This week has been fast: we had several activities with our branch including a sports day, where I got super sunburned and was wiped out. But, we brought a lady we met on the street and her son, and she decided to take the lessons from the Sister missionaries!!! ^^ We also got transfer calls saturday night, and Elder Hale is leaving me. Then the big news: I am the new DISTRICT LEADER!!! What in the world??? I am sooo not read for this, but have never been more excited for anything yet. I have no idea what to do with Anseong, with all of it's special problems and opportunities, but I know that God does, and I can ask him and my leaders for guidance. My junior companion will be Elder Robinson, and I will meet him on wednesday morning. He's about 2 transfers younger than me. SO yeah, this week has been huge. I need this P-day. We're going to watch Ephraim's rescue with our district. ^^
My first few days of being a District Leader!!! Awesome!!! We actually had a mission-wide training meeting with President and the Assistants about being Branch and ward builders, with particular emphasis on helping and befriending the bishop or branch president. There were a few other trainings as part of the meeting, too, and I feel soo much more prepared to lead 5 other missionaries and help them help our branch! We talked to our Branch President and Mission Leaders, and we have plans to meet them and their families, get to know them and see what they want us to do. President Morrise said that there are 5 ways to build branches and wards: Finding (people to teach), Teaching (those people), baptizing (those people), strengthening (maintaining faith of members, rebuilding faith of less actives) and Good relationships of love with ward/branch leaders. We haven't been too close to our president, so we set up a time to visit him and his family, even though they live back in Shingal, my last area! I think we are starting to figure things out in Anseong. I haven't given my first training to the others yet, but I started prepping it this morning! Excited!!! Pray for me, please. ^^
My new Companion, Elder Robinson, is a cool guy! He's a year older than me, but graduated my year. He lived in Japan and Singapore, but doesn't speak other languages. He is 2 transfers younger than me in the mission. He is a wrestler, and he is a champ and has gone running with me 2 times. ^^ We have been working hard and seeing lots of miracles, and feeling so much success in our inviting others to come unto Christ. I feel soo enthusiastic about the work, and God blesses me so much as I give my best effort and attitude to His work.
We set a baptismal date with a man from Nepal, last week! He has met missionaries for about a year, but on and off due to crazy factory work schedules. He cant speak Korean or English very well, but we teach using pictures and really simple English. We are trying to find church materials in Nepali. He has soo much faith though! He found out about Christ for the first time from one of the missionaries in Anseong. He said he wants to go home to Nepal and convert his wife and kids!! Super kind, faith filled man. ^^ Pray for him to understand and want to follow our message, please! Other investigators: Nothing special with any of them this week, but prayers would be appreciated. And hopefully answered with blessings!
Hope you had a fun time with the family! Tell everyone I love them if you're still there. Tell Grandma and Grandpa I got their letter! Really good story! And one definitely applicable to missionary work. Sometimes I feel like I have no legs, but with God's help, faith, and determination to serve Him til the end (of my life! Existence! Forever!), I can mount up with wings as eagles and accomplish great things in the Lord's vineyard, Which is, of course, the entire world. Even behind the "Zion Curtain". ^^ You all can do that too!
Thanks for all your prayers, and for continuing to find opportunities to Invite others to come unto Christ! I love you, am proud of you, and know you can do it, just like I can, even though we all lack. God makes us whole when He makes us His Hands. Alone we are nothing, with Him we can accomplish anything! And we are refined int he process. I testify that His plan is perfect, His ways are straight, His love is infinite. And I say these things in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love you, Mom, Jake, Miles, Kev, Kate, Grandma and Grandpa, Cousins, Aunts Uncles, and other close friends! Love you, Dad!
Lots of love, not quite as full as the Saviors, but trying,
Elder "D" Wilcox