Sunday, September 17, 2017

Seoul Stake Center. New Apartment

These cute sisters were enjoying watching Elder A work on their lights.  Lots of light problems these days!

The sidewalk is not finished yet, but they did roll out something to keep us out of the dirt & mud.

Next door, they are putting up some actual trusses to make a new roof.

We spent a day with the office elders and the Dongducheon sisters getting a new apartment ready for the new couple arriving next week.  They will work at the military base and take over when the (other) Andersons go home in December.  The elders brought this refrigerator over from the old apartment.  I cleaned it, then they came back and took it back.  It turns out that it belongs to the old apartment's landlord.  Well, at least we returned it clean!

We told the missionaries that some elders get to clean up after hurricanes and floods, but some get to do different kinds of service!

There is a beautiful view here.  You can almost see North Korea!

Our branch had a party at the park on base.

We have a nice group of single adults too.

We went to the Seoul Stake Conference Sunday morning.  Elder Yamashita of the 70 was here to dedicate the new chapel.  He mentioned the faithful saints that have been the pioneers in Korea.  He also told about visiting a sister recently who had lost her son and her husband to suicide.  He was concerned about visiting her, thinking that she would be very depressed.  But she had a happy countenance and told him that she knows that Heavenly Father loves her and she is at peace.

He told the Lambert story again (The sheepish lion).  He told that story when he came to the English District Conference a few months ago.  He asked us (and the children) to think about if we are children of sheep, or children of God.

These boys have some nifty Transformer toys!

This outdoor courtyard is a nice feature on the second floor.  This photo was taken from the R S room.  The first floor of the building is for parking.

I love these little tables in the nursery.  They can be arranged as needed.

Someone has made a nice drawing of the plan of happiness here.

And Happy Anniversary to us!  This is how cute we used to be 43 years ago!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Chapel Open House

These elders needed some more light in their apartment.

After we helped them, we went through this marketplace.

It's chili season again!

All kinds of dried fish and other sea creatures.

And turtles??

It was a huge market.  We did find some nice kiwi, apples and a watermelon.

One of our office elders had a birthday.  We celebrated with Indian food!

We went out to find another apartment this week.  The agent spoke Japanese so she & Alan got along fine!

As we left the office, we discovered that they're redoing the sidewalks.  Be careful not to fall off!  Just another project they're working on.

It's time for Zone Conferences again.  Seoul and Gangneung Zones met this week.  There will be three more next week.

Saturday was the open house for the new Seoul Stake Center.  It is an amazing beautiful building!  The missionaries gave tours in the afternoon.  In the evening, they had a program.  Several wards had a choir, a few soloists and our missionaries sang.  They did great!

We've had some serious medical issues back at home.  Our daughter's mother in law had a liver and kidney transplant.  

Our four year old grandson had a nasty fall. When we talked to him he was excited about his new puzzles and coloring books!  Thankfully, they are both doing well and on the road to recovery.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Transfer Week!

We were happy to welcome 16 new missionaries on Tuesday!  And three of them are from Arizona!  We were waiting for their dinners to be delivered to the mission home and when our elders called to check on it, they discovered that it was ordered for the wrong day.  (Oops!)  But the restaurant was able to bring dinner anyway, just a few minutes late.

They looked more rested the next morning.  After they met their companions and had a little training, they were off to work.

But that means we had to send some back home.  11 went home this time.

Including one of our favorite office elders!  Love you Elder B!

We also spent some time looking for some apartments this week.  We have three senior couples in line to arrive in the next few months.  Our replacements have been called and will enter the MTC on January 1, 2018!  And thankfully, the weather has eased off to a more comfortable-ish temperature and humidity.

On Saturday we were able to go to our District Temple day.  We had two full English sessions and lots of other work too.  One of our senior couples helped provide baby sitting so the young couples were able to attend together.  Several people have commented on the promise given at the Seoul Temple dedication that the people will be protected as they attend the temple regularly.

And here's an update on the de-construction project next door.

Now they're starting to tear down the brick part of the building.  The roof has been removed from the main part of the building.

We saw this display of different kinds of masks all over the world that was pretty interesting.

Our friend has a son serving in Houston Texas.  We saw some photos of the damage to their mission home and office.  We're grateful that we're safe here.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Busy Week!

After our staff meeting on Monday, we met some of the other Senior Couples for lunch and showed the new couples around Itaewon.  This is near the military base and has several American and many other ethnic restaurants and shops.  There is a shop there that sells Korean style nativity sets.  How did I not take any photos?  Anyway, we had fun.

Sister Black shared her photos with me.  This is E/S Nielsen (temple), E/S Robinson (PA) and E/S Ulvestad (military).  Up above is E/S Black (Seoul South), Sisters Hwang and Pence, E/S Hinton (temple)

On Tuesday, we went with Sister Sonksen to clean an apartment that was in need of some help.  We worked until we had cramps in our hands and made that place sparkle.  Earning our keep!

We saw this truck with hundreds of cute baskets, hats, bird nests and anything you can think of!

On Wednesday Sister Sonksen made a peach dessert for us to share.  One of the elders said he didn't like peaches, but this changed his mind!

Later that day we had some visitors drop by

Our new Area President and one of the counselors.  Elder Gay and Elder Choi.  It was nice to get to meet them.  Elder Gay is from Ohio and knows Sister Sonksen's family.  He was her parent's home teacher!  And we got to visit with Elder Choi a little bit.  Turns out that he studied at USU, so we talked about Cache Valley a bit.

Friday morning we went out to take care of another apartment.  We had ordered some curtains for them.

I think they turned out quite nice.  Now they can sleep in until 6:30!!

And we brought them some pop up mosquito net tents.  They can pretend they're camping.

On the fourth Friday each month, the SESA (Seoul English Study Association) invites someone to speak to their group.  This time Elder Robinson spoke about his experiences in international businesses.  He worked for some shipping companies and for The Gap.  They have lived in Korea and in London besides California.  He spoke about the economies of countries and population trends and what it may be like in the future with more automation in manufacturing.  

On Saturday Alan went with the young elders to work on the yard at a house we rent for elders.  The weeds were a foot high all over.  I didn't go along this time.

Today in church we had the Seoul Temple President Min and Elder and Sister Nielsen as speakers.  President Min told about one of the early Korean saints.  He had been a Protestant Elder and when he joined the church, he had to give up his post.  It was a difficult time.  He had a chance to meet President Kimball. He told President Kimball about the many family names going back many generations and how he wanted a temple in Korea so they could do all of their work.

Speaking of temples, our grandson Jacob who is preparing for his mission went through the new Tucson Temple Saturday.  What a wonderful blessing!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Olympic Kick Off

We had to say good bye to another elder this week.  He left a little bit early due to his schedule at home.

I wanted a photo of these cute girls on the train.  Love their dresses.  Too bad the ride is a bit bumpy.  They know how to pose!

We went to the big clothing markets (Dongdaemun) to order some curtains for apartments.  We saw this little shop where they make patches.  Those machines can embroider 6 or 7 at a time.

We saw more hat shops than we could count.  I guess it's hat season!

My favorites are the cute children's hats!  And I scored a few new clothes!

On Friday, we went with the Sonksens to visit some apartments while President did some interviews.  Now we have lots more action items to take care of this week.  We'll be hunting for apartments again.

We noticed that they were setting up something downtown.  So Friday night we went to see what was happening.  They were building a huge scaffold structure.  Someone told us they were making a big water slide for the kids to go down.  What could possibly go wrong with that?  Turns out that it was a kick off for the Olympics.

It was 300 meters long!

This elevator took the tubes back up to the top.

There were also beach chairs in a big shaded area on the grass where you can watch the slide or watch the shows.

There were several different performance groups.

The Olympics Mascots

In these igloos (yurts?) different events were represented.

The bobsled rider has on virtual reality goggles like you're riding it for real.  The girl looked terrified!

These kids were trying out curling

and hockey

The Olympic Torch

Bobsled in the city

This guy was making bubbles

Lots of kids playing in the water

Air Rifle

And lots of food trucks.

We had our District (Stake) Conference today.  Part of it was a broadcast to all the stakes in Korea.  Elder Bednar was one of the speakers and our new Area President, Elder Gay.  They spoke about being obedient so we can have the light of the gospel to dispel the darkness of the world.  We were counseled to have faith and to not be overly concerned with the troubles around us in the world.

We are so happy that the Tucson Temple was dedicated this past Sunday and that many of our family was able to participate.  Arizona skies are beautiful too!  We couldn't make it to this temple, but we were able to spend some time at our temple in Seoul!

And to top it all off, our sweet Abigail has turned 8 and was baptized Saturday.  Love my family!