Monday, September 21, 2015

It's been a crazy first week in Korea, but I'm loving it. I love going out and sharing the gospel with others. I just wish I could say and understand more. Elder Moore is a great trainer and extremely proficient in Korean. I'm learning more each day. 

One thing I have been working on is setting goals and carrying them out. This is something I've never really done before coming on my mission, but I'm beginning to see why it is so important. I also am working and trusting the Spirit and talking with everyone, even though I know beforehand I won't understand what they say. The scripture in doctrine and covenants that says to open your mouth and trust the Spirit more that we fear man has helped a lot. I have a lot of improvement to make, but I am trying to be more diligent and faithful so that the Lord can more quickly bless me to understand and get there. 

We have two investigators - one is a 21 year old ), and the other is an 11 year old. They are friends and we sometimes teach them together. Unfortunately, we were recently told that they can't be baptized because of their circumstances, but we are continuing to befriend and bring them to church. 

I'm kind of disappointed that we now don't have any investigators who can be baptized, and I feel this is because we need to work harder and be more focused on others in our thoughts, prayers, and efforts throughout the day. It's so hard to be 100% all the time, especially in language efforts, but I'm learning and setting goals that, with the Lord's help, I know will help me get there, and He will entrust us enough to lead us to some of His children who are ready to hear the Gospel.

We spend a lot of time out on the streets looking for contacts, and Elder Moore and I decided a couple times to go into shops and talk to the owners in there. The first one was really cool - he sat us down, ran to get a couple of grape sodas, and talked to us about his job and family. He said we could come back, so hopefully we can start teaching him the lessons. 

The second shop we walked into was a barber shop, and the owner did the exact same thing - sat us down, got us some drinks, and talked to us about things (not sure exactly what because it was in Korean). Elder Moore told me this is part of Korean culture, and that by treating us so respectfully and courteously he was taking the role of an "older brother." I'm learning lots about the Korean people and their culture, and it's lots of fun. Hopefully we can keep on teaching both of these and find some more people to teach. 

The craziest thing that happened was meeting { name  }.  He's a less active who we teach, and he is pretty crazy and spontaneous. During our lesson, I wasn't really understanding anything that was said, until at some point he mentioned the name Chandler. I spoke up and asked, "Brother Chandler?" He looked surprised and said, "Yea, Craig Chandler?" So then I said, "Yea!" I told him about Brother Chandler being my MTC teacher. It's just crazy that the first lesson I taught in Korea happened to connect so well. 

Thanks for your messages everybody! 

Elder Tyler Crisp

Elders Moore and Crisp

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