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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Week 34 - And A Powerful Ally It Is

Title - In The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda is talking to Luke about the Force and he's telling him not to judge him by his size because his ally is the Force.  He's powerful because he has the Force, not because he's small.  He's got the Force, so that's a powerful ally in him. 

Hello Adoring Fans!
This week was pretty slow.  We did a lot of prosyleting por el camino if you know what I mean.  Anyways, yeah, the first week of the transfer is already over which is super crazy to think about.  Elder Ee from my house left on Thursday and Elder Han got a new companion named Elder Peterson, whose from North Carolina.  This means that we still don't have any missionaries serving in our ward from Utah.  What are the odds?  So yeah, considering the fact that 18 new missionaries arrived to the mission this transfer, I was not really affected at all.
So how about the week?
On Tuesday I went on exchanges with Elder Ee which was pretty fun.  We didn't have any appointments, but we still had a really great time out on the street proselyting.  Plus he showed me this shop that sells A&W Rootbeer.  It was like a buck fifty a can, but it was so worth it considering the fact that Rootbeer isn't sold in Korea outside of the American bases, stores that got it specially imported, and people who illegally purchased it from people that have access to an American base. 
So yeah, it tasted like my childhood.
After I ended my exchange with Elder Ee, Elder Kim and I taught κΉ€λ™ν™˜ (Daniel).  We taught the last half of the Plan of Salvation to him and it went pretty well.  When we were done teaching him, we went out and proselyted for a bit and then came back after English Class ended.  The missionaries in our ward are going to be putting on a music program next month, so we met to discuss some ideas for songs and.  We're going to be doing some musical numbers with some of our investigators (including Daniel who plays the guitar) which should be pretty awesome. 
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were pretty normal days.  We did a lot of proselyting and some less-active hunting.  Some interesting events...
On Thursday some guy who told me that he was Buddhist called me satan when I kept trying to talk to him at the bus stop.  I told him that I thought that Buddhist people didn't believe in satan and then he just walked further away from me so I left.  Thursday night, I taught this kid all about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, invited the Spirit, had him read Moroni's promise in the Book of Mormon, but he ultimately decided not to believe me because we don't believe in the Trinity.  He told me to go and read the scripture in Matthew where Jesus says something like "you can not know the Father without knowing the Father".  I told him that I know that what I'm teaching is true.  We ultimately decided to agree to disagree.  He was a super nice kid though, so I continued to talk to him for a little bit after I taught him. 
It's kind of silly that all of the other churches are trying so hard to prove that their church's doctrine is true through the Bible, because every church interprets the same verse of scripture entirely different leaving the honest seeker of truth just confused and discouraged.  That is why our message is so special:  we're not trying in any way to prove that the Church is true through logic and the reasoning of men, we're inviting people to pray and ask God, the Source of all truth, whether the Church is true or not. 
On Saturday we taught English Class and then met with Daniel again and had a really good lesson about faith, which is something that he has a problem with.  We read Alma 32 with him and talked about how when we have faith, we receive a special strength from God that allows us to overcome all of our trials and struggles.  However, it is really hard to have faith when you still feel that there is no need to have it.  I shared my conversion story with him and expressed that if it were not for the large decision that I had been faced with in my life, I would have not gone seeking heavenly guidance.  I expressed that it is the same for him.  It was a really good lesson and Daniel said that if he decides to join a church he's joining ours.
Saturday night and Sunday afternoon we taught some people who are meeting us because of English interest, but they're not super opposed to the Gospel.  We'll see if that goes anywhere.
Especially recently,  I've been realizing a ton the power of the Book of Mormon.  I've been putting an effort forth to use it more when teaching on the street and it's resulted in some pretty cool things.  I was able to invite two people to be baptized after sharing with them a verse from the Book of Mormon and then expressing that I know that every one can know that it is true through the Power of Holy Ghost. 
"Pray.  He is there.  Speak.  He is listening"
     -A Child's Prayer
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

At the Meat Buffet before Elder Ee left.

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