How are you? Sounds like everything is going well there at home. First of all, Shout out to my beautiful younger sis Iz. HAAPPPY BIRTHDAY, SIS. I miss and love you. I hope you had the best day. I saw a video Mom sent to me of you eating whipping cream or something super funny! I was dying. I miss and love you, Iz. You have grown up so much since I have left. Two birthdays have now passed since I have been a missionary, which means for your 18th, we will be partying together! Love and miss you! Big 17!
This week has been super busy. Very different and pretty stressful. I had to go in several different areas this last week for Zone leader responsibilities. It was great. I was able to learn a lot and am really excited for the next up-coming transfer.
New transfers! I am staying here in Onyoung Elder Bombasi just moved over to the area right next to me. He is in the bigger city, Cheonan where we have district meeting. I just got an Elder from Korea who was originally in our zone! I went on a few splits with him, and I am soo pumped to serve with him! His name is Elder Jung. He is super fun and we get along well. I am excited to work with him and to serve together. I am speaking Korean with him all day, and I am so excited to learn Korean on a different level! Last year at this time, I served with a Korean, but I was fairly new to Korea and missionary work, so I couldn't soak up quite everything I wanted to, but now I can converse and speak how I want to with him. I can understand more and my learning ability will grow!
I was able to go to Daejeon this week as well. Elder Park went home and Elder Butterfield became the new Zone Leader with me. I am so excited to work with him. He is super great, and he is who I replaced when I came here to Onyoung It's super funny because he went from Onyoung to Cheonan just like Elder Bombasi did. They are now living together again. We got a lot of new members in our Zone, and I am excited to work with them. Elder Butterfield and I are praying super hard together trying to lead the Zone and to pull out baptisms this transfer. If our mission gets around 22 baptisms this month, we will beat the record of 200 baptisms in one year. We, as a mission, are working hard and relying on our faith in the Savior to lead us along.
I have studied about faith as well as what I talked about last week, "Changing to Become." In and through all things, if we act in faith, the Savior will be there.
We are focusing, also, in our mission to give a present to Christ for Christmas, and I want to close with a scripture I found this morning during studies. It goes hand in hand with what we are doing here in our mission and with what you can do there:
"Wherefore, ye may also have hope, and be partakers of the gift, if ye will but have faith." Ether 12:9
Have a great week! I love you! Be save and Happy Thanksgiving!
Elder Cole Thomas Johnson
PACE Trust(ing) in the Source