This week hasn't been all too exciting, but a LOT of fun. It has still been very busy, with Sister Training Leader stuff and welcoming the natives, but I feel like I am just starting to really figure out the study schedule and how to manage everything going on. Too bad its almost the end!
Oh, highlight of the MONTH. Last week I saw Brynn and Beth!!! Sister Allred and I were just walking back to the classroom for language study and I saw them in the distance, coming in for TRC. I think I may have yelled at them. Oops. Anyway, I started running and threw all my stuff on the ground and hugged them. It was the best thing! It was so good to see them!!! They are the sweetest. When I got back to the classroom, I seriously sat there for at least ten minutes and just smiled. Tender mercy FOR SURE.
On Tuesday, the native Koreans came! They are wonderful. The first one we met, an Elder Kim, is a body-builder. He is really funny, and collects dinosaur and animal figurines. He told us that he has spent thousands of dollars on them, and has about a thousand total. He filled up one of his suitcases full of them to bring and give to the missionaries going to Korea. Especially Dacheon. When we first met him, he thought we were going to his mission, Dacheon, and so gave me a cat figure and Sister Allred a fox. After a little bit though, he realized we were going to Busan and took them away. I guess we seemed really disappointed, and so he asked us, "Are you sulky??", and gave us the toy animals back. He then told us, "All the rest for Dacheon. No more. Keep secret." I guess Sister Allred and I were the blessed few. However, he gave some to Elder Kahng and Elder Miller because "They gave me jerky".
Later in the day, about 8 of them came. They are ADORABLE. There are two sisters in the group, but only one of them came the first day. She is so cute. She actually went to BYU for a bit, and speaks English very well. She really likes to help us with our Korean, though, and tries to get us to SYL (Speak Your Language) most of the time. Since I am one of the STL's, I was her companion for some of the first day. It was so fun! She was very tired at the end of the day, and during devotional fell asleep on my shoulder. I think I sent you a picture that Sister Allred took of that. That night, as we were helping her unpack, she showed us all of the cool stuff she brought from Korea, and all of her makeup and face products. I guess Korean girls are all about making their skin as smooth and nice as possible. They put on MANY products and cream and oils after washing their faces. She gave us several sample products that she brought with her, like face masks and expensive creams. I have a feeling that when I come back from Korea I will have glowing skin.
Anyway, it is a blast with the natives here. They are so much fun!
Today we went to the temple again with more of our district. It was so good and afterwards we went into the basement and got food at the cafeteria there. It was a GLORIOUS change from our MTC fat food. Very good. I cannot wait to go to Korea and eat real food. The cafeteria is decent here but it really messes with your body no matter what you eat! Hooray for rice and seafood and Korean barbecue! Good things to come.
This is the last full normal week in the MTC. Next week we will start a lot of the packing and in-field orientation. I am stoked to go but I can tell that I will miss my district a ton. We are just best friends now. We do so much with Elder Miller and Elder Kahng especially. I will miss them! I am SO glad that Sister Allred, Sister Kerr and Sister Philips are going to Busan too. I love them to death! Also, the native Sister is going to Busan as well.
Lately Sister Allred and I have been teaching really well together. I can feel the Spirit so much when preparing for our lessons and there have been some lessons where we have been in prefect sync. I have definitely seen the Gift of Tongues and especially during our lessons, sometimes Sister Allred will say the coolest things. It is such an awesome thing to feel and witness. I know that even here with our lessons with our "investigators" the Lord is helping us so much. I cannot imagine what it will be like in the field. I have felt comfort, peace, enlightenment, and love so much here. God really does want to help us and will grant to us according to our righteous desires. It is sometimes hard to be as in tune with the Spirit as we should be, but it is wonderful to try and do better each day.
I love you all so much!!! You are incredible examples and I love to hear about what you are all doing!