Sunday, September 21, 2014

Refining Silver

Dear Family,

This week was a pretty good week.

I dont really have anything in specific to report this week. We did not get the chance to meet with any of our investigators this week. We had appointments with all of them but they all fell through. Kind of frustrating but you cant really change peoples agency. We will continue to  work with them and try and meet with them, all while trying to find new investigators.
This week for studies I was thinking alot about district meeting and what I can share to everyone.  I was thinking alot about how I can help improve prayers. I thought about a specific "gospel gem" that I had heard in Sunday school one time about the process of refining silver. How it keeps going into a hotter fire until the person refining the silver can see his reflection in the silver. Elder Keil and I have been talking alot about suffering and how we need to love our sufferings. ( Elder Keil Loves to suffer and he has taught me alot about being grateful for your trials and stress.) So I will share that in District meeting this week. I also thought alot about gratitude, especially in prayers. It made me think of a family thing we did, saying as many grateful things as your age in our family prayers.( when my dad prayed we were there for a while) but I have set some goals to be more grateful this week!
We had Stake conference this week and a 70 and area 70 came. next week the area 70 will come to our ward. i talked to him and the 70 and president for like 5 minutes. Cool to talk to all that power at once.

 Straight from my letter to President.

My miracle this week was my family, especially my little brother. I made a deal with them that I would not think about sports at all for 2 week, I would go on a sports fast and they would pray and fast for me. I have felt the love and the power from that. I Love them so much for it.

Elder Keil and Diede

Elder Diede  and Sister Kim

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sqatting for 20 Minutes

Korean Ward Anniversary  See Link

Well this was a pretty fun but normal week of missionary work.  We got to meet with two of our investigators this week. First off we met with our 19 year old investigator and just kind of had a do or die lesson with him. At first he was just being silly and asking funny questions and making inappropriate jokes. Then the situation kind of changed and he started asking real sincere questions mostly about how he can get answers to his prayers. It ended with a good feeling and him recognizing the Spirit and all three of us getting on our knees and praying together with him offering the prayer. It was a pretty good lesson and I was glad we could meet with him. We decided we want to meet him more, but his problem is he punks appointments a lot. So right now we plan to meet him more, but the ball is in his court if he shows up or not.

The other Investigator we taught was our pilot investigator who was a referral from the South Mission. His lesson was a little bit harder because he is more interested in learning English, but still has gospel interest. We planned on teaching him the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but the lesson kind of went every which way and that was our fault for not controlling it and taking it the way we wanted more. We did set up the next meeting with him in a way that it will be easy to talk about the things we want to with him. He kept his commitment and read the Book of Mormon so he is now progressing. We will be meeting him hopefully twice a week but probably once a week.
This week I was doing some study for district meeting on Revelation through Prayer. I am going to use the questions President Christensen asked us at mission conference, why, when, where,what and how do we Pray, as a base for my training. I studied the book of Enos multiple times, found a few scriptures in Psalms to share and studied the prayer we all know most of all, Joseph Smith's prayer. Also Elder Whitehead and I both had the feeling that we both needed to talk about "Being One" This feeling was confirmed when our ward mission leader talked to Elder Whitehead and I in Missionary coordination meeting about the same thing. I will talk to my district about having unity with everyone your companion, district, ward and of course the Lord. I had a really good set of personal studies this week.

My miracle this week was this last Thursday. Elder Keil and I just had a blast together that day. We talked to many many fun and willing to talk people Including an man who loved Elder Keil because he was from New Zealand, and older lady who thought we were super funny because we spoke Korean and a man we taught a lesson to squatting down for 20 minutes(i stayed down for all 20 minutes but Elder Keil got up and had to stretch 3 times). Everything seemed to go right that day.We were both on cloud 9 not just regular happy. It made us come closer as companions. I love that day  a lot.
Love you lots!!!!!!
Elder Miles Diede
Challenge accepted. 2 week sports fast 시작!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy 추석

How are you doing? I hope you are having a happy 추석.
 So this holiday is like the Korean Thanksgiving everyone goes to their hometown and eats and goes to ancestors graves and bows to them.
This week as far as investigators go we didnt meet with any this week. They all are just really busy and cant meet with us.  It is really frustrating especially because I am with Elder Keil and this is his first experience with missionary work. He is realizing that we dont baptize everyone on the street, but he still has that mindset and I want to join him on it again.  I want to give him more teaching experience and help him learn how to teach lessons more.  Hopefully the appointments we have set up for this week will not fall through and we can actually meet with them.
Study this week was alot in the Bible this week and studying some General Conference talks from last conference. I really liked studying about Joshua and specificly the two stories about The Priest Carrying the Ark of the Covenant across the river and stopping the river and How they make the Walls of Jericho fall down.

My miracle for this week was I think our companionship relationship has gotten alot better as we have grown alot together. We have helped each other realize weaknesses and strengths more and how to overcome them. It has been really fun to do missionary work with him more. I am super excited for the rest of this transfer.
LOVE YA LOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elder Diede