Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Letter of arrival from President Jennings

Dear Brother and Sister Wells :

I am emailing to confirm the safe arrival of Elder Wells in the Korea Busan Mission. We picked everyone up late Tuesday (no missing luggage!) and yesterday was a full day of preparation and training. We began with interviews, opening bank accounts, preparing “green card” documentation, and other administrative chores to get everyone set up. The Elders and Sisters made their own Korean lunch – “kimpap.”

Then they had a training exercise which combined cultural exploration and proselyting activities. While all this was going on, I was deliberating over companionship and area assignments.

Upon returning to the Mission Home we had a testimony meeting (in Korean) and a magnificent dinner the likes of which they won’t see again for some time. Then I gave a presentation about Korea and my expectations for them and announced companionship assignments. The trainers were all carefully selected and we depended on observation and, of course, inspiration to align the very best teams

Elder Wells will be trained by Elder Lee Tae Hee and his first area will be Kumjung one of our most active Wards and near the Mission Home. Elder Lee is an extremely bright and personable Korean Elder who speaks excellent English and is also the District Leader in his district. Elder Wells has already demonstrated an excellent ability to learn Korean and I believe that he is well prepared to serve with a Korean trainer. In some ways, this can be more challenging for a new missionary, but it accelerates their growth in the Mission tremendously. Here is a picture of Sister Jennings and I with Elder Wells and Elder Lee. We will also be sending some other photos to you by regular mail.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kenneth W. Jennings, Jr.
Korea Busan Mission

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