Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Letter from Korea~January 25, 2012

Alright, last week was pretty crazy.

We picked up six new investigators last week and two new investigators yesterday. We've seen so many miracles through calling former investigators! It's been so amazing.

(We are emailing at a post office right now and everyone is getting upset at us for using the computers so I'm only going to mention a couple of our new investigators.) 

Yesterday we met 채은희 and her husband Chris. He's American and she's Korean and they live in our area. They were former investigators that were dropped before they were baptized because the missionaries serving here were both Korean and couldn't teach them in English. They are so amazing! We had dinner with them and their four year old son named Aiden last night. We talked to them for a long time and we got really close with them and plan to meet with them a couple times each week and teach them the lessons. They aren't sure if they can come to church this week but they said they can next week for sure. I'm so excited! We might have to translate for Chris, though, which will be pretty hard. But most all of the members in our ward are good at English so I'm sure they can help him. They gave us tons and tons of food to take home with us. They even gave us money to give to our ward for tithing. We didn't know what to do when they tried to give it to us but we told them that we would put it in the tithing for our church. I'm so glad we met them!

We also started teaching a guy named Eddie. He's 69 years old and is a member of our English class. He's there every week and he loves to learn English. Last week we were at the church waiting for an investigator to come to the church and while we were waiting we were playing a card game with one of our members when Eddie walked in to the church. He thought we were having English class at that time but he confused our ward with another ward. So then we talked to him and ended up answering his questions about the word of wisdom and tithing. We showed him our ward's ward bulletin and he saw all of the pictures of people who have been baptized in the last few years. Then he asked if all of the people in our church are that happy and we told him that we pretty much are all happy because we have the gospel! Then we got to meet with him again last Saturday night and taught him the first lesson. It was so amazing. Now he is reading the scriptures and he said he knows the Book of Mormon is true.

Another one of our investigators named 이강원 is starting to progress. He's so awesome. We met at his house last Friday and we watched The Testaments and talked about Jesus Christ's visit to the Americas. He's also been reading the Book of Mormon and he asked to borrow The Testaments so he could watch it again. He lives far from the church so we are having a hard time getting him to come to church on Sundays.

Things are going so well out here and I feel so blessed to be a part in the work! The gospel is so amazing and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to teach it. "Whom the Lord calls he qualifies." If not so I wouldn't be able to do this work. I have a testimony that this gospel is the only we we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and I'm so thankful for it.

Love you all!

-Elder Rife

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