Sunday, April 22, 2018

Can I get baptized this week?

This has been a good week of missionary week!

We had a small issue come up this week when Sister KimNa called us and asked if she could be baptized this week--something came up where she might have had to leave after her baptism and she didn't want to wait to get the gift of the Holy Ghost. We figured it out though. She no longer has to go and she had her baptismal interview yesterday so she's all ready and excited to be baptized next week and we're so excited for her. She fits in with the members and is so grateful that she's found a place where others believe what she believes. 

We also had a meal with a member who, unbeknownst to us, brought her friend along. We were just eating and then she started bearing her testimony about her good experiences in the Church and how much it had blessed her life. It was so cool! Her friend is Christian and the member worries that she doesn't see a need to change but she really seemed to like when we shared our scripture and we're hoping to keep working with her.

We also met a new friend, 은옥s this week! We met her last week on the street and she has a friend that's a member. We got to know a little bit more about her and introduced our English program to her. She actually attends the largest church in Korea but she seemed pretty open to talking about what we believe and her English is super good! We weren't able to set up another appointment because the worker at the cafe kicked us out a little bit early, but she was excited to meet again.

Lately I've just been thinking about how much I love missionary work! This truly is the happiest work there is and I would recommend you read President Nelson's talk, Joy and Spiritual Survival. I've been studying it this past week and it's so good!


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And some fun pictures from our P-Day activity with Pres. and Sis. Turner:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

True doctrine, understood

The time seems to just be flying by! We met Sister KimNa and were able to have a great lesson with some other members. She continues to prepare for baptism and every time we teach her, she says something like, "That's how I thought it was." It truly is making contact with the light of Christ and we can see that she's not learning, she's just remembering. She's progressing so well and even shared an experience where she was able to share about the Gospel with her friends.

Sister Oldroyd and I saw a lot of miracles on exchanges, but maybe the biggest miracle was at a zone proselytizing activity where we were walking down the street and started a conversation with the person next to us. She happened to attend church and started talking about how we both believe the same Bible so we also introduced her to the Book of Mormon. As soon as she understood what we were holding, she said, "Give me your number. We're meeting again to talk about this book" When she truly understood the truth contained in the Book of Mormon, she was determined to read it so we're excited to hear what happens with her since she's not in our area.

This last week we were also able to finish watching Conference and as such, I've spent a good part of the week reviewing my notes. Despite all we learn, if we don't internalize and improve, it doesn't benefit us anything. So many things in the Gospel are so good, but they all require action, so don't forget to set goals and make plans!


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Sunday, April 8, 2018

So, so good!

This week has been so, so busy, but so, so good!

Happy Easter!
We met our investigator, Sister KimNa and she is the most golden investigator I've ever met. We were able to finish teaching the Plan of Salvation and when we invited her to be baptized, there was no question or thought for her-- she'd already decided to be baptized and when we began to talk about a date she said, "Sooner's better, right?" She already has so many friends in the ward, asks us how to be an example in all that we do, and loved conference!

Me, Sister KimNa, Sister Morgan
Last week on the subway, I met a man from Pakistan, talked to him for a bit, and invited him to church. I didn't think a lot about it but Sunday morning he texted us and came to General Conference and was able to talk with the Elders. Through simple invitations, we can see miracles.

이명자s Sister Lee MyeongJa
We also had the opportunity to listen to conference this week and it was so good! I hope everyone had the chance to listen to it and if not I would encourage you to go back and listen to it. Because Sister KimNa came, we actually watched one session in Korean so we're going to go back and study that one again. I know that conference truly is a time of revelation and you will receive answers to any questions that you ask. Having a living prophet is one of the greatest blessings of the restored gospel!

Happy Easter!


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

I thought it couldn't get busier than last week, but I was wrong. We have been running from appointment to appointment and it doesn't help that our area is enormous. We're having a good time, though. There's so much that has happened, I'll just share a couple of the miracles:

We visited Amber and we met a man that has lived in America for many years and told us "I love Mormons" He thought Utah was a great place to live and has a lot of respect for the members of our church he's met over the years so we asked if we could meet and explain our church a little bit more. He wasn't willing to give us his number so we gave him a pamphlet with our number and he started to read it! And asked us questions. We ended up being able to teach him the restoration and he was really interested but we still didn't get his number so we've been praying for him to call us.

One of our investigators has recently stopped responding to calls and texts so we decided to visit her this week. So we planned the visit in but the day before, we kept thinking about visiting her that day. So we visited and on the way were able to run into a less active who stopped to help us with directions and we were able to invite him to church for Easter. He also lived in Orem for a few years so we were able to talk about that! It was a super cool experience that the Lord truly is planning our schedules. 

KimNa is doing great! We met her this week with two other members, 최정숙s and 오미경s and started teaching the Plan of Salvation. She really liked it and downloaded the Gospel Library app which she's been reading along with the pamphlets and Book of Mormon. She came to church and is really becoming involved with the members and we're super excited to see her progress. 

Last of all we got the news that our former AP, who went home 6 weeks ago and has been attending the YSA ward, has been called as the new ward mission leader.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

New Investigators!

This week was incredibly busy but so, so good! We were blessed to start teaching two new investigators named KimNa and Mia.

Our companion picture for Kakao Talk
KimNa is actually from China but has lived in Korea for 14 years. She met some members in another mission and they referred her to us. We met her this week and taught her the Restoration and she liked it. We also were able to give her a church tour because she wanted to see the building before she attended! She came to church yesterday and really liked it! She really felt peace at the church. The members were so welcoming to her and have already invited her to meet with them this week so we're excited to see her continue to progress.

Our other investigator is named Mia and she's attended English class for about the past year. She actually found out about it through her best friend who just got baptized in another ward last year, the same ward my companion Sister Morgan just came from! We're doing the English program with her but are teaching her granddaughter English and her about our church. We think she has a lot of potential and even though she attends another church, she's come to some of our FHE and gospel classes we teach during the week.

Mia's granddaughter drew a picture of me
This last week I've been thinking about unity a lot. Especially in the Book of Mormon, it doesn't say that people joined the church, were converted, or even were baptized. It says again and again that they were unified to the church. Like how God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are one in purpose, as we change our purpose to their purpose, we too are unified with them and also with all others that have His purpose as their purpose.

It's snowing!
We received transfer calls and Sister Morgan and I will be staying together, covering all three wards. We're excited for the challenge and all the miracles we're going to see. 


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Old Friends, New Friends

This has been a good week! I started off the week a little scared for a threesome but can now say that they are more fun than I originally thought. However, Sister Lee is transferring today so we're going to be a twosome for a week and then who knows what will happen? We were able to visit Amber again and she was so excited to see us.

I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Oldroyd this week and it was super great. We were in the MTC for 3 weeks together and it's so fun to get together and do missionary work because we can both remember when we couldn't speak Korean and now we can get around. We got to teach a children's English class and that was the craziest game of red light green light I've ever played.

Our Threesome :)
We also met with the Relief Society President and get some more direction about how to help Sisters in the ward, especially the less actives. We've been trying to visit them, but it feels 100% more effective when we're able to really work with members and we're going to need a lot of member support, especially if we're going to be able to help each ward effectively.

The YSA ward originally planned a 전도 activity for yesterday and as part of it we made some new stickerboards. However, it ended up raining so we talked with them about how to use social media to share the gospel. Despite not being able to stickerboard with the YSA, we were able to use our stickerboards at a zone 전도 activity and they worked out well!

New Stickerboard
We had a hard time this week though because the other Sister's investigator that we picked up as we became a threesome texted us a few hours before her baptismal interview and told us she had just been admitted into the hospital for surgery on her appendix and had gone back to her hometown so she won't be able to get baptized for a bit. We're also going to refer her to the missionaries there and see if they can help her out since we can't. We're really sad, but we know she still wants to be baptized, we just might not be there.


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The funny things you see...
Sister Peterson and me with...a thumb?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

3 Sisters and 3 Wards!

This week's been a little bit crazy and because of another missionary going home early because she was sick, we're becoming a threesome for this week and covering another ward.
We were able to see some miracles this week including but not limited to:
  • We started to clean out our phone contacts and had some people respond with interest!
  • We were able to have our transfer interview with President, which is always great!
  • A brother in our ward teaches a guitar class and because some sisters that aren't members have been coming, he's invited us to come and we're learning guitar now.
  • We went to visit some Less Actives the other day and only had enough time to visit one but she was home and we were able to talk to her and talk about her daughter, as well as get the daughter's phone numbers
  • We had stake conference, my third one at Anyang, so I got to see all the members I love!
  • 고유정s came to visit and we ate some delicious food!

My favorite miracle of the week was actually yesterday. We were stickerboarding and I gave a sticker to a college student and started talking with him. Our stickerboard was entirely about English so we were talking about that and he suddenly stopped and said "Lately I've actually had some interest about religion because I read the Bible and there are things in there that don't exist now and I just don't know why God would be different" So I began to explain to him about The Book of Mormon and he was so excited to receive it and read it. We were also able to exchange contact information and the Elders will be trying to meet with him this week. And like I told him, I do know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He loves us. The way to know that is through The Book of Mormon and our living prophet.


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