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Monday, June 15, 2015

Week 20 - And From Henceforth, You Shall Be Known as 정혁규

Title - When Anakin Skywalker turns to the Dark Side, the Emperor says this to him, except he says "And from henceforth, you shall be known as Darth Vader".  The characters above are Elder Huckvale's Korean name given to him by his companion.  Apparently it comes out to something like "Jung Hyuk-kyoo", but Elder Huckvale said it sounds like "how cute".  Funny! 

Also, Elder Huckvale's 19th birthday is next week (June 24th)!!!  If anyone would like to send him a card (I have 6 international stamps available if anyone close by would like one!) his address is:

Elder Chad Huckvale
Korea Seoul Mission
Gwanghwamun PO Box 210

or his email...  Thanks to all that sent me birthday pics... I really think he will love them!!! 

Today was freakin awesome!  We did the 100-hour week challenge that our mission president gave us and it was incredible!  We saw so many miracles!
So first I'm going to explain the 100-hour program a little bit more...
Every morning we woke up at 5:30 instead of the usual 6:30.  We didn't have any exercise time we just showered and got ready and then were out of the house by 6:30, forgoing our study time.  Then during the day we had half-an-hour to eat, study, or prepare if we needed to.  Elder Jeong decided last Monday that we weren't going to use that half-hour though because then it would be a lot harder to get the 100 hours.  Then we would come back to the house at 9 instead of 9:30.  So what counted as missionary work was jeondoing, teaching appointments, going to the temple on Tuesday, making calls, eating with members or investigators, and doing service.  
So on Monday we woke up and left at 6:30 and then just jeondoed for practically the entire day besides when we e-mailed and went shopping for about an hour and 15 minutes and then we came home at like 7 and did calls.  It was so exhausting!  Luckily, we were able to meet a ton of people and I think that Elder Jeong set up some return appointments for later in the week on that day.  Then in the evening, we met with this weird guy who's Korean but was raised in America so he's pretty much American.  We've met with him before but then he got a new job where he was working all the time and then he lost his job last week.  Elder Jones and one of his companions used to teach this guy but he wasn't progressing at all.  He's got a drinking problem and is always making up stories about how he's a level 8 black belt in Tae Kwon Do and how he's dying and stuff.  He is really weird.  Anyways, yeah he called us so we went over to his house and he ordered food which was really cool because we hadn't eaten a meal that day.
On Tuesday we got to go to the temple!  The temple is always an incredible experience.  After the temple we just jeondoed until English class at 6:30.  While we were jeondoing, Elder Jeong started having a conversation with this guy about the gospel and then the guy took us to a cafe and bought us smoothies and Elder Jeong continued to talk with him.  He was really interested in hearing about our church but then when we asked him if he could meet again he gave us his phone number but refused to give us his actual entire name so...?

On Wednesday we jeondoed pretty much the entire day again besides when we had our district meeting at like 12:30.  Then we went back to the house and did calls and then met with that guy who we met with on Monday again.  He was being weird as usual and we went grocery shopping with him and then headed back to the house.  Since I'm still being trained, we still need to set aside an hour for doing the 12 week training program for the first two transfers.  While we started doing that, Elder Jeong and I decided to move our studies up the street to this pizza place.  We did 12 week companionship study while waiting for our pizzas to be done and then took them back home and finished studying.  Missionary work!
On Thursday we actually had a lot of appointments which was awesome.  Elder Jeong was able to schedule a bunch when he was making calls on Wednesday.  One of the people we met with was from Elder Jeong's hometown and also the same age as Elder Jeong.  In Korea, when people are born in the same year as you, you're like instantly friends.  So Elder Jeong and him got along really well and we went and ate lunch with him at this place where they sell 떡볶이 (Ddeok Bokki (That's not really how I'd spell it but they have a system for romanizing Korean words that I just use every time just in case you want to look it up and see what it is because I can't really describe it.  It sounds more like "duk boki")). That was pretty fun.  Then we met with that Korean-American guy again and he put on this whole show for us where he "died".  It was really strange.  He kept saying things like "this is the end, brothers" and other weird stuff.  He kept calling us throughout the day telling us that he needed to go to the hospital but he didn't really have any reason to and whenever we were going to actually go he came up with a new excuse not to go.  After he almost "died", it turned out that all he needed to do was eat some food and then he felt better.  Apparently he hadn't eaten in a few days.  Gosh dang it.  Elder Jones said that this guy did this stuff all the time which is why Elder Jones and his companion dropped him in the first place.
On Friday we didn't really do much, we did eat duk boki again with 이영희 (Ee-young Hee), which was pretty fun.  
On Saturday, we had a lot to do again.  We ate duk boki for the third time in a row with a potential investigator who's my age which was pretty fun.  Then we taught English class.  Then we were jeondoing and we met this Turkish guy who speaks Korean really well!  What the flip?!  After we talked to him I met this kid who's my age and can speak English really well.  I was able to teach him the entire message of the Restoration and give him a Book of Mormon!  Choice!  Then we had Family Home Evening at the church building with the young adults.  Awesome!
On Sunday I got my Korean name tag with the Korean name that Elder Jeong chose for me.  He chose the name 정혁규(Jung Hyuk-kyoo).  My new nametag is pretty choice.  After church we did missionary work with the members right outside of the church which was really fun.  It was cool to see them getting involved in missionary work.  We did jeondoing and street-boarding with them.  Later that night, we met with this Indian guy that we got as a referral like 2 months ago but haven't been able to meet with because he's been really busy.  He's from India but he speaks really good Korean and we gave him a Bengali Book of Mormon.  He was really cool, he gave us each a tie that he got for a dollar.  After that we went home and the 100-hour program was over.

Sorry that this weeks e-mail was so long!  There was a lot to talk about!  So much happened but the week just flew by!  I remember that last Sunday I was so worried that this was going to be the worst and longest week of my life but nevertheless, it was the quickest and most fun week that I've had so far.  We worked so hard, especially Elder Jeong.  We were able to talk to 1017 people and were able to teach 76 lessons (including lessons on the street) and we got 10 new investigators!  What the freak?!
the most important thing that I've is that the harder you work, the more easy being a missionary is; the faster the time goes; the more for you have.  I can't believe how fast this is all going!
I love and miss y'all!
Called to serve!
Elder Huckvale
P.S.  Something happened and all of my pictures got deleted somehow which is really jank.  Dang it.  

 "Come and partake of the Coffee of Everlasting Life"
"Sick" planner Elder Huckvale made using pictures from the Liahona. :)

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