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.
This is us on the bus on the way back.
Our fun district. Our whole zone came but we were taking district photos.
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.
자매님 어제 만날 수 있어서 반가웠어요!
그리고 사과파이 레시피 감사합니다
덕분에 맛있게 잘 만들어 먹었어요
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.”
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.
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