Sunday, 7 November 2010

Week 18 in Korea

Ok, so me and my companion had a bit of a slow week, and then yesterday just turned everything around. It felt like we couldn't give away Book of Mormons fast enough. Ok, well, three. But still, in the empty streets of Siheung and within an hour's time, three is huge! And all with appointments to meet again. Also, we have another baptism this Sunday, but we're waiting on the parent's permission to move forward, so we're doing a lot of praying. But, there's a good chance I won't be here for it. Transfer calls are tonight, so... we'll see. I have a day of bowling and dodging the rain to keep my mind occupied before then.

The weather here has been crazy. On Friday it was so foggy that we could barely see the apartment building next to us. I asked my companion, 'Do you think it's gonna be cold?' He said, "Nah, since it's foggy, that means it'll be sunny when the afternoon comes." I thought to myself, well he's a native, so he must be right.... It was foggy and cold for the next 3 days straight... day and night. Nothing but fog. It cleared up this morning because of the massive lightning storms last night.

Alright, I forgot to mention last week: one of the happiest, if not the happiest I've been on my mission. We visited Lee Hyun Su and his wife, and of course, they were so happy. Even better though, Brother Lee told us that he refused some alcohol that his co-workers were pressuring him to drink while at dinner. He was so happy that he was
able to do it. Also, his wife said when she came home that night, he was studying the Book of Mormon on his own! Even better yet, his brothers who he wanted to share the gospel with have really noticed the change in him. At first Lee's brothers thought our church was a cult, but after seeing what a positive influence the church and its teachings have made on their big brother, they asked " Maybe we need to go too?!" To top it all off... yesterday, he recieved the Aaronic Priesthood.

It's so amazing what a difference a "willingness to believe" makes. I've met so many people on the street who seemed more prepared than him, eg. they have great questions about the gospel, or have had greater spiritual experiences than he had before he was baptized. But they aren't willing to fully believe, or commit. Ultimately, they don't progress. Then Lee Hyun Su comes, and I was a little skeptical at first. I thought he was just taking the lessons to please his wife... but the change in his countenance is so undeniable, he has truly been blessed because of his willingness to believe.

"...blessed are they who believe without being compelled to be humble...blessed is he that believeth the word of God, and is baptized without stubborness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know before they will believe." -Alma 32:16

Love you all! If you send me quick lines, tell me what's going on in
our lives, and I'll try to respond to all of them. Eveybody! Let me
know how you're doing!!!

-Elder Reyes

PS: Give my early Happy Birthday wish to Josh!!!! I'll get to email a
couple days before his b-day... what's his email address???  I know
Gizelle's and Auntie Cecile's are coming up too (exact dates(?))...
was PJ's in July and I totally forgot? Shoot... if so, sorry. I love
my family, that's all I gotta say.

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