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Family!!!! Weddings!!! Vacation!!!

This week was good and topped off with the best family time vacation ever! We drove to Boise on Friday and stayed with relatives. My oldest sister’s husband’s family. Their family is so cute and precious! They have a large enough family where everyone does things together, but not too large that it’s hectic. They’re clearly a close knit family and were a great example of what a family looks like!

I finally got to see Levi, our little new nephew, for the first time this weekend. He is literally the cutest and best thing that I think has literally come straight from heaven. They say babies bring a special spirit into your life and I felt a glimpse of this this weekend. I’m also so impressed with Diana and her example. She flew six hours from Wisconsin by her self with a two month old baby and managed okay. I can’t imagine handling it like she did. Thanks for being such a great example!! I’ve never wanted to be a dad so much as I did this week. Everyone we ran into commented on how cute Levi was and wanted to hold him, pinch his cheeks, burp him, or even just change his diaper. I think it takes being around babies to realize how precious they really are. Being at college, you don’t have much expose to babies and families. I miss it.

Diana flew in on Saturday, we spent all day gagging at the baby and playing some games together. We went to the Shelton’s church and then a family friend’s wedding. It was a nice service. It wasn’t too big, but not too small. As we were sitting listening to the priest start the vows, I felt quite impressed. I felt impressed that two people would, as the vows said, we with each other. help one another, hug, and make the decision to spend the rest of their lives together. It was a civil wedding and it also made me ponder on the truths that we know in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Families can be together forever. Not just for this live, but forever. Watching civil weddings kind of made me sad actually. Flashback to teaching investigators, I thought of what we had just learned in Sunday school early that morning. When we know about the plan of salvation, we understand where we’re from and the purpose of why we’re here. We know what’s going to happen to us and those we love when we die. We know that we will be with those we love again and the end of this life isn’t the end of everything. It would pain me to know that, for example looking into the eyes of my little nephew or standing with my family to take family photos, to know that we would be separated in the end.

t of view on the relationship of marriage and family. The priest mentioned how the families had each prepared the bride and groom to this point. They had raised them up in a good family in order for them to have families of their own and begin their own journey together. It helped me to further understand the role of parents. A family completes a large part of their role when the children grow up and begin to start to have families of their own. The role from then on is to support and help these additional families develop. Another instance where I felt this is pretty much every time I walked next to my sister as she held her precious baby. It struck me how amazing it was for my sister to be building a family of her own. Words can’t describe. It’s a step in life that many adults have been through, but looking at it from an outside perspective, it’s incredible.
t in hindsight.

I’ve been contemplating so many different directions that I believe that Lord would have me follow,, and although the path along the way isn’t super clear, I know the end destination and I can see just far enough to take one more step forward. I often feel like I’m living the lyrics to the hymn Lead, Kindly Light.

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene – one stop enough for me

One step is enough for us if we can keep the faith and keep trying. He will lead us.

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A Relaxing Week

On Wednesday, instead of going to institute, our ward had a special activity where we went to the museum of a friend in the ward and got to see a lot of rare books. The owner had Joseph Smith’s own personal copy of the Book of Mormon, several first edition prints of books as well as signatures, and numerous books that belonged to famous people throughout history from George Washington, Marie Antoinette, and King James’ own copy of the first King James Bible. It was really cool to hear the stories behind each book. One such story was of the very first missionary and the very first convert to the church. He had the very book that Samuel Smith used on his mission. You could tell that books such as these had been places and had stories to tell.

The fun outing of the week was watching the LEGO Batman movie. It was as humorous as expected and had a great message too. We all need friends and our families are what’s most important to us. I would definitely recommend watching it.

This past Friday we had another indoor Nerf war in a church. The church we went to this time had a small upper level and basement. It was way cool. The hallways and church in general were smaller than our regular, but it would have been a really fun regular and not advanced war.

I’ve done a lot of 3D printing in attempts to finish a an all 3D printed Nerf blaster. It looked nice, but it wasn’t quite strong enough. I dropped it at the Friday war and it broke into several pieces. We’ll try reprinting it a little stronger next time. But here’s what it looks like:

RHD this week was good, even though we only had 7 people. We split into two groups and I and another project director worked exclusively on the house of a woman who didn’t have any family to help her. It felt good to help someone who really, really needed it.

I’m also officially a volunteer at the MTC.

This weekend, I’ll be able to meet together with my family for the first time since being back from my mission. We’ll also go to a family friend’s wedding. I’m so excited!

See you next week,
Derrikk Sun

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Happy Mother’s Day!

At this time I feel really blessed. I feel incredibly blessed to have an amazing family and friends that love and support me. I feel blessed that Heavenly Father has sent so much in our lives to help and support us. He leads and guides in all that we do, if we let Him.

Friday was my birthday and it’s the first birthday that I realized that it’s not just a celebration of another year older, but it’s also a celebration of building and growing relationships over the past year. It’s a remembrance of all of the combined experiences over the past year that helps shape who we are. What we do, what we say, and what we experience creates the type of person we are. I’m grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had thus far and look forward to the rest of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever had a birthday as good as this one, and I thought as you got older they got less important. On the contrary, as you get older, I guess you see things in a different perspective.

At this time, one year ago, I was in Thailand with some of the most kind and wonderful people I know. I was called as a missionary to gather the tribes of Israel and bring the Gospel to those who did not have it. Innumerable blessings come through the Gospel which God has given us and that Christ taught. I feel those blessings in abundance in my life. By being a missionary, we focus on bringing the Gospel to others, but in reality, when we focus on loving others, we’re actually being blessed ourselves.

I know that God lives. He has a plan for us and loves each one of us. He does not let His children go astray if they will follow Him and serve Him. He has given us all we need in order to succeed and have joy. #findyourjoy #thekeytohappinessis…

Happy fantastic mother’s day to the most fantastic mother!!! I don’t know a single person who is more Christ like, kind, or more of a righteous example than my mom. I remember the day I received my patriarchal blessing. The stake patriarch asked me to share some thoughts on mother. Before I could even say anything, just thinking about what to say, I started to tear up and felt just how great of a woman and mother she truly was. Someone who sacrifices so much, everything, for her family and for Christ. I’ve never seen someone so diligent and persistent in her calling and in visiting and serving others. I hope that one day I can be like her.

Mother’s day is also not just a day to celebrate those who have children. Every woman is a special daughter of God with great potential. All are mothers in Zion. They might not have children, but are still capable of nurturing, loving, and supporting like a mother. I’m so incredibly grateful for all the amazing women in my life. They make me want to be a better, more Christ-like person. Women are natural nurturers. They have more charity and a sense of caring for others that is pure. I see a virtuous woman and I can practically see Heavenly Mother in their countenance. Thank you. Thank you so much to all the mothers in Zion out there. Know that you are divine in nature and have an even greater influence than you think.

“You are braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. And smarter than you think” – Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday was also another monthly general UNFF war event. It was really fun. This past week I worked on and finished four different Nerf projects. I had several people ask me about blasters and it looks like I’m going to keep myself pretty busy with building things. At the event yesterday, several people were interested as well and I was able to sell some blasters and darts on the spot. What a great unexpected blessing. As time goes on, we’re hoping to be able to maybe start doing some NIC style events (more powerful blasters). It’s pretty crazy. I started a clipfed homemade, and then finished it two days later. I need to find time to do more testing and experimenting before I keep selling these off. I’d love to keep one for my self.

Projects for the week
-Advanced UNFF war on Friday
-Translate for church app
-MTC interpretation
-Prepare to sell pull-back homemade, pumpaction homemade, homemade bow
-Testing and redesign clipfed
-Experimenting with different barrel materials
-Reworking bullpup design

Have a great week and don’t forget to call your mothers!!

Derrikk Sun

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The weather is warm!

This past week has been pretty run of the mill. I work on campus during the early mornings so I can have to do other things during the day. It doesn’t pay super well or give a lot of hours, but it’s enough to get by! I am still hoping to get a better job, but it may have to just wait until next year because there’s not too much longer to be able to work this Spring.

I was going to keep it on the dl until it got closer, but I figure it’s about time to let it be publicly known that I’m taking a trip this summer on an internship to Thailand. I’ll be working on designing and building freshwater pipe and filtration systems in northern Thailand. I’m super excited. In addition, I’ll also be taking a few trips to areas that I’ve served in. I’m super excited for this Spring to be over and summer to come! If you’d like to help contribute in improving the quality of life of the Thai people, you can donate below! All donations will go development projects in impoverished regions of Thailand and other countries in the world.

I just found out that yesterday, a missionary I had trained is back in Thailand and he’s proposed to a Thai missionary that I also served with! She just finished her mission on Thursday and is already engaged! It’s so crazy! And I’m also so happy for them! But it’s crazy!

I’m so thankful everyday that there are new experiences to be had, new people to meet, and new things to do. There’s really not a day that is hum-drum like the last. I believe it’s because our Heavenly Father wants us to learn and to grow too. If we get stuck doing the same things day in and day out, the things we can learn would be limited if we don’t seek out opportunities.

This past Saturday was the first day of RHD again of the semester. Way good! We only had 11 people, but still made a difference. We spent several hours hammering away at basement walls. My arms and shoulders haven’t been so sore in a long time.

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We’ve Survived!

We’ve made it through finals week with out too much blood or tears. It has taken much sweat, but the semester is now behind us. It was a really great week. Aside from stressing over finals, there were always good things happening.

This past Saturday was the Utah Nerf Foam Flinger’s group General War. A big group of people from all over the state, and a few out of staters came together for some foam flinging fun. I got a ride from some people not too far from the Provo area. It was four of us in a truck with plenty of storage space in the back. It was a really fun event and I got to use some of my newest builds. After the main playing, they had a Trade Swapmeet where people brought bins and bags full of blasters that they wanted to sell. I brought a bunch hoping to get rid of some of the older blasters I didn’t want, but instead ended up selling a few homemades, including the blaster that I used for the majority of the day and the most recent one I built. I was sad to see it go, but I’ll have to work on making another one. There was some interest in the realm of homemade blasters as well so it was a great opportunity to advertise a bit and hopefully build up some interest in introducing more homemades into the wars of mostly modified blasters.

The driver for our car was a really nice guy. We stopped and got food on the way to and from the war. On the way back, we dropped off the other two and then he took me on a trip to Lowes. As we stopped to eat, there was a Lowes across the highway and I mentioned that I really wanted to go, but as a poor college student I didn’t have a car. He offered to take me and I was really surprised. Not only that, but for some reason, he also payed for everything that I bought at Lowes. I was honestly stunned. I really felt like I needed to be paying him for the ride and not the other way around. It’s great when you can meet new people and they’re really nice. I was also able to meet more people at the Nerf event and a lot of them seemed like really good guys. There are some more weird ones thrown in, but the ones I met were really cool. I look forward to continuing to be involved and contributing to this local Nerf scene.

I’ll through some pictures up and upload a video sometime this coming week.

I’ve volunteered to translate at the MTC several times and the volunteer coordinators have noticed. I won’t be offered a job as an interpreter, but I will be given a name tap that says volunteer on it, so that’s cool.

At the close of this semester, things have changed a lot. Two of my roommates have left. One will be back in the fall, but the other is gone for sure. I’m now essentially all alone here (as far as in my apartment) which is really a strange feeling. A lot of people have gone home for the Spring/Summer or moved away so this past Sunday had very few people and some new faces as well. This kind of change is normal for college life I guess, but it’s still so new.

This month has gone by really fast and this coming up month we’re looking at a lot of Nerfing and a lot of work. Hopefully I’ll be able to work more than 40hrs a week and make good use of the time out of school. I have a few Nerf projects that people have commissioned me for and I’m excited to get to experimenting some, granted funds permitting. This month may go by slow with working full time and not having school to keep things interesting day by day, but I’m hoping it’ll go fast.

This past week, we also learned about spiritual gifts in Sunday School. It was a really amazing lesson. We are all blessed with a variety of abilities and talents that are specific to us. No two people are exactly the same and no two people have the same plan that God has for them. He knows each and every one of us personally and individually and He a need for each of us in His eternal family. I’m thankful for my family and the examples they are to me, from immediate to extended. The traits He has given each of us are so complimentary. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and the strengths of some makes up for the weaknesses of others. Together, we all make up a great family unit! Not only a by-blood family but also ward family and human family!

We’ll see what adventures and insights await us next week!

Derrikk Sun