Bithdays, Burns, Baptisms

I have negative time today, so you will all have to just wait for
pictures of my gorgeous companion, attractive (?) district and the
most beautiful mountain in the world.  Sorry.

Moving on to the much-loved bullet-point format.

–  My companion and I had been joking over dinner about sticking a
chopstick through her nose.  I said that we should probably sterilize
it and that it might go through cleaner if we held it over an open
flame for a while.  She watched me as I proceeded to hold it over the
gas stove top’s flame.  But she didn’t really catch that I had
actually done it (granted, it was stupid on my part), so when I
handed it to her, she grabbed the hot end and proceeded to get a
second degree burn.  Sorry, trainee!  I felt really bad.  But then on
Friday, when we were hanging up the sick-looking banners that we had
gotten professionally printed for our ward’s open house, one of our
members gave me a second degree burn on my thumb with a lighter
(accidentally).  So she felt somewhat avenged.  I still feel terrible
for burning her, though.
–  Sunday was Sister McKay’s 22nd birthday!  We had cheesecake, and
balloons and party hats and poppers and banners and I gave her a
winter hat for her present.  The sweet and adorable Andong Elders
also gave her a present (we had a combined stake Sacrament meeting to
commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of missionaries coming to the
Daegu Stake).  I took a cute/awkward photo of the three of them.  I
will try and send it soon. 
–  It was also Pepero Day, a Korean holiday where you give each other
Pepero.  We,the foreign missionaries, were debating the level of
romanticism involved in the holiday, but apparently we never came
to a conclusion, as we gave them freely to each other anyway.  It was
a delicious day.
–  We also attended Andong’s baptism yesterday.  It is the first time
that their branch has had a baptism in a long time, so it was very
cool.  We sang–not well, but what-ere.  It was great.  Then we had
dinner at our bishop’s house.
–  We had a great ward open house.  I would give you more details, if I
had more time.  It mostly went well, but in the process I made a
middle school girl cry.  Which was not awesome.  I feel badly.  But
other than that it mostly went well.
–  Also, last week was an awesome and epic zone conference.  Our mission
president announced that, because of the influx of misisonary applications,
and because our mission is really trying to get a temple, they have
increased our complement of missionaries!  Effective immediately, we
now are allowed to have not 22 but 38 sister missionaries.  And by the
end of next year, we will have been allotted an increase from 90-
something missionaries to about 140–enough for four missionaries in
every single ward and branch in our mission!  So cool!

Okay.  Times up.  Sorrry.

Next week more and with pictures!


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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