Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mission Tour


안녕하세요, 사랑하는 여러분!

That's right, we had Mission Tour this week!  That was very exciting.  Elder Yamashita from the 70, who is in our Asia North Area Presidency, came to speak to us for a whole day!  He is so funny.  His wife taught us how to make lips out of origami! But, trust me, I learned other things that were slightly more important than that. ^^  He taught me a lot about my ministry as a missionary.  Through learning about that, I have discovered a lot about my own missionary purpose, which is to invite other people to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  Probably one of the biggest truths that was made manifest to me is that, since we're not really in one place for long enough to help people we deal with go through the entirety of all 5 of those steps, but, as long as we help each person we meet progress in at least one of those steps, we are still accomplishing our purpose.  Learning this comforted me, just because, in Korea, people are, for the most part, rather reluctant to accept our message with haste.  

Another cool thing that I learned in personal study today is about Nephi in the book of Helaman receiving the sealing power.  God pretty much tells him that he can do anything that he wants to do, because God knows that he wasn't going to do anything that was contrary to His will.  That must have taken a lot of humility on Nephi's part, and as a missionary, a goal for me is to be able to achieve that kind of humility.  

That's all for now. Have a most excellent week!

Elder Tyler Conley

He sent a video!

 Street boarding
Elder Baird and I

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fun Week, Eh?


오!  안녕하세요, 여러분!

I have probably already used this subject line for a previous email, but I don't really know what I can call it, so I'm using it again.  That is not to say that it was a boring week by any means, we'll just call it a diverse one. ^^

First off, Bob read the Book of Mormon on his own this week!  That was definitely a miracle.  He has seemed really reluctant not to learn, but to actually apply what we are teaching him.  It was really great that he read, and so we will definitely keep praying for him in the future, and he'll be doing really well.  

Next, the highlight of my week.  We went up to the 원당 (Wondang) area of our area, with the intent of visiting a member all the way up there.  After much trials and tribulation (meaning it took us a nice long while to find their house), we found it, and sat in front of it to write a little note to him because we did not really have any time to share any sort of message with him.  While we were writing the note, he walked home from work and saw us on the front steps, and invited us in for a while, which we did.  He gave us a little snack, and he talked to us for a while, and we decided to share a short message anyway based off of 1 Nephi 3:7.  I shared a small testimony about how faith in Christ and the Spirit can really help us through hard times (this, in hindsight, was most definitely a prompting from the Spirit, because that didn't really relate with what we were talking about, and something I will convey shortly hereafter).  Then, we stood up to leave, and he gave us both a huge hug.  I would have never expected that from this certain member, so THAT was a huge miracle.  Then, we left, and had dinner with a different member. That night, I was thinking about the experience and pondering about it, when I realized that he had actually been super stressed when he had come home, and had most likely had a pretty hard day at work.   (That's why the Spirit gave that certain part of the message to me, I believe).  It was all pretty crazy.  The Spirit can truly cause the most marvelous things to happen.  

Have a good week, everybody!

Elder Tyler Conley

 We found goats!
 A cool thing regarding the city where I live

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Week of Miracles ^^


안녕하세요, 여러분!

This week was a pretty awesome week.  We did see a lot of miracles this week.  This is mostly due to the awesome zone training that we received this week.  Faith was a large subject at that training, and the commitment that all of the missionaries there received was a commitment to pick a miracle every night, and 부탁 the Lord to have us render that miracle during the next day.  This week, we saw two big miracles. 

The first is with Bob.  He is a very good friend of the missionaries, and we decided to start teaching him by reading scriptures with him in English, because he really really likes English.  With our last lesson with him, we gave him the baptismal commitment, and he tentatively accepted!  Now we have a really good focal point to work with, and that will help him progress a whole lot.

The second also involves English.  We have two students at our English Service Activity that we have been trying to pick up as investigators, and after talking about the family with them, Jannette and Blaire have agreed to meet with us again to discuss the gospel.

It's been a pretty great week.  Hope you all have a good one!

Elder Tyler Conley

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Week of Learning


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Hey everyone, what's up?  This week was a very full week.  We had the actual transfers this week, where everyone does the act of switching companions.  Since Elder Davis became AP, he left on Tuesday, but transfers wasn't until Wednesday.  So, Elder Peterson and I spent all of Tuesday with Elder 이호현 (Ihohyeon).  That was fun.  While we were with him, we visited a less active member's restaurant, and were able to talk with her a little bit.  Then, we went to the church and made a PowerPoint presentation in preparation for Saturday (more on that later).  Then, we taught English Class.  It was kind of an average Tuesday, but we both learned a lot from him.  

Then, on Wednesday, Elder Dye came!  He's from Providence, Utah, only 30 minutes away from my hometown.  He's a cool guy.  On Thursday, we met with Bob.  When we meet with him, we read the Bible and Book of Mormon in English with him.  We specifically read the last half of Matthew ch. 8 and 3rd Nephi 27:11-20.  We laid before him our purpose, and told him exactly what needs to happen on his part for him to achieve the happiness that we can share.  He accepted the commitment to read and pray about the Book of Mormon to find out if it is truly the word of God.  It was a super powerful lesson, and I am super excited to follow up with him this week.  

Now I will tell you about Saturday.  On Saturday, we had a special English Talent Night.  It went super well!  We have been practicing singing "Amazing Grace" with our English Class students, and they did so well!  They sang 3 verses of it in English, and one student gave a special foreword for it.  They did so well!  The other acts were pretty cool, too.  녹번's (Nogbeon's) act was reenacting the story of 흥부 and 놀부 (Heungbu and Nolbu - you can find the story online).  There were other acts that sang Frozen for us.  It was all a very interesting activity, and very fun.  

On Sunday, we went to church, and it went very well.  Ward Council went very well as well.  The missionaries all gave a special musical number of "In Humility, Our Savior".  That went so well!  We also had a Homecoming for 황서현s (Sister Hwang Seohyeon).  She just returned from the New York New York South mission.  She gave a really great talk in Sacrament Meeting.  We went to Gospel Doctrine Class yesterday, where 노원철b (Brother Nowoncheol) was the teacher.  He asked me what 자라난 세대 was in English, and I told him I had no idea (Google translate doesn't know either), and then, after church, he came up to me, and was like, "Wow, you need to learn a lot more Korean!"  ^^  It was pretty funny.  

I call this week the week of learning because I learned a lot this week.  I have learned a too much to talk about here, but let me tell you, it helped me out a lot.  

That's all, folks!

Elder Tyler Conley