Elder Houston

The Worth of Seouls – Seoul Korea Mission


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Transfers

May 23,2016

This week was so great and packed full! Haha I am pretty tired but so happy! I love the summer, it is really hot and there is no relief because our house is not much cooler that outside but It is so fun, I really like the summer! This week was again full of miracles for us!

I will start off with a little investigator update! Our awesome chinese couple is doing really great! They are progressing really well. We taught them the word of wisdom and at first it was hard but after talking with the brother more we got closer and he opened up to me and they think they can keep it! They are still progressing towards baptism on june 18th, we also met a lot with Jimmy and he is planning on getting baptized this Sunday! Pray for him! We are so excited for him to be baptized! He has come a long ways! Good things are happening in Korea! Especially in Gireum! This last week we had 2 baptisms in Gireum and will have another this week! Wahoo!!!!!! Yay yay yay! The hand of the lord truly is rolling forth through the nations preparing the way for the savior to come to the earth again! Keep Praying for missionary work because I can testify that the Lord is hearing those prayers!

So transfers! My companions are both leaving! Elder Hong will go train and then Elder Ahn will return home! I will get 2 new companions and be in a threesome again! Elder Seely will be zone leader with me and Elder Sanders will be our junior companion! Elder Reid my buddy from highschool is coming to replace Elder Cable and we will live together! Haha it is crazy! Elder Seely is a good kid and he was just companions with Elder Lewis who I trained! I am excited!

I know this gospel is true! This work truly is the work of God and he is leading and guiding it! It will roll forth and we are part of it! This is the Old Ship Zion and man is it good for us to be on board and to help our brothers and sisters come on board to sail to safety with us! I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ! I know this gospel is true!

Love,
Elder Houston


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Sports Day (Week of May 16)

(Last weeks letter)

This week was jam packed busy! That is just how I like it too! We had sooooooooo much fun this week serving the Lord! I can’t even count the blessings and miracles we have seen this week! We are continuing to be blessed!

I don’t have much time but a little investigator update, jimmy is getting ready to be baptized in 2 weeks and has has grown a ton, and our awesome chinese couple is progressing really well for June 18 as well! I am so excited to be here at this time! We also got to work with the other Elders investigator a lot this week as he is working on some Word of Wisdom things and coming close to being baptized, we got the chance to work close with the Stake President and Mission President and had a great council meeting this week about member work and investigators. Both Presidents are really happy and excited cause the work is rolling forth!

On Saturday we had a Stake Sports day! Our chinese couple came and it was fantastic! We had a ton of fun! We buillt a ton of great relationships with members and our investigators had tons of fun playing sports I met some less actives from Jangwii and had the opportunity of talking closely with the less actives families with the Stake President and Stake Clerk who are in Jangwii ward! It was really cool! I got fried even though I used sun screen but it was such a good use of time! Our chinese guy loves Basketball too so it was good! I had a ton of fun and we are so close to our members right now, and Gireum Ward Won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha

This week one of the biggest miracles I saw was working with members! We have been really focused on that lately and this week we planned out 12 pretty thoroughly but 5 fell through and so we had 7 Member present lessons which is my mission record so I was pretty happy still and the work just really is speeding up and rolling forth! I can see the hand of God sweeping through the Nations! I know that this gospel is true and this is the work of the Lord! have a great week!!!

love,
Elder Houston


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Zone Training

Well I just got to skype my family which was sooo awesome! It was good to see everyone! And because of that I am going to send  a pretty short email! But it looks like everyone looks good! My family is doing good and I am very grateful for that and for them! 

This week there is not much to report except for we had zone training this week so Tuesday morning we woke up early and went to the office and were there almost all day getting trained and for the remaining few hours at the end of the day we prepared, and then the next day woke up early and planned and prepared and then we gave the training! We talked about planning effectively and executing with faith! It was pretty good! And then we met a few investigators and we have focused a lot on involving members so we had 5 lessons with members this week! So that was pretty good and they are helping with our investigators who have baptismal dates! One is named Jimmy and 2 are a Chinese couple and both are doing great! 

 This week was a great one! I really do know this gospel is true! I know that we can progress, all we have to do is choose to keep going. As we continue to act in faith that same faith increases! I know that God loves us, he wants us to succeed, Jesus Christ is our savior and I know that through him we can do all things and overcome all things! I know this gospel is true! 

 Love,

Elder Houston

I realized I forgot to post last weeks email so here it is…..

길음

Hey family it was good to here from you all! These last few weeks have been really good, no big activities or events so it has just been pure solid, hit the pavement missionary work and man it has been fun and we have seen tons of miracles!

I love this area! It has some great things happening right now! We met with several investigators including one who we gave a baptismal date so we have two now with a date! We also picked up two knew investigators who are at church and a few investigators came to church! We have been focusing on the key indicators and seen some huge miracles from that! Our investigator pool is increasing and we are seeing some cool things! We also have a couple inactive and less active families that are doing well and are progressing!

The part of my week that I want to share the most however comes form not my area, but my greenie area. I went on exchange to Jangwii this week. I was so excited, it was a great time, but also I saw a huge huge miracle. I really wanted to visit the Choi family that i used to visit, when I served in Jangwii! They are less active and had a really hard life, so we went, and we met the returned missionary son who has a testimony but is less active and won’t come to church! I had met him once before cause when I served in Jangwii he was doing military service so I only met him once! As we talked he wasn’t really having it, super nice kid and super fun, but he just said, “you guys don’t really know my situation, my family, you can’t understand” So I told him I had served in Jangwii a year and a half ago and I visited his Father and Mother and 2 little brothers every week for 6 months! I was very close with them and told him about there struggles with he was in the military. He was surprised by how much I remembered about the family but I really really loved that family and was really close to them! So he opened up a lot, he told me, of his families struggle for the last year and a half, I won’t go to details about their personal lives but it was heart breaking for me to hear…. by that point this 26 year old kid and I had something in korea known as “정Jung”! I can’t describe it in words, but it is just a feeling of trusting relationship and it is powerful in the korean culture, similar to love but different, I then asked why he doesn’t want to come to church and he said it was to hard, and gave a few reasons, but i testified and promised him that his life would be better if he came to church, he said he is fine with the telestial kingdom, he thinks he will be comfortable there, but I testified with all the my soul had, and he opened up a little, we called the Bishop and the Bishop talked with him on the phone and he said he would try to come back to church more, I told him to come talk with me and a member of gireum ward who is his friend, soon! The spirit was strong, he felt it, Elder Huckvale felt it, and i felt it. None of us could deny that spirit, I hope and pray for him and his family, but I was so amazed at God’s beautiful plan, to be an instrument in God’s hand, I hope I can truly help him in anyway I can to come back to church, despite the difficulties! I love him and I was happy to meet him and hear of his wonderful family again!

From this week and the experiences I have had I have learned a lot! I know that this church will bless our lives no matter what our situation, I know as we go to church and do the basics, the we will find more peace, even if it is hard at times, we can have our way, or we can have something better. That something better is God’s way! I truly know this gospel is true!

Love,

Elder Houston