Monday, December 16, 2013

Is that Mr. Michelin Man...No, that is just Sis. Chao

Hello Family!

I am sorry it took me so long to reply. I have been with my companion all day and it is really hard to find a computer that is wheelchair accessible and not in a sketchy area. So, I am currently using a member's computer to write to you. Do you know how we are working out the Christmas day  phone call? I really want to be able to talk to you all at once because I am only allotted 45 minutes. Oh wow, that totally sounded like a prison statement...but do not worry, a mission is much better than a prison believe me.

Things in 분당 are amazing! This past week, we have seen many miracles.
First things first, who said it didn't snow very often in Korea? It has been snowing a lot here and it has been an adventure trying to get around with Sis. Kim and her wheelchair. Pushing Sis. Kim around is a challenge in itself, but when you add snow and ice...things get really slippery. I am actually quite surprise that Sis. Kim and I haven't died yet. There was one time where I was trying to push Sis. Kim up this steep bridge and I literally was parallel to the ground, but that wheelchair would not move!!! I have been missing the gym lately, but I guess I am getting a workout anyways.

Right now, I am really excited for the progression of 구덩례 (Kudongney), She is the mother of one of the ward members. Before she really was not too excited about us visiting her, but over time we have built our relationship and she is so much fun to be around. Before this past week, she would refuse to pray. She would give us excuses that she was not good enough or did not think she could pray well. Well, this past week we asked her to pray and wait for an answer. When she asked what she could pray about, we told her she should pray to know what day she should receive the ordinance of baptism. Well, this cute little grandmother prayed and literally sat in silence for 10 minutes. Every so often, she would look up and make eye contact with me and then quickly shut her eyes. After 10 minutes, she finally decided on a date...JAN 19! I am so excited for her and she is super excited as well. We are hoping that she keeps her commitments, but for now I think a date is notable enough.

In regards to my email title, it is not related to the size of the coat...just me. I do not know what is happening, but the food here is making me explode. I think it is because the members do not realize how much they feed missionaries. It is really sweet that they took all this time to make me food. Unfortunately I am a human being, the food is going somewhere and it is going straight to my arms and stomach. Seriously, I need to do a serious "Madonna Arm" workout or you won't be able to recognize me if we ever Skype. Haha :) My weight gain could also be due to the candy that I have been eating non-stop since receiving the package. If that is the case, then I welcome the extra pound. Do not worry, I am sharing and going to start taking portion control and morning exercise seriously starting today. :)

Other than that, I am loving my time here in Korea. I am not being transferred to another area, but get to stay in this area for another 6 weeks! Huzzah! I am sorry that my emails seem to get progressively shorter, but not a whole lot is happening right now outside of the usual. I could write more about the miracles I have seen. :)

I love you! I cannot wait to talk to you all next week!

-Sis. Chao

P.S. So there will be no email next week cause P-day is Christmas day and I get to call home!

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