Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017

Monday evening we were invited to a branch member's home for dinner and FHE.  Two of the other senior couples and another family from the branch came too.  The other family has lived in Seoul for over 20 years!  Their children have been raised here.  It was fun to see the teen-age children with their friends, just like they were back in the US.  They had the day off school for MLK day.

We had another temple day on Tuesday.  Here's some of the missionaries that were there.

Dear Sister Park left us to go to the MTC in Provo on Tuesday.  She has been in Seoul for a couple of months waiting to get a visa for the US.  She has been assigned to the Visitor's Center in Laie Hawaii.  We'll have to go visit her there!

We also went back to the temple on Thursday.  The missionaries from Vladivostok came to Seoul to renew their visas.  It was fun to visit with them.  They were surprised that I could read their name tags and say Здравствуйте to them!  One of the sisters said her grandparents had served in Almaty Kazakhstan in the early days.  

They were very happy to get to come to Seoul.  Usually some of the Vladivostok missionaries travel on a bus to Mongolia for visas, but since the roads can be dangerous this time of the year, they all were able to come to Seoul.  Sister Nielson had prepared dinner for them and we were happy to help set up and serve them.  They enjoyed trying some traditional Korean foods.  They were asking what everything was, and we knew the names of some of the dishes.  The bulgogi was a hit.  We did have some kimchi and myeolchi bokkeum left over.  They were all good sports.  We also got to attend an English session with them.

This is the myeolchi bokkeum.  It looks harmless enough until you notice that it has eyeballs!  It is actually dried baby anchovies.  One of the elders actually said he loved it!  

We had our first real snow storm this weekend.  We stayed home on Saturday and watched some of the news from the US about the inauguration of our new President.  We are thankful for our country and hopeful for peace.  It was great to see the Tabernacle Choir, The Piano Guys and Elder Christofferson offered a prayer at the National Cathedral.  God Bless America!

The sidewalks were a little bit slippery today, so we rode the subway more and walked less.  My shoes failed the slippery test, but nobody got hurt!

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