Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dongdaemun Week 17

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was quite the adventure!  To start off, a bunch of the missionaries went to the mission home to play basketball together.  Sports are some of the best stress relievers for missionary work for some reason.  Then, we started an exchange that night with the Imun Elders which was pretty fun.  I went with Elder Skinner, and since it was raining so much, we decided to knock on doors in a building.  We met one sweet old lady who wanted us to come in and talk with her really badly.  We told her that we weren't allowed to be alone with a woman and she responded, "I'm 80years-old now, what difference does it make anymore whether I'm a man or a woman."(In-direct translation) Anyways, she was pretty hilarious and just ended up giving us delicious yogurts.

On Wednesday, we met with two of our Chinese investigators Woohang and Gooshil.  Both of them attend Korea University and are attending a Christian church.  We watched the restoration video which apparently one of them had already seen when he was living in Northern Ireland.  Two sister missionaries met him there and showed him the video.  I guess we can never know how far our planted seeds will grow.  Their biggest question was about the importance of baptism, since they haven't heard about baptism in the church they are currently attending.

This weekend was also a big training at our church building for Korea's EFY (Especially for Youth) camp.  All of the young single adults gathered on Saturday, which meant we got to see a ton of people who were returned missionaries from our mission.  Pretty weird to say the least.  That Saturday we also met with a less active member of our congregation named Young-Jin who took us out for dinner.  He's fluent at English and Spanish and of course Korean because his mom is from Bolivia and his Dad is Korean.  We had a good talk on the Subway ride back about the blessings from keeping God's Commandments.  My favorite scripture regarding that is Mosiah 2:41.

"And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

Anyways, this Sunday four of our investigators ended up coming to church.  And since I don't have time to talk about all of them, I'll just share about Jang-Choon.  He'll be ready to be baptized this Saturday, hopefully.  He's a really sincere 50 year-old man who is always smiling!  He's progressing really well and all the members are excited for his baptismal service this week.  I'll share more about him this next week!

Thanks for all the Love and Support!

Your Favorite Missionary,

Elder Wheeler

Cookie Frosting at Children's Grand Park as a zone proselyting activity

Face Painting too!

Elder Ashby capturing the moment

Elder Ridge, Elder Wheeler and Elder Green

Elder Wheeler, Elder Ashby and Young Jin

Chase with former Korea Seoul Missionaries!

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