To my friends and family,
So this week was a little wack, but at the same time it was also amazingly fun. Elder Johnson went home so most of my week was dedicated to taking him around Korea to go see all the amazing people he has met. That time also included me wrecking people in basketball and getting to go to the temple again. I also saw someone that I baptized before I left Korea randomly on the street far away from where he lives, so that was beyond crazy...
Ookay so for culture bit for this week: the 형 and 동생 relationship. So the 형 is the older brother and the 동생 is the younger brother. It is not just in families, but also in friend groups. If you are the older brother, you are responsible for protecting the younger brother, but also you can basically get him to do anything you want and he has to listen. As the younger brother, you do what you are told but you know your older brother will take care of you. But ya it is an age related tradition and super important.
This week I also taught my first lesson to someone who was not a member since I have been back in the country. I was super rusty with everything and the lesson did not exactly go the way that we planned it (actually not at all, it was terribly organized) but I learned a really important lesson from it. The topic of the lesson was the resurrection and our life after death, and the person we were teaching simply did not believe in what we were teaching. That’s totally fine, and the best part is that he wasn't offended when we shared what we believed. He understood that we were still close friends and that we were just trying to share things that we love with him. Anyway, the important lesson that I learned was that we are so blessed to have the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I love the bible; I read it every day and I find comfort in the words that I read, especially when it teaches of the Savior. I love the Book of Mormon, just as much, if not more than I love the Bible, because it teaches those principles that are found in the bible more simply and gives further testimony of Christ. This week in the Book of Mormon I found comfort again in the teachings of the resurrection. The scriptures teach simply that because Christ died for all of us, we will all rise again and live eternally. I am so grateful for that truth, especially because I have lost people that I love very much. I know that I will be able to see them again.
7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
I am so grateful for God's gift of his beloved son, and I am so grateful to be able to have the opportunity to serve him and teach people of this incredible gift.
I love you all,