now I teach sumo wrestling

June 22, 2016 – Week 4 MTC

This week was another great week in the MTC :))

So in the MTC, you teach investigators almost every day and then native Korean members once a week. It’s a super great way to practice Korean, learn to rely on the spirit, and work together as companions. This week I had a few great experiences while teaching that taught me a lot. One day we were in a lesson that did not go as planned…. at all… and on top of that, we weren’t able to understand a word she said. We were all over the place trying to teach her and had a hard time getting the message across.

We walked away super discouraged and disappointed. It was one of “those moments” on a mission. But then later that night, we were teaching a lesson to a native Korean member. The spirit was so strong. We were able to have a real conversation with her and share deep personal experiences. We walked away feeling a 180 degree difference in emotions from earlier. So excited, happy and uplifted.

Later that night, I was thinking about the differences between the lessons, and I realized that the amazing feelings we felt while teaching the native Korean, FAR outweighed the discouragement we felt after teaching the investigator. The hard times on a mission are SO WORTH IT. Heavenly Father gives us difficult times to grow and learn to rely on Him, but in the end, no matter how many hard times you have gone through, the joy you feel sharing His gospel are always 100X better. 

I feel like every week I have a funny language story. But I think this week tops all. We were in a lesson teaching a less active about how to rely on the Lord through trials. Then all the sudden, the less active member started to burst out laughing. We were so confused. After the lesson, we asked what was so funny. Turns out that “trials” and “sumo wrestling” are very similar. One ends in a “n” sound while the other ends in a “m” sound. So yeah, I taught about sumo wrestling in Korean!  Always a good time speaking Korean :)))

끌를 자매님 (ps: that’s Sister Clegg in Korean)

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