Here is Elder Kent's Email -
안녕하세요 여러분!! Hello Everyone!! I'm going to keep this email short because I'm typing with only 9 fingers....an accident happened and I lost my right ring finger....jk, BUT I did sprain it while playing basketball Thursday morning, so it's just wrapped together with my middle finger too. Fun fact, I have never broken or sprained anything before in my life, so the mission is full of new and exciting experiences. Actually I'm pretty good at typing with my fingers taped together. Ok just kidding, I'm not going to keep this email short, I'm writing a NOVEL. 갑시다!
In a Helping-Others-Appointment on Wednesday (missionaries practice teaching the lessons with people who are employees of the MTC, most of them are non-members so the decisions are often very genuine), my companion and I taught this guy Caeden, and he's in grad school. We also met with him last week and I forgot to talk about that experience in last week's email. But it was really amazing, because we were talking about how the first step to accepting the Lord's grace is by faith. And he said "I don't think I have enough faith to receive something as great as His grace." AND IN THAT NEXT. VERY. MOMENT. Alma 32 came to my mind, which talks about having faith like unto a seed. I read verse 28 to him, and then talked about how our faith can start out being very very small, even if all we have is a DESIRE to believe, God will meet us there, and our seed of faith will grow, going from a seed, to a small sapling, and eventually into a strong and mighty tree, reaching the heavens. After sharing this, Caeden sat there for a little while, and then he goes, "I really like that, do you think I could get a copy of the rest of that?" My heart was so full of joy. And I immediately bore my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, being God's greatest instrument of revelation in the Latter-Days.
Saturdays are one of my favorite days, not just because it's my p-day -- and I love talking with my family and emailing friends -- but Saturdays are also when we get to go to the temple. I love the temple so much, and I love its unique spirit of peace and revelation. It's also so special seeing my lovely district, dressed in white, sitting in the Celestial Room. So amazing. I'm pretty bummed that there isn't a temple in the Seoul-South mission, but it just makes me even more grateful that I can go once a week for the next month.
In last week's email, I said how I don't know if the Gift of Tongues is real, but I BELIEVE that it's real. After this week, I can tell you all that I KNOW that the Gift of Tongues is real. Is this knowledge perfect? No, not yet. "But behold, as the seed sweeleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good." (Alma 32:30). This seed of faith that I have is a good seed :) My understanding of Korean grew so much this week. And it mostly comes from my diligence in study. As I've done my best everyday, I've been blessed with gaining more knowledge everyday, little by little. I bore a very simple testimony of the gospel to my family this morning: "I know that God loves us. I know that if we pray, we will be blessed. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen." I can't wait to share what more I've learned next week :)
Thank you all for your prayers, you don't know how much it means to me. I feel your strength and love everyday. If you've read this far, you're a real one. I have an invitation for you, are you ready? Say a prayer, and imagine God is right next to you listening (because He is), and see how long you can give thanks before asking for anything, see how much you're grateful for. I'll also participate in this invitation; I'll update you on how it goes. Have a great day everyone :))
1. District @ temple
2. Squad steezin
3. Asian squat with apple
4. Asian squat trying to get sauce out of my tie
5. Asian squat with broom
6. Asian squat with goo
7. The fing