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

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Companion, Elder Kerrigan

Sorry for the lack of a letter last week. Elder Kerrigan is now settled in. He has a goal to not speak English so we have been constantly speaking Korean since he has been here. It will be good for both of us. He is in his 8Th transfer. Right now in the mission we have loads of older missionaries so we have the opportunity to be more effective with the language especially.

We had kind of an interesting first night together. I set the Ipod alarm before we went to sleep but something happened and it went off at 4:00 in the morning. Elder Kerrigan didn't have a watch so he got up, turned on the lights and started exercising. I didn't wake up until 4:30 but by then he was pretty convinced that I was a terrible missionary sleeping in. I looked at my watch and was so confused with my new companion. I eventually realized what happened and got up at turned the ipod off in a half daze and we went back to sleep and laughed about it in the morning. Ha.

This last week I had the opportunity to go on splits with the Zone Leaders in an old area of mine. It was really fun to see people I hadn't seen in a while and to be able to understand them. My companion is really outgoing and can to talk to pretty much everyone. One time we found ourselves in a table tennis joint with a bunch of armature players. It was incredible to watch them jumping around with there short shorts. We were watching and one of the players came over and we had a thirty minute lesson with him. Too bad he already thought that he had reached the state of being God. We have a lot of potential investigators right now. I'm really excited about this transfer. I love missionary work!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

computer problems...

So I wrote this email already and sent it but it didn't send and got deleted. I don't have much time but I am still in my area. Elder Morrow transfered to Elder Rockwood and I am now companions with Elder Kerrigan from Las Vegas. I am really excited about this transfer. Sorry I couldn't write more this week but I will catch you up next week.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

no phone, banana bread failure, practice practice practice

This week has been the last week of the transfer. We still don't have our phone so it has been a little interesting. We should be getting a new one from the mission home any day now. Hopefully.

We have recently been going over to a older member of the ward who is always home and teaching him for practice. I won't lie, it is testing my humility to the extreme. He wants us to be good teachers so he will stop us after nearly every sentence and tell us how to better say it. It is helping and to prove to myself that I am humble I am forcing myself to go back again and again. Whew, its hard but I need the help.

We tried making banana bread to take around to people but the salt we had was affected by the humidity so it was hard to stir in and.... we didn't feel comfortable giving it to members. Ha.

This week in church the stake presidency came and it nearly doubled our attendance! The second counselor gave a really good talk about the Book of Mormon and told a story of going to Mongolia when they only had a small portion of the book of Mormon but their faith was still strong. They knew it was true. I talked to him after about it and mentioned that my grandpa was mission president there a while ago. I think it happened before him though. Although, I herd "Call" which could have been Clark when I spoke to him. I am also giving a talk in sacrament meeting this week about the Book of Mormon. I love that we have been given such an amazing evidence of the power and proof of a Heavenly Father. The church is true! Elder Anderson

The picture is of the one river running through our city. When it freezes people go out on boards with blades and push themselves with sticks that have metal spiked ends. It looked pretty fun, I wanted to go.

Friday, January 1, 2010

We taught a lesson!

So this will be the usual time for me to email. It is currently our Thursday morning. I don't have a ton to report on as it has only been a couple of days since my last email. We did have a really good lesson yesterday with a 16 year old that we met while knocking doors. This was the first time we have been able to meet him because he has been so busy but he is already through Mosiah 15 in the Book of Mormon! We met him with a recently returned missionary and taught him the first lesson. The problem is that today he is going to Seoul for a month to just study and take his school break. He told us we could give his number to the missionaries up there so hopefully he can meet with them a few times while he is up there. He is a really nice kid and it was amazing to have a member there because he joined the church at about his same age and could give his experience as a convert. Member lessons are so needed, especially in Korea where there is a language gap that the member can fill easily. Anyway, that's all for now. I am actually on splits now with Elder Singleton my MTC companion for the day. Anyway, hope all is well back on the big boat.