Monday, August 27, 2012

August 26, 2012

Hello! What a crazy fast/fun week! 

Monday we went to my old area and visited a family I taught. They aren’t meeting missionary’s anymore...kinda sad, but we've stayed in good contact and I just love them to death. The little girl Carly is leaving to Canada so I promised to see her again before she left. On our way home we had to take a taxi and it was so fun... I just got to chat with him for 20 minutes (traffic jam. don’t miss that) he was way nice and had seen missionary’s before but he went up to ask them about Book of Mormon but they had to get on  their bus and I just got to talk to him and he was blown away that we could speak Korean and he randomly asked if we had ever received a gift from a taxi man haha...said no of course not so he opens his glove box and hands us a vitamin water so we will remember him haha. So before leaving I told him I’d give him a present too and he was so excited to get the Book of Mormon :) best gift ever...and cool for me cause its free! :) We made it back just in time for Ward family home evening. it was a music night...but we were the speakers of course so we talked about Joseph Smith and made up our own little rendition of  spring morning hymn and praise to the man...niether of us are singers nor know anything about music but I thought we did a pretty fine job :)

Tuesday we got to meet with our new mission leader. It was so fun! Usually we had just been doing a quick meeting on Saturdays with Bishop and mission leader but it wasn’t really anything ...but he just got called and he lived in Canada and is really living up the calling so we are so excited to be working with him and his wife made best dinner ever... tofu steak (confusing I meat involved) and there was SALAD!

Wednesday some of our English class members took us to a nice buffet restaurant for Sis Rovelsky’s birthday it was fun and they are just great people.

Thursday was our conference got great training and good to see everyone again. In our conferences we just get trained on different things and then testimony meeting which is usually the leaving missionary’s last words and new missionary’s first.  Pretty fun to see the difference in the talks, the old ones giving advice and what they’ve learned and the new ones just so shocked to be here but so ready to go and work.
Afterward had a lesson and then went to outback steak house with Sonjiyoun for Sis R.s bday! yum! so weird to be in American restaurant really feels like US just waiters still have black hair...but they even tried to speak all the English they could for us haha

Friday was quite a shocker we always have planning meeting but we planned, then went to meet our 85 year old Investigator, who is just fun but we kinda never thought he would progress much he is just old and likes to visit and has nothing else to do....but we met and talked about baptism and he was like "yeah. ok . when? today? can we do today?" haha WHAT???! we didn’t even know what to do...that does not happen lol we were a little’d think missionary’s would know what to do in a situation like that. I tried to explain what it would mean...he still goes to another church and has only been taught first lesson so we have a lot to teach...but as of now...his baptism date is September 2!!! haha...and good news is he says he is coming back to AZ with me hahahaha...i hope you have an extra room ready. He is adorable! I’ll send pic if have time... super cool too during our English time he told us his history in the war!! He was in college when North Korea invaded and he told the coolest story ever and I got in on video! Can’t wait to show you!
Saturday had lunch with Marsha...remember her? She comes to our English class and took us out to dinner actually not lunch but it was fun she’s adorable, just love her.

Sunday was stake conference. 4 of our investigators came! Amazing!!! It was way good and they liked it and yeah....just way good. Somehow we both hurt our knees...i think we sat weird while eating at a members after church and it was a stressful meal trying to pull chicken meat off the bone with chopsticks! So I didn’t pay attention to my legs. Anyway so instead of crosswalk contacting we went and did calls at the church to give legs a rest and we got like record contacts haha it was so fun talking to old people who had given missionary’s their number.  I was able to make some appointments and even some referrals for other areas!

Carly got a letter back from the girls (Rylee and Tatum – Janell’s nieces have become pen pals) and was so thrilled...called me and read both the letters they had written her. For p-day (preparation day= day off) we went down to Boondang to see them , it was fun,  they said if we go back next year to stay at their house :)
My Croc shoes are great! Usually just wear them in the rain ...I think I’ll try to keep nice so can pass to other missionary’s before the next rain season.   

I played soccer last Saturday :) some of the wards play in our zone but not mine but if they need us they call and I get permission to go :)  

Ok so, long letter and almost out of time. Sorry! It was a good week and hope you have a good one too! This week is gonna be another awesome one so you make yours awesome too! Thanks for package and love and prayers! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Richardson 

AUG 19, 2012

Hi there
well....another week. Can’t believe it. It went by pretty fast but was good. We spent a lot of time preparing for a special English class. We set up an English village and were hoping to get a lot of people and members and old investigators to come and...well it kinda worked! We had 2 less actives come to church Sunday because they got the text about English class! We picked up 2 new investigators and possible 2 more soon from it! way cool...
This next week is gonna be busy and so so good. It’s Sister Rovelsky’s birthday week^^ her b-day is Thursday and we have a big mission conference so it will be good...and all our investigators want to take us out to eat for her b-day so we might be getting fed just about everyday hehe yes!
Sorry my mind isn’t coming up with much else to say.  I hope everyone had a good week and will have a great next week too. I’m going to see the old investigator family in Boondang today so I have lots of travel time to write real letters...I love you.
sorry again its short...but forgive me cause I sent a picture ^^
Sister Richardson

Aug 12, 2012   

We had a pretty good week. Started off with our p-day at the bath house...the ole grammas loved us hehe. So we got our 전도 (proselytizing  I guess) on. Our Son ji youn is still on house rest so we went and had dinner with her and studied together. We read Alma 34 together and usually people have a hard time understanding the Book of Mormon cause its way hard Korean that no one speaks anymore. But because she’s an artist (and prepared) she was totally making things click it was amazing! We went and saw her Friday too and watched Testaments together and she loved it. She’s studied so many random things because of art that it totally made sense that they were Indians. 
Sorry don’t have time for a long one...wanted to write lots of short little ones back and forth this week. Not much has changed here...meeting interesting people and learning to love awkwardness missionary work brings.  mom said something about being worried to share too much with your neighbor and husband like don’t want to make enemies but I learned..if people aren’t interested, they'll just say no and life goes on the same....but if you don’t ask, maybe they would say yes but you’ll never know! And if anyone makes you an enemy out of sharing something that’s so important to you they weren’t a very good friend anyway. Easy for me to say as a missionary that’s my job...but hopefully I will be able to feel that way as just a member too! yikes...I’ve never been good at member missionary work!
Ok sorry got to go! I love you so so so so so much! I still haven’t sent box yet :( oops but am going shopping right now to finish off.
p.s. mom HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Richardson

Monday, August 6, 2012

August 5, 2012 - Transfer Call !!!



                           WE STAY!!!!

Been a pretty good week! I’ve forgotten the feeling of dry, but it’s pretty fun to laugh at each other as the sweat is just pouring down.  It was not this hot last summer and there was so much more rain! I was so
excited for rainy season but I guess it’s gone! :(   

 Son Ji-Yeoun is doing great we had dinner with her and a member Monday night, she’s adorable and really progressing. We talked about baptism and she said she wants to get baptized but with her husband! and we haven’t even met him! So we are trying to meet him and get him out to church too. However
she can’t leave home for a couple weeks so its slowing things down, but that’s ok. She had a surgery-ish thing so while she was gone for it, we “heart attacked” her door (just taped up paper hearts) but
normally we do it to members with like 5 or 6 hearts...but we went all out on her haha it was fun probably over 200 hearts haha, she always says she’s Miss Korea so we made a crown and stuff...she loved it.

We met some interesting people this week. Everyone keeps trying to hug or kiss my companion...I’m getting sick of pulling old men off of her haha, but it makes us laugh.  We met an 85yr old man this week he is
super good at English, and we made an appointment to meet with him again, it was a riot, we went to McDonalds cause we didn’t have a member so had to stay in public place...he tried to cut the line and
oh man it was just epic I don’t even know how to explain but he said he would come to our church on Sunday and if God tells him to attend our church he will. He did come, and after the meeting he asked why so many people got up and why some of them were crying because he couldn’t hear a word they said haha. Yikes. 

But we have a couple that’s been coming to church since Christmas! Husband loves our church but wants
to get baptized with wife and she’s not too into the whole religious thing, but she comes too. Anyway we weren’t sure how to help them they won’t give us address or number so I guess they didn’t have good
relationship with past missionaries, but they came to English class this week! 

And we found a new mountain to run up every morning with a soccer field and track up top and he was there! So now we see him every morning! So basically we have 2 people wanting to get baptized
just waiting on spouses!! It’s cool but also hard because we aren’t sure how to help them more.

Things are great here and excited to start another transfer in this area!
LOVE YOU. Please stay safe and healthy.       Richardson 切古