Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sokcho Week 25 - New Companion, Same Great Area!

Dear Family and Friends,
This week was, first of all, really interesting because I got a new companion.  Elder Choi is from Hawaii and has been out on his mission for about 18 months. He's super fun and has been called to be our district leader in Sokcho.  He has served in and around Seoul, so Sokcho is quite the change of pace.  He has four younger brothers and one is serving a mission in Provo, Utah right now.  He played offensive line in Hawaii on the Island of Oahu, where he's from.
On Monday before transfers, Brother Kim took us all out to a Buffet and we had the chance to see MoonYeong there.  MoonYeong is a member here in Sokcho who is currently doing his two mandatory years of military service, which makes it hard for him to come to church.  We've been trying to get him to come out with us.
The trip to Seoul and back to pick up Elder Choi was relatively uneventful.  I was sad to see Elder Elwood go, but I'm sure he'll have a fun time in the city of Wondang.  When Elder Choi and I got back to Sokcho, we got started right away.  We met with a really cool new investigator and taught quite a few lessons to people on the street.  Luckily, Elder Choi is super good with youth and kids, so we've been having some good success already.
This week, we had fun digging up the kimchi which we had previously buried behind the church and Elder Shin got pretty dirty.  The kimchi smells delicious, by the way.  We eat that stuff like candy over here.  We also had a fun visit at the nursing home and continued to sing our classic Korean songs with them.  Service is just the best.  No matter what sort of bad or worrisome feeling one has, service just seems to melt it all away.  As for our youth activity, our less-active family showed up, and we played a really fun game of hockey with spoons and ping-pong balls.
As for our investigators, we have had to drop Brother Jin, but Brother Lim and Doyeong are both doing well.  We text them a scripture and remind them to pray everyday to help them remember Christ more frequently.  We're also planning on talking with Doyeong's parents this week and trying to develop a good relationship with them.  All is well in Sokcho! Thanks for all the love!

Your Favorite Missionary,

Elder Wheeler

Elder Wheeler and Moon Yeong

Elder Wheeler and Brother Jin

Elder Wheeler and the other Elder Choi (who was heading home after serving as AP)

Elder Wheeler and Elder Kim (whose parents now are in the Sokcho Branch)

Elder Shin, Elder Lanford, Elder Choi and half of Elder Wheeler

Elder Choi and a branch member as they were getting ready to dig up the Kimchi they had previously buried at the church

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