Elder Houston

The Worth of Seouls – Seoul Korea Mission


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Back to Jangwii

This week was fun and full of great miracles and blessings! I was really happy to hear from all of you! I miss you all a lot and my prayers are always with you! I hope the weeks in the states are great and that you all are busy and happy happy! 

This week was great, we got to visit a few members and have some really good dinners with them and were able to talk a lot with them and we actually got a referral from one family and he came to church so that was a really cool huge miracle! We also got to meet a few of our other investigators and have really good lessons and experiences with them! 

On Wednesday we went to Jangwii’s district meeting and after I stayed there on exchange with Elder shepherd and it was a lot of fun! I loved being there and seeing my old area! I also called a few of my old investigators including one who remembered me really well and was so happy to hear from me and wanted to meet sometime soon! We were super excited and hopefully he starts to progress again like when I was there! It was a great exchange and the next  day we went back to my area and ate with the stake mission leader and then we had a great lesson with our investigators last night and I taught the restoration to our investigator! He is 10 and is awesome! When I taught the restoration and we talked about a modern prophet and I said Thomas S. Monson was the prophet today he was so surprised and excited! So he turned to his best friend who was teaching with us and asked, really? A prophet really exists?? And his friend said yes! And he turned to me and said where is he? I said in Utah… and he said, I need to go to Utah to see him!!! He was so excited and it was so awesome! Later his father came and we shared a short message with his father! 

I went on exchange again on Saturday and Sunday as well, and I was with Elder Policky and we taught several people together and we got one new investigator for our area and he was really cool, has a little bit weird beliefs but he believes the Book of Mormon is true… haha it is a long story but we have to explain a little more what that means to him! 

 All in all this week was really awesome! On Sunday night I got to see some of my friends from Sindang at a music night! This week I have stayed rooted on the atonement…thought about it, pondered it, the atonement does not only cover our sins, and the pains of those sins but it covers everything! Our, pains, sickness, infirmities, trials, and every difficult pain or sorrow we can feel! Jesus Christ truly knows how you feel.  He has felt every sorrow, every pain, every experience and he invites all to come unto him and find rest! I invite all to do the same! Have faith in that great saving grace provided by that atonement! Rely on him during your most difficult times and your darkest hours. He knows. He can and will provide comfort, peace and solace if we let him, I know he came, I know he atoned, I know he was crucified but rose to conquer the grave. I know that He lives! And because he lives we will all live again! I know this gospel is true, and I know that My Redeemer Lives.

Love,

Elder Houston 

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Easter Music Night

Hello family and friends!

I hope you all have had a great week in the states and stuff! I have had a great and busy week here in one of the busiest cities in the world! I am trying to keep my feet under me in the fast pace culture of Seoul Korea! But I am loving every second of it! Korean culture to me now is a lot the norm, and American culture is weird! It is a weird feeling! Haha anyways let’s get into the week.

 This week was really good, we visited with a few investigators and one of our investigators who is 73, we visited him at his work and he told us his wife got cancer and was in the hospital and he was pretty sad, and had great faith but was struggling, so we shared a verse from the book of Mormon and he loved it and it really opened his heart to the book of Mormon! Then we visited a member in a hospital and then we met with our grandma investigator’s family and we helped her make Buddhist’s flower things for the Buddhist temple! It was so awesome! After we did a fun activity and met lot’s of nice people! 

 Other than that most of the time was spent working on our Easter music night. We had to set up and test everything one day which took a while and then we did a run through/practice bringing everything together which took a really long time.  Elder Hong and I had to plan a zone activity to advertise and then figure out a method to get names and contact information which we did and made and also we made a huge poster to hang in front of the church! All activities were really time consuming and really stressful! Haha But in the midst of that we took off from one practice early and ran to the bus stop and then to our investigator’s house and we taught a family with a member present and it went really good! Things are good with this family and we are excited for them! Then on Sunday we had ward conference and then a big lunch after all together! It was really great! Then we had ward council and then the office Elders came and we started setting up everything for the music night.  Then……. in the midst of the craziness, the water in our church shut down so we had no water flow for bathrooms and water for the singers…. Dang it, so I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off figuring out why and making calls to building managers and Bishop’s and counselors and anyways ended up finding out what was wrong after we had to shut down the power during the final rehearsal! Hahahahah dang it, but about an hour before we had water again! Then I did mics and one of them broke during the production so I prayed and I’m pretty sure an angel held that mike stand up because I just let go and it stayed miraculously! And then a music stand got caught under a heater so I smashed my hand getting it out super fast so nobody would notice! Haha I was a “roady” and I didn’t know it could be so hard! But, the performance was great! Everybody that sang did great and the violin people and the piano people and a lot of people were impressed and loved it! So it was all good in the end! It was a pretty crazy week! 

But all in all this week was great and I learned a lot, one experience I learned from was, Elder Cable our new DL in my area asked me if I could attend his meeting and bear my testimony at the end.  I said yes, and so I prepared for it, and I learned a lot from the book of Mormon. I shared Mosiah 21 which seems like just a war chapter at first but God kept leading me back to reading and pondering about it, and I learned so much about the atonement of Jesus Christ. I learned how sometimes for us we have to get beaten and driven back several times before we will humble ourselves enough to partake of the atonement fully and completely! But when we are finally humble enough to completely rely on God, and ignore our desire to “go up to battle against the lamanites” whatever that may be, but when we do humble ourselves, even if the Lord is slow to answer our prayers because of our iniquities, he does, always, answer our prayers. I learned also that sometimes I rely to much on the arm of flesh, and not enough on Christ’s atonement. I was having a hard time cause I wasn’t humble enough, but then I was more humble and focused, and at the very end of the week, the congregation joined the choir for the last song of the music night and sang together in one voice, “I believe in Christ”. I thought, “I really do believe in Christ, I believe he came and he atoned, and because of that I am humble so that I may partake of that atonement. A sweet peace came over me and I felt so warm to know of my Savior and to be able to partake of that beautiful atonement! I know Jesus is the Christ, and that he came and atoned. I know because I have applied that atonement to overcome all things, I can truly say with all my heart, that, “I believe in Christ!” I know this gospel is true! 

 Love,

Elder Houston


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Zone Training: Atonement of Jesus Christ

Hello Family and Friends!

This week has been pretty good! It was so good to hear from all of you this week! With Easter fast approaching it was no surprise to hear about the atonement from you in several letters but still I thought it was interesting because that is our focus right now. That is all I have been thinking about and so it was kind of cool! This week has been one full of learning for me, and coming to a better understanding! It was cool for me to notice how the Lord works with me during this last week! I have had a cool week and I am excited to share! The whole week is kind of an experience so I will explain it Briefly!

So to start this week we had MLC (mission leadership training) and we went to the office and usually get trained by President and the AP’s but this time the AP’s didn’t say much and President didn’t really give a training but more  testimony on the atonement and then we were sent to prepare a zone training based on that. The preparation was tedious and hard, and we didn’t feel ready for the next day at zone training but we got up relying fully on the spirit, and it was such a spiritual Zone training. Nearly everyone, including myself, was crying or at least teary eyed at one point or the other. We talked about he center of our gospel, the atonement, and we talked about our Savior and Redeemer who completed that atonement! We talked about how that applies to us as missionaries and about how we must have a witness of it, and how to gain that witness and share that witness with others! And then of course we bore our own testimonies and witnesses of Jesus Christ and of his atonement! I decided after sharing the experience that in order to always, truly always have the spirit to be with us we must always think of the atonement, on the street, in the subways, on the bus, we must always think of the atonement! We also shared experiences of the difficulties of a mission! After we read a part of a talk by Elder Holland. In the take Elder Holland says basically, “Missions can’t be easy, how could they be, if the path was never easy for him(Jesus Christ) how could it ever be easy for us, it seems to me that we have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane, and take a step or 2 towards Calvary in this work!” It hit me with power, I shared how it wasn’t only a must but an opportunity, every time we struggle, get rejected, despised, or spit on, it is us getting to take one step closer to Calvary and come to understand that great incomprehensible sacrifice just a little more! I was grateful for all the trials and rejection and difficulties I have faced because I know my savior better because of those and made a resolve to appreciate my trials more fully….. Well that is where it gets interesting, see Heavenly Father knows us, he knew I was filled with new motive, new light, new capacity, so he tried me, so that I could grow closer to my Savior!

Elder Hong and I worked so hard this week to get member present lessons, and we did really good, got everything set up and set up a ton, we met one, and then……. they all canceled, they all had something, they got busy and we didn’t get any more and we didn’t even get any more sit down lessons our stats got destroyed, not that it is about stats but all the things that were so planned and going to do sooooo sooo good just disappeared it was one heartbreak after another, and each time I found myself reflecting on the atonement, and found my self so full of gratitude because I was taking steps closer to Calvary, I was spending just a few moments in Gethsemane and I was coming closer to my Savior.  I felt the spirit so strong and at the end of the week looking back Elder Hong and I were a little frustrated and sad, but I looked at him and said, “We did it Elder Hong, we came a lot close to Christ this week and that is our ultimate goal!” It was such a cool moment for us!

I feel so much closer to my Savior, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and come closer to him! I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth! I know he suffered for our sins in Gethsemane and he bore all our pains, sufferings, griefs, and sorrows, I know he died on the cross of Calvary and was resurrected three days later! I know he is a living Christ, and that atonement is a living atonement which we can apply today! I know this gospel is true!

Love,

Elder Houston 


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Busy, Busy, Busy

We had a pretty busy week this week! On Monday we woke up early and went to the institute and did our little music night thing, and then that night we did it again at a members house! We saw so many miracles doing this mini music night thing it was so cool!

This week we got 4 new investigators! We have been finding a lot lately which has been pretty good! And we met with one investigator for the second time and it was really really good! He had a lot of questions and is progressing really well!We also have had a lot of chances to do member work and things this week. And on Wednesday Elder Brantley left and Elder Judd came, I like Elder Judd, he is a good kid, He is my friend. We had a great week of awesome miracles

I wanted to share a cool little story with you,

We went to a members house and I did a baptismal interview for the Sisters investigator, she was so awesome, and prepared, she was baptized this Saturday and confirmed Sunday, it was so beautiful! Her husband and 5 year old daughter were there as well! We hope he will be baptized soon! The little daughter is adorable and during sacrament meeting wrote me a letter and walked back and gave it to me, I must have looked a little tired or something, it had hearts on it and she gave me a big smile, on the top of the paper there was some scribbles, I asked her what they were. She pointed at each separate scribble sounding them out for me.. and said “사-랑-해-요 (Sa-rang-he-o)” which means “I love you”. I am going to be honest I got a little teary eyed…. Hahah she is my pal and I was really thankful for my little 5 year old friend. She wrote me a few more notes after that. It really touched me how God works through children, such simple means, to bless us and touch us!

This week I am grateful for little children, for there purity and there love and for how close they are to God! I  am grateful for Koreans, for their passion, for the dedicated saints here. I am so honored to be serving in such a beautiful country! I know God lives and loves us, I know Jesus Christ came and suffered for us, and that no matter what we can be happy and overcome all things! I know this gospel is true!

Love,

Elder Houston

One other bit of news Taylor shared in a separate email:

Oh I have some good news and some sad news along with it! My investigator Roy who I love so so much from Sindang has been calling me back and forth, we are such good friends! He loves B-ball so he gives me updates! He is the best! Anyways he will be baptized this Saturday! I am so excited…. but…… I probably will not be able to attend because I will be pretty busy Saturday with Stake Conference things, and I am in a choir for stake conference! So…… I am sad about that but I will meet him later and talk to him and congratulate him!

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