Sunday, July 23, 2017

DongDaeMun District
Leanne Noelle Chun
Jul 16 at 11:28 PM

Wow, the beginning of my 6th transfer. For those of you who don't know (which may be all of you, because I don't think I've ever explained this), foreign Sister missionaries serve for 12 transfers (Korean Sisters have 13, since they spend a shorter time in the MTC). That means that this transfer is the half-way point of being in the mission field. When you put it like that, I don't have very long, do I? ㅠㅠ 

In other news, transfer calls were on Saturday, and you may be pleased to know that I have re-assigned to DongHae! DongHae is in GangWonDo, which is the country, and it's also by the ocean, so that's good. I'll be serving with Sister Calda of the Philippines, and it's going to be a blast.

Maybe I don't seem sad enough to be leaving DongDaeMun. I have been here for 7 months, after all. Don't get me wrong, DongDaeMun was my first home here in Korea. I will always love it, and it's probably the area I'll know the best. ;) As much as I've loved serving here in DongDaeMun, I'm excited for the new experiences that I'll have out in DongHae.

Honestly, though, I just love Korea so much. I don't know what I was expecting, exactly, but I don't think that I was expecting to love total strangers so much. #missionarylife

There are a lot of changes happening in the mission (SO many missionaries have finished and are going home), so it's a little scary, but it's also kind of exciting. I feel like the Lord has some learning for me to do, and I'm excited for that to unfold. When I gave my bye-bye talk in DongDaeMun I shared this scripture: "Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad." (D&C 128:22) I read that a couple of days before transfer calls, and as soon as I heard the news about my new area, that scripture is the first thing that popped into my head. Isn't it cool, the way Heavenly Father teaches His children?

Okay, this letter was super scatter-brained, so I apologize if I missed anything important. I love you all! Next week I'll be able to tell you a little more about my new area and companion. Hurray for the future!


Sister Chun

A Note from the Mama....

I was so pleased to hear that on Leanne's transfer Sunday, when she gave her "farewell to the ward" talk, Uncle Scott and Auntie Andrea and little cousin Niki were there visiting in DongDaeMun Ward, so they got to hear her talk and see how all the ward members love Leanne. Not surprised that they love her - still, it warms a mom's heart!

Also, the first picture we took wasn't that great,
but Brother Choi is funny in this one,
so I thought I'd include it.

Companionship study in a cafe....

Hurray for exchanges with this beautiful woman. I can't believe she's going home!

I promise I was doing my hair.
But it was also a convenient moment to show Sister Choi my armpit...

I promise she's not dead...

I promise she's not dead...

Just one of the many derpy photos that my companion has of me. Please enjoy. You're welcome.

Love this family!

Me and the bishop's kids!

Sister Arcilla's birthday celebration on P day.
Thanks to the HwaYang Sisters for providing the ice cream!

Sister Choi made a smorgesbord (don't know how to spell that) of Korean banchan,
and we ate it with rice, and it was amazing.

The bishop's wife 김지은s. She's the best!

This adorable old man.

This 요리사 is my companion!

Waiting to take nicer pictures...

Ward mission leader and his cute wifey!

강헤선s 이문s 같이 식사!

김수경s and family. They love the missionaries and we love them!

박창순b and 이정희s took us to eat at a sushi buffet! My stomach hurts, but it was totally worth it.

마지막 District meeting!

정태희s and her grandson 주예성b. This baby is so cute.

주예린s, the cute baby's older sister...

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