Monday, December 8, 2014

December 7, 2014 - 17

Funny that you mention this week being a bit warmer over there in Utah cause over here it's a whole different story. Not an entirely different bookstore, just on a different shelf under the alphabetically ordered "Freezing Cold" section. I could almost say that 17 is the number of layers I have on right now, but I'm not quite at that point yet. That'll be a nice welcome to the new year, I think.
17 is, in fact, the number of days remaining until that beautiful day so rightfully devoted to the Savior of the world. You might say I'm a little excited.
You know what else is exciting? When you find out Gandalf didn't actually die, but is actually still alive with more conservative hair and a fancier staff. Or when the final scene ends in two brothers battling it in hand to hand combat. Or when you realize that Bruce Willis was dead the whole time.
... Wait. What?
No no, what's exciting is that we, Sister Seo and I, have 11 appointments for this upcoming week, including progressing and potential investigators. It's a huge miracle for us and we couldn't be more excited about it. We've been teaching Nicole, the Chinese university student with the Chinese recent convert and it's so so awesome. She has so many good questions and such a huge desire to find her own faith and is willing to do what it takes to find it. Emma and Imma have been sick, making it hard to meet, but we were able to meet and teach Jessie the Plan of Salvation which was awesome. We also met with 박영여 자매님 (Yeoungyo Park) and her family who we've met with a few times but it has been over a month. It was such a good lesson and she really seemed to soak in what we taught, I just hope we can instill in her the desire to learn more for herself. It's been such a blessing to have so many opportunities to teach the gospel! And one thing my companion and I know, however much we lack as teachers and with language barriers, is that everyone we are teaching knows that we know without any doubt, that this gospel is true.  
Speaking of my companion. Guys. She's so awesome. It's quite incredible how perfectly well we get along. Almost unbelievable really. We sometimes misunderstand each other's english or korean, but we have no miscommunication problem at all. We almost always just end up laughing. We found ourselves on the floor laughing the other night trying to wiggle out of our thousand layers. You know you've got a good companion when you can end your 14th weekly planning session with uncontrollable laughter.
In other news, I think I forgot to mention our primary program that was last week. It was the cutest thing and at one point there were three boys and the youngest girl singing "A Child's Prayer" and I may or may have gotten a little teary eyed. We're not talking big tears here, just like Dad tears. You know the kind he gets when he watches Emperor's New Groove or Over The Hedge... I mean who doesn't cry when they watch those movies, right?
... Right?
We also had our service project which was awesome but absolutely frigid (we can't even pretend we're not cold in that picture) and finding so many service opportunities. I've also had quite a number of really awesome street and train conversations this week, which are the best.
I wish you all the best too and send you my love. And a really awesome way to spend 2 minutes and 40 something seconds of your time. #sharethegift
Sister McCloskey

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