The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Korea Pusan Mission

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Party preparations

So this is kind of weird because I called my parents and family yesterday but I guess I will try to push out an email as well. I have been informed that my emails are not entertaining. Sorry, I will try but I am simply not an entertaining person especially when comparing with Elder Travis Gowen. Anyhow, this week we have spent a lot of time as members. By this I mean that we have been planning our Christmas party. It has taken a little more time then we would have liked but it will be good and hopefully members will invite there friends. We have some less actives that have promised to come. I think it should turn out well. It will be the day before Christmas so pictures should follow next week if I remember to take them. We went over to the branch pres. house this week because they have been asking us to make root beer for them and teach them how. Not many Koreans like the stuff but they both do so they were extremely appreciative for it all. On the way out they gave us as much stuff as we could carry including salsa from Costco and money for the taxi. I have found it a problem in the church that people are more than willing to serve but when it comes to being served not many will let it be. I really appreciated all the stuff they gave us but when that kind of thing happens you leave the house feeling good because you got a lot of food rather than feeling like you helped and served them. Anyway, that was just my thought for the week. We will definitely put that salsa to good use. :) Hope everything is well back home ya all.

(note from mom: Caleb called for our Christmas call as we will not be available on Christmas day. He took the cards and ornaments we sent and turned them in to invitations for the ward Christmas party inviting many people to the party. I asked him if he gives talks in church. He said he just gave one on Family Home evening. I asked him if he talked about our family- we're pretty good at FHE-- he said "no" and then said "of course I did" He gets up at 6:30 and eats a hard boiled egg for breakfast! that is all. I asked him how much he weighs. He went from 180 to 153. We hope we have some of our boy when he gets home 8 months from now. He does like Korean food and eats it regularly. He was in positive spirits. Laughing and having a good time.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas cards

Hello! This week was good as usual. My mother has informed me that I do not write enough stories. Sorry but perhaps I just don't have enough stories. We were told to go back to America in the lowest form possible this week via text. We got a good laugh out of that one. Lets see... This week we were able to meet that guy who showed up at church randomly. We went out to dinner with him and talked. We taught the first lesson but it turns out he has already talked to many missionaries before us and just wanted us to help him with his English letter that he needed to write. He is a really smart man but thinks he is too smart for religion. Sad. This church make so much sense. It's fairly incredible to be honest. There is so much truth. Spiritually and factually. It's true!
This Sunday we went and found some less-actives in the area with an old guy in our ward. It was an hour and a half of straight old-man-Korean. It was so hard, my brain was mush by the end of it. It is so solid but it's hard to get things across between us. Well he understands everything I am saying but when it comes back... Wow, it was fun. We were going up an elevator and he just busted up laughing. I asked him what he was laughing about he said "I don't know where we are going and you don't know where we are going, we need the branch president" It took us a while to figure out who he knows and who he doesn't know.
Korean is awesome. We had a good week. Hope all of you are doing well. Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate everything Elder Anderson... thanks for the card stuff. this is what we did with them... (note from mom:Rachael and her kids made ornaments and I sent some Christmas Cards.. notice our calendar in the background. Those are Rachael's kids)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Any ideas... Christmas party for 20 people?

Transfers came and left. Elder Morrow and I will be staying together but Elder Ballantyne has come up with Elder Singleton and will be in my district. I'm excited, I served in the same district with him for 3 transfers when I was in Chinhae. This week was good. We weren't able to meet the kid I talked about in our last week but we have an appointment for this week. We have been going around and practice teaching with members for their benefit and ours. It is a good way to get to know them and build trust. We also had a neat experience while knocking doors. Fist of all we actually got into a house. We have came up to 1/1000 doors we get into. Its a rounded number but its almost dead on. That's a lot of doors so we are quite excited when we do get in. We came in and told them about our book. They let us and and immediately sat us down to eat dinner. There was a 15 years old kid and his grandparents. They were really nice and the 15 year old took a quick liking to the Book of Mormon. While we were there he read all of the introduction and the testimonies in the front. Apparently he likes reading. The grandma was really nice and actually invited us to their Church which we may take her up on later. She called us again Sunday to see if we could come but we had a thing in Tague so we couldn't go. We should be able to meet him as well but because of school he is busy. I really hope we can meet him soon. We have also been commissioned by our ward to do plan the Christmas party... Any ideas for a branch of 20 people? We made Halloween pretty good so they have high expectations. It should be fun but we need to come up with something quick. It was a good week. I'm excited to be with Elder Morrow for another. He has now been here for 4 transfers and it's the only area he knows. Pretty crazy. I really like the area which is good because i should be here for a while. Hope all is well back home.