Sunday, September 23, 2012

Elder Rice Mail 9-23 2012

Hey family,

So for the care package I remembered a couple things Tylenol and the
vacuum clothes bag things that you like shove clothes in and suck it
down. I need that for transfers, whenever I do because other elders
had them and I was so jealous. And the aspirin, Sister Furniss sent some
cause my headaches got really bad and I went to a doctor and they
said it was stress, so she sent me Tylenol and told some things I can do
to get rid of stress. But ya I needs headache medicine. and Jessica
was so awesome to get the ipod ready so fast! Yay! and ya i just realized
I have no way to charge it so I need a charge cable I think. and I can’t
use headphones, but I can get speakers here super cheap so I will just
buy some.

So all candy bars in Korea taste weird except one Hershey bars, and
I figured out why. All candy, except Hershey’s, is made in Korea, so
they have different stuff in em. But Hershey’s are made in America
and taste good haha. So I’m sad to say I bought a lot of them this week haha.

So things in
광양 are awesome. We had church yesterday and it was
My first Sunday. So I met the ward for the first time. And it was cool
because I could actually speak to the people. Not perfect but ya. And
one sister asked if I could play piano and I said no, I wish I could,
and she said dang I was hoping you could. (why didn’t I listen to the
Spirit years ago and learn agh) But ya I gave my
인사말씀  (introduction)
words and it was good. This ward has teachers, deacons, and priests
(these are the young men, ages 12-18 that prepare, bless, and pass the
weekly bread and water – the Sacrament. In Elder Rice’s last ward, there
were few young men, so he and his missionary companion blessed the
Sacrament each week.)So that was cool. I was in the congregation for the
first time haha.

On Saturday, we did a district 전도 street contacting
activity. We made a
ton of brownies and did a survey for our English
class. Normally, when we do surveys, people have no interest. But
Korean culture is awesome because they love brownies and they eat and
they fill it out. So cool. Last time they did it, they got 4
investigators from it, so I hope this works too. And when I ran out,
I talked to everyone I could about the gospel haha. I love 전도 so much!

So we have this goal to get 1 baptism this transfer so I made a sign
on the door that has 7 steps to it.

1. We need to be exactly obedient.
2. We need to talk to everyone we see
3. We need to contact all the people we are teaching everyday,
4. We need to pray for those people everyday
5. We need a really good companion study to prepare how to teach well
6  We need to be focused on the work all day
7 We need to have the faith that the Spirit can convert people.
ya li
love my sign.

We are going to the beach 
today… super excited. So I may have to go
soon ya beach stuff yay.

So I love the Doctrine and Covenants (LDS book of scripture) and I
read a great scripture this week

Doctrine and Covenants 123:15 it says
"Let no man count
them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity,
pertaining to the saints which depends upon their things"
And I love this because I love the small and simple things. And I keep
Jessica’s family’s conversion story in my mind. Every time I give a Book
of Mormon away, I think ya this is small and simple but it’s worth it.
Just by smiling and saying hi to people, that is super small, but
we do it, because we don’t know the Lord’s plan in all things but
He has one. And we do the small things and we have no idea why. Then, maybe
Years later, it has a huge effect on someone. Like my trainer Lee Seung Yeob
said to me "Today we obey, 
tomorrow we understand". We may feel like
we should do something, but think, “That’s dumb” or “It’s so simple, it
doesn’t matter”. DO IT. Like the talk by Elder Bednar, "Think about
it, then do it… anyways". Even the small things we do for ourselves,
Like missionaries that know me know I pray a lot, and I didn’t realize I
did till someone pointed it out, and I realized that prayer is a small
thing to some, but to me, it is my biggest strength and I frequently
refer to it.

Well I’ll get going. I love you all. Be safe. Take care of Jessica
Elder Rice

Email 2 (Elder Rice was waiting for his missionary
Companion to complete his

btw Korean brownie mix tastes disgusting. ya can you send me a good,
simple recipe for brownies? Like not requiring 2 sticks of butter and 8
pounds of chocolate…like delicious and simple haha. Thank you so much

Email 3
next Monday is a Korean holiday equivalent to Thanksgiving here. So I
will be emailing 
Tuesday (president said so)
 because the places will be closed Monday

email 4
Mom asked if he would get to eat turkey…

I’m guessing no unless someone in the ward loves us a lot

Email 5

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