Goodness I love missionary work. We've had so many miracles this week. We went out and spent a lot of time trying to talk to people, and while we got a lot of rejections, TONS of blessings came in other ways. We were able to also do a lot of less-active work.
Each day, the best time for going out and proselyting on the street is from 4-6pm, when people are getting out of school and coming home from work. After talking with the local leaders we have asked the members to pray for us Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm, as we go out and proselyte to be able to find those that are prepared for the gospel. We hope it will not only help us feel their support but remind them to focus on missionary work. We did it for the first time on Thursday. It was spectacular. It was interesting how different the feeling was, and especially the strength that we could feel as we worked. We also found some very good people! Today in church our branch mission leader gave a talk and mentioned how Pohang seems to be changing and he is seeing more and more miracles as members focus on the work. He talked about our experiences with the “hour of power” and some other experiences that we've had recently. It was so cool.
That same day, a woman called us and said that she would like to study English together. I introduced our 30/30 program, and was explaining our purpose as missionaries when she said, "I was actually baptized a long time ago. I didn't understand all of the principles and some things about Joseph Smith, so I didn't go to church for a long time. I want to learn about those things." We were shocked. We talked with her a little more and set up an appointment to meet with her at her home. She has a family and two children. We are so excited to meet her!
Several other people called and contacted us recently that we hadn't had contact with for a while and had interest in the gospel. They just kept coming in. We would go out and proselyte, wouldn't find a whole lot of people, but would later come home and get a lot of calls and texts from other people. I am so grateful for the Lord blessing us. It was cool.
We had a good little activity this last Saturday. Our branch mission leader's son just got married, and they had a little dinner celebration for them at the church. They told us to invite a lot of people. We were able to get a few people to come from English class, and also another investigator. One of our young women also brought a friend that we talked quite a bit with. Oh, and I also saw the branch president and his wife from Gyeongsan! Super cool. It was so fun to talk with them. Our leader asked me to play my violin at the dinner, so I did Pachelbel's Canon in D with one of the sisters on the piano (although we were both reading that arrangement for the first time and made most of it up...). It was a good activity though!
Today our young woman recent convert also brought her friend to church again! She seemed to have a good time, and even stayed after for a little bit for a PMG class we are starting with the Young Women. Our Young Women are awesome. It was a good opportunity! She doesn't have a lot of time, but we are going to try and meet again with her this week.
Like I think I mentioned before, this transfer our focus in on the Book of Mormon. All the missionaries in Busan Mission are going to re-read it all during the transfer. There has been a lot of reading each day, but it has also been INCREDIBLE. I love the Book of Mormon. I blows my mind how we have this gift in our lives. It really is the key to everything. Especially as we read it through so quickly, I feel that I see the prophets more for the people they are, diligently making these records and then entrusting them to the Lord, knowing that He would one day bring them forth for a great purpose. It is incredible. I am so grateful that we have these truths restored in our lives.
I love you!!!