Alright, so last Monday we got a random call from a member saying that this former investigator called him saying that he wants to start coming out to church again! We contacted him and met him once. His name is Jo Youngook and he’s 29. He said he wants to come out to church more and learn more about God, so we were able to set a baptismal date for April 17th. He also came out to church yesterday. The only problem is that he has a slight mental problem so he’s a bit awkward and when he came to church no one helped at all or talked with him at all. So I’m pretty worried. Please, do more than just ask the names of investigators when they come to church. He’s such a sweet guy, but no one’s trying to get to know him.
Same with Park Jonghoon who has the date on the 3rd. He came out to church for the first time yesterday and he has a slight issue also but is so great when you talk with him. But no one tries!! They know he’s there, and we try to introduce them to people but nothing happens. It’s super frustrating and disappointing.
So, when I first came to Gwangju we had this investigator named Park Minjong. He was super awesome but we lost contact with him. Well, the other elders were able to start meeting with him after a few months without contact and he progressed like crazy and was baptized yesterday. It was great to see someone I taught take that step. He’s even thinking of becoming a missionary!! A month ago Elder Whiting did a mission tour with us and I had the prompting that some of those whom I had taught would eventually accept the gospel. It was great to see that come to pass.
I want to share the message that I shared at our English class. It’s Alma 29: 10,13. We don’t just talk about the Savior and the gospel because we are missionaries. We are missionaries because we have been changed for the better because of Christ. Please remember that and please work to find opportunities to help others receive the joy that we have felt because of the changes it has helped us make. And don’t forget Park Jonghoon and Jo Youngook. They could use some prayers.
Ooh! There’s this member here who was originally from Cashmere and was from a royal family and was Muslim, but had some crazy experiences that helped him convert. It was awesome visiting him and hearing some of the stuff he went through.
Things are going well here, I just hope things work out with our investigators.
Elder Jace Anderson