Sunday, June 18, 2017

Gangneung / Winter Olympics Site

Since one of our senior couples has gone home, we were asked to go to their area in Gangneung and double check on the apartments.  It took the two couples (us and the Cannons) to replace the Schwiegers!

We stopped at a rest area and they have a monitor on the entry wall to show you which stalls are available.  It was not too busy this time.

And Sister Cannon could not resist washing her hands with the alligator faucets at the kiddie sink.

One of the sister's apartments does not have anyone living in it now, so the elders got to help clean it out and take the extra food home out of the refrigerator.

How about this view from the sister's apartment in Sokcho?  It was so nice to get away from the city and see the blue sky and the ocean!

The view of the mountain side is pretty nice too.  There is a lot of construction around this area in preparation for the Olympics.

Elder A was helping the sisters with their drain problem.

And we were able to get right down to the water.  There's no barbed wire at this point.

This was a former USA battleship.  It was used in WWII, the Korean War and the Gulf War.  It is now in dry dock.

This is a North Korean submarine that ran aground off the coastline in 1996.  It was captured and put on display here.

Elder Cannon had spent some time on a US submarine in his previous life, so he was very much interested to see this one.

When they realized they would have to abandon ship, they set fire to it to destroy any information they had accumulated.

It's a good thing we had hard hats!

This boat was used by 11 people to defect from North Korea in 2009.

This ship is actually a hotel.  It is surprising to see it sitting on the mountain!

We also drove through the resort area where the Winter Olympics will be held in February 2018.

On Saturday we had lunch at a Turkish Restaurant with Brother Masa Eguchi.  He is here in Korea on a work assignment.  He joined the church in Hachioji a few years after Alan and his companion opened the area there.  They enjoyed sharing memories of old friends.

We had a good meeting at church today.  We have been teaching a couple of our young men the Temple Prep classes.  They just graduated from high school and are moving away.  One already has his call to go to the Czech Republic.  So many of our members are moving!  The branch president and his family are going to Kenya for their next assignment with the US Embassy.  We also have members going to Nigeria and Sri Lanka, Germany, London, Spain and also places like Wyoming!  It's amazing that we come from and go to so many places around the world.

June Transfers, Tucson Temple

This photo is from our mission wide conference last month.  I love how much light is in everyone's eyes!

Mosiah 15:14 And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
Alma 5:14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

When we had transfers last week, we sent two American sisters home and one Korean elder.  

And in return we welcomed 6 new missionaries.  One of our new sisters is from England!

Back at home, the Tucson temple open house is in full swing.  We keep seeing photos of friends and family enjoying their time there.

Sunny and Sam's family.  Danny's got a new broken collar bone!

To top it off, all of our kiddos were able to get together last week.  They were helping each other with their little ones while some were at Girl's Camp.  Two of our sons were in Utah helping empty out Grandma's house.  Even our son who lives in Brazil made it to Tucson.  I shed a few tears over this one.  They were mostly happy tears!  They tell me that everyone was nice to each other, so that makes Momma happy!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seoul Folk Museum

We were sorry to say good bye to Elder and Sister Schwieger this week. (Sister Cannon was working as I took a sneak photo of them.)  The Schwiegers have worked very hard out in the Gangneung Zone.  They both served missions in the Seoul West Mission when they were younger.

We also had a new couple arrive this week.  Elder and Sister Ulvestad will replace the Cannons as Military Relations.  The Cannons were their replacement two years ago.  It's nice that they are already familiar with the assignment.  They recognized many people at church today!

Alan and Elder Cannon were planning a visit to an apartment that was in need of some repairs.  On our way home from the office we stopped at our local hardware store for a few supplies.

We just had to show her a few pictures of what we want and she was able to find it somehow!  There's no room for shopping carts here!

We walked past the presidential compound on our way to the Folk Art Museum

This is the "Blue House" where the president lives.

This museum is in the back corner of the palace near our apartment.  We didn't go inside this part when we came here before.

Lots of people were enjoying the day.  These carvings are of civil leaders.

This is a play area where children can play with toys from the old days.  These girls are trying to roll a metal hoop.

This was a grist mill that was turned by horses or oxen.

These are old wooden shoes and traditional men's hats.

Lots of glare on this one, but it is representing the beautiful fabrics used for their dresses.

An early printing press and binding machine

Cable car

Barber shop

Comic Books!  This is probably dated after the Korean War 1960s?

Old time street

Inside were displays about how the people lived in the old days.  This is a depiction of a traditional marriage.  The couple did not meet each other until the marriage.  Hope your parents chose well for you!

This is a bier which was used to carry the deceased to the burial plot.

And we learned that they have traditional performances every weekend.  And all of this is free! This dancer has a long ribbon on his hat.  He turns his head to make the ribbons swirl kind of like a rhythmic gymnast.

We saw that the "Amazing Race" TV show came to Seoul.  They missed a lot of fun cultural things they could have done.  They had them stack cups, make kimchi (done that) and play video games.

At home this week, we had four kiddos that finished Kindergarten!  Plus one going into middle school and another headed to high school.  Add that to our high school graduate and our college graduate.  Our kids are getting old!