Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
Wow, what another week in literal paradise! The sun is out and shining. It is a beautiful day on the Island of Jeju! I still can’t believe I am here. I am grateful to be and serve for the Lord. Right now as we are typing a whole class of koreans are learning japanese! They are super loud and repeating everything 10 times or more. It’s fun! Maybe I will learn some Japanese! Woohoo!
One super amazing thing that I want to share is that our soon-to-be-baptized investigator got permission from her parents to get baptized!!!!!!!!!!!! We are SOOOO HAPPY! She wants to get baptized on the 29th. Somethings did happen though, like her phone broke this last weekend so we couldn’t meet saturday or sunday because things came up (satan…..). Anywho, we are meeting with her today. In order to get her baptized next week we have to meet every single day and also saturday. So we will see what she wants. We don’t want to rush things and we also want her to feel comfortable about everything. If she doesn’t get baptized this coming sunday she will get baptized for sure on the next sunday. She is so excited and happy to get baptized. She has received an answer over and over again that this is what she is supposed to do. She called us last night from her friend’s phone and told us without us asking that she is reading the book of mormon and praying and she loves it! She is truly the best and has so much strength within her. She is the best! She wants to get baptized so bad and follow the Savior. I am so happy and proud of her. I know that it is all through the Lord that all of this is happening. We are seeing so many miracles! We have so many great investigators! They are wonderful and truly want to know and gain testimonies. To be honest we were super worried because she all of a sudden started not answering any of our calls and texts. But the worry is gone, she couldn’t respond because her phone broke and she tried everything she could to get a hold of us. Which meant a lot to us, because she didn’t mean to almost drop of the edge of the earth, she just had a broken phone. To say the least we are very relieved and grateful. She is amazing! I cannot wait for the fam to meet her. I love her dearly!
The girl with the glasses is an awesome member and the girl in the tie is Lee Hei Jin, our incredible investigator! We are eating deliciousness in a bowl! Two delicious things. We couldn’t decide. ^^
A fun/funny thing that we did this week is we went to a CAT CAFE! With one of our new investigators. It was great. I almost died but I didn’t have the courage to tell our investigator that I was allergic to cats and that I wasn’t a super big fan of cats. But she wanted to go sooooooooo bad! So, we decided that since she was so happy and excited about it we should go and I would just silently suffer. That is exactly what I did. Oh missionary work/making good relationships with our investigators is the best! Sometimes the best friendships come with sacrifice. ^^ I will be sending pictures. There was this adorable little kitten that absolutely loved me and then there was this hilarious cat. This cat has the look of “I want to kill you right now, and I am planning on how to do it” look. It was hilarious! We took a lot of pictures.
The cute kitten!
The “I want to kill you” cat. ^^
So, during personal study at the beginning we always share a morning thought. There is one that I wanted to highlight on. This was Sister Stewart’s but I wanted to add some of my thoughts too. She was thinking about our calling as a missionary and how it is such a privilege to be wearing a name tag. I have actually been thinking about this a lot lately and she just rounded out some of my thoughts and feelings about the special and sacred calling of being a missionary. I cannot describe to you the feelings and the thoughts that I have about being a missionary. All I can say is that it is one the greatest and most amazing experiences I have ever experienced. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I don’t know if I told this story but one time we had to go to the hospital for one of my companions. (Don’t worry, going to the hospital in Korea is not a big deal at all, and it wasn’t scary. she just needed something checked out…anywho). So, this is preparation day but still it was terrible. I had accidentally left my name tag at home and realized this as we walked to the hospital. I had the weirdest feeling in the whole wide world. I felt spiritually and sort of physically naked, if that makes sense. I felt like no one knew who was I was and who I was representing because I didn’t have my name tag. I even felt a little bit of anxiety because I knew people would just think I was just like all of the other foreigners, but I wasn’t. I realized that no one else was thinking this but me. I was the one freaking out about people not knowing who I was. I want everyone and anyone to know that I represent Jesus Christ. So, when my name tag comes off in a few months it will be terrible and a part of me will be missing. I am not thinking about that. Anyway, we were talking about how powerful a thing it is to be a missionary and to represent the Lord and his gospel. I know that I, and all the other missionaries out in the world, have been endowed with power beyond what we can imagine. I am so grateful to be serving the Lord at this time. It is the best. I am amazed by how fast everything is going. You start realizing that life or time is too short to be thinking about yourself or wasting your time with useless and meaningless things. We need to learn to use our time effectively because sooner or later time will catch up to you. I am so grateful to be learning how to better my time and fill it with worthy things. Being a missionary and wearing a name tag makes me proud to represent Our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I can’t image life without serving the Lord. I have grown and learned so much as a missionary.
Also, to those who have never worn a name tag or are not wearing one right now I am talking to you. ^^ You can still feel the Lord’s power as you stand up and represent him. You can still influence people for good and help them learn about the Savior. The way you do that is by fulfilling your callings as a member missionary, your church calling, being a parent, a friend, an aunt, uncle, cousin, wife, husband, etc. Fulfill your callings to the best of your abilities. You will see the results and the blessings. They will be beyond what you could ever imagine. It is a blessing and a privilege to be a member of this church. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and neither should you. It is a sacred calling that we hold to be a member of Christ’s Church. Don’t ever forget that calling. Strengthen your testimony, strengthen others, serve someone, fulfill your calling. Callings give us purpose and give us a way to come back and live with our Heavenly Father again. The Plan of God is perfect and He knows what He is doing. He is at the helm and we are to hold on with all our might. Our anchor is Christ. We can always trust these two because they are our Father and Savior, brother and friend. I have been called to represent the Lord and so have you. Fulfill that calling to the best of your abilities.
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I love the Lord, our Savior, my family, friends, and the people around me. Bless someone’s life today! With your talents, testimony, and time. Time is the most valuable resource we have been given. What do we use our time for? Is it uplifting and good? Then keep it up! Use your time well.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! You are all such great examples to me and I am so grateful to feel the love and support you give me. Thank you so much for all the things that you do for me and also to those around you.
Love, Sister Orme