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The Worth of Seouls – Seoul Korea Mission


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Hot and Humid

I don’t know if you have been checking the weather much in Korea but if you were to check you would find that it is very hot and very humid! I have found out I sweat a lot! Haha I always get sweat in my eyes and my upper lip sweats a lot as well! Hahah it is pretty fun but it feels like a sauna every time you go outside and we don’t have any air conditioning so the house isn’t much cooler! Haha it is really fun though! This week we were a little busier which was good! I will take you through all the days again!

Tuesday 7/21 – We proselyted for a while today and had a lesson with a new investigator who is 20 years old and it did not go well. It was not the investigator either it was us. We didn’t work together and there was a contentious spirit and a contentious spirit is from the devil so the spirit could not be there too! It was very difficult and frustrating, especially after the lesson! But that is what the atonement is for, our shortcomings and mistakes. I feel so bad and guilty but through Christ and his atonement have been able to overcome and move on in the way he would have me go! That night we had English class and we shared the message which went pretty good I think!

Wednesday 7/22 – We had district meeting today and talked a lot about our branch and how we can better help them! We discussed a lot about the members and the relationships in the ward! After we proselyted out to an area we really like cause it is super forest/jungle like and it is just beautiful! We saw a bunch of cool bugs! We enjoy it out there! After we came back and ate at a bakery for my companions year mark in country! It was pretty tasty!

Thursday 7/23 – We proselyted a lot today and then we visited some members as well!

Friday 7/24 -We did weekly planning today which was good and we planned for a lot of stuff! After that, while we were on the street, a sister called and said to hurry to the church! Turns out they had met an american guy who was in the military in Wonju and he was a member! He didn’t know there was a church there and so he had not been able to go to church for about a year an a half! His name is Joseph Slowsser and he is super cool! We talked to him for a while and he was really excited to see us! After we talked for a while Elder Ashby and I went to meet with Seo Hyunseok who is a recent convert and have dinner with him! It went super good and we got a lot closer to him than we were even expecting! He is 19 and such a sweetheart! I love him to death!

Saturday 7/25 – Today we got to go help a member in the morning and got some yummy food from her too! Then we went and taught a kid English and after had to run a few miles to the bus station and it was soooo hot! Haha we were sweating a lot but got there and headed to Gangneung for a music night! Joseph came with us too and he really enjoyed it! He is 6’5″ and a really big guy and it was fun to see him on the bus! He has been here for about a year and goes home to his family in 3 months! He is from Boise Idaho and is 32 years old! He is a really nice guy! The music night was great! There was singing and violins and it was a lot of fun!

Sunday 7/26 – Church was great and Joseph came for his first time in a year and a half and was just thrilled to be there! I had to translate sacrament meeting when our district presidency gave talks so it was so stinking hard but I did my best for him! I translated for him all day when members wanted to talk to him and it was really hard! It was good for me though! That night we had a dinner appointment with Sister Park and it was great and Seo Hyunseok came again to the dinner and it was super good! We had some delicious meat and we really needed to build a relationship with sister Park and we did! It was great!

I am so grateful for the gospel in my life! It means so much to me! I have felt God’s love and grace more in my life than ever before! I know that Jesus, the historical man who came out of the unlikely town of Nazareth is the Christ, son of God. I know he truly did atone for us and if we simply follow his teachings and his example we can gain salvation and return to live with our father in Heaven! I know our Father in heaven loves us all and I am grateful for that knowledge! I know this gospel is true! Have a great week and I can’t wait to talk next week!

Love,

Elder Houston

Dinner appointment with Sister Parks and Seo Hyunseok

Dinner appointment with Sister Parks and Seo Hyunseok

my fun little bug friend was hot too

my fun little bug friend was hot too

Small tunnel, Hot day

Small tunnel, Hot day

Small tunnel, Hot day

Small tunnel, Hot day

Small tunnel, Hot day

Small tunnel, Hot day

This tree was cool

This tree was cool

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Hello Everyone!

Note from Taylor’s Mom:  We had the wonderful opportunity to be in Salt Lake to hear Taylor’s mission president president Christensen and his wife speak in their home ward for their homecoming.  It was a special day for us!  We didn’t get a picture with President Christensen, but we did recognize one of his companions, Elder Redd, as well as a dear friend that he was in the same district with and loved very much, Elder Smith.  It was neat to meet them and get to chat for just a minute.  The missionaries that served with President and Sister Christensen, stood and sang “called to serve” in Korean and what a treat that was for us.  This is a special group of people and we are very lucky we had the opportunity to be there.  These are the pictures we sent to Taylor that he is referring to in his letter:

Houston Fam meeting Elder Redd

Houston Fam meeting Elder Redd

Houston Fam meeting Elder Smith

Houston Fam meeting Elder Smith

Now on to Elder Houston’s weekly email:

Hey everybody! This week was still pretty slow but we had a few more things that were good and we had a better week I think! My testimony has been able to grow a lot recently because life is full of difficulties and as we overcome we can become better and our testimonies can grow a lot! I have been studying diligently and really had some awesome studies lately! I was so happy to here that you went to President and Sister Christensen’s homecoming! They are absolutely amazing! It was so fun to see that you met Elder Smith and Elder Redd! They are super awesome too and I miss them a ton! Haha it made me so happy to see those pictures! I am going to just jump into the week cause not a ton of exciting stuff this week!

Tuesday – We street boarding in the market place and then proselyted and had english class which was really fun as always!

Wednesday – Today we had district meeting for the first time in several weeks! It was good we talked about forgiveness both gaining and giving it and I felt a lot of peace and comfort and awe and the great power and plan of our Father in Heaven! The rest of the day we were out on the street proselyting until it was time for planning and bed!

Thursday – I went on exchange with Elder Law today and it was pretty good! My district so far in Wonju has not been nearly as close as the one in Jangwii was! We still have a good time though! We proselyted saw a huge dog, saw a scary satan dog and met some really cool people! We street boarded and we set to appointments with to awesome guys which was just awesome! That night we went to a bakery with the other Elders and got some food and ate it in the big soccer stadium! It was a lot of fun!

Friday – Today we had weekly planning which was good but pretty boring because of lack of investigators! We planned a lot for members and other things though! The rest of the day we proselyted and made calls!

Saturday – Today was busy but super awesome! I had a really great day! After studies we went to my Koreans mom house! She said she is my korean mom! She is the nicest lady ever! She is so awesome! We went to her house for lunch and the other Elders brought their investigator! We had some delicious meat and wow “it ate well” as we say in korean! After my companion and I taught the other Elders investigator and it went really well! Also Sister Lee Hyunjeong, my korean mom, added a lot of amazing insights and testimony including her conversion! Wow it was amazing! It was great! We then had english and that night we had a movie night and watched meet the Mormons! It was great! I absolutely love that movie! We watched it with our branch and after we had some food that us elders made……….. it was not very tasty! Haha but hey we tried! It was a great day full of fun and stuff!

Sunday – Church was great! I have a really good little friend named Junyeong! He is 3 and we hang out! He is super cute and really likes me! He is the branch president’s son and him and his older sister are my “homies”! They stretch my korean vocabulary though! Haha he called me an elephant today…. Hahah good reason to use the word for elephant though! They also teach me a lot of fun little korean games! The rest the day we just proselyted!

This week was a good week and it was really full of a lot of good stuff! We did do a lot of proselyting again but that is okay! I have studied a lot about Faith and about gaining a witness! I have had great studies lately! I read a lot about how sometimes we don’t get a special feeling or any kind of witness at all! Sometimes we go a period of time without! We need patience and faith! That can be very hard at times but I read a quote that I really loved! I don’t remember exactly but it was something like, “Going forward in Faith when we don’t feel faith-filled sometimes brings the greatest blessings” I realized that sometimes we aren’t filled with faith and that is okay! As long as we move forward with acts of faith we will be okay! I know missions are hard but through the trials of a mission we can truly grow and learn! I am grateful for this mission and this opportunity! I love you all and hope you are doing well! I can’t wait to talk to you next week!

Love,

Elder Houston


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Wonderful family and friends!

Hey family and friends! I hope and pray you are all doing good! I loved all your emails and am so grateful for them! Sometimes on a mission there is just times when it seems to be a cold streak! Haha things have been pretty slow last week and continued this week! We again did a lot of 전도 or proselyting! I have learned a ton and I love wonju though so I am still just loving every second of it! Ho JaeWon is doing great! He is still going to church but we haven’t seen him since his baptism! I don’t have a ton to say but I will go through the whole week!

Tuesday 7/7 – We met with a new investigator, he was really a little different! He had really long hair and wore a lot of make up and it was just a weird lesson! But hey he is a new investigator and we are excited about it! We taught him english for a little bit and then we taught him about the gospel! That night we had english class which went really good and was pretty fun!

Wednesday 7/8 – We just proselyted all day today! We were out talking to people all day long! It was a solid day though!

Thursday 7/9 – We had zone training today which was awesome! We jumped on a bus to go to kangnung and the ride over was just amazing! It was super rainy and foggy and the forest filled with fog was just a beautiful sight to see! I was so happy happy happy! The zone training was just great! Our zone leaders Elder Dixon and Elder Ney are just amazing and I am so grateful for them! They gave a great training and I felt the spirit strong! The ride back was just as awesome! Super pretty and exciting! The rest of the day we proselyted!

Fridday 7/10 – We had weekly planning which was good but a little boring because of lack of people to plan for and then we proselyted all day!

Saturday 7/11 – We had a thing called Golden Voice today! It is an English club we volunteer at! It was so fun and we are super good friends with the people there and a lot of them come to our english class as well! We talked and taught English and it was really fun and after they took us out to eat a really nice meal! We ate steak and wooooooowwww I was soooo happy happy happy! It was a great time! Later we taught our english class and we gave the message which went really good and an english class member commented on my korean improving a lot and I was soo happy! Then we had game night which also is always fun!

Sunday 7/12 – It was a good sunday! I bless or pass the sacrament every week so that is a lot of fun! And then during third hour we watched kids while the members had a meeting and after church I watched kids again while the branch president had a meeting with my companion and the first counselor and there wives went to the hospital to visit somebody. So I watched kids for another to hours! We had to get permission from president and he said it is okay! the kids are so hilarious! I love them all and they brighten my day!

Well that is pretty much all I have for this week! It was a solid week! I hope you are all doing good and I hope you are all happy, safe, healthy and can feel God’s hand in your lives. I know that Heavenly Father lives, he loves us, Jesus is the Christ, he truly came, taught and lived a perfect life of love, he suffered for us that we may return to live with him and his Father who sent him. Through him we can do all things! I am grateful for the atonement, the atonement that is personable and all inclusive. The very act of love that makes it possible to be clean and forgiven, bearing no scars! I know this gospel is true! I know Christ is our savior, I serve him, I testify of him, and I am striving to be like my perfect master! I love you all so much and can’t wait to talk to you next week!

Love,
Elder Houston

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President Sonksen 도착했다 (Arrived)

Hello Family and friends! How is everyone? I hope you are all doing great! I pray daily that you are! Well this week wasn’t to crazy so I don’t want to go through everyday because a lot was just proselyting and nothing to excited! But there was a few exciting things to talk about so I want to hit the highlights!

Thursday 7/2 – Well I went on exchange today with Elder Ney our Zone Leader! He and my great friend Elder Dixon are our zone leaders! They are just great! I had a great exchange with Elder Ney! He is a great friend and a great missionary! We proselyted and street boarded all day and had a great time! We met a lot of cool people and saw some amazing miracles! We ate together at a yummy restaurant in the market place and then we made some calls that night! I also told stories to Elder Dixon and Elder Ney after planning! Haha! We sat around a candle and I told stories like a Houston does! It was great! Elder Dixon is from Australia and loves B Ball! We have known each other pretty much my whole mission and he is just a stud! We love to talk about ball and play together! I love him to death! 

Friday 7/3 – We got up early and played Basketball with our Zone leaders just outside of our apartment! It was fun! After we got ready and went to the church for a zone conference to meet our new President! We met President Sonksen and he is a really fun and nice guy! He is going to be a good President! Getting a new President is weird! We met him and his wife and they are very happy and lively and are great people! We are excited about them! I had an interview with him after and it was good! Really brief but great! It was fun to meet him and get to know him! I also got my packages from the conference! I loved the letters inside! I read them all and was soooo happy! I also loved the office quotes! You should have heard me laugh and laugh! That was great! My Hawaii shoes are comfy, comfy and lol the food is going to be just delicious! Also mom you nailed the squirt gun idea! I have already put them to good use! It was just a great package!

That is actually the majority of what happened this week! The rest was a lot of proselyting and other stuff! Missions are really hard but they can stretch us beyond the capacity that we think we have! My testimony has been tried and tested more than I was expecting on my mission! This week we had a good friend of ours that owns a store in the market tell us he thinks we are all a lie and just say things that were just really hard to hear and it shook us up a little, he is our good friend and it shook my companion pretty good! I didn’t realize how much my testimony would be tried and tested so much but I am grateful it has because it makes me truly seek with an open heart and makes me have a stronger testimony every time it is tried! I am grateful for the opportunity to be on a mission! I know Heavenly Father loves each of us, I know Jesus is the Christ and His is the only name that we can return to live with God for Eternity! I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God I know that the Book of Mormon is true! I love you all and I hope you have a great week! Thanks for the awesome emails! I can’t wait to talk to you next week! 

Love,

Elder Houston

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Hike

Hike

Hike

We Ballin'

We Ballin’