Archive | October 2014

Week 36- Service and Love

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
Sorry I wasn’t able to email yesterday. We had another 5k run with the whole mission! It was so fun! We even got shirts for it. I love it. Then we had a training meeting. We didn’t get home until around 540 and the elders had to use the church computer so we couldn’t email last night. They had less time today but we had some time to email. So, long story short, here i am.
Guess what we ate again last friday?????? Next week we will see who guesses right.
We went looking for an old investigators house, and guess what we found? A garden instead! The house is completely gone!
This last week we were super busy! We are trying to up our numbers and we have been doing everything that we can to find new investigators and talk to everyone on our phone, looking through old records, and getting everything all up-to-date. It has been crazy. We have called, and visited so many people. We have a lot of potential investigators and I am excited to start meeting with them.
After the 5k
Korea has huge bugs! This caterpillar was huge!!!!!!
We are also super busy this week because we are planning a big Halloween party for our branch. The branch is amazing and have really been helping us to get this party started and they are inviting friends and everyone to come. We want this party to not be just a branch party but a community party so it gives us, the missionaries in Miryang, a chance to meet new people and have them become investigators. We are excited. We are planning the haunted house and it is going to be really good! ahh! We are so excited and are really going to make it super scary. The theme is a Psycho Hospital. It is going to be the bomb! We are really pumped for this activity and we hope a lot of people come.
2 Big thoughts of the week.
First Thought: I was reading Jacob 5:71 this week. “And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard; with your might. For behold, this is the last time that i shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is night at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come”. I really like this scripture because it reminds me of what we are doing here on a mission but also as member missionaries. We are working with the Lord to improve his vineyard. We shall see the fruits of our labors as we work with him.
Second Thought: This was this morning. I was thinking about missionary companionships. I was observing  a lot of companionships and thinking about reasons why they work/don’t work. I decided that it was all based off of service. I wonder if in those companionships that don’t work whether they serve each other enough? I was thinking about all of my companions so far and why things all work out and it is because we all served each other. Service adds more love to the relationship which then in turns helps them cope with their differences. I was thinking about how the Savior loved all, even those who spit on him, mocked him, hated him, hurt him, and then killed him. If he could love those kind of people, we can love anyone and everyone. I also realized that if we recognize that all of us are children of God, we act kinder and love more. I have never not liked someone. For some reason I have been given the gift of being able to genuinely like everyone I meet and associate with. I am grateful that I have been blessed with this. I do not say this to boast but I am just saying it because I never really fully realized that I had this gift for a while. I just don’t know and can’t understand how someone could hate another person. Of course, there are circumstances but forgiveness is key. Like the Savior, he forgave all, despite what they did to him. I am grateful that the Savior can be such a great example to us of love, service, kindness, and forgiveness. My question for you all is: Do you serve the ones you associate with? If not, start doing so now. If yes, keep it up! I challenge you all to serve someone that is the most hardest to serve. I know you will be blessed for doing so!
Delicious Bingsoo. We are for sure eating this when we get to Korea! ^^
Another Picture. The only two companions I have left in the mission field. Of course my current companion and Sister Johnson. She leaves in December 😦
Also, every night before we say our companionship prayer and individual prayer we say 3 things that we are grateful the other person did that day. I really like it and I believe it has made our companionship a lot closer but also more affective. We trust each other and we are able to work well with each other. I have another challenge for you all. With the people you live with, I suggest one thing. That you tell them why you are grateful for them everyday. I know it will soften hearts and add more love to any relationship. Husband/Wife, Parents/Children, Friends/Friends. I am really grateful for this because it boosts my confidence and I am also wanting to serve my more and more each day because I know it will make her happy.
So, service, love and gratitude! You can do it!
I love you all tons!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 35- Christ’s Atonement

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
What a great week. Well, actually every week is a great week! I am a missionary and it is the greatest thing in the world!
It is getting colder and I don’t like it but I am super excited to wear scarves again! I love wearing scarves!
We were so busy this week. I love being busy! We are working hard and I love it. I love my companion. She is seriously the best. She is so kind, selfless, loving, funny, hard working, spiritual, serving, and everything else and more. She is amazing. I could not wish for a better trainee. I have been very blessed as a missionary because every single companion I have had, has been the greatest and the best!!!!! I am so blessed! So blessed.
Patbingsoo! Delicious!
My companion, Sister Kim!
We taught our family investigators this last friday. We taught them the atonement and I wanted to highlight some thoughts that I had about it. I studied it a lot this week because I really wanted this family to understand why it is so important that Christ died for us. For those who do not know what the atonement is will now know what it is and how you can apply it to your life. We thought of a really good way to explain the atoenment to people who don’t know what it is. So, here we go. Imagine you’re hand being completly dirty with mud, you can’t wipe it off, you can’t pick it off, or anything besides using this really special soap to wash it off. You can only use this soap because it will completely wipe the mud away. After you use this soap, your hand is clean and new. The atonement is the same way. Your hand is your life. The mud is your sins, worries, any sadness and injustices you have felt, anything that burdens you. The soap is Jesus Christ’s Atonement. His atonement is the only way that all things can be made right. You can feel clean and completly new, and fresh like your newly washed hand.
We then asked some questions. Why would someone die for you? What reasons would they have to do such a thing? If you died for someone, what would your reason be? The Savior died for us, why would he do that? Why would anyone do that kind of thing? Those children were amazing and knew exactly where we were getting to. The reason the Savior did it and why anyone would do a thing like that is because of one word: LOVE. The Savior loved us so much that he died for us, so we could have the opportunity to feel the cleansing power of his sacrifice. What an amazing thing that he did for us.
Many people think that the atonement is so complicated. But the reasons are so simple. It was all about love. Despite the reason being so simple, it is one of those most important gifts we have ever received. The power of the atonement is real and I know that as we use it, we can feel the heavy burden be lifted off of our shoulders. We can become clean and new.
I love this gospel and I am so happy that it is always a happy message. It brings hope and light to people’s lives.
And of course, as always, I love being a missionary!!!!
You are all the greatest! Thank you for all the love, support and prayers. It really means a lot to me.
Love you!!!!!! 사랑해요!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 34- General Conference

Hello Dearest Friends and Family!
What a great week filled with inspiring and uplifting talks. I want to write all of my thoughts and feelings for every talk but alas there is not a lot of time. I wanted to go over the themes that I thought were throughout the general conference. There is a lot.
-Be firm and Steadfast in Christ. As we become more firm in him we are able to use his atonement. Through his atonement everything is made right. We are healed and taken care of by the atonement. Oh how ever grateful am I for the sacrifice that Christ did for us. There is no way that we would be able to move along in life without the Atonement. I know that it heals, comforts, strengthens, and builds us up to become who Heavenly Father knows we can be.
-Have your eyes toward the Temple. The temple is an expression of God’s love for us. We are able to feel his hand in our lives more as we attend the temple. Temples are a blessing for us and is a place of refuge from the world. We feel peace and the Holy Ghost more powerful there than in any other place.
On thursday our ward had a picnic! We hiked up a mountain and ate food at the top. It was a blast! One of our investigators was able to come!
It was beautiful! Family, we are going when we come to Miryang!
At the top there is this old fashioned fire signal structure for war. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings. It was so amazing!
-Be ready to stand and have courage to be firm. As the world is ever so changing it is important that we stand strong and firm in our beliefs. I know that this gospel has always and ever will be a blessing in my life and in the life of those around me. I see the blessings of it everyday. I see it as it touches people’s hearts as they become willing to follow the Lord because they know it is right. I like the quote by C.S. Lewis: “Courage is every form of virtue and the test of all things”. What a great quote. I love it and hope that every time there is a need for courage that we are able to use it and stand firm. The lord is always there for you.
-Know that God loves you and he wants to give you blessings. He will answer your prayers. I believe this to be very true. I saw it in my life this week. I had questions that desperately needed to be answered. Through my prayers, and through our leaders my questions were answered. I cannot describe the joy that I felt as I recieved those answers. I know that because God loves me, and loves each and every one of us, he wanted me to feel comfort and receive answers to my questions. I am forever grateful to the Lord. I know he is ever mindful of us. It is us that have to recognize his hand in our lives. Life is not easy but as we see the positive things that have happened in our life, those bad parts go away and seem less important. I know that this time is for us to grow and learn. We are being refined and becoming our full potential. I know everything happens for a reason. I know that as we strive to learn and grow from what life throws at us we will be able to come out stronger and more powerful then ever before.
-Prepare our testimony to become a strong testimony. We need to daily make our testimony stronger. We cannot uplift others if we are not uplifted ourselves. As we strengthen our testimony we are able to understand the reasons for all things and why this life is so important. We are here to prepare to meet God and also prepares ourselves to live with him again.
-Share our light with others. We share our light with others so they can be blessed as well. I hope and pray that every person I meet in this life sees that light within me. I strive to make them feel important and loved. As we add more light to our light, we are able to strengthen and share our light with others.
-Do family history work because we are eternal. Family History work is so important. I find it’s significance in the fact that we all can become an eternal family. I am grateful that the Lord has provided a way for us to be together as a family forever and to be able to see those loved ones, who have passed away, again. I know that we will see those who have passed away and we will be able to be with them again. I think of my grandparents on both my parent’s sides. I cannot wait to be able to see them again and rush into their arms again. I am grateful that there is no end to this life but it continues and it continues with our loved ones.
-Listen to the Lord’s Servants. As life gets harder and more difficult it is becoming more and more important to listen to the Lord’s servants. The Lord’s Servants have the voice of the Lord. “Whether it is by my own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (Bible- Amos 3:7). The Lord speaks through his servants. They speak the word’s of the Lord. The Lord is giving us guidance and counsel. We will be protected and taken care of, if we heed their voices.
-Obedience. Why do we need to obey God’s Commandments? I think the Lord knows better than we do. I believe that to be true. As we remain obedient, we are able to recieve all the blessings that the Lord wants to give us. I know that as we strive to be as obedient as we can, we will be more blessed than we could ever imagine.
-Prayer and Scripture Study. Daily Prayer and Scripture study will be a shield of protection. I know that through prayer and scripture study we can receive answers to all of our questions. Our questions of the truth of this church can be answered by prayer and scripture study. We cannot know if this church is true, without these things.
-Distractions and Choices. The world is becoming ever more distracting as there is more technology and things to be busy and distracted with. What is the most important? Are we making choices that help us for good or for bad? There are always good choices but what is the best choice? I am always reminded daily of what is the best choice as we plan our day. I know that as we choose good choices our life will be blessed and we will be happy.
I have had so many questions answered and confirmed to me this week because of General Conference. I am grateful for the inspiration of church leaders because I know that the Lord loves us so much that he wants us to feel comfort and wants us to receive answers to our questions. In the Women’s Conference I loved watching the cute little koreans and I couldn’t feel more amazed and happy that I have been called to teach the Korean people. They are so special to me. I know this is where I am supposed to be.
Here is a link to Conference if you want to listen and/or read. I know that everyone who listens will be blessed. You can listen and/or read it in any language!
I was reading an article in a church magazine called The Liahona. There was a story in there that I really liked. The main person in this story is a man. His wife was a member of this church and he supported her and sometime would come. He loved bringing the missionaries over to bash them with questions and tell them how wrong they were. He thought he was close to getting to be with his family all sunday rather then it being filled with religion. One night as the missionaries were talking to him, he was bashing them so much that the missionaries said they couldn’t teach him because he wasn’t willing to listen. That same night he looked at the Book of Mormon on the table and said to himself “This book is either going to change my life or I will have just wasted a few minutes trying to find out”. As he was reading he felt the power of this book and believed it to be true. It had changed his life and the life of his family. He eventually joined the church and his been a blessing ever since then.
I know this church is true! I am so grateful for missionary work. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I am grateful for the power, strength, and comfort that come out from reading the Book of Mormon.
Love, Sister Orme
One more thing. This talk is great for people who are wondering why we do missionary work!
Love you all!

Week 33- Care for the Flock

Hello Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
I am so grateful for all the love and support you all show me. I love it and I love you all!
This week, of course, another fantastic week in the service of the Lord. We were super busy which is always a good thing. My korean is seriously improving so much. My companion and I are somehow able to communicate with each other and I think it is all because of the Lord. Sometimes it is hard because sometimes I won’t have a clue what she is saying but then she is happy and fine with breaking it down more simply or using a dictionary on our phone or testing it out in english. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t but it always ends up with laughter or talking about something else. ^^ I am grateful that we are able to communicate with each other and  that we both have one purpose and that is serving the Lord.
We have General Conference this weekend. I am excited to hear the inspirational words of our leaders.
I was thinking a lot this week about agency. But I was also thinking about how people use it for good and for bad. I was reading an article “Keeping the Faith in a world of Confusion” by Bishop Gerald Causse. It talks about how we need to continully seek the word, accept unanswered questions, seek the testimony of the spirit, follow and seek the words of apostles and prophets, and then lastly nourish your faith. We have several investigators who ask the really tough questions that are usually answered if they have enough faith to trust God that everything is alright and trust they are under his watchful care. Then they can believe and they will realize that those questions don’t matter. I love their questions because I am up for the challenge. Sometimes people don’t realize that it is them that have to find out their own questions by their own personal work. My companion and I can receive a lot of revelation for them but it is their choice to act upon what we say. We all do. We have to study, work and then get the answer after all we can do. He said “In our search for truth, we can be tempted to want to understand everything right away. However, the intelligence of God is so infinite that ‘it is impossible that man should find out all his ways’. We must accept living for a time without answers to all our questions”. I know that maybe right now all of our questions won’t be answered but as long as we nourish our faith and continually seek for truth and the guidance of the spirit, we will see what truly matters, the knowledge that the Lord has a plan for each one of us and that He wants the best for us. He knows what we need.
Look at what we ate this week! Spam! And it actually was amazing! This is my second time eating it. The first time was at Grandpa’s house but that was gross. This was suppperrr Good!
We did a service project picking dates on saturday. It was super fun! I am representing the Orme fam! And yes, it is a selfy. I admit to it. 😉
Another thing I found this week in a old ensign was a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “Ours is the responsibility to care for the flock, for the precious sheep, these tender lambs, are everywhere to be found– at home in our families, in the homes of our extended families, and waiting for us in our Church callings. Jesus is our Exemplar. Said he, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep’ (John 10:14). We have a shepherding responsibility. May we each step up to serve.” I really like this quote because it again reminded me why missionary work and member missionary work is so important. We are helping gather the Lord’s flock, his sheep. Since I have been a missionary I sense the urgency of why it is so important to help out people to come back or join the fold. It seems like my only goal and drive is to help people realize that this gospel will bless their life more than they can imagine. I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be apart of the Lord’s work. I know that he wants everyone back. We are here to help him and assist him in this great work. I am so happy to be here in Korea. I know this is where I am supposed to be. I am grateful for my past companions, and my current companion. I have learned and I am learning so much.
Keep working hard everyone! Remember the Lord is always on our side, and does He ever so desire that we wish to be on his side! I am happy to tell you that being on his side has never brought so much strength, happiness, joy, growth, and everything good and wonderful. He truly loves each and everyone of us. He wants all of us to come back to him.
I love you all! I love MISSIONARY WORK! and I Love the Lord!
Love, Sister Orme