Sunday, August 23, 2015

Nokbeon Week 9

Dear Family and Friends,

This week started off super well on Tuesday when we met a new investigator at the park close to our church.  We basically taught the guy the entire first lesson, and he came to church that Sunday for two hours.  I don't think I've seen that big of a miracle in my entire life! Well, not to go that far, but I was pretty excited to see Brother Ha when he came on Sunday.  What's even better is that we are showing "Meet the Mormons" at our church this Saturday, and he committed to come.  I think that movie would do so well here in Korea but, unfortunately, it's not showing in theaters. As a total this week, we are teaching two new investigators.

On Wednesday, we had our weekly district meeting and heard a lot of cool ideas for opening people up to our church, rather than just stopping people and asking to shake their hand.  So we plan to try some different things this week such as English Flyering, Lemonade Stand Proselyting, District Tracting, and Street Boarding.  Lately, we've been thinking a lot about how to mix it up more during the day.  Speaking of mixing it up, we actually got a text from the assistants to our mission president  on Thursday night, telling us that we had to stay in our houses for the rest of the night.  President didn't really tell us much about the whole state of affairs with North Korea, but he had us in our houses for safety precautions.  We had no idea what was happening at the time.  But everything is just normal on the street.  The Koreans don't really seem to be alarmed, so we really weren't very worried either.  We heard from a couple of members about the tension between North and South Korea, though.  

The funnest day of the week was probably Saturday, because this half Korean, half American family showed up after family home evening and made us all delicious food.  The father of the family is originally from Mesa, but he served his mission in Taejon from 2000-2002. He then married a Korean woman and right now they are back in Korean raising their family.  He is ridiculously good at Korean, especially since he is a lawyer here.  Long story short, he has been to North Korea and back, and he told us some pretty cool stories.  It's always amazing to see the interesting things that pop-up or occur during the regular life of a missionary.

Sunday, on the other hand, was a little more difficult.  I'm pretty sure one of God's main goals for sending me out here to Korea is to increase my patience.  I see the importance of patience in every situation, yet I lack so much of it.  Well, Sunday was just one of those days where we tried to help a really old woman, and I'm talking in her 90's.  Basically, she was looking for this place, but she didn't know where it was, and neither did we, so we walked with her for about an hour and a half stopping people on the street and getting them to look it up on their phones  However, when we figured out where this place was, the lady didn't believe us and didn't let us taxi her over to the place. At this point, I was thinking that we should have left an hour ago, because we didn't seem to be much help.  In the end, my companion got a hold of her son who was super thankful because he was worrying a lot about his mother.  We also dropped her off at the Police Station to get some proper help. Luckily, my companion is like ten times more patient and loving than I am, so he helped me a lot.  On the bright-side, we were hugely blessed by the Lord by finding 3 really cool and seemingly prepared people on the way back from helping this lady.  We even talked with the son of a pastor who set up an appointment with us to meet on Wednesday Night.  It still amazes me how God continues to bless us after seemingly small trials.  Although I didn't have a great attitude, God still loved me enough to bless us with peace, comfort, and success.  What a wonderful work and how little do we recognize it's greatness!

Thanks for all the Love and prayers this week.  I needed them for sure!

Your Favorite Missionary,

Elder Wheeler
This is the room where the missionaries teach investigators at the church

Elder Lee and Elder Yetter

View from an apartment of an investigator

Elder Song with the kids who are in the English class

Elder Cazier with some kids in the ward
at Family Home Evening

I have it on good authority that that is Elder
Cazier wearing a horse head!


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