Saturday, August 28, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
We were so surprised and pleased by a great sendoff at the airport by people we love so much! Left to right: Kang Byung Seok, Baek Seung Ik, Ha Young Soo, Sister Koo, Elder Choi, Lee Se Ri, Jung Eun Joo, Oh Min Jung and Choi Sang Mi. They came prepared and sang a beautiful departing hymn to us, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives".
A little bit of fun was enjoyed by the Passing of the Cellphone ceremony, which signifies the passing of the mantle of stewardship from the departing President to the newly arrived President. At the moment the cellphone is in the hands of the new President, it rings. The AP's stage a call to report a big problem of a runaway companion. After a moment of panic, the Elders return to the room as they continue to talk on the phone, and the joke is revealed. Elder Anderson tried to beg forgiveness with the lowest bow possible, but was still threatened by banishment to the nether corners of the mission!
Thank you for preparing and sending your precious sons and daughters to the Best Mission in the World! I've enjoyed sharing with you. This blog will obviously need to change in title and form, but will hopefully continue to report on the lives of the missionaries who served with us from July 2007- July 2010. Sister Furniss plans to create a new blog, and we will create a link for you to be able to visit them both.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It's been awhile since baptism pictures were posted. I wish I had all that have taken place, but mostly these are the ones that we have attended over the past few months. Attending baptisms and witnessing the harvest after a sometimes very long planting season is so thrilling! I feel so very blessed for the opportunity! Some missionaries don't actually see the fruits of their own labors, but every missionary who has had a part in the process is fulfilling their purpose and is an important part of the eventual success.
(If you move your cursor onto a picture, it will pause the slideshow until you move the cursor away)
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Happy July birthdays to Elders Thompson, Burton, Brassfield and Sisters Erdenezaya and Lee!
We showed a photo and information on the big screen of Elder and Sister Furniss, who will be arriving to take over the helm of the mission in just a few days. We are so desirous that it be a seamless transition, and expect that the missionaries will experience the miracle of the law of love - that it doesn't divide, but multiplies! We are pleased that they are curious and excited about the new turn that their missions will take as they welcome their new Mission President and another "Mom".
Mark Chester Furniss, 57, and Julie Ann Barlow Furniss, five children, Korea Daejeon Mission; Pleasant Valley 5th Ward, Ogden Utah Pleasant Valley Stake. Brother Furniss is a former bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president and missionary in the Korea Seoul Mission. Tax partner, Schmitt Griffiths Smith. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Lloyd Smith and Carol Marie Chester Furniss.
Sister Furniss is a former stake Primary president, ward Young Women president and adviser, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency and ward Primary music leader. Born in Logan, Utah, to Granville Elwood and Edith Rawlings Barlow.
We spent some time on a couple of preparation days to show the office staff some of the beautiful sites near Daejeon. SangGoksa, in Gongju, is a Buddhist retreat that boasts over 10,000 Buddahs, an amazing sight to behold. Daedunsan is a popular mountain hike. You can take a cable car part way up (or not) and then hike up to the suspension bridge and then a little further to a suspended ladder, and then another last push to the apex with a gorgeous panoramic view of the whole surrounding valley.
Friday, June 25, 2010
On June 19th, we spent the most wonderful afternoon with 29 of our returned missionaries. Some left in our very early transfers, nearly three years ago, and one had not quite left yet, showing her parents the highlights of her mission in person before returning home to be released. Two are are married and we are delighted to adopt their lovely wives into the Daejeon Mission family! Jun Sung Cheol happily announced that he has acheived 2 bae plus alpha in his personal life, with a wife (2 bae) and a baby (alpha) on the way !
We are coming down to our "last" of everything, including this Zone Leader Council meeting. But for some, it is their first. We are so blessed to witness the growth and strength of the leadership skills demonstrated by our amazing missionaries!
Pictured front to back, left to right (sort of):
Elders Choi, Anderson, Casey, Bulloch, Fertig
Shrack, Han, Thomas, D. Morin, Lee
Alberro, Stephens, Lallatin, Duckworth, Pres. Perriton and Elder Jube
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
With the departure of Elder Bullen, we welcome the wonderful, delightful and talented Elder Lallatin to the Ponbu in his new assignment at mission recorder/statistician/supply manager. He is key to the smooth running of the mission office, for which we are so grateful!