I hope you all had a fabulous week! I sure did! What a great privilege it is to be serving a mission in Korea! I'm sorry David, but it is better than wherever you are going to be called, unless, of course, you come to Korea! Ha ha! I will pray that you get called to 부산 Korea Busan Mission! :) I am so excited for you to get your mission call ... to Korea! :) Not long now and you'll know too where you're going, huh? Exciting.
We had the opportunity to go the temple this past week, which is always a wonderful experience. We had some free time after going through the temple on Thursday, so we got everything done last week that we needed to around the apartment (our house is spotless!) So today on pday, we're thinking about going screen golfing. Screen golf is an activity that is perhaps unique to Korea? Don't know that I've seen anything like it anywhere else. It's basically a room with a big screen that displays a golf course, with a spot to hit an actual golf ball with an an actual golf club against the wall. Apparently, there are sensors on the walls, which allow the screen to display fairly accurately where the ball would have gone. After that, perhaps we will go to a bathhouse, or play ping pong! It has been a long time since I have done something fun like this on pday!
I talked with President Morrise at the temple this past week, where he informed us that he felt inspired to make working with and finding through members the major focus of our upcoming transfer period. My heart leaped for joy! He sent a text to all the zone leaders the other day, inviting us to prepare for the next mission leadership council by thinking of ways to work more effectively with members. Elder Lee and I have been working on this for a long time, so we are quite excited! I feel confident that our mission is being lead by the spirit; it is such a wonderful feeling.
We also attended a Stake Presidency Meeting yesterday, but were unfortunately not given a chance to report on the status of the missionaries in the stake (we didn't force any comments, in consideration of Korean culture, so I think they forgot about us). We were however, able to hear some concerns the bishops and ward mission leaders in our stake have regarding the missionaries, which we plan to address in the near future.
One major complaint mentioned was missionary tardiness. David (and whoever else is preparing for a mission soon), please make sure you exert every effort to be on time to appointments - especially with members! Punctuality is a very simple way we can gain and maintain trust from members, especially considering the vast majority of 18-20 year old kids perhaps do not yet understand how to apply this principle very effectively.
After discussing missionary efforts in the stake, we observed a presentation on the combination of our wards and stakes, which lasted much longer than we anticipated. I think they forgot that we were there, because after the meeting, a member of the stake presidency told us not to disclose any information we received at the meeting! No worries, since we didn't understand most of it anyway, as the discussions were fast and somewhat heated! :P I am happy with my own little stewardship right now :)
Our Vietnamese investigator, 진수홍 is still progressing very well! We had a high councillor from one of my last wards come to give a talk in our ward this week, where he praised 진수홍 in front of the entire congregation for his commitment to learn about the church. I think his public mention of our investigator really made him feel welcome and included. It will be a bit of a push to teach all the lessons before his baptismal date, but if he keeps accepting and progressing at this rate, I think he will be good to go for Feb. 14! Here's hoping!
I hope you all have a great week!
Love, Elder Higham
|With my former companion, Elder DeMille|
|Another day at the office! :)|
|With a fellow Canadian, Elder Payne.|