Later that night I brought my guitar and my companion and I went Christmas caroling. We only sang for 30 minutes at different homes, before a guy told us to leave. While we were singing there was a young girl about 18 years old who stood off in the distance smiling at us, and she looked so happy to hear us sing Christmas songs. All of a sudden she disappeared and I was really sad she left. I was going to talk to her, but then suddenly she came running up to us in the middle of our song and gave us this bag of drinks she had just bought at the store. She then ran away and stood in the distance watching us again. After we finished that song I ran up to her with my guitar on my shoulder and thanked her so much for those drinks. While I was talking with her I noticed she had tears in her eyes, and she had been crying. I was so touched and knew that I needed to get her number. I asked if we could meet again and she happily gave me her number and she got mine, and then she left. Later that night she texted us on her own and said, "HI. Tonight was SOOOOO cold but I was filled with warmth in my heart. I received a deep impression and was so happy inside. Please call me and I will help you with anything!" I just melted. Isn't that the true meaning of Christmas? She didn't know who we were but was so moved by the spirit that we would be singing on Christmas in Korea, and not be with our families. Her giving to us, truly is the true spirit of Christmas. I will never forget my last Christmas here caroling on a cold Christmas day in Korea, and seeing this sweet young girl taking the time to share with us. I learned a great lesson that day, that presents are fun, but there is nothing compared to serving others. We will meet with her this week. This was truly one of the greatest Christmas's I will ever have and it never will be forgotten.
We have had ENDLESS Christmas miracles and it would take forever if I told you all of them I just want you to know that I am very grateful. Our Father in Heaven is watching over us and not only during Christmas time but always and forever.:) May we continue to have the spirit of Christmas always in our hearts and may we start this new year with a more humble and willing heart to serve Him.:)
I have been in this same area for 10 months on my mission without transferring and to be honest I would have loved to have gone to another area, but I am o.k. with it. I have gotten really good relationships with everyone in the ward. I have only been in three different areas my entire mission and for sure will not be transferred again before coming home. I am going to miss Korea so much when I get home. I know I will miss the kimchi, the smell of the air, the people, my former Korean companion, the bowing to each other, the Korean food, and just walking the streets as a missionary and teaching the gospel. I love these people and their culture so much. The fact that there is no dishwasher and dryer here.........I won't miss that though. haha!