Sunday, May 25, 2014

5-25-2014 Holy Pictures, Batman!

Reunited with his MTC Roomie Elder DeMille

5-25-2014 - Working Hard and Hating Tomato Juice


First of all I have discovered this week that I have a dislike for tomato juice. A nice old lady called us into her restaurant the other day and she gave us tomato juice. Lets just say that my companion and I had a really hard time getting that down. 

This week we have tired really hard to focus on strengthening the members of our ward. It is not easy to be a member of the church in Korea and there is lots of temptation to do all sorts of bad things here. Our ward mission leader asked us to help with members and help them with growing their testimonies of the Restoration and of the Book of Mormon. We have been doing about 20 minute lessons with a lot of them and it's really great because we can help them grow and it's a good opportunity for me to teach. 

We don't have a lot of investigators and the ones we do have are hard to meet and teach. We are spending a lot of time with just trying to find people. I definitely understand the concept of companionship unity. My companion is willing to go out and work, but he doesn't really like to talk to people and it's really hard to do it alone and when you are both not trying your hardest. 

I have been thinking a lot of about the gift of tongues lately. For the most part people believe that The gift of tongues is that God will give you the ability to speak the language. But I don't think that is true. I think it's more that God will put the words that you need to say in your mouth if you are trusting in him. I thought for the first little while that I would just be able to speak one day. But that's not really how it goes. 

My companion is the perfect example of being able to speak the language well but that with the power of God behind his words. He is a good missionary, but he has measured that success of his mission based on how well he can speak so that is all he has focus on his entire mission. He is the best speaker in the mission but it's because that is what his mission has mostly been. So I think we need to find a balance between hard study and working for the Lord. Gift of tongues doesn't only apply to people learning the language but to everyone. 

I am so tired every night which is a good sign I think. It's so nice to spread the gospel to people's lives and give them something bright and new. 

Love you all and hope you all have an amazing week 
Elder Meeks 

5-12-2104 - Serving the People

Hello Family and Friends, 

So this week has been a good week. We don't have that many investigators right now which isn't the best but we are working on it. We meet with this one lady in a underground shopping center who is the owner of this beauty shop and she really likes us, but it's hard for us to share a message and teach her there. But it's really good because we have started making friends with a bunch of people in other shops down there and we talk to them about missionary work and staring to see some interest with them. 

We get to go farming at the wards farm every Saturday mourning and it's really fun. Nice to actually do some real service for people. 

The sisters missionaries in my ward are having a baptism and they asked me to play guitar there so I'm going to be doing that pretty soon which will be fun. 

Korean is coming more and more now. I can actually start to somewhat understand the words that are coming out of people's mouths. 

So right now I am working on writing a talk for sacrament meeting about the restoration. It's so amazing to go in to that topic. Man everything that is in our gospel is based off the fact that our church was restored. Just look at things like the Book of Mormon and how important that is to everybody. I like the scripture that says that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. One small simple question from a small simple boy and we get everything we have in our lives. It's the best feeling ever. 

Nothing too amazing happened this week just a great week serving the Lord.

Love you all, have a great week, 
Elder Meeks 

5-4-2014 - Changes are good

Hello family and friends, 

Ok so with this new transfer there have been some really really big changes. I guess we can start with the really good ones. So i'm living with a Korean elder now who is the greatest guy in the whole world and he cooks for us almost every single meal. The food is Korean and it's sooooo good. No more french toast and eggs haha. 

The ward i'm in is really small so it's going to be really easy to get know all the names of the people in the ward. My new companion is the best English Korean speaker of the whole mission. It super super nice and he loves teaching me and helping me with questions that I have. There is nothing he can't answer and people say he sounds like a Korean. I feel like I'm going to get really good at Korean this transfer. The only problem with him being really good at Korean means that he has only a little time left on his mission. I will be his last companion. So it means that he is super trunky. He is a good missionary but he kinda doesn't like to work as hard as I would like to. His name is Elder B---- and he is a really funny guy and super nice and smart. It's going to be a really good time here, I just hope that we can work hard. 

We don't have very many investigators here and so we just walk around a lot and talk to people. As a missionary without a bike I think I'm have probably walked further that I ever have in my entire life. We walk Sooooo far every day. But it's all good and I like talking to people. 

I used to be kinda shy before my mission about talking to random people and I had a slight fear of rejection. Now that is all gone. I have tried to talk to a lot of people here and some talk to you and a lot of them reject and keep on going. Just the way missionary work is I guess. But it's really rewarding when they seem like they have interest and want to meet again. Makes it all worth it. 
My house here is a lot bigger which is super nice. 

I am always trying to be diligent in everything that I do as a missionary. I Love the scriptures. So much in there that brings us closer to our Heavenly Father. 

The mission goes on thank you all for everything. 

Elder Daniel Meeks