy, and it's his first baptism just a month later. So now we have a hecka strong convert. He raises a family in the gospel, and often jokes with them that he was converted just by seeing the church's name. 

Fast forward to when the guy's daughter, Sister Cheon, goes on a mission, really just because she loves her eternal family, and is serving in Wonju. As we all know by now, Wonju is a tiny branch, and yet Area Seventy Guy comes anyway. Area Seventy Guy comes in, and while talking to the missionaries, learns that Sister Cheon is the daughter of the first man he baptized. Also by the way, Sister Cheon didn't know who baptized her dad. She thought it was an American. And yeah. I'm out of time, and the story makes no sense. Sorry. Here's pics thoughhhhhhhh
Elder Gilmore and I in Seoul Nam

I'm so artsy wow

Elder Shumway and I studied on a bridge. It was fun
Best wishes,
Elder Newton

* See the mission secretary's blog for some context on this. Bonus points if you can spot Elder Newton in one of the photos.
† 10 million in Seoul proper, about 25 million in the metro area
‡ "Mad," "crazy" and "sick" don't necessarily mean the same things to today's young people.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 42 bonus photo post: I climbed it ft. context for my subject line

I also flew a kite and did cartwheels and somersaults. But there are not pictures of these things

Week 42: I climbed it

폭탄을 발견하라
풍덩하고 펑 소리가 난다 
터지기가 무섭게 매우 정숙해진다
문제가 지속되는 것일 막아라
돌 다리도 두들겨 보고 건너라
잠재력이 그 증거이다 

Discover Bomb
Splash and Boom
Immediately after the explosion dead silence
Stop the Problem
Look before you leap
The proof is potential

So typing in Korean is terrible and now I have little time, but it's OK because nothing much happened this week. The guy I wanted to meet from last week is now busy since it's not a holiday week anymore. But it's cool. Point is that Korea is a place I live and missionary work is crazy, but also nothing seems to happen a lot. 

Let's switch into picture mode real fast.
This is the heart-attacked door of the member we did Skype with. He's cool

I do not enjoy my increased reliance on public bathrooms as a missionary, but this one was fancy. It played classical music. I liked it.

A less-active member we visited was in the middle of nowhere

We made bibimbap. It was good

Missionary aesthetics are fun

And yeah. I told a story in my Skype call about tracting with a clarinet. It was fun and we actually got to play for one person. She showed us pics of her daughter in America after. It was a good Sunday night. I would have more detail, but Korean typing

Love you all! Thanks for putting up with me. More pics to come^^

Best wishes, 

Elder Newton