July 4, 2022


Korea Seoul South Mission


Elder Patterson

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿☔Ees a Wee Bit Soggy Dees Days☔🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Greetings from the beautiful wet land of KOREA. The heavens have been showering lots of rain AND lots of blessings 🌊💫

Another great week of becoming a stronger missionary. Another great week of loving my companion more. Another great week of helping the needs of our teaching friends and the members of our branch.

Overall, there were not many fun or exciting specific things that happened this week. Our friend Jarek from last week who's on baptism date has still not been responsive, so his baptism has been "postponed." But we are faithful in the Lord and in His timing.

I had a very important missionary milestone highlight this week: ✨☔I was caught in a rain storm for over an hour☔✨ Getting caught without an umbrella was a big bucket list item, as I imagined this was what being a missionary meant, just proselyting in the rain all day with a big ol' smile on your face, haha.

When it was raining we were street contacting at a nearby university campus. We met a professor who was from Scotland, name is Mr. Mallock. It was so enjoyable getting to meet him, and we had a great conversation. But during our whole conversation was when the rain was falling. He had an umbrella, but Elder Patterson and I were without one, and so we were basically standing in a shower, and trying to have this serious conversation. Mr. Mallock then remarked, "it's getting quite wet, are you guys doing alright?" And we're like, "oh yeah we're totally good!!" As my glasses are all fogged and there's water running down my face and my hair is a mop now and our clothes and bags are absolutely soaked... Probably an odd sight, haha. Since he teaches English at the University we talked about how we teach English for free and we'd love to help any of his students. We exchanged phone numbers and I'm excited to see where this first meeting will take us :)

We met with our dear friend Lily this week, who is recovering from a very unexpected stomach surgery. Elder Patterson and I wanted to get her a li'l gift to lift her spirits :) Last week we bought a get-well-soon card and had members of the branch sign in it. We also picked up some yummy Korean snacks. We really had a fun time trying to put this gift together, because we're just two 19 year old guys trying to make a cute and thoughtful gift. Elder Patterson drew this picture of a lily flower on the card and I wrote her name in fun cursive with stars around it on the envelop. We used our cutest Baskin' Robbins bag to put everything together. My favorite item we included was a small picture of Christ. It's called "White as Snow" by Greg Olsen, and it's a painting of the Savior sitting next to a young woman in a beautiful white dress. When I saw it, I knew we needed to include it in our gift basket. It was just such a fun missianory moment as Elder Patterson and I were working on her gift in our apartment :). We met her right outside her apartment and met for only 10 minutes, but it was just so wonderful. She was so appreciative, and she was pretty overwhelmed that so many people were praying for her. We continue to pray for a speedy recovery for our dear friend :)

I love the picture of Elijah I have attached below. According to 1 Kings 19:11-12, the prophet Elijah found himself in a very chaotic situation. Strong winds, a tumultuous earthquake, and a blazing fire were all around him on a mountain. Elijah heard the loud sounds of the wind, earthquake, and fire. But He didn't hear the Lord's voice in these noises. Elijah knew that he was supposed to be looking for the Lord's voice. Then, Elisha heard a still small voice, and He knew it was the Lord. The prophet was then able to talk with the Lord, and hear His counsel.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we know what to expect in the last days. Fierce winds will seek to push against us, earthquakes will seek to make us fall, and fires will seek to destroy us. This should not surprise us. We know what the scriptures teach about the noise of the last days, "and I saw lightnings, and I heard thunderings, and earthquakes, and all manner of tumultuous noise," (1 Nephi 12:4).
So in the midst of all this tumultuous and bothersome noise, let us seek the Voice of the Lord. I love how the Holy Ghost is described according to 3 Nephi 11:3, "and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice, it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn."

The Voice of the Lord pierces through all elements, and can pierce us to our very centers. Let us heed not the static noise of the world, which seeks to divide us, but let us seek the still small voice of our Master, Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose voice binds us together :)

Have a lovely week everyone💙💫

- White as Snow Painting
- Painting of Elijah
- Post rain pic
- Cozy Cafe vibes, meeting our new mission president
- A fancy Korean dentist office
- Our card for Lily
- Our apartment view on the rainy days
- A view of the river next to our house
- I accidentally squirted shaving cream all over my hands,
Elder Patterson caught me having some fun


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