Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 24, 2012 ~ 32 days and Counting!

Sept 24
Ok well I wanted to send pictures so you’ll have to forgive for short
email.  This week was good we had a mission conference with President
Ringwood of the 70’s - he is over North Asia or something like

The Conference was broken into 3 days – I was on third day.

 It was good but made me realize what a bad missionary I am I guess I don’t have much time to do much better but I will try.

Made me think of soccer state game...after giving what you can for it... just never to be enough. But....hey that’s life I suppose.

My MTC group at soccer.  My new jersey :)

 Our View in the Morning

                                                               Where we go for the view!

Hong Sang Yoo brought a little student girl to church yesterday. Met her mom at a restaurant and told her all about the church and English best member missionary too! He is so amazing. Still is breaking my heart that some of the ward members aren’t as accepting as would be nice, but...he is strong and does what God asks of him so I don’t have any doubts that he will stay active when we are gone.

This coming weekend is a holiday so I can’t email next Monday I will
email next Tuesday!

Well hope all is well and sounds like all busy but safe and healthy.
Good to hear.
Ok better go. Love you!
Sister Richardson

September 17, 2012 ----"WE STAY!!!"

Sept 17
Well this was an interesting week. We totally thought it would be a
lot more eventful with transfers and all, we thought for sure she
would be transferred but...the AP's called and said we were staying
together! Sister Rovelsky started screaming haha and I got it on video
lol it’s fun. But that means she will kill me here [end my mission] and have to stay
at least another transfer...probably.. she will have been here 9 months! Long
time! But it’s a great area so we are so so happy. 

We are having a typhoon right now and until
Wednesday i think. Sounds scary but really just lots of rain and wind.

We got to meet with Hong Sang Yoo,  our recent convert...he just loves the couple
missionarys we teach with and are always buying us gifts and trying
to take us out to dinner. But we now started doing FHE with him so we
will do it every Monday night it will be so fun! He loves singing and
since he’s a soldier still in his heart he loves the one like "Onward
Christian Soldiers" but we can’t wait to teach him "We are all Enlisted"
:) Tonight we are going to talk alot about temples and family history
and hopefully get him going on that! We want to plan a road trip to
the temple and do baptism..thats been my dream to do them here and I
think he will love it!! Tonight he is going to bring old pictures too
so we are so so excited. He makes us happy and laugh and we are just
so grateful that we were able to meet him.

Oh mom you will be so proud of me. Just like our poster, we
are going to make a poster! and start talking about our
church family history programs  to the people on the street we meet
every day. Our mission leader thought it would be a great way to find people
and we are excited about it. We met one of the leader guys and hope
that we can coordinate a we will find them on the street
and try to get people to sign up for a class and when we get enough
have him come help and eventually do a field trip with them to the
center too! Haven’t done anything like it before so wish us good luck!
:) we got to get on the websites and check it out for ideas and get
familiar with it and it got both of us excited to do more family
history too!

A lot of our investigators have kind of disappeared....either by our
choice (sometimes when they are clearly on English interest and don’t
progress we try to stop meeting with them) or not but we weren’t able
to meet with many this week so not got a lot of updates on good
lessons or anything but ....we ate a lot of really good food hehe. One
of our investigators we see in the mornings at exercise takes us to a
bread shop sometimes and loads us up! It’s crazy I’ve never had so much
food in my fridge until I came here, and never had good bread! but
this place has wheat! and haven’t really had milk much but he gets us
milk too AND I saw cream cheese for the first time....and he bought us
two! So we ate like queens this week cream cheese bagels and pasta
with cream cheese baste ..and on and on. So good ^^ also we
experimented making my fav Korean food and we did pretty good!

Well being around the senior couple more and we listened to a talk the
other day that mention senior couples and it made me realize...YOU
HAVE TO GO on a mission! Not only will you love it...everyone you work
with will LOVE YOU! The Smiths are like our new best buds haha and
they are so fun and really have helped us a lot...and I’m just excited
for you two to go :)
Well I’ll end now and try to get some pictures up for you! I LOVE YOU SO
MUCH! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Richardson

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012 - LAST TRANSFER!!!!!!

HELLO!!!! This week I will start a new transfer! My Last Transfer - we will get call tonight and change on Wednesday. So crazy how fast time fly's. Sister Rovelsky has been here for 6 months - so she is probably going to leave :( 

Today is a big soccer game^^

We had a pretty good week.Our Hong Sang Yoo took us and the senior couple out to a special lunch. It's a nice buffet on the 31st floor of a building in middle of we could look out the windows and see everything! It was so cool!
 We weren't super busy with appointments this week so got to try a new finding method...pretty similar to what we usually do but we had a table out with materials and just greeting people. We didn't get to talk to a ton of people but the ones who were interested stopped and talked so it was fun cause we weren't making the ones who were not interested mad. We gave away a few Books of Mormon :) and made a few appointments so it was really good, and one of the guys went and got us some soy milk haha so nice. 
Well this morning on our run up the mountain we decided to try a new trail and we found this sweet Buddhist looking tower and its the most beautiful view of Seoul! We went up it and you can see the Big Kang river and the other side is just skyscrapers everywhere....we will go again tomorrow and I'll take camera and show you next week :)
We've been a little disappointed with our ward not fellowshipping our grandpa super well. He's old definitely and has more of an American humor so they don't seem to give him much of a i think he just loves being with us or the Smiths (senior couple) cause we are patient with him and really he just needs friends. He keeps buying us so much stuff it's insane and we try to tell him to save his money but Sis Rovelsky and I were talking about how cool it kinda is that he is at the point where money really doesn't matter to him. He wants to do nice things for people he loves and make memories with them. and all we are telling him is to stop and save his money.....hes 85! He needs to live it up :) He took the Smiths to a baseball game this week too haha. yikes. such an adventure. 
 Sorry I'm out of time for today but will have pictures and info on transfers next week! Take care have good week!!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 3, 2012

WOW what a week.

GREAT NEWS!!! my favorite 85 year old man got baptized as a member of Christs restored Church on September 1, 2012 :)

He was so funny! they had him practice before going in and he asked "its not gonna be cold right?" the ward just laughed. Then as he came out of the water he said " that was fast!" and was about ready to do it again
the ward was very supportive lots of people came and they prepared a little meal afterward! 

He received the Holy Ghost yesterday and became a priesthood holder!

 We had to teach Hong Sang Yoo all the lessons and he can’t hear very well so it takes us awhile. hehe But he sure has a lot of faith. We can just skip the "promise blessings" part cause if he knows God says do something or don’t do something he'll listen! He is so amazing and funny we just love him so so much. We were able to teach with our senior couple that live near so he really loved them too and Elder Smith was able to bear his testimony at his baptism and
even did the Confirmation of the Holy Ghost, so it was neat to involve them.

He took us all out to dinner Friday night, had duck meat and he bought
us boxes of pears(so expensive) and called taxis to take us all home!
What a rock star!

We also had exchanges this week I stayed in my area with Sister Cho.
She was born in Utah but her parents are Korean.   She’s such a good
missionary and it was fun to spend the day with her.
We then had sister’s conference at Presidents house. So fun! Love them.
They just have such fun personalities and it was a really nice meeting.

We had a typhoon or two come through Korea this week. Some people had
us expecting to get floods and broken windows etc...but it was just a
lot of wind...and I’m sure used to that :) (A little St. Johns Humor)

We had Temple day which was also amazing and I bought a cheap Olympic Korean soccer jersey for p-day! Somebody told me it was the jersey they beat Japan in.  :) Happy b-day to myself   hehe
Kinda out of time I’ll go read your other emails then need to go! LOVE YOU SO MUCH!