Archive | February 2015

Week 43 – Selfless

Hello Dearest Family and Friends in the Whole Wide World!
Wow, another wonderful week full of ups and some downs. I have grown a lot in this one week and I will explain. I was just want to say I love the Lord and all that He is teaching me. I am becoming more and more humbled every day. I am so grateful He is giving me these opportunities to stretch and grow. I don’t think I could learn these lessons in any other way. This week I learned about falling and getting back up again. Yep, this week I actually fell down and super scraped up my knee and sort of sprained my left ankle. I have no clue how, but I did. My tights were completely ripped and soaked with blood. This experience reminds me that you can still find strength even when you have fallen and hurt yourself. There is always a way to get back up. My ankle has sort of healed and my knee is healing. It reminds me of when the Savior died for us and suffered for all of our pains, sins, and sufferings. He knows all and understands all. He is the only one that knows everything and understands everything fully. We can always look up to him when we are down.
Lately I have had to learn a lot about being completely selfless and very self giving. I can’t explain the full details because it is not my place to tell, but I do know that I have become a lot happier because of it. It exhausts me sometimes and requires a lot of patience as well. Also, I have learned that I have to slow down sometimes and think about other people instead of the next thing we have to do or myself. My thoughts are a little jumbled but I know that the Lord’s work is a true work and a happy work. If we lose ourselves in the work we will find ourselves. The Lord has given us that promise. We will find ourselves more doing the Lord’s work and being more like the Savior than in any other way. I know that I am discovering little by little what Heavenly Father wants me to become. He knows what he is doing and he knows the kind of person he is molding me into. I know He loves me and also loves each and every one of you. I know that to be true with all of my heart. He is always mindful of his children, we just have to let him, and we will be able to experience that joy and love.
This week we saw soooo many miracles. We found 3 new people to teach and we were able to talk to this wonderful lady about the gospel on the metro. We gave her a restoration pamphlet and a book of mormon. She loved it soooo much and was so grateful. We are wanting to meet with her again, the only thing is for some reason she didn’t give us her number but she has ours. I am praying earnestly that she will call us and be able to experience what this gospel has to offer. It is everything! I am so grateful for the gospel! There is no other way then the Lord’s way!
I love you all sooooooo much!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 42- Obedience and Humility

Hello Most Wonderful Family and Friends in the whole wide world!!
We had a super fun Solar party with our two branches! A lot of people came and it was soooo fun! We had a lot of traditional food and played a lot of traditional games. I am so happy and grateful that it turned out so well.
All of the other party pictures are kind of blurry but this one turned out well. She is our recent convert and she just got accepted to BYU! So fun!
As always life is amazing and wonderful! We are working hard and trying to find new people. We have some good investigators but their main interest is English, so we are also trying to find new, prepared people who have gospel interest and we are praying for our investigators that we have now to have their interests to turn towards the gospel. This week a lot of appointments fell through for some reason but we were able to still meet with a lot of people. We are constantly busy over here and I love it! Sometimes it is a little exhausting but the reward is so much better. I have been learning so much this transfer. I feel like just in the past few weeks I have become more and more humbled and more selfless. I didn’t know that it could happen because I thought I was pretty humble and selfless but I guess if I think that way then I’ve got A LOT to learn. ^^ I love that everyday is a growing experience. I know Heavenly Father knows what I need to learn.
I am so happy that little Elder Orme is becoming a district leader! That is so fantastic and I am soooo proud of my little brother for being so amazing! I am so grateful for him and all that he does for me. I am so grateful for my family and everything that they do for me! The love and support means more than anything in the whole world. I love my family and I am so grateful to be able to spend eternity with them.
This week I was assigned a talk in our cute little Daeshin Branch. There were a total of 11 members, 2 investigators (one of the elders and one of ours), and then of course 4 missionaries. I love Daeshin and I also love Keojeong. They are wonderful places to serve and the members are wonderful! I gave a talk about Humility and Obedience. What a pair. They go hand in hand with each other. I don’t have much time so I will just summarize some of the points I made. Two quotes I would like to share from my talk: “Obedience is the first law of Heaven. It is an act of faith. You may sometimes be required to do things you do not completely understand. As you obey, you increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom” (PMG forgot the page). I love this quote because it shows a lot of the blessings that we will receive when we are obedient. Who knew that protection and freedom would be some of the blessings. I though it was really neat that those are some of the blessings. When we are obedient we are more free and we will be protected by the Lord. Especially given protection and freedom from our contender Satan. Obedience shows Heavenly Father our willingness and our trust in him. God doesn’t give us commandments for himself. He gives them to us because he knows that we can learn and benefit from them. Another quote from PMG “The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living and wholesome lives builds an armor around you of protection and safety from the temptations that beset you as you proceed throughout mortality”. Obedience is Protection! How can we be obedient? What will make us submissive enough to be obedient? That submissiveness is humility. Humility is not a weakness but a strength. As we strive to be more humble the more obedient and reliant on the Lord we become. I shared the story of Naaman the Leper. He was one of the kings favorites and he was a very good leader. He was told to go somewhere (sorry forgot!) and see the prophet Elisha. Elisha servant came out and told him to wash himself in the river 7 times and that he will be healed. Naaman was very miffed that the servant came out and not the actual prophet. Then Naaman’s servants told him that if that is what the prophet said he should do it, if he was told to do some great thing then he would do it, why not a simple thing. Naaman after listening to his servant went and washed himself. He became clean from his leprosy. What changed in Naaman’s attitude? What attribute did he have to apply in order to be healed. His heart had to be humbled and he had to be obedient in order to become clean. He was too proud before to go clean himself but then realized that if he obeyed he would be healed. Because he was obedient he was healed and a changed man. Does God need our humble heart and obedience? In my opinion, he doesn’t. We need it more than he does. He never will force us into submissiveness or humility it is ourselves that have to do that. He can change our circumstances and give us trials but we have to choose. I think that is a very loving Father. He wants to see what we will do. Are we willing enough to be humble and submit to all that He asks us? What things are we doing that cause to not be humble? How are we stopping God from giving us all the blessings? What do we need to do to become more humble?
I had a lot of reflection on that this week as I was preparing. What can we do more to be obedient and humble?  I know I have a lot to learn but I am learning so much at the same time. I am so grateful for Him. He knows who we are and what we need to learn and grow. Are we willing enough to do all that the Lord requires? Sometimes it requires sacrifices but what more can we give to the Lord than our own sacrifices and our hearts. Jesus Christ GAVE ALL. We can give our little and still be able to be blessed more and beyond then we could ever imagine. I know that to be true. God sees us working on it! He will bless you for it!
Have a wonderful week!
Love Sister Orme

Week 41- Joseph Smith

Hello My Most Dearest and Wonderful Family and Friends-
Another amazing week as usual. Our branches are emphasizing more and more on missionary work and I feel that the people are really starting to understand the importance of it. It is sooo wonderful! I love our branch members and the people we teach. I love my new companion. She and I work hard and work well together. I know we were meant to teach and serve together.
Wow. I know I always say this but I just am still blown away by how amazing this gospel is and I absolutely LOVE being a missionary! I keep forgetting that I have been here for so long but it feels like I have just started. I feel like I have so much more to learn but I have learned so much. It is amazing how life is not about reaching a certain point in your life and you stop, the miracle is that you are able to constantly grow and continue to move forward progressively (or digressively). But as you keep growing you see the person you once were and see the person you are now. The change is miraculous. I am just so grateful constantly for everything that the Lord has given me. My eyes, ears, and heart are continuously opening to receive more light. Sometimes I feel like there is no more room but there is always more room!
My companion and I and our cute member! She is my age but born in ’91. She is perfect at English and is a recent convert. She was baptized 2 months before I arrived to the area. She is waiting for BYU to get back to her. She is amazing!!!!!! WE LOVE HER!!!!!!!
I have come to grow and love the korean people, my companions, the Lord, Jesus Christ, my family, my friends, and anyone I associate with even more deeply and profoundly. I can’t express it in words or even feelings but it swells up inside of me and I can’t get enough of it.
I know that the Lord is constantly there for you and Loves you dearly! He wants you to come to him but you have to let him in. This last week I saw the picture of Christ knocking on the knobless door. He is waiting and ever so patiently for us to open the door but he can’t open it. We have to open it. I know if you let Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ into your lives you will feel so much the better and feel the light they have and the love they have for YOU.
One of the ways they have shown their love for everyone is by restoring the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. I love that man and I know he went through a lot of personal sacrifice to do the Lord’s work. If he can sacrifice all, then I can sacrifice my portion to the Lord.
I want you all to read the article “Joseph Smith” By Neil L. Anderson. It is amazing. I have always liked and loved Joseph Smith. For some reason is not working but please look it up. There is a part that I wanted to share but because the website is a little weird I will paraphrase. It talks about how receiving a testimony of Joseph Smith comes differently to all of us. We can pray, fast, read scriptures, read about him, etc but the key is actually receiving a testimony of him. Doesn’t matter the way, what matters is actually receiving it. As we do, our testimony grows stronger and more unshakeable.  I know that to be true.
I love the gospel and I know that it has been restored. It is the original church that Christ established in his day.
This weekend for Valentine’s Day we will be celebrating the Korean holiday Solar! We are super excited and hope a lot of people come! I wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 40- How much wood can a woodchuck…Oh oops I mean groundhog. Happy Groundhogs Day!

Hello Dearest Family and Friends-
As always everything is wonderful! I love my new companion and she is super kind. She is also a really good missionary and wants to work hard. She helps me see my strengths, which mean the world to me because sometimes instead of seeing my strengths I see where I lack. Which of course is just everyday life but I am discovering that I have strengths in things that I didn’t think I had. She is amazing.

Our investigator makes this. It is sooo delicious! It is a rice cake, with red bean paste, and a strawberry or a pineapple. So delicious!!!!!!!

Creepy construction man. These fake people always scare. I am not sure why.

Found this in a bathroom. It’s a fun statement!
Sister Jong and I heart attacked a less active’s house!
We are seeing so many miracles everyday. We are having more and more less actives coming to church and we are finding new people. I know the Lord is helping us very much. I love being a missionary and I love seeing the change that I have gone through. Time has gone by so fast but I know that also I have progressed so much within that time. Of course, there is always room for improvement but that is what makes life fun. The twists and turns are what help us fulfill our full and true potential. I love life!!!!! “I like life, Life likes me” Name that movie!!

I read this article called “What will you Choose?” By Elder Russel M. Nelson. Ooooooohhh. It is sooo good. I just had this most amazing feeling that I can’t even describe when I read it. But i felt sooo good and super pumped! Read it!

It was amazing and I loved it so much. It talks about the choices we make and what we will choose. Do the choices we make hinder us or help us progress and grow and become what Heavenly Father wants us to become? What is the difference between a good, better and best choice? They are completely different even if they are good. But how can we decide the best one? So many choices, so many questions but with the Lord’s help we can make the best one. But there is a difference also between letting ourselves choose with Heavenly Father or waiting for Heavenly Father to decide for us. He won’t affect our agency and will not choose for us. If we have to be commanded in all things we cannot grow and we cannot progress. Our choices, our agency, is what helps us grow. I want to share this one quote from it.

“As you choose to live on the Lord’s side, you are never alone. God has given you access to His help while you move along mortality’s perilous pathway. As you diligently, earnestly pour out your heart to Him in daily prayer, He will send His angels to help you (see D&C 84:88). He has given you the Holy Ghost to be by your side as you live worthily. He has given you the scriptures so that you can fully feast upon the words of Jesus Christ (see 2 Nephi9:51; 32:3). He has given you words to heed from living prophets.”

We are NEVER alone. God is always on our side. If you can’t feel him next to you it is not because of him, it is because the things you are doing are not allowing Him to come close to you. Let him in and he will help you become who you are supposed to become.

I love you all sooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!

Love, Sister Orme