Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Dad! (June 18)

Hey Family! How are you all? HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DAD!
I got a Korean style haircut. I look so Asian!

We saw some great miracles this week! Here's an excerpt from my letter to my mission president:

"I absolutely love serving in this threesome. Thank you so much for the privilege of serving here with Elder S and Elder K. We are having a lot of fun, and seeing great things happen.

Last family night in Sangin was AWESOME! 2 investigators, and a less active came. We all read the Book of Mormon together, showed a video about repentance, and had a fun time, too! 

We saw a miracle this week on Tuesday-- met a man from Columbia who was only in Korea for a short time. He wants to be closer to God and met missionaries briefly on the street in New York and received a BOM. We gave him one in Spanish and English, and he expressed the desire to read more and decide for himself! He had read some, but been turned away by the part about cursing the Lamanites skin. We shared personal testimonies of the BOM, and he said he wants to give it a try!

Also this week I learned a lot as me, Elder S, and Elder K did a teaching practice for a less active visit, then when we visited the lesson went SO WELL and similar to what we practiced! I learned a lot from Elder K's boldness, his testimony, and trust in the Lord's commandments. I too want the Lord to count on me as someone to be BOLD in teaching. The less active seemed touched-- he revealed that he thinks about how he needs to start coming to church, and said he would bring his little son (who comes every week), say hello and then sit down. He didn't end up doing that, but we will try to visit him again.

Thanks for everything President! We are meeting with great people... but we need to find those who are white and ready to harvest.

Elder K is a stellar missionary, and it is a shame we are sending him to California rather than staying here!. Me and Elder S are really growing to love him."

Here's a picture from our mission conference!
That was from my mission president's email.  Also! Don't worry. But this week we got a call to take our 72 hour emergency kits and go the the mission home immediately! We jumped on a train and headed down. Turned out to be a drill, but things are getting cool! Haha that is when we all met as a mission and did zone conference! I sure am going to miss President and Sister Barrow-- what good good people.
Getting pictures with families I love.

We played ping pong on p-day--I beat Elder K once. Then he destroyed me!

I love this family!

Our threesome
The threesome is SO MUCH FUN. Threesomes are super fun, I love it! Elder K is really great. He keeps saying "oh no" when something goes wrong, in this funny Korean accent, haha. Cute English.

The language is... alright. But it is kind of crazy how hard Korean is. I have been out almost a year, and I still sit down sometimes and have absolutely no idea what people are talking about... Korean is crazy. And a lot of times we speak and people have no idea what we say. But that's alright! I can talk to people, joke with people, teach. But not comfortable yet.

The weather is SO HOT. CRAZY HOT!

Before I go, I want to share a cool story you are all familiar with. 

34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:

36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.

37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

42 And they did all eat, and were filled.

43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.

44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men."

Why do I love this? There are a lot of lessons to learn.

We all feel like we have to do more, that we are inadequate and insufficient, that we can't do it on our own. Guess what? We can't.

In this story-- 5,000 men? Not including women and children... and only 5 loves and two fishes.

The Savior tells us what we need to do. He asks for what we have. If we are humble enough to submit to it, to try even when we know there is no way to do it on our own, He then magnifies it to somehow accomplish what he needs. 

The pattern is there for everything in our life.

May we always be humble enough to trust and rely on Jesus Christ, to do our best when we know it won't be enough by itself, and rely on God's Grace to magnify and help us accomplish what we need to!


Elder B

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