Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wow! This week flew...

Wow. This week flew by but I feel like I don't have a lot to report on.

We had zone conference where we got to talk about becoming more sanctified and consecrated missionaries. It was super great and I'm excited to work on that! After zone conference we had a two zone 전도 activity and President and Sister Tuner even came! It was great! We had some stickerboarding and other things going on and got to talk to a lot of people and have a lot of fun.

The sisters in the Korea Seoul South Mission
While stickerboarding, I also had the chance to interact some more with some new missionaries that have been in Korea for just 3 weeks. It made me realize how far I've come (at least language wise) It was also a little bit scary because they kept telling people that tried to talk to them that they couldn't speak Korean and directed them to me. But despite not being able to speak the language as well, they didn't let that stop them from anything. The Lord needs us to do what we can, even if it's just giving out stickers.

We met our investigator 허청나 and she's great! She comes to English class but we haven't been able to teach her an actual lesson since I came to Bucheon. We decided to share the story of Moses and the brass serpent in order to introduce the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it's simple steps that help us look to Christ. When we asked her how the story could apply to her, she shared that when we have belief it's easier to do the little things, like coming to church. And then invited herself to church! The lesson went super well and even though she didn't come to church, she's definitely progressing and working to apply the scriptures to herself-- something she said she wants to be better at.
Just some random street graffiti

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Lot of Cancelled Appointments . . .

Despite the title, this was a good week! We originally started with a lot of appointments planned but they just seemed to keep falling through the day of. Which is disappointing but we're still going to keep trying to meet with them.

Our District
We were able to meet 유혜원, our investigator that we're doing the 30/30 program with. She passed her English test so that she can do an internship in Australia and she's said that she wants to study at BYU! We're not exactly sure why though... But she's progressing!  We just need to help her come to church because she has work right now.

The "Traditional Korean Portrait"
We also met 허미화! Last time we met her, she told us she's not sure she believes in God. Which was kind of surprising to us. So we've just been thinking about how to help her because I believe she really does believe in God, she just doesn't know it yet. So we met her and she taught us how to make 떡볶이 (a soup thing with rice cakes) and we taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and how she really can be happy just through 5 steps and she committed to pray, repent, and come to church!

Ran into the Elder's investigator. He wanted to buy us drinks. Don't worry, it's not alcoholic.
This week my companion and I met with a member and as we contemplated what message to share, we each picked the same verse. Without  talking about it. Or ever having met this member before. By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. I've come to see that a lot this week that as we do small things, we may not see results immediately but they will come!

I accidentally made a Filipino dish...


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My bacon cheeseburger.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


This week I went to Bucheon and it's so different from Gangnam and Ansan! It's pretty countryside and a majority of the 전도 we do is on the bus-- which is a first for me. I'm going to figure out how to do it well this transfer though.

A member invited us to eat because of all the new missionaries.
The girl with blue hair is the other Sisters' investigator.
We also have a bunch of investigators that I've gotten to meet this week which has been odd since I've only opened areas my entire mission.  Our first investigator is someone named Ricqui and she's interested because all the missionaries she's ever met are just so happy! She wants to be happy in life and I know it's 100% through Jesus Christ that we can be happy.

Our first meal as a house.
We also have another investigator that we're doing the 30/30 program with and her name is 유혜원. She wants to learn English to study in America, but when we met her it was 30 minutes of English and then an hour of Gospel Study because she had a ton of questions about The Plan of Salvation.  Which is great. I love when they are equally interested.

We have a couple other investigators that I'll be able to tell about next week after we teach lessons and a few potential investigators including one from Vietnam! We met her at a convenience store so we'll try to meet her this week. 

My new room.
Anywho, I'm still adjusting to Bucheon but something I've really come to appreciate on my mission is the Sacrament! No matter where you are or if you just went from the busiest part of Korea to the countryside or you have a crazy week in front of you or any time at all, the sacrament is always the same everywhere in the world!

The church is so true! Love you all! 사랑해요!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Goodbye, Gangnam!

This is my last email from Gangnam because we got transfer calls and I'm heading to 부천 (Bucheon) on Wednesday and Sister Hawkins is training! I'm not really sure where this last week went, but it was great.

Goodbye Gangnam church
Yesterday we finally combined Seocho and Gangnam and our new building is so nice! So we had a culture night on Saturday to open the building and Tina was able to come!! She loved it and just wants to come to church but we still have to figure out her whole work situation. About 20 minutes before she showed up though, a member came up and asked Sister Hawkins to come join the orchestra. With absolutely no notice. He even brought an extra violin just so she could. Which meant that we went on temporary exchanges so I could show Tina stuff and Sister Hawkins could practice. So we ended up talking about Baptisms for the dead. Perfect. Someday we're gonna teach her the Plan of Salvation... And Sister Hawkins did great!

Julia and Jenny our investigators
We also had a whole mission activity which is pretty rare so it was super fun! We got to see all our old companions and MTC district and it was just great.

Not a lot of stories this week but there should be some good ones next week from Bucheon!


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Monday, August 21, 2017

"Thanks to Crocs I feel like an all-terrain vehicle"

My companion asked her mom for some Crocs because it's monsoon season. And she got 3 pairs. So she gave me one and in our Crocs, we power through any weather. Because it's been raining the last week or so and it's been pretty much a party.

What a week. This upcoming week we're combining wards so it's been a little bit crazy but it's great! We got to meet with Jenny and Julia and they still have so much English interest it's incredible. But we introduced the Book of Mormon and we get to talk about that . . . so I'm really excited because we're also teaching the Plan of Salvation-- two of my favorite things!

We had interviews this last week which meant we had no time to prepare for our lesson right after. So we ended up "planning" on the subway ride there. Aka our planning went, "Probably we should review Joseph Smith" "Yep. And talk about baptism." And that's when the gang of Jehovah's Witness grandmas started trying to proselyte to us. Classic. They gave us a pamphlet so I tried to trade pamphlets. But then they gave it back to me because they said they weren't gonna read it. Great.

Our lesson with Tina went pretty well though. We ended up talking about the Law of Chastity. Definitely not what we had planned but it was good because she had a lot of questions.

We also got a new investigator this week through a 5 minute lesson in the convenience store about the Book of Mormon. But she said she'll read it and told us to come back!

Yesterday was Stake Conference and my greenie ward is in our stake. And my companion has served in 2 other wards in our stake so it was like a happy reunion with everybody I know! I imagine that's just what heaven will be like--getting to see everyone we love again!

After a crazy busy week, we also got to sing in a baptism at Seocho yesterday which was so great! Their investigator was so excited to be baptized and she'll be confirmed next week at the first combined meeting. I'm so excited for her!

Anywho, love you all and the gospel is true! And for everybody! It answers all your questions you could ever have!


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

안녕하세요 여러분!!

안녕하세요 여러분!! (Hi everyone!!)

Our last 강남 (Gangnam) only Sacrament Meeting.
Next week is stake conference and then we become the Gangnam 1st Ward (combined with Seocho).

This week has been good! We were able to meet with Julia, Jenny, and Tina! Julia and Jenny are mostly English interest, but when we met with them, they had both practiced English and read the pamphlet we asked them to. They'd even started to underline and study it! We were actually able to have a really good discussion about the Fall which is usually one of the hardest things to teach.

Zone Conference
We also had zone conference which was super good and just gets me more pumped to do missionary work again! Our mission president is just the best and Sister Turner's nachos are great. And we finally met with Tina again after 6ish weeks! She still isn't able to come to church because she has a work meeting in the middle so we're praying that that'll change because she really wants to learn! We watching the Restoration movie with her since it had been so long and it was a good review. Joseph Smith really was a prophet and restored Christ's church again!

Other than that, we just did a whole lot of 전도 (proselyting)!

The church is true! 사랑해요! (I love you!)

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

기적들!! (Miracles!!)

This week we saw so many miracles! The Lord is preparing people in Gangnam! We were able to teach our investigator 진유림 (JinYooRim) and we got to talk a lot about God and prayer. She was able to remember an experience with prayer when she was little! God really does answer our prayers no matter our age.

We also got 4 new investigators last week!!!! While on exchanges, we got a call from the Elders that someone had called off the banner at the church and wanted to learn English right then. A lot of miracles had combined into us being at the subway station where we were so that we were able to get the the church in 15 minutes instead of the normal 45 minutes from our house. During those 15 minutes, she also invited her friend! So we were able to introduce the 30/30 program and set up 2 appointments!!

At the exact same time in 노량진(Noryangjin), Sister Hawkins got to teach someone that the STL's had found that actually lives in Gangnam so they simultaneously referred her over to us and her boyfriend came too! He was super interested in the Book of Mormon so we'll get to introduce that this week to them!

Our last miracle of the week was Tina! The Elders originally started teaching Tina last transfer, referred her over to us, we met her a couple of times, and she stopped answering. We were super disappointed because she had so much real intent and desire to know. On Saturday though, the Elders got a call from her that she had lost her phone and all her contacts and had somehow found the Elders phone number written down somewhere. So the Elders called us and we are now going to start meeting with her again!

It's been a great week and I know it's the Lord's work, not ours!

Have a great week! 사랑해요!

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