I just got my transfer call and after 5 1/2 months in 충장 ward, I'm transferring. I will be serving in 둔상 (doon-sang?). I think it's near Daejeon :)
My new companion is Sister Simonson. I don't know anything about her other than that she is American.
This week we found a lot of new investigators!! One of my favorite ones is 73-years-old--ha! She is 이영님 (ee-young-neem)'s mother. We went over to her house to visit and it was hilarious. In the middle of our lesson she kept randomly getting up to go to the bathroom, get food...etc... Then when we were trying to talk about Jesus, she got up and said she just wanted to sleep, so she went in her room to sleep. Once she got to her room she told me to come join her. She prepared a little spot for Sister An and I to lay down, put a blanket over us and then laid down next to me haha! Sister An and I sang a hymn to her while she fell asleep then left. It was a funny and really tender experience!
We visited my favorite 92-year-old again this week to bring back her laundry and teach her about the gospel again. We asked her to say the prayer and it was really cute. She just kept saying over and over, "감사합니다" "하나님 감사합니다!" (Thank you, God. Thank you, God!" enthusiastically and waving her arms around. She lives in really rough conditions, but has so much gratitude. I love this lady!
We had a lesson with 이영님 this week. We found out that she had lost a brother 10 years ago and that one of her brothers died as an infant. We taught her, through the Book of Mormon, about the Plan of Salvation and how even though her brothers didn't have the chance to accept Jesus Christ and be baptized in this life, that they will have a completely fair chance in the next. We taught her that babies don't need to be baptized because they are innocent and cannot sin. It was a powerful lesson. She gave the closing prayer and it was incredible. She was so sincere and the spirit was so strong.
We visited a lady who works in a shop near the church building here and before we left, we wanted to pray with her, so I asked her name and wrote it down so I could remember it...and I made a big mistake--I wrote it in a red pen. In Korean culture, you only write dead people's names in red and if you write a living person's name in red, it curses them. My companion looked horrified. Luckily the shop-owner forgave me! I am learning new things about Korean culture every day haha.
Church this week was bitter-sweet. I was pretty sure I was going to transfer, so I knew I would have to say goodbye to some of my favorite people in the world. Sacrament meeting was amazing and I was so happy when our little less-active, mentally handicapped girl came in late and sat by me. She held my hand the whole meeting and I just felt so much love for her. I don't want to leave these people! But I'm excited to get to go love a whole new group of people!
I love being a missionary and love seeing little miracles everyday. I know God lives. I know my Savior lives. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know God has an individual plan for each and every one of us. I am so grateful to be able to share this knowlesge with people everyday.
Love you all! Have a wonderful week :)
Sister Naatjes :)