Sunday, September 22, 2013

Korean Thanksgiving

HOKAHY SO..... 추석 week!! what a fun holiday if you arent a
missionary!!! hahah jkjk we Had a great time but it was like ghost
town status in Changwon-- like 10 people total stores, restaraunts,
gas stations, banks, post office... all closed!! Unfortunately we did
not have any appointments for three days but it left alot of time to
study and prepare for the next 4 weeks of this transfer!!! Today marks
what wouldve been the start of my 8th week in the MTC-- I have almost
doubled the time I have been on my mission and it feels like I have
been here for a total of a month maybe...
Well tuesday we had a lunch with a lady whose family moved on saturday
which was sad but also really fun!! Her food was amazing! I really
coulnt tell you what it was but just know it was good!! hahah When
koreans try to explain foos to me they are using korean so I dont
really get it!! haha
anyway to end we sang god be with you till we meet again in Korean
with the sister missionaries -- it was pretty cool she recorded it ---
hopes I get that tag on the FB hahaha
Anyway as I said Wednesday Thursday Friday No Appointments so we
studied and on thursday got together with the elders in 진해 to eat and
such. Friday we spent the whole day planning for 독신 meeting wich
directly translated is bachelor) that we had on saturday. At the
meeting we had about 25-30 people there and played games and made
curry and just had a fun time!! ps all korean games have some sort of
physical punsihment--whether if its you losing and getting slapped ofr
punched or if the game is crack the egg on hard ground and you can
only crack by kicking the other person hahahah so fun and so
crazy!!!!! We also played water balloon volleyball and everyone was so
shocked when another american elder and I launched the balloons out of
a towel straight up into the air(yes using skills from even elementary
school to fill and launch water balloons!! thank you water fights and
feild days hahaha)
Yesterday--such a long day--but always so good!! Sitting for 3-4 hours
just straining your mind to understand a little bit of what is going
on gives a headache but truly pays off! and today we will just be
relaxing and then going to 박호형 장로 s less active uncles home for dinner
and FHE!! always so fun!!!!
So funniest thing I think is just the old koreans rolling around with
their carts full of cardboard to sell-- today there was an old lady
jay- walking in front of the bus with her cart like everything was all
good( keep in mind that she was maybe 5 foot 1 or 2 and also that the
bus did stop for her haha)
The members love trying to speak english to me and will always check
for pronunciation which just has the hardest accent to it haha and
they all use really formal language for something that is not so
formal hah i dont know how else to explain that but it is just funny
hahah yesterday a few young women learned how the names of vegetables
and koreanized it so they got the pronunciation haha tomamto apple---
oh they also say pardon alot and many times when people start talking
they will just throw 3 or four questions and then laugh and dont know
anything else hahah yeah its fun!!
Investigators same 2 came to the meeting on saturday!! way fun!!!
BAptism dates looking like the 20th of October so keep you updated!


Elder Jackson

Monday, September 9, 2013

Transfer 1 OVER ...

These last 6 weeks have honestly been like nothing I am staying in
the beautiful city of 창원 to finish training with 박호형!! This P-day we
went down to Busan for transfer meetings unfortunately this means I
didnt get time to finish witing all your letters but they will be sent
next week. I love being able to look back and see progression. It
really boosted my confidence to see where I started and where I am!
And also see alot of these I clearly needed to work on. Your letters
truly helped me in this reflection process and probably the main
principle form this week is being yourself.
This transfer it has been hard to be 100% me due to the language and
new culture and things that I am still getting used to--but the thing
is when I turn away from who I am that is when it is hardest to learn
and grow and accept the many new things!
The Poelmans wrote me this week and Jeff left a great article about
the 11 necessities of missionary work--The last was be yourself.
Missionary work(and really everythingwe do in the church) does not ask
us to change who we are. Our Heavenly Father created each of us
individually and differently so that we are all unique. Based off of
the gifts He gives, He then expects us to take these things apply them
to our lives and use them to bless others!! Truly this gospel is a
personal gospel. It shapes us and helps us grow in ways that nothing
else could. Through it we can always learn more and strive to become
our best selves. That is what Heavenly Father asks us to do and as we
put our trust in His Son, He promises all that He hath!! How blessed
are we!!
Carazy to hear about all thats going on at home.. and again happy to
hear about all the success and joy that is found from week to week!!!
Also love the fact you went hiking hahahah that one made me laugh im
sure it was beautiful!!

Anyway here in Korea we have been blessed with rain on rain as well
temps are kinda starting to cool on somedays haha
This week we were busy with helping the 진해 elders move to a bigger
apartment and visiting less actives! also went to a wedding for a man
who was baptized in 진해 a few weeks ago! what a cool experience
everything from the fancy aisle way to epic music and couldnt end
without some beatles and a buffet hahah!!!

well investigators continue to progress-- we now have two men in their
40s ish who both have had their fathers die -- getting to teach about
the plan of salvation and eternal families has really been a blessing
and I could not thank you enough for the spirit that is felt when we
teach. I know that your prayers have a huge effect!!! We have two new
young investigators both age 16 who we read the book you are special
(about the wooden people and the star/circle stickers) and applied it
to this life and the gospel. really cool. Our recent convert fell back
on some addiction problems but really has the desire to change. the
only way we can help is through love and I know he is striving to do
all he can. He has such a strong testimony and again bore his
testimony last week at church. The bus station guy is becoming
more sincere in meeting with us. 

Other than that everything is great!!! I love korea!!! GOt to
see the MTC distrcit today at transfer meeting turns out most of them
are in the same zone! so fun to catch up with them a bit! LOVE YOU
Elder JAckson

Week before Transfers

Ah SO glad to hear all the good from the week each week!!! Cannot believe its the last week of the transfer!! We have time on thursday to clean up and such. From what I know so far I will continue training in 창원 for this next transfer and will let you know for sure next week!! 
The picnic was different last week definitely caused some awkward feelings as I tried to stop a volleyball from bouncing into the meat we were cooking and almost trampled 3 people while kicking rocks all over the mats.....hahah the fact that I dont speak Korean made that even better as I tried to explain what happened hahaha anyway camping in korea would be something our family might enjoy! they have electricity and put their tents up on these wood platforms all have rice cooking and a waterfall maybe 5 minute walk away haha nice and easy life. 
Anyway we had alot of fun this week with our service and activities! On wednesday we cleaned the carpets in the church haha so fun and actually hard but working with the members definitely built trust and unity so way cool! We had a late baptism interview in the other area of our district on thusrday night and got to sleep over in that area and then back to that area for soccer again saturday morning! so fun!!! 
So our investigators.. 
최영서 the older man is progressing. He continues to understand the doctrine and everything but prayer and the importance of the Book of Mormon so we taught him about these two things again both times meeting with him last week. This next week we are planning on inviting him to church and maybe a family home evening with the rest of his family. we will see how that goes! so glad our family had FHE so I can share experiences about it with him. 이상민 or has been coming to english classes and also reads the Book of Mormon but we are not sure if he is interested in the church or is keeping the commitments we give to drag us along for his "marketing plan" haha we havent really had a first lesson with him but that is the plan this week and we are going to invite him to be baptized. those are our two main investigators right now so but many potentials and lots of time has been spent trying to figure out how to start member missionary work. we have our plans set and I could not be more grateful for the leaders doing the best they can in supporting us and the missionary work in the area.
Food wise I had a cup full of barbie arm for Jess a korean corndog and my first Korean Chinese food which was way good!! and thats really about it we cooked meat at our picnic last week and this week are having another member investigator missionary party with a bunch of food that was brought by an elders parents to him because he had not contacted them for at least 6 weeks haha interesting situation but we have tons of food for today! 
 I love the messages you share with me through email and cant wait to get my package and read your letters today! I love you and miss you! 
Thanks for everything and good luck this week!!!!!
Elder Jackson