Monday, January 19, 2015

Pig Intestines

January 18, 2015

Elder Jung No Young actually trained Elder Suter in his second transfer, so yeah, pretty early. He goes home at the beginning of March.

The pig intestines weren't too bad, there was just way too much cartilage to be able to enjoy it. And they look really gross, so that interfered as well. The kind we had didn't have anything in them, but the kind I told you about before, Sunde, is stuffed with noodles cooked in blood. Yeah, I know, delicious.

We order chicken every once in a while, which is so good I'm surprised it's not against the rules. Seriously, if someone opened up a Korean chicken restaurant that delivers to people's houses like they do in Korea, they would be rich in a matter of weeks. For reals. The members feed us every once in a while. It's not like those spoiled Utah missionaries that pass around a sign-up sheet in Relief Society to have the missionaries over. We just take turns with the three families in our branch.

Dad should definitely grow out his beard until I get back. I don't know why he didn't think of that sooner, that's an amazing idea. 

President Barrow doesn't really memorize poems, but he seems to have a lot of scriptures and quotes memorized. What I meant by that is that he always seems to be able to give good advice, and he cares about other people a lot.

As far as members here being more engaged, I have a story about that. We got invited over by a lady in our branch for dinner. The branch president and his wife also came, which I would guess is because the lady didn't want to have to sit all dinner with two boys and actually have to talk to them. But anyway, they were talking, and all by themselves, without any prompting from us, started talking about missionary work, and what they can do to help find more people. This lady and the branch president's wife talked about coming to English class to try and fellowship the people who come. And then they were talking about who they knew that they could refer to us. It was amazing, we just sat back and just let it happen.

Members of the branch who actually come to church is 15-20, we have had 17 the past two weeks. There are just the three main families, and then a few other families who are sporadic in coming. I'm not sure about the total membership in Gimcheon.

We always teach English twice a week. Elder Payne is really good at Korean, as far as I can tell. He is super funny, we have a lot of fun together. Transfer day is next Monday, but I'm pretty sure we won't get transferred since we both just barely got here. But anything could happen.

We met the lady from Andong for the second time last week. I'm not sure what to think about here, because she is pretty good at English, and so always talks to us in English. But if we ask a question in Korean, she always responds in English. From my experience, when this happens it means they just want to practice English and don't have real gospel interest. But she seems pretty sincere, so we'll see how it goes. The sisters have come to Gimcheon both times we have met her, but we are going to try and get someone from the branch to come so they don't have to.

I love you, have a great week!

Elder Hines

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