Saturday, July 6, 2013

Connor Celebrates the 4th of July

Hey homies thanks for emailing me back! JK I got your dear elders though Mom and Alynn. They are awesome. :) Ummm lets see. So Friday we did laundry and P-Day stuff. Went to the temple for maybe the last time while we are here. But we have two and a half weeks down! 7 left! So the guys in our zone got their flight plans and they are going to Dallas and then to Korea and are on American Airlines. I thought dad would be interested in that one. What else. On Saturday we just had a normal day. Which is Breakfast, study time, TALL (Which is like computer language study stuff, kinda boring), anyways. Next we went to class for 3 hours and then diner, then class for 3 more hours, and then bed time. During Sacrament meeting they randomly call people up to give talks and no one from our group got chosen! Whoo which was so nice! Haha mine was like 6 sentences long since it is supposed to be in all korean. Um we had priesthood and a lot of down time on Sunday which was pretty nice. The Devotional that night was good...although I don't remember who spoke...and i don't have my journal. But! After that we watched a video devotional thing from when Elder Bednar spoke in like 2005 on becoming missionaries and dang. It was so good! He said not to come back a return missionary, but a returned missionary. And that if we are back to normal in a week or two, then we didn't work hard enough. He said if we think it is weird to be home 3 months after we get back, that's a good sign. Also, some missionaries came over to his house when he lived in like illinois or somewhere like that and they hung out with his family for like an hour and asked him for a referral. You'll never guess what he said. He said that he would never give a referral to missionaries like them. Then he said, you guys probably slept in this morning, and I doubt you had companionship study. Come back in a few weeks, share a short message, have somewhere to go, ask me as the patriarch to ask someone to pray, and if I pick one of you guys, leave a blessing on the home and leave. Dang dude. That hit me pretty hard. People can tell if missionaries aren't giving it their all and I don't want that to be me! I would seriously feel like such a failure! 

So then on Monday it was basically the same...all the days blur together and that's why I can't remember who spoke on sunday. Anyway, tuesday we had another devotional at the Marriott Center and Brother Richardson from the 70 spoke, and it was dang good. He talked about how whatever we do, do it well. The whole what e'er thou art, act well thy part. So that was pretty cool to here. He said no matter your stage in life, ask yourself what your part is so that you can do it to the best of your ability. As a father, a husband, a son, a member of the church, whatever! Pretty awesome. Um wednesday class with brother Wade was so good. He always brings the spirit so strongly and I seriously love him so much. I am sending a picture with him this week hopefully if I have time! Anyway, we talked about how Christ is the breath of life and he is the light of the world. And that if we put him at the center of our lives, we cannot and will not fall. We also talked about building a relationship with Him which I thought was really cool. To have a close bestfriend relationship with Him is what we all need. Then yesterday he gave another amazing lesson. I wish I had my notes to just tell you what he said! But I don't so I will do my best. He said there will come a point in your mission where you will be tired. You won't want to talk to every single person you pass anymore. He said don't you give up. It is that moment that will make or break your mission. You can either choose the easy way out, or you can choose to be even better. He said, every transfer try to be better, to work harder than the last. If you do that, you will be the best missionary you can be. He also said that if you are sitting next to someone on the bus and decide not to talk to them when you easily could have, you could be held accountable for that person not hearing the gospel. Well he didn't really say that...but it was close. And that hit me. Because how easy is it to just sit there and not talk to anyone? But that's what we are here to do. When you accept your call you are saying that yeah, I will share the gospel of Christ with everyone I see. I just love him. He makes me want to be the best missionary I can be. And I know I can be! I think every day someone in our class cries. Haha it really is awesome. Oh! Yesterday was the fourth of July obviously so we had a special devotional thing and we watched 17 miracles. That movie rocks. Then we watched the stadium of fire fireworks until like 11! THen we had to be up this morning at 5:45 to go do service, so that rocked. Haha It really was cool. I love fireworks. We have this Korean Elder that we hung out with named Elder Im and I talked to him the whole time and he is seriously so funny. He has done his military service and goes to BYU now so he is way older than us, but he is so nice. And yeah! That's my week!

We talked more about Korea this week. So our mission is the old Seoul west mission. They were having problems between the elders in the Seoul and Seoul West missions because they would fight over who's mission was better (stupid). So the brethren just decided to combine them. So now that they got all their differences sorted out, they created our mission. I don't know if i told you this, but it is like the second smallest mission in the world just bigger than temple square. And yet it has over 10 million people. And it is the nicest area of Korea which I told you. So we are super blessed. We are going to sleep on mats on the ground which people love. I can't remember their Korean name, but that's alright. We talked more about the food in Korea, which made me even more excited. Also, in Korea they have a thing called Jung. Basically you build super super tight relationships with people and you call them family names. So some people you teach will ask you to call them mom or dad. Pretty awesome! And they are super big on respect. So if you don't have jung with someone older than you and you put your arm around them, they hate it. There are so many things that you wouldn't think about that are considered disrespectful. You have to always bow lower than the other person if they are older than you, and you never initiate a handshake. Even bouncing your leg like everyone here does at church is disrespectful if you are with old people. Also, showing the bottom of your shoe, but that is like everywhere except america. Ah Korea is seriously so awesome. Oh! That's where I was going with that Jung thing. So if you build jung with storeowners, they will give you like super huge discounts. Brother Wade said he bought 400$ suits for like 50 bucks. Also, a 400$ suit there, is like a 1500$ suit here. Like the ones i have would be probably 40 dollars. So awesome. Why is korea so cool? no one knows. I can't wait to get there. 

Tell Alynn happy birthday! I hope she got my letter! Um I love you guys and I hope you are all doing great! Let me know! I am looking forward to letters from Jace and Kenah! Also, tell Janae and Tyler to write me and tell me how their house is! I love getting your letters! Ohhh one more thing. Williamson Chong no nim is now zone leader for the rest of our time here and Miller Chang no nim is the district leader for like 2 weeks i think. Keep comin closer to Christ! I love you all so much!

Elder Breinholt (장로)

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