태백

30 Jul

Hellooooooo! Before I give you an update, I want to do a refresher regarding how LDS missions are organized and how we are able to plan and execute what we do every day.  Then I’ll talk a little bit about some exciting news in my life.

In this earlier POST, I gave you a primer on the basic structure of missionary leadership.  Here’s a quick refresher:

  • Companionship: Basic Unit of Missionary (Usually two missionaries).
  • Area: Companionships are sent to a particular geographical area.
  • District: Two or three areas grouped together which is led by a District Leader.
  • Zone: Multiple Districts overseen by . . . you guessed it, Zone leaders.   ZLs are the guys making sure that things run smoothly in the zones.
  • Assistants to the President:  Two per mission that see to it that everything runs smoothly in all the Zones in the mission.  They do a lot of the administrative work in the mission (logistics, movings, housing, small problems, providing trainings)
  • Mission President:  The big man in charge.  He selects which missionaries go where and when.  He’s our Dad here in Korea and his wife, (or Mom) helps with taking care of the sick missionaries and tells us to drink water, just like at home.

Hope that makes sense.

One more reminder.  I told you remember how missionary transfers work in an earlier post too.  If you don’t remember, check HERE.

Anyway, this past week we got our most recent transfer calls. My past transfers have been somewhat less remarkable than this one.  I got my call this week telling me that I am moving!  I’m going to the city of Taebaek.  태백.  It’s SUPER far away from Goyang, six or seven hours by bus.  It’s almost all the way to the beach on the east side of the country.

Taebaek

I’ve heard from other missionaries that Taebaek is like Park City UT.  It’s up in the mountains (the highest city in South Korea) with great weather and lots of rich retired people.  So we’ll see how it goes.

The congregation in Taebaek (a branch) is small compared to Goyang (a ward).  There are only about  20 members in the whole congregation.  I was told to be prepared to hold a calling in the branch.  Other than that, I’m finishing up my last little bit of time here in Goyang and next week I’ll be on my way.   I’ve loved the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made. But I’m excited to keep learning and serving!

My next email will be from my new city. Love you all.

Keep working and smiling!

Ian

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