Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

안녕하세요! Hello! 

This week was full of fun surprises and many miracles. I honestly see miracles every day but most of the time they are really small, seemingly insignificant things but to me they mean so much. 

For instance, on Tuesday, we were handing out English flyers on the street with our district. The temperature was about -7*C (I don't know what that is in Fahrenheit) but it was cold. Very cold. 

No one was really taking our flyers because they didn't want to take their hands out of their coats but some people did because they had pity on us. One man even came up to us and casually asked how many missionaries there were that we were working with. We said six and then he went away only to come back 10 minutes later with Starbucks hot chocolate! He easily spent $30USD on hot chocolate for our district. 

It's little things like that that make me feel so grateful. It makes me want to find more and more service opportunities. Especially in this cold weather - there are many ways we can help those in need. 

One of the biggest miracles we saw this week was on Friday. We were getting prepared for our weekly English class when we got a call from sister missionaries in another area. They asked us if we could meet a part-member family in half an hour. Even though this family was in our area we had never heard of them. But, without knowing what was going on or what we needed to do, we traveled way up to the tippy-top of our area and met this family. 

Apparently, the mother (from Canada) is a member who married a Korean (who lived in America so they all speak English) and they have a few small children. She hadn't attended church for a while but as her children are growing up she realized more and more that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be a huge blessing in her family. So, she reached out to us. 

She fed us dinner and asked us to teach her oldest son about our church so we taught about how God is our loving Heavenly Father and that we can communicate through prayer. It was surprisingly difficult to teach about the gospel in English because I had used Korean for so long! Either way, it was a good experience and it made me think about how much my own life has been blessed. This wonderful family is working on coming out to church and we will continue meeting with them and helping them along the way. 

In other news (I have pictures this week!)

Our house's heating doesn't work which makes studying (and waking up in the morning) pretty difficult. This is my usual morning garb: 

But we keep warm by eating our favorite 김치찌게 (I talked about this last week but we eat it all the time so it's worthy to talk about (again) Kimchi Stew

And, Christmas Time is in the Air! 

One of our favorite cafes. 

And last but not least: a terrible picture of 계산 at night 

I hope the Christmas Season is finding you well and happy. Always remember why we celebrate the season :) 

Sister Holdaway 

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