I hope you all are doing well. To be completely honest, I am not quite sure what to write to you this week! It has been quite an uneventful week. Elder Miller and I decided to use to Book of Mormon in our street contacting efforts more, in accordance with the mission's current focus on usage of the Book of Mormon, which I am sure will bring great results, yet applying it initially has proven a bit of a struggle for me, as many people lose interest right when I bring it up. But I wasn't expecting to have everyone listen to me when I came out here!
I think this is what mom wants, for me to put spaces in between my paragraphs? Regardless, I will anyways. It might be interesting for you to know that I ran a physical assessment for entrance into the United States Airforce Academy this morning. As a Canadian :) As part of Elder Miller's reapplication to the Airforce Academy, he had to complete a physical test, and when the senior missionary in charge of military relations in our mission called the academy, they said that they trust missionaries enough to have their companions observe the test, instead of having a military officer observe the test, as is regulation. As there are two missionaries reapplying, Elder Miller and Elder Woodford, there was a Korean and a Canadian running the physical tests. I found that quite amusing.
We taught 우지석 and his son우지원 again on Saturday. They are progressing wonderfully. We showed them the video of the Restoration, then reviewed what we had taught thus far in our lessons. As he was curious, we then talked about the Word of Wisdom and discovered that he does not have a problem with alcohol or smoking (thank goodness!). We told this to our ward mission leader on sunday in our weekly report and he, enthusiastically surprised, said "are you sure he is Korean?!" He said that he does drink coffee occasionally, but has no major concern with anything in the Word of Wisdom.
I do have something that I would like to ask you this week. I have been told by several parties that I am boring and often awkward to talk to [like I said ... Koreans are extremely blunt!]. What can I do to fix that? I have been told repeatedly in conferences and training sessions to be myself, which I have been trying to do, yet perhaps I am simply a boring and awkward person! :P Perhaps I need to adopt a different personality?:P I'm not sure. If you can think of any suggestions, I would appreciate it! :)
One thing that I have learned, living amongst Koreans and Americans is how to be more humble. Koreans are very blunt in their comments, which I am beginning to learn to grow from and not to take personally. Interestingly, I have found that there is a significant difference in the culture of America and Canada. I had supposed that these were virtually the same for the majority of my life, however living and associating with them so much, I have begun to notice differences in the separate living environments. In fact, I have seen many stereotypes come true, with both Koreans and Americans. Not bad things, necessarily, I just find it interesting to see the origin of these stereotypes.
Anyways, I hope you all are doing well. I took some pictures this week. And I am sending off some letters today. Sorry if I ever take longer than you hope to send letters, I am often very preoccupied with studying as much as I can find time to in the day. Love you all!
|With missionaries in my first district (trainer, Elder Miller is to my immediate left).|
|With an American military soldier - a member of the church stationed in Seoul.|
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
|A local Buddist shrine.|