Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 12, 2016

Entering the MTC!

 Brandon & Lacy Csere, Grandma Patty Kiser, Logan, Leanne, Lorin, Andrea, and Scott Chun


So! First week at the MTC has been crazy! In some ways it's what I thought it would be, but in many ways it isn't. First things first: my companions (I wish I knew how to quickly type, or write for that matter, in Korean, because I actually know the word for companion). My companions are Sister Gottfredson and Sister Wright, both of whom are wonderful. It's really interesting to have to be with someone at all times, with a few exceptions. So far, not that bothered by it. Our district is made up of four other companionships, all of whom are elders, and they are also wonderful. I feel like we're all watching each other grow up, even in just a week of being here. 

Oh, gosh, what else to say? The schedule is not that interesting, if I'm being honest, just a lot of studying and teaching and whatnot. I really look forward to the times when we get to exercise (varied throughout the week and for an hour here at the MTC; we'll have a half hour in the field). I think I kind of scarred Sister Gottfredson the first day we went to the gym (Sister Wright decided to do her own workout, so Sister Gottfredson, who is a swimmer and doesn't really like dry-land workouts, decided to work out with me): I had us do the 100 calories in 10 minutes warm-up on the tall bike cardio thingy, and then we did three sets of the 10-10-10-10-10 dumbbell complex. Squats, squat jumps, etc. I was dying, because altitude, but Sister Gottfredson was just sad. We've since gravitated toward the gym-gym, court gym, with the volleyball and the basketball and the four square (yup, that's a big thing here), so that's been fun. I miss having all the weights from Prairie Life available, just right there. The weight racks are not very impressive. But that's okay! I need to practice working out with minimal to no weights, so it's good. 

The MTC is basically like EFY on steroids times 1000, but not at all, mostly because the way we must conduct ourselves as missionaries is much different than how 14-18 year olds conduct themselves at EFY. But the spirit here is amazing. I've already learned so many things about myself, and I already know so many things that I need to work on. Sunday we had the opportunity to watch a Church video. The one we watched was Elder Bednar's address to the MTC from... before we were here... called "The Character of Christ." SO. GOOD. I'm sure it's on, and if you get a chance, you should watch it. I'm pretty sure I was crying most of the time he was speaking. The gist of Elder Bednar's talk was what the character of Christ is and why we need it. Here's what I took away from it: the character of Christ is the ability and willingness and... follow-through (? not sure what the correct word is for it) to think of others in situations when the natural man would want to turn inwards. When Christ finished His task in Gethsemane, keeping in mind that three of His disciples had kind of let Him down by falling asleep several times, and that one of His disciples was going to betray Him, He healed the guard's ear. The natural man in that situation would have wanted all the attention, right? Acknowledge what I did, I need sympathy, maybe getting angry at His disciples for falling asleep... but Christ didn't do any of that. Amidst all the hardship that He was experiencing in that moment, His first instinct was to heal yet another person. And a person who was coming to carry Him away, beat, and kill Him at that. The character of Christ is to think of others before yourself. There was a ton of other stuff in there that I'm not getting down because I don't have my notes in front of me (plus, Elder Bednar says it way more eloquently than I do), but I thought it was a really great talk. 

We only have an hour a week of computer time (How different from pre-mission lifestyle!), but I have a feeling that as we settle into things a little more, the letters will get easier to write, mostly because the schedule here is the same for pretty much the entire time we're here. 

I love you all a lot! Hope you all have a good week!


Sister Chun

PS - If you want to send me letters, or shoot, even hand-written letters, I would not be mad. ;P 
PPS - My companion was much more diligent about taking pictures than me. I'll try to be better in the future. :) 

The group pictures are of my district. In the back row, left to right: Elder Huillet, Elder Gilmore, Elder Driggs, Elder Jarman, Elder Edwards (glaring at the camera), Elder Boden, Elder Horne. In the front row: Elder Martinez, Sister Wright, Sister Gottfredson (we look related...), Sister Chun. #nailedit

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Welcome to Leanne's Korea page!

To email Leanne:

To use

Leanne Chun
Unit #178
Departure date: December 13, 2016

To send a letter or package to Leanne in the MTC: 

Sister Leanne Noelle Chun
Korea Seoul Mission
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 East
Provo, UT 84602
United States

To send a letter or package to Leanne in Korea (after December 15th):

Leanne Chun
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Korea Seoul Mission
Jahamun-ro 152 1 dong
Seoul-si 03046
South Korea

Step 1: Send through the U.S. Postal Service (FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliver there but require a lot of paperwork and are usually delayed).

Step 2: Use a priority flat rate box: you can cram in as much as you are able but the price remains the same. These usually reach the mission home with no problem. Takes about 10 days.

Or use regular mail - takes 10-15 days but is more economical. 

Note: Korea does NOT forward mail, so send all letters and packages to the mission office. 

Step 3: Make sure the contents are listed with their worth ($ amount of contents only). Keep the amount under $80 or customs will charge the recipient a large fee.