January 1, 2015

Korea Seoul South Mission

Korea Seoul South Mission LDS logo tshirt
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Free resources about the Korea Seoul South Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Korea LDS Missions.

Seoul South Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Korea Seoul South Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Korea Seoul South
24-1 Ogeum-dong
Songpa-gu
Seoul-teukbyeolsi 138-855
South Korea
Phone Number: 82-2-2038-2846
Mission President: President Roger W. Turner

Seoul South Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Korea Seoul South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Seoul South Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Seoul South RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Korea Seoul South Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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Videos about South Korea

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about South Korea. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about South Korea, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Seoul South Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Korea Seoul South Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Seoul South Mission facebook.com/KoreaSeoulSouthMission 2017
Elder Garrison Lott eldergarrisonlott.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Barrow kennethsanddianekbarrow.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Mikela Rindlisbacher seoulsouthsister.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Kaitie Greenwood sisterkaitiegreenwood.wordpress.com 2017
Sister Sarah Tobler sistertobler.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Daniel Sabey eldersabey.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Sierra Brooksby sisterbrooksby2.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Seth Jenkins sethservesseoul.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Zachary Burridge burridgekoreamission.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Michelle Moyer michellemoyer.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Courtnie Mustain tosouthkoreaandback.blogspot.com 2016
Elder True DeMille eldertruedemille.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Daniel Picard elderpicard.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Daysha Maughan sisterdayshamaughan.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Nathan Coleman eldernathancoleman.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Hanna Leavitt sisterhannaleavitt.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Konnor Andersen konnorinkorea.com 2016
Elder Joseph Eads eldereads.blogspot.com 2015
Sister April Johnson sisterapriljohnson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Sarah Northridge sistersarahnorthridge.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Caden Watts missionsite.net/eldercadenwatts 2015
Sister CaLea Bagley sistercaleabagley.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Kaelin Holdaway kaelininkorea.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Derek Wilcox wilcoxwarriors.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Amanda Kelly xoxosisterkelly.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Melanie Chao sistermelaniechao.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Connor Breinholt elderconnorbreinholt.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Kimberly Stastny seoulsisterstastny.wordpress.com 2015
Elder David Robinson missionsite.net/elderdavidsrobinson 2015
Elder Dallin Higham elderdallinhigham.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Dakota Grossgebauer elderdakotagrossgebauer.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Caitlin Blickenstaff sisterblick.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Melanie Hunter sistermelanierachelhunter.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Wesley Shaver eldershavermission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Daniel Meeks eldermeeksinkorea.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Aimee Washburn aimeesioux.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jonathan Pincock missionsite.net/elderjonathanpincock 2014
Elder Hayden Anderson missionsite.net/elderhaydenanderson 2014
Elder Cole Nixon coleinseoul.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Cara Bassett servinginseoul.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Joshua Chisholm elderchisholmheartandseoul.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Nicholas Frazier elderfrazier.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Elliott Wedam elderwedam.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Desiree Arthur missionsite.net/sisterdesireearthur 2013
Elder Jeremy Annen elderjeremyannen.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Macay Hunter eldermacaywilliamhunter.blogspot.com 2013

Seoul South Mission Groups

Here are Korea Seoul South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Seoul South Mission.

  1. Korea Seoul South Mission Return Missionaries Group (76 members)
  2. Missionary Moms of Seoul Korea South Group (67 members)
  3. Busan, Daejeon, Seoul and Seoul South Group (6 members)

Seoul South Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Korea Seoul South Mission!

Shirt designs include Korea Seoul South Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Seoul South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Seoul South Mission gifts

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Seoul South Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Seoul South LDS Mission.

  1. 2016-2019, Roger W. Turner
  2. 2013-2016, Marshall R. Morrise

South Korea LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 87,296
  • Missions: 4
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 122
  • Family History Centers: 24

Helpful Articles about South Korea

Korea Seoul South Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Korea Seoul South RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • February 2014- August 2015 (April)
  • 2013-2015 (Daniel)
  • 1994-1996 (Drew)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Shillim Ward, SeongNam Ward, MaeTan Ward, Kaebong Ward, SeongNam Jungang Branch, Pundang Branch, Ulchan Ward. (Drew)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Kimchi soup! (April)
  • Kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew), bibimbap (a rice dish with vegetables & stir-fried beef), deokguk (a soup with rice cake and beef), samgyeopsar (think super thick bacon). (Daniel)
  • Dolsot Bibim Bap, Ojingo Dop Bap, Ujae Cha, Bulkogi, Samgyeop Sal, Japchae Bap. (Drew)

What was a funny experience?

  • It was my first day in country and my district decided to get lunch together before district meeting. My trainer told me to get this cow head soup. I thought it sounded sketchy but she reassured me that it was good. I get the soup and it was pretty decent, but the meat pieces had hair still on it from the cow’s head! My trainer told me to eat it, but I couldn’t, so I gave her the pieces with hair still on it! (April)
  • My companion and I were sitting in a subway station when an older gentleman came waltzing in–literally. He was dancing with an invisible partner. So, we struck up a conversation. He did ballroom dancing, and demonstrated more steps. We asked where he lived, and he replied “in Gangnam.” Then my companion said, “so, you must be rich.” He got a thoughtful look in his eyes and said “yes. Very.” Then he walked away. (Daniel)
  • Teaching English to any elementary school age children and trying to escape unscathed afterwards. (Drew)

What was a crazy experience?

  • We were on the subway and we started talking to someone. She seemed really nice and then she started reciting bible verses in English really close to our faces. We thought it was a little strange, but we kept listening. It was our time to get off the subway and we gave her a pass-along card. We get a call from her later and she yelled at me, telling me I had joined the church of hell. Then later that evening she calls again and asks if she could come live with us. UMM.. No thank you. (April)
  • My trainer and I were about to cross a street when a bus went whipping around the corner and almost hit us. It was a pretty close shave. (Daniel)
  • Crossing the street near the SeongNam Ward building and getting tagged by the side mirror of a delivery truck. (Drew)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • I had the opportunity to baptize a sweet old couple. The husband was paralyzed and so getting him baptized took three people in the font! It was incredible. (April)
  • I had an investigator that due to a friend’s bias had decided not to be baptized. He had said that he knew the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but to save his friendship, he wouldn’t be baptized. We invited him to pray about whether or not he needed to be baptized. Days passed, and then he texted us saying that he had his answer: he needed to be baptized. Two weeks later, my companion baptized him the day before he finished his mission. (Daniel)
  • As a district, we did an Enos experience on one of our P-days in which we prayed individually for about 30-45 minutes and then hiked to NamHanSanSeong and performed small acts of service along the way. It was a powerful bonding experience for our district and I felt deeply how much the Lord loved the people of our area. (Drew)

What are some interesting facts about the Seoul South Mission?

  • The food, people, and sight seeing. It’s different from America that’s for sure! (April)
  • Second smallest mission geographically (next to Temple Square). Has five stakes. Best mission ever. (Daniel)
  • It was the smallest mission geographically in Korea, but had nearly the highest population. I served in a rotation of 3 zones in Seoul, SeongNam, and Suwon. Suwon was the traditional summer palace of the Korean Royal families. The hike around the city walls of Suwon was one of my favorite P-day activities. (Drew)

What was the weather like?

  • SUPER HUMID. HOT summers and FREEZING winters. (April)
  • Hot and humid in the summers (think sauna) and bitterly cold in the winters–with that humidity, the chill sank into your bones and never left. (Daniel)
  • In the summer, it was rainy for the early summer, and then hot from August through September. In the winter, it was cold and often snowy. Autumn was beautiful with the changing leaves, especially in SeongNam and Suwon areas, and spring was equally beautiful with the blossoming of the cherry trees. (Drew)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people are sooooo caring and very hospitable. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. (April)
  • The people are very kind and helpful, but also very blunt. It takes a bit of getting used to. (I remember the relief society president in my first area asking me if I’d lost weight–which I had–and commenting that my face didn’t look fat anymore….) It is a very polite culture. (Daniel)
  • People were friendly and loved to talk to us once they got to know us. English classes were an opportunity for cultural exchange and feeling the Spirit. Korea, as a place left an indelible impression on me, particularly the rainy season. Even after 20 years, I still have dreams about the places I served and the people who had such an incredible impact on me. (Drew)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t pack too many clothes. Korea has GREAT shopping for cheap :). (April)
  • Anything. Quality clothing–especially dress shirts, slacks, suits, and ties are readily available in Korea, and you can find good winter gear to help with that chill. Even if you aren’t that well-equipped to begin with, you can find most any clothing you need. (Daniel)
  • Bring several pairs of long underwear for the winter months and obtain some fuzzy socks for use in the evenings, once your work is done. (Drew)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I learned so much about other people, the world, the gospel, but mostly I learned so much about myself. Things I would have never learned if I didn’t serve a mission. (April)
  • A strengthened testimony, great friendships, a personal witness of how the Lord works in the lives of His children, and a treasure trove of wonderful memories and experiences. (Daniel)
  • I learned to love a people very different from myself and see myself differently from their perspective. I deepened my testimony of the gospel and found that sometimes, our greatest mission is to convert ourselves to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Drew)

What are some skills you gained?

  • EVERY skill was enlarged on my mission. Sounds super cheesy, but it’s true! (April)
  • Competence in the Korean language, better teaching skills, and the ability to try any food–at least once, that is… (I’ll pass next time they bring out the silkworm larva….). (Daniel)
  • Korean language, memorization, developing rapport with people, being able to overlook social slights and be culturally aware of my own presence. (Drew)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I wish I learned to not stress out too much. Learn from the experiences and move on. (April)
  • I wish I had known how to study better. I feel like if I had had a better handle on how to prepare for a lesson and find answers to investigators’ questions, I would have been a more efficient missionary earlier on. (Daniel)
  • Better language skills at the beginning to better connect with people. (Drew)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Seoul South?

  • Make the most of every moment, because when you get back, you’ll miss it so much! (April)
  • The people are wonderful and confusing and frustrating and you will come to love them as you serve among them. The language is hard, but it comes as the Lord will, and you can be powerful even without perfect fluency. The work is tough, but so are you. Never give up, and always rely on Jesus Christ. He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and you can do all things through His grace. (Daniel)
  • Gain a strong testimony of the gospel. Bear testimony in short but concise ways and do it often. Keep a journal of the things you learn in school and assess your own progress. Take responsibility for your own education and push yourself to grow. Try many different kinds of food, because the food can be a means to open communication between people. If you cling too much to the culture you know, you will miss out on opportunities to connect with the people you serve. Never turn down an opportunity to try new food because of fear. (Drew)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • We were teaching an investigator and he said he didn’t want to go to church because he didn’t like interacting with people. I was trying to say, “it’s okay we can sit in the back!” but I accidentally said we could sit on his back. (April)
  • The Korean words for “forgiveness” and “warrior” are quite similar. I had a companion say once “Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can receive [a] warrior.” Our investigator (who was rather proficient at English) then said, “Wait. A warrior?” with the most skeptical expression on his face. (Daniel)
  • Most new missionaries would forget to add appropriate modifiers to numbers in conversation. In specifying how many years we were serving, many missionaries, myself included, would end up getting the appropriate usage for two years mixed up with the word for prostitute, which was a bit awkward. Now, with the younger age for new missionaries, new elders talking about their age probably have to be careful to add the identifier for their age so that don’t use the profane word that sounds exactly like the word for 18. Better to use the Korean age system and start out at 19. It helps to be culturally a year older with the Chinese New Year system. (Drew)