Elder Kim left the MTC on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 3:30am. He traveled from Salt Lake City to Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany and then to Porto, Portugal. While he was not able to send a regular email out this week due to the traveling, he was able to send some short notes and pictures prior to departure. We have included excerpts and the pictures below. We were also fortunate to be able to hear from him while he was in Chicago awaiting his connecting flight. The phone conversation, while necessarily brief, was very positive. He was barely able to contain his excitement, and the same can be said of the parents. We will resume posting his weekly email next week, when we expect to receive his first email since his arrival in Portugal. Mahalo nui for your prayers and aloha!!
Feb. 21, 2016
Always make goals. I've been doing that a lot more, and I wish I had started earlier. Goals are good. They help keep us focused, and moving forward. What I've learned is that you start off with a vision. That means, the end goal, what you eventually wanna do. After you list the things you need to accomplish, list the things that will help you accomplish this goal. Knowing your vision and the things you need to do, you then make weekly goals. These goals should be attainable, but also should be stretching you. From there you split your weekly goals into daily goals, so that you make it bite size and you’re able to progress steadily. This is what I've been trying to do with the language and stuff. What’s awesome is that if it’s not working out, you just reevaluate and change your plan to fit you.
Tie draft last night. Everyone enters a tie and put their name tag in a bag. When your name gets pulled you have 5 seconds to choose a tie. The rule is, you have to wear the tie the next day on Sunday.
Elder Kim w/ Irmao Machado "Heʻs Super Cool"
Elder Kim w/ Irmao Nor "Super Cool"
Elder Kim w/ Irmao Staples, his teacher from Day 1 "I love him so much! Heʻs a great man."
Elder Kim w/ Irmao Workman "Super Cool"
Last class together with Irma Smith (front, middle center). She was also Elder Kimʻs teacher from Day 1 - "Sheʻs awesome, I love her!"
Elder Kim, pointing to his home for the next 22+ months!
Packing everything up and moving on out!
Elder Kim, just released as zone leader, in preparation for departure
Elder Kim and Sister Kuamoʻo-Mendiola. Both proud products of Keaukaha Ward, which now has 6 missionaries out with more to come in the next few months.
The traveling group headed for Portugal. Due to extenuating circumstances, they were joined by two more missionaries in Chicago who were also headed to Portugal.