Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This week we had a really special experience when a member suddenly called and asked for a Priesthood blessing for her mom. I was nervous, because I had never given a blessing in Korean before. But, we went, and I sealed and Elder Gildea gave the blessing. It was most powerful to see the member's faith in Christ, and therefore in the blessing. This made me reflect on how important it is to always be prepared in our faith. Like Elder Holland once said, lightning may strike. We don't know when or where, but, like this member, we all must at some point experience a deep trial. It is at this point where the true stature of our faith will be tested. As for this member, she was prepared enough in her faith of the Savior that, no matter the outcome, she could maintain hope. The sweet comfort that comes at a time like this can not be bought by any means beside faith. As for me, I know that Christ is our Savior. Through him we can receive all the promised blessings of peace and assurance of life after death and of eternal life with family. Nothing created by man can replace the hope and joy of the Savior.

Along with that experience, we had a great week. On exchange, Elder Gildea with Elder Bradshaw found an investigator over in the Newtown area named Brother Ahn. As I heard it, they were walking along when this high school or college teacher came up behind them and started talking. They went and sat down in a cafe about 200 meters away and taught the Restoration. Then, when they asked for his phone number, he actually got up and got his phone from off a different table, meaning he had already been in the cafe when he saw them pass by and had chased them down the street. Elder Gildea and I taught him again on Tuesday, and he is really great! 

We were able to meet Jimmy again this week, but he is going away again on another trip again. Tim is leaving for college in a few weeks, so we plan to help him increase his faith so he can keep learning and be baptized when he meets missionaries out in Gangweondo. 

Love you all! Have a superb week.

Elder Gildea is great and super hard working. Korean is coming along great - I'm starting to understand more and more all the time. Love you all! Have a great week!
Pictures of our area from a random apartment building.

Elder Gildea

Pictures of our area from a random apartment building.

Pictures of our area from a random apartment building.

Pictures of our area from a random apartment building.

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