Another week has gone by here in Busan and it feels like just last week that I was sitting here writing! Things continue to be much the same but are moving forward well in our area. Missionary work is as difficult and rewarding as ever!
In other ways this week was a pretty quiet week in regards to big events going on. We continue to meet with our three main investigators 정대영 형재님 박신곤 형재님 and 윤영언 형재님, a few other potential investigators, and have been trying to replace this pool of investigators with more every opportunity that we can. We finished teaching 정대영 형재님 the commandments and are starting to approach the end of the discussions with only Laws and Ordinances left. Because we are coming to an end we have started to talk with him about baptism again, despite his parents’ resistance. Having just recently taught about fasting, this week we are going to fast and pray with him, and then he is going to ask his parents for permission once more. After talking with him, we hope that because he has been coming to church/meeting with the missionaries for a while, and it has been a good influence on his life they might change their mind. He really wants to be baptized, is an amazing kid, and I have really come to love him. We are hoping that things go well this week! As 1 Nephi 3:7 says, if God gives us a commandment (like being baptized and confirmed), he will prepare a way for us to be able to receive that. 박신곤 형재님 has been really hard to meet with frequently but we were able to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are getting closer and closer to his baptismal date, if we cant meet more frequently things might have to change but other than that everything is great. He has been reading the Book of Mormon and praying daily so things are going really amazingly. I continue to have doubts about 윤영언 형재님 so we will have to see where things take us this week, but he just does not have the interest or motivation to be able to act, no matter how clearly or basically we teach. I hope for the best, but I think his meeting with us is more based on English than anything else.
In order to find more investigators, along with 전도, (proselyting) we have really been trying to make the most out of our English class as a finding tool. We have probably the biggest English class in all the mission with about 30 people showing up to our twice weekly classes. Since this last transfer we have 4 foreigners, me, elder Luke, sister Bussio, and sister Broyles, we are actually able to teach 4 separate small classes. I often teach advanced and we mostly just have a conversation that I try to keep going all in English. This week our topic was on “getting acquainted” so we talked all about different personality traits such as being introverted and extroverted and what makes good friends. I love teaching my advanced class because it is basically just having a deep conversation and chatting and I actually can learn a lot about Korean culture. We treat English class much like a church meetings with prayers, hymns, and a spiritual message at the end given in Korean. In order to pull more investigators from our class we have been conducting 1 on 1 interviews where we discuss what they think about English class, ask for referrals from their friends, explain our purpose as a missionary, bear our testimony, and invite to learn more. Much of the time people are only interested in English or say they are too busy, but through this process we can fairly regularly find more people. We are always looking for more people to share the gospel with!
Today for P-Day along with meeting an investigator, going shopping, and going out to eat, we went to 이기대, (igidae), which is kind of light this giant hiking park in Busan with great views of the city and bridge and sweet tide pools. It kind of reminded me of being back home in Washington or going out to the peninsula! Serving in 광안 allows us to do lots of touristy things and see all the Busan sights, even if it is only for a few hours a week. It is great that our area has so many cool things to do and we are trying to take advantage of it as best as we can!
Other than that things continue to go forward much the same and I am enjoying and putting as much into the work as I can. From all the other emails I have received it sounds like general conference was amazing! In Korea they show it a week after so that it can be translated. Next Sunday the whole ward is going to watch it all together and I think some of our investigators will be able to come as well. The missionaries will probably watch it in English in another room but I can’t wait! It is often seen as a really unique doctrine that we have living prophets on the earth today, but it truly is a blessing to us and proves to me that God still loves us and has restored his church again.
Have a great week 여러분!