Monday, July 11, 2016

The Hills of Seongnam

So... this week was transfer week. It was literally the first time I have been to transfers in 7 months! Although I was really sad to leave Sinpung and Elder Wilcox, I already love my new companion and the challenging area that we have come to.

I don't have a ton of time, but I can give you a little rundown of what last week was like and how this new area is with just a few descriptors:
  • Getting lost 
  • Stress
  • Hills and more HILLS
  • Getting even more lost
  • The most famous dog soup in Korea (which I have not eaten--yet...)
  • New companion: Greenie from Philippines (only speaks a little English and even less Korean)
  • Having to speak very slowly and very clearly to and from my companion
  • Learning some Tagalog
  • 25 active ward members
  • A LOT of mentally ill people live here--kind of scary actually
  • Rainy season seemed to end, and was replaced by "sweating like a pig" season
  • Air Force jets everywhere
  • 88 year old investigator
Haha, this place has it all, and it is completely and 100% different than my last area. I love Korea man!
A quick spiritual story from this week as well. So this area wasn't left in like the greatest working
Elder Altejar
condition before I got here, so Elder Altejar and I spent a lot of time outside this week trying to find and learning the area together. After not much success throughout the week, though, 2 random people came to church. One believes very seriously in UFO's and the other was like trying to take every book our church had (haha I honestly liked the UFO guy much more). But after we got home from church, one of our members called us and told us to meet him at the church at 7:00. So we met him and then went to the nearest subway station and he introduced us to two people from the Philippines! The husband is a less active member but the wife is not a member at all. It turned out to be the highlight of the week. Elder Altejar got to speak to them in Tagalog and help them understand more of what we said, we shared a message with them, and then we went back to their house and just had super good talk. They said that they are going to try actually coming out to our church and hopefully the wife will start investigating! It was just a cool blessing. I become companions with the only Filipino Elder in the mission and in that same week we teach the first Filipino family I have ever taught! So sick! 

Love you all so much! Remember that the Lord really does utilize the talents and skills that we have, so try your best to use them!

Elder Jenkins
Seongnam Ward Meetinghouse

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