Monday, June 17, 2013

Week #14

Dear Family,

Everything in Valdosta has been so fantastic.  Everything has just been broiling to perfection, and really almost every moment feels like a success.  I love being a missionary and am so glad that I have had the chance to come to Valdosta for a little while.  Get a little taste of some Georgia, see what it tastes like.  But really, I had my first Georgia peach the other day, and it tasted so delicious.  

I don't know if I've ever told you too much about our apartment complex, but it is pretty legit.  We are getting to know our neighbors a little bit more, and are beginning to realize how much people are actually watching us.  Ms. Gatlin, our neighbor, came out and talked with us one day when we were doing some service outside the apartment and confirmed this fact to us.  No one really knows our names, but they refer to us as the boys or the guys, and will always say, "Oh, the boys are leaving", or whatever.  We have a lady that lives above us who smokes like a chimney, and likes her high-quality Newport cigarettes so much that she had her car wrapped to look like a cigarette box and everything.  It even has a surgeon general's warning on it.  

When we were in last night eating dinner, we had a knock on our door when we weren't expecting anybody.  When we went out to open it we found three or four little boys standing there, apparently really excited about one of their finds when they were fishing earlier that day: Sharks!  They had these little foot-long sharks that they had caught at the beach earlier that day that their mothers wouldn't let them keep in the house.  So the next best thing to playing with them by yourself outside your house: go show the three teenage boys in the next apartment.  It was super funny and cute, and we went out and took some pictures with these sharks that these kids had been playing with all day.

We have had some awesome success with our investigators.  We had four at church on Sunday, which is the highest that we have had so far, but next week we plan to beat it.  We had the Tinney family, Larry Johnson, and Yvonne Garcia there and it seemed like they all had a genuinely good experience there.  Yvonne is moving towards baptism and is doing really well.  We have great hopes for her.

Recipe for you to try:
Korean Spicy Chicken Bulgogi
3 tbsp. Red chili pepper paste
1 tbsp. red chili powder
2 tbsp. light soy sauce
2 tbsp. mirin (korean cooking wine, but not required)
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp.  grated ginger
pinch of black pepper
All of this is for the chicken marinade.  You cut the chicken into thin strips and then let it marinade in the sauce for at least an hour, and then you cook it.  You stir fry vegetables with it and eat it on rice.  We had it at a member's house and I wanted the recipe, so you'll have to give it a try.

Thanks for all of your awesome letters.  I love your guts and hope to keep hearing from you!  Have a great week and enjoy the summer.

Elder Jon Hendrik Vawdrey

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