Monday, June 30, 2014

June 29, 2014 - The Sorcerer's Stone?

Okay, do you want the good news or the bad news first?
I think it's better to start with the bad. Don't worry, I'll make it quick. Like a band-aid.
Korea is out of the world cup.
Whew. That wasn't so bad, was it? Not for you, no. But that band-aid ripped out a few hairs on these Koreans and may have even left a scar. But life goes on.
Good news is that we were street contacting at 광화문 square the night of the big game and we got to see the fans all decked in red surrounding a huge screen with flashing lights and loud music. It was like a dream, and though we refrained from participating the festivities, we cheered in our hearts. It also opened up for a lot of great conversations on the square that night and some return appointments!
Speaking of return appointments, we went street boarding this week as a district for my first time. You may be wondering if street boarding means hitting the streets on a skateboard, I too had a similar misconception. Street boarding does, however, involve a board--a board that serves a much less exhilarating and dangerous purpose. On the boards we had written several questions of the soul: "Have you ever thought about what happens after we die?" "What do you think the purpose of life is?" "If you could ask God one question, what would it be?", etc. We set up on a busy square in a university area and offered passers-by a sticker to simply place on the question they have wondered about most. It opened up for so many great conversations and we were able to give out so many Books and get so many return appointments. And there are so many foreigners in this area so I got to talk to people from Singapore, Malaysia, Finland, Holland, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and France. The girl whose nationality was the last of those listed, Beatrice from France, was especially memorable. She was a doll and she was genuinely interested in what we were doing and why. And we are going to meet with her next week to share with her more about our incredible message.
The work is moving along faster and faster these days. We proposed to our long-time investigator, Sandy (her American name), the potential baptismal date of July 13th which happens to be her birthday. So she is working toward that now! And we met with several new investigators this week with a lot of potential. And we had four of the less-actives we have been working with show up to church on Sunday which was awesome. I am just so grateful for the knowledge I have of God's Plan of Salvation. It really is amazing how it was all planned out from the beginning. Not to compare J.K. Rowling to God, but it's kinda like how she had the Harry Potter serious planned out from the beginning and how it all just works out so perfectly. We're all part of something bigger, a grand tale of adventure and uncertainty, and this isn't even the climax! The sorting hat just sent us to Earth and now we're here to learn and prepare. Cause Voldemort sure ain't dead yet!
In other exciting news, is Mr. McClostco reading this? Cause I went to Costco last week on P-day. You heard right. They have a Costco in Korea! Complete with samples and a food court. Boo yah. Also, Sister Sieverts, one of the other sisters in my apartment, was a former gymnast and is teaching us the ways. I've almost got a handstand down. Next stop? Why, the Olympics of course.
Oh, and do you all remember Minsoo? That one exchange student we had from Korea who liked Norah Jones, eating mom's salmon and sleeping in? Yeah, well, he and his girlfriend took my companion and I to dinner this week. So that's pretty neat.
You know what else is neat? I get to ride an elevator everyday.
All in all, another fantastic week here in sunny Seoul. Sister Seegmiller is so fun to work with and keeps me laughing and singing and eating good food. I hope you all are doing the same. Everyday.
P.S. Minsoo and our local market!

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