Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(I Don't Have A Creative Title Today)

It's Wednesday afternoon. We are at the church in the middle of district meeting. We are discussing how to better use the Book of Mormon in the conversion process. Suddenly an alarm starts wailing from Incheon city office. It sounds like World War III is beginning. The elders try and freak us out telling us that it is North Korea and the alarm is an air raid alarm. They tell us we need to run over to the underground subway station and run down the stairs as fast as we can. We laugh because lets be real, we always blame anything weird that happens in Korea on North Korea. North Korea is like South Korea's younger and every so annoying brother. We quickly find out that the alarm is an air raid alarm, but only a drill. City office was running lots of drills on Wednesday. We just brushed it off and continued our district meeting.

It's Saturday afternoon. We had a crazy morning traveling almost 2 hours to visit a less active, 2 hours back, and then trying to find a member's house. We are slightly late to English class. We find out it is our turn to teach advanced so we head into the advanced classroom. The advanced students are really good at English, almost fluent and can hold conversation really well. They begin to tell us about what is going on at the DMZ. It is about 3:30 in the afternoon. They tell us that in approximately an hour and a half, war could be declared. 5:00 was the deciding time. We have almost no idea what is going on, but we continue our day as normal. We run into some members at the church. They ask us what our emergency procedure is in case war begins. They beg us to text our mission president. So we do. We are told that if we need to move, they will let us know.

Well, we wanted to go visit the DMZ for pday sometime this transfer since the DMZ is only an hour and 20 minutes away... but looks like that isn't happening. ;) Korea's younger brother is poking us again, trying to drive us nuts until we budge. But so far, nothing too awful has happened as far as we know. So we are just continuing missionary life as normal.

This week we had 2 investigators at church! So exciting! :) And our most golden investigator ever who has been to church 15 times fellowships our new investigators every time they come. She is the cutest. The only reason she hasn't been baptized is because of the Korean word 부담. The best translation this word has, is the English word "pressure." The members kept asking her when she was going to get baptized, and because they were pressuring her she shied away from it. But I have no doubt that she will get baptized eventually. She just needs time. Every time I talk to her I love her more though. I can't wait for the day when she says a confident "yes" to the baptismal commitment. She is strong and solid and I know that she will make a great member one day. I mean, she already acts like a member, she just hasn't been baptized. :)

I have learned so much about faith this week. Our goal this week was to get 9 lessons. On Saturday, we were at 7 lessons. We had no appointments Sunday, so we were worried that we wouldn't reach the goal. But after church we were determined to get two more lessons in to fulfill our goal. We thought about who we could teach, and decided to focus on pulling in some of the youth. We ended up doing a lesson with some young women, and then with a group of primary kids.  It started with faith though. We needed faith to make a goal. Then we needed faith to fulfill it. God sees us as we make our goals, and I know that he helps us fulfill them. If we write down our plan, God sees it, and He will prepare a way for us to fulfill it. God has such a huge hand in this work. In fact, I am no the one doing the work here. It is Him. It is always Him. :)

Well today we are off to a Korean bathhouse. It is exactly what it sounds. It should be fun. :)

Love you all and miss you always!

Love, Sister Maughan

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