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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Week 86 - We're Fine Here...We're all Fine. How Are You?

Title - In "Star Wars", Han, Luke and Chewy have disguised themselves as Stormtroopers to break into the cell block where Princess Leia is being held.  When they got into the cell block, they ended up having a shoot-out with the officers in prison. Once all the guards have been killed, there was an alarm sounding and Han picks up the communicator and tells the person on the other end, "Everything's under control.  Situation normal."  The voice asks, "what happened?"  And he said, "there was a slight weapons malfunction.  But everything's perfectly all right now.  We're fine.  We're all find here now.  Thank you.  How are you?" 

Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:07:12 +0900
Hello My Adoring Fans!
This week was 추석 (Choosuk) which is the equivalent to Korean Thanksgiving so it was a pretty crazy week filled with deep cleaning and conferences.  Luckily we were able to meet with some new people as the search for new investigators continues. 
On Tuesday we met with a new person and it was kind of an interesting experience.  He's older than Elder Jung and I by two years and so according to Korean culture, he can speak to us in 반말 (Banmar; half words) which is the lowest form of speech in Korean.  Even if you're older than someone, people don't usually use banmar unless they're really close or really old so it was kind of weird when as soon as I texted him he texted me back in banmar and then continued to speak to both of us in banmar when we met with him.  Anyways, we talked with him about our conversion stories and introduced the Book of Mormon and the Restoration.  We invited him to read the intro to the Book of Mormon before our next meeting, but he said that he wouldn't do it because he's not interested in religion right now and he just came to meet people.  It was a pretty interesting lesson.  We'll probably try to meet with him at least one more time.
On Tuesday night we had our missionary-coordination meeting with Brother 김영기 (Yung Gee Kim) and afterwards he treated us to meat at a nearby meat restaraunt.  It was delicious.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, in honor of Choosuk, Korea almost entirely shut down, making it nearly impossible to do missionary work effectively.  As a result, we had our p-day on Wednesday, our deep cleaning day on Thursday, and a mission conference on Friday.  It was a really fun three days and really nice to take a break from doing regular proselyting.
On Wednesday, in honor of Choosuk, Elder Jung was able to call his family which I think was really good for him.  Afterwards, we spent a lot of the day at the church playing ping pong.  We had planned to go hiking, but it started raining all-of-a-sudden so we had to cancel our plans.  It was okay because we had a fun time nonetheless.  I was also lucky enough to be able to get a haircut which I desparately needed.
On Thursday we had our deep cleaning day which was actually really fun!  We were at the house all day rocking out to MoTab and cleaning every nook and cranny of our apartment. 
On Friday we went to our mission conference at the office which was also a blast! Presidnet Sonksen focused the conference on Joseph Smith and remembering him as the incredible prophet that he was.  We also had an arm-wrestling competition which I did not take part in but watched enthusiastically.  It was a little bit scary how intense it got.  All in fun though.  All in fun.
Saturday and Sunday were spent getting back into the swing of things.  We went to a member's house as a district and talked to them about doing family history and it turned out the the mother of the family had already done the work for 10,000+ of her ancestors!  It was crazy!  She said that for ten years after her and her husband got married, they weren't able to have children, but after she did 10,000 names, they were ultimatley blessed with two sons, and she acredits that to her efforts to do family history work.  We all shared our testimonies of family history work, but understandably none of our stories could top hers.  At the end of the meeting, we sang 아리랑 (Arirong) which is a really popular traditional Korean song.  Before we sang it, we told them that we were going to sing a song that they all knew and the dad instinctively guessed that we were going to sing "Families Can Be Together Forever" and was suprised when we didn't sing it.  It was really cool because Arirong has a lot of meaning for the people of Korea and it really hits home for them to see foreigners sing it.  It was really cool.
So I learned a lot this week, but I think that the most important thing that I learned I realized at the mission conference.  As we sat in the middle of the woods and talked about Joseph Smith, I remembered that with enough faith, we too can have angels minister unto us and see extraordinary things.  The words written by Moroni about the Brother of Jared from the Book of Mormon came to my mind: 
"For he had said unto him in times before, that if he would believe in him that he could show unto him all things--that it would be shown shown unto him; therefore the Lord could not withhold anything from him, for he knew that the Lord could show him all things."
-Ether 3:26
I am so grateful for the love of God in calling Joseph Smith to be His prophet.  I'm grateful for the many sacrifices, including his life, that Joseph Smith made to help bring to pass the great purposes of the Lord.  I know that Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration and that like him, if we have faith, the Lord will reveal unto us extraordinary things.
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

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