Today, I had to go to renew my immigrant card because if you stay in Korea for more than 1 year, that means that you have to extend your time of sojourn! That was pretty neat actually.. To think that basically next week I will have been in Korea for more than 1 year really astounds me for
sure. Lately, I have been really looking back on my life and just how wonderful it has been and how insuffiecient I am, and I was really able to reflect a lot… But wow… a few weeks back, I said that I had been doing missionary work for a year and now I have basically been in Korea for about a year now!! Just amazing!! I really love it here and it is getting colder here every day… It actually got down to about 30
degrees (Farenheit) and the wind just eats you it.. It was so cold, but other than that, I love Haeundai and it is so great here!!
This week as I was reading through the Book of Mormon, I wanted to share the words of Jacob! In Jacob 5:75 it reads: "And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold, for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will;
and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments,and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away,behold yeshall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard."
I really love this scripture.. The joy that comes through the gospel is endless and that as we help others come unto Christ, how great will not only our joy be, but also theirs as well! I love this gospel and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.
So this last week on Monday, we were planning to go ice skating in the morning in the world’s largest department store… But… it turned out to be 20000W (20 Dollars) for about 2 hours -- which is a bit too much to spend on for missionaries -- so we didn’t do that. Instead, we just went out to eat!! So we did that. When we came back to the church, we found out that the Wifi was broken, so we took turns using the computers and sent people to go shopping, and it was fun as we were trying to fix the WiFi! After that, we went outside and talked to people!! It was a blast being able to find others to teach and to love and to help come just a little closer unto Christ.
On Tuesday, we had an exchange, so we went to go do our service project and we went and served people food and cleaned and it was fantastic!!
Then we went and met the Daeshin Elders, and I got to go with an elder named Elder Johnson. He has only been out in Korea for 8 weeks. So, Elder Johnson and I went home and studied a bit and went outside and talked to a bunch of people. We were able to really find some great people!
Then on Wednesday, we got up in the morning, changed and then discussed about the exchange and then went to district meeting! After District meeting, we went on another exchange and I was able to go back to 영도 (Yeongdo), my training area with Elder Stradling!! We had a great time and were able to meet many people, and we even met a man who didn’t really want to meet with us to learn more about Jesus Christ --- but he actually wanted to talk to us about "his" gospel that he made… So anyways.. at least we had a nice chat and were able to talk to him and that was a good time and hopefully one day he will want to learn about the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I absolutely love Yeongdo and I am always so happy to go back to it!!
Then on Thursday, we did that and then we went on exchanges with the Gwejong elders and I went with Elder Stephens. He is from Wyoming, which was a shocker and he has been out in Korea for 3 weeks now! So we went out and were able to talk to a many people and to share the gospel with others and many accepted it and it was, overall, a
On Friday, we went to the mission home to have a meeting and so we met and then had lunch after the meeting and then came back to Haeundai and planned for a little bit and then we went outside and talked to some more people!
On Saturday, we went to go play soccer with some investigators in the morning, and then we played some basketball with some kids because they were coincidently there! After that we came back to Haeundai, talked to some people and then went to a baptismal service with our
investigator and talked about baptism!! Then we went outside and talked to some people and that was really our Saturday!!
On Sunday, we had church: it was a great time for sure… Very interesting one of a kind experience, actually… I was also able to bear my testimony in church about my family.
The members showed me a video of my Dad playing 1 on 1 basketball with students at the University of Akron. So I was able to talk about how much I want to be like him and if I want to be like my Dad so much and if I love him so much, how much more do I love my Heavenly Father and how much more does he love me…. SO That is what I talked about! Then after that we planned for this week and then we went outside and talked to some people. Then we ate dinner and went outside again and talked to people and that was my week!!
It was wonderful and I love you all so much!! Thank you for all that you do!
Elder Joshua Wilson