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Week 56- Last Week of the Mission

Hello most wonderful, amazing, supportive, and the best family and friends in the whole wide world!!!

We had our baptism this week!!!!! Our wonderful Ahn Jeh Rin is baptized and she is so happy. We actually spent almost all day today with her and she is doing wonderfully. It was a wonderful baptism filled with the spirit. It felt so good and she only had to get baptized once! Our last investigator had to get baptized twice because her clothes/foot came out of the water. ^^ It was amazing and we are proud and super happy for you!
Our Baptism!!! ^^

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Today we hiked the famous Halla Mountain today! It was sooooooo fun! The hardest part was going down. My legs hurt so bad, I am more scared for tomorrow though. I will be hobbling like a grandma all day!
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Well, everyone. It is my last week. To be honest, I am not sure what to say. I cannot believe the time. It has been too fast. I have learned so much and now I have to start the next chapter of my life. It is a weird feeling. I am SUPER excited to come home but at the same time I DON’T want to leave. It is bitter/sweet. I will miss so many things about being a missionary and about living in Korea. I will miss being a super star on the street because I am a foreigner, I will miss Koreans saying/yelling “Hello” to me, I will miss doing everything on the floor (which I will just continue to do but it is different because i alone will do it at home), I will miss old grandmas telling me I am beautiful, I will miss serving the people of Korea, I will miss the food, I will miss all of it! Needless to say. I WILL MISS EVERYTHING about Korea and being a missionary. Being a missionary has been one of the greatest things I have done so far. I have seen the progression and growth that has helped me come closer to my savior and heavenly father, it has also helped me become a better version of myself. I have learned so much in being able to be a better daughter, sibling, friend, future wife, and future mother. I cannot express in words, pictures, or feelings about how much I value this experience and could not have wished for a better experience. I know that I will remember this time forever.
Since, I have been a missionary I know more about the gospel and why it is so important. No one knows until they have a taste of it. They just have to follow through to see the blessings. I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father for cutting me down and building me up. He has shaped me and I know no one else can. I have never seen so many weaknesses but then also so many strengths. I am not a perfect person but I know for sure that the only way to become a better version of ourselves is through Christ. Christ did everything for us and he has enabled us to learn, grow, change, restart, and has given us hope for a better future.
This church is true. I feel it and I know it. I have done all to get that unshakable knowledge and faith. I hope you all can do the same. Learn for yourself if the gospel is true. YOU can only do it. No one can do it for you. I am so grateful to be able to declare to the world my testimony and the truthfulness of the gospel. There is no better opportunity.
THIS CHURCH IS TRUE. Nothing will be able to change that fact.
Not one ounce of the effort I have given to this work will be wasted. I know that this is helping me become what Heavenly Father wants me to become. I am happy because I have the gospel in my life. It has been one of the biggest blessings I have ever been given. I know it will continue to bless me forever and into the eternities.
You are all the best!!!! Thank you for all of your love, support, prayers, everything. I have felt it and have gained a lot of strength from it. You are amazing!!
I love you all!!
Love, Sister Orme
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Week 55- The Sacrament

Hello Amazing Family and Friends!!!!
I am so excited to email you about this week. It was amazing. First off, next week we will have a baptism on sunday for our wonderful investigator Ahn Jeh Rin. She is sooooo excited and ready to receive this amazing blessing and promise. We are very happy for her and she is so happy. I am excited to tell you all about it.
Our zone (of six missionaries) and our leaders. ^^
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So, the reason why I am emailing late is because yesterday we had Zone conference with President Barrow, Sister Barrow and the AP’s. It was an amazing meeting!!!!!!!! I loved it soooo much. We had a musical number and I sang a solo!!! What? Yes, I did. I can’t believe it either. Also, since it is my last Zone conference I had to give a goodbye testimony. I felt the spirit so strong and I am so grateful to serve a mission. I couldn’t believe that I was up there talking. It is crazy to me that I only have 2 more weeks left. I am excited to give it my all for the rest of these 2 weeks. I want to make sure that the Lord knows that I am on his side and will work until I can’t anymore. I want him to trust me even when time is short. I am grateful for him and for this opportunity to serve.
We went to this beautiful place on Jeju island. I will tell you more later.
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We talked about the sacrament. I love the sacrament. I want you all to look at the sacrament prayers in D&C 20:77+79. Read them and ponder them. Think about the significance and what promises we receive and make during this sacred and most amazing ordinance. Sorry, I cannot write much due to time. But I will share some of my thoughts and some of the things we learned. Sometimes the most important part of the sacrament is what you do beforehand. What you do beforehand determines how the sacrament and its meaning to you will reveal itself. If you are distracted, rushing, talking, etc you cannot recognize what you can do to fully apply the sacrament to your life. But on the other hand, if you are quiet, pondering, re-dedicating yourself to the Lord, the sacrament will mean a lot more to you. As we partake of the sacrament we are in return giving our full selves to the Lord. We are giving him our broken heart and contrite spirit. We are giving our all to him. When we do so, we allow the spirit to open our hearts, repent, become clean, renewed and energized. We receive a lot of blessings for preparing for the sacrament. I hope you all can ponder on the significance the sacrament can be for you. It is not a passive ordinance, it is an ordinance that is active and something that you need to think about all the time. I hope you will change your attitude about the sacrament. Study it, learn about it, pray about it, make it an active weekly and throughout the week practice. You will be blessed more than you can imagine.
I love you all tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 54- Mothers! ^^

Hello Wonderful Family and Friends-
Well, I had the amazing privilege to speak with my family! I love my family so much! I am so grateful for this gospel that allows families to be together forever!
I want to thank my mom, my sister-in-laws and all of the other amazing and astounding mothers out there! You are the best and are doing an amazing job. It is a sacred duty that Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us women. I know from my mom, I have learned a lot and will always and forever be grateful for her example to me. She is an astounding woman and no one could be a better mother for me. I LOVE HER SOOO MUCH!
I know that when you are having a hard time remember that the Lord loves you and supports you in all that you do. There is no greater privilege than motherhood. It is the best and highest privilege. I don’t know exactly how hard it is but I know it is a difficult but an amazing task. I know that almost everything that a child learns comes from the parents. Be the best mother you can be, be the best mother-in-law, sister-in-law, wife, woman you can be. You never know who is watching and what kind of example you are setting for others. My mom is not the only one who has had great influence in my life. I am grateful for all women who have helped me become a better woman myself.
Remember that the stripling warriors knew the gospel was true and that they need not fear because their mothers taught them right. I know you can do it! I know that you can do your best in teaching your children. I don’t quite fully understand the whole responsiblity but I do know that because of my loving parents I was able to learn and grow a lot.
I know that being a  mother is the greatest. Love every moment! I know you will be rewarded and blessed beyond what you can imagine. I love you all tons!!!
I want to give you all a challenge to remember all the women in your lives that have influenced you and helped you. Let those people know. I know that women are a more powerful influence for good than they think they are. We hold a wonderful and divine responsibility. I am grateful for Heavenly Father who has created such a wonderful plan. The gospel is perfect.
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 53- Udo!!!

Hello Everyone! So I don’t have any time basically but today we went to this really amazing island off the coast of the main island of Jeju! It was soooooooo fun! We rode bikes around the whole island! It was a blast!!!!! Here are some pictures!
By the way I am doing so well! We had a miracle yesterday. A member from a Seoul came and brought a non-member friend to church and she wants to learn about the gospel! she loved church and wants to meet! we are sooooo excited! she is from china but knows both chinese and korean fluently and perfectly. So cool! I will tell you more next week during our skype call!!!! love you tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme
We made all of these carnations for our ward members. It is parents day this week so we made them for all of the parents. THEY LOVED THEM! they took forever but were really fun to make! ^^
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Cast-off!
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Hey there!
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Here we are!
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Declaring God’s word!
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So fun!
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Soooo pretty! The beach is amazing!!!
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The group!
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We became friends with this girl! We got her email and phone number! so fun! she spent the whole day with us!DSCF9133
So fun! and soooooooooooooooooo pretty! If our family comes to Jeju to travel we are for sure going to UDO!!!!

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It was soooooo windy!!!
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The whole group! That is our zone and district on Jeju. Only 6 people! It is sooo small! ^^
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Week 52- The Holy Ghost

Hello Amazing and Wonderful Family and Friends-
The weather is soooo beautiful this week. The sun is shining, it is warm and wonderful. The breeze is light and cool. I LOVE IT! I love being a missionary and I love this gospel so much. I know it is true and brings all people happiness.
I love serving the people of Korea and serving on Jeju. I love my companion. She is great and we work hard together. I know this last transfer will be wonderful!
My recent convert from Shinjeong!
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We went to the trick art museum!
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Today this week in our meetings we talked about Relying on the Spirit and how we can receive conversion through the holy ghost. I love this topic because this is how we can truly feel God’s love for us, understand more of the how the gospel and book of d you can receive revelation. The feelings of the Holy Ghost are indescribable and always different, but it is always a good and happy feeling when truth is manifested. I love how the Holy Ghost can guide us in our daily lives and help us become better.
We tried taking a picture on the bus but it didn’t work and the elders weren’t paying attention.
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Almost got sucked down the “cave of despair” (name that movie!)
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I have felt the holy ghost so much. I feel it everyday. It leads us in our studies and in our work. It helps us know what we need to do to help people. The Holy Ghost can be our best friend and comforter if we let it. I have never felt God’s love more and the truth of the gospel more in my life. I feel the peace and comfort it gives me. It has also given me warnings to. It is a blessing and a gift that Heavenly Father loves us because we are his children and he wants us to be given a way to guide and direct us.
I made friends with a Zebra!
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The lady bugs started taking me to their lair
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Sorry I have to cut it short because I don’t have a lot of time. But I do know this gospel is true and that it will change your life forever. It has changed mine and it continues to change mine. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this amazing message to the people around me. I see miracles every day and I am grateful for the Lord and how he continues to shower me with blessings everyday. I am very blessed.
I hope you call can learn to recognize the spirit better, remain worthy, and recognize how you can apply the gospel more into your life.
LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme
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For some reason while I was writing my letter to President Barrow  I kept feeling I needed to include it in my letter this week. As a missionary, I have learned to follow that feeling. Here it is:
Hello President Barrow!

I am still trying to figure out why I am serving with Sister Choi but I think I will figure it out this week. We have so much fun together and we work hard!

It is interesting how old the Jeju side of Jeju is and Seokwipo has a lot of young missionaries. We will figure out why about that as well. I think Elder Carter and I have been given a really great blessing and privilege to work with people that have served for a long time. I love new missionaries but old missionaries are awesome as well. We are planning on working even harder together than we did last week. I am excited to see us step up more now that we have figured kind of how to work better with each other. I know the Lord put us together for a reason and I am really happy.

I am doing well and doing fine in all aspects. I love Sister Choi!! She is amazing. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve with my same group.

I am a little sad though because my last day keeps looming closer and closer and i don’t like it one bit but I know it is okay. I know that as long as I keep working hard/harder then the Lord will bless me.

I am so grateful for you and sister barrow, and ben! You are wonderful and help us out so much. thank you for the newsletter. I read it once and it was during sacrament meeting! i loved it! I will actually be reading it again and making notes. The sacrament is a special and sacred covenant. I am grateful for the lord and how we can be able to become better through him. Heavenly Father is the greatest and knows exactly what we need and how we can receive help to be able to learn and grow. He is teaching me so much and I am learning so much. This time is precious and I am so grateful for how I have spent it. I could not have asked for a better opportunity than to serve the Lord whole Heartedly.

Thank you again for all you do for us missionaries! You do not know how profound your impact is and has been on all of us. I am truly grateful for the Lord and all that he has given me. I know he loves me and I know that the reason I serve is because I know that and love him. I love Korea and cannot believe how amazing Heavenly Father has been to me to give me this opportunity to serve these people and to serve with the other missionaries as well. The blessings are above and beyond counting. I can never return as much as He gives but I know that as I give my all, that is enough. I am so happy and have never been more happy. I wish I could do missionary work, like this, forever. I will forever and always be indebted to Him.

Thank you so much! Love you and have a wonderful week!

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.
Going to Busan!
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Kim Dok Nam (member)
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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!!!
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Lee Jin Rei (member)
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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)

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Landing in Jeju!
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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

Week 50- General Conference

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
Oh what an amazing weekend! First off, this week is transfer call week. Can you believe that 6 weeks has already gone by?? It flies too fast. Next week is transfer meeting, which also means the beginning of my last transfer in this beautiful country of Korea. I love being a missionary and I will always treasure this time. I have learned so much and have been so humbled by the Lord and all of the blessings He has given me. Since my last transfer is soon approaching, I have been thinking a lot lately about what kind of person I want to be when I come home and what kind of missionary I want people to know me as. I am grateful to say that I am happy for the work I have done and for the work I am doing. I am so grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord.
Last P-day we went to Aqua Planet Jeju. It was sooooo much fun! It has the biggest tank in the world! I kept thinking of Creed and I when we went to D.C. and we went to the D.C. Zoo about 5 times within a week. Too fun. I know Creed (Elder Orme) would have loved it.
Our baptism was an amazing experience and miracle. The Lord has really blessed our wonderful and dear friend. She has the Holy Ghost now and I know she will be able to be truly converted and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. It was the most spirit filled baptism I have ever been too. There was a physical presence of the Lord there and it was powerful and palpable.
I love this gospel with all of my heart. I love General Conference. I had a few questions and all of them were answered. I know what the answers are now and what I will do with the inspiration and guidance that the Lord has given me. I am excited to implement what we learned in General Conference now and in the future. I feel like I have grown so much and I have seen that progress. I am so grateful for this experience and I have truly become so blessed by the Lord.
I would like to also make a tribute to my parents. They have taught me so many things to prepare for this mission and have helped and prepared me to become the person I am. They are still teaching me and will continue teaching me forever. I am so grateful for you two. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with the best parents in the whole wide world! It is not easy being a parent but they succeeded and still succeed everyday with their constant example and fervent faith. I am grateful for the gospel that allows our families to live and be with each other forever. I am grateful for Christ who has allowed us to be able to see our loved ones again. I am grateful for him and all that he has done for us. I am grateful for the sacrifices of my dad and mom for helping us live a happy life and a life of learning, growth, and a home that was filled with the Gospel. I kept thinking of my family during General Conference and how they have blessed me. Our home was a piece of Celestial Heaven. I am grateful for my parents for being righteous to be able to keep us all in line and helped us keep a good head on our shoulders.
I am so grateful for the Lord. He has done all things for us because He loves us! Sustain the Prophet. The Lord knows what he is doing and will always help and guide us individually and through his prophets. Go out and serve someone, make someone’s day, bear your testimony, share your light. Do all that you can to help others come unto Christ and be awakened in God. God loves all of His Sheep!
I love you all tons!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 49- Baptism and Easter

Hello Dear wonderful Family and friends!
Our investigator got baptized this week! It was one of the most amazing and spirit filled baptisms I have ever experienced in my life! Our investigator has truly converted and just loves the Gospel, and has a firm testimony of God and Jesus Christ being present in her life. She is amazing and truly wonderful! I am so proud and happy for her. She has such a strong testimony and loves the gospel. I am so happy for her!
Our branch
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Our wonderful and amazing friend (investigator) who got baptized. ^^
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Sorry this week is going to be short but I will extend the letter next week. We really had no time at all to email. But I do just want to say that I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for us to be able to become clean again, feel renewal, start over and become better than we once were. I love this gospel and know it is true with all of my heart!!!!
Miracles do happen. Our investigator laughed at people that believed in God. She said that God was for the weak and since she was a strong person and didn’t need God. But look at her now. The gospel changes people’s lives. She has realized that not only the weak need God but so do the strong people. EVERYONE needs God and EVERYONE needs Christ. As we let them into our lives we can feel their love more and feel more direction, peace, and happiness in our lives.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!
You are all the best! Remember Jesus Christ and what he did for you during this season.
Love, Sister Orme

Week 48- Investigators and Birthdays

Hello Dearest and Most Wonderful Family and Friends in the Whole World-
I can’t believe that I am turning 23 on the 2nd! Goodness, I feel super old especially since everyone is sooooo young! Anywho, It is alright, it will be fun!
So, our investigator will be baptized on the 5th of this April. We felt like this was a better day and we are able to teach all of the lessons and then some. She is absolutely amazing and you can see the light of Christ just radiating from her. We were reading her record and at the beginning of when the Sisters were teaching her she laughed at people who believed in God and thought it was ridiculous that people believe in God. She said that God is like a crutch for people and that they use him when they need help. Wow, we were shocked to read that again. It is amazing to see the change develop in her. She truly loves and understands that there is a God. She is always so happy and you can see it. She loves reading, praying, and going to church. She loves all of the commandments and wants to follow them. She has truly changed and truly converted. I am so grateful for this opportunity to able to become her friend and be able to share in that light with her. She is sooooo amazing. Heavenly Father has been blessing us so much! Next week we will have a baptism and I will show you all of the pictures!!!!!!
The Beautiful Cherry Blossoms!
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Eating DELICIOUSNESS!!!!
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So, I was reflecting on my day of birth. Well, I don’t remember it but I am grateful for the years I have lived. I am so grateful for the opportunities that the Lord has given me. He is the best and knows how we need to grow and what we need to be able to live with him again. I am so grateful to serve a mission and serve the Lord. I feel the joy of sharing the gospel and never want to take for granted this time that I am able to spend serving the Lord. It is not a day wasted in the service of the Lord if we work hard and work diligently. I love this Gospel! It is true and I know it with all of my heart!
You are all the best! Love you tons!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 47- Callings and Cat Cafes

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
Wow, what another week in literal paradise! The sun is out and shining. It is a beautiful day on the Island of Jeju! I still can’t believe I am here. I am grateful to be and serve for the Lord. Right now as we are typing a whole class of koreans are learning japanese! They are super loud and repeating everything 10 times or more. It’s fun! Maybe I will learn some Japanese! Woohoo!
One super amazing thing that I want to share is that our soon-to-be-baptized investigator got permission from her parents to get baptized!!!!!!!!!!!! We are SOOOO HAPPY! She wants to get baptized on the 29th. Somethings did happen though, like her phone broke this last weekend so we couldn’t meet saturday or sunday because things came up (satan…..). Anywho, we are meeting with her today. In order to get her baptized next week we have to meet every single day and also saturday. So we will see what she wants. We don’t want to rush things and we also want her to feel comfortable about everything. If she doesn’t get baptized this coming sunday she will get baptized for sure on the next sunday. She is so excited and happy to get baptized. She has received an answer over and over again that this is what she is supposed to do. She called us last night from her friend’s phone and told us without us asking that she is reading the book of mormon and praying and she loves it! She is truly the best and has so much strength within her. She is the best! She wants to get baptized so bad and follow the Savior. I am so happy and proud of her. I know that it is all through the Lord that all of this is happening. We are seeing so many miracles! We have so many great investigators! They are wonderful and truly want to know and gain testimonies. To be honest we were super worried because she all of a sudden started not answering any of our calls and texts. But the worry is gone, she couldn’t respond because her phone broke and she tried everything she could to get a hold of us. Which meant a lot to us, because she didn’t mean to almost drop of the edge of the earth, she just had a broken phone. To say the least we are very relieved and grateful. She is amazing! I cannot wait for the fam to meet her. I love her dearly!
 The girl with the glasses is an awesome member and the girl in the tie is Lee Hei Jin, our incredible investigator! We are eating deliciousness in a bowl! Two delicious things. We couldn’t decide. ^^
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A fun/funny thing that we did this week is we went to a CAT CAFE! With one of our new investigators. It was great. I almost died but I didn’t have the courage to tell our investigator that I was allergic to cats and that I wasn’t a super big fan of cats. But she wanted to go sooooooooo bad! So, we decided that since she was so happy and excited about it we should go and I would just silently suffer. That is exactly what I did. Oh missionary work/making good relationships with our investigators is the best! Sometimes the best friendships come with sacrifice. ^^ I will be sending pictures. There was this adorable little kitten that absolutely loved me and then there was this hilarious cat. This cat has the look of “I want to kill you right now, and I am planning on how to do it” look. It was hilarious! We took a lot of pictures.
The cute kitten!
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The “I want to kill you” cat. ^^
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So, during personal study at the beginning we always share a morning thought. There is one that I wanted to highlight on. This was Sister Stewart’s but I wanted to add some of my thoughts too. She was thinking about our calling as a missionary and how it is such a privilege to be wearing a name tag. I have actually been thinking about this a lot lately and she just rounded out some of my thoughts and feelings about the special and sacred calling of being a missionary. I cannot describe to you the feelings and the thoughts that I have about being a missionary. All I can say is that it is one the greatest and most amazing experiences I have ever experienced. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I don’t know if I told this story but one time we had to go to the hospital for one of my companions. (Don’t worry, going to the hospital in Korea is not a big deal at all, and it wasn’t scary. she just needed something checked out…anywho). So, this is preparation day but still it was terrible. I had accidentally left my name tag at home and realized this as we walked to the hospital. I had the weirdest feeling in the whole wide world. I felt spiritually and sort of physically naked, if that makes sense. I felt like no one knew who was I was and who I was representing because I didn’t have my name tag. I even felt a little bit of anxiety because I knew people would just think I was just like all of the other foreigners, but I wasn’t. I realized that no one else was thinking this but me. I was the one freaking out about people not knowing who I was. I want everyone and anyone to know that I represent Jesus Christ. So, when my name tag comes off in a few months it will be terrible and a part of me will be missing. I am not thinking about that. Anyway, we were talking about how powerful a thing it is to be a missionary and to represent the Lord and his gospel. I know that I, and all the other missionaries out in the world, have been endowed with power beyond what we can imagine. I am so grateful to be serving the Lord at this time. It is the best. I am amazed by how fast everything is going. You start realizing that life or time is too short to be thinking about yourself or wasting your time with useless and meaningless things. We need to learn to use our time effectively because sooner or later time will catch up to you. I am so grateful to be learning how to better my time and fill it with worthy things. Being a missionary and wearing a name tag makes me proud to represent Our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I can’t image life without serving the Lord. I have grown and learned so much as a missionary.
Also, to those who have never worn a name tag or are not wearing one right now I am talking to you. ^^ You can still feel the Lord’s power as you stand up and represent him. You can still influence people for good and help them learn about the Savior. The way you do that is by fulfilling your callings as a member missionary, your church calling, being a parent, a friend, an aunt, uncle, cousin, wife, husband, etc. Fulfill your callings to the best of your abilities. You will see the results and the blessings. They will be beyond what you could ever imagine. It is a blessing and a privilege to be a member of this church. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and neither should you. It is a sacred calling that we hold to be a member of Christ’s Church. Don’t ever forget that calling. Strengthen your testimony, strengthen others, serve someone, fulfill your calling. Callings give us purpose and give us a way to come back and live with our Heavenly Father again. The Plan of God is perfect and He knows what He is doing. He is at the helm and we are to hold on with all our might. Our anchor is Christ. We can always trust these two because they are our Father and Savior, brother and friend. I have been called to represent the Lord and so have you. Fulfill that calling to the best of your abilities.
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I love the Lord, our Savior, my family, friends, and the people around me. Bless someone’s life today! With your talents, testimony, and time. Time is the most valuable resource we have been given. What do we use our time for? Is it uplifting and good? Then keep it up! Use your time well.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! You are all such great examples to me and I am so grateful to feel the love and support you give me. Thank you so much for all the things that you do for me and also to those around you.
Love, Sister Orme