Last Thursday, after a couple days dying of anticipation/nervousness/stress, I finally met my new companion! Sister Sallander!! Man, she is the best! She's from California, Bay Area, and used to attend BYU Provo!! She's super cool, super sweet, super positive, and down for anything, including working hard. This week has been great! Her Korean is actually pretty good--and the best part is that she is confident in using the Korean she knows to speak to others. It's been a delight of a week serving with her. Turns out my trainer will be staying with us for about three weeks, following which she will begin traveling. I'm actually pretty much loving the whole tripanionship thing--I will have been in one for roughly the last 2 months. We have all been making the best use of the time we have all together to get a lot of work done! We only have one truly progressing investigator right now, who will be baptized in two weeks, and quite a few recent converts. We've found quite a few potentials though!
Since being called as a trainer, I have learned a lot about humility, diligence, exercising faith, obedience, hope, charity... lots of learning. This last week has been the equivalent of a "super speed burst" button you might press on a video game. Above all else, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a trainer. Korean is still a struggle at times, and I'm still not yet a perfect missionary (I don't expect to ever reach that point...), yet for some reason I was called. And it says, those whom God calls, He qualifies. It may be the greenie fire that my new companion brought with her, or even my trainer's last burst of energy during her last transfer, or I don't even know... but I feel a rejuvenation fo energy and excitement for serving the Lord and working hard! I know that we will be witnessing all manner of miracles so long as we keep being obedient and exercising our faith.
Speaking of miracles, one of the greatest miracles I've seen thus far on my mission was the experience of meeting Lee Gee Won about two months ago in the church. I think I recounted the story in an earlier email, about how we happened to be at the church waiting for an investigator to show up (who actually never did), when he came through the doors. Well, yesterday he was baptized. That was one of the sweetest moments for me this week! Perhaps of my mission so far. As he bore his testimony at the service, tears fell from his face. This man has had a hard life, and works for the military. It's incredible seeing what the love of God can do. It's also incredible to be able to witness and feel God's love, as much as I did yesterday. I love being a missionary! I wouldn't rather be anywhere else, doing anything else!
My apologies for my English... it's been failing me quite a bit lately. I don't expect it to get any better... hahaha.
Love you all!
Have a wonderful week!