Hi hi hi hi hi.
Okay, so you know how the main theme of last week's letter was food? Well, get used to it. Because THE FOOD. This week we had a meal at a member's house (a 식사 we call them) and she fed us sooo much food. I haven't been that full for a long time. We didn't eat anything the rest of the day! My companion and I also may or may not have indulged in some good old-fashioned American food this week... But we had to. McCloskey+McGill+McDonalds=McDuh. But we made up for it after cooking quite the Korean meal yesterday to break our fasts. Mama, you woulda been proud.
Also, this week I went on an exchange with Sister Young (the Sister training leader) and it was awesome. We visited a member in our ward and it was such a cool experience. She saved up all she had to come to America when she was sixteen to get heart surgery and it left her legs and arms crippled and ruined her eyesight and speech. Her testimony was so powerful and she just exuded God's love. People like her are so incredible. I have met so many amazing people on my mission already.
We also had several little miracles this week. Like travelling all the way to a less active's home then realizing we didn't have a way to contact her to get in to her gate. So, after contemplating how we were going to jump the gates gracefully in our skirts, we took it to the Lord. And, of course, as we prayed she came running out to greet us. That same night, after some amazing plum tea in her home, we were rushing to get home so we wouldn't be late, but realized that the bus we got on stopped two stops too early when everyone got off. We must have looked perplexed because the bus driver asked where we needed to go and he went out of his way, off his route, past his working hours, to drop us off there. It was so nice of him. We have been the receptors of so many small acts of kindess, it is wonderful!
As for investigators, we are working hard to find them. We do a 30/30 thing where we teach english for thirty minutes and the gospel for thirty (in Korean). So it's hard to find people who are actually interested in the gospel. So we do a lot of street contacting and talking to people on the buses and subways. I love talking to people, I just hope we can find some people the Lord has prepared, because I know they are there.
Oh! And remember the quote I was talking about last week from "Our Heritage"? Well, I found the actual quote and wanted to share it with you (with my words substituted here and there):
"We came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives for we became acquainted with him through our extremities... Was I sorry that I chose to come on a mission? No. Not now nor any minute of my life to come. The price we paid was a priviledge to pay and I am thankful that I was priviledged to serve in the Korea, Seoul Mission."
This goes out to all those who have served or are preparing to serve (Abigail and Marcus!). I already can see how amazing this work is and how much closer I am to the Lord. It's hard, the language is hard, it's hard to find people to teach and to teach to their needs, but it's so fulfilling and so wonderful.
I love you all.
Really, I do!
All my love and more,
P.S. Dad, we ate this stuff called "hoduk" from a street vendor and you would have died. It's like a scone/ papusa looking thing and it's full of this cinnamony syrup stuff. Seriously. SO GOOD.
P.P.S. Jenna, Jessie, Briana and Tori: Remember that outfit I wore on my last weekend in Utah? The crazy pants, wig and stuff? Well, I would fit in here wearing that. No joke. People here are so stylish and wear some of the crazy coolest stuff. It's so awesome!