Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017; Traditional Korean Market

After staff meeting on Monday, we went with some of the other senior couples from both Seoul missions to a traditional Korean market.  The vendors rotate locations every day.  If the date ends in a 4 or a 9, it will be in this location.  Elder and Sister Gray are about to complete their missions and return to Washington, so we wanted to take advantage of Sister Gray's expertise.  She is a native and is able to help us understand what everything is.

We found most of the usual things that are at most markets, but also a few things we had not seen.  We did find some beets and also some cilantro so we could make salsa!

This machine is roasting peanuts.

Besides the fish, shrimp, squid, vegetables and odd things, they also have goats, rabbits and dogs for sale.  (These are not sold as pets.  But for food.  Don't know if it tastes like chicken!)  I'm not that hungry.  Ever.  They didn't want us to take a photo of the dogs up close, so we moved back a bit.

Some people noticed that we were Americans and tried out their English on us.  Some other people just thought we were blocking their stalls and wanted us to move away so they could sell their fish or whatever!

It was pretty fun, but when it started to get cold, we decided to head back home.

The weather here has been pretty nice.  It may feel cold when we first head out the door, but by the time we get half way to the office, we're starting to feel warm.  We had a tiny bit of snow one day, but it didn't last long.

We were able to spend Tuesday at the temple with the missionaries.  It had been a while, so it was nice to be back there again.  They tell us that there are 20 missionaries coming this week from Vladivostok to renew their visas!

We had some excellent speakers at church this morning.  Two of the missionaries spoke about feeling the Savior's love.  One told about a tender mercy when he was new to Korea and it was summer.  He was feeling a bit discouraged, but a lady they met on the street bought them a cold drink and he felt like we can feel kindness from others if we look for it.  Likewise, we can show kindness to others as well.

The other elder is from Hong Kong.  He talked about charity.  It is the pure love of Christ and if we try to be like Him, we will have love for all those around us.

That made me think about the people we come in contact with.  Sometimes there are so many people all hurrying to go their own way that it's easy to just feel like a fish in a big pond with no connections to anyone else.  I've been trying to look for ways to connect with someone every day with at least a "Hello" or a smile.  We saw some teen age kids waiting at a stop light.  They looked at us, like, "You're not from around here are you?"  But when we said Hello! to them (in Korean, no less), they answered back with a smile.  It's just a little thing, but it is something.

A young sister talked about following Christ's example.  She used Elder Holland's talk about after Christ was resurrected, he found Peter had gone back to fishing again.  He asked Peter if he loved him and reminded him to "Feed His Sheep."  She had been raised with her brothers by her father who had been in the military.  She said she did a lot of push ups while growing up.  But after she had been through the military herself, she came to understand her father better. 

We had to say good bye to two of our sweet sisters from the Philippines.  They have been working in Korea while their husbands are at home in the Philippines with their families.  We will miss them!

*Grandma Bragging Alert*

Some of our granddaughters have sent photos with their new Korean dresses.

Amber loves her pink dress.

Karli and Kanela look beautiful!

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