Monday, March 26, 2012

Letter from Elder Rife~March 26, 2012

Hit the year mark! So crazy. It's been such an amazing year! I don't have a lot of time right now because we have to head into Seoul today for an activity so this email might not be too long.

Last week was great! Last Monday we went all the way back to my greenie area on the other side of Seoul to get some weights that other missionaries weren't using. Then we carried them all the way home. It was quite the trip but I look forward to the short time I have each morning to exercise and I needed more weight so that I can a good workout.

On Tuesday we went to the DMZ with our investigator 유재무 and his wife and their friends (who are members of the church). We got permission from the Assistants to the President to go with them and we had so much fun! It was awesome to get to go back there (I went when I lived in Korea before) and to go all the way up to the border and everything. They even let you go over the border a little bit so that you can say that you've been to North Korea. Te best part was that Brother Yoo was a captain in the Korean military and has a lot of friends still in the military so we got a VIP tour, which means that we never had to wait for anything and we had escorts everywhere we went. It was awesome! After that we went all the way back to Seoul for my companion to get another procedure done on his mouth. Tuesday night we met with Harley Hall one last time before he left to California. He took us to a place called Dino Meat. It's an all you can eat meat buffet and it was sooo good! I'm pretty sure we almost put them out of business.

Wednesday we had house inspections at our house (we passed with flying colors) and then we had district meeting in Il-san. Since the house inspections went long we ended up only being able to have a 20 minute long district meeting. After that I went on exchanges in Bulgwang with Elder Nye. He goes home this week so it was fun to be with him in his last week and get to do missionary work with someone who is experienced.

Thursday we had a zone blitz activity but we had to leave early because we had to go to the dentist again (and we have to go again tomorrow). By the time we had finished all our travelling we were barely home in time to have dinner and plan for the next day.

Friday we got to go out to eat with 이강원 and we talked to him a lot about how the Book of Mormon can answer all of our questions. He has been meeting with Jehovah's witness missionaries too lately so his baptismal date dropped. He didn't come to church yesterday either. But we will continue to meet with him and help prepare him for baptism. After that we met up with Chris and Sister Chae. We haven't been able to meet with them for a long time so it was good so see them again! They told us that they are going to move to Virginia, so we are going to try to finish teaching Sister Chae and get her baptized before they go then the missionaries in Virginia can teach Chris. After that we went all the way to the church and met with Brother Yoo again. He showed us lots of pictures from our trip to the DMZ and we talked with him about 1 Nephi 4. He is definitely one of my favorite investigators. I'm not sure if you should have favorites but he's my favorite. He's soo cool.

On Saturday we met with 김승표 and went and ate McDonalds then got smoothies after. He's seriously like the funniest guy ever. We had so much fun with him. He's doing really well too and he's getting ready to be baptized on April 7th or 8th. I'm so excited! Saturday night we had English class then we met with 박성민. He's been super busy lately with school and he's the leader of some study group so he's way busy. He now has a class on Sunday mornings so he can't come to church.. But we are going to try to meet with him and his parents this week then try to get them all to church this weekend.

Yesterday church was great! 김승표 was the only one that came, though. He loved it and then he took us out to eat after. After that we met with 박정하 and ate Chinese food then went to his house and sang hymns. He doesn't have a lot of interest in the church but he loves to sing hymns.  We are praying that sometime he will have a little interest so that we can start teaching more.

It was a really good week! We had lots of little things that got in the way of meeting with lots of our investigators though. The dentist definitely got in the way but there's nothing we can do about that. It's so crazy that I have been out for a year now. I'm so thankful for the time that I have to serve the Lord and I am looking forward to the next year of my full time missionary service! Love you all!

-Elder Rife

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