May 29, 2017
13 May 2017
Dear Parents and Family of our Beloved Missionaries,
This letter is a follow-up to my April 15 letter regarding the current situation in South Korea and our constant effort to ensure your missionary’s health and safety.
몇 일 후에 한국말로 된 편지도 보내드리겠습니다.
We know the headlines and daily news continue to focus on tensions in the region, however, daily life in South Korea goes on unchanged as do your missionary’s daily labors. We continue to closely monitor the current situation and have sought appropriate guidance from various sources to safeguard our missionaries.
At the request of the Asia North Area Presidency and the Missionary Department, Church Security Department personnel recently traveled to South Korea to assist in reviewing and updating emergency action plans for the mission. While here, they not only met with me, the mission president, but also with Church Area personnel, and personnel at the U.S. Embassy and in the U.S. Forces Korea. As a result of these meetings we have further refined our mission emergency plans. Mission plans monitor and reflect U.S. and Korean government travel advisories and travel warnings. Because of our other preparations, you may also hear in coming days that your missionary is participating in various phone and transportation exercises. “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).
Additionally, you should be aware that each spring the U.S. and South Korean armed forces hold joint military exercises in South Korea while in North Korea they concurrently commemorate military anniversaries. This combination of events historically escalates tension and rhetoric levels during that period.
For parents located in U.S. time zones, if you have immediate concerns we have also established a telephone information number through the Missionary Department at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City that you may call. That number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. If this is not convenient, you may still call the mission home. For parents of Korean missionaries, we have a telephone information number that you may call here at the mission home.
You may also be interested to know Elder and Sister Dallin H. Oaks as well as other Church leaders will be in South Korea later this month on a regularly scheduled visit. We are excited to hear the message of an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and know his visit will bless the members and missionaries throughout South Korea.
In closing, please know that we love your missionary and feel so very blessed to have the opportunity to serve together. We pray for peace and calm in the region and know tour loving Heavenly Father is mindful of his chosen missionaries as they go about their labors.
With great love and respect,
John L. Madsen, Mission President, Korea Daejeon Mission
May 8, 2017
We had a fun sports day this week where all the members in the stake gathered in a big city to play sports on the holiday. It was awesome to be able to spend some time with the members, grow friendships, and learn to love them more! We were driving home with a bunch of members, and on the way home, some of our members started singing hymns together. We were singing, “Nearer my God to Thee,” and I started looking out the window looking at the beautiful countryside thinking about how lucky I am to be serving with such great people! I almost started crying, my heart was just so full of gratitude to be with such amazing people.
Funnest experience of the week:
We had an appointment last Tuesday at the end of our P-day, and then she canceled right before. we had no plans and we were like “oh crap” and then the less active we have been working with calls and says “where are you?” (ps it was in low form in Korean and it sounds so much more funny in Korean) and then we said we were at the church and she said, “let’s play” and then hangs up the phone. hahah Then she comes to the church and opens the doors and yells, “Where are you at my daughters” (ps again in Korean–so much more funnier) and then we ran out and she pushed us in her car and took us driving around the city and we ate ice cream and we walked on the beach with her and talked with her for like an hour. SHE IS REALLY MY SECOND MOTHER I LOVE HER SO MUCH. We met with her again and she said that she has officially started reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning again and it’s hard for her, but she trusts us and wants to learn more. So she’s reading it! She’s been coming to church every week since we met her and SERIOUSLY IS THE BIGGEST BLESSING EVER! I’ll forever love her!
I’m learning lots, and honestly, I think this last transfer was the hardest and most challenging transfer for me. But I was thinking back about it last night, and this has also been the transfer I have learned the most, stretched myself the most, and strengthened my testimony the most. I’m grateful for trials and hardships that help me grow and become a better person. It’s a blessing to experience trials, because through our hardships, we come to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and grow closer to our Heavenly Father. It’s a privilege to pay the price!
Love you, Sister Clegg
PS: I lost the area phone this week–I am so dumb. Before my mission, I think I would have had a mini panic attack and freaked out till we found it again. But this is how the conversation went:
*me realizing phone is gone out of my bag*
“hey do you have the phone” (to companion)
“no, do you?” (my companion to me)
“no, oh crap. we lost it”
and then we just looked at each other and laughed. Good stuff. We found it:)