1. People always always drive on the sidewalks in their cars, motorcycles, or whatever. If there's a long wait, they just turn up on the sidewalk and start driving. Crazy!
2. The driving laws here... may or may not be in existence. Red light? eh just drive through it and honk the whole time so people know you're coming. It's crazy!
3. The addresses here make no sense whatsoever. There's no pattern to them or anything. This will come into play later!
This week was amazing!!! As usual! Rained all day Monday and Tuesday and sprinkled the rest basically. But it warmed up a bit that last weekend and the weather was perfect! I wish you could see the leaves- so, so beautiful!!
So, Nov 8th (yes, happy b-day Britt^^) there's a stake musical fireside and my district was asked to sing a song... guess what song we decided to sing? Hakuna Matata! Haha! I'm serious!! So we got the music for it and have been practicing this past week. It's so, so fun!!! We just have a ball the whole time. It's kind of almost like a little musical because we're all moving around and stuff... I love my district! They're so awesome and willing to do fun things.
Tuesday.. FHE. Super good! Haha! We played a game called 돼 지 돼 지, Dad, have you heard of it? It's like marco polo. The person answers "굴 굴" to it in a different voice and they have to guess who it is. SO fun! Haha! Our bishop is awesome and gets so into all the games!
Wednesday was amazing!!! We had a district meeting and we talked about fears we have and how to overcome them. It was so great!!! We also got this letter to read- IT IS THE BEST LETTER. Just how to be a better missionary and what a mission does for your life and is just the best. Try to see if you can find it! It's by Danny Q. Humphrey and about an Elder Ricciardi, if that helps. Um... then we street boarded!!! Basically we set up some posters and try to talk to everyone. We talked to so many people. It was amazing!! After we taught 최승임 (chway-song-eem) and it was a great lesson. Haha, so she works for New Skin and she wanted to put a cream on my eyelids and around my eyes. After she asked if I could feel it and I said no... ahh!!!! Haha my eyes just started burning! Not my eyes, but around my eyes. Haha it felt so weird! She said, Oh! You can feel it! Haha YEAH I could! She said if you're falling asleep, you put it on your eyes and it helps you stay awake. She called it "her method". Yes, it sure did wake me up. Haha after we found out it was like a muscle relaxer thing- burn hot then cold? Something like that? Yes, it was on my eyes, haha.
Thursday.. Service project. Haha! The man calls Sis. S and I "the dream team" (in English!!) because we're really fast. Sweet! We were trying to find less actives and for some reason decided to visit a lady on our CMIS list. We went to her house and guess what? She was home! That never happens! Seriously, Koreans are the busiest people on earth. She let us come in and of course gave us some food (oranges!) and asked if we come often at this time and we said it was our first time coming to her house and she said that she is literally never home at this time and it was amazing we caught her. (something about her work) Anyways, she's super cute and was baptized like 20 or so years ago when she was a teenager but now has no interest in the church at all. So for now we're just going to drop a card off every now and then! She was nice, though. Then we had a dinner with 이충송 (ee-chung-song). She was super sick so we went out to dinner. I felt so bad! She should've just cancelled. Anyways, we ate 심겹살 which is a delicious meat that they cook in a really cool way on your table! She bought 3 extra portions for us... So we ate a lot! After, she said, "Now let's go back to my house to eat some apples!" (Ok yes I know! So much food and I"m going to get huge.) So, we go back and she takes this massive bag out full of the biggest apples you've ever seen and starts cutting... Oh no! We are all just staring at each other wide-eyed (it was the 4 sisters, us and Sis Kwon and Pope.) We start eating and she just, keeps, cutting. She got a call and there were a couple pieces left so we did rock, paper, scissors for who had to eat it. She came back and pulled out more apples!! So luckily Sis. S said, "Ah thank you so much but we have to go!"
NOW WELCOME TO THE BEST DAY OF MY MISSION.
So Friday was just incredible!!!! Thursday night this lady that had met with the missionaries but stopped a couple months ago and wouldn't answer calls or anything called us and said, "Let's meet tomorrow at 4." So we did! We had a member come (방명분) that is just amazing! And guess what? She actually showed up! We taught her the first lesson about the restoration and at the end talked about following Christ's example... Long story short she wants to be baptized next month!! Nov 23rd!!! Which would just be amazing because guess what? My trainer, Sis. S has had one baptism her whole mission and it was last year, Nov 23rd... it would be exactly one year later!!!! So we were just so pumped. THE BEST LESSON EVER!!! It was so great and she's wonderful! Ok, disclaimer. This story does get a little sad later on. After we practiced for the stake musical night and it was so, so fun. haha just laughed so much trying to plan it!
Saturday... Happy birthday, Sis. Pope! We made her brownies with a recipe she had and celebrated. We met a really awesome girl on the street!!! She was genuinely so interested and wanted to meet with us the next day. WHAT. Then later was English class and few people came so there was only one girl in the advanced class. She's so cute!!! I taught her once when on an exchange with Sis. Kwon (권). She just started talking about prayer and had all these questions about it, so that's what we talked about most of the time. She's so cute and sweet!! Then our district went to a "meat buffet" for Sis. Pope's b-day. Super good.. But we seriously just never stop eating here! Never! The elders had bought her a cake which was so kind of them. Haha! So we think cake, chocolate, vanilla... nope! The cakes here are a bit different. There was frosting! But it was a 고구마 cake... which means sweet potato! It takes just like a sweet potato.
Now, the end of the story. So, the lady, 유옥렬 (u-ong-reoar... kind of) never came to church or our app :( She wouldn't answer our calls or texts. Bummer... but! 방연숙 came! Which is crazy! She's the one that came to church two weeks in a row. Haha! So funny though... She came super late after we'd called her a couple times and came in right before the started the prayer for the sacrament. She sat by us and the whole time wouldn't really focus... She kept trying to take pictures of us (btw she's about 50) and we would say no, so she would just hold her phone, and then tilt it so the front camera was on us so she could take a picture... of course we noticed! So we kept telling her no. She kept saying she was hungry and we said as soon as the meeting was over we were all going to eat together. Right before the last speaker ended, she jumped up, slid her chair back, and ran to the back door! So we jumped up too and tried going after her but she went out the door and was closing it when I went to open it, so she was pulling it shut and I was trying to open it... Hahaha! I hope you have this image in your mind! I know that Bishop sitting on the stand watching this happen was just wondering what was going on. Haha! It was so funny! Then she let go and turned and started running down the stairs (we're on the second floor), so we were going down and trying to call to her to ask what she was doing. She turned and said, "You're beautiful! Your Korean is perfect! I want to see your faces Tuesday! Pretty!" Yes. That was the conversation. So that was crazy! Choir practice... I only fell asleep twice, so it wasn't that bad. After, tried to visit less actives and street contact. then we "가가호호ed" which is just knocking on people's doors and asking if they want to hear our message. Super fun! The funniest things happen during that. Also, sometimes people aren't fully dressed when they open their apt. door so that's weird...
That was pretty much my week!!! I'm just loving this work. It's the best!!!!!! Today we're going back to the zoo and guess what? The elders called us just before we left and asked what we were doing and we said going to the zoo and they said no way! We are too!
So by the zoo, it's just a huge park kind of like Central park but of course smaller. They said that they're bringing Frisbee's and a slack line!!!! What?! So I get to go slack lining in a little! So stoked.
Anyways love you all!!!!!!