Lesson with a Kiwi Farmer in Gimcheon with Elder Sandstrom
Last meal before Elder Glover and Elder Park (our house mates last transfer – Suseong B team) were transferred this morning.
Well it is the beginning of a new transfer! The main news is that there haven’t been any changes in our team and Elder 노준철 (No Joonchul) and I will be staying together for another transfer here in 수성 (Suseong, Daegu)! This should make Suseong my last area and Elder No my last companion. It is pretty weird to consider that I only have 1 transfer (6 weeks) left! I am really excited for what these 6 weeks will bring and excited for this to be my most effective time of my mission!
We were able to wrap up the last week really well. We began the week on Tuesday with an exchange and I had the opportunity to go to 김천 (Gimcheon) to serve in that area with Elder Sandstrom. It was a killer exchange. Gimcheon is a small rural area on the edge of the zone, but it was really cool to see a new area and also see all of the hard work and success that the Gimcheon Elders have been seeing recently. Elder Sandstrom spent the day visiting a less active member in the hospital, traveling to the edge of town to visit another less active who is a kiwi farmer, and then filled the rest of our day proselyting and talking to the people. We met some really great people and found some good contacts. It is always so refreshing to go to a new area and see how other Elders are doing. As a zone leader we go into each exchange with an objective of training and teaching, but I always leave feeling lifted and taught myself.
Other than that Elder No and I spent the week continuing to visit members and teach and encourage them to participate in our ward’s 1+1 member missionary work program, proselyte, and meet with our investigators. Our investigator brother 윤 (Yoon), a first year college student we have been meeting with the past few weeks came out to church and we set a date for baptism with him for the end of the month. He still is not totally sure about everything but has a real desire to learn and improve. We also met another new investigator that we found earlier in the week on the street who took us out to Burger King and told us he is looking for a new church to attend. We talked with him for a while, explained some things, and are looking forward to meeting him throughout this week as well. Other than them we also spent a large majority of our time finding, but have some really good contacts to work with and meet with over the next few weeks.
The end of our week was spent doing our transfer deep cleaning of our house and also involved coordinating all of the travel for the transferring missionaries within our zone. I have to say that is one of my least favorite zone leader responsibilities. It involved several hours of sitting down with a stack of train and bus schedules, calling all the other 5 zone’s zone leaders, and working out how we will get all of our departing missionaries where they need to be and pick up the incoming ones without anyone getting lost or left behind. I honestly think the whole process is really really inspired. Today our P-Day was spent at the train station and bus terminal sending off and receiving missionaries and though we had a couple close calls, got everyone where they needed to go!
I will end my email with a scripture: D&C 50 17-22
17 Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
18 And if it be by some other way it is not of God.
19 And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
20 If it be some other way it is not of God.
21 Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?
22 Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.
I like what these scriptures teach about the importance of the spirit and especially like to emphasize the last scripture. When we as missionaries preach with the spirit, we also learn together. I have seen that so much as a missionary. If you think about it our calling is to serve and work and teach others, but i think that the most learning and teaching actually comes to us in the process. Missionaries are so blessed to learn and participate in this work. I know it is true!