Friday, September 26, 2014

Hey Family! - 9/21/14

This week has been pretty hectic and so I want to keep it short, we also are going somewhere later on today so we need a little more time so I will be cutting email a little short today.


Anyways this week!


Pday we went to the castle in the middle of Gwanghwamun and saw all the stuff there, super beautiful and awesome!  It was massive complex too, and then it was funny to hear the koreans say this is tiny compared to the ones in like China that they are partially modeled after.  Crazy it already took us like 2 1/2 hours to walk through most of it!  


This past week we have met with Ryan a lot (the man who went missing) and taught him quite a bit, he didnt get baptized this past week because he had to go down to the south of korea for a few days and we werent able to meet him, nor was he able to come to church so we moved it to this upcoming weekend, and we are hoping to meet tonight so fingers crossed that he will keep his baptismal date for this weekend!  He has been getting rid of his depression even more through prayer and reading the book of mormon.  Super sick, he has been keeping all of his commitments (even though he relapsed on his smoking, hes still willing to give it up).  Pray for him!!!!


We have also been meeting this past week with our less active Matthew.  He expressed to us his desire to relearn the gospel after we shared a spiritual message with him that he didnt understand at all because he doesnt remember anything about the gospel.  So we have been meeting with him almost every day these past couple of days and reteaching him everything about the gospel.  It has been an awesome experience as I can actually see him grow!  He even related to us his baptismal story.  He was baptised in the middle of december in Sanggye Ward in a giant kimchi bucket.  I can see his faith in him regrowing like it was back when he first received baptism.  Such an awesome experience to do this with him.  


In other news thats not too spiritual, we found two chairs on the street the other day that are way better than ours so we snagged them out of the trash.  Also found a spin dryer, first one in the mission!  Elders Grimshaw and Lee did what we call the "Sparta Challenge" in which you take 30+ yogurts (yakult esque things) and try to drink all of them and then hold them down for 5 minutes.  Elder Lee Failed and threw up after about 22 yogurts, elder grimshaw finished but unfortunately after only 4 minutes he hurled.  This week I have learned how to play a korean game called Jangi, its like Chess but everything is in Chinese!  And I bought an ocarina and want to learn how to play it!  


So this week has been good!  Im super excited for this upcoming week and all the miracles and challenges that will come along with it.  As always try to serve and love one another and only good will come of it!  Love all of you!


In President Monson's words from last conference


I have wept in the night

For the shortness of sight

That to somebody’s need made me blind;

But I never have yet

Felt a tinge of regret

For being a little too kind.


Have a great week!

Elder Yamagata

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