Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last Week in 안양?

I cannot believe that this is the last week of my fourth transfer in Korea. Every time Sis. Kim and I look at our planners, we are always so surprised at how fast the time has gone. We have seen so many miracles while serving together. Part of us hopes that we will have one more transfer together, but we also are excited to be asked to serve elsewhere with other people. At the end of the day, we know that we will be friends for much longer than this one transfer. We have already promised to go to each others weddings and other important events in life. I truly have found a friend for life! We will find out about transfers this coming Saturday. Whoo!
Sis. Kim came out at the same time as my previous companion. She just passed her halfway mark, but she will not be done with her mission until next January. So, she will bless a lot of lives!
This past week, Korea experienced one of the greatest tragedies. You have probably heard about it, but it particularly hit at home for us because a lot of the students came from our zone. We have been praying almost every minute for the people who are affected by this tragedy. Sis. Kim was telling me that it is pretty regular for high school students to go on trips together as a school. All of Korea is mourning the loss of the people on the ship and have cancelled/postponed a lot of the activities and festivals planned for the next coming weeks. Everyone just wants to do what they can to help those affected by the tragedy. This tragedy reminds me a lot of Elder Wirthlin's talk "Sunday will come." Essentially in the talk, Elder Wirthlin talks about Christ's last weekend alive. How on Friday he was crucified and on Sunday he rose again. Elder Wirthlin stated that we will have our Fridays, where it seems like the world is falling apart, but he emphasized that Sunday will come. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. 
This past week, Sis. Kim and I have seen a lot of miracles in regards to investigators. Every week, we meet with Grace 자매님 and have small discussions about the gospel. She is one of the most difficult investigators because she has been coming to church for several years, but she has no real desire to be baptized. So, we were really surprised when she asked to meet with me and Sis. Kim. This past week, Grace 자매님 asked us if we wanted to go on a picnic with her and her daughter in law. We happily accepted her invitation and was able to see the most beautiful flowers! It was like an ocean of purple flowers. As we walked through the flowers, Grace and I were able to have a wonderful discussion about religion and what she believes. It turns out, that she feels something different about us and wants to know why. Another miracle from this week is that 하영 and 건희 were able to attend a baptism yesterday! The bishop's son had a baptismal service and so we invited our two young investigators. 하영 was actually really interested and asked a lot of questions. The YW have also started trying to befriend her and so 하영 really enjoyed church yesterday. We are still working on friends for her younger brother, but a miracle is a miracle! We are so excited because we can see their progression and desire to learn more..even if it is really small. A progression is a progression. 

-Sis. Chao

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