Friday, December 26, 2008

Missionary Christmas Parties

Artwork by Jasmine Lee
Cheongju Zone
Daejeon Zone
East Gwangju Zone
West Gwangju Zone
Jeonju Zone

We had a wonderful two days of meeting together to celebrate Christmas! On Christmas Eve the Jeonju and Gwangju zones were together, then on Christmas Day Daejeon and Cheongju combined for a fun and inspirational day. It seems a tradition that they all want to hold on to, to watch a video, so this year's pick was Kungfu Panda. We also had a fun surprise for President Perriton - I had been taping each missionary doing an imitation of the President. They all love to mimic his accent, and he is constantly delighting everyone with words and phrases they have never heard of before. Mission mottos, classic instructions, and some sweet tributes were all recorded to his surprise and delight. We had a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and played a gift exchange game, ending the day with a very nice program of scripture and music from many of our very talented Elder and Sisters. Oh yes, possibly the biggest excitement of the day was the issuance of cell phones to each companionship. This is in accordance to a new worldwide policy. Besides being a safety factor, it will greatly enhance the efficiency of missionary work with the ability of missionaries to reach their contacts and investigators in a more timely manner.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hark! Our Missionary Angels Sing!

Mute the music at the playlist at the bottom of this page to hear only this video.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

December Cheongju Zone Conference

Chongju Zone Sisters: Jensen, Kim Te Yeon, Choi Sang Mi, Oh Min Jeong, and Healey

Elders Ko Hong Soon and Kim Jin Gyeom

Elders Nelson and Bullen

We've never in a year and a half had a missionary miss a zone conference. But today we were so sorry that Elder Bullen was not able to leave his house to attend until the last hour. He's still looking kind of peek-ed here. President Perriton explained to the missionaries that Elder Bullen had had a fight with a chicken, and the chicken had won! (apparently a bad food experience at KFC)
We are glad that he and his companion, Elder Nelson could join us at the end, especially so we could to sing to them since both have birthdays to celebrate this transfer.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December Daejeon/Jeonju Zone Conference

Daejeon Zone

Jeonju Zone

Happy Birthday to Sisters Crockett & Eagar and Elders Millard & Brown!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

December Gwangju Zone Conferences

East Gwangju

West Gwangju

Happy Birthday to Sister Lee Sul Gee, and Elders Huffaker and Bulloch!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Zone Leader Council

Planning for next week's zone conferences
L to R, Front to Back, sort of: Elders Ha Young Soo, Kim Hui Jae, Freckleton, Mitton, Greene, Byun Chang Ki, Robinson, Lish, Brandley, Treuhaft, Brown, Saunders, Lyman and Pres. Perriton

Monday, December 1, 2008

A New AP Arrives

Elder Robinson becomes Elder Greene's new companion
and joins the office staff as the newest AP.
L to R: Elders Mathis, Robinson, Greene, Ha Young Soo

The outstanding Elder Lyman takes his expertise back out to the field as a model missionary and zone leader in West Gwangju, after serving for nearly six months as an AP.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to our Departing Missionaries!

L to R:
Sisters Anna Mitchell, Meriah Moffat, Cheryl Blazzard, Caroline Chong, Perriton
Elders Zachary Cianflone, McCade Cox, Landon Haycock, and Pres. Perriton

This is a momentous transfer for us. These four wonderful sisters were the first missionaries to arrive just a few days after we did in July 2007, so we are a part of their Donghee. It's incredible to realize how quickly the time of their missionary service has passed! How we will miss them, as well as these especially wonderful elders, all model missionaries and examples of the ideal.

How fortunate that transfer day fell on Thanksgiving this year! We enjoyed a traditional feast of roast turkey with all the trimmings! What a great way to "die" !(as missionaries call the release process)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Newest Elders and Sisters

Front Row L to R: Sisters Jensen, Miller, Eagar, Oh
Middle Row: Sisters Erickson, Fairbanks, Moynihan, Jung
Top Row: Elders Elliot, Anderson, Crosland, Choi

New Missionaries and their Trainers
Front Row L to R: Sisters Lutz, Jung, Erickson, Lee, Kim, Eagar
Center: Sisters Miller, Jo, Allred, Fairbanks, Koo, Kim, Jensen, Moynihan, Oh, Healey, Choi
Top Row: Elders Elliot, Doty, Choi, Baek, Crosland, Anderson, McCort, Ence

November's New Arrivals

Thirteen new arrivals sets a new record for us! What a fun few days we have had. Everyone is off to a great start, full of excitement and energy. We are so blessed!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Personal Posting

Wow! I had such a fun, fun week. After months of preparation and hard work on the part of the New Horizons to compose, arrange and coordinate everything, everyone met from all over the US and Korea for a week of 10 shows.
The New Horizons were a missionary band, conceived by President Gene Till 1974-77. They teamed up with the Tender Apple choir and served their mission by appearing on TV and radio and performing all over the country. During those three years and because of their efforts, the name of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints rose in name-recognition polls from 7% to %80. They even had a song written by Elder Randy Davenport that rose to the top ten in the pop charts of the day, and produced two LP's!
As a popular TV actress during 1975, I also toured and sang with them some, hence the invitation to join with them on this reunion tour. Mostly we sang the same old songs, which were well received. As young missionaries, these Elders didn't proselyte as usual, or see many physical fruits of their labors, so it was exciting last week for Clyde Robins to meet a woman who he had taught when she was a 16-year old student. She didn't join the church at that time, but 10 years later was baptized with her husband. Her two children have both served missions. Sometimes the harvest or news of it is a long time coming! What joy it was for Clyde to finally to see, after 30 years, results of a sucessful harvest!
Hong Gwang Jin in Taegu
Jun Seung Chul and Heo Hyo Jin in Shindang
Lim Eun Sol in YeongdongPo
Koo Dong Hee in YeongdongPo

I was so excited to see some of our returned missionaries at some of the shows, and it was wonderful to meet many of the parents of our currently serving Korean missionaries!

Friday, November 14, 2008

All Zones Nov 11-14

Gwangju Zone Conference

East Gwangju
West Gwangju
Happy Birthday this transfer to : Sister Choi, Elders Brandley, Ahn Min, Hill and Bardsley

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cheongju Zone Conference

Cheongju Zone
Happy Birthday to Elders Frost, Freckleton, Han Gi Seok and Sister Meservy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Daejeon/Jeonju Zone Conference

Jeonju Zone
Daejeon Zone
Happy Birthday!
Elder Taylor, Haycock, Hill, Van Genderen, Ha and Avery