Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sokcho Week 27 - Combined Mission Conference

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was really fun and fulfilling.  The main part of this week was an awesome combined mission conference in Yeongdeungpo, which is in the Seoul South mission.  It was held at one of the biggest church buildings in Korea, and Elder Maynes came to speak to us.  We not only had the privilege to hear from him, but also from our mission presidents, President Ringwood and of course all of their wonderful wives.  The conference was inspiring, and we learned about the potential we each have and especially how to set and reach goals.  They talked a lot about planning and exercising faith through prayer to accomplish those goals.  The night before the conference, we were able to do a temple session.  It was great to have a chance to feel peace within the house of the Lord.  Living farther away from the temple has made me appreciate the importance and need of it.

This week, we had the miracle of finding out that one of our new investigators is actually a less active member of the church.  Elder Choi and I were both really surprised when we found out that he had actually been baptized about two years ago in Incheon.  We had a great lesson with him, and we're pleased to find out that he wants to come back to church, but he just has a couple of fears. 

On Saturday, we basically had a farewell party with all the members for our wonderful mission president and his wife.  They have both meant so much to us and to the members here in Korea.  Actually, the missionaries here in Sokcho did a really fun and embarrassing dance to an old popular song here in Korea.  The members loved it. 

As for our investigators, the awesome man with the baptismal date dropped us along with the pastor we were teaching. But we did have a great time teaching a man on the beach right outside of Sokcho.  We  thought we were going to teach him at his house, but he took us to this little pavilion on the beach.  It was a great lesson and he committed to pray about and read the Book of Mormon this week. 

Basically, this week has been just another awesome opportunity to learn and grow.  I still don't know a lot but this place has continued to pull and stretch me to the breaking point.  Sometimes it's really frustrating, but overall lots of happiness. Thanks for all the love and support!

Your favorite missionary,

Elder Wheeler

Seoul Korea Temple (5/27/15)

Elder Choi, Elder Lanford, Elder Wheeler and Elder Shin
in front of the Seoul Temple

Elder Wheeler and fellow Arizonan Elder Smith from the Seoul South Mission
 at the combined Seoul/Seoul South Mission Conference

Chase reuniting with MTC friends, Elder Andersen and Elder Picard,
at the combined mission conference (5/28/15)

Beach outside of Sokcho (5/30/15)

Elder Shin and Elder Wheeler at a beach pavilion

An investigator with Elder Wheeler

Members saying goodbye to President and Sister Christensen

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