Monday, April 24, 2017

Flat shenanigans and good progress

P-Day at the Zoo with the homies
This week has been great.

We just got an email from our mission president saying, due to tensions in North Korea we have to go pick up our passports from the mission home and get our 72-hour kits ready. But we just keep on working.

Me and Elder Aurich contacted everyone in the area book and met with so many people this past week. Most of them have no interest but we did get a few good ones. We met with a guy named Mr. Park at the church and he started talking about how good he is at tennis. Then he told us about a tennis court where there are always guys playing tennis and he wanted to take us there so we hopped in his car. When we got there, there wasn't a single person there. So we watched the Easter video with him and left. As we were walking out this old man walked in. We introduced ourselves and it turns out he is friends with our old Bishop. We got his number and invited him to church.

Met a lot of awesome people this week and had some great lessons. Oh and someone keeps coming into our apartment when we aren't home. One time we walked in and our washing machine was in the middle of the floor. The next time they just left the door wide open. And a few days ago they left a "surprise" in our toilet. Besides that this week has been great.

Love you all,
Elder Mica Matua

Zoo with Elder Aurich

At a massive local stadium

Another very amazing lesson from Steve

Recreation clothes

Chillin in the flat

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Adventures with Sister Kim

Elder Oh - heading home
We had a really great first week of the transfer. We spent the first two days contacting hundreds of people in the area and were able to meet a few people from it. We met with a man who owns a seafood restaurant by the church who I see all the time who turned out to be a former investigator. He was really nice but he told us that if we were trying to convert him to our religion then we are wasting our time. But we stayed and taught him a lesson and bore testimony.

Last night we were walking home and as we were waiting at a light in front of McDonald's this man approached us from behind. When I turned around I recognized him immediately. It was one of the McDonalds workers that we see every week, since Steve takes us to McDonald's a lot. We started talking and then eventually found out that he had been baptized in our church. We had no idea. We got his number and are going to meet with him next week.

Earlier this week we got a call from the grandma of the Yeonsan ward inviting us over for lunch. She told us which bus to ride to get to her house but when we got to the stop we didn't know which direction to take so we caught a taxi. When we got in the taxi we called sister Kim and handed the phone to the driver. Then you just hear her yelling at him, "I told them to take the bus." The driver had a hard time understanding her because her Busan accent is so thick but we eventually made it to her house. When we got close we just see an old lady in a bright yellow rain coat waving down our taxi and it ended up being sister Kim. We were at the bottom of a mountain. We walked about a half a mile strait up the steepest hill I have ever climbed with sister Kim. She is 86 years old and just power walked strait up the mountain like a beast.

When we got there she fed us so much food. Her husband died many years ago and her kids are all moved out so she lives alone. She is such an amazing member. She got baptized 40 years ago after her son joined the Church and now has been a strong member ever since. We shared a message with her and then said a prayer and when we were about to leave she said, 'I need to go to the market so I will walk down with you guys.' As we walked out of the apartment there were two old ladies standing outside and they asked her where she was going and she yelled, 'the market,' but as we were walking away me and Elder Aurich heard them say, she is always with foreigners, they didn't know we speak Korean. As we walked down the mountain we kept passing old ladies and Sister Kim would randomly say to them, 'We are going to the market.' They would reply, 'together?' And Sister Kim would say, 'You bet!' it was pretty funny. Then she waited at the bus stop with us and yelled at the bus driver to make sure we got to the right place.

General Conference was awesome this past week. I think it was the first time I didn't fall asleep throughout the whole thing. Being a missionary, listening to the words of the prophets is very different. It is really cool hearing the testimonies of people who have so much experience in the gospel. #thechurchistrue #PrinceofPeace.

Love you guys
Elder Mica Matua

Made it to Sister Kim's house
Hiking with Sister Kim

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Staying in Yeonsan and Michael Jackson's man

Saying goodbye to Elder Johnston
I'm staying in Yeonsan for another transfer but I will be getting a new companion today. Im glad I get to stay though. I really love serving here.

We don't get to watch General Conference until next week because they have to translate it for the Koreans. I heard about Elder Choi's talk. He is our homie over here in Korea.

This week has been going good though. As we were proselyting we met this guy named Kitte Gar. He is in love with michael jackson. While we were talking to him he just kept busting out his michael jackson moves. He said he practices every morning. when we were talking to him, he literaly, mid sentence,  would just look up to the sky, scream and yell, "NO Michael, 2009, he went up to the sky!" he did that about three or four times. We see him pretty often now while we are walking around the city. I don't even know if he's real.

Not to much happened this week. The Bath house was great this morning. Excited for general conference.

Hope you guys have a good week.
Elder Mica Matua

With my homies from the Ward
Me, Master Steve and Elder Johnston
Getting our grub on
Bath house squad

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Zone Conference and a Bible bashing member

Faith like a mustard seed
All is well here in Busan.

Pretty slow week. Not anything too interesting. We had zone conference on Wednesday which is always good. The best part about going to the mission home for meetings is when they feed us lunch. They have a little old lady named Sister Lee who cooks for us and I swear I gain ten pounds every time I eat there.

During our zone conference we were given faith cards. They are just a card with a bunch of scriptures about faith with a mustard seed laminated in the corner. Our president instructed us to read a scripture every time we have a decision to make. Then He sent us outside for 30-minutes to proselyte and use the card as much as possible.

On Friday me and elder Avilla went on exchanges again. On Thursday we had a less active member come to our English class and bible bash us the entire time. It was pretty bad since he was the only member in the class but he was still trying to debate with us.

Besides that nothing else to special. We get transfer calls this Saturday but I have no idea if I will stay or go.

The church is true. Hope you guys have a good week.

Love you all,
Elder Mica Matua

My goofy mug shot
A text reply from our investigator
The mission car