Sunday, February 18, 2018

Transfers and Lunar New Year

Sorry, sorry! This week's gonna be short! We had transfers and Lunar New Year so missionary work was a little slower. I'm also adjusting to being in a new area and figuring out what's going on. We don't have a lot of investigators right now, but we have one that was able to come to a party we had for New Year's and she really liked it! We weren't able to teach her then but we're meeting her tonight and I'll let you know how it goes next week!

Lunar New Year
One of the perks of coming back to the same building is that I get to see all of the Gangnam members, even if they're not in the same ward. We were able to meet with some of our ward leaders, members, and less active members this week and I can tell it's gonna be great!

I don't have a lot this week but I do know that the church is true and through prayer, we can receive guidance and answers to our prayers! The scriptures invite us to study things out in our mind but the next step is to pray about it, which can sometimes be easy to forget. If you do though, I promise that God will give you specific guidance to your situation.


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A little love from home--more than 2 months after it was sent.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Goodbye, Bucheon!

It's been a great week and we're a little bit stressed out because transfers are tomorrow and we're packing like crazy because it's amazing how much stuff you can accumulate when you spend 6 months in an area.

P-Day Activity to an Escape House
We had a fun experience this week where we met these really nice ladies on the street and they even gave us some money to go buy a warm drink because it was too cold. We talked with them for a bit, gave them our contact info and went off to continue talking to people. About 20 minutes later, we decided to jump on a bus and they were the only people on there! We got to talk to them again and it was a little miracle that they really needed to meet missionaries that day.

After Exchanges Dinner
We finished teaching our two little girls this week and we're going to miss them! Despite just wanting to learn English, they really did like learning about the gospel too and as a goodbye gift we gave them one more copy of The Book of Mormon marked so that they could find answers to their questions a little later down the road when they think about religion again.

We were also able to meet with 정선영s for the last time and we were able to share the Plan of Salvation with her! She asked us how she could know that it was true and we shared that the way to know is through The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon really is the only proof or evidence we have of anything and the way to know anything is through The Book of Mormon. Even doctrine that may not seem connected at all, it all goes back to whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet, which we can know through The Book of Mormon.

In other news, I'm going back to Gangnam and getting a Korean companion and I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

참 뜻 (Real Intent)

This was a great week! We had some cool miracles so sorry if this is long.

One of our new investigators we met this week and she lived in America for 10 years as a student! Her English is super good and she told us that lately she's been looking at all the different churches in Korea and has noticed that not all of them have all the same doctrine and it all is claimed to come from the Bible. We were able to share with her about the Restoration and she's been reading The Book of Mormon. She's also especially interested in living prophets, something that's been pretty hard for a lot of the people I've taught on my mission. She knew of President Hinckley and President Monson and asked what kind of people they were, which was really cool to explain!

We continue to teach the two little girls and we're finishing up the English program with them this week. Even though they're not able to come to church or continue meeting, we've had a good time teaching them and we know they've learned and progressed as we've met with them. Hopefully later when they're able to go to church by themselves, they'll remember what we taught and find missionaries then.

Probably the coolest miracle of the week was Abbie. Elder Moffit, who's serving in our ward, actually has a friend from back home that is currently living in Korea. In Bucheon. This week he reached out to her and asked if she would be interested in learning about our church and she was interested! We met her together, explained the restoration to her and invited her to church. And she came! She's actually learning Korean so she was able to understand a lot of church and was even taught the Plan of Salvation in Korean. She really wants to learn and it was such a cool experience because what are the odds that she is living in the exact area where Elder Moffit is assigned? There are no coincidences in the Lord's work.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats :D
I'm having a great time and we're seeing the Lord's hand in all that we do! This really is the Lord's work!


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cancelled appointments, Technology, and Exchanges

I had the super great opportunity to go on 3 exchanges this week!  On Tuesday I was with Sister 정다은 where we attempted to 전도 and were able to heart attack a member that just recently had surgery. We also had a 전도 activity where I was with Sister 김현정-- who I actually lived with the whole time I was in Gangnam. We had a super great time despite the cold and we were even able to get some numbers. My last exchange was with Sister Munk-Erdene up in Yeongdeungpo and we got to have a service opportunity where we delivered food to old people that can't leave their houses.

Toward the end of the week, we had a lot of appointments but most of them ended up cancelling including 정선영s, the two girls that we teach, and even Jenny. We got a text message the day before we were supposed to meet Jenny that said she'd looked us up on the internet and realized that we didn't believe all of the same things so she couldn't meet with us in case it might have an effect on her belief. We were really sad but shared with her that we were just sharing what we do because we'd come to know it was true and experienced happiness through it.

Once we got Facebook, we started having out of control friend requests, so much to the point where we don't accept a lot of them anymore because there's just so many. However, among the people that requested to be our friends is someone that actually lives in Indonesia and we were able to video chat with her yesterday! She's super cute and was so excited when we let her know that there are even missionaries in Indonesia so we're hoping to get her set up with the missionaries there.

With our new changes in technology, we've really tried to embrace it and use it as effectively as possible. When I first heard we were getting smart phones I was a little reluctant because I'd already served 1 year of my mission a specific way, but as we've been able to see the blessings that can come from them, I've thought a lot about change. The Lord wants us to change and become like Him. There have been a lot of changes with the missionary schedule, key indicators, and other things while I've been serving but the reason the Lord asks us to change is to do His work!


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Monday, January 22, 2018

몰몬경, 구도자, 소셜 미디어

We had a great week full of miracles! Technology was introduced to all of the mission this past week and we've seen the work being hastened! We were able to start teaching 2 new people and they're so great. One of them is the Vietnamese person we met a few months ago but weren't able to meet again because her schedule's too busy. However, because we can now teach over Facebook chatting, we can teach her while she works! We were able to use google translate and we're teaching her a little bit of English and Korean as well as using the pamphlets to teach her the lessons.

Our other new investigator is super great. She has 2 kids and wants to attend church because she realized that she had a belief in God from attending while she was young and wants to give that same belief to her children. She actually attended for a bit a few years ago and knows some members so we were able to meet her with those members and teach her the Restoration. The spirit was really strong and we're excited to keep teaching her and her children in the future too.

This past week I've really been reflecting on the importance of The Book of Mormon with a new prophet being called, I've reread his last Conference Talk and been able to ponder about what my life would be like without it. The problem is, I can't imagine what it would be like without it.The Book of Mormon truly is the keystone of our religion and if you read it, I know your life will be better, happier, and have a purpose to it.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

One Year Anniversary!

This week feels like it's been pretty slow but it's been a little bit of prep for the Lord to hasten His work! We were able to attend MLC (where all the mission leadership meets together) and receive a lot of training, especially about using Social Media in our missionary work. This week our entire mission will receive access to Facebook, Kakao Talk, and Area Book Planner. We're really excited for the big change! To prepare though, we've been spending a lot of time figuring out how the area book app works and getting things set up to work more effectively. We've already seen some cool miracles!! I was a little hesitant about getting these things as I wasn't sure why we needed a new texting app, but within hours of downloading it, people that haven't responded in months have started to message us and we may be able to teach them again!

Intense cookie making
We tried to introduce our investigators to some members because we know they'll love church if they can just get there, but the member got sick and their mom ended up not being home so we weren't able to teach them. We're going to try again this week though.

One Year!
This week I also reached a milestone: 1 year since I started my mission! It's been the greatest year and I've been thinking about how grateful I am for the opportunity to be in South Korea and to do the Lord's work. It hasn't been the easiest year, but it probably has been the most rewarding year. I learned a whole lot of things-- I don't even know where to start! What I do know is that the church is true and if you truly apply the doctrine, it will change your life!


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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Good week!

This has been a good week! We had a few miracles this week including but not limited to:

We decided to go visit a member as we 전도ed however, when we got there, we couldn't find her house anywhere. We found the apartment, but not the right building, so my companion suggested we 전도 in the area. I was a little worried because there didn't seem to be people, but we were able to meet Jenny-- who speaks English, Chinese, and Korean. She was excited to meet American Christian Sisters and we connected over our love of Marvel Movies.

Board Game Cafe for P-Day
We took a bus to stop by some LA's but missed our bus stop and went to the end of the line--and it was about an hour and a half. However, thanks to our mobile devices, we were able to confirm that we were still in our area and we were able to talk to a man that had taken the wrong bus and met some people from Nigeria that were interested in coming to church!

Long bus ride--but worth it!
We taught our investigators about baptism and they LOVED it. We showed them a video of Christ being baptized and once we explained what baptism is, they said they wanted to be baptized! However, because they're 11 and 13, their mom doesn't really want them travelling across the city to go to church or things so we're having a hard time there because she's also Buddhist. Pray that they'll be able to come to church!

호떡 HoDdeok-- scones with cinnamon on the inside
Like everyone else, I've been able to reflect on President Monson's example the past few days and especially his example of ministering to the one. I know that's what the Savior did and I've been able to feel that this past week as we've focused on making meaningful contacts. I really have been able to feel the Savior's love more strongly, even for people I've just met. The church is true! Have a great week!

Eating cake after a successful TIP evaluation.

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