Monday, August 12, 2013

November 2012

On October 22 Elder Frazier made his first trip back across the International Date Line since we moved to Georgia in 2008 and headed to Incheon International Airport just West of Seoul Korea.  After a brief stop in San Francisco and an opportunity to speak with the family he was off - flying West across the Pacific Ocean.  Below is his first letter home after arriving in his first area.

Hi all!
I guess this is my first email that will be written to all hoping to stay up to date with the happenings of Korea Seoul. As I'm sure you all can imagine, this has been a very interesting week haha. I got to talk with my family on Monday which was really nice! I've decided that after Christmas will be hard because as of now, I won't have gone two months without talking to them! Ask my Mom for the fortunate other phone calls. I have been in country now for almost 6 days and surprisingly, breaking the trend of the MTC, it hasn't felt it at all. So starting with Tuesday, I arrived in Korea! We landed at about 6 which gave us plenty of time to contact on the subway as we made our way to the President's house. Considering it was our first time I think we did decently well. There were about nine of us on the train of about 100 people and it got to the point where at about an hour in, you would go up to talk to someone and they would say that they had already been talked to. Haha, time for a transfer! We encountered just about everytype of person you could think from someone who spoke english and jumped up when he saw us saying, "I want to go to your church" (I'm still convinced President planted him there to give us a little momentum) to the older gentleman who stared us down from moment uno and started yelling the second we said hello. Haha, luckily, I've found that most people aren't like that. Most will just do the quick assessment of who is talking and then wave their hand (not a hello) and wait for you to leave. That can almost be worse. Anyways, I'm in a city called Sungnam which is a little (when I say little I mean about 1 million... welcome to South Korea) city just south east of Gangnam (which is essentially downtown Seoul).

As for the apartment, it is about 200 square feet, give or take a little. I was asked at a zone meeting if I liked the place to which I said it was alright. The Elder laughed and said good, that means I'll like everywhere. With my cockroach kill count at 30 and counting, I'm still laughing... It could definitely be worse (Bacolod). 
Elder Frazier

After arriving at the mission home we received the following picture from President and Sister Christensen.

Some initial pictures from Seoul:

One Year Celebration

Where has the time gone...?!  This last week Elder Frazier celebrated his one year mark in the mission field.  Let me bring you up to speed on some of the "recent" events in Elder Frazier's life:

  • He is serving in his second area - Paju, South Korea
  • The Seoul Mission was split in July, Elder Frazier stayed in the Seoul mission while the rest of his MTC group ended up in the new mission
  • He is currently serving with Elder McLeod from Suwanee, GA who just arrived in the mission field 3 weeks ago
  • He previous trainee, Elder Renfroe was his companion for only three months
  • His responsibilities as the District Leader, since May, has taught him many important lessons about teaching, counseling, and being a leader

We are grateful the "noise from the North" is behind us - Paju is one of the closest South Korean cities to the DMZ.  Funny thing is, Elder Frazier wasn't nearly as nervous as his family back home... CNN influence we suppose.

Here are some great pictures of Elder Frazier
A Great Missionary Smile - Paju South Korea

East meets West - but the Gospel is the great mediator of all differences.