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Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 40 - I Find The Lack of Halloween Celebrations Disturbing

Title - In Star Wars, while in the Death Star Briefing Room, Admiral Motti starts making fun of The Force.  Darth Vader starts choking him with his Force powers, and then says, "I find your lack of faith disturbing." 

Hello adoring fans!
I got transferred this week folks!  To 장위 (Jangwee)!  It's been pretty cool.  I was sad to leave my last area at first, but I ended up feeling that it was for the best and that the time was right for me to go.
On Monday I had my last Family Home Evening in 금촌 (Geumchon) which was really awesome as usual.  The kids are all so great and so adorable.  I think of all the things I'm going to miss from serving in Geumchon it's doing Family Home Evening every week. 
On Tuesday we went to the temple and it was awesome (as usual)!  Afterwards Elder Peterson, Elder Han, Elder Kim, and I all went to a burger buffet called Burger Mine and it was freakin delicious.  Afterwards we went to a place called E-Mart (Korea's version of a mixture between Target and Walmart) to look for Halloween decorations. 

 Elder Huckvale's previous District

After our p-day ended we met with 김동환 (Daniel) one last time before I left.  We didn't really prepare anything to teach him, because I really just wanted to talk with him a little and bare my testimony.  I was really tired so it was kind of hard to think straight, but when I started testifying I became empowered by the Spirit.  It was really cool.  I told him my testimony about the truthfulness of the Church and the Gospel and the power and reality of the Atonement.  After that I invited him to be baptized on December 12 and he said "알게 되면" which translates to "if I find out[it's true]".  Sounds like a yes to me!  It was a really good discussion.  Afterwards I bore testimony to Elder Kim that if he follows the Spirit in teaching Daniel that he can be baptized on that date. 
Wednesday was my last day in Geumchon and I didn't spend it the way that I thought that I would that's for sure.  Elder Kim got a call on Tuesday from a guy who's a member who is in charge of cleaning the church buildings in Seoul.  Apparently his nephew named Andrew (who grew up in America) is back in Korea for a few months and he's helping to clean the church buildings.  However, Andrew's not a member and so he has gotten in arguments with his uncle about controversial Church topics.  So the uncle was up in Geumchon cleaning the building so he invited us to eat lunch with him and his nephew and then to teach him.  After we ate lunch we went to the Church building and ended up teaching him for about two hours.  It was a really good discussion.  We ended up teaching him the first two lessons almost entirely.  He seemed to accept everything pretty well and he took a Book of Mormon, but he's going back to America this month so we probably won't be able to meet him again.  It's unfortunate, but it was a really cool experience and I hope that when he goes back he'll call up the missionaries. 
After that Elder Kim and I just stayed at the Church and helped decorate for the Halloween party.  At dinner time I went on exchanges with Elder Han so that we could meet with a member family before we leave the area.  Afterwards we took some brownies that we made to the world's greatest ward missionary, 이윤희 (Ee Yunhee).  It was really awesome because she's done so much for the missionaries in Geumchon and we just wanted to give back to her a little.

On Thursday morning we woke up early and headed to the mission office for exchanges.  Let me tell you, one of the most struggily things on the planet has to be trying to get a 30-40lb suitcase (I sent my other bags through the mail) across Seoul during rush hour.  Dang it's so struggily.  It's even worse when you become a trainer because then you have to carry around all three of the greenie's bags.  It's not during rush hour though. 
Anyways we got to transfers and my new companion is named Elder 김시현 (Kim Shihyun), so Elder Kim 2 I guess.  Elder Han got his trainee and Elder Peterson and Elder Kim 1 became companions.  Pretty fun stuff.  Anyways, we finished up at transfers and then Elder Kim (2) and I headed back to Jangwee.
From what I've seen of Jangwee it seems pretty cool.  I'm really excited to be back in Seoul and be started a new adventure. 
On Saturday we had a special conference where a guy named PJ Rogers came and spoke to us.  He served in Seoul 1988-90 and he is super good at Korean.  He is the first white person to get his his doctrite from 연세 (Yunsei) University which is one of Korea's top three universities.  Anyways he talked to us about Korean culture and how we can strengthen our relationships with our Korean companions and members int he ward.  It was a really cool conference and I learned a ton that will most definitely help me become a better missionary.
After the conference Elder Kim and I met with two potential investigators that we picked up so that was pretty cool. 
At night we had the ward Halloween party which was really fun.  It was English-themed in an attempt to increase our English class attendance.  Anyways, yeah it was really fun.  One of the members in our ward who just returned from their mission to Busan made a really awesome Jack Skellington pinata which was destroyed but candy-hungry Korean children.  It was pretty funny.  Our district leader, Elder Moore, and I were in charge of Jeopardy and it was really cool.  All of the questions were super easy, but they were also all American-themed and in English.

Sunday was really great also.  I'm really determined this transfer to really strive to strengthen my relationships with the ward members.  I saw some pretty cool things happened in Geumchon when we worked with the members, so I'm really excited to apply what I've learned.  Of all of the things I need to do, working with members has proven to be the hardest.
First week of the transfer down and also my first week in Jangwee.  I am so excited to see what happens this transfer as we excersice our faith and go out and find, teach, and baptize.
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

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