such i dont have time nor am i allowed to send personal emails to
people other then family so i know roger street emailed me please
thank him. also. letters from korea to the us take about 9-10 days.
as far as packages and letters from the us. they are sent to our
mission office so it could be a month before i get a letter from you.
family and friends if you write an email and include your address i
can reply so it is much faster. as far as my week has gone...
first mom dad magen. the only thing i can say is i am sorry for the
ROTTON <-(spelling error on purpose) kid i was. mom dad and magen i
cannot wait for when i come home to become your best friend. i am very
homesick. unfortunately here in the city i cant really see any stars
so thats unfortunate. last night our boiler went out so it was cold
all night so i had my first experience this morning in a male naked
bath house. boy was that fun!! it actually wasnt bad but seeing
naked korean men isnt my favorite way to wake up in the morning.
it is still hard spending over 15 hours in the apartment. food is ok.
mom i will have you know i am eating all my vegetables even my mushrooms.
blah. but i see how people want to give everything to us missionaries
so how could i not eat it? i am very blessed. once again i miss you all so much
i am very excited for the baptism coming up this sunday. the
father is a member so his wife and 2 daughters are getting baptized. i
cant explain enough how much joy that mans smile brightens my day. he
is so excited for his family. the ward is very good to him. he is
truly one of the rays of sunshine in my life. if you remember a talk
by gordon b hinkley 'stop seeking out the storms and look at the rays
of sunshine' thats what i am trying to do. everyone loves baseball
here. they all think i am a super star! they all just want to come
up and talk to me about baseball! they all think that i am super
strong because 1-im big round and proud like my father and 2-im much
much bigger then them. sleeping on the floor isnt that bad but when
the boiler goes out its very cold (our heating comes from a heated
floor) i have found my companion arveseth really likes to sing.
like really really. its been neat to hear him just love to sing and
sing and sing and sing and sing and sing and sing. my korean is still
awful. i dont know much but i can usually discern about what people
are talking about. i definately can hear better than i can speak but
thats always a given. fortunately a lot of people like to speak
english to us so we have conversations in english. the ward is very
good to us and we have money at 2 very good restraunts but we try
not to eat there (i feel bad using others money) they also
give us lots of food. elder arvesth really likes to cook and loves
korean food so usually he makes the tofu soups and i do the dishes.
its so funny to read my past journals where i always say something
along the lines of 'listen bro im 6 foot 1 inch and left the mtc at 200
lbs do you think you could spare me a steak these veggies and rice
aint cuttin it'. but its good i feel very healthy and have adjusted.
it smells awful here but i am getting use to it. magen in case you
were wondering yes we have a washer but no drier. my one towel is doing
just great and i am the best at doing laundry. so HA!!!
i hope everyone is doing well. i pray for everyone every single day.
speaking of days one of my favorites is coming up!! MARCH 2ND!!!!
hey now anyone who likes that day lets all yell crazy on three ready
all the investiagators seem to be progressing its stil very hard to
teach in korean. also. sitting on the floor during lessons is very
hard sitting indians style. 'ppl listen im 6 foot 1 200 lbs i cant
sit like this' but i enjoy being here. the work is hard. i spend
sometimes getting irritated with people around me but i am trying to
have a positive attitude. i have re started to read the book of
mormon and i just finished mosiah. king benjamin is a beast. king
mosiah is so smooth. and how can you not love the sons of mosiah who
have requested pretty much a death wish to go and teach the lamanites.
even though they sinned they are forgiven and are preaching the
gospel. im very thankful for the whole book of mosiah.
mom dad everyone i love you. please, please keep praying for me i need all the help i can get. unfortunately i have lost my
confidence so i am very afraid sometimes here in korea trying to get around. however it does help that south korea is a very very safe place!!! they are
more afraid of me than i am of them. keep praying. keep studying.
remember WE can do this. thanks for the support. i love you.
We were able to chat for a minute and this is what he said:
hahah no nothing to get off my chest i was just so ungreateful thank you for a great life. i have not gotten your letters yet. playing with that kid went well. he is coming out to utah soon to go to ldsbusiness college so i will give him your number to maybe help him. he is a convert and doesnt speak much english. love you.ya i am in a small depressing library. i love you guys.so much. tellrach and shantel they will be getting letters in about 2 weeks from korea. give magen and grandpa and damian and aij and morg my love xoxo oh and wow i love you so much a lot of people have asked if i had a mitt but it would beto much of a hastle. they usually have extras that i can use. i haveonly played baseball once. and we will be starting to play soccersoon. so i dont think i need it. thanks though. i may go buy somesoccer cleats tho. we will be playing on like a sand field to ya. i love you dad dont forget it. see you in 2. im not quitting. im not going to be a garbage man.we have 12 investigators dad and we are still looking for more!! crazy. dad i love you and i cant wait to come home and become even better friends with you mom and mgen. you have been a great dad to me and mom has been amazing me to me too. i hope i can be as god of parent as you both have been to me and magen.