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I don't know why... But anyway. It was a good/busy week to say the least. We have been working busily away and this last week especially there was a lot of interesting things going on.
Elder Driggs and I went up to 대전 for ZLC on wednesday. It has been such a long time since I was in that meeting so it was interesting. I definitely feel a lot more able to participate and contribute, however, now that I have been around a bit more than before. It was a good meeting with a lot of good insights and things for our zone. It is going really well here. Like Mom mentioned in her email I am seriously grateful to our two District Leaders and to my companion. Keeps my "To-Do" list shorter and much more effective.
This week we also had our "Combined District Meeting" which is just basically a Zone Conference without President Furniss.... Except for President Furniss came. haha. So basically it was just another Zone Conference except for I had to be the one in charge of the meeting. We trained on our 3 zone focuses and I had a really awesome experience in the training that I did. I had planned to do an activity where I would simply play an investigator and I had a concern. I gave all the Elders and Sisters a training on "Effective Study" (I don't know quite how I got into this but it seems like I am utilizing the things that all of you taught me that I didn't exactly apply in High School on my mission....weird right?). Anywho, ya, I gave the training and then I told them about my concern and gave them 5 mins to study and prepare to teach me doctrine. So I was like "you've got 5 mins GO!" and all of the Elders and Sisters went to work. I watched carefully as I saw one of the Elders in the zone bow his head reverently before he started studying. One of the things that I had trained on was that we need to make sure that the Spirit and prayer are always a part of our study. So I watched this Elder and immediately I knew "I am going to call on him to do the practice teaching" so the 5 mins was up and I went and called on this Elder. He came up and started to teach and it was amazing the spirit that was in the words that he said. He truly had been taught by the Spirit what to say. I felt that Spirit so strongly in my heart as he testified of God's Love for us and how he has a plan for each of us. Although we may not know what it is He does. Because He loves us He has us go through hard times to get better.
It was amazing the spirit that I felt and I was and am so grateful for the gospel. It's the best!
As far as our Zone. It's the best, everyone is working hard! So they are for sure going to see success. We have some areas that could use some improvement but we are truly seeing success. Our area as well is doing awesome. Our baptism for the 17th is looking like it is going to go through as planned and he is excited. He is truly a miracle. So glad for members who share the gospel. They truly can't even comprehend the Miracle that they start just by bearing testimony and inviting to learn more. It's awesome. I talked to 정은주 lately and told her about his baptismal date and she is going to come to 전주 ward for his confirmation. But he is going on a sleepover this weekend (fri -> sat) and last time it was really rough. So we are praying for him. He just needs to be strong. But he can do it!
Our members here in the 전주 ward are the best. I love these members so much. They are awesome seriously. I love them tons. They are such amazing people every single one of them and it is a pleasure to serve with them. I think this is the most member work that I have been able to do on my mission. It is amazing to say the least.
We were able to find some more people this last week as well! We got a referral from one of our investigators and things are just going well. It is exciting down here. I love it. This week has the potential to be ABSOLUTELY amazing. We have 9 people who have said that they can and will come to church this week (although this was last week or the week before and that definitely takes the likelihood down a bit but ya... we have faith!) It is exciting.
Feels like things are going pretty good at home (all things considered). I hope ya'll feel my prayers for you cause I really do pray for you every day. I hope you know that I love you all tons (I say this every week but it's just like the scriptures, if it comes out more than once, it's gotta be important!) (e.g. Ask, and ye shall receive)
But ya I hope things are going amazing and all! The church is true. I know it is. I can do nothing but bear my testimony of that everyday. Why? because it's true. God Lives.
Josh (크라우더 장로)