Monday, July 30, 2012

Hand written letter

I apologize to one and all, I can't quite remember when I received this letter and I threw away the envelope. But it is a very lovely letter and I wanted to share it with you.  Micah is such a wonderful joy in my life and I hope that you have enjoyed his emails and letters as much as I have. (Mom)

Dear Mom,
Things here are great and there has been so much that has happened.  I never thought it could be like this.  The hard times, the good ones, always teach me more about myself than I realized before.  I know that I'm helping others, wither they're people from off the street or another missionary. Also I've come to know more about the influence of Satan in this world.  And I'm surprised of how many of the things in the Book of Mormon are still around.  There is confusion, pride and other types of wickedness that's all around.  I know that I was sheltered well from the chaos of this world.  I'm blessed with this great opportunity to serve the Lord and help others to know what true happiness is in this life.  Being born in the gospel, I never experienced the empty feeling that comes with not knowing the truth and I know that I have "goodly parents" who taught me well.  I don't understand many things of this life but I get to see others around me, come to ME for wisdom.  I never told you (I think) but at the MTC I learned a little about voicing my thoughts to others.  The other missionaries would listen and later they would come to me and encourage me to talk about things.  I know I'm a lot like you and I often put myself down, when I should be raising myself up.  I love you Mom and I will always try to be the son you need, want and deserve.  I pray that each day you will have the strength to over come your trials.  It seems that you have been given a lot to deal with, but you know that God will pay us a hundred times more than what we give .  Keep care.

Love Micah

Week 70 - Me a Trainer ??

So, Another weeks has come and gone. What could possibly 
be new for this week?! Well, if you are following you'll 
know that the transfer is almost over and that means today 
is one of the hardest days of the month. I don't know why 
but everyone has been teasing me, saying I'll probably be 
trainer this next transfer, but that's what a lot of the
missionaries told me the past two transfers though. The 
only difference is that this time I have convinced myself 
that it will happen for sure this time. Either way the next 
six week is going to test me if I stay. Our investigators 
are on the edge and could slip away. We’ve been thinking 
that sister Lee Young Rhan has been fairly ill since we 
haven't been able to get a hold of her this whole week. 
Also sister Kim Bo Ryoung has been pretty antsy, I believe, 
since she asked us about transfers. It surprised me when she 
said something about it almost being six weeks already. She’s 
really attached to my companion right now and it would seem 
that if he goes she will too. However, he has more faith in 
her than I, which I should work on. But the main point is 
that tonight it will determine the next six weeks of our lives.

    So, this week was also just as slow as it was the last 
one. We hardly meet a soul and only a single student showed 
up to class. It started out with us meeting with sister Kim 
Bo Ryoung on Tuesday. She seemed fine but not too interested 
in our message and she frequently asked English questions 
during our lesson. But when we were closing... I believe that 
our member made a comment about the Book of Mormon being
in English. And at that point she was more ready to listen. 
(well my computer is freaking out, I hate this place, it so 
messed up. luckily I saved half the message I wrote so far.) 
So What I said was that she wanted a English copy of the Book 
of Mormon but I have mixed feeling about it. The first thing 
that gets me is that she said she'd read it if it was in English, 
which was more than what she was willing to do with the Korea 
copy she has. Also we had a member suggest we do that last 
Sunday. However I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I get 
the feeling that she only wants to read it in order to learn 
more English. And that there is the possibility that she'll be 
turned off at the fact that it's in old English, which no one 
uses any more. Also the Book of Mormon is difficult to read. 
We're still thinking of what to do with her. Anyway, This 
Saturday we had English class and only Harry, an 80-some yr old 
man, showed up. But despite how difficult it is to work
with him, since he is so old and losing his marbles, he's 
such a fun old man. He was telling us how he likes the bible, 
but that he thought that the Book of Mormon is so much better. 
Then he began telling us a story from Alma in half English, 
half Korean. After that he told us that he would say the 
closing pray right at that moment in time then he went on 
explaining to us about Japanese ninjas for fifteen minutes
before he gave a pray.
  Well I hope thing are working out for you. And good luck 
with that job finding. But that reminds me that we need to 
plan out what's going to happen in the future. Either this 
next transfer or the one after that, they will begin asking 
me for things like; which transfer I'll go home on, the late 
or early one. I don't know how it was for Dad but the Korean 
Mission comes at an awkward time so we can go at one of two 
times. Which means that I can go home on April 9th or the 
transfer before that which would be Feb. 26th. Well I love 
you and I'll pray for you...