These 3 are; Elder Morrow from Farmington, New Mexico on the left, Elder Murray from Layton, Utah (the zone leader) in the center. I caught him with his eyes closed (sorry!) and Elder Green on the right from Fruit Heights, Utah. Elder Green is our district leader and the other missionary with Olsen in our area. Elder Green and Murray both go home in December. Our loss!!!! Unbelievable young men and leaders. 2 of our Elders had to leave prior to the photo session; Elder Kim and Elder Harken. Elder Kim is about 3-4 weeks in country. He's half American and half Korean and regrets that he didn't learn Korean when he was younger! Elder Harken is another 'grandson'.... he's from Lindon, Utah. We will have pictures of them later, I may have some from other events I can put in before I finish. Oh yeah.... notice the guitar in the corner...in a box....this room is Jim's office. Elder Howerton decided that perhaps he might learn to play or strum a few notes while he's on his mission. So far it hasn't been out of the box.
Last weekend was the 1st Saturday of a new month! That means it's Temple time. We took the train again to Seoul. This time I got a couple of pictures for everyone to see:
This is Seoul by night. Not a lot different than others cities in Korea. While I didn't get pictures of the surrounding buildings let it suffice to say they are huge, and expensive. They carry all the top of the top stores and in front of them are these street vendors. Are they licensed? We haven't a clue. But there are literally rows of them. Each seems to be owned by the people cooking. You can get a plethora of food here, most of it we pass on. During the day the plastic covering is rolled up and you just walk by or sit down on the few chairs they have. These aren't big! At night, in the rain, or cold, the covers come down. You can see in them all over. Jim is standing there with a small bag in hand on the left. It's an unusual scene, very pricey stores on one side and vendors that date back to who knows when on the streets in front of them....
|A side shot of Elder Murray pulling a box off the platform. It was sure windy up on the 17th floor with the windows wide open! Thank heavens they moved before the really cold weather!|
Elder Harris on the left. We gave him and his companion, Elder Kaing a bad time for coming in suits!!! They had to leave for an appointment though so we excused them.... Elder Harken on the right is just a tad bit excited to be moving into a new place! I love having a zoom lens on my camera.
On the military side we are having great results. Just today Jim and I did the 2nd day of a 2 day 'workshop' on post - through the military - for 14 folks that were sent to this 2 day session for alcohol abuse. Not that they are alcoholics but they've done something over the top that got them sent to this class. We were invited by the manager of the Substance Abuse Department for the Army, here in Daegu. What a blessing for us. We had one hour each day to 'do our thing...'. At the end of our session with them today, we discussed the classes that we will hold, and our 12 step program, based on AA with spiritual help throughout, that's been devised through our church for any and all types of substance abuse. Bottom line, out of the 14 that attended, 7 signed up indicating they wanted to attend our 12 week class!
As we were leaving the manager spoke to us and asked us to do this again next month, if they have enough that the command orders to attend, and any of those in the future. So, we feel we were successful, through the help of the Holy Ghost. He was in attendance......
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and fall is here! The weather is warm and sunny during the day and pretty chilly at night. The colors on the trees, especially in the mountains that surround us are absolutely beautiful; oranges, reds and yellows. I imagine the 'cold' cold weather isn't too far off. Jim was able to have a below the knee black cashmere coat made by a Korean tailor for..... $110.00! It's really nice. Deep inside pockets as well as the outside and it has his name stitched on the inside. Can't beat that....
We are finding some more LDS folks here and making appointments to meet with them. Once we do we've been pretty blessed at getting them to come to church. We feel very grateful to be on this mission. We are certainly being watched over. I can't say the time is dragging, that's for sure, it literally flies by.
We thank all of you for your support and special hello and thanks to Michelle and family. They are great to get things to us that we find we (or I) find I just can't do without! We feel the Lord's love and pray all of our family and friends will be blessed. Thanks for your emails. We love to hear from you and how things are going there, wherever there is for you.
Elder and Sister Howerton