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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Week 58 - A District Leader, Huh?

Title - Derrick is not sure what this title means... so just make something good up for yourself.  :)

Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:52:45 +0900

Hello My Adoring Fans!
This week has been pretty interesting.  It feels like it's been really long.
Since Elder Crisp was getting transferred this week, we went and had three member meal appointments on Monday.  I think that I already talked about the first one with the bishop.  After that, for dinner, we ate with Brother 박병훈 (Byunghoon Bak) and his mom who isn't a member, 배혜자 (Hye jaw Bay).  Afterwards, we went to a house in the neighboring ward to perfrom our district's mini music night and we ended up eating again.  Three in one day!  That's a record that I don't want to break. 

On Tuesday we had another meal appointment with a member named 남규빈 (Gyu Bene Nam). 
On Wednesday Elder Crisp and I gathered all of his stuff and headed to the church to wait for my new companion, Elder Shepherd who would be arriving by taxi.  Elder Shepherd came and Elder Crisp took his taxi and headed off to the bus station to go to his new area.  I was kind of sad to see Elder Crisp go because I'd served in the same area as him for 3 transfers, but I'm really excited to work with Elder Shepherd.  I think that there's a lot that I can learn from him. 

 See ya, Elder Crisp!

Elder Shepherd is from Georgia, and he is starting his 5th transfer.  He came to Jangwee after serving in the foreign branch near the U.S. base in 동두천 (Dongdoochun).  Elder Shepherd is incredibly nice and super positive.  He's struggled a lot, especially with learning Korean, but he remains positive and continues to work as hard as he can to learn the language. 
On Saturday we had a really busy day.  Apparently Elder Shepherd's family is housing a foreign exchange student from Korea and his parents really want to give back to Elder Shepherd for all of the help that his family has been giving to their son.  Anyways, we met them at the church building and they brought a ton of foreign food like bagels, Nutella, peanut butter, and Oreos.  After that they took us out to the meat buffet which was really awesome.  They really appreciate all that Elder Shepherd's family has done for their son. 
After we ate lunch with them, we ran over to the Church to do the final new member lesson with 김상하 (Songha Kim).  The lesson went great.  It is so awesome to see how much he's progressed since he first found the church only a few months ago.  He got his temple recommend on Sunday and is going to go to do baptisms for the dead with the youth in a few weeks.  He's also been really great to have at lessons.  He has such an awesome testimony of the Gospel and he understands his weaknesses and insufficiencies very well. 
After we met with Songha Kim, we were planning on teaching English to the woman we met last Saturday but she didn't show up so we decided to go visit another recent convert in our ward named 이상호 (Songho Ee).  It was raining pretty heavily so we were really hoping to catch his dad when he wasn't working (his dad owns a carwash shop so he can't work when it's raining).  We went to Songho's house, and his dad was there, but he left right after we came in.  Really the only thing that we can do to help Songho at this point to is to help the dad so we we're really trying to teach him the Gospel.  We're going to try calling him more often (which is something that I struggle with) and try and build more trust with him.  As we do so, we're hoping that it will open his heart to the message of the Restoration of the Gospel.
On Saturday night we had our bi-weekly ward Family Home Evening which was so incredibly awesome.  Elder Shepherd and I taught the message which was about repentance.  We used a backpack and had one of the kids wear it.  The people in the audience would draw papers out of a bag and they would have bad or good actions on them.  When a bad action was drawn, we would put a hymn book in the backpack.  By the end, there were like 15 hymnbooks in the backpack. We illustrated that through the Atonement and as we repent, Jesus Christ will lift the burdens that we our carrying off our shoulders and we can become free.  It was a really cool object lesson.  After the message we played a Korean game where someone wears a blindfold and tries to find people that are standing still.  When he finds them, they make a pig sound and he has to guess who they are.  It was really fun except when I did it they changed the rule so that the other people could move.  Apparently it looked really ridiculous.  Gosh dang it.
Wow this week has felt really long.  It's been great though and I'm really excited to be starting another transfer in Jangwee.  We've got a lot of really awesome potential investigators and so we're hoping to see a lot of miracles this transfer.  I know that Jesus Christ lives and that it is through his Atonement that we can become free from all of the bad things in this life.  It is because of His selfless, long-suffering, perfect love for us, that we can become free from everything through Him,  even the bands of death.
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

The Bishop playing the ping pong game, with Elder Shepherd on the floor.

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