Go listen to conference.
That's actually not what I was going to say, but then I realized that was the perfect solution. I'll get back to that. But cool story of the week! We got on the bus to go to our service (teaching English to the cutest chubby cheeked little Asian babies around-- seriously. Listening to them try to say "ridiculous" will make your week) and I sat next to a lady in front of the other Sisters. I started up a conversation and MIRACULOUSLY held the conversation the whole way! There were a few times where I had no idea what she was saying, but I would just smile and nod and say "다시한번?" or "모르겠어요..." meaning "one more time?" and "I don't know.." Two VERY useful phrases, those. I'll be sure to teach them to you when I get home. :)
But after I invited her to meet with us and we got off the bus, the Sister training leader said, "I wouldn't have done that by myself until months in the mission!" I'm tellin you. It's my trainer. Seriously, Sister McGill is an angel and I am learning so much from her example. We both love to spontaneously take off running and experiment with cooking. This week we made syrup and french toast! So so yummy. She's just so darn nice.
Speaking of nice people, KOREANS. Holy. We had four meals either paid for or prepared for us this week. Mama, don't worry. They are taking good care of us. We started teaching a little family this week (they have English interest, but we are working on helping them recognize God's hand in their lives) and the mom told us that it must be hard being away from home in a foreign country and that if we ever need anything at all, she wants us to call. So nice! The people are so generous when they invite us into their homes to sit on their floors and sip tea. I love the culture here. And I really love these people. I just wish they would open their hearts to our message because I know the happiness that it brings and I want that same happiness for all of them!
Now after that brief interlude, conference! I realize that I am a little late getting on this bus, but hey, better late than never I always say! (I actually never say that, nor do I know how to say that in Korean, so I take it back). But I have always heard how great conference is as a missionary, so I was especially excited for this one. And, of course, it was so good. I went into it with so many questions and came out with so many answers. I loves how so many of the speakers touched on how hard life can be sometimes, but that God gave us the Atonement and God gave us families. It's so simple! We spent a lot of time this week talking to investigators and less-actives about families and I really just want to give a shout out to mine. I LOVE MY FAMILY SO MUCH. From little (or not so little anymore?) Ander to my wonderful grandparents and everywhere in between. You are all such an example to me and I know that so much of who I am today has been influenced by you. You are all wonderful. Know that you are in my prayers always and that I, and more importantly, Heavenly Father loves you.
And yo mama loves you too. My mama will never let me forget about that. ;)
"Sister Mek... Oh! So hard!"
"I know, I know. I need a Korean name!"
"Yes, right now! Meh cur ah mo mo mo is so hard!"
That's about how it goes everytime. :)
Okay okay. One more.
P.P.S. We watched conference in a little room together as a zone and between sessions went out to do some street contacting. As soon as we walked out onto the busy street and I could hear some guy babbling undiscipherable Korean from one corner and could smell jinbang from the little market across the street, I couldn't help but let out a happy little laugh. My companion looked at me with raised eyebrows and all I could do was smile at her. While we were watching conference, I momentarily forgot we were in Asia, and upon my remembering, I was filled with happiness. I really, really love it here.