Archive | November 2014

Week 41- Kimchi Making Machine, and Pig’s Feet

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
Well, as usual, it is always a wonderful week!
Everyone in the home ward/stake we will be receiving Sister Morrison in about two weeks! What a blessing it will be for her to enter into the Busan Mission. It is seriously the best! I am excited for her!
Something super funny that I have been doing as of late is accidently calling my companion mom. I don’t know why and this is the only companion that I have ever called mom. Just even a few minutes ago she handed me some papers and I said “Thank you Mom!”. We laughed super hard. I guess my cute, little trainee is my mom for the time being. Sorry Mom, you have sort of been temporarily replaced. 😉
Last weekend we had our Sisters pday. The pie turned out delicious! My companion and I did well. There were rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie, mashed potatoes, rice, gravy and pork meat (substitute for turkey). And guess where we ate it? Mcdonalds! It was super fun and kind of embarrassing at the same time, well at least embarrassing for the two korean sisters. Then we bought some ice cream to go with the pie. It was so fun! I will send pictures in this email. Then we went black friday shopping. We got some really fun things that you will see later.
While we were shopping and Sister P-Day at McDonalds!
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The Less Active I keep talking about is really progressing well!
Today we are going to be spending time with Sister Johnson (my last companion) and her companion Sister Hill, who actually just came from my first area Shinjeong! So we talk about Shinjeong a lot. ^^ This is Sister Johnson’s second to last pday before she leaves for home and she wanted to spend it in Miryang. We are going to visit with our investigator who we haven’t met in a while since she has been busy but now she has more time so we will continue meeting with her! A miracle! It has been about 2 months of no contact! So, we are very happy and I wanted to see her before I left Miryang because we are really good friends too. And then we have exchanges today so I will go with Sister Hill and leave for their area. Sister Kim will stay here with Sister Johnson and there will be a ward party tonight for sister Johnson. I am sad to miss it but that is okay. Miryang has the best ward parties!
Sister Kim and I! We took some fun pictures as well but this one is the best for not getting blackmailed by others. ^^
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Miryang is doing great! We have been losing a lot of investigators so it has been interesting but we are working on trying to find more! We hope to get about 2 baptisms by the end of the year. I know we can do it! We just have to be a little more creative and work a little harder to keep finding those that have been prepared. I am grateful that we got an investigator back though! Out of everyone she is the most likely candidate for baptism. We are excited to see how things go.
Kimchi hands!
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On Thanksgiving day it was really fun! We had Zone meeting which is always fantastic. Right now, as Creed (Elder Orme) mentioned in his letter, we are really pushing for the video “He is the Gift” and sharing the message of Christ through social media. Please help with this effort. Our mission is also coming up with new mormon cards that is just for Christmas so they can look up that video. It is super amazing how Heavenly Father has given us this gift to share the gospel to the world. This is a perfect opportunity to share our faith and unite everyone in Christ. So, please do all that you can to promote this video and also make any other video the number 1 hit. Afterward we had service, which we clean toys. Then we had dinner with a member and the Elders. We had turkey legs! It was so delicious! Do you remember those huge turkey legs that you can eat at the fair?? That is what they bought for us. It was amazing. And they had chicken, pizza, and pig’s feet! So, I got to try pig’s feet. It is a little fatty but tastes just like pig meat. It was good.
This weekend we made KIMCHI! It was soooooooooo much fun and super labor intensive. We dressed the kimchi with the sauce. I thought that was kind of hard but apparently that is not the hardest part! The hardest part is making the sauce. There is a lot of work, spices and everything that goes into it and you have to make a ton! We almost finished a whole year’s worth of kimchi. We had to leave so we couldn’t finish. But it was so fun and a great experience.
There is a talk by Elder Todd R. Callister that I read this week about the Book of Mormon. It was so good!
I don’t have time to highlight, so here it is: The Book for Mormon- A book from God”
                                                                                          

‍”Years ago my great-great-grandfather picked up a copy of the Book of Mormon‍ for the first time. He opened it to the center and read a few pages. He then declared, “That book was either written by God or the devil, and I am going to find out who wrote it.” He read it through twice in the next 10 days and then declared, “The devil could not have written it—it must be from God.”1

That is the genius of the Book of Mormon—there is no middle ground. It is either the word of God as professed, or it is a total fraud. This book does not merely claim to be a moral treatise or theological commentary or collection of insightful writings. It claims to be the word of God—every sentence, every verse, every page. Joseph Smith‍ declared that an angel of God directed him to gold plates, which contained the writings of prophets in ancient America,and that he translated those plates by divine powers. If that story is true, then the Book of Mormon is holy scripture, just as it professes to be; if not, it is a sophisticated but, nonetheless, diabolical hoax.

C. S. Lewis spoke of a similar dilemma faced by someone who must choose whether to accept or reject the Savior’s divinity—where there is likewise no middle ground: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. … You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. … But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”2

Likewise, we must make a simple choice with the Book of Mormon: it is either of God or the devil. There is no other option. For a moment I invite you to take a test that will help you determine the true nature of this book. Ask yourself if the following scriptures from the Book of Mormon draw you closer to God or to the devil:

“Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:3).

Or these words of a loving father to his sons: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation” (Helaman 5:12).

Or these words of a prophet: “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32).

Could these statements from the Book of Mormon have possibly been authored by the evil one? After the Savior cast out certain devils, the Pharisees claimed that He did so “by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” The Savior responded that such a conclusion was nonsensical: “Every kingdom,” He said,“divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every … house divided against itself shall not stand.” And then His compelling climax: “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?”‍ (Matthew 12:24–26; emphasis added).

If the foregoing scriptures from the Book of Mormon teach us to worship and love and serve the Savior (which they do), how can they be from the devil? If so, he would be divided against himself and thus be destroying his own kingdom, the very condition the Savior said could not exist. An honest,unbiased reading of the Book of Mormon will bring someone to the same conclusion as my great-great-grandfather, namely: “The devil could not have written it—it must be from God.”

But why is the Book of Mormon so essential if we already have the Bible‍ to teach us about Jesus Christ? Have you ever wondered why there are so many Christian‍ churches in the world today when they obtain their doctrines from essentially the same Bible? It is because they interpret the Bible differently. If they interpreted it the same, they would be the same church. This is not a condition the Lord desires, for the Apostle Paul declared that there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). To help bring this oneness about, the Lord established a divine law of witnesses. Paul taught, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1).

The Bible is one witness of Jesus Christ; the Book of Mormon is another. Why is this second witness so crucial? The following illustration may help: How many straight lines can you draw through a single point on a piece of paper? The answer is infinite. For a moment, suppose that single point represents the Bible and that hundreds of those straight lines drawn through that point represent different interpretations of the Bible and that each of those interpretations represents a different church.

What happens, however, if on that piece of paper there is a second point representing the Book of Mormon? How many straight lines could you draw between these two reference points: the Bible and the Book of Mormon? Only one. Only one interpretation of Christ’s doctrines survives the testimony of these two witnesses.

Again and again the Book of Mormon acts as a confirming, clarifying, unifying witness of the doctrines taught in the Bible so that there is only “one Lord,one faith, one baptism.” For example, some people are confused as to whether baptism is essential for salvation even though the Savior declared to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). The Book of Mormon, however,eliminates all doubt on that subject: “And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, … or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 9:23).

There exist various modes of baptisms in the world today even though the Bible tells us the manner in which the Savior, our great Exemplar, was baptized: “[He] went up straightway out of the water” (Matthew 3:16). Could He have come up out of the water unless He first went down into the water?Lest there be any discord on this subject, the Book of Mormon dispels it with this straightforward statement of doctrine as to the proper manner of baptism: “And then shall ye immerse them in the water” (3 Nephi 11:26).

Many believe that revelation ended with the Bible even though the Bible itself is a testimony of God’s revelatory pattern over 4,000 years of man’s existence. But one incorrect doctrine such as this is like a domino set in motion that causes the fall of other dominoes or, in this case, the fall of correct doctrines. A belief in the cessation of revelation causes the doctrine that “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Mormon 9:9) to fall; it causes the doctrine taught by Amos that “surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7) to fall; and it causes the doctrine that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34) and thus speaks to all men of all ages to fall. But fortunately the Book of Mormon reenthrones the biblical truth of continuous revelation:

“And again, I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations. …

“Do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever … ?” (Mormon 9:7, 9).

In other words, if God, who is unchangeable, spoke in ancient times, He will likewise speak in modern times.

The list of doctrinal confirmations and clarifications goes on and on, but none is more powerful nor poignant than the Book of Mormon’s discourses on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Would you like to have emblazoned on your soul an undeniable witness that the Savior descended beneath your sins and that there is no sin, no mortal plight outside the merciful reach of His Atonement—that for each of your struggles He has a remedy of superior healing power? Then read the Book of Mormon. It will teach you and testify to you that Christ’s Atonement is infinite because it circumscribes and encompasses and transcends every finite frailty known to man. That is why the prophet Mormon declared, “Ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ”(Moroni 7:41).

No wonder the Book of Mormon proclaims with boldness, “And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ”(2 Nephi 33:10). Together with the Bible, the Book of Mormon is an indispensable witness of the doctrines of Christ and His divinity. Together with the Bible, it “teach[es] all men that they should do good” (2 Nephi 33:10). And together with the Bible, it brings us to “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Thatis why the Book of Mormon is so crucial in our lives.

Some years ago I attended one of our worship services in Toronto, Canada. A 14-year-old girl was the speaker. She said that she had been discussing religion with one of her friends at school. Her friend said to her, “What religion do you belong to?”

She replied, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons.”

Her friend replied, “I know that church, and I know it’s not true.”

“How do you know?” came the reply.

“Because,” said her friend, “I have researched it.”

“Have you read the Book of Mormon?”

“No,” came the answer. “I haven’t.”

Then this sweet young girl responded, “Then you haven’t researched my church, because I have read every page of the Book of Mormon and I know it’s true.”

I too have read every page of the Book of Mormon, again and again, and I bear my solemn witness, like my great-great-grandfather, it is from God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

I love the Book of Mormon and know it is true. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father loves us enough to give us so much guidance and gives us so many blessings. This Book testifies of Christ and He is the only way back to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.
You are all the best! Work hard in spreading the gospel! Heavenly Father has given us the tools to do so. May we use them wisely!
LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
Love, Sister Orme
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Week 39

Hello Dearest Family and Friends-
This week was a very interesting week. Sadly we had a family drop us but we also saw a lot of miracles this week. A less active family that the ward and missionaries have been working on forever are coming back to church together. The wife and husband’s relationship hasn’t been the greatest in a while but they are progressing a lot and doing a lot more things together, which is a huge miracle because there has been a lot of heartbreaking things that have happened to this family. But they are working on it together and are seeing that relationships are important and that coming to church will help their family heal.
The daughter of the family we went to see their ceramics with.
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The cool traditional restaurant.
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Another Miracle. We have been working with this less active woman and her investigator daughter. The daughter was not able to participate in the lesson but we were able to teach this dear sister, who I absolutely love and hope to stay in contact with. She read chapter 1 of the Book of Mormon like we asked her too and she did! What is even more amazing is that she wanted to read more but because we told her to read one chapter she held off. Oh no! We told her if she wanted to read more that was totally fine! We just wanted her to read at least one chapter. That was funny. But she loved the first chapter and she says she is starting to see truth come out of the Book of Mormon as she reads. She has been meeting the missionaries for a long time and we have finally reached this step with her. If she sees the importance of the gospel, she will also see that it is important for her family. It is hard because she is a single parent and has to work a lot to support her children and their schooling. But I do believe that as she continues to feel truth and feel the spirit she will see why she needs to come back to church. She hasn’t come to church in over 10 years. Some things happened that made her completely forget about the gospel and why she was going and so she stopped. I think as we keep working with her, she will get to understand more. She works on Sundays and starts work at 10 am which is when church starts. Now we need to work on her faith and build it up so she can start coming back to church. The Lord is so amazing and I am very grateful that this was able to happen. We have been working so hard with them and I feel soon they will start seeing the true importance of the gospel.
Another picture of my companion Sister Kim and the littler girl Kim Ga In. She is so cute!
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On Saturday we had a really fun adventure with a potential investigator’s family. They have been coming to english class for the past few weeks. They are amazing! And also super Buddhist. They are really into Buddhism but they are probably some of the kindest people ever. I love them already! It is a daughter and mother, and her husband. Her husband is a world famous ceramics maker. I am not sure what to call him. They took us to this really fun, traditional restaurant, then to their house. They have a huge display of his artwork around their house. It was super fun and then we drank tea with them. It was fun being there with them and getting to know them more. They were super kind and gave us super expensive and beautiful ceramic cups made by the husband. I didn’t take a picture yet because it is still wrapped. They never give out gifts of his work so it was a huge privilege to receive one. He even made his own kiln, which is super cool! They are an amazing family. I hope eventually some day they will have interest in the gospel. I think they do but mostly just a curiousity of what we are and who we are right now. We will see.
I know the gospel is true. I know that through the Book of Mormon we can feel truth and have all of our questions, and worries answered. I was reading in this study book for the Book of Mormon. It is so good! There is a quote in there by Emma Smith. She was talking about Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon from the gold plates. Joseph Smith was pretty illiterate at that time in his life, he couldn’t even write a simple and coherent letter to anyone or read. But he was able to read and translate the Book of Mormon. If he didn’t know a word he would spell it out. Apparently he didn’t even know how to say Sariah but Emma would help him pronounce it. Then when he would spell things out and if she spelled things wrong, he would correct her and continue. He couldn’t even see her writing but was able to do that. Joseph Smith truly translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. How could someone so illiterate be able to do such a thing. He couldn’t even write a simple letter to anyone but he was able to translate ancient scripture through the power of the Lord. I know that this book comes from God and is for us and our day. The Book of Mormon is evidence of God’s love for us. If God didn’t love us why would he give us a book to help and direct us. He knows us and knows what we need. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord and help the people around me. I have realized more and more that I don’t have much left and that I am coming up on being on a mission for 11 months (same as Creedy) on tuesday. I cannot believe how fast time has gone! I hope I can continue to make the best of it.
LOVE YOU ALL TONS! Work hard this week in bringing someone closer to Christ. You are all amazing and I thank you for the love and support you give me.
Love Sister Orme

Week 37- Miracles!

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
This week we had amazing miracles. 1. A Less active family we have been working on all came to church yesterday! The daughter and wife usually come but the father finally came! He promised the elders that they want to come for good. 2. The daughter promised us that she would read the book of mormon everyday. 3. Our investigator we had a hard time getting a hold of finally called and texted us back! She came to the halloween party and loved it. We will be meeting again with her this week. She is awesome! She was super busy.
The Halloween party was a blast!! It was so good. We had more investigators come than members. What a miracle! We had a haunted house part that was amazing! we got everyone so good. It was a psycho hospital theme. The 1st room was the secretaries office and two people were in there. One elder was crouched on the ground and would scream at people and my companion pretended to be dead on a desk and then she would pound the desk with her fist and stair at the people walking by. 2nd room was another elder who pretended to have a straight jacket and he had a beanie over his head and he acted crazy. 3rd room was the surgery room and two elders were in there. one elder was the doctor and the other was a patient. it was super good. Then we had a zombie elder show people into my room. I was in the 4th room and there was just me and a tv with a blue screen with a scary tv noise. I would creepily laugh to myself and stare at the tv and then stare at people. I had some of my hair covering my face. It was soooo good. People thought i was the scariest. Even the elders thought so. The light from the tv makes it creepy and eerie. It was sooo good. We had a pumpkin carving contest before that and then we all enjoyed snacks and candy. It was super fun and everyone loved it. The members loved it so much they want it done next year too. So they kept all of the decorations we made. we spent so much time and a lot of prep to make it really good. at the end we shared a spiritual message. it was a great turn out and we are grateful for all the work and planning that went into it. we made our branch proud!
The front of our haunted house.
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Last week we had transfer calls and of course we didn’t leave so we are good for another six weeks.
Today was transfer meeting and something that one of the senior couples had said I really liked and i wanted to share. She shared a story of a woman who was in pain all day long because of something in her back. She had a long surgery to get rid of it but then it just became worse. she had surgery again. The pain was stopped a little but it was still a lot . She said the only time that she ever felt peace from the pain was when she went to the temple. One time though after her 2nd surgery the pain was too much. She was at the temple and prayed to Heavenly Father not for relief from the pain but for gratitude. Immediately after she prayed the pain went completely away. Just a little is still there but she can function normally and do her normal things. What touched me is that she prayed for gratitude rather than relief. What an amazing example of being grateful in any circumstances. I am grateful for the talk. We have all been called to this earth and we all have things to overcome. May we all be grateful for everything!
Love you tons!!!
Love, Sister Orme