Archive | July 2014
Sister Johnson and I in our grandma pants
Definitely Typhoon weather, right?
Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
This week was a good week. We found some old records at the church of people the missionaries use to teach. People that had baptismal dates but for some weird reason stopped. We saw these records as gold! We called all of them. Some of them want to meet! We are sooooo excited. We met with one of them this week. She has known the missionaries for about 10 years or so and she is 30 years old. We are so excited and we are meeting again this week. She is excited to meet with us to. Never underestimate old records. What is even more amazing is she has just returned a few months ago from living in Seoul for a long time. She asked us how we knew and we said we were just as surprised as her and now we are meeting. I will keep you updated on her. She is awesome and I feel like we can really help her. I believe this is the time for her to really fully grasp the gospel.
Also we had two lessons on Sunday that were amazing. We did not teach at all what we had planned. The first lesson we planned on talking about the restoration and then we ended up talking about faith instead. This young women really wants to understand and learn. We talked about how faith can help her understand the gospel and learn what it means for her. We both bore powerful testimonies and she wants to meet again. She is so cute and I know the gospel will bless her life.
Our next lesson was later that day. With a less active mom and her investigator daughter. We were planning on finishing the plan of salvation by talking about the atonement. they didn’t do their commitment, then I felt like we needed to ask them why we give them commitments. Wow, what a powerful lesson. Sister Johnson and I were able to share our whole souls with them. I felt inspired to share them my own story of the book of mormon and how I came to know it was true. We promised them that when they start reading and following our commitments they will see a difference. The spirit was so strong and i was crying so much. They were listening so intently. They felt our sincerity. They don’t have a lot of time but I promised them that if they made time to do what the Lord wanted, they will have time for everything. We told them how precious this book was before them and said that only good will ever come out of it. It was soooo powerful and completely led by the spirit. I know the Lord helped us know what we needed to say and how we should say it. We recommited them to read and they said they would, with a strong, firm yes. I hope they will think about what we shared and apply it.
I know this gospel is true. I am so grateful to be a missionary. I am so grateful for this gospel. I love Korea and it’s people. I could not imagine being anywhere else. God has been really blessing me. I am trying to repay him but I know I never can. But I do know that God notices our efforts and that is enough for him. Never let your life be stained with iniquity or negativity, It will only bring you down. The Lord always uplifts and carries. Satan only hardens and brings you down. Which one would you rather have? I choose God. I know He is always there for us. I know He cares and loves us. He wants us to live with him again. Read the April Priesthood Session talk by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom “What manner of Men?”. It is addressed to the men but there is something in there for everyone. What manner of man/woman are you? Who are you and what is your potential? We are God’s Children. As we strive to become what Heavenly Father wants us to become we will see our potential and our greatness. We will see our strengths and our weaknesses but God will make your weakness become strengths.
I love you all so much! You are all the best!
Love, Sister Orme
Hello Beloved Family and Friends-
Well, this week I hit my 7th month mark! Waahh! Soooo crazy. I cannot believe it at all.
I forgot to tell you another weird thing I have eaten. It is not too bad but wouldn’t mind not eating it again. Like most of my other eating adventures. ^^ I ate two whole crabs. They were cooked but still. Interesting… We were at a members house and I was trying to figure out how you eat them. Usually it is best to watch and observe the koreans on how they eat food. Our member just took one and ate the whole thing! I was sooo shocked. Pinchers and all. So, I decided to try it. Then I ate another one to make her happy. It was so fun, crunchy and interesting.
It is getting really hot and humid now. We are slowly becoming accustomed to just being sweaty all the time. It is so nasty but it is all in the work of the Lord! ^^ There really is nothing we can do about it, so we just get used to it.
This week we met an amazing 80 year old man! We wish he could be our investigator but he is male and lives in a different area. Soooooo sad. We were getting off the bus when we met him. He speaks perfect English. We started talking and he asked us who we were and then he was like “Well, can we sit down and talk about your church?” Sister Johnson and I were dumbfounded. We said yes. We sat down for about an hour. We taught him the whole Restoration and a few other things about the gospel. We bore our testimonies to him. He was so interested. He was so amazed that Joseph Smith got an answer. We gave him a Book of Mormon. He has such a thirst for knowledge even though he is really old. He wants to meet again and talk about the BofM. We are sooooo excited to meet him and talk more about the gospel. We are meeting him with the Elders and then after we will give his info to the Elders in his area. He is sooo amazing. We teach him tomorrow and we want to give him a baptismal date. He is so ready and so willing to listen and accept everything. He was so cute and kept telling how pure we looked and how we emanated goodness. I will keep you updated on what happens to him. We call him Gramps but not to his face. We just think he is so cute and we totally seems like a gramps. He is so sweet and kind. He listens and has many good and important questions. So ready!
We eat Patbingsoo (팥빙수) at this grandma’s house. The best patbingsoo ever and the cheapest. She also gives us free dokbulgi (떡볶이) i am not sure how to romanize it. But it is this rice cake thingys with fish cakes as well. Sooooo good. She gives it to us for free and basically unlimited. Sooo cute!
It was interesting because I always know when we will have a miracle. For some reason that morning I was really frustrated at NOTHING. But I kept feeling these really dark feeling and everything was soo annoying. I was wondering to myself why I was so frustrated. I rarely ever get frustrated but I was that morning. Then I was like well, I am a missionary and missionaries are happy regardless of what side of the bed I wake up on. So, I threw out all of those bad feelings and prayed to Heavenly Father that I would be happy. Instantly, I knew why I was having that attitude. Everytime Satan tries to make us unprepared for what will happen. I have realized this several times on my mission. Everytime that I have a bad feeling and it is for no reason, it is Satan trying to work on me so I don’t see the miracle that will happen. That is what made me happy that day because I knew there was going to be a miracle that day. After I changed my attitude Heavenly Father blesses you with being prepared for anything. And we were! Another miracle is that we were trying to get on a certain bus but we accidentally went to the wrong stop, so we took a different bus instead. The thing is we were meant to go to the wrong bus stop and take that bus because Gramps was on that bus. Heavenly Father put the 3 of us together to meet. He is soooo good and knows all. I know we had all of those experiences in the morning to be ready for him and to find him. The Lord always prepares us. I am grateful for how Heavenly Father teaches us and shows us the way to those who are ready and willing. He is the best!
I want to have everyone know that the Gospel is the most amazing thing in the world. It is blessing so many and I am so grateful for this opportunity to share it. I will always cherish these moments forever. I want to challenge everyone to think and pray for certain people to be put in your way to bless with the gospel. I am not asking you to proselyte or knock on doors. I am asking and imploring you to search within your friends to bless them. I know that whatever their response to the gospel is, you succeeded in sharing it. Look for the potential of righteousness in others even when you think they have none. EVERYONE NEEDS THE GOSPEL. It will bless you as well. Sharing the gospel is helping another child of God to come closer to him and to learn of him.
I love this gospel and I love missionary work. I could not imagine myself anywhere else. I LOVE YOU ALL!
The work is hastening and we are all apart of it. I am praying for you all and I know that as you try your hardest to share the gospel you will see miracles and blessings in your life.
Love, 옴 자매
P.S. I will send more pics next week!
Hello Dearest Friends and Family-
News to the mainland! We have survived the really intense and powerful typhoon. We had a raging typhoon hit our area. We were so worried about what we would do for missionary work. The sprinkles/hot sun were waaaay too much for us. But seriously, we had warnings of a typhoon and a lot of stores were closed. Apparently the typhoon suddenly changed direction and didn’t hit Korea. It did rain a lot this week though. It is monsoon season right now so it rains a lot! But so far we haven’t had any flooding yet, which is nice. It so humid and hot though. It has been this way for the last few weeks since I have been here. We basically sweat all day and we are sticky. Kind of gross but we just kind of deal with it.
Well, I can seriously eat ANYTHING now. This week was not super adventurous but we ate raw fish. It was cut very fine and was super long and stringy. Then we had a soup with a whole fish cooked in it. Eye balls and all. It wasn’t bad.
We went on a branch picnic last, last Saturday. It was soooo fun!
Sister Johnson and I in our grandma pants
It was a really good week! We got 3 new investigators this week! We are doing the 30/30 program with them. 30 minutes English and 30 minutes Gospel. Sister Johnson, on our second visit with the 3 of them, decided to ask if they had any questions for us. One of them asked why there were so many churches and why were there so many different beliefs…..ohh. Such a good question that we can TOTALLY answer. So we went into the first lesson. The spirit guided us so well, it was seriously all the Lord. We talked about how when Christ came to this earth he established his gospel. We compared this to a puzzle. There are all of these different things that make up the gospel but when Christ left and his apostles were killed people took parts of his gospel but didn’t have everything. there is something missing in each church. Then we went into the Joseph Smith story. It was sooooo powerful. So good. It was intense and you could feel the spirit so strongly. We then bore our testimonies and then they all had to leave because they needed to go pick up kids and make dinner. Seriously, such a good lesson!
We made rootbeer and I was wearing a ridiculously awesome outfit. Grandma pants and grandma shirt combined. Wooh. Lookin good. haha.
Definitely Typhoon weather, right?
This week I read 3 Nephi 19:25. So good. Continues with my Christ’s light study. Here is the scripture: “And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.” Wow, if we could shine a light that bright, in reality people would actually be blinded, but if we could shine the light of Christ that bright people will be drawn to us. People who have even the smallest amount, which is everyone, then they can be drawn to. It is amazing the influence Christ had on people. Even though Christ is not on the earth now, we can definitely be representatives of him and put his light into our own hearts. After we put the light in our hearts we can share. Sister Gilbert always talked about giving out and sharing that light within you. Don’t be scared to shine or show it or give it! We are given the responsibility to do so. “How great is this work” !!! It is the best. I know I say it every week but I want everyone to know, that I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK! It is the most fulfilling thing ever. You don’t even have to serve a full time mission to do missionary work. There are so many different ways you can do it. Find those ways and do! The gospel is about doing! There is no such thing as idleness in the gospel. The work is hastening and we are here to help that work move forward. Go out and do!
I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH!
Love, Sister Orme
Hello Dearest Family and Friends-
I first want to tell you all that I love you all so much!
So, these past two weeks in Miryang have been sooooooooooooooo adventurous. Sister Johnson and the Elders don’t know why it has become so since I have came. This week we had another food adventure…..I can seriously eat anything now. Nothing is going to ever scare me. Korea has done a good job with that. Well, this animal we actually own at my home in California…yep. I ate Chicken Feet this week. So, weird. Basically they are just cartilage. They look sooooo weird! The Elders were just waiting for me to eat it. We were at an old grandma members home and the Elders were like have you tried the chicken yet? In korean to me so I had to answer so the grandma would know that it was delicious. I ate it and was like what the? what is this? It looked like chicken skin to me because it was covered in sauce so you couldn’t really tell and they after I was done eating it they said Welcome to Korea you just ate chicken feet! So awesome! It is not as bad as I thought chicken feet would be. But still not very delicious and there is no meat. I am just grateful there were no nails on the chicken feet.
The Elders and us on an adventure last Monday
Anywho, we celebrated the 4th of July in our own way. It was fun and we dressed up in red, white, and blue. We drew some flags and carried them around with us and took photos with them. So fun! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!!!!!!
I was studying a lot about being disciples and being lights to others this week. The scripture above is 3 Nephi 15:12. Another scripture I want to share is 3 Nephi 18:24 “Therefore, Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up…”. I love these scriptures. As disciples and representatives of Christ we must hold up our light to others. That light is Christ. As disciples it is our duty to show that light and to share it. I love how we can be that light and hope with people. Make sure that your light never dims which is your foundation in Christ. He is the most surest foundation and if you have it based on him your light will NEVER die. He is the only way.
I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOOOO MUCH! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!!
Love, Sister Orme