Thursday, July 17, 2014

Week 5!

Functional washing machines are far too unappreciated.  Why do I bring this up you may ask? Well, let me enlighten you!  On our P-Day last week the washing machine I used for my dark clothes did not work right, mainly along the lines of getting most of the water out of my clothes.  I literally wrung at least a couple gallons-worth of water out of those sopping-wet clothes before transferring them to the dryer.  Needless to say they didn't dry all of the way in that dryer.  But I didn't have time for another cycle, so I had to air-dry them.  Our residence was full of my clothes hanging on whatever things they could possibly hang on!  over the next 3 days, little by little, they all dried and got put away.  So the next time you count your blessings, remember to be thankful for your working washing machine!

I was asked to play the piano for priesthood mtg and sacrament meeting for Sunday, so that was pretty cool to get to play some piano again!  Also for sacrament meeting, 3 other elders and I (E Tucker, E Wright, E Murdoch) did a musical number of 'Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy.'  It took a little bit of practice beforehand, but it was pretty good :)

Also on P-Day last week, the end of the day was pretty wet and rainyish, so I had a bit of fun with the flash on my camera.  As we were walking back to our residence, our district would pass by other groups of missionaries standing under the covered walkways, just talking or whatever.  So discretely, I would have my camera by my side and snap a picture and the flash would go off.  And instantly the group would gasp and look around super quickly, searching for lightning.  Let's just say that we all felt pretty clever!

We got a new elder this week: Elder Harvey.  He's Taiwanese, but raised in Maryland. He was originally called to serve in the Canada Montreal Mission, French-speaking.  But because of a combination of visa/lang complication things, he got reassigned to Anaheim, CA, Korean-speaking.  Pretty big change for him!  But he's a great addition to the district!  He took a year of Korean at BYU last year, so it's not like he's a complete fish out of water, but he didn't exactly learn the missionary terms in school!

The gym that we normally have devotionals in (and gym...) is currently having the floor 'refinished' or something like that.  So for our devotionals we have to walk over to the Marriott Center to have them.  Our Sunday night speaker was Brother Heaton (an MTC executive in some aspect), and he talked a lot about charity.  He said something along these lines: "We cannot manufacture charity, it is a fight, and it only comes to us as we diligently plead for and work to obtain it."  I think it's important that we always keep Moroni 7:46 in mind (and the following verses as well of course!).  ' 46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—'  Charity is basically, like, number one.  So we should definitely strive with all our might to have it.  We can't feel the Spirit when we're angry, we can't be good disciples of Christ if we shoulder grudges or resentment, etc, etc...  So just something to think about.

On Tuesday we heard from Elder Brown, a former 70, who served in Korea as a missionary right after the Korean War when the area opened up.  And who served there as a mission president way back in the day as well.  He talked to us about always using the names of God and Christ with sincerity.  One thing I wrote down in my notes based on what he said was this:  ' We covenanted at baptism that we were will to take Christ's name upon us. So we need to ACT LIKE IT."  Remember that as members of the church (and especially as a missionary!), you are representing Christ and what he would do through all of your actions.  So be good! :)

Just a fun fact for everyone- on our way to the Marriott Center on Tuesday, we walked right past the BYU broadcasting building.  And a familiar person passed by me and went up into the building.  Just before he went into the building I realized that it was James from Studio C.  That was kind of weird and cool at the same time; just one of those crazy MTC happening to be kind of the same place as BYU campus kind of things.

President Yost told our district this week that we need to figure out how much vocabulary we know and then triple that before we leave the MTC.  Doing the math....that's a lot of vocab...  So I'm trying to learn 25 words a day, which is difficult, but not impossible!  We have to come up with the weirdest ways to memorize words.
Love you all! 사랑합니다!

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