Title - In "Star Wars", when Princess Leia's home planet of Alderan is blown up by the Death Star, Obi-Wan Kenobi says, "I felt a disturbance in the Force".
Pics - The Music Night in 장위; Elder Brantley, our beloved district leader (soon to be zone leader); Elder Crisp, the Bishop and Elder Huckvale
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:20:14 +0900
Hello My Adoring Fans!
Well this week was a little bit crazy. Not much on the lines of proselyting occurred, but we able to pick up a new investigator. This week was filled with many struggily scenarios as well as really cool experiences.
On Tuesday we performed a mini music performance in our neigboring area at one of the member's homes as a district which was a really cool experience. This music thing is something that we had been planning on doing for a few weeks now, but we were now just able to perform it and it went really well. The theme for the performance was "the Plan of Salvation". The members and investigators that attended really seemed to enjoy it. After the performance I started an exchange with Elder Cable from the neigboring area. We had a lesson with our recent convert, 김상하 (Songha Kim) which went pretty well. He's doing great!
The Music Night in 장위
After we ate dinner at the home, we headed back and I went to the dry cleaningers to pick up a suit that I had left there. The next morning I went to put on my suit and found that the pants had disappeared! Elder Cable and I walked all the way back to where the dry cleaners is trying to track down my pants, but they were no where to be found. Aw jeez. There's like these old people who go around picking up stuff (particularly cardboard) to turn in for a profit, and I'm pretty sure one of them snatched my pants up off the street. Dang it. I still don't know what I'm going to do about this one honestly.
On Wednesday the sisters in our neighboring area called and said that their Chinese investigators wanted to go visit the temple with them and they could only go on Wednesday or Sunday and President Sonksen said that he couldn't give them permission to skip Church, but he could give them permission to move District meeting. As a result, our district meeting on Wednesday was delayed to Friday morning during studies which was kind of struggily. It worked out alright though.
On Thursday we went out and did a ton of visits of less-actives in our ward as well as recent coverts and potential investigators. We brought a member along with us to go with us on some of our visits including when we visited one of the recent coverts in the ward that Elder Crisp baptized named 이상호 (Songho Ee). We were really hoping that we would be able to talk with the dad and hopefully share the Gospel with him, but he was too busy when we got there to meet which was kind of struggily. Songho Ee has schyzophrenia and he takes some pretty heavy medications so it's incredibly difficult to teach him a lesson sometimes. Thursday night was one of those times. Afterwards we went with the same member to visit a less-active family in our ward and we ended up eating dinner at their house which was pretty good. The wife, 황진분 (Jeenboon Hwang), really quickly whipped some of this really delicious chicken soup stuff and we talked with them a little bit. The member who was with us did most of the talking. After we finished eating, we shared the First Vision with them. At the end we committed them to allow our district to perform our musical thing with them and they agreed.
Last week we were really struggling to find families in the ward that we could do the musical performance with and I called a part-member family in the ward that Elder Crisp and I have been working with. The name of the member is 신주연 (Juyun Sheen) and she agreed to have the mini concert in her house on Saturday night and so I went and told our district leader, Elder Brantley, and he informed all of the other missionaries in our district.
On Saturday morning I got a call from Juyun Sheen and she told me that we weren't going to be able to do the concert at her house that night. I was a little frustrated, but I maintained a smile and I told her it was going to be okay. I also reminded her that with transfers coming up, many of the missionaries in the district could be transferring so I wasn't sure if we would be able to do it after this weekend. She told me that it still wasn't going to work out. After I hung up I was pretty frustrated. I called Elder Brantley and told him the news and he proceeded to tell the other missionaries. Aw jeez.
Then there was a miracle.
On Saturday we met and continued to teach Songha Kim the new member lessons and the lesson went really well. We thought that he was going to punk us after he didn't show up for half-an-hour, but he came it was all good. Afterwards there was a really cool miracle that happened. We went down and apparently an elderly woman named Anna Kim who lives near the church came to learn English. She used to attend our English class, but started going to the neighboring ward's class when our ward temporarily stopped doing English class last year. So we were like "We'll teach you English" and we quickly grabbed Songha Kim and brought him with us. It was so awesome. We taught her English for half an hour and then taught her about the Gospel. It turned out to be a really great lesson and Songha Kim was able to share his really awesome testimony of the Gospel with Anna Kim. We invited her to be baptized and she was really caught by surprise, so then we had to further explain to her that she didn't need to say yes right now, but as we met with her, she could be prepared to be baptized. It turned out to be a really spiritual lesson and a really cool miracle that we saw. It was especially cool because Songha Kim came late to the appointment. He is a super spiritual guy so Elder Crisp suggested that he may have felt a disturbance or maybe he just really thought that we were meeting at 1:30 instead of 1. Nevertheless, it twas a miracle.
On Saturday night we got our transfer calls. Elder Crisp is getting transferred all the way out to the boonies to a place called 태백 (Taybek) and I'm staying in Jangwee and becoming the district leader. My new companion will be Elder Shepherd.
On Sunday there was another miracle. On Thursday when we went to Songho Ee's house, his dad (who runs a carwash/repair shop) told us that if it rains we can visit him. On Sunday it snowed. After we went out to visit Juyun Sheen, we called Songho Ee's dad and he said that we could come and visit. We quickly called up a member (who we just happened to have a dinner appointment with that night named 배성훈 (Sunghoon Bay)) and he came and picked us up on the side of the road and took us to Songho's dad's repair shop. The lesson could have gone much better than it did. Sunghoon Bay and Songho's dad ended up talking most of the time about Songho and how he's been struggling a bit at Church and we weren't really able to teach much about the Gospel. I shared a verse from the Book of Mormon and bore my testimony of the Savior and His power to lift our burdens through the Atonement. We ended up giving him a Book of Mormon, but then we had our dinner appointment to go to so Sunghoon Bay offered to take Songho with us and so we did. We ate dinner with Sunghoon Bay and his family and Songho and then Sunghoon Bay took us to our ward mission leader's house to do our mini music night. The mini music night was a huge success. We were able to have three families from the ward come and they seemed to really enjoy it. It was a little bit tight though with the three families and the ten missionaries in our district.
Today we went and ate dinner with the bishop at a Korean food buffet. It was very delicious. Now we've just got to make room for the next dinner appointment we have tonight for dinner with different member. 식사! Alright!
Anyways, this week had some very struggily moments, but there were also some very awesome moments. So is the way as a missionary.
I am really excited for this transfer and to be able to continue to serve in the Jangwee ward with such awesome members. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth and this is His work. He lives and He is at the head of it.
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Brantley, our beloved district leader (soon to be zone leader)