On tuesday to wednesday another great experience and blessing to go on an exchange with former companion Elder Bingham-- It is his last transfer and he is district leader in my training area so got to go be with him in another place that we both love!! and as a part of the exchange I had the chance to give a baptismal interview!! Those may be some of the most spiritual experiences of my mission- It truly has to be lead by the spirit in order to make sure that these future members of the church have the understanding they need to participate in the ordinace of baptism. and although they are all prepared and it is not a pass or fail interview, It is important to help them understand the promises that they will make with Heavenly Father and it is always great to have that reminder of the covenants that I have made with Him as well!!
Well New Years rolled around and we had a great time with our english classes playing games and talking about the New Years traditions in America and Korea-- again just really cool to learn more about the culture and the meaning of the things that they do and although each person is different the meaning is always one of hope and joy!! On Thursday morning we woke up at 5 and walked out to see the first sunrise of the year-- It was soooooooo cold I had like every layer I own on and my face still froze haha actually way funny because I couldnt smile so when I tried it came out as like a half smile and just looks ridiculous- My nickname for the morning was grandpa jackson...... but it was so fun to be with the members and a few investigators to welcome in the New Year and eat rice cake soup together and all turn one year older- yes 22 in Korean age thank you!! hahah
Well this week we also saw many miracles-- We often meet with 3 young men two who have been baptized and one( the youger brother of one of the converts) who has not. Since the missionaries have met with them, they have always had a good time outside of lessons (like on pday and such) just being with the missionaries. As this week passed we both felt like there was something more that we could be doing for these boys and as we thought about it a very bold but necessary thought came into our planning- We were both a little hesitant to teach this lesson because we didnt want to break the relationship that we have with them- part of the plan included dropping most of the "fun stuff" we do and focusing alot more on the teachings of the church- well the appointment came and with all worries being washed away we taught a very bold message about missionaries purpose. and the result-- Both converts (who have just recently started coming back to church, recommited to take the lessons with us and strive harder to live in the gospel and the younger brother- committed to being baptized this month! His parents are against it and so we are not sure of what the outcome will be but we do know that by the end of this month he will be ready! Really a testimony builder of following the promptings of the Spirit and fulfilling the call that we have recieved from our Heavenly Father!
Along with the experiences this week I came to really appreciate Moroni 10:5- The promise that we have been given that by the power of the Holy Ghost the truth of ALL things will be made known unto us is true!! It blesses the live of those who are seeking righteousness and truth always!! I am so thankful for the Gift of the Holy Ghost that we have all received after we were baptized and I know that He is our comforter and our friend!
Love you all! Have a great week!!!