Sunday, November 17, 2013

Look who Elder Diede ran into....Gangnam style

This week was a very different week.
On wednesday we took a 2 hour bus ride to get to our zone leaders area to have zone training meeting. I met Elder Jang, the korean that lived in my greenie house again. He is so much fun to be around. Also alot of people I havent seen in months. Then we took the bus back again and visited an active investigator. He comes to church but doesnt want to take the lessons. We talked with us for a long time. He does Chinese and Korean caligraphy and makes fans, so he gave us a fan and wrote a scripture on it for us. For me he wrote part of Heleman 5.12. It is super cool, picture attatched. Then on Friday we started our trek to back to the big city of Seoul. The way was completly blocked with traffic so I spent 3 hours on the bus there when it normaly takes 1 1/2 hours. We had a temple session scheduled at 7:20 and because of the traffic we got there just in time to drop our stuff off and get changed. I was straving throughout the entire temple session. I was sitting next to Elder Schofield who I served with in my last area and he kept looking at me and smiling because my stomach was making beached whale noises. After the session we went to go get ramen from the temple vending machines but they were all out so we got permission to go run to a gas station and buy some food.
We slept at the temple that night because the next day after eating a hardy breakfast of McDonalds we crossed the Han river into the South Mission. We had an amazing conference Elder Whiting and Elder Evans from the 70 and Missionary Director spoke to us. The gave us alot of good advice, told us some stuff that I am literally sworn to secrecy about and definetly brought the spirit to us. After the conference was over I found Tim Light and talked with him for a while. I sent you a pic or two. He is an amazing missionary and I only talked to him for about 10 minutes.
Then after we all left everyone went to the bus station in Gangnam. Thats right Gangnam style place. Where Psy and all the rich people live. Elder Smith and I bought some Kimbap and Kimchi which was the best we both had eaten in our entire missions. and it was from a bus station. Then we had the 4 hour bus ride back to our zone leader area. By the way before i forget one of my Zone Leaders played at Weber State with Damian Lillard the NBA Rookie of the Year. We took a break in the middle of the trip because it was so long. I talked to Elder Smith the whole time. It was super fun.
We then had stake conference the saturday session. This same basketball playing zone leader gave an amazing talk in korean. Then we traved to another Area to sleep over called, Donghae. The two Elders There are hillarious. There were not enough Yos so me and Elder Smith and Elder McFarland shared two. During the night Elder Smith stole my sheet. Then he woke up realized he stole it and tried to put it back on me. I also realize that I now speak Korean mixed with English in my sleep. Super weird. Then we traveled back to the Zone leader Area on a bus that drove along the Ocean, I didnt have my camera, but i will see it again.
I have literaly seen almost all the different parts of Korean this week, the city,  mountains, rich people place, ocean I just havent been to jayjoo island.
Then we had the sunday session which was a broadcast specificly for Korea, where Elder Cook and Elder Hales spoke. It was dubbed with Korean so I have no clue what they said but it was still super spiritual. The we traveled back to our area and all I have done is talk to people on the street also I got the first experience with knocking on doors. Its fun.
Well Love ya Bye
Elder Diede

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What is he eating???

Silk worm larva...had to eatit.......actually not bad. look up bundagee or korean silk worms. They tasted like crunchy bugs....but they were like soggy kinda and gross but and ok flavor. Texture is awful.
A member from sanggye look on facebook for friend request
Women parking only..........
our view from the 18th floor

Well where to start. My life is always moving. I guess that is normal for missionaries, but I think especially for me. Imemailing you from 원주, Wonju. I am in the biggest city in the countryside of Korea. In Order to get out here I took a 30 minute subway ride followed by a 2 hour bus ride. Before that story lets finish up the last days in 상계,
For Pday we had a mission wide soccer game. I got to talk with all of my old Zone buddies and Elder Franchina. It was fun to get out and run again on my knee. it is doing alot better. It still a little sore but its all good. Then we went to a bathhouse with a couple of Elders. It was a fun day.
Then the next day we got to go to the temple, I love going to the temple it is the best! The Seoul Temple is just beautiful. I also picked up your package and a package I got from aunt Emalee. Thanks for the candy, the 3musketeers and Fast Breaks are the best. I love how they were mummy wraped it was funny. Tell Aunt Emalee thanks for the Kit Kat bar too. I love President Hinkley's quote too....Lose yourself and go to work!
Then transfer calls....i got transfered. So I shipped all of my stuff out to the country. So now about my new companion. His name is Elder Batschi pronnounced Batchee. He is one of the only 2 missionaries taller than me. He is from Washington likes snowboarding and is just a fun guy. We scare people walking down the street.  We went into the MTC at the same time, so we both kinda dont know Korean. We are opening up a new area together so we have no Investigators and a pretty much empty area book, but it is going to be fun to find people.
It is SOOOOO COLD HERE!!!!! Im out in the boonies so its so much colder, but I do get to see it snow on the ocean maybe. It is a fun area not to many people who are intrested so far but I will be a fun place I live with Elder Smith and Elder Murdock,(Hayden.Mitch Murdocks Cousin ask him about it) They are both fun people Elder Smith has been in this area for 7 transfers so he know what he is doing.
There is a bracnch with about 20 active members here so its fun and we get to do lots of less active work!
Today is pepero day here in korea I will lwt you research more about that! That it!! Love Ya!!!!
Elder Miles Diede

 NEW AREA  Right in the center of  Korea.  Wonju, Korea

Gate 0n PDAY

Elder Rhodes
Boom. Mapleton Swag. (MMH beat SHS)
I watched the video. That is a sick play! That coach is a genius. I havent gotten it yet i will tomorrow. our office says send one asap ,I think by thanksgiving is fine. 
Happy Birthday Gavin.  
So about stats normal people usually count cards given to people, for contacts. We almost never go door to door, you only do if you are in the boonies. WE count Books of Mormons given out so we get 4 contacts a week usually, the mission standard is 140. We just teach street lessons and get return appointments and stuff. fun stuff. We pretty much try and talk to everyone on the street. Good.
This week nothing new. Except I read a talk called the 4th  Missionary look it up. its amamazing. This talk has already changed my mission. I thought about it the other day and I wondered if I am just going through the motions or am I being the best missionary I can be. I kinda revamped everything I have been doing and i am seeing what happens. My relationships are better, the work is smoother and Korean, still super hard, but coming easier. I finally realized that I cant let anything or anybody make me mad unless I let it make me mad. Im already a way calmer person and get stressed alot more. 
It is starting to get really cold here, so cold. humidity and cold shouldnt mix. 
This week we didnt do much but visit members and do random tasks Elder Kim wanted to do. Also we had a ''Halloween Party'' We did a haunted house that absolutley failed but it was a good idea. We had lots of fun and I think the ward did too. We taught a couple of normal lessons that were ok.
We get to go play a mission soccer game today and go to the temple tomorrow super excited!
I have nothing else to report.
 Elder Miles Diede