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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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Appointments!

안녕하세요 여러분!

This has been a great week and we're finally being able to set appointments with people! On Tuesday (which was super hot here), we planned 6 hours of 전도! We felt a little crazy but it ended up being super awesome and we met someone that we even met with!  We're not 100% sure why she wanted to meet with us because she seemed a little uncomfortable talking about religion, but she wants to meet again with her friend! We also introduced our 30/30 program to 2 people that have been attending English class so we're going to start that with both of them this week!
The Mac and Cheese was delicious. And we accidentally twinned.
When we got here, we had a huge list of LA address that we've been trying to confirm. This week we were also able to find one address that was actually right and got to share a message with her!
P-Day in Chinatown

Yesterday I was reading Helaman 5:12 and I forgot what a good verse that is. We were able to share it with some ward
members and talk about how we can build a sure foundation in Christ. It's definitely the small and simple things done over and over again that help  you to be anchored in Christ when temptations come.

사랑해요!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Rogue Transfer Call.

This last week was CRAZY. At the end of a transfer, we get calls on Saturday night and then we have until Wednesday morning when we met together and switch companions. As of Saturday (And when I emailed) I was staying in Gangnam with Sister Eversole. However, Tuesday morning at 9:00 we got a phone call from the AP's that our transfer call had switched and Sister Eversole was now going to Gimpo and Sister Hawkins (who was originally go
Our last day as companions
ing to Gimpo) was now coming to Gangnam. Which meant she had 24 hours to pack up all of her stuff and until we were no longer companions. Madness. And it was also Sister Eversole's birthday.
Walking down GangnamRo
However, it's great to be companions with Sister Hawkins and I'm excited to learn from her this next transfer! The Lord really does have a place for all of us even if we have to change our plans to match his.

"Helping" Sister Eversole pack
This week's been crazy but I'm excited to find out why Sister Hawkins is supposed to be here!

사랑해요!

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This was how we thought it would be.

This is how we ended up.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

예비 구도자 (Potential Investigators)

TRANSFER 4!! We're both staying in Gangnam one more transfer which was no surprise since they usually leave the people who open there for 2.

We have about 12 potential investigators and we were able to meet with one of them this past week, they're just not our investigator until we have a follow up appointment. Korea's a busy culture so we're still trying to set up appointments. There's not a lot else that happened this week and hopeful I'll be able to update you about all of our new investigators next week!

This last week I was studying the harmony of the gospels and something that stood out to me was that there are only 3 events in Christ's life that are recorded in all 4 gospels and other scripture. 2 of those events are parts of the Atonement, and the third is Christ's baptism. Those events are so important and are what we focus on as we teach. I know that Christ lived and died for us so we can follow His example!

사랑해요!

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

What's July 4th?

Every week's a good week to be a missionary!

This last week we got to celebrate the 4th of July from Korea and you could tell who the old missionaries are because when someone said July 4th, they asked why that day was special.
4th of July attire
We weren't able to meet with either of  our investigators this week so we did a lot of sticker boarding. We actually met someone with a ton of English interest who came to English class and a special music night we did with the Seocho ward. We're gonna try to introduce the gospel this week.

We also got a call from an unknown number who wants to do the 30/30 program! We think she saw our phone number on a banner so we're excited to meet her this week too. 
We attended a First Birthday celebration. Truly amazing!
This last week when we went to visit our investigator, we were actually at her house and she had forgotten about our appointment. But we went on a fun little adventure and got lost a couple of times, took some random buses, talked to super nice people, and made it back to the church in time for interviews. So while it was super hot and not what we had planned to do, it worked out perfectly and just like everything does in God's timing.
Umbrellas are a great invention. Too bad we didn't have one.
The church is true! Love you all!

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President and Sister Turner, Sis. Eversole and me at interviews.

Monday, July 3, 2017

전도!!

안녕하세요!

This week we got to go on exchanges with the STLs and it was great! We tried out a lot of different 전도 because that's the hardest thing in Gangnam and we learned a lot of new things that we can try. We're super excited about it.

We've started eating lunch at the church...this is pretty typical.
On exchanges, we 전도'ed at Gangnam Square, the busiest place in all of Korea! We talked a lot in English because everyone we talked to was actually foreign. But it was great and some of them were very interested. Hopefully they'll look up the church back in the Netherlands.
Lunch with Sister Lee MeeOk
We also met with my companion's RC this week and she is so cute. After we ate lunch, she wanted to go 전도 with us so we gave her some pass along cards and she went on the street and just started trying to hand them out to people. We had actually planned a district stickerboarding activity and the other missionaries were still doing it so she got to join in and talk to people with us. She was so excited and said she could feel Jesus' love so strong! It just reminded me that missionary work can sometimes seem overwhelming but we're doing it because we love Jesus. And anyone can do missionary work!

사랑해요!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

More Missionary Work! Now, if only we knew where we were. ;)

This week has been crazy. Everyday we are working so hard and everyday there's more missionary work to do. I love it.

This week we finally got an area map. Sort of. Because our area is combining in August, President didn't want to buy a map until then. But we have no idea where we are. So one of the missionaries suggested going to the GuCheon which is like a city office. When we got there though, they had maps organized by dong (Which is kind of like New York City and how it has smaller areas like the Bronx/Manhattan sorta thing) Except our area has 22 dongs. So we just casually took 20 maps and carried them around all day. No big deal.
Our 20 maps

Cut and Paste-Retro Fashion
The maps are all super big so we couldn't connect them all. Our room is mostly map now.
More map. There's 4 sections still not on the wall.
We also got 2 investigators this week! One of our investigators is a grandma that we're doing the English program with. But she's also super prepared. To start the gospel lesson, we asked her if she attended church a lot. And she just started bearing testimony about how God loves all of us and we're all his children and pretty much just everything we believe. We just gotta teach her about the restoration now.
This is where we keep all our things. We have so many records we're trying to sort through and they're all out of date.
Our other investigator is someone the Elders have been teaching but are referring over to us because it's just easier for us to teach Sisters. She has so much real intent!! We teach her in English which is super fun and we met with the Elders to finish up teaching the Restoration/take over teaching her and she just told us about how she wants to know it's true like we do and all four of us got to share our first time really knowing it was true and reading the Book of Mormon and she's super excited to read it herself.

The Book of Mormon is true and you can find guidance for yourself when you read it!

사랑해요!

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(An MTC picture--but she didn't send any of her this week.)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

GANGNAM!

Well folks, this has been a crazy week and I am loving Gangnam. The first half of the week was spent saying a lot of goodbyes to Ansan. We also had someone we gave a Book of Mormon to find our number in the book and call to give it back. But she also gave us doughnuts and bananas with it so I guess that's okay???

My new companion, Sister Eversole and I
We got to Gangnam on Wednesday and we had 0 records. Absolutely nothing. However, the Elders were a blessing and went through their area book to give us all the former investigators that were sisters and we looked through their ward book. However, Elders aren't always the best at keeping records and it looks like Gangnam gets closed every few years. And we're still working on getting a map so we know where we are. We've got a lot to do but we're super excited.
Stickerboarding
We also went stickerboarding at Gangnam Square, the home of "G​​​​angnam style" Oh boy is Ansan different. So it's definitely gonna require some adjusting in 전도 style. (Gangnam style.) Our Ward Mission Leader is super awesome and I'm super excited to work with him. He's way involved and even went stickerboarding with us.
Our ward building
Our ward combines with the Seocho ward in August which will be nice because right now we actually live outside of our area.
One of our last meals together. I think this was transfer call day.
사랑해요! Look for blessings and miracles in your lives because they're there!

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Gangnam Square
I'm a real Korean missionary now that I sleep on the floor
Elders Bratt and Abrao, 고유정s, 송유진s, me, 이수기s

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Goodbye, Ansan!

This week are transfers and I'm leaving Ansan! 이수기s is staying in Ansan and training again and I'm heading to 강남 to open again! For those that can't read Korean, that's Gangnam, home of "Gangnam Style" Super excited and a little nervous but it'll be great!
Me, 이금희s 박재항s 안소민s
Last P-day we went to Daebudo with our zone and a RC (recent convert). She is the best member missionary. On the way, she just started talking to random people so we were able to give out a Book of Mormon and talk to a few people about why so many of us foreigners are here in Korea.
Daebudo

Glass floor from 25 stories up
Our Chinese investigator who we originally started to do the 30/30 Program with is progressing! 이수기s asked me to lead the lesson this last week and it went super well! She learns really slowly but that's okay because she didn't even know who God was when we started. Every time we meet, we ask her to pray and this week we got a text that was her prayer she'd typed out. So cute.
Yulia Shin. She's from Russia but is Korean
I also finished my 12 weeks of training this week so I am no longer a greenie!

사랑해요! (I love you!)

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Our hats from 최오복s

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seek, Not Strive

안녕하세요! (Good morning!)

This has been a good week! We got two new investigators and it was a miracle! While going home last week, my companion started a conversation with someone on the bus who was interested because we said we were missionaries and she thought missionaries were only old. So we got her phone number and we were able to meet with her this week. When we met her, she brought her friend too who just so happened to be someone that works at the same service center where we go every week! We didn't really try to teach her before because she had told us about the other church she attends and normally that turns into Bible bashing but when we met with them, we had an awesome discussion about how they want to find the true church. So we asked if we could meet again and tell them about our church!
Missionary Work is Hard Work
We have also 전도ed (proselyted) at the river path almost every day this week, and a lady stopped us and said she wanted to give us a present because she'd seen us talking with other people on the path! Dish scrubbers that she made herself! We tried to give her a Book of Mormon, but she wouldn't take it. But it showed me that as we're trying our hardest to talk to people, other people will notice, too.

Dish Scrubbers
Dish Scrubbers as Hats ;)
My last thought is something my companion said that really stuck out to me this week. She asked why the Lord wants us to seek instead of strive. That was something she thought a lot about and came to the conclusion that it's like our parents. Our parents can definitely ask us to do the dishes or clean or something and we can strive to be obedient. But ideally, we will become aware enough that we will no longer need to be asked to clean. We will seek to do things before because we know it's what we should do.

사랑해요! (I love you!)

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