Okay first off…. Mom I saw the part of the general broadcast with the little Korean girls and also the Sister after that said a few words in Korean! Brother Snow in the branch presidency, who I love dearly and am so close to, came into a district meeting and looked it up and showed us! It was so so so adorable in there little hambok dresses and singing! It was an amazing song and it was cool for me to see the temple and be able to read everything on it. The lady after said, “Thank you, You all did so well, I love you.” Immediately after he showed us I turned to him and said I guaranteed my mom cried through that entire thing! It was truly a blessing for you and I both to see that.
So we leave to Korea in 10 days!!!! It is soo exciting but also is so terrifying at times. Earlier this week I came to the realization of how fast it was coming and got really nervous. I prayed for strength and comfort. As always the Lord answered my prayers. Last time it was by memories of my Dad and his wisdom and words, this time my prayer was answered through my mom in the form of Sister Schwitzer. She opened for her husband for the tuesday night devotional. As she started to talk, her words and character reminded me a lot of my Mom! She talked about how scared she was going to be a mission presidents wife in Russia. She talked on how her husband was strong and she didn’t know that she really wanted to go serve and leave her family. She bore her testimony of how she realized she could do hard things through the Lord and her words were so similar to yours mom and I got really choked up when she said a quote that really hit me and I thought my mom would say this to me! It was, “Lift your head up, and throw your shoulders back.” It reminded me of sports and when I would get frustrated or nervous to go out and do something. My mom would tell me she supported me and to have confidence! I know that if I do that, I will be able to conquer fear and go out and do hard things. I am now so excited for that and I would like to say thanks mom for all you did and taught me. Your words still affect me on a daily basis here and help me in times of need! Thanks mom!
This Sunday was great. I helped with sacrament and bore my testimony in Korean and it was and amazing experience to be so involved in the zone! P.S. Yes dad we are in zones and districts! After I had an interview with Elder Lee and it was great I introduced and gave him a Book of Mormon all in Korean and it went good. Then I got back and President Yost called me in and he asked if I would be the departing district leader. I said yeah and then he gave me a bunch of things to make sure everybody did and have before they leave these last two weeks. I felt pretty overwhelmed and then had a bunch of Branch meetings after but it is okay. I have got most thing organized and everyone has there things taken care of at least until next week when I need to make sure everyone is packed with proper stuff! It is awesome to be in Branch meetings and get so close to the Presidency! They are so amazing and I love them all so much!
So I have been on companion exchange with Elder Ellingford a lot this week while our companions practice for choir! I love him so so much and we have got so close. So I’m going to tell some embarrassing and interesting and cool stories real quick! So first the embarrassing one! Elder Ellingford and I went on exchange to gym and then we went back to shower. We got in our towells and walked out to shower and I was not thinking and closed the door and right as I realized what I had done and I turned and hit the door right as it slammed. Our comps were not going to come back before class so we didn’t know what to do. So we showered and then sent some kids to go get somebody to help and we just walked around residence in out towells! hahah it was so funny and we were not way late and had already done daily planning in our head so we were all good! haha but it was still pretty funny. Okay next story. Elder Ellingford and I found some suckers with scorpions inside and so we decided we would eat them! We sucked on them all day until just the scorpion was left! Then we went in front of all the new kids (Including Josh Reid!!!!) and we ate the scorpions and they were so disgusting we both were leaned over the trash can but we held them down so I have officially eaten a scorpion! they are way gross! But we swallowed them and didn’t throw up so it was pretty dang cool!
Okay so a couple things I miss! For one Elder Ellingford is a big hunter and mountain kids and he is from richfield and his girlfriend has been Elk hunting! I am going to miss hunting and I miss the ranch and camping quite a bit so just appreciate the ranch and the beautiful outdoors and this Earth that God created! I also miss my Momma’s cookin! I really do appreciate your cooking so much mom! Dad have a good time Hunting even without me. Only two hunts and then I will be back to go hunting with you every year!
So we get our flight plans and korean name tags tomorrow! Both of our investigators are finally keeping the word of wisdom and we also skyped this week but it wasn’t even a real korean so this next week will be a little cooler! I don’t know if I am forgetting anything or not but I am going to stop and send some pics! I love you all so so much and appreciate all the hand written letters that are sent here and all the dear Elders! You are all amazing and this gospel is true.