Monday, April 21, 2014

Pictures! April 20, 2014 Happy Easter!

Sorry!! I haven't had anytime lately to send pics. But I do today. I may not do the Big email, but that is less important than you getting pics. Love ya!! ^^
Elder "D"

Me and Elder Hale hiking with potential investigator!

Me on top of my new house in Anseong!! Look at our downtown behind me! ^^

Our district on our way to do farm work for a member!! ^^ Only 4 members!! ^^

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014 Email

Annyeong Haseyo, Everybody! Hello from the Land of the Morning Calm! ^^
This week, namely, within the last 2 days, most of you watched General Conference. In korean, it translates to 연차 대회, which means Annual Big Meeting, hence the subject of this email. I think I may start running out of creative titles soon. ^^
Here in Korea, we don't get to watch it until this next weekend, but we are super excited!! I can't believe that it is already my 2nd of 4 General Conferences in Korea as a missionary!!! Time flies... I hope we all get personally meaningful messages out of this conference and pay caredul heed to the words of God to our prophets.
This week was my first full one in Anseong, my new area. After the Sudden Transfer last week, I was still feeling really resentful that I got moved out of ShinGal, but I have adjusted and now I feel like Anseong is my home. Great place to be, out here in the Countryside. There are barely any white foreigners here, so people stare at us all the time, and we meet lots of the same people almost daily. Our branch is small, but I am excited to do my part to make it into a Ward. I feel like I will stay here for a while, so now that I feel content, things are great.
We met our Irish friend on Monday and went hiking with him for P-day. Then we ate dinner with him and he told us about Ireland. He is here as an English teacher, but like 90% of the white foreigners we see here. He was soo surprised when he met us, to Latter-Day Saints (he knew the right name!) in Korea! He knows a lot about our church, because of a religion course in College. We introduced our church and our message well, and while he is not interested now, we will keep meeting him on P-days and building a friendship. cool guy!
On Tuesday we got to go to a Farm of one of our branch's members and work on his farm for service. It was great weather, and we got dirty with manure and dirt. They fed us really well, too. So fun! My first farm service here! ^^
We met 3 investigators this week: a catholic man who is interested in English and the church. He loved our lesson on Prophets and authority. A man about to get married, also mostly English interest, but still. And yesterday, a man who is a Jehovah's Witness. He loves to meet with us to talk about the bible, but he is really a nice guy. My first JW meeting.
Things are going well here in Korea, and we are working hard, Elder Hale and I. We still barely speak in English to each other, even though he is from Lone Peak. Cool kid. We go running every morning still, which is a huge boost to my willpower despite the fact that I am outta shape.
That's all I have time for this week! Sorry... ^^
I love you all and wanted to share a scripture I found this morning, but no time... so read for yourself! D&C 97:8-9 How we can know if the Lord accepts us. Great insight.
Type to ya later! ^^
Elder Wilcox

March 30th Email

Annyeong Haseyo, everyone. I hope you are peaceful. ^^
This week was a crazy one, and basically because of one phone call on Thursday. I will get to that in a second.
At the beginning of this week, my companion Elder Perry, the college runner and former zone leader, was really sick. He toughed through Monday, whic wasn't our P-day this week, but then Tuesday he crashed. We spent the whole afternoon inside, while he tried to sleep it off. I studied a lot, and tried to call some people to meet them, but the afternoon isn't too effective for that. Luckily, after a priesthood blessing and anointing, he felt better that evening, and we went out and talked to lots of people about our church. I have gotten to the point where I love going out everyday with the goal to be a good person, help people understand our church, and bring them closer to Christ by inviting them to learn more about it. I expecially love the Korean people, who are so frank and kind. On the whole, they are a generous, pleasant, yet satisfyied-with-how-things-are-now kind of people. Not a lot of people I have met have wanted to learn about the message that could better their lives, but I will keep on offering it to them! That's waht we are called to do as missionaries and member missionaries is to stand as a witness of Christ at all times and in all places, so that is what I will do. ^^
I got to spend the day on Wednesday back in my "Greenie" area, Su-Ji. If you ask why, it's because Shin-Gal ward shares a church building with them, and we had English class and district meeting that day. So, we stayed in Su-ji and talked to the college students, my favorite group to talk to. Fun stuff!
Then came Thursday. It was P-day, because we got to go up to the Seoul Temple as a zone, and that was wonderful. I learned so much, and my testimony was strengthened so well by that holy place. After the service, we were chatting outside the temple with the other missionaries. Our mission president pulled me and my companion aside, and told us about a situation that could change our status as companions. A missionary that was sick was going home early and another one was returning from having surgery, so there could be some switching of companionships. I wasn't too worried, and we went to one of those public bathhouses for our P-day activity. We took Elder Hale, the one whose companion was going home, with us. then, on the way back home, we got the phone call from President.
President said he had had decided to put me with Elder Hale in an area called An-Seong, and the returning missionary (a Korean) with Elder Perry. We got the call at 5:30, and got home at around 6:10. President was coming at 6:30 to pick me up with my luggage, so I set mission record for packing my stuff! Then I had to say goodbye to Elder Perry! That was hard. the last transfer and a week had been the funnest time on my mission, as well as the time I had learned the most. But, I was excited to help PResident out with this situation and serve with Elder Hale, another hard worker. President drove out to a little city in the middle of nowhere, and droppped us off. I am in the Countryside! All of my previous experience has been mostly countryside, but this is complete counrty side. THere are surprising amounts of people here, though, especially wtih the warm weather. Anyway, huge shock. When I woke up that morning I had no Idea that I would be serving in one of the only Branches left in the mission by nightfall!!! Crazy, and it still hasn't sunk in completely.
We got things figured out on friday and met some of our investigators. I will explain about them in a later email. Then we proceeded to proselyte diligently and have seen many miracles in the people we have met even though it's only been 3 days! We are meeting 3 more potential investigators this week from our efforts this last friday through sunday.
On Sunday, yesterday, I met my Branch! A total of 23 people including children came out this week. I look forward to a closer relationship with my branch, and I look forward to the challenge of making it a ward! I feel like I will remain here in the middle of nowhere for a while, which is fine with me. THe people are nicer and more willing to listen to you than other places I've been. It should be a fun few transfers! ^^
Sorry to talk your ears off (or is it type my fingers off?), but thanks for all the support and prayers you give me. I have to cut the email here because of time, but I am glad I have this opportunity to test my adaptation skills and faith in God by suddenly serving in a new area and with a new companion. Elder Hale is great; he and I have already gone running twice in the morning, and he is a hard worker. Neither of us is that good at Korean, but I believe we can do our best and establish the Lord's Kingdom in this little city. Wish us luck, or rather, pray for us!! ^^
I Love you all! Thanks again! Have an excellent week! ^^
~Elder Wilcox