Monday, September 14, 2015

God is Our Loving Heavenly Father

September 13, 2015

Okay, I have a pretty good story for you this week. So my first day in this area three weeks ago, we met this 24 year old guy who seemed really interested in us. We talked to him for a little bit, exchanged phone numbers, and he said he really wants to meet with us again. We didn't hear too much from him again until last week, when he called and said he really wants to meet us, so we set up an appointment for last Friday night. For some reason he wanted us to come to his church to meet him, so we were kind of wary about that, but we decided to go at least once to see what it is like. We got there, and he took us in this little room, and brought in this lady for a translator. When the lady found out that I can speak Korean and my companion can speak English, she left, but came back in a couple minutes later saying that she just wanted to listen. So the guy started off talking about his church and stuff, and then asked us to give him an introduction to our church. We started teaching the Restoration, but couldn't get past the first principle, "God is our loving Heavenly Father," without him trying to argue with us about it. The point he was trying to make is based on a scripture at the end of Revelation that says that if anyone adds to this book they will be cursed, and since we have more than just the Bible, we can't be the true church. He even went so far as to say that we don't believe in the true God, somehow we believe in a different god than he does. I still don't understand that part. Anyway, at the beginning of the conversation/argument, the lady asked to look at some of the materials that we brought, which were a Restoration pamphlet and a pamphlet with Joseph Smith's testimony. While we were talking to the guy, she wasn't really paying attention and was just reading the pamphlets. A couple times she interrupted and asked us questions in English, which was nice because the guy doesn't speak English at all, so there wasn't much he could do. She saw Elder Seo's Book of Mormon, and asked if there was a book store she could buy one at. We just gave her a copy that we had with us, and she seemed really excited about it. She said she has heard about it, but never actually seen one in real life. We went back to talking with the guy, and the rest of the time she was reading the introduction, testimonies, and the beginning of 1 Nephi. She told us that it is really weird that we would show up, because just a couple days ago she was wondering about our religion, and was searching about it on the internet, but couldn't find very much about it. She had so much interest, and she seems like she is really prepared. It's funny because every time the guy talked, the Spirit immediately left the room, and every time the lady interrupted and asked us a question, the Spirit came back immediately. We weren't able to get her phone number or anything because of the situation with the other guy, but she has enough information now that if she wants to she can contact missionaries. It was an amazing experience. At the beginning, we thought we were wasting our time because that guy's only interest was in arguing with us, but by the end, we realized that we were led to this woman through him.

We had mission tour this week, which is just an all-day meeting at the mission home where a seventy came and spoke to us. It was Elder Yamashita and his wife. If you didn't guess, they're Japanese. They don't know any Korean, but were decent at English. It was really good, we talked a lot about applying principles taught by Book of Mormon missionaries like Ammon, Alma, Aaron, and Abish. I would tell you specifics, but that takes too long and I don't have my notes either :)

We also had stake conference this weekend. It was funny because President Barrow, Sister Barrow, and the Stake President were the last three speakers for both the Saturday evening session and the Sunday Morning session. I guess they couldn't find anyone else willing to speak.

That's about it for the week, not much else happened. I love you!

Elder Hines

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