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“Hey, Westerner! Wha​t’s up?”​

November 12, 2012 by Sister Roueche

My companion had been craving McDonald’s (or MacDonards if you speak with a Korean accent), so we stopped in on Saturday night before going to a church activity.  “Hey, Westerner! What’s up?” are literally the words that a man brazenly spoke to me on my way out of the building.  The term “Frat Star” came to mind when I saw him.  It was a bizarre “Out of Korea” experience.

Before I left on my mission, when people heard that I was going to Korea, they immediately asked if I was going to teach English.  For all of you to whom I responded in the negative, I am so sorry that I lied to you!  I actually teach a lot of English!  Sometimes if people have no interest in learning about the gospel, we offer to teach them English instead.  We do a 30/30 program where we teach 30 minutes of English and 30 minutes of gospel.  It is a great way to be able to serve the people and to be able to teach people who might not have listened to our happy message otherwise.  One example is this great kid named David.  He is totally brilliant in every subject…except English.  There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon where the Lord says, “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble…for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).  I totally believe that if it weren’t for David’s weakness with the English language, we would have never had an opportunity to teach him and his mother. My companion thought that he was a typic

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