Sunday, January 3, 2016

December Wrap Up

Here is a hilarious thing that happened. Last week at email time on P-day, I was trying to figure out how to send a picture. The computer lab changed something on their system, so I had to re-figure out how to send pictures. Anyway, I was trying to send my family a picture I had just taken of myself, stuffing kimbap in my mouth while emailing them (see last blog entry). Kind of like, "Look, here's what I look like right this very minute while I email you!" So I was having a rough time, and clicking all of these random buttons in Korean on the computer. I eventually got it to send. After I finished emailing, I exited out of the internet...MUCH TO MY HORROR my face was set as the background wallpaper on the computer screen at the lab! AAAHHH! What a terrible surprise, HAHA! And it is a not attractive picture of me. I'm literally stuffing kimbap in my mouth. No way can I figure out how to change the background on a Korean computer! We laughed pretty hard about that one, and we just left my face on the computer!

Merry Christmas!  This week I have once again seen Heavenly Father pour His blessings out on me as I have tried to have faith by opening my mouth.  I always talk to people on the bus, and a lot of times nothing comes from it. However, every once in a while a miracle happens! This week I shared my testimony and a Christmas card with a lady on the bus. I also got her phone number. Later that night, I called her and set up an appointment to meet with her the next day. We met with her, started teaching her, and then she came to church on Sunday! I was so happy to see her come to church. I hope and pray that teaching her will continue to go well and that we will be able to regularly meet with her. I love each of our investigators and members so much. I am so thankful to be serving here. The people here never cease to amaze me with their love.

I also am very thankful for my district! I feel like we all work hard and that we are unified. Elder H is a wonderful District Leader. He really cares about each of us and our progress. He encourages us to be better spiritually, to learn more Korean, to work harder, and to have more faith. I love my district!

Guess what? I rode a mechanical bull. That was a first! I saw it in a member's living room, and I was like NO WAY!! So I asked about it, and he said I could ride it and I was like UH YEAH! It was so funny! It wasn't the kind that bucks you off, apparently is it just one to help you exercise. HAHA!

We got to help make kimchi! Sister W and I, and 2 Elders, helped move, wash, and salt 200 heads of cabbage! It was super fun. Unfortunately, we didn't get to do the rest of the kimchi making. It was so much kimchi!

Here's a picture of me with some of my favorite Filipina sisters
My scripture thought for the week is Alma 5:57

"All of you that are desirous to follow the good shepherd, COME YE OUT from the wicked, and BE YE SEPARATE and TOUCH NOT their unclean things."  It is so much easier to AVOID temptation than to FIGHT it! Stay away from situations that could make you compromise your standards!

Interesting that Andrew's nasty health smoothies prepared me for Korea's love for tomatoes. Tomatoes are considered a strait-up fruit here; they even put it on cake! And Koreans always blend up JUST TOMATOES and serve it as a smoothie. I just chug the tomato puree and think of the health I'm stuffing into my body :)

Here are some of the people I love so much!

Wonderful people, all of them!

Thank you all so much for helping make my Christmas merry! I was so so SO HAPPY to see all of your smiling faces this past week! Sorry for bursting into tears on Skype, but it was so good to see you all! 

Christmas night our District had an awesome activity. We passed out 85 copies of the Book of Mormon wrapped like presents, and passed out hundreds of pass along cards as we sang Christmas carols. (In Santa hats, of course!) It was a really special and different Christmas. There was SO MUCH TRAFFIC on Christmas, because in Korea, Christmas is a couples holiday. Girlfriends and boyfriends were out EVERYWHERE!!! Anyway, as I stood at a busy intersection, singing about Christ's birth and passing out my favorite book, I felt that I really was able to give Christ a small gift this Christmas. It was a really special feeling.

Dad, this is for you! :)

Christmas jammies!

I love my bear from Mindy & Ryan!

Our Christmas night District activity was the BEST!
This is a giant Merry Christmas sign I cut out of felt for our ward party. They wanted me to make it in English!

“This Christmas, mend a quarrel.  Seek out a forgotten friend.  Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.  Write a letter.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.  Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.  Keep a promise.  Forgo a grudge.  Forgive an enemy.  Apologize.  Try to understand.  Examine your demands on others.  Think first of someone else.  Be kind.  Be gentle.  Laugh a little more.  Express your gratitude.  Welcome a stranger.  Gladden the heart of a child.  Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.  Speak your love and then speak it again.”  (President Howard W. Hunter)

I've got to run, but I love you all so much, BYE!


1 comment:

  1. How I wish for just one second that Allie had her cell phone and Snapchat back so she could have snapped us her funny face being made the computer background wallpaper!