This last week we went on exchanges. I got to go with a different sister missionary from my district. We were walking for awhile trying to find some less actives, and we walked up this hill, and suddenly saw this old grandma sitting on the curb flattening cardboard boxes. All of a sudden this other woman came out of nowhere and was carrying two HUGE bags of food, and she told this old woman that she wanted to give it to her. We watched this grandma act so shocked, as she took it with so much gratitude. We just looked at each other with tears in our eyes, and honestly I had chills. We just walked on so grateful ourselves that we were witnesses of such a kind act. I was really touched by this one woman's act of kindness. Then my companion asked if we could go buy the grandma some water, so we stopped by a local mart. Suddenly we saw the (………..old grandma lady) walking up this big hill with her bags and her food to go to her little home. We went to her and said, "We want to give you this water!" She had this surprised and yet grateful look on her face, as she took the two waters and thanked us with all of her heart. There were a couple of things I learned from this experience. One, that by little acts of service we can change the world, one act at a time. Two, we need to ACCEPT service when someone asks to give to us. The old grandma could have denied it, but she didn't. The job of the person on the receiving end is very important. If we reject service, we are depriving that person from blessings, and feeling the happiness they could experience. Here in Korea there are a lot of opportunities to help people, but mostly they say NO, because they don't want to burden people.
My companion's exact name is Amber Maria Russell, and the other two sister missionaries that live with us are Bradie Johnson, and Brooke Parcells. In my ward there are about 150 members and that is the biggest ward I have seen here. I have given a talk once in the ward by the way, but we are very excited to have a music night for the ward in a couple of weeks. For p day today we are doing something with the elders. Transfers are on Wednesday, so we are going to go take sticker pictures with the elders in our district. One of the elders is leaving so he wanted to do something together for our last p day. My companion is not being transferred, and we heard we are staying together.