In Korean culture for birthdays, the year is what
matters. You cant be real friends with someone if your not born in the
smae year. When I ask someone how old they are and their the same age as
me there is an immediete connection for them. They will walk down the
street with their arm around you and talked to you for a while. They are
my favorite people to talk to! Well Korea is pretty much a huge city. I
see lots of birds, earwigs, cockraches ( both somtimes appear in our
apartment)( we slowly suck them up with our vaccum, it makes our Korean
die with laughter!),fish and half-dogs. But maybe if I go to the country
side it might be more animals. I miss tomatoes sometimes people grow
them but they dont usally sell them, when they do their super expensive.
There is just not alot of room to garden. Im glad that football is
going well, are they both playing on the line? send me pictures!
Speaking of sports, I have a request we have two kids and a less active
that LOVE to talk about sports. our less active came to church just
because he wanted to talk to me about basketball. so, I need you, or
gavin to give me updates of eveything! Our less active likes football
and that is really rare of a korean. He gets a little dissapointed when I
havent heard of something and he has to explain it. So specificly Gavin
I NEED you to keep me posted with NBA trades, significant games, and
BYU football specificly. also this is just me being curious but did
Davies get Drafted? If you can do that we could get a couple of baptisms
and bring a less active in. Also thankyou for the heat shirt I love it
Im wearing it right now. My zone leader is a heat fan and loves that I
like them too. my scripture is Exodus 4:10-12. Yes I have a microwave,
Korea is mostly more advanced than the U.S. I slept in the temple the
first two nights but I get to do a session next tuesday Im pumped! also I
dont know if movies come out earlier in Korean but Hayden, have you
seen the Percy jackson and the Sea of Monsters poster? its pretty
sweet...but very distracting of missionary work. Also Wicked is playing
at the stage in Korea now, so i hear the songs and see the posters all
the time it reminds me of our fun trip.
This week has been super fun last PDay we went go go buy some times
i got 3 nice sparkley ties for 5 bucks. Then we went "swimming" In
Korea they have bathhouses. and since it is part of culture we can go.
So it was like a hot tub with jets, a sauna and a cold swimming pool. It
felt so good. Today we are going to go play basketball then go to a
temple or a palace or something im excited. Something about the food in
korea too. In almost every resturaunt I have been to you cook your own
food, and i have eatens tons of garlic its super good. the food here is
nothing like back in the states.
We also did a zone service project/ hiking trip. We went to a
"mountain" and hiked up the trail picking up garbage. The view from the
top was amazing ill send you a picture. there was also a place where an
ancient fortress used to be and an old korean told us that if we stand
on that ground and breathe we are breathing in pure energy...and we all
needed energy because missionary work is hard. Then I dont know If I
told you already but We teach English classes. There is a guy named Tony
that comes that can say what ever he wants to say but he still comes.
He thinks i am a farmer because Im from Montana and that i have the most
"honest english" or best pronounciation because I am full blood
american. Its so funny.
We met with our investigator Sam and taught him about the word of
wisdom. He is a smoker but he wants to stop. He came to church for the
first time yesterday and we could see him bouncing. He was so jittery.
He finally had to go take a smoke break. We set a goal with him to cut
down one cigarette a day. He smaokes about 8 a day, which is way low for
koreans. Korean cigarettes are skinner and easier, so koreans smoke
about 25-30 a day. We went to go visit a refferal in a 25 story
apartment building, he wanted nothing to do with us but we got to see a
great view from the top of the building. Then at night we ordered fried,
garlic and sweet and sour chicken. The Koreans love it! and I cant
blame them it is super good. We made a bet this week between the two
companionships this week the first one to get 140 contacts buys chicken.
its a fun competition. Funny but weird story. Like I said Korea is
really developed but there are still lots of homeless weird people. I
was on splits with my zone leader who has been in the country 22 months
we were prosylyting. We were walking along with 3 college students when
we look down and there is a super old guy with his shirt off and pants
halfway down sleeping on the sidewalk. It tottally threw Elder Coats off
the 전도 ( prosyliting) learn this word its alot easier to type.) It was
Then on Friday we were fasting for one of our investigators and
went 전도ing. The first guy we talked to said he didnt believe in christ
but when he went to hawaii americans were nice to him so he wanted to be
nice to us, so he took us to dinner. We talked alot about the gospel.
They were amazed at my korean and how well I used chopsticks. They
thought i was a genius and were really impressed with me. As they night
went on him and his wife became really interested in our message, we got
their phone number, the problem is...they dont live in our area so we
have to reffer them..i hate that.
But Life is good in korea, tons of fun! I love this work ans I love
being here. I re thought you coming to korea and right now i never want
to leave!!! We will se how i feel at the end of my mission but it would
be cool for you to experience korea in its full glory!
Elder Miles Diede
Sunday, August 18, 2013
안냥하세요 from Korea! First anwsering questions. I experienced no night, but I did sleep. The flight was good i sat next to another missionary so i talked to him I had an isle seat. Jetlag...you have no idea I just collapsed at bedtime, i was so tired! We talked to lots of people about the church on the plane since there were 30 of us. I had a package waiting so i guess it doesnt take that long. I opened it just in case in had candy that would melt(it did) but i saved the wrapped stuff until my actal day.
Alright. My trainers name is Elder Franchina he is from draper. He has been in korea for 8 months and only in our area for 6 weeks. he is very nice hopefully i can attach a picture. Our area is called Dongdaymoon. It is it is inbetween the center of seoul and the outskirts. Our house is super nice. We live right next to the church. We have the biggest house in the mission and we are the only elder house with AC. It is SOOO hot here. 4 times as bad than the time we went to the east coast. I sleep on something called a Yo. ( just like couch cusions with no couch. actually really comfy, but im so exahsted it doesnt matter. I came so close to talking with tim I missed him by 10 minutes. It was his temple day when we were training in the mission home. Yes my Pday is on monday here so as i write this your sleeping.
Lots and lots of proslyting or 잔더ing. We just walking in circles around a GIANT crosswalk and talk to people. or on the subway or buses. I can say alot of stuff that i want to say but its the understanding that kills me. You say the same thing over and over so you pick it up pretty quickly. I love it. it is so much fun!
Then i had the opportunity to teach an investigator. His name is moon chay. He speaks english so we teach him in english, but it is still way hard. His need is gaining a spiritual desire, he will keep all reading commiments because it is interesting to him but wont pray or do any spiritual stuff. We taught him about prophets and a little of he word of wisdom. it was an awesome experience.
Whats the status with Matt and Beau. Talk to them have them email me I want to hear from them.
Korea is awesome. So much different than what I imagined taller than New York way more packed and WAY more green. It is super green here. I love it though it is way fun! it is hard work but it needs to be done! Thaks for the package, that was really nice but way expesive. i think letters are alot less expesive. I should get one sent off soon.
Well I got to go do laundry. I need some more clothes to sweat in this week! I love ya! Thanks for all the support pictures and info. i hope you had a good time with the lights and wellards on the river. Dad looks way different with the beard. no wonder he was a mob member:) Love YOU!!!
xoxoxoxoElder Miles Diede
OHH I forgot to tell you. It always rains. It starts so quick we we walking back from our bishops store and it came down in 2 sec. then we had to run through it. i was soaked in 3 seconds. Also my ward is SUPER nice they LOVE me because im tall, traying to learn korean and my name is easy to pronounce in korean( 디디) We have FHE tonight where we are eating it is going to be way fun!