Monday, December 21, 2015

12212015 Christmas Week


This week was good! We had zone conference which was good. One thing that was said in the training is that the Sabbath was made for us the appreciate the miracle of creation. I had never thought of that before but I thought it was cool! That night we had a family home evening at the Mission President’s home. It was cool. Sang hymns, some testimonies were shared, and it was a very homely feel. Also this week we went caroling. We did it at a crosswalk right by a subway station and two major streets, so there were lots of people, but I didn't love it. It was so busy and loud it didn't seem to fit the spirit of Christmas. It is like hiking up Pikes peak next to the road. At least that is what it felt like to me. But we are going caroling as a zone of Christmas eve, and I think indoors which I am super excited for. But as I was thinking why I didn't love that Christmas caroling, I guess I just feel like we often imagine Christmas as a quiet, sacred night, so as I sing carols I like a little more personal settings. I guess it just points to the fact that Christmas really is a sacred season.

                                                    Elder Grossgebauer and Daniel

Daniel's zone during zone conference

On Sunday, a missionary who is Korean American was on her way home but was staying with her family for a little before going home. She invited us over to have dinner with her Catholic Aunt and Uncle. They were very nice and I felt like I understood most of what was said! Yay! But man the who reversed grammar thing is rough. Anyway, just barely there were these guys in the PC store here who were cussing in English (who knows if they knew what they were saying) but Elder Kim stood up and said that we are foreigners and asked them to stop. I don't know I that that was very nice of him and but it was impressive to ask. He is a good kid.
Anyway on Sunday there was also a Christmas Orchestra/choir concert. It is a Mormon Orchestra called the Liahona orchestra. It was good! I love good Christmas music. Most mornings we play Christmas music in our apartment. It is awesome! :)
On Saturday night we had our ward Christmas Party. They watched two Christmas devotional and had a delicious dinner. Elder Godfrey was Santa and was perfect for the role. It was cute. I liked that they watched the Christmas devotional for the party.
During one lesson in English with Handy Choice I talked about 1 Corinthians 13 and the end about seeing through a glass darkly. To make it easier to understand I talked about tinted windows on a car. We can't see who is inside, we can only see a shape or just shadows. But the promise of the gospel is that God will come out of the car. We will see him even as he sees us from within: face to face. I thought it was a cool way of thinking about it. At least it increased my own personal understanding of the scripture. Handy loves faith. He always goes back to saying that that is the most important thing, so he didn't love when Paul says that the greatest of the three is Charity. He said that on an island we can't really show charity but we can show faith. Just assuming that is true, I thought to myself, "but that isn't heaven." Faith may be the starting point but without other people, good relationships, etc. there is no point. Heaven is Zion, not an island.
I also read Behold Thy Mother this morning. Elder Holland is amazing. I love him and that talk. I was thinking that I wish I had been/am currently better at thinking of my mother or Christ, the two who bore me, when I was tempted or struggling or whatever it is. So thank you mom for everything you have done for me. I know you have born a lot because of me and being a mother. I love you and my whole family.   So yeah those are my main thoughts this week. Hopefully we will get some more investigators soon. We are eating with several potentials this week, so pray for us and them. 
Merry Christmas! 

Monday, December 14, 2015

12142015 New companion, Faith and Trust with out clear answers--just Fruit

This week was rough. Joking!! My companion is super fun, I enjoy being with him. Again we don't have many investigators. So we will have to do a fair amount of finding. But our mission president wants us to give out all of the church Christmas cards so we will probably do a fair amount of that and caroling and stuff, which is exciting.
With my last few days with Elder Grossgebauer we said goodbye to people and did just a little bit of street contacting. With his investigator from his previous area, we went to a sushi bar, which I think was my first real sushi ever. It was good but we had two other people feed us that day as well so we didn't eat a whole bunch. I think I like it more that cooked fish.
Elder Swanson is from Milford Utah, a tiny town in Utah. He like sports, especially basketball. I don't know what all to say about him. He is a cool kid.
The English Branch had their Christmas party so we had some delicious homemade casseroles. A taste of America. Our Saturdays are always a little crazy since there is English class and ward activities. I also started the new language program. We do each lesson in English and memorize scripture references and scriptures. Then we translate each principle into Korean, and teach my companion each principle in the lesson in Korean. Once I do all the principles in a lesson, I do the lesson to the Zone leaders. I like the idea of this program. Trying to teach to your English ability and style, where you can really make the lesson your own. So I am excited.
This week I have been thinking about faith and trusting God, and expecting thing from God. They are certainly connected. So God often says if we ask and believe (trust?) then he will answer. But when I pray to, say, know the church is true, I don't expect an answer (at least in the way we often imagine it.) I expect it to require faith. And kind of like I said last week, I expect my testimony to be mainly based on the fruits. But is it a lack of faith that I don't expect an answer? Is that why I haven't received a clear answer? But then I think of Alma teaching the poor who are humbled because they are poor. He goes on to say that more blessed are those that have no cause to believe and believe. Or something like that. Anyway so is it better to not expect an answer and remain committed? I don't know. Those are just some of my thoughts that hopefully are sensical. (Google corrected that spelling to nonsensical. Is sensical a word?) Right now and for a while I have been praying to be able to trust God, with or without a clear answer. So more blessed am I than Alma the Younger right? hahaha. JK. I also love how his testimony was based on his fasting a praying and applying the gospel, not on the angel. Anyway random thoughts from Daniel. I may have already shared a lot of those with you, I don't remember.
Wow, Dad got called as stake president. Crazy! I love Brother Blaylock. He is such a genuine man. And Brother Marble, I know less well but have been impressed with him. Good picks dad. :) That is cool that you felt like you were being prepared. I would love to hear more about that. Also you will get to release me so that is cool. I didn't even know the stake presidency was changing. What is Nathan Blaylock's email? And I would still like some more pictures of both babies.
I got my Christmas package! The birthday one must have gotten lost. But thanks! I love stockings and flibbers. I love the Christmas season. I love this gospel. I am happy here!
Hurrah for Israel!

Elder Sabey

Monday, December 7, 2015

120715 Na Da Bean and What Makes a Testimony

So we had transfer calls on Saturday. It was a little bit of a crazy transfer. My companion will be Elder Swanson, one of the Zone Leaders in our appointment, who will become district leader and Elder Kim will get a new companion who only has two transfers left. So that will be a bit short for a Zone Leader I guess. Anyway I am excited, I really like Elder Swanson. 
Since this is Elder Grossgebauer's last week, we have been saying goodbye to some people he wanted to say goodbye to. Plus Shawn, the kid who is going to BYU, left this week too so that is sad. But it was cool, there is this choir of a bunch of different people living in Korea that is really good, like professional. Anyway they performed Handel's Messiah which was amazing. They had professional soloist and a real counter tenor. We were supposed to help set up and get them lunch and stuff. We helped get the 30 some-odd pizza's from Costco. So that was fun going through Costco with a cart with like 12 pizzas stacked up. Elder Kim and I did that while the other elders taught English class. We put a TV with the Church's Christmas message at the entrance of our church on repeat in both Korean and English.  The choir felt like the missionaries did everything, when we just helped put the food on the table. We really had nothing to do with the concert, but they kept thanking us, so we just said your welcome. Then we had to set up chairs and everything. During this prep time also No Da Bean got his baptismal interview. But the Zone leaders decided they wanted to meet with him one more time because they wanted to ask him more directly if the reason he is getting baptized is really his girlfriend and he said he hadn't directly prayed about Joseph Smith. So on Sunday morning they finished the interview for the baptism that was schedule for that day after Church... and he passed! But anyway, back to Saturday, we had another person who was coming to the concert and was a little lost and late so he kept calling. Anyway it a little stressful couple of days, I think especially for Elder Grossgebauer. But No Da Bean got baptized so it was all worth it!

It sounds like Hawaii was super boring. I am not jealous at all. But I am glad you were able to celebrate your anniversary. That is super sad about Vi. Tell Terry I love him, feel for him, and am praying for him. They are both so nice to me and are kind and genuine people.
So my thoughts recently have been about testimony. No Da Bean, hadn't prayed specifically about Joseph Smith (which I think is a problem) but I doubt I had when I got baptized either. So I was thinking a little bit about what my testimony is, or what the difference between mine and his is. I don't feel like I have ever had those moments when a voice or overwhelming feeling convinced me of the truthfulness of this church. But I have had many small moments and a few bigger which I am convinced was indeed God's hand in my life. I have lived the principles of this gospel well, and not well, and know there is a difference. I have seen many people's lives and choices in and out of the church and can see a difference. So anyway I felt like that was the same testimony No Da Bean has, perhaps with less evidence yet, perhaps with more. He has seen the difference the Gospel makes in his girlfriend's life, he is changing and noticing a difference. He is tasting the fruits and wants that more and is willing to commit to it. Anyway I am glad they passed him. Handy Choice got the Priesthood on Sunday as well. We got to be in the circle giving it to him. He seemed super happy. So I was thinking about his testimony and I think it is the same. Anyway I think that is the same for all people. That is what testimony is. It is trying it out and tasting the fruits. And as David's essay says it is about commitment. The more we are committed to the gospel the larger and more delicious the fruits become. Anyway I am thankful for God's hand in my life. For the opportunity to serve here. And see people come unto Christ.
Hurrah for Israel!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

112615 Thanksgiving, NaDaBean and Sports

Time flies. I still feel really new as a missionary. Which I am but it is crazy to think it is winter and I went into the MTC in the summer... Anyway this week was fun. The highlights are as follows.
Thanksgiving was cold and is started to snow! None stuck to the ground but still it was cool. We went to the temple in the morning, which is always great. President Morrise's brother is in the English branch. So him with help of some of the branch members made our zone Thanksgiving dinner.

 Then after we went and had a turkey bowl with the guys in our zone. That was also super fun. So we kept the tradition. Then we had our basketball night as we always do on Thursdays. Thad, a really cool kid doing a study abroad comes every week, even without his Mormon friend. He has a Korean girlfriend. We have been joking with him to have her come, so he finally asked her to come and she is coming in 2 weeks. Haha. But that is right before he goes home too, so if nothing else he now likes and respects Mormons now. I really like him. 
Friday we had interviews with the mission president, and my companion had to pass off the teacher prominent program with the AP's. The interviews went well. I passed. We mainly just discussed faith which is what our mission has been focusing a lot on. I really appreciate President and Sister Morrise. They are real and faithful. 

Then on Saturday we had Kim Jang. It is making kimchi. So a bunch of people from the ward bring all the cabbage and ground peppers and stuff and me made kimchi. It takes a fair amount of work, but now our apartment has 12 heads of cabbage made into kimchi. After we had lunch and a mini Olympics. It was a little funny. The ward rescheduled it for us to when the thought it would be best. It turns out that the youth were doing baptisms, the bishop had sugary and so we only got like 12 people there. We wanted like 30. But the bishop wants to do it again. No matter what it was still fun. The kids loved all the games. Plus there were 3 investigators so that really wasn't too bad. No Da Bean has been sick so we had to cancel several meetings with him.

                                                                                  Na Da Bean

 We still are going to try moving forward with the baptism at the end of the week. That really is our only real investigator. Meeting with Jung Soon Eh is hard because she is a female and doesn't like doing lessons in public. So yeah those were the highlights. Pretty fun. I wish we could be teaching more people. This is Elder Grossgebauer's last full week, so we are going to try to say goodbye to some people and as a nice side note maybe get fed a fair amount. I will probably stay in this area since he is leaving.
So yeah that is exciting. I feel like there had to be better ways of finding people. Any ideas? What was most effective on your missions?
I really do have so much to be grateful for. That we have the means for me to be on a mission, that I can be a member of this church, be the favorite child in a wonderful family, a new niece that nobody has sent pictures of... I found out about it from Matt... so yeah thanks Matt! Because most importantly the Atonement. I loved Brian's essays he sent me and Matt's talk. One of my missionary friends in America apparently was struggling a little bit ago. Seeing abused women and drug addicts wears on the soul. Anyway I responded by using both Brian's essays and Matt's talk. I love how Christ is our "mother" and no matter the mistakes, the persecution, or abuse he endured (more than anybody ever) he never stopped loving or extending a helping hand. Anyway I love this gospel. As inadequate as I am to be here I am glad that I am. I want to help people in the most meaningful way possible. And there is nothing more meaningful than this gospel and the grace and love of Christ. So I love you all. Zion or Bust! Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Sabey

Monday, November 23, 2015

112315 Thanksgiving Week

This week has been good.  We are going to the temple, so today isn't P-day.

 But it does mean we get P-day on thanksgiving. Some members in the English branch, including the mission president's brother, are feeding our zone thanksgiving dinner. Then we are going to try to get as many people who can to come do a turkey bowl. So that will be fun. Our basketball program is getting more and more people. There is an awesome German guy named Paul in the English branch who is going to school in Korean and he invited 2 of his friends. One, Thad is awesome and has come pretty much every week. Even when Paul couldn't come. Then this inactive in our ward invites a bunch of girls who go to a basketball club thing to come. So we had like 16 people last time. Then the Philippianos play basketball on Saturdays so we are getting a lot of people to the church, and enjoying being with us, we just need to convert some of those into investigators. We also do soccer once a week. People like it when American's can play soccer well. Just scoring a few goals really helps people like you. 

I have been thinking/ponderizing about the scripture (I forgot the reference) that says because of the exceedingly great length of the war, many were hardened... and many were softened to humility. Anyway, I love that. I think the promise of the gospel is not that our lives will be made easier, or that our wars (whatever they be) will be made shorter, or problems taken away, but that through anything we will have the ability to choose one of those two things. So that is something I am trying to and want to do better. See everything as an opportunity to be softened and be humbled. And then suddenly life becomes a lot more meaningful!

This week was also good. My highlights: One, we met with No Da Bean. He took us to a coffee shop and bought us some drinks. He bought a green tea Latte for himself. . . It was funny. But as we talked a little about the baptismal questions and he talked about stopping drinking and smoking and stuff, I figured the green tea latte was not a big deal... or his earrings. :) But he really is pretty awesome. In Korean the boss with often take his workers out drinking and it is rude to say no. So it’s awkward for members in the work place or those in military who are kind of socially forced to drink.  I heard, I don't know the actual stats, that Russians drink twice as much as Americans and that Koreans drink twice as much as Russians. So that is sad. Especially because it is so institutionalized. But anyway, he is obviously nervous about staying clean but is honestly trying. Other than that, no great investigator moments this week.

We had a solid streak of like 5 or 6 meals that people fed us. So that was awesome. Though one was a pretty spicy soup full of clams, so you have to remove all the shells into this little bins they give you. So that wasn't my favorite, but actually wasn't too bad. It was so spicy you can't really taste to seafood much!  Seriously it was actually pretty good, just a bit spicy. So that was another highlight.
Also the English Branch had their primary program which is always a highlight. Then in the Korean ward I gave my first Korean talk. It was only 5 minutes and pretty basic, and probably slow, but still I did it. After at the meal we have with the ward once a month one of the sisters came up to me and said I did well but corrected my pronunciation on one word (like one of the main words I used) Then she asked how long I had been in Korea. I said two months. And she said no, like I misunderstood, then slowed down her speech and asked again how long I had been in Korea. I said yeah 2 months. And she was super surprised at my Korean. Which feels good! Though everybody says you are really good at Korean even if you only say hello, or understand something they said. I do feel like I am getting better. I am understanding more and more. Still not most, but church and simple conversations are become easier. I had an entire conversation with a guy all by myself while my companion was on the phone. I understood what he said and he understood me! It was weird to be talking to somebody by myself for a while. Often at church I get a bit of a head ache. But that is okay! So yeah that is my update on the language.
I love you all.

Elder Sabey

Monday, November 16, 2015

111615 Peperos, Memories of Dad,and Our life

This week was pretty exciting. The funnest/funniest moments this week was when we met  with Jung Soon Eh. She has been trying to get my companion, when he goes back to America to join her company which  is pretty much just a copy of Nuskin.  We scheduled to  have dinner with  her and she brought  two of her Chinese friends and her "boss"(if  that really exists in a  pyramid scheme). They tried to get him to join before we actually went to dinner. Then we went to dinner at this meat restaurant. Since we were kind of their consumers they bought us a bunch of meat and soda while they bought beer (I guess it was closer to vodka.) It ended up not really being a lesson. It was fun, but a little frustrating. However one of the friends ended up going to church with Jung Soon Eh. So I guess God Moves in a Mysterious Way! That would be ideal as well if we could get them both because then they would already have a friend at church! So hopefully it all works out!
So I forgot it was Dad's birthday. So a few memories. First, when Dad cut down the trees in our backyard. He was a man with tree spikes and a beard. Second, playing walleyball and racquetball and losing a lot (me not him.) Third, hanging out with him on the weekends when I was the only child. Like going to get pizza or soda and watch sports. Or watching movies or whatever it was. It was a party. Fourth, just how he always treats mom is a great example to me. So yeah! Happy Birthday!  Let's see. This week since Handy Choice had to wait to get confirmed so we met with him most days. He is sweet. He opened up a little bit more with us the other day. He emailed me too and called me "Elder Sabey, the Baptist" . Other than with him we didn't have too many lessons this week. But we stay fairly busy. Especially with ward events.

Also this week they had Pepero  Day.  It is those long sticks with chocolate on the end. Anyway it is like Korean Valentine’s day. So at district meeting the sisters gave us all some

 So Dad, your birthday is one day away from a Korean Holiday!
We are planning on doing a little mini Olympics with our ward in a couple weeks to get the members to come out to some of the activities. So we are doing some minute-to-win-it type games. I thought of having a western shoot out thing only with cell phones calling the missionaries. Whoever calls the fastest wins. Haha. Or we might give extra points for signing up for practice lessons with us. I don't know. Fun game ideas or other ideas?
Also there are quite a few Philippinos who  come to Korea to work and earn money for their family. So they sometimes come to our church to play basketball. They come in  waves so they play for like 5 hours. It is pretty impressive. They seem like sweet people but we haven't been able to talk with them too much since we have English on Saturdays, and some other meetings. so that will hopefully be a future source of investigators.
We also got a referral this week as well. An American who left America kind of on the spur of the moment and is friends with one of the missionaries in our mission's sister. So now he is living in our area, can't speak Korean and hopefully is looking for purpose. We will visit him tomorrow. So pray for him and us.
I have been reading both the New Testament and Jesus the Christ. It is cool. I love how Christ was a real person with parents, a hometown, pain and friends. He like us had to come to know his potential and identity. That process allows us to live more fully and happily. I love you all. You are children of God. As are those in France and those members of ISIS. I just wish we all could grasp that more. I think so much would be different. Karl Pierson, ISIS, etc. I don't know that didn't make a lot of sense, but I think it is true.
Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Sabey

This is from Handy Choice

I am grateful to Elder Sabey, the baptist.

Your teaching of the Scripture inspired me 
and give me more reasons to learn about the words of God;
to love Jesus Christ, the Savior;
to be faithful in Him, and follow his teaching, and obey His commandments,
which is the manifestation of His love and infinite wisdom.

I still wish I have a chance to exchange photos as I had suggested;
don't forget your promise to let me have a digital copy of it.

May God bless Daniel Sabey, the baptist
and his family

Handy Choice

Monday, November 2, 2015

110215 There is more than one bridge in Seoul

Hello Everybody!
This week was good. So a few highlights. First, the fun highlight. This kid who speaks pretty good English called. We didn't know who it was so we gave the phone to Elder Kim [a Korean] who did. He answered, but the kid assumed it was an American. So he was speaking English. Elder Kim responded in English. Then I think the caller just decided it would be easier to talk in Korean. So he said something like "I will... take another... Korean missionary" And then proceeded to just speak in Korean to the Kid. It was funny because the English wasn't   great, the kid didn't realize, and just the fact that elder Kim tried it was hilarious.

Having friends and feeling socially accepted is so important. Then after Church we met with a kid named No Da Bean. That is a Korean Name. Elder Grossgebauer met with him a year ago, and his girlfriend is on a mission and is about to get her visa and go the Temple Square mission. Basically he has always said he wants to join the church but that it is only for his girlfriend, so he has never done his "homework” and is just a funny kid. But we met with him and we wanted to talk about baptism. He basically started the conversation and said he really wants to be baptized and this time it is for himself. After talking [probably through emails] with his girlfriend on her mission and seeing how much she cares about her investigators made him realize and feel bad about the way he acted with the missionaries. So we decided he wants to get baptized before elder Grossgebauer goes home. He needs to stop smoking and drinking so he asked us to pray for him. So all things considered that was a solid lesson. We really didn't do anything; he just, I guess, has finally come around. So pray for him!
To answer some questions. We don't eat very often with members. I have done it about 4 times. But this last time was cool because it was with our bishop on the other side of the river in the other mission. That ended up being a little crazy. We decided to walk across the bridge since we were like the only missionaries that can do that so we did. The sisters, after hearing that we were doing,

that decided to do the same, however they went across the wrong bridge! So they had to grab a taxi. They gave him the bishop’s address and the taxi driver said he didn't know how to get there or couldn't get there or something. So they just got dropped off at the subway station where we were supposed to meet at. By this time we were outside the Bishop's apartment. So we told them to go into the subway station and look at the map. They did, but they went to the wrong samsung apartments. Then they followed some ladies’ directions. Finally 30 minutes after they were supposed to be at the bishop's house the bishop just figured out where they were told to go and he told them to stay there and we went to pick them up. So an hour after we were supposed to start we actually got to his house and had dinner. So that was exciting. Not many people have driven in a car in the other mission. Or gotten lost in the other mission. So that was exciting. But dinner was delicious. I guess my Bishop graduated from MIT. He is awesome. He wants to move to Utah but isn't sure if God will let him. Pretty awesome.
The ward seems to rely on missionaries for activities. We are kind of in charge of a lot of activities. So we do the basketball night, family home evening, and a friendship night thing once a month. But the ward members are also really involved. So the organization and everything goes on without us. The wards are just really small, and people are busy so missionaries are nice to have around. We had stake conference yesterday. There were about the same amount of people as there are in the English Branch. But the branch is bigger than most wards because of the military. There is just a lot of movement in and out so it is still a branch.
Korean is fine. I am understanding a little more. But we still speak mostly English. Most of our investigators are pretty fluent at English, so is our bishop and most members are pretty good. We have one investigator who speaks only Korean. So the learning process is slow. I hope I can get a native Korean as a companion, but there are only 8 or so native elders in the mission. And I don't read scriptures in Korean.
As far as personal study it is supposed to be in your native language, and language study I spend more time with grammar and vocab rather than reading scripture. It is just old grammar forms and stuff so it is pretty hard to understand, especially since I don't know a lot of the words. I have done some reading in PMG though. That is easier and I have a lot more of the vocab.   We met with Joshua again. He is just a super faithful guy. A lot would have to change for him to join our church. He would have to step down from his position at his church, which he feels a little weird doing even for work. But he likes us and feels like the BOM is the word of God. The mission president said basically what you would expect. He can't be doing both churches. He needs to just pray and get a better testimony of the Book of Mormon, D&C and Joseph Smith. So we will work with him, but we will see.
I love this Gospel. I don't know how God trusts me to try to preach this gospel to the people of Korea, but he does. It is crazy. I want to become a better servant of him. Love you all!
Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Sabey

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

102815 Temple, food and Halloween

Hey everybody! 
This week was good. I probably start all my emails with that, but I just want those who only read the first line to know that I am good. :) 

For my birthday we went to a chicken place for dinner. It was delicious. Though my birthday started off a little rough. We were meeting with Joshua. We told him to meet us at the subway station. We showed up like a minute late. And since we were on exchanges I was supposed to have the phone, but I am not used to having the phone so I just left it in the apartment. Elder Kim also forgot his. So we just waited for like 20 minutes at the station. In the meantime he just went to the church. So by the time we finally went home and called him back it was too late to meet, and so that was a little rough. But he doesn't seem too offended. But it got better!  It was a good day. I also bought my self some orange juice and a milk shakeish thing to celebrate. 

I loved what Dia said in her email and I have felt that too. I often let my pride and Satan get in the way of unity or just relationships. It is hard because I want to be unified but I also sometimes I feel like my way in honestly better. So finding a balance between keeping unity and trying to like be more obedient can be hard. But just giving people the benefit of the doubt, or trying to see from their perspective is hard. 
My thought is just from what I read this morning, and from Elder Holland. Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief. I want to believe and trust God perfectly, but I don't. I trust myself more. So I ask God to help my unbelief. That is powerful, and something I am working on.

On Thursday we went to the temple,
which is exciting by itself, but even more exciting because it is in the other mission so I got to leave the mission boundaries. Plus my bishop lives across the river as well, so this week we will probably have dinner with them, so I will go do the other mission twice in like just over a week. So that is exciting. Transfers are on Wednesday. Everybody meets at my church building and does the switch thing. Because we do the first 12 week program neither my companion nor I am getting transferred. Though one of the two sisters in the district is. So no big change for me. Our apartment stays the same. I will probably get the birthday package then, because I think they bring mail that day.

So the rest of Thursday was our P-day. We went and climbed most of a mountain near Seoul. It was beautiful, but a little foggy, so we couldn't see a lot of Seoul which you are supposed to. Climbing mountains is just a little bit of a different experience when the elevation isn't a big deal. You can just go a lot faster.

We had fun though. It was a pretty steep climb actually but most of the time it was really solid rock so not too dangerous. It is called 관악산 I believe if you want to look it up. I forgot my camera so I didn't get any pictures, somebody may forward me
hem though.

So both Mom and Dia asked about the food a little bit. I haven't fallen in love with Korean food yet, but I have never been like grossed out by it either. I think I am getting more used to it though, Ever restaurant gives free Kimchi as an appetizer generally with a few other things. The red sauce that is on Kimchi is like on most all of their foods. So most everything has a bit of spice. But nothing too crazy. It just means my nose stays cleared all the time. One of my favorite foods thus far is called like military soup. It comes from the Korean war. It is like ramen, vegetables, spam, and some other stuff in that red sauce soup. It is good. American soldiers would give the starving Koreans spam and probably some of the other ingredients, and they would add ramen. That is similar to kimchi soup, which is similar but just with Kimchi as the main ingredient. This probably wasn't what you were looking for, but my favorite food moment this week happened during district meeting. We got a call from some other elders and they said some guy was wandering around the church trying to find us to give us food. Eventually, after running around the church real quick, we figured out that a member had bought a big box of groceries for us but had the other elders’ phone number, and the delivery guy was actually in the parking lot. But we got a box with eggs and snacks and tomatoes both big and small and grapes and stuff. Plus I found out that we have a tab at a restaurant. That means we go to the restaurant and just put it on the tab and a member pays for it. I still haven't used it since we aren't supposed to use it much. But in another area they have like 5 and the members get offended if you don't use it. So I want to go there so time haha.

We also had a Halloween party on Saturday for the young single adults in the stake. We were put in charge of a game. We made that game where you put a tissue box on a belt and put ping pong balls in the box and people have to shake them out. It was fun. They had quite the party. Games cost money, and depending on how you did, you make money as well. The money is in form of candy. All the food for dinner cost money. So it was cool. They made a cool party, although nobody here really celebrates it. For English class we just talked about Halloween and where it comes from and what we do in America to celebrate it.

Handy Choice reads all of his assignments and always asks good questions. I am pretty sure he will get baptized in a couple weeks. We also are meeting with a Chinese lady who is just starting to learn English. She didn't come to church this week since she had to work, but she seemed to like reading the Book of Mormon and that is good. 
Hurrah for Israel, 
 Elder Sabey

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Monday, October 19, 2015

101915 Ponderize

First here's Daniel's letter to his president:

Hey President!
This week was good! We have been teaching more people and have stayed pretty busy. Plus I had my first exchange which is kind of funny since the zone leaders are in my apartment. But it was still fun. With Elder Swanson we made several good contacts that all enjoyed me attempting to speak Korean to them. I want talking to people to become more of language study time, and asking them to write down things they say that I don't understand. I think that will make it easier to talk to more people, because I can then view it as a learning opportunity rather than solely an attempt to get investigators, in which case I feel more pressure to speak Korean really well. Plus as I relax more people seem to enjoy me more and are thus more willing to talk. After conference, I choose to ponderize a scripture. I chose Hebrews 11:24-26, which in short says that Moses chose to sufferer and do God's will rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a little while. At the mission tour, the beautiful musical number "My Kindness" or whatever it is called, made me think about that verse again. I love several of the lines. "For a moment I have forsaken thee, but with everlasting kindness will I gather thee... How long can rolling water remain impure? ...The son of man hath descended below all things, are't thou greater than he?" I love the imagery of the rolling water here. It then reminded me of Joseph Smith, a rough stone rolling. From D&C 121-127 ish, Joseph goes from kind of complaining and saying that "where are't thou? and where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?" To saying "that deep water is what I am wont to swim in" and as did Paul that he "glories in afflictions." And looking at the dates that is about 2 years. So hopefully wrapping this all together, my goal this mission is to glory in affliction, to glory in the price of salvation. I want to be like rolling water, and never stop moving, no matter how hard the things I hit. For if I do, how long can I remain impure? I want to learn to find joy in working with the people of God rather than enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season. This moving forward is faith. It is belief put into action. Anyway those are some of my thoughts that have impacted me this week.
Elder Sabey
Hello everybody!
This week has been good. Handy Choice got permission to attend the English Branch, which is nice. It just takes the awkwardness away of having to try to force him to go to the Korean Ward. I went on my first exchange on Friday. While I was with Elder Swanson, my companion and Elder Kim met with Handy Choice. Apparently several times he said he wished I were there. And then when we taught him again on Sunday, he said he missed me. It was kind of funny. But it still feels good to be appreciated. We had a mission tour this week. That means somebody from the Seventy comes and visits our mission. His name was Elder Whiting (I don't know how to spell that) who I guess gave one of the prayers in conference is you want to see who that is. He was good, but wasn't life changing for me. He told about how one apostle, and now two of them are apostles, came to the area head quarters for their yearly meeting. They have to make a presentation about their area. They thought it was good but part way through Elder Ballard was like "are you done?" They were like, no, but if you want us to be done, then yes. He then turned to them and asked, why are there so few baptisms? He said that they only send the best and the brightest to Korea and Japan (#nbd) so they can't understand why there are so few. They talked about the language, culture, etc, and he said those are all excuses. Basically they ultimately decided it was because we lack faith. So we talked about faith and that we need it. He said several times, do you have the faith to have a baptism once a month on your mission? But the real highlight was the special musical number. It was just awesome. We have a competitive piano player, some amazing singers (one who apparently had a song that went big on itunes for a little), and an amazing song. It just hit me. It fit perfectly into what I have been thinking about lately.
Because my trainer is the district leader, and the zone leaders are in our district, we are going on exchanges, starting tonight as well, so I will be on exchanges for most of my birthday. Plus we are going to the temple this Thursday, so today isn't p-day, after emailing it goes back to a normal day, and then we will have the rest of P-day after going to the temple on Thursday. We are going to get some delicious Korean chicken for my birthday, and I am making pancakes for breakfast, so yes Josh, I will find ways to enjoy the day. Thanks everybody for the birthday wishes. It should be a good birthday week.
I hope grandma is doing well. Send her my love. Those are always scary moments.
Another cool thing that happened was that on the exchange, Elder Grossgebauer found another lady who doesn't believe in God but for whatever reason is more curious now. She committed to come to church and did. That was the first time she has ever been at church in her life. She is Chinese but studied Korean growing up and has lived here for the past 10 years. So we had 2 investigators at church. That was solid.
Anyway another good week. Hopefully my whole letter to the mission president makes sense. It really hit me strong this week. So this next week I am ponderizing the how long can rolling water remain impure scripture.
Last week I went to Gangnam. So I have been to the place in the song. It is like the super rich area I guess. It was cool. We just spent a few hours there looking at the Nike store and having some food. We had some raw beef. Beef tartar, if that is what it is called. In a rice thing with veggies. So that is exciting. Also on Tuesday we had the twelve week follow up. That means we went to the mission home with the new missionaries and talked about things we what to do differently and stuff and it was a good meeting. Between that and the mission tour it basically took almost two days away from missionary work this week. But still good, worth while things.
So I love you all.
Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Sabey

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Monday, October 12, 2015

101215 Korean Joke about Grandpas and finding Love

Where do Korean Grandpa go to find love?  So the answer is It is funny because grandma is harmony in Korean. Hahaha... Yeah that was my companion’s joke in the MTC. Anyway somehow this week it got up to the mission president and he sent it out to the whole mission. So that is exciting.
Happy birthday David! And belated happy Birthday Brook! Memory of David- I remember just looking at David when we biked Slick Rock together. He just said a little thing about why he loved slick rock. How it was hard--just you and the bike. I was so impressed by that attitude and the ability to enjoy pushing yourself. Memory of Brook- I am sure this was mentioned, but I remember when we were camping and I checked his belt and Dad didn't so as he was repelling off the edge Dad stopped him and asked him if his harness was correct and that must have been freaky, but Brook remained totally calm, though he may have been freaking out on the inside. Impressive.
Yeah this week was good. It turned out that we just watched conference at the same time as church, just in a little room so we could watch it in English. It was cool, yesterday when the English ward normally starts a couple came in to church. They were in Korea to solidify everything for their adoption of a Korean baby. So we stopped in between the two Sunday sessions and talked with them, and explained why there was no church, and why the temple was closed. Yeah they were unlucky. Anyway it turned into an hour long talk about the whole story with the adoption. They were just a really sweet couple. Their names are the Whites. Anyway they felt very inspired. And their kid's Korean name is "white" or something close to that so they felt that was confirmation of what they are doing. Funny thing about the whole adoption process here: you can only adopt if you  are Christian, but you have to sign a thing saying you will not force a religion on the child. I just think that is funny.  But anyway it is always nice talking with vulnerable faithful people. One other funny thing he said was that when we go home our assignment is still the same. Expanding our priesthood was his main point, but then also he said just like transfers to go to your assigned area and find you new companion as soon as possible. Haha. So yeah, my companion is excited :). [His companion goes home in just over a month]
The main investigator we have now goes by Handy Choice. He is a little weird, like maybe some psychological problems. He met with the missionaries before, but would only want to learn in English, so they worried he was only doing it for the English, so they dropped him. Plus when they refused to teach in English he freaked out on them. He came back and so we met with him. He still will only do things in English. He says he thinks to himself and everything in English. I have never heard him speak Korean, and neither have the other elders. But his English still isn't fluent for sure, but it is hard to tell if that is just learning disability or what. He hates Korean for some reason. He honestly does seem like he wants to learn about the Gospel. He doesn't work or anything so he spends most of his time at home, reads scriptures and researches things. So we give him longer commitments and assignments that he always does. He has a baptismal date,  but we want to find out more about him before really moving forward. But the good news is he likes us and so we can teach him a little in Korean he said he will help us with some practice lessons, so I will see if he speaks Korean there or how that goes. He seems sincere to me, but he may be a little hard to have no matter what ward they let him join, so it is just an interesting situation. We will see. He seemed excited to teach me Korean, so it is interesting.
Any thoughts on Joshua or Handy Choice? It is cool, we have two people who want to, or are at least interested in baptism. I told David this,  but our mission has 150 as our goal for baptism's this year, which is less than one per missionary per year, so having two solid potentials is pretty solid!
Conference was great. I am just so impressed with all of our church’s leaders. Nowhere is there a more humble, intelligent, and faithful group of people. It is really amazing. I liked the ponderizing thing. I have wanted to memorize one scripture a week but  haven't been good at doing it so I will start doing that now. Plus by pondering  it will hopefully stick for longer and become more meaningful. A few things I noticed. There was a lot about faithful women, and the value of women. Also a lot about death, or death stories. The apostles and prophets seemed so real to me. I could feel their love and felt as always that they are indeed inspired of God. The first scripture that I am going to poderize is Hebrews 11:24-26, inspired by Brian. I have memorized it before but wanted to ponder it more. So I studied about faith. Faith is powerful. I feel like I lack so much faith. I listen to my own will, I doubt God's promises and blessings, I judge people, etc. I want to develop a more childlike trust and faith in God. So yeah that is my goal, this week and on my mission, and throughout my life.  I feel like I don't really understand what true faith is. I mean, I know what it is, but I don't feel like I have ever had to really rely on it, or have ever chosen to really consciously and deliberately cultivate it. So, perhaps my test is to choose to rely on faith when I don't have to. That sounds bad, but hopefully you understand what I mean.
Anyway I love you all!
Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Sabey
P.S Yes, Mom, we do work out, but mine aren't great. It is hard for me to really get going and motivated to work out right when I get up. But we do have soccer and basketball once a week, so those are good work outs. And I haven't been meditating here. I honestly wasn't ever super tired. I slept a lot of the flight over so I adjusted pretty quickly and well. Plus there is so much English I think it isn't as mentally exhausting I think. But I am going to try to just force myself to speak more Korean. I think it isn't super fun for my companion to listen to me try to put sentences and stuff together or to try to explain what he is saying, so I will work on working with my companion  a little too. I got the Dear Elders! They just go to the mission home and then when the zone leaders or we go the mission home or people from the mission home come here we can pick them up. And I think you are supposed to send it to the mission home.
Hey President,
This week was good. We are meeting with some pretty interesting people. I definitely feel like I am doing more worthwhile things now. Although our two main investigators that are progressing speak English  I feel like I am not learning as much as I would like in Korean. The one I find most interesting is a Nigerian named Joshua. He is in Korea for work and has a lot of faith in God. He has felt God's blessings a lot in life. He said he sometimes just smiles and laughs because he sees the difference God has made in his life. He recently was reading in the scriptures about baptism, and had a desire to be baptized again because he was only baptized as a baby. So he said he was considering being baptized in our church. The problem is he is very involved in an international church that he attends. He is like their youth pastor. He believes the book of Mormon is true, but he also feels like God inspires and leads lots of churches. He thinks the church he grew up in has the same doctrine as ours, or are both at least true. Any way he asked if he could get baptized, and we explained what had to happen. He wants to, but he doesn't really want to leave his old church. He said he wants to keep his eggs in multiple baskets, where he can make more of a difference or something. We said that probably wouldn't work. He wanted us to ask you about what you can do for him. I know he will have to participate and be involved in our church, and probably can't be a pastor and proselyte with another church, but we said we would ask you, so I am. What are your thoughts?
I loved having conference. It was a powerful and spiritually rejuvenating. I want to be able to feel the spirit more consistently in my life, so I want to work on keeping my thoughts on spiritual things. My companion, I have noticed, tries to do this. He isn't perfect, but I have noticed as he makes mistakes or has harder days, he tries to refocus and that is something I appreciate and can learn from.