The Storm Has Hit

The storm hit Gumi.  As in the typhoon.  I can’t remember its name, but it was weird.  We didn’t get it too bad, though, as we are landlocked here in the middle of the country.  Heavy wind and torrential rain–some downed powerlines and tree branches, but I don’t think that there were any casualties here, so we are very thankful.
 
Late the evening before the typhoon, we got a text from the A.P.s– which read, “Be safe.  Be smart.”  Seems like pretty good advice.  Megan McGlover-worthy, for sure.
 
We spent most of the day getting ready for our ward’s singles’ family home evening which we are entirely responsible for doing.  It was our idea, as there hasn’t been a single ward activity since we came to Gumi.  We have a ton of minute-to-win-it type of games planned.  So we worked hard at the church all day during the typhoon getting ready for it and then around 10:20 that night we got a text from our ward mission leader saying that they’d decided to move it to this Wednesday instead.  Awesome.  So we ended up just eating all the refreshments we made (something we call typhoon cake–recipe to come!).  But fortunately this week was stake conference, so we didn’t have to take down all of our set up.  But all the balloons popped.  So we’ll have to get more.
 
The whole point of this story is that we survived the typhoon with no damage.
 
Today we went to Andong, “The Spirit of Korea”–it’s the city in the farthest north of our mission and they have a traditional Korean village there that you can visit.  Which is why we went.  Mostly it was a tourist trap for Koreans.  Kind of cool but mostly just a waste of time and money.  But maybe we got some cool pictures out of it.  I’ll send some home next week, if Sister W. brings her camera cord when we email.  I think that it would have been cooler if we weren’t so pressed for time (it’s about three hours away from Gumi, with buses and bus waiting time considered).  But while we were there, we paid an additional two thousand won to go to the world mask musuem.  Which was much more legit than the village, but also mostly terrifying!  Turns out that I really don’t like masks.  Even the awesome traditional Korean ones.  However, I did learn a lot about Korean mask plays and dances, so I feel much better informed about Korean culture.

This week is transfer calls.  Crazy how fast time flies!  So we shall see what will happen.  I might not be here next week.  So weird to have your life so out of your own control and so transitory feeling.  It’s a very good lesson though, to teach us to rely on the Lord and put our trust in Him.
 
This past week was also full of many miracles that we probably didn’t deserve to have, including someone coming up and knocking on our Church door when just Sister W. and I happened to be there a little after English class.  She said that her daughter was a less-active who wanted to come back but was scared and she wanted us to teach her and her son as well.  Pretty legit.  I would elaborate on that and others, but the time is far spent.  The Great Andong Adventure of 2012 has stolen all of my email time.  Sorry.
 
So until next week, I love you all!  (Not that I’ll stop loving you after next week…)
 
P.S.  –  Did you know that America has a twenty dollar bill and all the money there is green?  I did not remember that until after a two minute disagreement on the subject with Sister Wallace.  Crazy.  It’s weird the things you forget on your mission.  But it’s a very large sum total, believe you me.
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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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