(December 14, 2015)
This next week we have our mission Christmas meeting and for the meeting they are going to make a video based on the pictures missionaries send in using the “Since He Was Born I…” slogan. This is my addition. It says “Since he was born I can build my foundation on the rock” and my plan was to take the picture out on the rock bridge that is in Suseong while I was on exchanges with Elder Dickman, but as you can see, it kind of rained…
A not so great picture from our ward soccer activity. Even though I am terrible at soccer it was fun and we had lots of investigators out.
Greetings from western Daegu, Korea! I hope that you all are enjoying a merry, warm, and fun christmas season! It is really an exciting time to be serving as a missionary. Despite thoughts of christmas’ past, family traditions, ward Christmas parties, and American Christmas decorations and food, my days are happily filled with sharing messages and testimonies of the true meaning of Christmas and the gift of the Savior. During english class we practice christmas carols together, for Family Home Evening we work on creating christmas decorations, when we visit members we share thoughts on Christ and his birth, and when we proselyte we remind others of where Christmas really came from. Even in a predominately buddhist country, the spirit and feelings of Christmas run strong.
Since my last email it has been another good of missionary work. After, for various reasons, losing many of our old investigators, we have slowly been finding more and more people that we can meet with. Although it was not a very busy week with meeting people and having appointments, we were blessed to find a few new investigators. We have been focusing a lot on meeting with people from our english class and teaching them the gospel. This week we met with several people and started with them what is called the 30 – 30 program, a way to meet with people where you teach them english one on one for 30 minutes and then the gospel for 30 minutes. The jury is still out on whether I am a huge fan of it yet. The downside is that many of the people we meet with are not truly interested in religion and do not have much desire to learn and act, but the upside is that we can find more people to serve, share the restored gospel with, and invite to come unto Christ. We are doing the best we can to help these people and teach well, but are still praying, searching, and hoping for more prepared people we can meet with and teach.
Other than meeting with those people much of our week was spent proselyting, visiting members and sharing messages about christmas and inviting them to invite their friends to our ward christmas party, going to our service projects, teaching english, and playing soccer with our ward members and investigators. This week especially we went on exchanges with the 수성 b team elders where I was able to serve with Elder Dickman in 수성 and meet several of their investigators. There was also a large stake wide Daegu Stake History fireside where they showed pictures and stories as they commemorated the 60th (50th? I dont actually remember…) year of the Daegu Stake. All of the previous stake presidents came and spoke and we were able to look at lots of old pictures of the members of our ward.
This last wednesday, we met together as a district to watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional at the Dustin senior couple’s home, have district meeting, and eat lunch together. I planned this week’s district meeting around the how we can better utilize the Savior is Born christmas initiative and having discussion and practice about what the true meaning of Christmas is. One of the main thoughts I enjoyed from the meeting, was one that President Barrow asked each of us missionaries in this transfers newsletter. He said that while at the Savior’s birth the Savior was presented great gifts of frankincense and myrrh, what gifts could we offer to the savior this year? We had time during district meeting to think about this and pick on things we could focus more on. I decided to give the gift of focusing my thoughts more fully to the work and consecrating myself more to the service of the lord, and although it is hard, I can already see great results. I know that as we use this Christmas time as a time to remember Christ and commit ourselves more to following him, we can receive the true blessings of Christmas.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: andthe government shall be upon his shoulder: and his nameshall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
That is the meaning of Christmas, on this day a son was given, and I know that to be true.
Have a very merry Christmas!