Yes, it has been a while.... To say a lot has been going on is an understatement. We have bid a sad good-bye to President and Sister Jennings who'd been the Busan Mission President for the past 3 years. Pictures of that will follow this particular blog. I have a few blogs to do to get caught up!
Some of the missionaries that have departed the Busan Mission have asked about our church here in the Suseong District and the proposed parking lot.... and it was sorely needed! Well, there are some pictures for you below..
The area directly ahead was totally redone as well. Prior to this lot it was all brush. It was cleared and new landscaping done along the wall between the church (red building) and the parking lot.
See the steeple at the front of the church? It is puzzling to me why they built the front of the church as they did. It faces the other near-by apartments so perhaps that was the thinking. Everyone sees mostly just the back however as that faces the street and parking. The front of the building is seldom seen but is quite pretty.
This whole area was filled with old Korean homes that were all vacant, except for ones you can just make out in the back left. Low houses with tile roofs of older times. The ones that were still occupied were also taken care of by this project. A couple were patched where the cement or whatever they are made of was fixed, walls were put up to enclose the area, which also provided protection to them.
This is the church sign as you enter the lot. They had just installed it as we took this picture.
This, of course, is a later picture of one of our Korean boys playing catch. The parking lot has movable basketball hoops, lines to play, and areas for soccer. The missionaries love this on P-day.
Sister Bagley and Sister Jennings in front of the new sign. We were on our way for one of our final shopping days together at the infamous fabric mart in Daegu.....
Some of the shimmering and fancy stuff....more expensive than the others, but still great prices compared to the states. Row after row.
Plaids, stripes, plain. Some areas specialize in particular things, some seem to carry it all.
Talk and social time...
Our new zone leader (we now have 2) Elder Babcock behind the couch. Sister Oaks and Sister Cramer in the back and Sister LeeSeHyn and Sister YooJinAh on the couch.
Elder Chandler seems to be happy with the pancake Elder Harman made him.
Elder Wilcox, Elder KimUkTae and Elder LeeHaNeul playing a board game.
Elder Day ate, was filled, and found his own way to celebrate the day!
Great picture of Elder Harris and Elder Babcock
Elders Harris, Elder Babcock and Elder Wade.
Elder Salazar playing a church prophet game with Elder YooJaeGook and one of our Korean sisters, I'm not sure if it's LeeSeHyn or Sister YooJinAh...sorry.
The following pictures were taken at a neat event... our military branch and the Korean ward got together to have a day of food, games, and learning. The missionaries presented the church for investigators, and many non-members showed up to see and partake of the event. Here is President Hugo of the military branch, and Bro. Lang, Elders Quorum President on the right cooking up the food. Those that cooked, cooked. It was a typical humid summer day but everyone had such a great time.
Koreans love American food.
People were pretty patient waiting for their turn.
Anyone say food?!!!!
Tables were set up inside the church where the air was on. Here are some local folks who stopped by to see what we were all about.
Allison Williams on the left from South Africa and Roberta Ndlela from KwaZulu-Natal.
Some entertainment is always appreciated. Bro. Ricardo Ribeiro from Sao Paulo, Brazil on the right gave us a demonstration of the music and dance from Brazil. He teaches this skill to others that are interested in learning. It was very good and we had no idea how talented he is!!
In the back are a few of his students who demonstrated to us their talents at this special dance of Bro. Ribeiro's home country. Their dancing is both graceful and athletic at the same time.
Sister Cramer with a visitor. She lives very close to the church and wanted to see what was going on. She told Sister Cramer that she watches each Sunday from her apartment as people go to this church. Her comment? She said she wanted to check it out because 'all the people always looked so happy' to her and she wanted to know why..... yes, the sisters are working with her!
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and our Savior. An overview of his life and ministry.
Great poster on our latter-day prophets and information about them and the restoration.
The Priesthood. On the earth again as it was when Jesus walked among men.
Temples throughout the world and the sacredness of them.
Eternal families.... we in the church are so blessed to know we will be able to be with our families forever if we live the commandments and follow the Savior. This is always of interest to the Koreans. They have a great love and respect for their ancestry.
The heavens are not closed. God still speaks to his children today and has a plan for them. We are not alone in this life and we learn where we've been, where we're going, and why we're here. So many all over the world wonder what this life is all about. What blessings we have!!!
How important the children! Luke 18:16: "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. In the Book of Mormon Alma counseled in Alma 37:35, “O remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God."
A great explanation of the Relief Society. A worldwide organization committed to helping and serving others, in and out of the church. It provides such support and help to every sister and her family. What a blessing to be a part of this great organization of women.
Young women and young men, such a force in the gospel. And what a blessing - those teachers who lead, guide, and serve as excellent role models for our youth as they ready themselves to face the world.
This was a great event presented by our wonderful missionaries. What an absolute joy it is to serve near them and learn from them. Serving the military within Daegu is such a blessing for us. Our military members also love the missionaries. They love to have them in their homes, to feel of their spirit and provide meals for them. Many of our investigators, and some of our newest members of the church, have come through the military. Elder Howerton and I have the best of both worlds.
Thanks for following my blog. I have more to add and will be doing another one soon!