Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sokcho Week 8

My Dear Beloved Family and Friends (제 사랑하는 가족과 친구들),

I learned a ton during this exciting week.  First of all, I've lost quite a bit of my bowling skills, not that I had much to begin with anyways.  We went bowling as a district on Monday which was super fun.  For some reason, the shoes here are really slippery compared to American Bowling Alleys.  
On Wednesday we had Zone Training meeting.  We woke up and hopped on a bus to Gangneung where our Zone Leaders addressed us on the topic of "We Invite, They Commit, We Follow-Up."  Each month, President trains each of the Zone Leaders on a topic he has chosen and they in turn train us.  Anyways, we talked a lot about proselyting on the street.  It's really difficult to find a balance between persistence and not being rude.  Do you keep trying to talk to the man who completely ignores you/denies your handshake or do you just let him keep walking?  How far is too far?  Our Zone Leaders encouraged us to talk to more people when walking between appointments and to be loving, but more persistent.  After trying to apply it this week, we found a lot of success.  For starters, that night, we talked to a couple who later ended up buying us bread from a pastry shop.  Then, right before our house, we decided to talk to a guy and his son.  Turns out, he used to be an old investigator maybe 4 years ago and he wants to meet again!
When our weekly service project came around this week, we were prepared with a couple new fun songs to sing to the older ladies who live at the care center.  For one song, we even made a simple and fun dance to, which they really enjoyed.  When I first walked in the the center, one woman said, "우리 미남 오시내!" which means, "Our handsome man came!"  It was slightly weird, but really funny.  It's cool to see how much we brighten each one of their days by just coming and talking with them.
On Saturday night, after we finished cleaning the church, we had about 20min before our next appointment.  A 26 year old army First Lieutenant was scheduled to meet us at the church in 20min.  We were tempted to wait inside the warm church building until the appointment, but I just felt that we better talk to people on the streets for ten minutes and come back.  Because of that decision to make the most of the Lord's time, we met an amazing kid who was super interested in the Book of Mormon.  He even wanted to come to church the next day.  The 10 minutes of obedience that didn't seem like much, made a huge difference. Plus we met the army Lieutenant that night and committed him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  Overall, it was a really awesome night.  An update on Brother Jeon, we will start meeting with him again this week.  He has been really busy lately, so we haven't been able to see him.
Thanks for all the love and support!  Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!
Your Favorite Missionary,
Elder Wheeler (윌러 장로)
Bowling on P-Day
This one was a strike!

Chase's Apartment Building

Beach in Sokcho


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