Week 46- True Happiness

Hello Dear wonderful Family and Friends!
Hello from the Island of Jeju. Wow, I still can’t believe I am here! It is so amazing. One fun fact that I just found out about. Most of my family members and some friends will think this is fun, for the rest of you, maybe it will be fun. ^^ But my new companion, Sister Stewart, her older brother served with Jeremy Dance! (my cousin for those who don’t know) Super fun connection and they are both doing BYU Men’s Choir as well together. Fun tidbit that I learned just a few minutes ago.
Also, a lot of people commented on what I said about me being a Jeju missionary. I forgot to tell you all but the AP when he called told me why I was getting shipped of to Jeju because Jeju needs my light, happiness, positivity and brightness. I guess that might mean what a Jeju missionary is. I feel like a lot of the missionaries here are exactly what Jeju needs. I am grateful to know some of the reasons why I am here.
Sister Stewart and I!
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So pretty! It is a horse lighthouse!
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I wanted to share a huge miracle of  this week. Her name is Lee Hei Jin ( I don’t know how to romanize it, but it’s a try). She is one of our investigators and she is only 18 years old. She is super amazing! This last week we met with her about 3 times. She has so much light and is a wonderful person! This week we asked what her thoughts were about baptism. She said she knew it would be a great thing but she was nervous and had concerns about it. She was super honest with us and told us what she thought. She asked her if she would pray about and ask Heavenly Father if it was the right thing to do. She said she would. We felt the spirit so strong and she was so happy. She said she always feels good when she prays and reads the Book of Mormon, and when she comes to church. The next time we saw her she told us that she had prayed and wants to get baptized soooooooo bad! She said she prayed the night before and was just crying because she knew it was right and felt sooo happy. She said it was so weird because she was so happy but crying. I told her that is okay and that I do the same thing. She had a few more questions and we were able to smooth that over. She was worried about her family. I mentioned to her about some of the experiences of one of my companions and an elder I served with. The Elder’s family don’t really support him but they still love him. He is doing wonderful, got baptized at her age and is doing super well! She loved the stories I told and felt a lot better about it. We told her that everything will work out alright and that since this is the right decision everything will work out. She was so happy and said she was coming to church the next day. So, we see her at church and she was so happy. You can just see her happiness beaming out of her whole body. She loves coming to church and everything about the gospel. She knows it is right and she feels it. She is going to ask for permission from her parents if she can be baptized. She wants to get baptized on the 29th of this month! We are so happy for her and we were able to both share our testimonies with her about the gospel and Book of Mormon. It was so powerful and the feeling in the room was tangible. It was filled with happiness, love and peace.
The Elders and Us. love the ocean!
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I love being a missionary and I know this is where true happiness lies. It is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have even noticed the change in our investigator only over the past few days and it is astounding. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve with Sister Stewart and see this miracle. Sister Stewart is amazing!!!!! She is such a good missionary and works soooo hard! I am so privileged to be with her. We have become fast friends and laugh so much with each other. We work hard but still have fun while doing it. I love talking to people on the street. It is so fun sharing the gospel and showing who we truly are, which is Jesus Christ’s disciples. Yesterday, I was talking to this lady on the bus and she just decided to give me a whole big bag of little oranges! She was so fun and so kind. We talked about the restoration and I gave a pamphlet. We didn’t have time to get a number but at least I spoke with her. I love sharing the gospel with others. It makes me feel like I am being a true disciple of Christ when I open my mouth and share the gospel. We are seeing so many miracles here in Jeju. I am being incredibly blessed. I love the Lord and I love serving him. I love being a missionary. There is no greater calling. I know that.
I love the gospel. I know it is true. The best way to keep ourselves firm in faith is being firm in Christ. Pray, read, ponder, listen to the spirit, go to church, follow the commandments. Do ALL that you can do to build up your faith in Christ. I know this gospel is true with all of my heart. It is the best thing in the whole world.
I love the Lord, and I LOVE YOU ALL!
I am so grateful for you and for all the support, love, and prayers.
Love, Sister Orme
P.s Today we went to the beach and it was so beautiful!

Week 45- Transfers and Jesus Christ

Hello Dearest Family and Friends-
You would not guess where I have been transferred! It is called the Hawaii of Korea. Yep, I have been sent to JEJU Island! So fun! I am follow up training Sister Stewart! She is so great. She is from Spokane, Washington! So fun. We have talked about Washington and our love for that state. Jeju was my trainer’s, Ashley Benbrook, first area! So, it is fun to have it be my last area. I am so excited and grateful and I know this is where I am supposed to be. Everyone kept telling me that I was going to serve on Jeju and that I was a Jeju missionary. I still am not sure what the means but I have become a JEJU missionary. I am excited to see what this new transfer will unfold. Jeju will be my last area! So, that is really fun! I have only ever heard of good things about Jeju. So, I am happy.
On the plane to Jeju! It only takes 30 minutes!
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Jeju!
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Sorry, we don’t have much time but I wanted to share the article from this months Liahona/Ensign. It is called “Encircled in His Gentle Arms” By President Uchtdorf. Read it! So good! We have been really focusing a lot on Christ, well we always talk about Christ but we are expounding even more so, and so this message is perfect. Christ can heal us and help us through anything. He is the one that has suffered all and knows all! I like this part: “Though none of us will ever have to experience the depth of what our Lord suffered, we each will have our own dark and bitter hours-times when our sorrow and grief may appear to be greater that we can bear. There will be times when the weight and remorse of our sins will press mercilessly upon us. Even so, if we will lift our hearts to the Lord during those times, surely He will know and understand. He who suffered so selflessly for us in the garden and on the cross will not leave us comfortless now. He will strengthen, encourage, and bless us. He will encircle us in His gentle arms. He will be more than an angel. He will bring us blessed comfort, healing and forgiveness. For he is our Redeemer. Our deliverer. Our merciful Savior and blessed God”. I want you all to think about what the Lord, our Savior, has done for you. He has done it all. Please embrace him in your life and you will be embraced back and feel the love, mercy, and warmth that radiates from him.
He knows how we feel and what we go through. I am so grateful for him and love him. I LOVE HIM and he Loves each of us.
Love You all!
Love, Sister Orme (From Jeju!)

Week 44 – Consecration

Hello Most wonderful and greatest Family members and Friends!

What a week! I am loving every minute of missionary work! I cannot believe that I am being so blessed. I am grateful everyday for the blessings he has been giving me. I cannot count the blessings!
One great miracle is that my ankle has miraculous healed and recovered! I have no clue how but I know because it is all of you! So, I don’t have a sprained ankle anymore but of course I am not going to go crazy with it. My knee is healing as well. So ALL is well and happy over here. ^^
We have seen so many other miracles, some of which I can’t talk about and others that I can. We have been seeing more and more people be curious about who we are and what our message is. We have been able to testify to many people about our church. One woman we met was in the middle of searching for a religion and had many questions. Her story made me think of Joseph Smith and we gave her a Restoration Pamphlet. Unfortunately even though we have been seeing so many miracles these people are not giving us their numbers, but I know that we are planting seeds in their hearts and Heavenly Father is seeing our efforts. It is the effort that matters the most. I know the gospel is soooooo true!
This week is transfer call week. On Thursday night we will know what will happen for the next transfer. I realized today that I only have 13 more weeks left in the mission! I have no clue how! Time keeps slipping under my fingers, but that is not making me work any less.
This week we had stake conference. It was amazing! We had Elder Whiting from the 70 come and speak to us. He was soooo powerful! He talked about how to receive revelation and also about tithing. Ohhh. It was sooooo good! I left my notes at home sadly but He talked about the blessings of tithing. He said that he doesn’t care what situation we are in, or what circumstances may arise, we HAVE to pay tithing. It is a law of God and as we pay we are blessed way beyond what we can imagine. It was very good. The power of tithing is real and I have seen it in my own life as well. ALWAYS PAY TITHING NO MATTER WHAT! He also talked about receiving revelation and how we can do it. The first thing is we have to be reverent and worthy to receive it. Worthiness depends on our preparedness. Do we sit, pray and wait for God to answer us? Or are we creating our space to be a quiet spiritual place, reading our scriptures, praying, pondering, etc? What are we doing that doesn’t prepare us spiritually to receive it? How can we prepare ourselves that we can listen to the quiet whisperings of the Spirit? You cannot receive revelation clearly if you are distracted and don’t have the spirit with you. He said sometimes people receive it unworthily, like Alma the Younger but he was someone that needed to be changed and the only way for him to change was for an Angel to appear. He was the exception. When we go to meetings are we sitting reverently or are we running around, talking to people, playing on our phone, sleeping, etc? If you are doing the lesser activities, how do you expect to get spiritual promptings during those meetings? He really called us out because all the way from when people arrived to a minute after the meeting was supposed to start to people were running around and talking. He made the stake president go up and say “When you are ready we will start”. So we waited until people stopped talking. I felt embarrassed because it was super distracting and not reverent at all. I loved it, though. I feel like people just need to be plain honest, I don’t like it when people are not straight to the point. I will deal with it everyday. It was a very powerful realization of what a difference it makes when you sit quietly and reverently versus being distracted. He said that he had no clue what he was going to talk to us about and brought no notes with him. That is when he said that he will start with tithing and revelation. He was AWESOME!
One time during personal study for some reason I had all of these questions pop into my head about being obedient. First off, I am 110% obedient. I was thinking about 100% obedience after the mission. What makes missionaries so obedient? Yes, we have a stricter lifestyle but how can we continue that obedience after the mission? I have learned so much about being 100% obedient as a missionary but what about a 100% percent member? What would stop me from being a 100% obedient member?
I thought about this and pondered but couldn’t really come to any conclusion because I had other questions. Why would I learn so much strict obedience to just throw it out the window? Why is it important that we be strictly obedient to the Lord’s laws? I decided I was going to think about these later and I opened my Liahona (The November General Conference Addition) to read one of the talks. I didn’t know what I wanted to read and I fell upon Elder Jog Klebinglot’s talk. I hadn’t finished writing notes about it so I decided to finish reading it. Well, guess what was the next thing I needed to read in his talk? Point #3 about being consecrated and obedience. Yep, I read that part. Wow, so amazing. I loved it! I recommend you all read it. I love that he says that selective obedience to God’s law brings selective blessing. If we choosing something that is not as bad but not worse, it is still choosing wrong. Heavenly Father wants to give us ALL the blessings in the whole world but he can’t unless we are obedient. Please read it. here is the section: 3. Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life. Acknowledge that you cannot love God without also loving His commandments. The Savior’s standard is clear and simple: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Selective obedience brings selective blessings, and choosing something bad over something worse is still choosing wrong. You can’t watch a bad movie and expect to feel virtuous because you did not watch a very bad one. Faithful observance of some commandments doesn’t justify neglecting others. Abraham Lincoln rightly said, “When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad” (in William H. Herndon and Jesse William Weik, Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, 3 vols. [1889], 3:439).

Also, do the right things for the right reasons. The Lord, who “requireth the heart and a willing mind” (D&C 64:34) and who “is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (D&C 33:1), knows why you go to church—whether you are present in body only or truly worshipping. You can’t sing on Sunday, “O Babylon, O Babylon, [I] bid thee farewell” and then seek or tolerate its company again moments later (“Ye Elders of Israel,”Hymns, no. 319). Remember that casualness in spiritual matters never was happiness. Make the Church and the restored gospel your whole life, not just a part of your outward or social life. Choosing this day whom you will serve is lip service only—until you actually live accordingly (see Joshua 24:15). Spiritual confidence increases when you are truly striving, for the right reasons, to live a consecrated life in spite of your imperfections!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!! I am learning more and more everyday and I LOVE IT!
Love, Sister Orme
P.s. I will tell you next week what happens with transfers!

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 THE LORD!
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!
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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!
I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!
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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 lds.org 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!!!!!
I LOVE YOU ALLLLLL SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!
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Creepy construction man. These fake people always scare. I am not sure why.
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Found this in a bathroom. It’s a fun statement!
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Sister Jong and I heart attacked a less active’s house!
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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!

https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/01/what-will-you-choose?lang=eng

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

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

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