Monday, February 25, 2008

Reaping the Harvest

The missionary purpose as stated in Preach My Gospel is to "invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."
Do these people look happy, or what?!!

Special Treat

This weekend we were blessed to have our Asia North Area President, Elder David F. Evans, preside over the Suncheon District Conference. He is a brilliant scripture scholar who gave us beautiful words of counsel and inspiration.
Above are the wonderful missionaries currently serving in the Suncheon District:
Back L to R: Elders Brown, Greene, Bergeron, Shaw, Mitton and Lyman
Seated L to R: Sisters Moffat, Lee Da Rae, Sister and Pres. Perriton, Elder Evans, Sisters Choi Sang Mi and Lutz

Friday, February 22, 2008

February East and West Gwangju Zone Conferences

Top to Bottom: West Gwangju, East Gwangju and birthday celebrations for Elders Choi and Lyman and Sisters Henrie and Moffat.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February Daejeon/Jeonju Zone Conference

Zone Conferences this week are focusing on the Christlike attribute of patience, with special training by AP's, zone leaders and the President on how to work effectively with members, achieving our mission vision and goals, and teaching with power and authority.
Upcoming birthdays to celebrate from this zone:
Bottom photo L to R: Pres. Perriton, Elders Thiel, Jeung In Hwang, Sisters Kim Tae Youn, Messer, Elders Cox and Hansen. ALSO the absent Elder Cleverley, who unfortunately had to undergo an appendectomy just 3 days ago. Thankfully, all went very well and he is already feeling and looking very chipper!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February Cheongju Zone Conference

During the lunch break at zone conference we celebrate all the birthdays happening in the zone from this conference to the next one. Today we sang to Elders Bae, Clegg, Wakamatsu and Saunders. They all get to choose a gift out of the birthday box for their special day.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

More Missionary Quotes

*The more I read out of the Book of Mormon, the stronger and more solid I feel spiritually, besides the knowledge I gain from it.

*While we waited at the bus terminal a guy from the Philippines came up and exclaimed, “Elders!” We were shocked. We found he was a returned missionary. We talked until his bus came. He asked if there were many members in our small town. When we answered only a few, he said, “don’t worry", then with tears in his eyes, “You’ve got the best Job”.

*There definitely is not enough time when you’re doing the Lords’ work, but I treasure every minute. I love this work and know that Heavenly Father is leading it. I’m so thankful to be a missionary here and now.

*I’ve found in the past month that praying for opportunities to teach has increased my enthusiasm and my courage. I know that when we present our righteous desires to the Lord he prepares the way for us to accomplish them. Maybe not the in the way that we expect, but he prepares the way nonetheless.

*One of the biggest successes this week as a companionship was in setting our street contact goal. We set it much higher than usual because we want 1000 contacts this transfer and also because we both agreed it will take some extra sacrifice and effort to find more investigators. I have learned that setting a goal that makes you stretch and reach higher not only does that, but literally motivates and becomes a pushing force as well. We found that the Lord always prepares a way for us to accomplish.

*I’m so thankful for this work that I’m worthy to be doing and that I AM doing. I am doing it. I might be carried and sustained by angels throughout the day, but I am the one who starts the day.

*Everything here is wonderful. We are working hard and teaching a lot of people and we are keeping the pipeline full. My companion made a comment about how he has only seen stats like these made by sister missionaries! There is no way that we are nearly as good as the sister missionaries, but it still made me smile!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Zone Leader Council

In preparation for zone conferences the following week, zone leaders meet at the mission home for a full day of training and planning.
Front Row l to r: Elders Wakamatsu, Jun, Saunders, Hansen, Adams
Back Row left to right: Elders Bergeron, Haight, Bailey, Barrett, Shaw

Friday, February 8, 2008

February Arrivals and Departures

Arriving Missionaries L to R: Elders Messegee, Boyce, Brandley, Bardsley

Departing: Elders Lyman,Parkinson, Wells, Adamz, Mann, Smith (not pictured, Kim Seong Bong)
Sisters Hansen, Orton, Shaw

Monday, February 4, 2008

One By One Music Fireside

All of the missions in Korea have at one time or another presented this musical fireside called One By One, intended to welcome the Lord's lambs into the fold one by one. It is a music and slide program with personal testimonies borne by missionaries to tell the story of the plan of salvation and the restoration of the gospel. We are so happy to have such talented missionaries, who under the excellent direction of Sister Lee Da Rae performed so well to a full chapel. Their spirit and joy shine through their beautiful faces and voices!