Thursday, March 22, 2012

Letter from Elder Rife~March 19, 2012

Alright! We had a great week last week as usual. I realize I start every email and end each email practically the same. It might be due to the fact that as my Korean skills increase (slowly) my English skills decrease (rapidly). I'm sorry if you read my emails and notice a lot of different grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes.

Last week was good. We had lots of things come up that interfered with the work. But they were unavoidable. On Tuesday I was with Elder Olson. We did exchanges in our district and he came to Il-san. It was such a fun exchange. He and I have known each other since I got to country so it was fun to get to serve with him for a day. He goes home next transfer so it was fun to get to learn from someone who is so far into his mission. All four of our appointments dropped on Tuesday so that was kind of a bummer. We ended up visiting members and calling former investigator records for a while and it was a lot of fun!

On Wednesday we had district meeting in Il-san! We did something that I have wanted to do for a while. I gave everyone in the district one of the Christlike attributes to speak on and we each spoke at district meeting for about ten minutes. It was great! I like when everyone has a chance to talk and to share their testimony. The spirit was so strong and we all learned from each other so it was a success. I gave out all the topics and the last one left was virtue so I figured it was meant for me. Virtue is so important as a missionary! There are so many things out in the world that try to make us take our minds off of God and missionary work but if we are virtuous then we can reject those thoughts and "let virtue garnish our thoughts." And if virtue garnishes our thoughts then we can be confident standing in front of the Lord. What a great promise!

After district meeting I went with Elder Hatch back to his area, 녹번. He and I were together in the MTC so it was fun to get to serve with each other. He's such a diligent missionary! I had such a fun exchange with him and it was fun for us to reflect on the last year of our missionary service.

Thursday morning we all got up early and met at a subway station to re-exchange. Then Elder Dorrough and I had to go to 신당 for a leadership training meeting. It was really good! Long, but good. They talked about not being trunky and about using the scriptures to answer the questions of the soul. We definitely learned a lot! And since 신당 is so far away it took most of the rest of the day to get back home so that was about all we did that day besides meet with one of our investigators for a little while.

Friday we had 3 appointments set up and we were really excited but then Elder Dorrough started having some swelling in his mouth from a root canal that he had in his last area. We went to 광화문 to a dentist and got it looked at. We have to go back next Tuesday so he can get another root canal and some other stuff done that I can't really remember, but please pray for Elder Dorrough!

Saturday we met with a guy named Harley Hall. He's Korean but was raised in New York and California. He's totally American. He was baptized in California last year and loves to be with missionaries. He came to Korea last week on business so he called us and took us to VIPS to get steak. He's sooo cool! His conversion story was really amazing. So we spent a lot of time with him on Saturday and then he came to the church after English class and taught 김수연 and 장혁수 with us. He speaks English like a New Yorker and speaks Korean practically fluently too. He just kept asking me gospel vocabulary though cause he didn't know them in Korean.

Sunday was great! Harley came to church with us. 이강원 came to church and 김승표 came to church too! Brother Lee talked a lot with 한인상 who was an old member of the quorom of the 70. It was really good for him and Brother Han did a great job fellowshipping. Elder Dorrough and I split up and I went with Brother Kim and he went with Brother Lee. I taught Brother Kim about the plan of salvation and a little bit about the gospel. We set his baptismal date for April 1st! And he's going to ask his brother to baptize him. His brother is less active now but maybe he will become active after he baptizes his brother.

Sunday night we had dinner with a member in our ward and Harley came. It was such a great night and we talked all about the gospel. It was so much fun!

Last week was great! This week we will be super busy because we have so many appointments and activities with our zone. It's crazy how fast time goes by when you are busy. It's scary that after this week my mission will be halfway over. I'm just trying not to think about that. I just want to focus and make the most of my time without worrying about it. Anyway, thanks for all the support and love and prayers! I love you all!

Elder Rife

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