Okay how awesome is my ward? For the Halloween party (that took MONTHS of preparation) all the kids brought their nonmember friends! Our investigator came and she even brought a friend! The ward members were ALL over introducing themselves to them and making sure they were always being talked with. It might have been a little 부담 (pressure/burden).. But the members are awesome!
At the party there were more nonmembers than members! What a great turn out(: We had a monster drawing contest, cardboard cutouts of a princess and pirate that kids could stick their faces in, a mummy race, trick-or-treating and a haunted house! The haunted house was a big hit. Some kids said it wasn't scary.. Only because they had their phones out to light the way!
The rest of the kids said it was so scary and most of them cried.. Some kids couldn't even get through the haunted house.. ㅋㅋ Our investigator's kids wanted us to go through with them. They were definitely crying and we had to PULL them through. We even had to turn on the lights so they could see everything..
After they got through they said it wasn't scary and they wanted to go again! So the second time through one of the girls just said everything wasn't scary and that it was 못생기다 (ugly)... But she was still terrified! We had so many good scares and we even used our investigators doll for the haunted house.
In our mission our goal is to have 10 lessons a week. Whether it's an actual investigator lesson or member practice lessons. So we set up an appointment with one of the YSA and in return we helped her with English so she could test into BYU. We started right off the bat with the lessons and she played as an investigator.
The lesson went really well and she actually started asking questions of her own about prayer and receiving answers. She started opening up and she told us about the hardships in her life and how she used to be suicidal. But she found the church and she told us how the church and the friends she made in the church had saved her life. She told us how she is so thankful for the gospel and how it gives her hope.
It was a very powerful experience and through practicing missionary lessons with members she was able to open up and we could really get to know her and that we had helped her and that we need to continue helping her. Moral of the story, member practice lessons aren't just for practicing!
So remember that BYU student that's in my ward who decided she was going to go on a mission? Well this week she said she's going to start her papers and for sure turn them in when she gets back to America!!! I'm so excited for her. She'll probably come to Korea on her mission. She's got Korean blood in her!
Have a great week!
Pics: TEMPLE! There are four questionably Asian sisters in the picture. A half Chinese/white, a half Korean/white, a full Korean from New Zealand, a full Korean from Utah and Sister Jacobson..
A pic of some of my dongi(: (MTC Members)