Sunday, March 26, 2017

Investigators, military friend and uncle Adam

With our friend in the military
Sounds like it was a big week back home. 

This week we had two visitors. The first was a Korean missionary from Dejoun. He had to come over here for military training and stayed with us for a few nights. It was pretty fun. We went out and proselyted while he was in all his military gear with a name tag on. Then we took him to the headquarters and picked him up when he was done. The hardest part was cramming into a tiny apartment with three people. We also found out that his sister was one of my teachers in the MTC and his dad is currently our stake president in Busan. 

Our second visitor was Uncle Adam. Yesterday as we were about to start Sacrament our investigator walked in and he walked in right behind him. Him and his friend went and sat in the back and I think our Bishop thought he was an investigator because he motioned for me to go sit by him. They had to leave early to get back to Seoul but it was so good to see him. It was really weird seeing someone from home in Korea because I feel like I'm on another planet. 

Also yesterday we got to meet Anam who is our Cambodian investigators older brother, and who is actually a member. He is a really great guy and kept telling us how much he wants to serve the god and how it is his life's purpose. The work is going really great here and I am having a great time serving the lord.

Love you guys,
Elder Mica Matua

We got arrested ... again LOL
My birthday gift from Sister Qaqa hahaha

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Birthday, Investigators and YSA fun

My first birthday on the
Lord's errand
Another great week in Hangook.

The work is moving along great. We got a new investigator last week while we were proselyting. He said that he sees the missionaries all the time and they always say hi to him so he wanted to see what we were all about. He actually lives in a totally different city but says he doesn't want to meet with those Elders.

Yesterday (3/12) was my first birthday on a mission and it was awesome. It was also fast sunday since we had stake conference last week. Our bishop told us that he has been praying for some younger people for our Ward since there is very few youth and young adults. Yesterday six new members walked in who were about 18 and 19 and are in Busan for school. The Bishop was really excited and told all of the YSA to come to his house for dinner. Me and Elder Johnstun went downtown to meet up with everyone. We went to the subway station and one by one they got off the train or bus, since none of them have cars. Then we all walked to the Bishops house. It was really fun. He made a lot of really "healthy" korean food.

Our Bishop really loves to sing so he had us sing hymns for like 30-minutes. I was trying to keep my birthday a secret but somehow one of the members found out and had everyone sing happy birthday to me. After that we went to the church and had cake. It was definetly different having a birthday on a mission but still really good.

Thanks family! My birthday was great. We got to spend almost the whole day with the members. And then I spent the whole night and this morning getting calls from my friends around the mission. Tell Ramsey and Julius I said good luck [on the mission].

One of my favorite scriptures now is Mosiah 5:13. We can never know the master if we don't serve him and serve as he did.

I am grateful to be serving the Lord and the people of korea.

Love you all,
Elder Mica Matua

Celebrating with friends
More lessons from the amazing teacher Steve
Riding the train in Korea is so fun
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Finding fun, Stake Conference and more

AAAHHHHH I miss [USA] Sevens! But anyway it was a good week in Korea. We had Busan stake conference on sunday which was awesome. Elder Yamashita, one of our area seventies, came to speak. As well as president and sister Barrow. Elder Yamashita shared a story of a lion who was raised by sheep so he thought he was a sheep until he realized his true identity, then he asked us if we were lions acting like sheep. Our investigator came halfway through the last talk and then left before it was over but it was still cool that he came so far to attend.

Last night we did board proselyting with the Sisters and right when we started, this guy came up and started talking to my companion, so he listened to him while we proselyted. after two hours I looked back and the guy was still talking to him. It got late and the sisters left so I went to see what they were talking about. It was all in Korean so I couldn't pick up 100% of what he was saying but the guy was going off that we shouldn't be telling people that Jesus is the son of God and that we were bad people, but my companion was too scared to stop him. Right when I went over I just said, 'It's getting late but we would love to talk later and share more about our church,' But he said he wasn't interested. Then we tried to bear testimony, but he kept yelling over us saying that what we were teaching is wrong. He kept rambling on and on so cut I him off and said, 'Do you have any interest in what we have to share?' He said "no you guys are fake." So I told him, 'then we have to go find people who are interested.' We started walking away and he followed us to the subway and continued to talk. We said nice to meet you and started walking down the stairs. But as we turned to walk away the guy grabs my companions butt. I just started busting up. There are so many weird people in Korea but you gotta love em. But as we went down in the subway to go home we met a really cool kid JongChan who wanted to meet with us later.

On thursday I got to go on exchanges with Elder Avila who is from Australia and it was my first time serving with someone who has been here less time with me so it was really fun. We went to his area and he has only been there for two weeks so we got lost about a hundred times but somehow we always ended up in the right place. That's one of the cool things about being a missionary. You can literally just walk anywhere and end up right where you're supposed to be, even if it wasn't where you were trying to go.


Love you all,
Elder Mica Matua

Fun at the beach on P-Day