Our bishop (actually former bishop now; he got released yesterday) took us up to another Buddhist temple today, so I'm emailing kind of a little bit late. The temple was really good though; we took a lot of pictures. I'll send some today if I have time. I'm kind of tired right now though, haha.
This last week was really good! It was 설날 (Seolnal = Korean New Year), so we were worried that we would have a lot of time with nothing to do (people aren't out on the streets, and are usually pretty busy), but the members did a really good job inviting us over to have meal appointments. I think we had maybe 5 this week?
It was really good to be able to spend time with our members; there's a lot of really great, really strong families in 상인 (Sangin), and it's kind of refreshing to be able to talk and eat with them. So we kept pretty busy this week meeting with people like that.
Kind of the big news for the week has to do with 이예진s and 이진산b...
One of the member families invited us, the sister missionaries, and our two investigators over for a meal. They're pretty close with both 예진s (Sis. Yejin) and 진산b (Bro. Jinsan), and the appointment went super well. It was really chill, both the parents of the family were able to briefly share their conversion stories, and we were able to talk a lot and get closer to our investigators. I felt like I didn't know them super well before, but by talking and spending time with them (especially on the long, like hour-long bus ride back), it feels more like we're friends now.
And then they came to church on Sunday (이진산b came in a suit; all the members commented on it, and he was better dressed than pretty much all of our young men haha), and we had a lesson. And, finally! We were able to get a baptismal date with the two! We're shooting for March 21st, though they said it might be hard for them to meet in March due to school starting. We also more or less officially started teaching the lessons (we've taught them stuff before, but I don't think they really understood why we were teaching), so we're well on our way. We'll just have to see how things go, but the 21st is perhaps a liiiitttle bit fast (we can't meet super often, so we need to teach a little bit more then normal when we meet), but I think it'll be a good date to work for.
So Elder Boome and I are trying to figure out exactly when we have to meet, and what would be best to teach when, and all that. We hope that they can be ready by that date! It seems like they're pretty alright with the idea of being baptized though.
It's kind of a short email, but here's a few pictures that will hopefully make up for it!
Thank you for everything!
- Elder Luke
(The man in the orangish clothes is our former bishop!)
The temple they visited seems to be Gaya-san Haeinsa; the Haein Temple of Mount Gaya. The temple has a Web site, here. The temple was first established about 800 AD, with the current buildings dating back to 1818.