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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Week 36 - You Still Have Much to Learn


Title - In Episode II, when Yoda confronts Count Dooku, Count Dooku says, "I have become more powerful than any Jedi, even you." And Yoda responds, "much to learn, you still have."

Hello Adoring Fans!
This week was pretty rad!  We've got a baptismal date so that's really cool.  PLUS, there was some other stuff that happened. 
Let's look back at the week now shall we?
On Tuesday, since it was 추석 (Chusuk) last weekend, all of the missionaries in our district were able to go to one of the members' houses and eat lunch with him and some other members from the ward.  It's not the first time that I've been to his house, Elder Kim and I went there one time with Daniel to have dinner.  Anyways, it was really fun.   김조수 (Kim Josu, who's house we went to) has created like this really awesome garden-thing in his yard with a variety of patios and eating areas for entertaining guests.  It's really cool. 
On Thursday, October started, and the weather all-of-a-sudden changed from summer to fall.  So it was overcast and windy all day.  It was awesome.  Reminds me of home in the Northwest.  It was kind of unfortunate though because on Thursday I came out with a cold.  Struggily.  I had to go to the convenience store and buy a ton of tissues to use while out hunting for less-active members.  It was a really fun day though because we went to an area that I had never been to before, so it was fun to explore around.  Also, while we were out and about, we got a call from someone interested in attending our English class just out of the blue.  That was really exciting because not very many people go to our English class, but we've been doing a lot recently to improve it and do a better job of spreading the word by passing out flyers and stuff.  Nice!
On Saturday, the guy that contacted us on Thursday came to English class and it seemed like he had a really good time.  He's a super nice guy, but according to our application, he doesn't have any gospel interest other than finding "True Happiness".  If that's the case, though, then he's in the right place.  At the end of class, Elder Kim and I taught the spiritual message about repentance and it was pretty cool.  We started out by asking people what comes to mind when they think of the word repentance.  Those who aren't Church members said stuff like you do it when you do something bad, the members said stuff like it's an incredible gift from God.  Then I talked about how I think that a lot of people think that repenting is a bad thing and it means that you committed some terrible sin and thereby have failed.  I told them that I think of the pastors and preachers saying "회개하라!  회개 안하면 지욕에 간다! (Repent!  If you do not repent, you will go to hell!"  If I didn't have a knowledge of the restored gospel, I too would be very afraid to repent.  After that we shared the rest of our message and bore testimony of the power of repentance.  Truly, as we have faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, through His Atonement, even though we make mistakes and commit sins, we can find peace and happiness in this life and the life to come.  It was a great message and I think that it really got the attention of the new guy.  I saw him thumbing through the Book of Mormon after we read the account of the conversion of Alma the Younger (Alma 36(:17-21)). 
On Sunday,  I tried translating from Korean to English for Sacrament meeting because Sister Sonsken and President Sonksen were visting our ward.  It is very hard, I still have much to learn when it comes to Korean.  It was a very humbling experience for me.  Halfway during the testimony meeting, Elder Han had to translate (he's really good at both English and Korean). 

Elder Huckvale translating at church.  
(This was a surprise picture that greeted me on FB Sunday morning from Sister Sonksen, 
the Mission President's wife. LOVE surprise pics!!!)
After Church we met with 이경철 (Ee Gyungchur) who, last week, agreed to be baptised.  He is progressing awesomely (if that's a word)!  We did a review of the Restoration with him and we invited him to prepare to be baptised on October 21 and he agreed!  How cool is that?!  He is such an amazing person and I feel his sincere desire to find truth in this increasingly fake world.  Elder Kim and I bore witness that through receiving baptism, he will be starting on the road towards receiving all of the blessings that our Heavenly Father has to offer him.  It was an amazing lesson. 
We had two other appointments on Sunday, but they both ended up cancelling.  It's okay though, the work goes on.
Serving a mission is awesome, and as I told a kid on the street last night, through serving others and preaching the gospel, I have been able to find inexpressible joy.  The Church is true!
Love and Miss y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

 At the bus stop.  LOVE.

Underneath the Geumchon Station.

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