Monday, February 10, 2014

I'm at 안양


Ah, so I have officially been in 안양 for about a 5 days and it is absolutely fantastic. My new companion is 김윤하 자매님 and she has been out for 6 months? I think she came out around the same time as Sis. Blickenstaff. Before this area, she was in 수지 with Sis. Saunders for 3 transfers. Oh another random connection, Sis. Blickenstaff was trained in the area I am in now. So I will definitely have to write her an email and ask her about her experience in this area. Apparently, everyone knows that we are related and have been talking about how we kind of look alike, which is strange because both of our parents were adopted. Ha. Maybe all Chinese people look the same. Anyways, on my first day here...Sis. Kim took me to visit with 고여림 자매님 (Go Yo Rim). Sis. Go has been working with the sisters in the area for quite some time and referring a lot of her mother, friends, and their families. Long story short...she has essentially adopted the sister missionaries as her daughters. She feeds us a lot of food and  then asks us to spend more time with her and do random tasks. It has been really good and she has been incredibly helpful. Although, she does asks us to do tasks, sometimes like washing her 3 dogs. Yay!

My new companion, also Sis. Kim, is definitely different from Sis. Kim Chun, but that is not a bad thing at all. Sis. Kim Yoon Ha is very kind, intelligent, motivated, and has a lot of ideas of how to improve the 안양 area. Right now, there are a lot of less active members and most of them are Young Single Adults. There is definitely a huge gap between the members...we have really old members and really young members. We really want to help bring the Young Single Adults back to church, but it has been a bit difficult to meet with them. Sis. Kim Yoon Ha and I will probably just start randomly dropping by their house and asking if we can leave them with a short message. Compared to 분당, this area is a bit countryish for Korea. There are a lot of small shops and not very many large apartment complexes or buildings, which has its ups and downs. The people are for the most part very nice, but they aren't as accepting as people in my first area. It will definitely be interesting to learn how I can more effectively give out Books of Mormon and find new investigators.

So, this past Sunday I had to give an introduction talk during Sacrament. It was actually really good. Well, my accent is not as bad, but my Korean still has a long ways to go. Sis. Kim (current companion) is trying to help me a lot. She speaks a lot more Korean to me than Sis. Kim Chun did. I am hoping that means I will be able to talk a lot better by the end of this transfer. Well, hopefully a lot earlier than that.

Also, lately I have been reading and studying the Old Testament. Um...what in the world is happening in those books? I have never been more confused. Have you ever read Ezekiel? There is one weird creature with floating wheels. Really, someone should help me interpret the Old Testament.

My suitcases are sent through the mail, which is incredibly nice. They usually get to the new destination within 1-2 days. It makes moving a lot easier.

Sorry, my emails have been getting really lame lately. I just don't think there is anything really noteworthy to talk about lately. It's just all missionary work.

I love you all!

-Sis. Chao

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