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The Worth of Seouls – Seoul Korea Mission


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Another treat of a week!

Rainy Korean night

Rainy Korean night

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Korean Sunset

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Korean Sunset

안녕하세요!! Hellllooo everone!!! How are you all! You seem so good! I loved all the pictures this week! I am so happy to have heard from all of you! I have had another cool week and am excited to tell you about it!

First off, last monday we went to Costco and got some Costco pizza and shopped and got some stuff and I got Costco muffins and literally was in heaven for moment! We got some yummy food and I was stoked and have eaten really good! Haha

Tuesday 1/20– We did service today and then I went on exchange with Elder Smith because he is our district leader so we went on exchange! We did a ton of proselyting and he really challenged me and stretched me in my abilities but he was so helpful and I learned so much from him! He is really good at Korean so it was good to be with him and learn so much from someone who has learned it and become as good as he is! I got a lot of useful tips and learned a lot like usual! We met some really cool people and had and awesome exchange!

Wednesday 1/21 – I started and was still on exchange with Elder Smith! We did studies together and then gave each other some training which was way cool! I learned a lot! We then had a really good district meeting and Elder Smith did some cool trainings! That night Elder Redd and I gave the message after teaching English which was fun!

Thursday 1/22 – We ate lunch with the other Elders just for fun and we had a good time! Then we went and did some proselyting until we went to pick up Elder 최수범 (Choi Su Bam) Who was my old Zone Leader but is now an AP and is one of my really good friends! I love him to death! We picked him up and went out and did some proselyting with him. I learned so much from him, just like I did when I went on zone leader exchange with him before! He and I have a really good relationship and he really helped my companion and I  both! We also taught a lesson to our investigator and it was so nice to have Elder Choi there and we learned a lot from that too! That night we ate dinner at a restaurant with him and then he bought us Baskin Robbins and it was really tasty! We had a good time! Then we told stories and Elder Choi gave me a massage that night! Haha he is actually pretty good!

Friday 1/23 – We did some studies and got a great training from Elder Choi! He really helped me and just is awesome! We are super close and he is probably my favorite Korean person! He is just so cool and I am so close to him for some reason! After the training I studied korean and he came to me and said he had a personal commitment for me! He was serious. I had asked him the day before what I could do more to be a better missionary! He kind of laughed, but I was serious!  I said you are AP now! You can receive revelation on what I can do better! He just said, “you are already good though! That is why I like you!” HaHa, I was happy,  but he just is a new AP so he still isn’t used to that. So when he came to me he said he had really thought about that and how I asked. He said he thought and prayed. He said he can see that I have studied very hard at the language. He said his commitment would be hard and then he said he wants me to study 2 or 3 times harder so I can reach the full potential! He said it will be challenging but he told me if I truly did this I would be blessed. He asked me if I would do it? I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t know how but the spirit was strong and I said yes. He goes home in April but he said he thought and prayed and said he will come back in July to see me and said if I don’t know the language super good he would smack me! Haha!  He said I could do it and I believed in him and myself! It was an amazing experience! He later told me he is my 형 which means older brother. That is a very very big deal in Korea! If someone says that they are your older brother it is a huge honor! I was just overwhelmed at how close I had become to him! When we dropped him off I gave him a big hug and he said remember my commitment! When I talked to my companion about it later. He was so amazed at the relationship that we had and was going crazy about the “Older Brother” thing! Elder Choi is one of those missionaries that I truly think changed my mission! I truly have applied his commitment! I have studied every waking moment that I have any time! I have already felt miracles! I have been able to truly study 2 or 3 times harder which seemed impossible! I will continue to do it and I know I will be blessed!

Saturday 1/24 – We did a music class and I helped teach piano.  We also did english class. Then we had an appointment! We met the guy and he was a little cooky but I truly felt the Holy Ghost testify to him through me. It was so strong. I know every word I was saying was right and true and the holy Ghost was completely testifying through me! It felt so good!

Sunday 1/25 -We had church! I was the spokesperson for our group in elders quorum and I talked about family home evening! I shared some experience from home! It was cool and fun and a little scary! We did some door knocking and met a guy and he said no thanks but then needed to smoke so we saw him again as he walked outside and said “Hi”  and he smiled and asked something. Then he went outside. We finished the building and went outside and started talking to him again! He had lived in australia for 14 years so he spoke english! He was way cool and we told him more about what we did! He was amazed at us! He had met a lot of us before but never took the time to talk. I have never been so grateful for smoking in my life! He needed a smoke so we got to talk to him! He was cool and we hope to meet again! Then I continued to do as Elder Choi instructed and studied, studied, and studied during lunch, dinner, and all the time! I am seeing some amazing miracles because of it!

I love the gospel! I know it is true. I am so grateful that God puts people like Elder Choi in my life to answer my prayers and to tell me what God intends me to hear and do! I am so grateful for all the people in my life! Especially my family and friends! Thanks all and I can’t wait to talk next week! I love you all!

Love,

Elder Houston

Scary house I told you about last week

Scary house I told you about last week

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Elder Jarret and I at a shrine

Elder Jarret and I at a shrine

Elder Jarret and I at a shrine

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New Mailing Addresses for Elder Taylor John Houston

Taylor asked me to forward this to everyone who sends letters or packages.  The addresses have been updated recently:

Packages:(address of the Mission Office)

Missionary’s Name
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Korea Seoul Mission
Jahamun-ro 1521dong
Jongno-gu, Seoul-si 110-030
South Korea

Letters:(go to a PO Box -packages are a problem here)

Missionary’s Name
Church of Jesus Chris of Latter Day Saints
Korea Seoul Mission
Gwanghwamun PO Box 210
Seoul-si 110-602
South Korea


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Another Week in Jangwii Seoul Korea!!!

Hellooo family! So this week has been exactly what it says in the 12th chapter of Ether. A witness comes after a trial of faith. My companion and I had our faith tried since we have been together because of the drought of people we had. We couldn’t teach anyone or anything at all and felt like we were having no success. But later in the week we saw some amazing miracles! So this is how the week went…..

 Tuesday 1/15 – We did service and then practiced singing for a baptism on sunday. I was practicing a hard tenor line in abide with me but it sounded cool! It was a challenge for my pipes though. We met this kinda crazy creepy guy that talked about weird stuff about his thoughts and how he wanted to stop thinking all together and because he couldn’t he was not really free with his agency. Hahah we talked to him for a long time and tried to help but he got our numbers and wouldn’t give us his! Haha

Wednesday 1/16-Zone training, Awesome as usual! Elder Anderson and Elder Park se yeoung gave a great training! We helped the Bishop move today as well and then just did some proselyting and door knocking and looked for a few less actives. We also knocked on the scariest door of all time! The pictures didn’t capture the horror but I will send them anyways! (Taylor’s Computer was having issues so he didn’t get pictures sent this week)

Thursday 1/17 -First we woke up and the lady below us complains because we wake up so early even though we are so so so quiet and she got mad and called the cops on us so they came and asked us to be quiet and we said okay so they left. President Christensen thought it was pretty funny. So ya we are really quiet but we might have to start going outside and freezing to excercise! We met with an investigator and it was pretty good! We taught him the plan of salvation.

 Friday 1/18 – We did weekly planning and were bummed about having like 1 investigator and not a lot of good potentials and had a good spiritual planning on how to find new people! Then we tried to visit a less active but got lost and ended up walking miles and miles back to our house thinking we were close to the less actives restaurant. Haha epic fail but funny. That night we met some cool people which was the start to the answer to our prayers at weekly planning.

Saturday 1/19 – We went out to find some less actives so we went to a real estate place and asked for some help finding the addresses. They were way nice but the places were way far away and hard to find because Korea went to a new address system a few years ago so new and old addresses are everywhere and it is just a mess. So we were trying to find out how to get there and I set my book of mormon down. One of the guys read it and said, “ohhh…. mormon church” we said “yes” fully expecting to get kicked out. But no. He got his keys and said I will take you in my car to find the addresses because I have navigation on my phone! We said okay! And went. He had met missionaries a long time ago and liked them and even had a few lessons. He took us to both houses waited for us to knock the villas and then took us back! He was awesome and we want to go back soon this week and try to visit him about the gospel later. We then did some proselyting and met some way way cool people! We got 11 numbers. That is a crazy crazy amount here! Haha we got a ton of potential investigators. We also met a guy by a bus stop but he was busy so we just gave him our card and didn’t get his number. He texted us shortly after which never ever happens and said he met missionaries a long time ago but wasn’t to interested but then looked up some stuff and he is way smart so went to some decent sources and said he thinks we could be friends. We also had President interviews! I love President and Sister Christensen with all my heart! President Christensen is amazing and I feel so good when I am around him. He was like an hour over on interviews and had skipped dinner so I didn’t want to be to long so I just asked one question. He answered it awesome and I said that is all I need, thanks. I had actually prepared a list of a few questions for him but I didn’t want to take any more time. So he chatted with me about fun stuff and sports (He loves basketball, I am talking season tickets to the Jazz before he was the pres. loves basketball) Haha so that is always really fun. After he looked at me and said I want to share a scripture. He read a scripture and then literally answered specifically every single question that I had written down without me every telling him or showing him. I was over joyed and overwhelmed with the spirit and reality that he is my mission President and is called to be the President over this mission. My interview ended up being pretty long but I had ordered him and his wife some chicken to eat with us and it was there after the interview so we ate together so I didn’t feel to bad. He is an amazing man and I admire him so much and am so grateful God called him and he was ready to accept God’s call and receive revelation from God!

Sunday 1/20 – We had a baptism in Jangwii. One of my good friends that I play basketball with here got baptized. Elder Smith and Lee taught him and he got baptized by his friend in the church! I love him to death and I am so grateful for him! Haha it was a cool experience and we also performed the hard song and it went okay! We had church and then my companion and I helped with a youth activity that night by setting up the electrical equipment and what not! It was fun. The cool kid we met on saturday who talked about english class called. His english name is Chase so we will call him by that not his Korean name. So Chase called and just chatted with  us! He speaks pretty solid english and will come to english class Wednesday and we hope to meet him again after that and teach him!

This week has been amazing! I know the gospel is true! I love this mission and am so grateful to God for answering my prayers and questions through his servant President Christensen. I am so Grateful for president Christensen being willing and ready to receive revelation on my behalf! I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and the truth that lies therein. I know this gospel is true and God lives and loves us! I love and miss you all dearly!

 Love,

Elder Houston

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Visiting a Buddhist Temple

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Visiting a Buddhist Temple

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Visiting a Buddhist Temple

Visiting a Buddhist Temple

Visiting a Buddhist Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saying goodbye to my trainer, Elder Lee!

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Enjoying my pink candies from home

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Saying Goodbye to Elder Lee

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MTC Homies

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Elder Houston & Elder Redd (New Companion)

 


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Hello Everyone – Week 13 in Jangwii (First Week with My New Companion)

This week has been pretty crazy with transfers and everything! So the first thing everyone probably wants to know is about my new companion. His name is Elder Redd. He lived in Utah but more recently Seattle! He has been on his mission about a year and 6 months. He is really happy and talks more then any human I think I have ever met! He loves to talk. He works hard which is good!  It has been pretty hard to adjust to be honest. I don’t feel like our proselyting has been nearly as effective as it was with my last companion but I am excited to learn how to work with him this transfer!

 Okay so this week

Tuesday 1/6 -We met with an investigator and it went pretty good! We taught him and we had a pretty good lesson and he very tentatively accepted a baptismal date! So we will see were that goes! We had lunch with a member at a super good meat restaurant. (Sorry don’t konw a better translation in english other than meat restaurant.) Then that night we ate with another member and had some yummy food there because all the people wanted to say bye to my companion!

Wednesday 1/7 – Today I said goodbye to my trainer or “dad”. I realize I probably didn’t talk about him as much as I should but he was a really good missionary and I learned a ton from him and I love him so much! He will come back and play basketball with me probably in 2 weeks on pday! It was hard to say goodbye to him! The last couple days together we finally got really close and it was nice but also stunk because then he had to go home! After I said bye I took Elder Redd and we went back to our area. I am in kind of a unique situation because they usually send the greeny out of the area but I stayed so that means I am senior of the area. So I have to get us around and show him stuff and I was very nervous about this because given my past record I am terrible about navigating in the city. I can barely navigate St. George much less Seoul Korea. But because I am a missionary and I prayed a lot, it has really not been hard at all. It has been stressful but I have enjoyed a little responsibility and really saw some miracles of remembering where things were!

Thursday 1/8 -We were proselyting and Elder Smith called and said there was a drunk guy that wanted me, so we went to where they were and met this guy who was drunk as a skunk. I had met him when I was with Elder Chae su Bam (who is now an AP) in the Keydum area. He was drunk when we first met him as well! Haha he wanted to buy us something so we followed. (Survivor guy Tip #59 Don’t argue with a drunk guy) Haha so we followed and he tried to get us coffee but we said no so he took us to this little restaurant where I guess the owners knew him so they gave us this yummy drink that was okay to drink. But then he needed a smoke so he left. Haha we apologized to the restaraunt owner and she just smiled and she actually had listened a little while we tried to teach this guy. She was very kind and said it was okay. So we went and proselyted more.

Friday 1/9 – We did weekly planning and we met with an investigator. It was a pretty rough day and where I found out how much adjusting it took to be with a new companion. The lesson didn’t go to well.

Saturday 1/10 – We met a guy for lunch that we had talked to on the street a few days before and he took us to a nice restaurant. He was an older guy (70’s maybe) and he was a farmer but came into seoul for the winter just for fun. He took us to a yummy meat restaurant and we taught him a lesson about prayer and we are excited to hopefully meet him again! We gave the message at the end of english class and it went good and was fun!

Sunday 1/11 – So I have told you about two kids that I am friends with in the ward. Seong Ha Nur and Seong Gee Su. Well they have another friend that I have played b ball with and is just awesome and Elder Smith and Elder lee got him as a referral and have been teaching him. But I am really good friends with him and like him a lot. He is going to get baptized next week and I got to go on exchange with Elder Lee and teach him with the Stake President as well! He is awesome and I am excited for him to get baptized next week! We got some yummy duck meat from members so we cooked it up after church as a district and ate it!

That is pretty much all for this week! It was a good, fun week and I am grateful to be here! I have learned a lot, but I have so so much to learn and so far to go. I only hope to become everything that my Father in Heaven intends for me to be. I know my Father in Heaven loves each one of us and his son is Jesus Christ. I know he suffered and died for me and I know He is my Savior and my Redeemer and my best friend. I know that answers come. Sometimes they aren’t big and we have to have faith that we have recieved an answer. As we try harder everyday we will feel happiness! I love this gospel and know it is true!

Love,

Elder Houston

 


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Happy new year! I am 21 years Old!

(Just to make you all aware what Taylor means about being 21 years old.  In Korea, your age is calculated a little different.  I’m not an expert, so this is the google definition.  FIRST!! take your year of birth, and subtract it from the current year. Take that number and add 1!  When you are born you are already 1 year old!  And don’t worry about your birthday. It doesn’t matter if it passes or not. Korean age is calculated by year (not by birthdays)! So yes, he really is 21 in Korea!)

Hello everyone! How are you! I am so happy to hear from you! Wow I just have to say I loved the pics so much this week! Like they were hilarious! Grandpa Baldwin pulling Grandma on a sled! Wow it doesn’t get much better then that! I also am loving the scrud out of dads beard! Holy cow! That thing is full and awesome! Hahah every time I see it I just giggle at the awesomeness that is John Houston’s Beard! Haley cut her hair off too! Wow what a treat! Hahaha and the boys are cute as ever down at the farm and I think Abbey has more cute freckles then when I left! It looks like mom is still a solid farm girl who knows how to help her Dad! And Court looks way happy and healthy and she got the Korean CTR ring from my family and sent me a pic and they are way cool! I am really excited to get mine in the mail! And I really appreciate Grandma Houston’s letter on Christmas! It was so nice! It sounds like this year has been a battle with the leaves in the gutters!

Okay so this week!

Tuesday 12/30 – We met with an investigator and placed a Book of Mormon and committed him to read it! We visited a less active and then we found out the Elder Chae su Bam my Zone Leader who I love sooo much is going to be the next AP! That was so crazy to me! So he was leaving our zone like the next day.

Wednesday 12/31 -We had district meeting and the AP’s and ZL’s came to it! After Elder Chae Su Bam gave me a big hug and promised we would still see each other lot’s so that was comforting cause he is awesome! Haha so we took his companion because he can’t be alone obviously so he came to a meeting with one of our investigators. It was really hard for all three of us to fit in his house! Haha it was squishy but fun even though the lesson was rough! Haha after we packed up all of our stuff and went to Keydum area to stay with Elder Anderson our other ZL! We met with one of his investigators and it went awesome! He committed to baptism and is progressing well! It was way cool! We then headed back to Jangwi and taught English and gave the message at the end! It went well and after went back to Keydum and stayed there. That night I allowed Elder Lundberg (who I also love dearly) to cut my hair! Haha he totally was guessing but hey it turned out….. not terrible! Haha I trust him but he and I had a good time! We told stories of our lives after and talked and it was really fun!

Thursday 1/1 – Woke up and it was 2015! Wow crazy! Went to a way nice buffet for new years with all the Keydum Elders and Elder Lundberg and I pounded the yogurt there! Haha we ate so much yogurt it was rediculous! I hung out there with Elder Lundberg and Hobson! I am really close to both and love them so much! Haha they are a blast! That night we ate at the stake presidents house and after I played the Korean version of rock paper scissors (Which is way more intense then you might think). I played with a member who is awesome and his good friend who is an investigator (unfortunately not ours) and I am really really good friends with him. He said whoever lost at this rock paper scissors game had to eat a whole clementine in one bit. I lost 3 times in a row….. Then another kid lost and as he tried to eat it he spit it all over me…… Haha I said even when I win, I lose. They thought it was pretty funny though!

Friday 1/2 – had a lesson with and investigator. It was really, really, really cold and we proselyted all day!

Saturday 1/3 – Met with an investigator, taught English, ate chicken with our district and then that night we got transfer calls! I will be staying in Jangwi and my new companion will be Elder Redd. Everyone I talk to say he is a hard worker and good missionary so I am excited and a little nervous but I think that is just part of it! I will meet him wednesday and also say goodbye to my dad(trainer) elder Lee won Hyung on that day as well!

Sunday 1/4 – one investigator and one less active at church! My comp. and I went to Keydum and he baptized his cousin there. She is 20ish and has been taking the lessons and asked my companion to baptize her! After her parents took us to eat! It was a cool experience! That night we ate milk shakes with our district!

Well that is all folks! It was a grand week! I know Heavenly Fathers tries our faith so we may grow and he is always there for us and with us. He loves us. He will not forsake us. More then anyone he knows us and exactly how we feel. I love my savior Jesus Christ and am honored to serve him! This is a true work! I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Love,

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Elder Houston & Elder Smith

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Elder Houston & Elder Smith

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