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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Week 85 - Fear Will Keep the Young Men in Line, Fear of My Nightstick

Title - In "Star Wars", aboard the Death Star, there's a meeting of the Imperial leaders going on and Grand Moff Tarkin informs them that the Emperor has just dissolved the Senate.  General Tagge says, "that's impossible.  How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?"  Tarkin says, "Fear will keep the local systems in line.  Fear of this battle station."  

Pics - right before Elder Huckvale left on his mission, I became friends with someone named Holly, who was about to move to Seoul for her husbands' military deployment.  His whole mission, she has been right near him... but never seen him.  She finally ran into him and his companion at Dongdaemun Market buying companion ties!; dinner at his Ward Mission Leader's house.

Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:52:10 +0900

Hello My Adoring Fans!
If there's anyone reading this that's wondering about the safety of the young men in the 상계 (Sanggye) ward, don't be alarmed, I'll explain.
This week was pretty great!  It was a lot better than last week.  We were able to meet with a lot more people and even had a surprise teaching appointment after English Class which was pretty cool.
On Monday for P-day Elder Jung and I went to 동대문 (Dongdaemun) to buy companionship ties; a tradition among the missionaries in our mission.  After p-day was over we had a lesson with a less-active that we've been working with named 김종윤 (Jong Yoon Kim) and it was pretty good.  We used the story of Naaman washing himself in the River Jordan 7 times to cure himself of leprosy as a parable for keeping the commandments.  Even though sometimes the commandments may seem annoying at times, as we keep them, especially the commandment to repent, we will become clean.  We taught him about reading the scriptures and committed him to read from the Book of Mormon every night.

My friend, Holly, just happened to randomly run into them on their way to buy companion ties.  :)
On Tuesday we had two appointments.  The first appointment was with one of Elder Brantley's investigators, 손태근 (Tay geun Sone).  He told us to meet him at the subway station closest to our church building, so we gave scheduled the dinner appointment to run for an hour and a half.  When we went to the subway station, though, he ended up taking us to a completely different subway station and we ended up being with him for almost two hours.  Struggily.  We were still able to teach him and invited him to be baptized, but he said that he wasn't ready to make to commitment yet, so we committed him to think and pray about it. 
After that, we rushed to our next appointment with our Canadian investigator, Nathan, which was kind of a struggily lesson.  He has a lot of questions that are irrelevant to what we're talking about and all of his questions kept leading us back to whether the Book of Mormon is true or not.  We think that he wants us to debate with him in defense of the Church which we just can't do.  He has a strong faith in Jesus Christ, but even all the "facts" and research in the world can't even prove that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.  In order to fully come to know that Jesus Christ is the Savior, someone must receive a testimony of these things through the Holy Ghost.
On Wednesday we had our zone meeting which was really great!  We learned about using the Book of Mormon in proselyting and teaching situations.  It was a great meeting and I was able to learn a ton that will most-definitely help me as I strive to teach the fullness of the Gospel.
On Saturday after English class, one of the members named 김봉호 (Bong Ho Kim) needed some help from us to type up some poetry that he had written.  After Elder Jung typped up his poetry for him, we had a really cool opportunity to teach him.  He told us about how he really doesn't like how the people at his church are really fake.  We taught him about church and invited him to come, but he declined.  He's a former investigator, so maybe we'll try to pick him up again as an investigator.  After that, we helped one of the members from the ward clean the church building for Sunday.
While we were cleaning the church building, I found a nightstick in the maintenance closet.  I was kind of concerned for a second, wondering if we had that in case of the zombie apocalypse and so I asked the member we were with what the deal was.  He told me that back in the days the young men would sneak out back to smoke and if they got caught they got a beating from the night stick.  무섭다!
Thank goodness I don't live in the days of physical punishment! 
Anyways, overall this week was really great!  We're slowly starting to build a pool of investigators which is really exciting!  We just need to make sure that we can retain all of them and continue to add to the pool.
I was also able to talk with 김상수 (Song soo Kim) this week on the phone.  I asked him if he had been praying.  He said that he did right after the baptismal interview to know if God exists, but he didn't receive an answer.  I promised him as a representative of Jesus Christ that if he prayed again, he would receive a recognizeable answer.  It's really hit-and-miss when we call so I'm still waiting to follow up on that one!
I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ!  I'm so grateful to know these things because as I've realized on my mission, we can't come to truly know who we are until we know who God is.  When we know that God lives, and that He truly is our Heavenly Father, then we know that we are His children, that we have the potential to do amazing things.
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

 Dinner with the Ward Mission Leader and his family.

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