Monday, November 21, 2011

Letter from Elder Rife~November 21

Hi Everyone!

So this week was a super busy week! But first let me remind you that today is transfer call day, which means that at about 9:30 tonight I will be getting a phone call that will tell me where I will be spending the next 6 weeks of my missionary service. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal but I'm excited and nervous. I really honestly don't want to leave. Obviously I'll go wherever I am told to go, but still I love this area! Also we have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners set up with Jeff and Cinthya Jensen (who we've been eating with every Sunday night) and I will be really sad if I don't get to be with them for either of those days.

Back to what has happened so far this week, I was on splits for two of the days this week. One with an Elder Bae Hyeong Soo and the other one with Elder Duke. Elder Bae and I taught David on Tuesday about the plan of salvation and committed him to be baptized on the 11th of December! He really is prepared. He came to Stake Conference yesterday but I don't think he really liked it that much; I think he's been feeling pressure lately so we kinda took a step back. There was a baptismal service for other missionaries after stake conference and we invited him to stay after and watch but he said "I think I'll keep my curiosity with baptism until I get baptized..." It was kind of weird. I reminded him that there is no pressure and that baptism is his decision. We'll talk to him more about it this week when we meet him. We can only see him on Saturdays after English class now because he got a job. We're kind of worried about him lately, but I know it will work out We were supposed to teach the eleven year old boy we meet with about the commandments on Saturday but then he called us and told us that we couldn't come over because his family was making kimchee for the winter. Which is pretty intense. They make tons and tons of kimchee so that they can have it all winter. He came to stake conference, but then he left before the baptismal service. So we were kinda sad yesterday!

We met with 임유성 twice this week. It's hard to teach him. He's in his 70's and so I can't really understand when he talks and when we teach him he doesn't really understand things very well. I'm worried that if Elder Jung leaves this area and I have someone worse at Korean than me that it will be super hard to explain things to him. I know I shouldn't worry but it's pretty stressful when you can't explain things to people and you don't have a Korean with you to help you. haha.

We met with Brother Yoon, our recent convert, this week and he really is doing so well. He has a completely different look about him and you can tell that he has gone through the conversion process and has changed a lot. He's such a happy person. We talked to him a lot about the priesthood and the temple and if Elder Jung and I stay together we will set up a date for all of us to go to baptisms for the dead together at the temple. We also played ping pong together; he's suuuper good. I played him twice and we were sweating after. haha.

Other than meeting with those people we just tried to find new investigators. We had a busy week and we proselyted a lot. I'm pretty sure it's as cold here as Russia is. That's probably not true, but yesterday it was 30 degrees and the wind was crazy. We set up streetboards but the wind kept blowing them over and I had tears coming out of my eyes because it was so cold outside. ha. It's fun to have a change, though; I was really sick of the hot humid weather this summer. It always seems like summer is better during winter and winter is better during summer.

Not much else to report this week! Thanks for your prayers and support! Please continue to pray for my Mom!! I love you all!

-Elder Rife

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