THANKS FOR THE OVERALLS!! This week has gone by so quickly it seems like yesterday I was sitiing in the same place of the english building(because they have the nicest stuff) and writing you all. Well this week was awesoma and though it didnt seem as event filled as last week, alot happened.
1. Class and teaching
Saturday we found out our first investigator was noe going to be a second teacher and he has been exactly what the district has needed. He speaks Korean like a korean, american accent not so much. haha and whenever he realizes we are down or tired he will stop and have us read scriptures or so something fun to re gain focus. We are now teaching two investigators(our teachers) and have now started to use an english script and straight translate it over to korean as we are teaching. As we do this, there is alot of silence but it allows the spirit to speak and fill in our still extremely broken korean language. Today we have our first TRC and I am kinda really nervous but after the prep time we have today we should be fine. Classes are still long and after the first one of the day, I feel like I have lived through 5 days of straight Korean and then we have three hours more.. Its exhausting but a lot of fun and really rewarding!!
2. Temples, Chior and the Marriott Center
Going to the temple is one of mmy favorite weekly activities whether it is for temple walk or to go and do temple work! Last week I had the opportunity to participate in sealings as a child and it was really one of the coolest experiences ever!! The temple is a stress reliever and also a way that our district comes closer together. At our first temple walk on Sunday we took lots of pic and it was a blast! hah we actually only stayed for 20 minutes because it was so hot!! We are trying to get into the chior they are only allowing 1100 in and there were 1500 plus at the last practice...so unfortunatley we didnt get in however there are alot of people leaving this week so we may be able to sneak our way in for that. The Marriott Center this last week was so awesome!!!! Elder Arnold of the 70 spoke and I will talk more of his devotional later! It was so cool to see the army of missionaries walking from the MTC to the Marriott Center. We filled it more than a normal devotional at BYU haha not reallly but still so many of us!
This week we had two great devotionals! On sunday we heard from brother Heaton, he works as something important here and as a part of his job, goes from mission to mission interviewing investigators. From him we learned that we must understand the investigators and that as we teach by the spirit there will be edification and understanding. Sunday Deotional was my favorite since we have been here in the MTC. As I said, it was given by Elder Arnold. This devotional was extremely personable and really helped me and our district as a whole. On monday all of us were having a rough day full of exhaustion and second guessing. It was hard to sit through all korean and then try and teach and have to be in what felt like a prison all day ... fortunately in our second class we were given hope as our teacher Brother Kim shared scriptures and his testimony with us. Well Elder arnold built completely off of the testimony given by our teacher. He and his wife both shared experiences of trial and how they over came and also gave us instruction and advice for how to make a mission or calling one of no regrets. HIs words are still engraved in my mind specifically one sentence and it is this. I HAVE A DIVINE NATURE AND DESTINY! It was exactly what I needed to hear and I couldnt have asked for it in better timing or in a better way. The Lord truly knows us with exactness. He knows what we need when we need it and will give it to us in a way that we will best understand! Following the devotional we had a district devotional review and things only got better from there!! It was so cool to see how we all had different parts that stood out to us and hear the testimony of each member of the district. We also had the opportunity to have President Yost(Branch President) join us. He said this, It is another beautiful day at the MTC just as everyday is! That has since been written on my Daily planner at the top of each page so I remeber that every day is beautiful and to remind myself that I need to find the beauty of it and make that my focus!
3. District Dynasty
Honestly I think to myself everyday.. I could not have asked for a better district! everyone is way nice and undersanding and we can really build off of each others ideas and experiences. We continue to laugh and joke around while learning what we need to both doctrinally and in the language! We have grown even closer which I thought was almost impossible! but it is a lot of fun and I love them all. SO the OVERALLS were an idea from Elder Han our District Leader! He is way sick and is one of my best friends here! He wanted to start something new and different and so overalls were the way to go! unfortunately hiw havent come yet but should early next week! our plan is to wear the, on P days and then pass them down to newbies when we leave haha They are so awesome so THANKS!!
Havent seen Nathan Mcclaws yet but have seen just about everyone else haha
I love the mail I have been getting everyone is too great!! It is a blessing and I couldnt be happier!
Rap Battles in our district have begun.. We made a rule that we have to use some korean when we rap though haha
There is a group of 20 or more korean missionaries leaving this week. also Elder Funaro, Sister Hart and ELder Sorenson leave this week with Elder Conley Adams and Jake next week... holy smokes!
Love hearing about all thats going on a miss talking in an accent but then again as I speak the korean I know sound like a ridiculous accent anyway! haha glad to hear everyone is doing WONDERFULLY!!
SIx more p-days until the field coming upon us quickly!!
Love you all have a Fantastic Friday!!
pics are coming!
Elder Nathan Hart Jackson