Week 51- Shinjeong
Hello to the BEST Family members and Friends!
I hope this email finds you happy and well. So, this week was transfer week! I didn’t leave. Sister Stewart left and is going to the mainland. I have a new companion and guess what she is korean but what is even more crazy is she was part of the korean group that we left with for korea! Super fun! I thought I was going to get someone younger for my last companion but no! I got my own group! She does leave a few transfers after though. Because she is korean she only needed to be in the MTC for 2 weeks. So, she will stay in korea longer. We are super excited! Also, an Elder that I served in Deashin/Keojong for 2 transfers is coming as well! He is so fun and we work well together. The Jeju part of Jeju are all SUPER old missionaries. There are two parts of Jeju. The Jeju side and also Seokwipo. There are only 8 missionaries on the island. We are a zone and a district. When I was in Shinjeong they were a part of the same zone but it has changed. That change was made a while ago too.
I love serving on Jeju and I am excited to spend my last transfer with one of my great friends. Her name is Choi Yeu Jin. She was also Sister Benbrook’s last companion as well, which is fun.
Well, I guess you are all curious as to why I am late with emailing. If not, that is okay. But I will tell you anyway. Since, it is my last transfer I get to choose where I want to for one of the transfers. But since we are on Jeju is it a little hard. Since we have a transfer meeting where almost all of the missionaries come together, we were able to go. At this meeting, those who are leaving the next day give a small testimony, and then they do a special musical number for everyone. I love transfer meetings. I have not missed one at all! I am so grateful. Monday during transfer meeting it hit me really hard how short time is. I am amazed by how fast time flies. It hit me hard because I knew that I was next and was going to give a testimony to all of the missionaries on my last day. I cannot believe it at all. In 6 more weeks I will be doing what those missionaries did. I cannot believe it, but that doesn’t mean I will stop now. I won’t stop until I am released and even then I can always continue to be a missionary. Just because I don’t have a badge doesn’t mean I am not a missionary. I love being a missionary. It is the best thing in the whole world!!!
So, on to Shinjeong. We were able to meet about 7 people there which is a great blessing. I am so grateful to be able to see these people. The first 3 were members that I could meet, the next two were my investigators from when I served there and they are still meeting the missionaries. They are the Mother and Son that we dropped when I was serving there and I was so sad to see them go but we met with them again and started teaching them again. I love them. Then the next one was my recent convert from Shinjeong (She was my first baptism with Sister Benbrook) I am sooooooooo HAPPY to report that she is doing amazing and is coming to church too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo happy. I hadn’t seen her since she got baptized. She got super busy planning a wedding. She is happily married and is pregnant!!! She is so cute, happy and beautiful. I am so grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord. I was able to figure out time to meet with her and He helped make it happen. Also, she is doing well and going to church. I was so sad when she got super busy because she wasn’t coming to church. I thought she wouldn’t come back for a while and I was sad. I think Heavenly Father knew I needed to see her. I never wanted to be that missionary that baptized someone and then they went less active the next week. (not that that is the missionaries fault but still) I am so happy to see her and will be attaching pictures of all the people we met. I felt so much JOY going back to my first area. The members I met were so shocked by my korean and were happy that I progressed.
Hwang Teh Sook and Jordan (Jang Da Min) (investigator)
Landing in Jeju!
I love Korea so much! I have never been happier then when I have been serving and giving my all to these people. There is no greater joy than helping the work of the Lord. I love missionary work and I know who I am! ( we say these two things everyday before we go to work. sister gilbert! don’t worry i always remember who i am! everyone i have served with now says it because of me. i am still keeping it alive.) My heart is so full and swollen because it is filled with the love I have for Korea, the people I serve, the people I know, the people I serve with and the people who love me back. I so grateful for the gospel and I know that it is true. I am so happy to know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us. He wants us all to be happy and to live with him again. I know this gospel is true with all of my heart. I am excited to see what is in store for me these next 6 weeks. I am excited and know the Lord has a lot waiting for me. President Barrow kept telling me to figure out why I have received someone from my own group as my companion. I will figure it out. Heavenly Father knows best!
Please be the BEST missionary you can be! It doesn’t matter if you have a badge or not, continue to help the Lord bring in his children. They need your help and there are some people who only you can help. One of my MTC teachers told that if I imagined everyone in white and some of those people told me that I promised them that I would find and help them get back to the Lord, I will realize how important missionary work is. I know for sure that there are people who you promised to bring back. I know you can do it. They are counting on you and so is the Lord. With the Lord nothing is impossible. I know that to be true. I have lived those moments and I know that nothing will be more special than to help bring back Heavenly Father’s lost sheep. It is a sacred and most powerful duty on earth. Do ALL that you can to serve the Lord TODAY. He doesn’t want you tomorrow. HE WANTS YOU TODAY.
Love you tons!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme