Archive | June 2014
The Elders and us in Shinjeong
Saying goodbye to Sister and President Gilbert.
Hello Family and Friends!
There is so much that I want to say. It is crazy amazing to be here in 밀양 (Miryang). It is seriously sooooooooo small and so country. We only have about 25 active members in our branch. It is sooooooo small. I really didn’t understand how small it was until I went to church on sunday. Not all 25 come at once though, so it is even smaller. I absolutely love it though.
The Elders and us in Shinjeong
In front of our Church building in Shinkeong
황태숙 (Hwangtehsook) and Jordan! I love them!
The first Monday I got here, it rained so hard after we were emailing and some really nice people from the city hall let us borrow an umbrella. After emailing we went and met the Branch President and family and taught a lesson, we came home and there was no electricity! It was soo fun! It was sooo stormy out side and no power. what an adventure! Thank goodness dad taught me to always have a flashlight with me! So we planned in the dark with my flashlight and got ready for bed. we left the switches on so at around 11 or so the lights turned on. so scary. it woke us both up and surprised us so bad! we couldn’t stop laughing.
Our investigators in Shinjeong.
There are only about 2 buses here and so a 30 minute walk anywhere is really short for us. Sometimes we have to walk 30-50 minutes to get to an appointment.
This week was super fun! Seriously, I love being companions with Sister Johnson. She is hilarious!
This last Friday we went out with a member and we ate something interesting. Can anyone take a guess? I think I have finally experienced more of Korea’s culture……. We ate Dog Soup and Dog meat. It wasn’t bad. The dog meat is super fatty! So gross. So, I took off the fat and only ate the meat. The smell was really gross though and it sometimes tasted like this: imagine the smell of wet dog….Yep….that is how it smelled and how that fat tasted like. Super gross. What I did with the meat is I would put this really delicious bean past on it, put a piece of ginger and swish the meat around in this sauce. It actually would taste pretty good! But the soup was interesting. A lot of green things that tasted funny. Wasn’t sure what kind of veggie it was. Definitely seaweed and some other things. When I first started eating I didn’t realize how gross the fat was and one of the Korean elders asked in English if we had prayed for Spot. I totally gagged because I was trying to chew that fat but it wasn’t working and i started thinking about it too much. We were laughing so hard though. It was a fun experience! But I don’t want to eat it again. 🙂
Saying goodbye to Sister and President Gilbert.
Eating Dog! Waaahh!
After we ate with him we helped him out on his farm. He has about 6-8 horses, a small ankle biter dog, and a bear dog. He is HUGE!!! Seriously he is a bear. His name is the greatest though, it is Kahn. Totally fits him. We got to help him out and it was really fun. We had a blast! While the Elders and the member went and dropped off the horse extras we had to wash Kahn. Wow, it was so fun! First time ever eating a dog and also first time ever washing a dog. Our whole day was filled with dog. Now, when I see dogs all I can think is “We just ate your cousin.” I still can’t believe it happened but it was sooooo fun!
On Sunday we went and taught a less active but she is basically an investigator. She doesn’t know anything! She said that I looked like a doll and apparently Sister Johnson looks like Jesus on the front cover of the plan of salvation pamphlet. We about died.
This week, I was reading this talk in General Conference about “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. I don’t have the article with me right now so I can’t remember the speaker…sorry… but I loved it! I think it is so simple. If you love Christ and Heavenly Father you will do what they say, if not you won’t. There is no middle ground, there is only one side or the other. I love how black and white it is. But it is soooo true! No one who truly loves Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would completely deny them. Of course, we are human and we make mistakes but it is our mistakes that make us better and we get to experience the love of our Father in Heaven and Savior. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” If we keep this simple saying in our heart, we will be able to get Christ into our hearts and expand it toward others.
I love being a missionary! I love Miryang! I can’t wait to show you around and to show you how pretty it is! I love the Lord and I know this is his work.
I LOVE YOU ALL! 살앙해요!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme 옴 자매
Hello Beloved Family and Friends!
Well, I have been transferred from dear 신정 (Shinjeong). I am going to miss that place soo much but I am sooooo excited for this place. It is suuuuuuuppppperrrrr country. there is nothing out here! I am so excited and a lot of miracles are happening here and I will just see what the Lord wants me to do. My new companion is Sister Johnson. She and I know each other very well because we were in the same Zone for a long time.
This week we were super busy meeting with people and saying our goodbyes. I really do love the people of Shinjeong and they love me back. They are so sweet and kind. They were showing me sooo much love these last 5 weeks. They know that despite not being super perfect with Korean, I work hard and try to show my spirit and love in other ways.
I spoke and it went really well. I will give a summary of my talk:
So, I talked about the importance of coming to church. I shared my experience about when I was living in Russia about how long it took to get to church every week. It takes 3 hours each way and we had to take several steps to get there. We walked 5 minutes to the bust stop, then we waited for the bus (sometimes the wait time was 20-30 minutes), then we took a 30 minute bus ride to the metro, then an hour metro ride, then when we got off we had to walk for about 20 minutes. Each step was a little harder for us to give up and go home. There would be no point and we would waist a lot of time. There is a lot of steps we take in our eternal progression and each one makes it harder to go back because we understand that part of the gospel. There is no point in ruining the progress we have already made. I told them that God is always on their side and is someone that can help us in our eternal progress. I shared Joshua 1:9 and bore my testimony of the gospel and how true it is. The spirit was soo strong in that room.
I want to tell the background of why I told this story. I actually wrote this talk for one person only. I received inspiration on what I would write and what to share. Unfortunately, that person didn’t show up at all. It hurt my heart that this person didn’t come especially since we told her everyday that i was writing the talk for her. But I do know one thing, that despite this person not coming, it helped out a lot of other people. Sometimes we have times that are really disapointing and really frustrating but there is always going to be someone who is blessed because of it. I know that as long as we keep our head up high and trust in the Lord, we or someone will ALWAYS be blessed. You may not see it now but there is always a purpose to everything.
I love the Lord and trust in the Lord. He is our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ is our Advocate. I cannot share all of the things that I have learned because you all won’t understand the change it has wrought in my heart but I do know that the Gospel is true 100%. We all have different experiences that no one will truly understand but we can understand how the gospel can bless us and bless the lives of others.
I am excited to see what adventures await me here in 밀양 Miryang, but I know it will be amazing.
I LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme 옴 자매
Time flies sooo fast! This thursday we have transfer calls! We will see if I stay or if I go. I heard that the President Gilbert doesn’t want to change anything so then the new president and have a chance next transfer to change people around. So hopefully i stay! the Gilberts leave next week and next transfer we will have a new mission president. Crazy times! i am going to miss the gilberts but I am excited for the new people.
On the left is our Landlord’s daughter Kimoohhee and her Friend KangArem. Super cute girls! love them to death! We are on the top of our Billa (Apt building…a billa is a mini version of a big apt).
This week was super busy for us. We have soooo many people to teach now! it is great and we keep getting more! It is seriously a miracle. We are filling up too fast and we can’t take anymore! who would of thought!
This week while I was on enchanges another sister and I met a prophet! He was riding a motorcycle and almost ran us over because we couldn’t decide which way to go. I feel pretty special because he told us that he was a prophet and said that we should go somewhere else to teach. Yep, never leaving then! Super funny though, we died laughing talking about the experience.
I cut my hair and the lady did a great job!!!!!
Today we went to a meat buffet. DAD WOULD LOVE THESE PLACES!!!! ^^ we are totally going when we come back.
sorry this week will be short but i’ve sent pictures instead.
I LOVE YOU ALL!!! KEEP GOING!!!!!!! You are all the best. Remember Christ in your life! He is your best example and is always there for you! I love you and pray for you all constantly! You are all the best!
Hello Family and Friends!
This week was a very busy week! We have so many people we are teaching right now! It is crazy but a very big blessing. There is not really much to say because our new investigators are not really ready for very big things but we are teaching them the gospel little by little. It is great!
Something hilarious that happened this week was while we are teaching one of our new investigators. We were in our city hall at the top in an observatory where you can see the whole city if Shinjeong. All of a sudden a swarm of Nigerians attacked us! They kept asking to take pictures with us and sitting next to us. Sometime, well actually the whole time, sitting waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy to close and basically on me. ahh! It was intense. It is the closest I have ever gotten to feeling like a celebrity. Wow, I don’t like it. They were hilarious though! It felt like Sister Yokum and I were movie stars. It was crazy! The tour guide was hilairous! He spoke english and asked us if we could understand them at all and we could understand him better then the Nigerians! so funny. But he had to keep telling them that they had no time and needed to go. It was hilarious. Sister Yokum and I were exhausted. too much pressure! our investigator was laughing sooooo hard! It is normal to be stared at over here in korea and to be told you are beautiful but never have we ever experienced that! Koreans are too shy for that!
Sister Yokum’s health is basically improving. She definitely has to get her tonsils taken out but we are hoping and praying she will be able to last the rest of her mission. If she does have to get her tonsils taken out now she would just go home and end her mission. We are fasting and praying to see what the Lord wants for her. She doesn’t want to go home. She is amazing and such a good missionary! It would be terrible for her to leave about 2 transfers early! But we also don’t want to kill her.
Sunday I translated for the first time ever! Waaahh! I translated our gospel principles class for an american girl. I didn’t do too bad but also I kind of just added things to the lesson. ^^ I got a sense of what the teacher was saying and kind of just say what he says and then added to it. So, it went great! It was hard but it went well. Success for the week! Korean is getting easier and easier to understand but still some people and the way they talk is super hard! A lot of people have different ways of speaking and it can be hard to understand.
The ward members are amazing!!! They help me soo much with my Korean and they always speak to me even though they totally know I am still trying to understand. But what is amazing is that I am actually starting to understand them! I am seriously amazed. It is not me, it is the Lord! He is helping me so much! If I wasn’t a missionary I wouldn’t be able to learn and understand korean this fast!
3 Nephi 5:13 We recite this scripture every day in Korean. It is amazing what the Lord can do through us as disciples of Christ. Read it this week and apply it. Always remember that you are always a representative of the Lord, no matter what! Even though you may not have a missionary tag setting you apart as one, you totally are! Everyday walk like a representative of Christ! Share the gospel, it will not only bless other people’s lives but yours as well.
I LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!! This gospel is so true and I love sharing it. Being a missionary is the best thing in the whole world!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme
Hello EVERYONE!!! 안녕하새요!!!!
So, this week was an adventure. My companion had tonsilytis and an absyst on her tonsils. it was crazy! We had to stay in the hospital for 3 days. It wasnt too bad actually. I got to study a lot and recieved a lot of revelation while I was there. So that was a bonus. Sister Yokum is doing well. We do have to go back to the hospital on wednesday for a check up. Eventually she has to get her tonsils removed but we are trying to help her last until she leaves for home. She leaves in September so she doesn’t have much longer so we don’t want her to leave early. We are doing things more slowly she can rest more and heal better. We don’t want to her to live at the hospital for the rest of her mission. But all is good over here! We are both happy, healthy (well at least a lot better then last week for my companion), and whole!
There isn’t really much else to say for this week. We weren’t not able to do much because Sister Yokum was so sick but we have received a lot of new investigators and people to teach which is AWESOME and amazing!!
A lot of people have been asking about the 49 day fast! I wanted to explain it a little more.
Each companionship fasts for a day and all of the missioniaries everyday study in the morning and at night the thing that was assigned for that day. We have every day’s study plan set up for us already so all we have to do is open our scriptures or our PMG to whatever is needed. It is amazing and is working miracles in our whole mission!!!!
Sorry, I have to go but know that I love you all TONS!!! keep working your hardest! the LORD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU! As you turn your hearts toward him and Christ will become more like him!
Love, Sister Orme