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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 25 - There's Something Alive in Here

 Title - In Star Wars, Luke, Han, Leia and Chewy are in the garbage compactor, they hear a "loud, horrible, inhuman moan" and Luke says, "there's something alive in here".

Well, this week just flew by.  Nothing much happened as far as our investigators go, but it was still fun.  We did a lot of jeondoing (proselyting) and rescuing of kittens.
On Tuesday, Elder Kim and I went on exchanges with Elder Dye and Elder Bell.  I went on splits with Elder Bell and the exchange was really fun, but it was really short so we didn't really get to do much besides jeondoing and studying.  We woke up at 6 on Wednesday morning to go to the gym which was pretty fun.  While Elder Dye and Elder Kim were on exchanges, they met with 김동환 (Daniel) and had a pretty good lesson with him.  He prayed at the end!  Nice! 
On Saturday we met Daniel again and had planned to teach a review about the Restoration, but ended up teaching about the importance of going to Church each Sunday and partaking of the Sacrament.  It was a really good discussion and it was really cool to see how the Spirit works in guiding what we teach to fit the needs of the investigator even though it is different than what we had originally planned to teach.  At the end, I invited him to come to church and he said that he would come "someday in the future".  I asked him when that would be and he didn't know.  Then I asked him what he was going to do on Sunday if he didn't go to Church.  He said that he was going to sleep.  Then we talked about how there's not really any point to doing that.  I really want to help him realize that there's more to this life than just working and sleeping.  There is a better way.  I hope that he's been thinking about what we talked about.  He prayed again at the end of the lesson which was really good.
Now back to Tuesday again.  While we were at the church building waiting for Elder Dye and Elder Bell to show up to start our exchange, Elder Kim spotted some kittens eating out of our trash out the back door.  I tried to go out to grab one but they got scared and ran into the bushes behind the church building.  There's like 3 or 4 little kittens living on our church property apparently.  Later Tuesday evening, Elder Bell saw one eating out of the trash and was able to catch it but it bit him on the hand twice so he put it in a nearby bucket with a little water in it.  I didn't see this but I just heard from the other side of the church a cat screetching and then I saw it running out from around the corner.  It was pretty funny.
We came back to the Church building on Thursday to do our weekly service assignment of picking up trash.  When we got there, we found one of the cats had gotten a paper cup stuck on its head.  Gosh dang it it was really funny.  So then we went out and picked up trash for an hour and Elder Dye and Elder Bell cleaned up the trash behind the church that the cats had left every where and then we came back.  We were all standing in front of the church and we saw the cup cat at the back of the church near the fence.  Beyond the fence is just about a 10-foot drop to a little alleyway.  We saw the cat trying to nudge against the bottom of the fence trying to get the cup off and then we just saw it disappear.  We ran over and looked down and saw the cat looking around.  It was still alive, just super confused so Elder Dye and Elder Bell put on some work gloves and went and rescued the cat.  Then they brought it back up to the church and wrapped it in a shirt they found in the donation box and then took the cup off.  We then decided that we needed to take the cat to the vet so we sent Elder Han and Elder Ee with the cat.  Since it's a stray, the vet can't do anything and neither can city hall, so they just let it back into the bushes.  Freaking cats. 

 The cats that live at the church.
 Elder Bell and the Cup Cat.
In the eyes of an Angel.
So yes that was the highlight of the week. 
Serving a mission is so much fun and there are always new things to experience (like saving cats).  I am having a blast here in Korea and I love 금촌 (Geumchon). 
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

 Geumchon Church Building
 Geumchon Train Station

 Trying to take some "artsy" photos. :)

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