April 27, 2022


Korea Seoul South Mission


Elder Patterson

"Today's Objective: Be a Samurai" and other amazing things (Week 11)

I'm sitting on a train as I write this email. It's one that goes really really fast.πŸš„ The view is beautiful. It's a crisp foggy day, the mist is dancing between the beautiful green hills with tall red and white cell towers standing high.πŸ›€οΈ One of my bestest friends, Tyler, emailed me last week and mentioned how it looks like I'm living in an amine. And yes, I agree :))πŸŽ‘

This morning we woke up at 5:30, 1.5 hours earlier than normal, to catch the subway to take us to the train station. Today is CULTURAL DAY and we're traveling to the southern most end of the mission! This is a day once a year in the mission where we go to a traditional Korean village and wear traditional Korean clothes called ν•œλ³΅ (han-bok).🎎 I am SO EXCITED!!! λ„ˆλ¬΄ κΈ°λŒ€λΌμš”!!!

Here's a list of some noteworthy stuff that happened this week
πŸ”΄ On Monday a member took us to this really really fancy buffet. Then he bought us all a quart of 4 flavors of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. Except Elder Patterson is dairy free, and the only dairy free option they had was BLACK SHERBERT. We have a quart of just straight black sherbert in our freezer, and he eats a good amount each day wondering "is this what depression looks like?" λ„€ λ§žμ•„μš”
πŸ”΄ Wednesday-Friday was zone Conference with Elder McCune of the Seventy. This was fantastic. My favorite moment was eating our lunch of subway sandwiches at the same table with him and his wife. These are my favorite things we talked about:
πŸ”΅ We looked at a painting and talked about it. The painting depicted the story of Christ calming the sea. We focused on the depiction of the apostles. Some are amazed, some are confused, some are scared, some look tired, and some are looking to Christ. We looked at the face of each apostle, we came up with what it looks like their thinking, maybe their thinking "what am I doing here?" or "I have to make sure the boat is OK" or "woah the storm is gone!" or "wow, Jesus is all powerful." So everyone was different. But all those differences in attitude and thought don't matter nearly as much as this: they were all. In. The boat. The stayed in the boat with Jesus, even though they thought they would surely drown. Brothers and Sisters, please, when there are storms in your life, stay in the boat! The boat is what's protecting you from the storm! Don't jump out!! Have hope in Jesus!! Hope in His Peace, His Deliverance, and His Promise.
πŸ”΅ Seek and Expect Miracles!! We are promised that God's miracles are on the earth! Therefore, let us pray in faith for them daily. After hearing this, I have increased my awareness of the miracles I experience daily, and it's pretty amazing to see already.
πŸ”΅ Luke 5 contains 3 amazing parables, the lost sheep, 10 pieces of silver, and the prodigal son. All of these have the same theme: what was once lost can be found, and when found, we celebrate :)) There is so much joy in repentance, it's not a shameful thing, it's the most joyful, because we're striving to align our will with God's! That's worth celebrating my friends. I love how much our mission celebrates with recent converts :))
πŸ”΄ On Wednesday evening we got on the wrong train, turned into a 3 HOUR DETOUR!!! We didn't get home till 11pm. λ„ˆλ¬΄ μΉ˜λ―Έμžˆμ—ˆμ–΄μš”
πŸ”΄ Saturday, we had an appointment with Jarek at the chillest and hippest Cafe... And together, I felt the spirit like I've never before experienced. I won't go into too much detail because I'm sure it's annoying to read "i FeLt ThE sPiRiT sO sTrOnG" but this I will say:
πŸ”΅ I know that God reveals himself to those who are willing to Let God Prevail.
πŸ”΅ I know the Book of Mormon is a vehicle of revelation.
πŸ”΅ I know the truth of the gospel brings JOY to those who let the truth enter their heart

Post Note
Hello. It's a lot later now, I've been on a bus for a really long time, and we're driving home at night. My preparation day hours were extended because of the event, so I'm going to add this li'l post excerpt.

Oh, how sweet this day was :)) so so much fun to wear the ν•œλ³΅!! And to be in the traditional village!! And my 흔볡 wasn't any ordinary ν•œλ³΅, I looked like a Samari!! With a sword and everything!! Hahaha oh man, I bet you can all see why I had a good day hehe. I don't have all the pictures, but I have some pretty awesome ones on my phone right now. I'll probably send a lot for the email next week.

If anyones curious, this was the schedule today
5:30-6:30 get ready
6:30-7 walk to subway
7-7:30 subway
7:30-8 wait for train
8-9 train
9-10 ride small bus and walk to church
10-11 talk with family
11-12 pre cultural day meeting
12-1 lunch
1:30-2 walk, ride small bus, walk
2-2:30 rent ν•œλ³΅
2:30-4:30 CULTURAL DAY
4:30-5 walk, ride small bus, walk
5-5:30 Basketball
5:30-6 ride taxi and wait for big bus
6-7:30 big bus
7:30-8 dinner at convenient store #idontfeelsogoodmrstark
8-8:30 ride another big bus
8:30-9 ride small bus and walk home in the sweet rain
9 simply pass out

Public transportation is fun.

Anyways, sweet dreams μ—¬λŸ¬λΆ„
Oh wait, it's morning for you
Never mind, have a good day β˜€οΈ

OH MY GOSH I have to mention this.
At point when waiting for a bus, this other bus pulled up and there were 2 little girls in the back looking at us though the window. One gave a timid peace sign to us, we gave them peace signs back. They gave more peace signs, we gave finger hearts. They started laughing really hard, then I did a lil κ·€μ—¬λ―Έ dance with the peace signs and finger hearts. And they were really entertained by that hahaha. And that was a big highlight of my day.

Can you tell the difference between when I write emails during the day and at the end?


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