Sunday, March 1, 2015

Letter 02/16/2015

We got our transfer calls yesterday! I'll be alone with Sister 최 (Choi - but pronounced Che) now! And we'll only have one ward.
One of our cute little YWs (Young Women) who brought friends to the ping-pong tournament asked to meet us at the church and she invited friends over. We taught them a little lesson and played ping-pong with them.
We had an exchange this week with the 산본 (Sanbon - a mission area) sisters. It was my fifth time to go to 산본 (Sanbon) on an exchange. When we met back up the 안산 (Ansan - her first area) sisters came to Sanbon because one of them had to do a teaching evaluation. Sister Choi needed to do one too. The trainer is supposed to teach with the new missionary but we didn't have time so the Ansan sisters taught me and Sister Choi taught Sister Hoffman in English all on her own! She did great. She might be the cutest person ever.
After the many months of tears, cold showers, cold house, and calls with our lanlord, we finally got a new boiler! It was one of the most exciting things to happen.
The seven 1st ward (one of the wards she has been assigned to) misisonaries sang in sacrament meeting. I loved it. We sang "Nearer, my God to Thee."
I'm so grateful to be a missionary. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people. I've come closer to God and come to understand His gospel and plan of happiness better.

Letter 02/09/2015

(With her companions, Sister Che and Sister Hoffman at the Seoul Temple)

At our FHE (Family Home Evening) last Monday a member girl who's 14 brought two of her friends! And then they came to our ward ping-pong tournament on Saturday! They brought along a third friend and we also had a girl from English class come and bring her friend!!!!! We were surrounded by tween/teenage girls!
This week was busy and fun!!!!! MLC, Zone Training Meeting, and 12-Week Follow-up!!!!! Our training at our zone meeting was about faith. Faith is something that I've really come to understand more on my mission. When was little I used to say a prayer, telling Heavenly Father that I believed I could fly if He wanted me to and then I would climb up onto the arm of the counch and jump off convinced that I could fly. But He never wanted me to fly. He wanted me to walk. Sometimes I really want to fly - I want to be better, I want to oversome this and that and fly to the moon but I'm not able to be perfect and it really bothers me. But maybe I'm not meant to fly - I'm just meant to walk and that will get me where God needs me to be.
We visited a member this week and practiced teaching a lesson that we planned out for an investigator. The investigator told us that she didn't have time to meet us that week but after we got home from teaching that practice lesson SHE CALLED US AND ASKED TO GO TO HER HOUSE a few days later!!!!
After our ping-pong tournament Sister Hoffman and I were walking side-by-side and Sister 최 (Che - they are a threesome right now)was walking by a member. We passed someone and Sister Hoffman and I both had a feelign to turn around and chase her down. In the best way you can after turning around, chasing someone down, and then introducing yourself, we explained who we are and why we wanted ot talk to her. We bore our testimonies of the Book of Mormon and this message and she said that she would pray and if she had "the feeling" she would call us!

Letter 02/02/2015

We had an exchange with 안산  (Ansan ~ her first area, and the area where the students who died in the ferry accident were from)this week, which means that I got to go back to my greenie area and I was there on my birthday! AND we had dinner at the bishops house. The bishop's wife invited us over for my birthday last year! She made the same cute wheat-free cake and everything! It was fun. And I was with my MTC companion. Double de javu!
We were able to meet again with our cute teenager who was referred by a member! It's so much fun to teach a friend of a member, with a member! We're having so much fun!
We spent some time handing out flyers for our English class. It's fun.
We went to the temple this week! I tried to buy a hanbok(traditional Korean dress) on our P-day but they're all so expensive so I gave up.
We met a woman this week that I talked to at the bus stop the week before!
We taught lesson five to the boy who got baptized last week!
One of our YW (Young Women) asked us to meet her at a park and brought her friends to meet us so that we could invite them to FHE!
I'm sorry it's so short today!
I love you! I loved all of the cute cards!
(Hyomin's baptism)

Letter 01/26/2015 (the day before 22nd birthday)

Last P-day we had a sisters' conference with trainings on time management, budgeting, cleaning, and exercise. I did the training on time management and I also gave that training at our district meeting.
We taught two FHE (Family Home Evening) lessons to members last Monday night.
On Tuesday we had a 'culture conference' and one of President Morrise's (the mission president) counselors - who is also one of our ward missiona leaders - gave us training on Korean culture to help us have better relationships with members and find investigators.
We've been a lot more busy and I love it! More members and less-active members are asking to meet with us raher than us being the only ones asking to meet. 

Little 효민 (HyoMin - and 8 year old boy they had been teaching) got baptized on Wednesday. Those pictures are from his baptism. After the baptism I asked his sister what she thought about the baptism. Our conversation went like this:
"What did you think?"
"I liked it."
"What did you like about it?"
"I thought it was was interesting."
"What was interesting?"
"Well he went under the water it represents death and when he came up it represents resurrection."
Isn't she so cute? She's only 5.

We had an exchange. When we seperated Sister Hoffman and I both forgot to switch over the phone so I went back to our area and we were phoneless for 24 hours. It was all good but it's not something that I want to repeat. 

We had an appointment with an investigator, Sister Kim, and then we had to book it to a member's house for a practice lessons. The bus was taking too long to come so we decided to take a taxi. But then all of the taxis suddenly disappeared so we were forced to wait for the bus. After going a few stops we realized that the bus was taking a different route than we had thought so we had to get off. Catching a taxi is usually a fairly easy task but not this day. After a while we were finally able to get a taxi. Finally! And the taxi driver knew Mormons! He had studied the Bible for 40 years and knew that it is not complete so he also studied other records (the Greeks and Egyptians, etc). Guess what? WE HAVE A RECORD THAT COMPLETES THE BIBLE! Good news! He accepted a Book of Mormon! We ran to the member's house a half an hour late and felt awful (we couldn't even call her to explain our situation because we didn't have a phone!!!) but right as we were ringing the bell outside of her apartment building she came walking up, also 30-minutes late. She had tried to let us know but couldn't. Everything worked out. We were supposed ot meet the taxi driver and she was late for the appointment too. 

On Saturday we did a street-boarding activity outside of our church. we talked to two students and then invited them into the church where we were able to teach them a short lesson! 

This week had a lot of ups and downs but everything strengthened my testimony of this gospel. I love it.