Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
This week was awesome! First I transferred to a new area. I went outside of Seoul for the first time in my mission. It is still a pretty city, but a lot more countryside than Seoul. I got a new companion Elder Miller. Great guy, we are opening a team here so we have no investigators, zero contacts on our phone, and even had to make our own area book. We have been proselyting pretty hard, getting a bunch of phone numbers and have had one appointment with a guy that lives out of our area, so we have to refer him to another set of Elders. We are doing the best we can, it’s a great experience.
Yesterday, I traveled back to my old area to baptize Brother 김호영 (Kim hoe young) The 24 year old guy I met on the subway back in June. It was a great experience. I sent this to President through email,
“How humbling, to see the workings of God, Christ and the Spirit in his life. While teaching this brother for the last 3 months I truly learned a lot. There were times I was frustrated, times I didn’t show my love as much as I should have, so many ways in which I failed. That is how I came to realize last night, that Elder Yates and I were in no way the reason of his baptism. Sure we taught him and truly tried the best we could to teach by the power of the Spirit, but God, Christ and the Spirit are the driving force behind it all. It’s so amazing to me how God, takes a person like me, very imperfect, insufficient and weak in so many ways, and trusts me and my companion with the duty to teach the doctrines of the Kingdom. That’s how I know that God was so much in the framework of this Brother’s life. Even before Elder Lydon and I first met him in the subway. Only through the Spirit are people converted and brought unto Christ, we just show them the way.”
After the baptism he said he felt clean. He said he never thought he would ever be baptized but he was very happy. I really hope and pray that he remains active in the church. That later on with his future family, he will build a home based on the teachings of Christ.”
This week since moving to Sheengar I have eaten nothing but ramen, spam, and rice. I now have heartburn. But I have tried mixing and matching different condiments just for some color and to spice things up. I used ketchup once just to fit in my daily intake of fruits, and ate some of the peas that came in the ramen pack just to get my daily needed veggies.
This morning I studied Matthew 27:39-46. From these scriptures I learned a great deal on patience. Christ now hanging on the cross, completing all he had to do for the children of men, in saving souls and bringing them, back to the Father was asked, “If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Then He said “He saved others, himself he cannot save.” Saying they will believe Him to be the Son of God if he come down from the cross, mocking him with “He trusted in God, let him deliver him now” We all know Christ had the power, the strength, the godliness and the glory at that moment to show the world that He truly was the Son of God by delivering himself from the cross to answer their pathetic questions intended to mock, but He had patience. Even in His darkest hour when He asked God why He had forsaken Him Christ had patience. He knew God still loved Him, and had trust in the Plan.
We too in our times of trial and hardship or feelings of being forsaken need to have patience. A patience and a hope that it will all be alright, to bear our trials with more patience and knowledge that God and Christ are always there.