Heyyyy everyone! Friends! Romans! You know, all that jazz.
Life is good here on this side of the field. And true to the form of the title, I think I spent half of this week (not to mention money) on the subway! I'll let you all know why.
First off, last Monday we got together as a zone and had a water fight. It was fun. We changed our clothes after and I realized I brought everything I needed... Except a skirt.... That was slightly unfortunate! So yeah... Just wore my wet shorts... That was fun haha.
Monday night the Elders practiced the visa interview with Sister Park. She was nervous, but it was great to have her practice with them so she could try to explain and answer as best she could.
On Tuesday we went to proselyte with the mission presidents wife! She is fairly new to the mission, and doesn't speak Korean, so it was quite the fun experience! When we arrived at Pyeongtaek station we asked her which of the 5 streets we should go down, she said #2 so we headed that way, but when she looked down #3 she said "Should we just go that way? There are more people?" And I responded "Well, sometimes its more important to go the right way than go the way with a lot of people, where do you think the Spirit wants us to go?" She thought for a moment, then we went down street #2 like we had planned! We ended up finding someone who was very interested in our English class and wanted to take 2 friends with him! It was a great miracle to meet him! Sister Turner said she really enjoyed the experience! She bought us ice cream^^
Last time we had District meeting as part of our get to know each other activity we all said our favorite Juicy (A popular juice store) flavors. This week, our DL brought us all our favorite flavors!!!!!! Woo hoo!!! It was great~~~
Right after DM we had to go to the dentist so Sister Park could get one of her wisdom teeth pulled. We were almost late, we ended up RUNNING to the dentists office. Twas fun. Its crazy though, in Korea they just pull it out and eat whatever after. Its like not even a big deal. Its also super cheap to pull them. Roughly $20. Craziest thing. Some members had come the dentist the same time we did, which was crazy and totally unplanned, but great! They were able to take us back to the church in their car and we didn't have to ride the subway for almost 2 hours to get back! :D :D Miracles!
Sister Park takes her medicine and gets loopy XD XD XD Supppperrrr funny.
Thursday we went up to the Seoul mission!!!! Super fun haha. We went to the embassy so that my companion could do her visa interview. She was very nervous. She went in, and I sat outside (alone!!!!) for an hour and waited. When she got out she was beaming from ear to ear! (Or ear to almost ear, because her face was slightly swollen on one side!) She passed her interview! It helped that the interviewer, though not a member, thought very highly of our church and missionary work. :)
We went to the mission office in the Seoul mission to take care of some documents and such. Turns out the office is located in a church I visited a year and a half ago when I came to Korea with my family! It was quite the trip down memory lane! I saw a lot of places I went a year and a half ago, but with new eyes!
Friday the Bastians (couple missionary, also related to me) came to do a house inspection and talk to us. We had a good time, then showed them the way to the Elder's house. On the way I was teaching Elder Bastian how to use the phone and how to type in Korean. He said I needed to be transferred to the area they serve in so I can help him out with more stuff! Hehe they're awesome!
We went to visit a Less Active a few nights ago. When we got to the house we saw a sign that said "There's a baby inside! Don't ring the doorbell, just knock!" So we said a prayer and then, without thinking (out of habit), I rang the doorbell. Then I looked at the sign again, at my companion and thought "Oh trip." So then I ran away hahaha. She was like "Where are you going?!?!" The only thing I was thinking was "I don't want an angry mother to come out and see two missionaries standing there, smiling, having probably just woken her sleeping child".
Gratefully, no one came to the door. No one seemed to be home. I think its one of the few times on my mission I've been grateful we haven't met the person behind the door. Phew. God's plan really is perfect, he even covers up in advance for funny mistakes!
Saturday we woke up early and walked to the Osan base. We met some brothers there and were escorted inside. We walked to the football field and there we played ultimate frisbee with the branch members! Sister Park and I were the only girls there :P We had fun though. I did nothing but run for an hour and a half and my legs are still killing me!
After, we didn't have time for anything else we went straight to the other American base and did a service project called "Troops for Trash" where we walk around picking up trash on the ground. It was a lot of fun! We also met a lot of cool people! We talked to two people who were really good potential investigators for the Elders! When the Elders showed up they talked to them and got their numbers! It was great! Service really is a great way to get to know people and talk to them!
I got a sunburn on my face haha.
I think that's about all the news from this week!
I love you all and I am so happy to be here in Korea serving my mission!
I'm especially happy I'm serving. Coming out on a mission to serve really does make all the difference. Teaching is good, inviting is good, its all good. Serving though, serving is what makes me the most happy. Don't forget to serve. Even if its the little things. Doing those little things is what makes us happy. Its worth it.
A part of my email to the mission president:
"We had another great experience during our zone 전도 activity yesterday! We did Zone bingo! Sister Tuaputa and I were assigned to be companions for the activity and as soon as we started out we decided between going right or left. So, I said "Choose the right!" And off we went. We walked for a bit then I saw a lady and her friend talking outside a store, so I thought we should go up and talk to them and ask them if they'd take a selfie with us. They wouldn't take a selfie, but we ended up talking to them for 20 minutes! We found the owner of the store had lived in America for 9 months, and while there she was having a really hard time because she missed Korea. She's Buddhist, but during that hard time a neighbor invited her to church. She agreed to go. It turned out to be our church! She said when she went in and sat down and heard the music she started crying and felt so much peace and comfort. Because of that she went to church 4 times! Even though it took 2 hours to get there! So she thinks very highly of our church. It was a great experience! We told the sisters who serve in the area about her and we hope to see amazing things come of it! So cool to see how God truly does prepare people to hear the word!~"