Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dongdaemun Week 2

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was about as interesting as it could be.  After an average P-day, we started an exchange with some of the elders in our zone.  I went with Elder Skinner who is a little quiet, but pretty funny.  The exchange started off pretty normal with a district street boarding activity outside one of the Top 3 universities in Korea, Korea University. Our actual ward boundaries are really pretty small, but we have two big colleges that attract lots of people.  The street boarding activity went well, and we met lots of foreigners.  After the activity, Elder Skinner and I traveled to an appointment with an older guy that we had met on the street a couple days earlier.  He was really cool and the lesson was going well until two Elders from another church who he invited showed up in the Cafe.  And of course, the investigator didn't tell either of us that it was happening...It was still a good conversation, except the actual investigator didn't say a word after the other people walked in.  Hopefully, we'll meet again later where we can actually explain.  

On Wednesday, we had district meeting which went well.  We learned a lot about preparing and planning.  I feel that as a missionary, we plan to be busy and effective, regardless of the number of scheduled lessons we actually have.  After the district meeting, we hurried back to a meal with a church member who took us out to a meat buffet that is about a two minute walk from our church.  To follow that up, the next day, we were treated to chicken unexpectedly at the nursing home that we volunteer at.  Too bad we had already agreed to go with an investigator to an American style buffet.  Basically I had no room in my stomach for the next two days. 

This week I also had the privilege to go on exchanges with Elder Yetter who is the new AP in our mission.  It was super fun because we have pretty much been in the same Zone or area since the MTC.  We both talked a lot about how far we have come and all the experiences we have had.  To start off the exchange, we headed to another area in our district that is just absolutely packed with people.  I've never seen that many people in my life before.  It felt like there were moving mobs of people walking past our board as we tried to get people to stop.  The next day was interesting  because we had the opportunity to pick up a new investigator named Eddy, who is 60 years-old.  He's really pretty good at English, hence the English name, but we teach him in Korean.  We a have met him twice and in between the meetings he was telling us about how he couldn't stop thinking about what we said and how he feels like it might be his time to accept Christ into his life.  We ended up talking about prayer to help him get that relationship with the Lord started.  We also visited a 80 year-old lady who hasn't been coming to church lately because she has been taking care of her husband.  We talked and prayed with her.  She showed us all of the awards she got from the President of Korea for being such a good citizen.  It was awesome.

The best day was probably Sunday.  We went to a special Young Single Adult (YSA) congregation's sacrament meeting with our investigator who is a YSA.  His name is Brother Byeon and he has continued to come a long way.  He's a little shy, but it looks like he will get baptized soon if he can find the courage to give up drinking.  The meeting with the young single adult's in our ward was just really spiritual.  I felt strongly during the meeting as they shared the new Asia North Area Plan with all of us.  After the meeting, we spent a while visiting quite a few members that we didn't end up getting home in time to eat dinner.  

Thanks for all the love and support!  I testify of the miracles of this Gospel and the happiness it brings.

Your Favorite Missionary,

Elder Wheeler
A stream

Church Building in Dongdaemun

The missionary apartment in Dongdaemun

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