Apr. 22 2013

Hello! Did you all have a good week? What’s Spring like there? Here in Korea it’s starting to get warmer and everyday I can’t tell what the next day is going ot be like. The weather goes from rainy all day and cold one day, to sun-shiny and warm and a nice breeze the next day. The weather here reminds me A LOT like idaho actually. It makes sense cause they’re both near the same latitude. Anyway, just the other day, my companion and I just got up for the morning and Elder Rice just got out of the shower and I was about to get in. Right then, our phone rang. It was our ward mission leader. He said, "I’ll meet you outside in 5min. And bring some gloves." We were both in towels and hadn’t even had breakfast yet. So we scrambled to get clothes on and be out the door as soon as possible. Haha! Finally we got outside and it was raining. I had no idea what the heck we were going to do at 7am in the pouring rain…so we waited at the store by our apartment complex for him. He finally arrived and took us to his work place which is WAAY out in what’s called the 시골(shi-gore)it means "country" or like Dad would say, "out in the Boonies" Haha! Anyway, He works for a bathroom tissue distributing company. He and his co-workers had to unload a truck really quickly for some reason. I never figured out why, but we helped anyway. It was fun. Then when we were all done he took us to what’s called a 감자탕 (Kahm-jah-tahng) It literally translates to Potato Soup. They have them everywhere here. Their specialty is, you guessed it, 감자탕(Kahm-jah-tahng)!!! So what this is, is a boiling, (no joke, it’s boiling when they place it in front of you) bowl of super spicy soup with pig spine, onions, sesame seeds and only one small potato. Why they call it Potato soup if it only has one potato in it, I have no idea. Anyway, this stuff is SOOO good! You pick off all the meat off the spine into a small bowl and then put it back into the soup. Then you take the rice that they gave you and put it all in the soup and eat it like that. I’m not joking, this is absolutely delicious! Anyway, I want to learn how to make it so I can make it for you when I get back. All of Korean food is way simple to make. Anyway, progress with our investigators was stalled this week because we weren’t able to meet with any of them. Just lots of proselyting and member work. I also went on a Split this week after Zone conference with the AZL(Assistant Zone Leader) Elder Zaleski. He’s on his 5th Transfer. I learned alot from him and was able to do alot of work with him. Anyway, gotta go. I love you all! Have a great week!

Elder V. LeVan Smith
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