Rice Cooker

Both the investigators are still investigating, so I’m happy on that count. We also have one new one. 이현정 차매님 came to all of church again yesterday, so that is two weeks in a row. We don’t have her on date yet, but we are still praying for the 24th. She is so legit. She went online and ordered copies (in both English and Korean) of the Bible and the Gospel Principles manual–we gave her the Book of Mormon in both languages. She has so many questions and she just wants to know so badly. I love her.

So I wanted to write about this last week, but I forgot. So this story happened two weeks ago. I think I’ve mentioned that we share our area with the zone leaders, Elder Claflin and Elder Babcock. Anyways, every couple of weeks or so, the five of us go to visit a less active woman named 간일저. By “less-active” I mean so converted and is now a Jehovah’s Witness becauase of some issues with doctrine. She is super old. Like really, really old. And she cooks us dinner. And gives us presents (I got a pair of fleece lined stockings meant for a person who is about a foot and a half shorter than me).

But as soon as we enter her house, we have to wash our hands. Very specifically. As in, the Elders have one color of washcloth that they have to use and we have another. The thing is, her bathroom is a traditional bathroom–there isn’t a sink. There are two bowls. You have to pour water from one bowl into another, get your hands wet, lather up, and then dump the water in the hole in the center of the floor, and repeat, rinsing your hands off with clean water. She watches and tells you quite insistently how to do it. Well, at least the time I was there. Apparently, she’d never hovered and stood over people before, so the missionaries didn’t really know what they were supposed to do.

So Elder Claflin went first–and he had the door closed. He comes out and says, “The water is really hot. Be careful.” Sister Brady goes next and our host decided to watch and explain how to do it. The rest of us eventually take our turns. The water was freezing! Like, my hands were almost blue!

We then proceed to help her get ready for dinner. She sent Elder Babcock into the bathroom with rubber gloves and a pair of metal tongs. We didn’t know what he was doing as we hadn’t heard his instructions, but he goes over to the corner of the bathroom, and there is a large container there. He sticks the tongs in and pulls out a dish. He repeats the process several times. We then realize that it is a rice cooker. She sanitizes her dishes in a rice cooker in her bathroom.

One that Elder Claflin thought he was supposed to wash his hands in.

We were dying. And had no choice but to eat off those dishes.

Love you all


About gwenogjones

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving for 18 months in the Korea Busan Mission (as of September 7, 2011). I have a fanatical obsession with Snape and the Harry Potter series (in that order), I recently graduated from university majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Arabic). Prior to this major, I was working towards a degree in Jazz Saxophone performance; ergo, I love music. I also love reading, writing, painting, spending time with my friends, playing soccer, watching movies...the usual types of things early 20-somethings enjoy.
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