And hello grandma Sokol! It seems a little strange that she came this past week, since I have actually been thinking about her a lot this past week! If you didn't already know, my companion Elder DeMille is part Korean (his grandma is from Korea), so he is here learning the language of his ancestors. What a priviledge that is for him! I have been thinking lately that I want to learn Croatian when I get home... so I was thinking about grandma Sokol a lot this week! :P
But, that is still long away, thankfully... I still need to learn Korean first!! I hope this email finds you all safe and well. Thank you for the talks you sent me this week, mom, I enjoyed them very much. Also, thank you for reminding me that it is Canada daydad. There is an elder I served with in my last area from California, who's birthday is on , so I think I will call him and sing O Canada :)
Last tuesday, we taught our investigator, Jack. I'm not sure if I have mentioned anything about him; he was a missionary for the Jehovah's witness church for six years, but no longer attends. I realized a very comforting truth as we met with him last time. My role as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints differs substantially from the role of other missionaries from other churches (I have had many opportunities to observe and interact with missionaries from many churches here). While they all, without exception, are trained to disprove and to convince (and in many instances are paid quite well to do so); my purpose is simply to invite.
Many ridicule our young age and inexperience; yet these contribute so beautifully to the very attributes that are required for our work: faith and humility. To me, it is truly humbling that God would call such young and inexperienced people and place such great trust in them. It is so comforting to know that I do not have to know all of our doctrine perfectly and battle against others to convince them of the truthfulness of this gospel. Rather, the Spirit fulfills this role that others strive so desperately to attain: it guides the honest seekers of truth to that which they seek, truth. All I have to do then, is strive to be obedient in my calling and invite others to find out for themselves, following the process that God has set for discovering truth, namely to read and to pray. I have seen this principle of guidance a few times this week.
Finally, we shared a scripture that we commonly share while teaching the plan of salvation, but I suppose we didn't the last time. The scripture was Alma "Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy." Our investigator paused and reflected a moment after he read this scripture. He told us that this is exactly what he was looking for, and even asked himself on the drive to our meeting how he could find more happiness. We told him with all the vigor in our beings that living by the principles in the gospel has brought us such great happiness, regardless of the circumstances we have been in. Both Elder DeMille and I feel grateful for the opportunity we had to help 김대남 find the truth he was looking for and hope this will have a lasting impact on his life.
In Preach My Gospel this week, I am focusing on teaching skills. I read a section that I quite appreciated. It admonished us to record blessings that we receive from living according to the principles in the missionary lessons, so that we can both better appreciate them and so that we can more readily share with others what blessings they can receive if they live similarly.
I hope you all have a great week!
Love you lots, Dallin
|An oasis in the concrete jungle ... the swelteringly hot, sticky, humid concrete jungle!|
|Elder DeMille with his new glasses and sisters looking in approvingly! :)|
|Little birthday party my district threw for me ... so awesome!|
|Typical, interesting, bustling street in Seoul ... always something interesting going on!|
|How's this for a beautiful sunset scene?|
|Elder "Angel" DeMille - looking sober and purposeful wouldn't you say?|