Archive | January 2015

Week 49- New Companion!

Hello Dearest Family and friends!
This last thursday night we had our transfer calls. Sister Walker is moving and I am staying. I will miss her and I am grateful for the time that we were able to serve with each other. Well, I have a new companion and she is Korean! She is only my second korean companion. ^^ Her name is Jong Heh Min. She was Kim Da Jin’s (My trainee) MTC companion. So fun. She is so cute and she doesn’t know very much English so I will be learning a loooootttt of Korean! I am so grateful that I can understand korean and can speak Korean. Thank the Heavens for that because I am not sure how we would be able to communicate. 🙂 She is so kind and I am excited to work with her. I will know we will be able to accomplish a lot of things together.
Sister Walker and I heart attacked a Less active’s house and dropped off a treat. We were trying to meet with her but she wasn’t home.
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My new companion! She is wonderful!
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Well, the day has come. I have to renew my foreigner card and that also means that in a little less than a month will be a year since I have come to Korea. February 28 was when I got here. I am amazed and astonished that time has gone by so fast. I am in my 9th Transfer and I only have 3 MORE TRANSFERS LEFT! (Including this one and this space of time is only about 4 months) If I think about it too much I freak out. I don’t want to go home (Sorry Mom and Dad! Of course I don’t mind being home but I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY) because Korea has become my home and where I have learned so much and have grown so much. I have come a long way and I know that I have changed a lot.
I am sorry but I don’t have much time but we are seeing miracles everywhere. Our areas are growing so much and we are continuously busy. I am grateful that we are able to serve here in Deashin and Keojong. Also, since there are no sister missionaries in 2 other areas in our district we kind of serve in those areas as well. If those elders need help, we help. So, 4 areas and two sisters, I love it and we are constantly moving. I love being busy and working for the Lord. I know that we are able to become more and more selfless as we serve those around us.
I LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are the best. Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support. I can feel them and I see it manifested in the miracles that we see.
Love, Sister Orme
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Week 48- The Holy Ghost and Jesus Christ

Hello Dearest, and most Wonderful Family and Friends!
Wow, what a week. Full of miracles and very busy but wonderful missionary work. Today we had a super fun pday! We went to a mountain and it has wonderful views of the ocean. I loved it. Got a super good work out too. ^^ oh and I ate sea snail today. it was kind of really gross and squirty. I didn’t like it.
The view.
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This is us on the bus on the way back.
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Our fun district. Our whole zone came but we were taking district photos.
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Us.
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I got to visit the beautiful land of Miryang for my investigator’s, now member!, confirmation. This confirmation is the blessing of the Holy Ghost. I wanted to tell about the miracle of her conversion. She is 20 years old and lives alone. Her parents have passed away but has an uncle that sort of takes care of her when she needs it. So, from the beginning of when we started meeting her she had a lot of opposition from her uncle. He didn’t want her meeting with us but she finally got permission to meet with us when I got there. He had been given a Word of Wisdom pamphlet by another pair of missionaries where he lives and he decided that if our church had that kind of thing then it was a good church. He smokes and drinks waaaay too much and our investigator didn’t like it one bit.
침례식 사진이에요~

자매님 어제 만날 수 있어서 반가웠어요!
그리고 사과파이 레시피 감사합니다
덕분에 맛있게 잘 만들어 먹었어요
사과파이 좋아요~~>.<
i kept the korean because i wanted you to see it. ^^ i can understand that weird squiggly language!!! waaahH! ^^
this is from my trainee Sister Kim Da Jin. she said “here are the baptism pictures. I am grateful that you were able to come the other day for our investigators confirmation.”
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We met every single week, she wasn’t progressing super well because her uncle didn’t want her to read the book of mormon. then the next week she was allowed to start reading because she decided that she wanted to. She prayed a little and read a little of the book of mormon. we thought she was never going to progress because she would never come to church and didn’t want to get baptized. She was very firm that she didn’t want to. Then when Sister Kim Da Jin and I started working with her together we met 2-3 times a week. We had less investigators and more time to meet with her that many times. She was progressing little by little. She started reading and praying on her own. She believed everything that we taught her. She said that she had been praying for her uncle’s heart to change. He was smoking and drinking and spending less time with his family. This is where we started to see the miracles happening. She would tell us the changes of what her uncle would go through. He started drinking and smoking less, and spending more time with his family. Then my last week in miryang, he allowed her to go to church and he actually wanted to start meeting with us to learn about the church. She also was doing missionary work with her uncle and talked about the book of mormon with him. His heart was softening.
She finally came to church my last weekend and she is finally baptized now. She was has been given permission to do what she likes. He still hasn’t been able to meet with the missionaries but he still wants to. This was a HUGE miracle because he super did not like our church and wanted her to do nothing with it and now he has allowed her to be baptized. She also herself wanted to get baptized. It was amazing and I am grateful for the Lord in helping with this huge miracle. We have prayed, studied, and worried about her for so long. I am grateful that now she has been completely changed. She is soooo good and so tender-hearted. I am grateful that I was able to contribute to a part of her conversion.
i was found in seoul by a sister that i met in the mtc. so funny.
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I wanted to share the visiting teaching message in this months Liahona. I loved it and shared it with a member that we were visiting. Here it is:

The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Obedient Son


Following Jesus Christ’s example of obedience increases our faith in Him. “Is it any wonder,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “that Christ chooses first and foremost to define himself in relation to his father—that he loved him and obeyed him and submitted to him like the loyal son he was? … Obedience is the first law of heaven.”1

The scriptures teach “when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:21). Our spiritual growth takes place as we draw close to God through obedience and invite the power of the Savior’s Atonement into our lives.

“As we walk in obedience to the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “we enjoy a continual flow of blessings promised by God in His covenant with us. Those blessings provide the resources we need to act rather than simply be acted upon as we go through life. … Obedience gives us greater control over our lives, greater capacity to come and go, to work and create.” 2

“Can the spiritual strength that results from consistent obedience to the commandments be given to another person?” asked Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The clear answer … is no.”3

The parable of the ten virgins is an example of this principle. While all of the virgins took their lamps to “meet the bridegroom,” only five were wise and took oil in their lamps. The other five were foolish because they “took no oil with them.”

Then the cry came at midnight: “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” All the virgins trimmed their lamps, but the foolish virgins had no oil. They said to the wise virgins, “Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.”

The wise virgins answered, “Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go … and buy for yourselves.” And while the foolish virgins were gone, the bridegroom came and the wise virgins went with him and “the door was shut”

And I also wanted to share this scripture attached to the article. D&C 93:28  “He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.”

What I love about this article is that through obedience we are able to receive truth, light, and knowledge. It is amazing that obedience opens our eyes to bigger and better things. We were visiting with a less active this week. She said some very sad things. She doesn’t see the reason why she needs to go to church. She said that because we are missionaries we have a different opinion and outlook. She also basically said to us is that we don’t understand from her point of view. She admitted that she was lazy and didn’t have a desire to go to church. She said because we are missionaries, our vision is skewed and we can’t see everything. I was sad because I realized that yes, we are missionaries but as missionaries our minds and hearts are a lot more sensitive to the things that go around us. We understand more because we are constantly having the spirit with us. I am sad for her because our minds our open and she has closed her mind and heart from hearing the holy ghost. I know that obedience to the gospel makes us more knowledgeable and opens our minds to view things the way God sees things. I am grateful for his constant guidance and love.

I love missionary work and I love being a member of this gospel. I know it is true with all of my heart. I know it is the only thing that will be true and everlasting happiness.

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Love, Sister Orme

Week 46- Happy New Year’s!

Hello Wonderful Family and Friends!!
Wow, time flies way too fast and I wish it would go slower. Happy New Year to everyone!
This week was amazing! Full of miracles, as usual. Everyday is a miracle!
Every week for service we work at this old people’s therapy center. I can’t quite say it right in English. It is a place where really old people go to receive therapy, do activities, and eat some food. It is a wonderful place! The old people are just the CUTEST things ever. They are always asking us questions and talking to us or telling us we are beautiful. I love them. A lot of them have Alzheimer’s or dementia or something else in that category. They ask us the same things or say the same things all the time. They just love us and they always stare at us or talk to us when we are with them. It is such a joy and highlight of the day to serve them. We help them with crafts, their therapy, moving them around, and feeding them. I love it! I am always excited to come! I am sad this week we can’t go because we have a zone meeting. But I just want to say that I thought I loved people before my mission but I love them even more so now! They are just so stinkin’ cute, so kind, and so happy even though they can’t do everything themselves. One grandma she was kind of a grump but now she loves us and smiles more.
The Sunrise!
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Another One. So beautiful, right?
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Everyone is wanting to hear about New Years day, so I will tell you how we celebrated it in Korea. It was amazing! What most Koreans do is wake up super early to hike a mountain or go somewhere beautiful to see the sunrise of the new year. We went to the beautiful beach. It was absolutely freezing but completely worth it. We were with one of our branches, the Keojeong branch. We woke up at 4:30 am! Super early, we were exhausted by the end of the day. We ate some dokgook (which is a traditional soup with rice cake, seaweed, and other deliciousness), and sang some hymns with the branch. Then we all watched the sunrise together. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I will share some photos below.
We saw many miracles this week. We have had less actives calling us all throughout the week. These less actives have never ever called us. They called us for advice and for different things. We were soooo grateful because these less actives are reaching out to us. Heavenly Father is helping us out so much!
Something that I have been really thinking about this week is change and also having enough humility to change for the better. There are a lot of people that I see around me that are not willing to change because they don’t think the small little things will make a difference in their life. Also I have been thinking about how simple the gospel is. I think people overlook it too much and that is where doubt, despair, questions, rationalization, sin, and stagnation start springing into existence. The answers to all of the primary questions are true. If you read the scriptures, pray, go to church, and follow the commandments, it makes a world of a difference. All of them are important but when there is not one being done, eventually all the rest follow, then people become unhappy and stuck. I am so grateful that I have been taught that. I could not imagine the world without the gospel. The talk “Which Way do you Face?”  By Elder Lynn G. Robbins addresses this perfectly. Which way are you facing? You cannot follow two masters, you can only serve one. If you are not serving one, you are serving the other one. It is black and white. That is how our decisions are.
here is the link:
There are two quotes that I want to share:
“Courage is not just one of the cardinal virtues, but as C. S. Lewis observed: “Courage is … the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
-Do we have the courage to make the right decision? Do we have the courage to follow the Lord rather than the ways of men even if there is an earthly consequence attached?
“Trying to please others before pleasing God is inverting the first and second great commandments. It is forgetting which way we face. And yet, we have all made that mistake because of the fear of men.”
-Are we pleasing God in our decisions that we make?
I have been trying to think of ways that I can improve and ways that I can stretch but also Heavenly Father pulls and stretches me in ways that I never thought possible. I am grateful for this time of year because we are able to reflect again on our decisions and how our life is. I am grateful that we can start basically clean and new and become better. It never hurts to want to be better. ^^
I am so grateful for you and for all the prayers and support you give me. I can feel them and they have been manifested in all of the miracles we have been receiving. I know that the Lord is always on our side when we face him with our hearts, mind, and spirit.
I LOVE YOU ALL!

I hope everyone has an amazing new year! I also hope that we all strive to be better, kinder, stronger, and better!

You are all the best!
Love, Sister Orme