When Elder and Sister Melvin A. and Betty Weenig of Granite 8th Ward, Sandy Utah Granite South Stake, arrive in Korea Sept. 14 to serve as missionaries in the Seoul Korea Temple, it will be his fifth full-time mission, all outside the United States.
As a young man, he served in the Japanese Mission in Hawaii from 1937-39. Later with his wife, Georgia, he served as president of the Central Pacific Mission in Hawaii from 1946-1950 (she died in 1973). He served with his second wife, Betty, in the Japan Tokyo North Mission from 1980-82 and at the Manila Philippines Temple in 1984-85.He also served six stake or regional part-time missions to minorities including to the Lamanites, a stake mission in Provo, and, most recently, a Temple Square mission while living in Sandy.
Between those missions, he and his wife Betty found time to serve as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls, Provo and Jordan River temples in four separate assignments. He also served as bishop twice and as counselor in a stake presidency.
He said that working as an appraiser for the U.S. Department of Transportation led him to live in various places, including Boise, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho, where he worked among the Indians and other minorities.
"It is not easy at age 74 to leave for another mission," said Elder Weenig. "But we did not express a preference of where we would like to go. We said we would go, and that was the end of it.
"I have a deep love for the Savior, and I want to spread His gospel."
In paying the expenses of a mission, he said, "We are conservative people. And I'd like to say that because of payment of offerings, we have been able to afford toT share our testimonies on all the missions we have been on.
"I just do not have the variety of hobbies that some people do," he continued. "The family and the Church are very dear to me, and because of that, service comes first."