Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Missionary Work Isn't Easy

July 14, 2015

This week was pretty good, we didn't get a lot done though. The sisters always take up all our free time with asking us to help them with appointments. The sisters teach English, they are both really good, and Sister Park lived in Hawaii for three years and is completely fluent. But people learning English want foreigners to teach them, so they need our help.

KH is doing pretty well. We invited him to be baptized, and he just said that he will think about it. He understands what we have taught him about priesthood authority, but for some reason it doesn't really hit him. He knows about the Holy Ghost and everything. I think it's just that he is content with his religion right now, and just meets with us because he likes talking about religion.

I haven't heard from LH for a while, he doesn't ever respond to my texts. But LY calls me regularly just to say hi and tell me about feeling the Holy Ghost. He's still as awesome as ever.

I really have a copy of that on my MP3 player? Are you sure? I've never come across it. I'll have to take a look again tonight.

I don't think that Koreans have that problem like Americans do. They definitely have that "more mentality" like Americans, but they don't seem to collect things as badly. But they always have to have the new phone and car, maybe even worse than Americans. Most cars look like they have been bought within the last 5 years or so, and old cars are really rare. Almost everyone younger than 50 has a smartphone, and there are phone stores on every corner. But Koreans seem to be better about taking care of their stuff, cars usually seem well-kept, and phones rarely have the spiderweb app, so it's not quite as bad.

Well, we had transfers this week, and Elder Mitchell and I are both staying. Yes!!! That means another whole transfer of eating chicken and being nerdy! Sister Kim is leaving, and Sister Park is going to train a new missionary. But she doesn't come until this Thursday, hopefully she gets a fun trainee.

We met T, and this time it was kind of weird, I got the feeling that he has been reading anti-Mormon things online. He kept bringing up reasons why people think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, but would say it in an indirect way, like "I don't think this, but I can see why lots of people do." But he seemed really hung up on it, so it seems like he really does think that way.  It was like in 3 Nephi 11 when Jesus says to avoid contention about doctrine. He said that you can almost see the hand of Joseph Smith in the writing, since during his time there was a lot of contention about doctrine.  And then because it is Jesus saying this, it's like Joseph Smith is putting himself in Jesus' place. I can totally understand why people would think that, because it makes sense, but at the same time, you can't just take out one little thing that seems funny and use it to condemn an entire book. Elder Mitchell and I were able to say some things that helped a little bit, and reminded him that the most important thing isn't knowing if it logically makes sense, but what the Spirit tells you when you read it.  It's a long process with T, he has a ton of potential, but might not be baptized for a long time. The way he sees it is "not if the Book of Mormon is true or not, but if it is a necessary addition to the Bible." He thinks that the Bible has everything he needs. He almost quotes the Book of Mormon word for word saying that he has a Bible and needs no more Bible. It's really hard, I'm not sure what to do.

Well that's the highlights of this week. Always feel free to ask lots of questions, I never know what you want to hear. Have a great week!

Elder Hines

Navajo tacos at the Kelly's 'I forgot how good American food is'


'We found out where Kentucky is' ;)

Eating Samgyetang soup with the ward

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