DEC. 2 2013!! AHHHHH!

AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! It’s already DECEMBER! We have an emergency! Someone stop the time! It’s going too fast!! STOP!

Okay, now that that’s out my system…

So next week will be my year mark! Scary huh? It doesn’t even feel like it’s been a year. I just want to turn back time, but keep my language ability! Haha! But yeah, it’s been a good year, but I’m going to work even harder this next year! I’ve learned, I’ve received the "training" I need, now it’s time to really put it into action and get a lot of work done.
Here in Cheonan, it’s been really hard getting referrals, but I feel that this next transfer or so, will finally yield some fruits. Our investigators are not really progressing, but we’re working hard with them and are going to put our focus on BAPTISM. We’re going to hit them with a bunch of commitments and follow up like a beast!

This week we found a new investigator. He reminds me of Michael, Spencer’s friend. Because he LOVES extreme sports and wants to climb Everest and go everywhere all over the world, etc. But he’s a STUD and is the coolest guy! He attends another church, but he’s open to our message, so that’s good. We’re going to extend the baptismal commitment to see if he’s even willing to progress. Anyway, then we met another guy that randomly came up to me while I was in a store, just standing. He came up to me and asked if we still did our english class, I answered of course and invited him to come. So he came and we’re going to meet with him this week!! He attended school in New York and he’s SO good at english. Anyway, I sent my package this week with a bunch of presents for everyone! It’ll be there hopefully at Christmas!

OH! we got transfer calls!! Guess who’s going to be District leader?? ME! Now is the time when I start to REALLY lose my hair…haha! Stress on full throttle! Haha! No, It’ll be great, I’m not that stressed about it. I’ll be staying with my companion, 박인오(Pak, In Oh) he’s so AWESOME! He’s hilarious! Anyway, gotta go! I love you all!!! Have a great week and keep smiling! Sorry if I didn’t email anyone back yet, I’ll try to email you back next week. Love you!!

Love,

Elder Smith
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Nov. 25 2013

Well hidey HO stranger!! It’s been another crazy week in Korea. I forgot to say last week that it snowed here! The weather has been really crazy, I think it might be a side effect of the huge tsunami in the Phillipines? Anyway, last week we tried giving our investigator Kim Ir Hwan a baptismal commitment for his kids, but he denied because he originally denied his OWN baptismal INTERVIEW. When he was asked the question about Joseph Smith, he didn’t want to be baptized. So the interview was cancelled. We talked about why he stopped the interview, he said that he didn’t like the "name" thing, where people give credit to People instead of the Lord, etc. THen we explained that that wasn’t the case, GOD restored the church and we only ask that question to see if they believe in the restoration.
Anyway, other than that we found alot of potential investigators, so this coming week we will meet with them. YAY! Okay, sorry, I don’t have alot of time today. Gotta go. Love you all!!

Love,

Elder Smith

Nov. 18 2013

Hello everybody!!
This week was an interesting week. A little disappointing, but still rewarding and fun. This week we we’re able to meet with any of our investigators, but we were able to talk to our youth leaders about the musical stuff and work out a way to get a TON of referrals! We’re having a dessert party for the youth in December and then, we committed the kids to bring at least one of their friends to the party and they all said they would! YAY!!!!!!! The leaders said for us to make a list of their friends and always to remind them at every practice to bring their friends. So that’s pretty amazing.

This week we had Stake conference. It was a special broadcast for the whole of Korea and they talked a lot about Family and MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK!! yay! So, just like all of the missionaries have been feeling here recently, member missionary work will explode and get into gear soon. It’s already happening down south in Gwangju, but it’s still pretty here in the North. Anyway, we’re excited!

There’s a funny thing that happened this past week while we were going to a member’s house for dinner. We were about to cross a street so we were waiting at a stoplight. While we were waiting we saw this lady running across the crosswalk towards us, with a purse in her hands, flailing her arms like a crazy person. She finally got across the street and started staring at us(of course, it’s always the missionaries…haha)then she started dancing and singing this awesome old korean song and acted absolutely crazy!! But when she was done, she started talking to us and said that just because of stress she just had to let it all out. It was hilarious. I’ll see if I can steal the video from the other elder taht was with us.Okay, gotta go. Love you all!!!

Love,

Elder Smith

Nov. 11 2013

AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Oh, you scared me…

So, to make up for last week,(since I didn’t write last week, sorry…) I’ll talk briefly about what we did for the exciting,frightening week of Halloween!!
So here in Cheonan, we are blessed with a big ward of 130 people or so. So that means that we have a lot of youth and single adults. We decided then to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and put on a Ultimate, Scary, unmeasurably fun Halloween Party! We put alot of our attention, and used all 10 missionaries’ brains to make the best party we could.
So, we decided to make a "Spook alley". We used the ultra-scary upstairs hallway of our church and decorated it using decorations we got from a member and used one fo the rooms as a "scaring room" This is where the persom has to walk through and get scared by the people hiding or dressed in costumes. We had a flickering TV with Super scary drone music playing and the sister missionaries sitting watching the TV with their hair covering their faces, etc. It went really well, and it was hilarious to see the kids get freaked out! We have an Elder in our district, he’s really big and can scream really high and loud. So he hid right outside the exit door and freaked the people out as they came out! It was awesome.
Anyway, we also had them do the feel-the-scary-things-in-the-dark thing. I can’t remember what it’s called…haha! But anway, it was really fun. Then downstairs, we had a dance party and other games like bobbing for apples and "Draw the Face on the Jack-O-lantern" But, yeah, it was a true success. Our members loved it, and were really suprised, so they want us to put on a Christmas party.

Oh, that reminds me of what’s going on right now in Cheonan ward….the youth leaders and youth have decided to put on a musical!! They ahve decided to do "Les Miserables"! And so they just had auditions and have started practicing already. They’re going to perform it at Christmas time. But there’s something else, they have asked me and my companion to help them. They want me to teach them the songs and my companion to do the accompaniment! It’s such a coincidence, right before my mission, I did just the same thing with the same age of kids…anyway, yesterday was the first practice. It was hilarious!!! Because, they all can’t speak english and they all have to sing the songs in English! So what my companion and I decided to do was, learn the melody first, then write everything down in what’s called, "Konglish" or rather, Korean-English. So what that is, is english words pronounced through the Korean Alphabet. Anywya, if you know anything about Les Mis, you probably know the first song, "At the end of the Day"….they have to sing that….in English….So when we first practiced, they learned the melody really well, then when they got to the english, they just read off the Konglish!! HAHAHA!! It sounded SO Korean, but they did reallly good! it was just funny to hear them sing it. It reminded me of "A Christmas story" where the Asian guys sing the carol! HAHAHA! But our plan for this musical, is to turn it into a referral MACHINE! We’ll see what comes of it.

Anyway, our investigator Kim Ir Hwan is doing okay, we’re going to try visit him with a member from another ward who’s a professor and scriptorian. Hopefully he will understand then. We’re thinking about teaching him about the Gift of the Holy Ghost and why we don’t really have the ability to interpret the scriptures without revelation from God. Stuff like that. OH! Something cool is going to happen here in the Korea, Daejeon mission in December! NEW YORK TIMES is coming to our mission to stay a day with one of the sister missionary companionships and will write an article about us missionaries and sister missionaries. Back in the 80’s they did the same thing with missionaries down in Africa. Anyway, we have no idea why the church picked our mission, we’re not even a high baptizing mission, if anything, we’re one of the lowest. But we’re all excited, and preparing like crazy. So maybe, in december or January, if you check New york times website, or something, you’ll see the article!
Cool huh?
Anyway, gotta go. Love you all!

Love,

Elder Smith
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Oct. 28 2013

AH! it’s already the end of OCTOBER!! Somebody stop time please! It’s starting to go too fast!!!! Seriously, I looked just last night(when the transfer ended) at the planners i had, I already have 7 plus one from the MTC…I’m so old and it doesn’t even feel like I’m that old! Ah! But its totally okay, because I’ve still got more than a year! WHOO!
Anyway, this week wasn’t the crazy amazing week I was hoping would happen, but it was still pretty cool. While we were going to a dinner appointment at one of our members house, we met a couple elementary/middle school kids right outside the apartment complex and got talking to them about our english program. They were funny, when we said I was from Idaho, they started calling me 감자 아저씨 or "Potato Man" it was hilarious! But anyway, we set up an appointment with them this week and met with them. When we met we invited them to church, and made all the plans to meet them at the bus stop on sunday and everything, but on Sat. one of the kids said his Mom said he couldn’t talk to us anymore and the other kid never texted us back. Darn. But it’s okay, cause two of our other investigators came to church!! yay! They are the kids of our "golden investigator". We’re going to meet with them tonight and set a baptism date with them. yay!!!! So that’ll be cool.

Also a crazy thing happened today, nothing too special, well, I don’t know. Anyway, while we were heading out today to do email and everything else, we were walking out of our apartment complex when a lady passed by us. She kept looking at me funnily and staring at me. I looked at her and bowed and said hello. When I saw her, I recognized her but I didn’t know where I saw her before. Then she said, "Oh, so you came here huh?" Then kept on walking. I said something, I can’t remember, but then i just said, "have a good day!" But I walked away trying to figure out where I saw her before. After about 5min, I finally figured it out. She was the mom of one of our investigators in Jeongeup!!! Almost 7months ago! i only met her once!! But I remembered who she was, and she lives(uncoincidently) in our apartment complex!! It’s crazy! But I don’t know which aprtment she lives in exactly. I’ll figure it out, or the Lord will show me, but I’ll find her! Anyway, that’ll be it for the week. I gotta go. Bye, love you!!

Love,

Elder Smith

2013.10.20

Oct. 21 2013

Hidy HO!
How’s everyone? here in Korea, it’s starting to get colder and colder. At night I have to wear a big blanket now, and we’re also wearing suits. So that’s fun.
Last week, we went to a cool historic site nearby our city called 현충사 (Hyun choong sa) which is just a buddhist shrine thing and also a memorial site for a famous general in the 1400s. His original house is still there. So it was SO cool. I’ll try to send maybe a picture or two. Anyway, this week we met again with our investigator, Kim Ir Hwan. We talked about a BUNCH of stuff. We invited him to repent and to keep praying. He siad he’s been having a hard time with something, we’re assuming it’s his smoking problem and then he said that he didn’t really want to be baptized just cause he was baptized in a different church and was having too hard of a time with this thing he’s struggling with. AH! NO! That’s what baptism is for, so you can be clean! So we’ll talk to him more about it and hopefully set a date with him next time. Like I said last time, his kids always come out to church, but he never does just cuase he’s busy(at least that’s what he says…). Anyway, I know he’ll get baptized, just getting him there is the hardest journey, so it might take some time.

Today is transfer day! But our calls haven’t come in yet, so I have no Idea if I’ll be transferring or not. We’ll see…
This next week should be a really aweesome week. A couple weeks ago, we met a guy Kim Young Rae, He’s a college student that was really interested in teh church. But just cuase of tests, he hasn’t been able to meet. So this week we are going to meet him and he said taht he would come out to church!!! Yay!!!! Then, as we were doing a proselyting activity 2 weeks ago, a guy came up behind one of the other elders and gave him a huge hug. He was apparently a previous investigator just recently(right before I got to Cheonan) and wasn’t able to meet becuase of tests. He said he wanted to meet again adn said to call him this week! yay!! New investigator!! So, this week should be a really good week. I can’t wait to tell you about it next week! Okay, I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Elder Smith

PS. I finally got my transfer call, I’m staying here in Cheonan with my companion 박인오(Pak, In Oh)