Sunday, June 1, 2014

6-1-2014 - I'm being cooked over here

I can not tell you how hot it is over here. Being a man who has literately spent his entire life is Utah you don't know what the whether is like all over the world. I could not believe my companion when he told me it was only about 70 degrees. It's only spring and i'm now being cooked alive because of the humidity. I don't know what i'm going to do when summer roles around. 

Speaking of being cooked we had Elder Cook come to our mission to speak (see what I did there haha). He wanted to shake hands with all the missionaries that were there which was about 400. It was such a great experience to be able to shake the hand of apostle of the Lord. When he spoke he spoke with power and authority but it was very gentle and quiet. He talked about love and faith. He said that if we have faith then we will find people to teach and that we will baptize people. But he didn't sugar coat it. He said that we probably  won't get the same about of baptisms as people in Brazil and places like that but with faith they will come and people will be brought closer to the Lord.

He also talked about love and He gave us four things that he absolutely have to love. We need to love the people, the Mission president, our companions, and the Lord. All of these things hit me really hard. If you don't have love for one of theses things than it's really hard to be an effective missionary. It really is all about love, with a bunch of faith in there.

This week the sisters' investigators was baptized. It was a really neat experience to see somebody have that experience and have the happiness that comes from that. I also got to play my guitar and have the sisters sing there too. So grateful that I am able to use that talent to bring happiness to others. Sister B---- was one of the sisters who sang which was cool. Kinda crazy that we are still so seeing each other on the opposite side of the world. Also one of our investigators came to the service at the last second and he got to see that. I really think that he felt something there and I hope he takes it to heart. 

Another funny thing that happened this week is that we got roped into going to a different church. So the sisters met a lady on the street that said they were teaching free Korean to foreigners. We thought that this would be a great way to learn a bit and to meet some new people. What they didn't tell us was that they were from a different church and the truth was was that there weren't any other foreigners at all and all. They taught us a bit and then they brought us food and tried really hard to make us happy. But about half way through we realized what was going on. Man churches in Korea are pretty crazy. All they are looking for is gain and money and to have more renown in the world. Signs of the times I guess. Anyway lets just say we will not be going back there.

Elder G------ ( a different elder in our house) is always keeping us entertained. He likes talking non-stop and he doesn't really care is people understand him. He is a huge martial arts fan and he will show off anywhere and any time. Haha is companion is Korean and so there is just a little bit of a cultural difference with that companionship.

My companion Elder B----- and I are doing good work. We met a member of a different church who had some really good questions about our church. The problem was was that they were really hard questions that would have been hard to talk about in English let alone Korean. I wasn't much of a help in that conversation and my companion did really really good.

Having faith is sometimes hard. But it really pays off when we do. We don't find new people every day and we don't have baptisms every week but if we have faith those things will come and it will be more enjoyable as you do it.

Love you all and thank you all so much for your prays and support.

Elder Daniel Meeks

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