A Korean Christmas

The companionship of santa and Elder Kim Insu at the Haeundae Ward Christmas Party

The companionship of santa and Elder Kim Insu at the Haeundae Ward Christmas Party

Pic with Elder Affleck and Elder Lee Hong Bin (my last companion) while Ice Skating

Pic with Elder Affleck and Elder Lee Hong Bin (my last companion) while Ice Skating

Got to admit he is the coolest Korean ice skating rink safety worker I've ever met

Got to admit he is the coolest Korean ice skating rink safety worker I’ve ever met

South Busan Zone post ice skating

South Busan Zone post ice skating

안녕하세요!
It was been a good week and a good Christmas here in 해운대 with Elder 김인수.
One of the big things of the week was our mission Christmas party which we had this last tuesday.  All the missionaries from the mission (even Jeju Island) came together at one of the ward meetings and it was super fun.  The day started with a spiritual portion involving talks from the President and Sister Barrow, his two councilors (ward memembers from the Busan Stake), and the AP’s.  Following this meeting we all ate lunch together, had a talent show which included various musical numbers, dances, and skits, and ended by watching the church film Ephraim’s Rescue.  It was kind of weird to spend the whole day with other missionaries and watch a movie and not do typical missionarywork but it was a nice break and a good chance to have some fun.
The rest of the week including Christmas was simply spent as normal proselyting time.  Even though a lot of our investigators were busy because of the Christmas season we were able to meet with a few, visit some of the members, and do lots of Christmas Caroling and spreading the He Is the Gift message.  On Christmas day especially I skyped all of the family in the morning, we went caroling with our zone all together in 남포 – a huge shopping district in Busan that was all decorated and packed with people, and had dinner with the Bishop – 강중훈 감독님.  Because most people have work off on Christmas it was a really good opportunity to do missionary work and try and find families that we can talk to and share our message.  Although it was definetly a more unique christmas than those I’ve spent before in the United States it was a good day and a good christmas week.
One of the big things that we have been working on the past few days and have this week is SPM (Stake Presidency Meeting).  For this we have to collect information about our zone’s progressing investigators, recent converts, ward missionary work, english classes, etc., type it all up, and report it at a meeting with the Stake President, President Barrow, and the AP’s.  Even though it adds even more to what we have to do and makes it hard to do all of this and do our other necessary missionary work, we are working away and hope to be done with it soon.
Today for P-Day we had a Zone P-Day of going ice skating at Shinsegae – the World’s Largest Department store.  Even though it was packed with lots of little kids falling over and in Korea you are required to wear a helmet and gloves, it was a really good time to spend time with everyone together and of course show off my backwards ice skating ability.
This week I am looking forward to getting back into the normal schedule of things after the Christmas season, finishing up SPM, and having a Korean New Year.  Have a great week and a happy new year!
Love,
Elder Lees
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