Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 100: Whelp.. triple digits

This week it looks like it is going to rain a lot.

This week I have been thinking a lot about patience and about how to be more Christ-like. As we draw closer to Christ we are able to enjoy more blessings and feel the fullness of his love. it is great being able to have the fullness of his gospel restored to the earth again because this way we cannot falter in our ways if we keep trying to be like Jesus! It is sooo wonderful!

On Monday we went to Busan and I with Elder Cronin and were able to meet with our new companions. I wished Elder Cronin farewell and it was super fun! So on Monday we did that and I met my new companion Elder Johnson that has been out for about a year. Then we came back to Jeju and did our family home evening!

On Tuesday, we woke up in the morning and cleaned and then went outside and emailed and shopped and had p-day! It was a great day and we got to go over to the newer part of Jeju, and send sister Brady's luggage and elder Seol and elder Minson’s stuff. Then we went and visited a member to end the day.

On Wednesday we went outside in the morning and talked to people and then studied and then we went to Seogwipo to send off Elder Stewart’s bags. After which we came back and got to talk to some people and then we went and met the new trainees and their trainers and the airport. To end the day we talked to people outside.

Thursday was officially our most normal day and so we went outside and talked to people and got to go meet with people and want with members and it was a blast of a time. Then we went to the church and studied and then had English class.

Friday was us flying out to Busan and having some meetings for the leadership of the mission and then we went to go meet some of my old recent converts and investigators in Busan.

On Saturday we went outside in the morning and talked to some great people and then went up to Miryang and met with some of my past members and less actives and then came back to Busan and took at plane at the end of the day and arrived in Jeju!

Yesterday we had church and that was awesome! We were able to talk a bunch to members and help out others and then we went home and ate after having a couple meetings and then went outside for a bit and talked to other people and then finished up the day by watching a special broadcast for the Korean members.

Love Always,

Elder Joshua Wilson

With Elder Johnson


Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 99: Almost 100... Wow

So quick update on life... It is tuesday here today because yesterday was transfer day. I didn't get transferred so I will be ending my mission on the island of Jeju. My former companion Elder Cronin
finished his mission here on Monday and he went home today. Last transfer was my favorite transfer and it was wonderful being with such a great companion and great group of missionaries. We laughed all the time and there were so many smiles here and there. I'm so thankful for the Lord sending me such a great companion and great missionaries to our zone!

This week I really thought about happiness. Happiness is an interesting concept in all honesty. Happiness comes about based on the situations we are in. Someone might tell a funny joke and make us laugh, or sometimes when we eat something that we haven't had in a while, our hunger and craving are satisfied and we are content and filled with joy. This last transfer, something that I felt was constant and continuous happiness. I don't remember a time that I wasn't smiling last transfer. My face hurt at the end of the day because I smiled so much or laughed or talked to people on the street or anywhere we could. In all honesty, happiness is found in the people that we spend time with and joy is found in the way we live. This is why Heavenly Father gave us the "plan of salvation", or perhaps another title, "the plan of happiness". And by following the gospel of Jesus Christ we can enjoy these lasting, joy-filled times and come closer to our Savior. We can become great friends with others and have the time of our lives with our families. Literally happiness is
unlimited and it was a delight to have served with such great people last transfer. Heavenly father lives and he loves us and because he loves us, he really has provided a way for us to always be happy.

Last Monday, we went to an island off of Jeju called Oodoe. It was fantastic and looked sooooo beautiful. It had some great scenery and although it started raining while we were on the island and we looked around some more and found some great places! It was lovely. Afterwards we came back to the city of Jeju and emailed and shopped and then had our family home evening and that was fantastic!

On Tuesday, we went outside in the morning and talked to others about the gospel and then had some time study and then went outside some more and had some lunch. after that we went down to the church and did some language study and then walked all the way over to the newer area
of the Jeju and had a missionary meeting at dinner at a members house. After which, we went outside some more and talked to other people and helped others come closer unto Christ and met with some great people that have a lot of potential!

Wednesday we went outside and then studied and then we went to meet an investigator. We cooked hot dogs with him and talked and it was awesome! After that we came back to Jeju and talked to some people and did some more studies and then we had dinner and then we went outside talked to people for the rest of the day!

On Thursday we had our district meeting, so we did that and then we went out to eat with the district and then we went to go see some members. After going out and seeing some members we cleaned up our house for the upcoming transfer and then we ate and talked to people
on the way down to the church. after that we had English class and talked to the members that came to it and it was fantastic@!

Friday, we flew out to busan for a meeting and we were there the entire day basically. Then we went outside and went to the airport and then we came back to Jeju. It was fantastic going to Busan and having great discussions about the mission!

On Saturday we were extremely busy. We were outside with people and talking with others and meeting with others and then we met with some less actives and recent converts and were able to teach them and then we ate with all the missionaries in Jeju. After all of this we went outside and talked to some great people and that was our day! We then had some transfer calls come in and now my companion and I are the only Elders in the city of Jeju, so that means our B team disappeared.

Sunday was a great day and we were able to attend church and take pictures with everyone and talk with others and there were a lot of laughs and happy times. We also exchanged pictures and talked to others and went outside and were able to find some great people that wanted to learn about the gospel. It was such a great week!

I love this work and I love the time I am having here!

Love Always,

Elder Joshua Wilson








Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 98: Time is flying by

This week I have thinking a lot about service and what it means to serve. Service is really interesting because it is helping others without expecting anything back, but in all realisticness, as humans we all expect something back. But something that I have learned from being a missionary is that time runs fast and you can't keep track and you end up serving all the time and don't realize it. Then at some point, you figure out who you are and it is great because that is who God is molding you to be!

Last Monday we went out to a little hill and went hiking. It was super great and we could see the airport and all the planes taking off. Also we went down to some nice volcanic rocks and climbed on them! It was super awesome and we had a blast!

On Tuesday, we had a lot of meetings with investigators. So we studied in the morning and every hour we basically had an appointment. So we went from one place to another place and then met with some great people and when we had time at the end of the day we went out and talked to people and shared the gospel with them.

Wednesday was full of appointments as well. We went outside of a good chuck of the day and then instead of going to our service project we met with a less active and we had a great lesson and he is progressing in the gospel very much! Also we went outside and played some basketball with another less active that was leaving for America on Friday morning!

On Thursday, met with the member that was going to America on Sunday and talked with him and had some lunch with him and then we went and met another investigator and talked to him about the gospel and he super enjoyed it and then we helped some people come unto Christ as we talked to them on the street. After which we had English class and
English class is always a great way to serve others.

Friday was an exchange, so we had district meeting and then we had exchanges. I went with Elder Stewart and we were able to go outside and find some good people and then went to meet an investigator and then after all of that we went to play basketball with some of our
investigators! It was an extremely productive day!

Saturday, we went to a place caleld Jungmoon and played soccer with another branch on Jeju and then we started an exchange with our B team! so I went with Elder Seol and we went outside and talked to people and were able to really get to know tohers. Then we went and had some great food with a less active member and then we went to shinjeju and played some basketball with some more investigators and it was great!

On Sunday, I got to translate and we had a great time at church. Afterwards we watched 17 miracles with the branch and invited some investigators to come and watch and they did! Then we went home and then talked to some people and cleaned up the church a bit and then met with some members and had dinner!

Love Always,


Elder Joshua Wilson






Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 97: It is soooo hot

It has gotten so hot here in Jeju. I think the high last week was 38 degrees with 100 percent humidity... Whatever that is in Fahrenheit, but we are doing well and Missionary work is great!

I figured out... There are a lot of trials. There can be spiritual, physical, emotion trials for everyone. This week was more of a physical struggle due to various reasons, but the best thing is that you can feel rejuvenated. Just like this feeling, how great is it that when we get spiritually tired or have trials, God has given us ways to overcome this. It is wonderful!

This last week on Monday we didn't have P-day but we had our Zone Conference where our zone got to meet the New President. He is really focused on goal setting and planning and it was great! We were also able to interview with him and then after that we had the best family home evening with the college students that attend family home evening! We played some card games and everyone super got into it.

On Tuesday we had P-day and we went out to Seogwipo and went and looked at some waterfalls. It was raining and it was super hot, but it was awesome! After that we came back to Jejushi and then went to a less active's house and were able to have dinner with him and his family! It was a great time talking about family and the church.

Wednesday we studied and went outside and went and put hearts on some peoples doors and then we went out and talked to more people and then we went to the church and wrote out an action plan for an activity that we had coming up on Sunday. Then we went to our service project and then had a meeting with the missionaries and then we met with a member and then went home!

Thursday, we went outside early in the morning and inspected some of our zone members houses and then attacked a less active's front door with hearts. Then we went home and planned and then went outside and talked to people. So we did that the entire day until English and then we had a great English class and then we cleaned up and then went outside and talked to some more people with the rest of the time we had that day!

On Friday, We went outside and talked to a bunch of people the entire day. It was really hot, but it was awesome being able to talk to people and then met with various people! After that we went and played basketball with some people and then went on exchanges with the Elders in Seogwipo.

On Saturday, we went outside and talked to people and there were some great people. Then after that we met with some less actives and did our studies and then went out a little bit more and then came back to Jeju. After that we went and played basketball with some
investigators!

Sunday we had church and were able to talk to a lot of people. After talking a bunch of people and having some great classes we had a work shop for the members to do missionary work and they really liked it. After that we went outside and talked to people and then we had a little dinner and then went outside some more and talked to some great people!

Love Always,

Elder Joshua Wilson





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 96: Exchanges!

This last week has been super humid.. If you were wondering about the weather!

This week I was able to learn a lot, but one thing that stood out to me was, God wants us to be happy and places people in our paths that can help us be happy. Life shouldn't be about worries and about sadness and we shouldn't need to drown out the sorrow with things of no worth. Life is about happiness. Although there is opposition, God wants us to be happy and because of this, he gives us families and friends and loved ones. He also gave us the gospel and sent his only Begotten son for us. How wonderful! :)

Last week on Monday, we climbed Halla mountain in the middle of a rain storm. Everything got super wet, including our phone and we had to get a new one. But it was a great experience. After that we came back and emailed and got changed and then went shopping. After all of this we had our family home evening and we played an ultimate game of spoons!

ON Tuesday we studied in the morning and then went outside and talked to people and had a really simple day. We went outside and talked to people and did some choir practice for our zone conference that was going to be held on the 17th and got to meet with some fantastic people.

On Wednesday, we studied in the morning and then went outside some more and it was a pretty good, and hot day so we were able to talk to a lot of people. then after that we went to our service project and then went to a members house and did something called a heart attack where you cut out paper hearts and put them on members doors! It was awesome!

On Thursday we were on exchanges and I went with Elder minson out to the middle of no where and visited some members houses and then we went outside and talked to a good amount of people. Then we met with a
semi less active young man and he super loves the missionaries so we went out to dinner and then had choir practice to end the day.

Friday was district meeting in Seogwipo and that was great! We were able to go and come back and then we studied and then went outside for most of the day. Afterwards we met with some recent converts and then
we had a missionary meeting and then we went out and played basketball with some kids. It was a great being able to play basketball with them and teach the gospel. Also it is super fun coaching kids and seeing their basketball skills increase.

On Saturday we went outside and talked to some people and then went to the church and cleaned and sung and then went out some more and tried to go visit some members houses, but we were unable to because they
weren't home. Then we kept talking to people on the street and then we went to the newer part of Jeju and played some basketball and met some people that want to learn more able the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Sunday was packed and extremely busy. We had church and then we had our new mission president come and have a fireside and before that fireside we had a meeting with him and other church leaders. After that we went outside and talked to people and cleaned up the church and planned a little bit and then they came to our house at the end of the night and inspected our house.

Missionary work really brings so much joy and it is awesome!

Love Always,

Elder Joshua Wilson