Monday, February 1, 2016

We've really been blessed the past couple weeks with a lot of people we are working with. We have also been focusing a lot on asking everyone on the street to meet again, which has resulted is a lot of return appointments. In fact, last Thursday, we had almost a full day of just appointments. Unfortunately, all but one of them fell through, so we are going to do better this week at explaining why we want to meet again. Elder Huckvale and I have been working on a 5-minute Restoration lesson that we could share together. It's actually really hard to keep it that short, especially because neither of us talk very quickly in Korean. But, it is amazing how powerful a simple, short message of the Restoration can be. I think it was Elder Cook that promised we would have more success and baptisms if we could perfect and do better in sharing simple, short messages. This is very helpful for people on the street, which is our primary contacting pool, because they usually don't have much time. 

Anyway, one person that I started teaching with Elder Kimtaewan last transfer is getting baptized this week! I've talked about him before as being humble, and it is so true. He is the most humble person I've ever met, and that is why he was so ready to accept the gospel. He avidly read the Bible every day before we met him, and now does so with the Book of Mormon, marking it up and taking notes on every page. His prayers are super humble and powerful. We taught him the 10 commandment, law of chastity, word of wisdom, and Sabbath day observance last week. When I asked him if he would live these laws, he replied so humbly, yet confidently, that he would live them "Yorshimhi," which means diligently and with conviction. Truly, he is a golden investigator. I've learned a lot myself about what it means to be baptized as we've taught him what it means. You are given constant ability to access the Spirit, are cleansed, become a member of the church, and receive a covenant of mercy and salvation. He already loved Heavenly Father and Christ before meeting us, and all we did was point the way to the fount of living water - the church that continues to receive His word like it did in Bible and Book of Mormon times - and he is so happy to have found it!

The joy and spiritual strength that come from faith in the Restoration, that Joseph Smith actually saw the living, physical Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, is incredible. As I share the first vision nearly every day, I've tried hard not to allow this to ever become habitual or routine. Like the scripture the asks, "And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?" (Alma 5:26), I hope we all remember and continually feel this as the bold, powerful message that it is. Teaching Brother Kim has strengthened my own testimony of the Restoration and its evidence, the Book of Mormon, and all the amazing things that it implies. 

Thank you for your messages and updates! So excited to hear about all the people from my home ward about to serve missions. Also love hearing from Elder Jones! It's really cold here, too, but we have no snow. I've also been thinking about our need to contact investigators daily, so your experience really helps. 

Love you all!
Elder Huckvale last Thursday, his 1 year mark.

We went to Pizza hut for Pizza festival.

There were 4 of us at the observation tower, and yes, we were the only one's crazy enough to be out in the cold.

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