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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week 103 - You're All Clear Elder!

Title - In "Star Wars", Luke is making his assault run down the Death Stars' trench and Darth Vader is right on his tail.  Vader is about to shoot down Luke's X-Wing, when out of the blue, Han Solo comes and shoots at Darth Vader, causing him to fly out of control. Han Solo then yells, over the comlink, "you're all clear, kid..." 

Date: January 15, 2017 at 7:43:40 PM PST
Hello My Adoring Fans!
I'm coming down to my final weeks here in Korea as a full-time missionary(!).  I can't believe how fast the time has gone and how little time I have left.  This week was awesome.  The weather's been pretty cold here (not as cold as it is back home so I hear), but we were still able to get out, find some investigators and see some miracles.  
This week we had temple p-day so Monday was a regular day.  We didn't have any appointments during the day, so we decided to go out and visit some less-actives in our area.  We were on our way to visit this one guy, but while we were going there, we kept feeling weird about it.  We were about to turn down one way, but then we didn't feel right about it so we continued straight and then reached a point where we needed to turn.  At that moment I realized where we were supposed to be going.  We kept going that direction and ended up visiting a less-active member that we didn't intend on visiting.  She was home and so we shared a quick message and prayed at her doorstep and then left.  It was a huge miracle!  The Spirit is so awesome!  Through us, the Heavenly Father was able to reach out to one of His children in need by putting us where we needed to be at the right place and the right time.  We visited the guy we had intended on visiting, but he said he was too busy to talk so he sent us away.  That was okay though, we helped the person who the Lord sent us to help.
On Tuesday we got to go to the temple!  Every time we go to the temple we get to hear the testimonies of the missionaries going home that transfer and as a result I was able to bare my testimony.  I shared Mosiah 4:11 about humility and encouraged my fellow missionaries, as King Benjamin directs to "humble [themselves] even in the depths of humility".  I continued on to say that when I didn't rely on the Lord and gave way to my pride, that's when missionary work became difficult.
At night we had to go to the church because the sisters missionaries' church key was working.  When we got there we found them talking with a college student.  It turned out that he was a kid that came to buy the Triple Combination.  We explained to him that we don't sell things here, but that we could meet him again and bring one and talk about it.  He agreed to meet us again.  It was such a huge miracle!  He is so prepared to receive the Gospel!
After that we went to meet with another investigator at his house.  He fed us some really good pork and we introduced him to the Book of Mormon.  We're going to be teaching him English and we're really excited to see him progress in the Gospel!
On Thursday we met with the kid who found the Church.  We had a lesson with him with one of the members from the ward who just returned from his mandatory military service.  The lesson was great!  The kid's name is 유승원 (Brother Yoo).  He's 19 years old and attends another Christian church with his mom.  He lived in the Philippines for a while and saw the Church there.  He's heard a lot of bad rumors and wants to figure out if they're true or not for himself.  He's super nice and has a very sincere desire to learn.  We taught him the Restoration and he brought up a concern about being able to see God, but we helped him to understand that he can know for himself as he reads and prays about the Book of Mormon.  It was awesome!  To make things better, the member who helped us lives in the same neighborhood as Brother Yoo and so he rode the bus back with him and got his number.  What an incredible miracle!
On Sunday we had our grandpa investigator, 김봉호 (Brother Kim) come to church for the second time now!  He really enjoyed it and this time even stayed for Gospel Principles class and had a great time and contributed a lot.  He's come such a long way.  When he first met the missionaries last year, he vehemently opposed the idea of baptism (because he was already baptized in another church), but when we talked to him on Saturday, he said that he would consider it.  His heart is changing and it's been amazing to see! 
As I've said before, I've been reflecting a lot on my mission and whether or not I've become the person I'm supposed to be.  I've made a lot of mistakes on my mission and I've recognized a lot of my weaknesses.  But I want to change.  I am working to change.  Conversion is not an event, but a process.  It doesn't end after a day.  It doesn't even end after a lifetime.  Conversion begins when we choose it to, and it's never to late to start--it's never too late to change.  
Love and Miss Y'all!
Called to Serve!
Elder Huckvale

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