Week 1 – Shin Chone Area

안녕하세요, everyone!

I’m so sorry if some of you were worried about me because you didn’t hear from me until now, but I want you to know that I am safe and sound! We didn’t get a chance to email yesterday (Our Monday, your Sunday) because we were helping a woman move into her new apartment with her daughter! Hopefully it will open her heart and she will be interested to know more about the gospel and why were are here. We got special permission to email today instead of our Preparation day, so now I can tell you about my first week in Korea!

DSCF1070First of all, it is SOOO HUMID!!! There is so much water in the air and it is super hot all the time. My area is in the huge city of Seoul, and it happens to be the one with the Temple and the Mission office too! We are literally around the corner from the temple. One of the first characteristics I noticed about Korea is that there are so many steep hills and stairs everywhere, and there are not a lot of elevators. Most of the members live on the 3rd or 4th floor too. My trainer says that my legs will get huge, and I believe her! I’m kind of grateful that I was able to somewhat prepare for this part when I did that one year of track in high school. This is going to be fun!DSCF1057

Speaking of my trainer, her name is 정효정 자매님 (Sister Jeong). She is a native Korean, and she speaks the language perfectly. ㅅㅅ She is adorable, and is so positive all the time! I am so grateful for her help because I am at a loss for everything here. I feel like a small child following her everywhere. I can barely understand anything and I can’t read very well and I don’t know what I’m doing, so she is a great “mother” teaching me how to survive Korea as a missionary.DSCF1040

This area has it’s challenges, and I hope I am up to the task to help out as best I can. This is going to be really hard, but I am always praying for the Lord’s hand. I have already seen evidence of the gift of tongues working here, and I know that the Lord will help us as we do our best to serve him. Keep praying for us! Thank you so much for your love and support! We feel it.

All my love,DSCF1029

포프 자매 (Sister Pope)


One thought on “Week 1 – Shin Chone Area

  1. It is always very hard at first. Don’t put yourself under a lot of pressure to not mistakes. Mistakes are part of the learning process and the Lord will compensate. Easy to get home sick. Focus on the positive around you. Patience! Faith!

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