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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

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 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 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 44- MERRY CHRISTMAS with a Baptism and more

Hello Dearest Family and Friends-
It is Christmas week and I cannot believe it is already here. I doesn’t look like Christmas but it feels like Christmas. I can feel the spirit of the Savior during this time and feel the true meaning of Christmas which of course cannot ever be wrapped or displayed but it is the feeling you have during this time that makes it the most special.
I was not even in my two new areas a week and we had a baptism!  Who knew having a baptism would be so easy? ^^ Just kidding. The other sisters worked hard and I just had the privilege of showing up. Our 91-year-old investigator got baptized on saturday and was given the holy ghost on sunday. What an amazing and special feeling was there. She had to get baptized twice because her foot floated up. When she got in the water she wasn’t sure what to do and was just spinning in circles. We finally got her in the right position though and it was amazing. The spirit was sooo strong and she was so happy. Sister Walker said she has never seen her so happy. She was so cute too and of course still is. Being 91 years old always makes you so cute. I will send pictures of it. I am grateful for her wonderful and sweet spirit. I was able to see my little trainee as well! Her new companion was companions with Sister Walker so we got to spend some time with each other. Which was fun.
Sister Jo Jong Yor our investigator that got baptized. She is sooo cute!
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Managing two areas is super interesting. Fun and sometimes a little stressful. But I LOVE IT! I serve in Daeshin and Keajeong, which is in South Busan city. We are trying to turn this place around because it requires a lot of work. We have two branches to work with and also two branch presidencies that demand different or the same things from us but it is all good. I am so excited and i feel privileged to help these two areas grow and prosper. There is so much to do and so much to improve! I am so excited for this opportunity. I cannot express it. The branches are basically just as small as Miryang but the city is waaaaaaaaaayyyyy bigger. Deashin was one of the first branches in Korea. How neat is that? Unfortunately it is now only 8 members, Keajeong has about 20-30 members. 35 people came yesterday! which is wonderful! Since we have to manage two areas we have to also spend time in both areas equally and also balance out two sets of elders. So we are constantly working with them and having to switch back and forth between the areas. I know this is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. All companionships in Deashin and Keajeong changed one person out. One is our district leader and the other is Elder Suttner who I was serving with in Miryang. I really feel like the 3 of us were moved into these areas for a big reason and I am excited to see how the Lord wants to use us here.
This last week was also mine and Elder Orme’s year mark of being a missionary. I think it is so neat that me and my little brother are able to serve together even though we are on the opposite sides of the world. What a blessing missionary work is. I am so grateful everyday for this wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord in Korea. I have been reflecting a lot on what I have done and who I have become over this last year. I know I have changed soooo much.  I am still me just a better and slightly more polished version of myself. I know that Heavenly Father has a lot more in store for me. I know that I can still improve and I can still grow and He knows exactly what to do to help me with that. He is the greatest and knows everything that we need to improve. Sometimes it is hard but they are the most rewarding things I have learned and I will remember them forever. I am grateful also for my little brother Elder Orme because he is an example to me. He also just turned 21 on sunday! I cannot believe how fast time is flying. I love you so much! Keep up the hard work!
I am not really sure what else to say since I will be skyping my family in a few days. But what I do know is that the gospel is true! I love this time of year because we are able to focus on the Savior more and our families. The Savior is everything to me. I am so grateful that he suffered for us so we could be able to live with our Heavenly Father again. But also I am grateful that we can feel peace, comfort, clean, and hope through the atonement.
I hope we all can focus on the true meaning of Christ and that is the SAVIOR!
I love you all! For some I will hear from you next week but my family I will see you in a few days!!!! ^^
Love Sister Orme

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!! Week 7<–WHAT???

I seriously LOVE being a missionary. It can be soo hard but it is so rewarding at the same time. I have come to realize that we must not focus on everything at once, that is where you get too overwhelmed. I have learned to look at things little by little. Sometimes you want to baptize the whole world but you can only do that as you save one soul at a time. That is how Jesus Christ works. He saves a soul one by one. Yesterday was a momentous occasion for 울산 (Ulsan). We had TWO fantastic people take steps into the waters of baptism. One was our investigator 오지윤 (Ohjeeyoon) and the Elders investigator 백송민 (Peksongmeen) He is 17 or 18! Wow, the craziest but most amazing day of our life! The spirit was bursting at this baptism. I am soooooo happy! I still can’t believe it either. I can’t believe that they are baptized. It is amazing! I am sending pictures! This week was definietly crazy but it all worked out! Heavenly Father has been blessing us sooooooooooooooooo much!!!
Baptism!!!
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Baptism again!
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So, I am answering mom’s questions and I thought everyone would want to know.
Korea is a very beautiful place but can also be dirty. Which is fine. I LOVE KOREA! the streets, the shops and places remind me of russia. Old grandmas sell food on the streets and there are a lot of street markets.
I will conquer the world!
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Cool buildings!
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Heart attacking a members door
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Everytime we pass koreans they always say: SOOO BEAUTIFUL! hahah in korean of course. it is hilarious and we love it. I am going to miss it so much when I leave korea. I am going to miss the grandmas calling us beautiful and the korean people freaking out when they see us all the time. haha.
There are a not a lot of foreigners here but when there are we try to avoid them. hahaha. for some reason they weird us out. most of time we have had really bad feelings when we are with them so we try to avoid them because they are always scary….well not all the time but sometimes we wouldn’t have feelings around them. but we say hi to them and that is that, they are not super interested in us. one time a girl and a guy came up to us and we talked to them for two seconds. the boy seemed interested in what we were talking about but once the girl found out we were missionaries she said bye. haha.
Me and my group that left from the MTC. We met at training meeting.
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koreans like hello kitty and cute things. i love it! hahah sometimes you will see men wearing and using really girly things but it is completely normal here. i love it! hahah
i have not felt anyones enmity to japan or of any place. the young koreans actually really like the japanese style. a lot of chinese and japanese people come here.
Jordan is doing great! he and his mom didn’t progress super well this week but we will bring them back on track.
We walk, ride buses or take the occasional taxi to go places. I love it!!! you get to see the city and you get to meet people. i am so grateful we don’t ride bikes or have a car so we can be able to contact people.
Kyongjyoo the buddhist temple there
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In the arch at kyongjoo
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I cannot stay away from the night shades because in every single meal basically the only thing that doesn’t have it, is a seaweed salad, the rice or sometimes they have cabbage sald. Heavenly Father has been blessing me with staying healthy from it. When we are at home we eat very well and keep away from it. It is very rude to not eat the food they give you so I eat it. I have been totally fine! ^^ I get tired but we are so busy that only by the end of the day does it really help me. I pray all the time to the Lord about it. I am praying for Creed too. Pray for it creed!
Yes, the competition is really bad. Kids stay in school all day and waaaay late into the night. sometimes they dn’t get home until 11:30 or 12 at night. apparantly the suicide rate is really high here becuase there is so much competition. i hope it gets better. It is because korea is soooo small but so many people live here. We are normally feeding ourselves. But sometimes we will have a 식사 (Shiksa-Food appointment) with members. It is always awesome! We have been fed a lot which is actually surprising cause normally they don’t feed you as much. But they always feed us tons of food and it is hard becuase you want to please them so you have to eat a ton. we basically don’t eat at all besides at that time. I am happy they are not too frequent.
I am soooooo happy for Brian! Please tell him that I am so happy for him. I know his life is going to be very blessed as he pursues the gospel. There is nothing that is better or more perfect. Heavenly Father loves him and I love him too. We are so blessed to have him in our lives. I am so happy that he is taking these steps. These are the most important but I know as he does so his life will be 10 times better. It will bless his life forever. You are the best St. Brian!!!!!!
I am sooo excited for JONNY!!!! Congratulations on your mission call!!! That is awesome!! I will write you! ^^
Look who I found? this is going to be on a members fridge. Cousin Jonny!
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It is completely safe to send stuff! No problems like Creed. Sorry Creed!
Ok, so everyone is asking about my birthday. It was really great!!! So far we have been fed 3 cakes. Hahaha and people keep wanting to do things for me. It kind of felt like any other day but it was still fun! Mom, thank you for the necklace and the bracelet!!! I love them both. I have been wearing them to! Love you!! So all in all it was great!
I love love love missionary work. It is seriously the most greatest thing ever!!! Wow, i love it a lot. I am so happy and I am doing super well. It has not been hard at all for me to adjust to missionary life. Heavenly Father is really blessing me and my companion. We feel his love and blessings everyday. It is all about obedience, reading your scriptures, praying, going to church, and keeping the commandments. Through those things Heavenly Father blesses us immenseley.
LOVE YOU ALLLLL!!!!!
Love, 옴 자매
Sister Orme

week 4 – “We need to grab those hands that hang hopelessly down”

Hello Everyone!!!

This week has been fantastic! We are seeing the blessings that come from being exactly obedient. My companion and I decided we needed to work on being 100% obedient and it has created sooooo many miracles. We gained a new investigator, we have recieved a a lot of referrals, we have 3 new members for our English class, we are teaching with more power and with the spirit, 김윤애 kimyooneh our less active is drinking less coffee, and we have a for sure baptism on april 6th. It has made us completely exhausted by the end of the day though. Which is fantastic!!!! We are working hard and trying to be what the Lord wants us to be.

1. Some of the sisters from our zone and I eating at a restaurant last pday
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2. We made french toast for fhe! in a bowl like thing. We didn’t have a pan. This is a hilarious picture of my companion. Her face kills me. It is sooo funny!
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3. We made this whiteboard, and we are soo proud of it hahaha
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So, korea is still amazing and I love it! There are a few things that are interesting that we would never see in America. But i love it! There are sometimes tables with pig heads and feet, there is a lot of hanging meat, and fish everywhere! I love it! I love being in a completely different place. It makes everyday an adventure and soooo much fun!

On sunday we had an awesome 고기 (meat) party and our recent converts country home (natalia and her husband). It was a blast being able to spend time with the members and get to know them. We ate sooooo much meat! And we took a lot of oils to compensate it all and we feel a lot better. The korean bbq is sooooo good!

1. Delicious rice. Made out of a traditional pot for the meat party.
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2. Grandpa Kang! He is seriously the cutest old man ever!
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3. Me and Natalia
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Me and my companion are reading Jesus the Christ. It is sooooooooo good and amzing! I really suggest reading it because you gain a lot of insight from it. It is amazing!!!! We are becoming obsessed with it.

I will leave a spiritual message. I was reading in the gospel principles book and it was on sacrifice. I wrote this quote in my planner…”People have always been tried and tested to see if they will put the things of God first in their lives”.

 

1. Picture of the surrounding area at the country home.
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2. Eating delicious food.
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3. what we ate. sooooo good! chicken with sweet potato.
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A lot of people don’t realize that God gives us trials so he can test us and see what we will do with them. We are tested on our reaction to what is lotted to us in this life. It is amazing that God blesses us more abundantly as we trudge through and come out better. Trials are for our benefit! There is no way better for us to learn then to go through trials. Heavenly Father is seriously the best!!! I love him and he loves us in return. This is what we are sharing. Our work with the less actives is bringing people back and lifting them up becuase they are hopelessly lost. I love this work and I am so grateful for what Heavenly Father is helping us do. This is His work, and we are his vessels. We need to keep the spirit of Christ within us. We can be powerful tools in his hands. BE THAT TOOL!!!!!

love, sister orme

Week of Miracles (Week 2 in Korea!)

Hello Family and Friends!!

I LOVE KOREA!!!!! Every day I am so happy and grateful to be here. I still can’t believe and I just love it sooooo much already and I haven’t even been here 2 weeks yet! I love it, I love it, I love it! Missionary work is so fantastic and brings so much joy to me and my companion. we get soooo excited because the Lord has helped us and guided us. He has helped us with so man opportunities to do service and to guide people. He is the greatest! I feel his love everyday! I feel the love for these people everyday. They are so cute and are just the greatest. They are sooo kind!

I love Korea!
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The koreans make cabbage be their greenery during the winter.
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Fun pictures from the beach.
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So, the first few days here in Korea we received alot of training and kind of just getting to know our mission rules and standards. We had a wonderful  전도 activity (Proselyting). It was a blast!!! Everyone was freaking out about my hair and my korean. We would be with a different companion every 20 minutes. President and Sister Gilbert were watching us to see how we got along. My companions were really surprised about my Korean, which I was surprised about. I am just glad that I can preach the gospel and say what I want. My teachers,  이 자매님 (Sister Lee) and Sagers 자매님 (Sister Sagers), prepared us soooo well! Also, Heavenly Father is always on our side! Which helps a ton! Then of course, we got to meet our real companion, which is Sister Benbrook. I already mentioned that but I do gotta say. I LOVE HER SOOOO MUCH! We are so meant to be together and we know why. We are both going to make so many changes here in 신정 Shinjong (this is our area) and the city we are in is 울산 Ulsan. It is soo great! I am so happy to be here. The members are so wonderful and they work so hard to help friends come to church, and less actives to become reactiviated. They are amazing!!!

We have a cute little 30 year old Korean girl that will be baptized this month on the 23rd! Her name is 오지윤 (Ohjiyoon). She is the greatest! Her brother is going to BYU-Provo and he is LDS. He has been encouraging her to join the church, which is fantastic! We are so happy and excited for her. She is so eager and wanting to learn more about our church. She wants to get baptized soooo bad!

Last pday we found some beautiful korean dishes in a ditch. They were absolutely nasty but we couldn’t resist the temptation of taking them and cleaning them up. I will be sharing pictures. It sounds ridiculous but it was a blast!!! We will have such good memories about them when we come back. Haha. We passed by it and I said it as a joke that we should take the dishes and clean them up. Then Sister Benbrook said we should totally do it and then I agreed. So, that is how things happened. I can’t believe we did but it was soooo much fun! hahaha. Afterwards, we went to a beautiful beach! It was gorgeous! I will send pictures. We went with our investigator and we had to hand her off to some other sister missionaries because they are whitewashing her area. It was sad to hand her off but we can’t teach her anymore because she is not in our area. The new sisters bonded really well with her and we are so happy about that. She is making sooo much progress!

Us picking up the bowls from a ditch.
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The beautiful beach we visited.
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This last week we got a really random, but not of course, call from a less active. She hasn’t been coming to church for a while so we were really happy to hear from her. She said she had a really bad day and needed a message from us. We were happy to do it. I felt really inspired to share a sentence from PMG and then also Joshua 1:9. I am so happy we shared those things because that is exactly what she needed to hear. The paragraph in the PMG talks about repentence and being able to feel peace. It also mentions that no matter what the Lord is with us but we have to do what he wants us to do to receive blessings. She needed that really bad. I love Heavenly Father and what he does to make us his hands. We are so blessed! We set up to meet with her but she got terribly sick. We will be meeting with her soon.

We have another investigator and her son, 황태숙 (Hwangtaysook) and her son we call him Jordan, and they have progressed just in the last two times we have met! They have been meeting with the missionaries since December and they are progressing more then ever. Jordan prays by himself occasionally and he loves learning about Jesus. He has sooo many questions. He is only 9 years old and speaks English super well. We are teaching his mom as well and she speaks well too. She prays all the time and reads the Book of Mormon. Jordan reads the little BofM story book. They are so great! We are super excited about them.

This last week, we met with a less active sister 김윤애 (kimyooneh). She is trying to stop drinking coffee. We met with her tuesday and challenged her to not drink any coffee at all from now on and also fast with us on saturday. We texted her 3 times a day to give her encouragement so she would be able to resist the temptation. We even were going to take her coffee away but her husband drinks it. We believe in her and know she can do it. She speaks English super well as well. Oh, BTW So many people speak English here! It is crazy. She hasn’t contacted us since so we don’t know what is going on but we pray for her daily. She is going to do it! We believe it! We meet her on tuesday so we will be able to catch up with her.

This last friday we had a Mission Tour. It was sooooooooooooo amazing!!!!!!! Elder and Sister Ringwood came and spoke to us. Everything they said was exactly what Sister Benbrook and I needed. We have a ton of Less actives in this area and we are trying to figure out what we can do about that. Our Branch is basically a ward but because there are so many less actives, it isn’t one yet. They only need a few more people to get a new building, be an official ward, and also become a stake. We are working so hard and know that Heavenly Father is blessing us so much.

So, last week most of our appointments dropped. Which was sad but not. We were able to get so many records organized, calls to the ward members, and figuring out who the lest actives are. Heavenly Father is giving us this time to find the less actives. We don’t have a lot of investigators anymore but we know exactly why. We are not bringing more people into the gospel at this moment but we are reviving the area. We were both sent here to do this work because Heavenly Father trusts the both of us to do. We  are excited and we are so grateful for the time that we have so we can meet less actives. Please pray for us to have success with the less actives. We are going to change this place and Heavenly Father knows we can do it! The Ringwoods taught us so much and we are so excited to apply it in our work. We are expecting miracles and they are going to happen! We believe it with every fiber of our being!

Last night, some sisters called us from another area with very, very exciting news. They tested out this idea that Sister Benbrook had a little bit ago. They had a sticker board with questions from the soul (they labeled it Questions of the heart because it is hard to describe soul in korean). People would put stickers where they had questions, then they would have to fill out a questionarre. Some of the questions were like, if you had an opportunity to figure your question now would you want to hear it, and stuff like that. Then we would use the Bof M to answer those questions right then and there. Guess how many BofMs they gave out in about 2 hours?…………………………..they gave out 46 BofMs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! isn’t that absolutely amazing?????? The sticker board is what first attracts them. One thing you got to know about Koreans is that they love using stickers and it works. We are going to do this as well. We are so pumped and cannot wait to do it. Please pray for us as well for success. We know it will work and we will plant seeds in peoples hearts and will bring many more into the gospel. Seriously, Heavenly Father is blessing us soooooooooooooooooooooooo much!

I am so grateful for this gospel and I know Heavenly Father is providing a way for us to expound and move forward his work. We see miracles all the time. Many have been small but huge in our eyes. Heavenly Father knows what we are capable of. With him nothing is impossble!! Nothing! I have seen first hand, everyday even. I love the gospel. I love being a MISSIONARY! I know this is what I am supposed to be doing and I know this is exactly where I am supposed to be. We have a lot of work ahead of us but it isn’t daunting at all. There is always a way and Heavenly Father is going to provide it. I’m speaking to all missionaries in the field or member missionaries: NEVER EVER lose your faith or hope. Heavenly Father is always there for us! We can DO ANYTHING if we trust in him. Trust in yourself and trust that Heavenly Father is going to use you. Take that extra mile. Do and Follow. You will bless so many lives! I believe in all of you and I am praying for you all.

Also, the Ringwoods and our mission are really working for ward missionary work. It works and it is something that needs to be pushed. Every member is a missionary. We are commanded to share the gospel. Heavenly Father will bless us so much if we just put our foot out and the door and find those less actives or share the gospel with people we know. You will be blessed. Help the missionaries out as well, they need your help and can help you so much with your missionary work.

You are all fantastic! You are all amazing and doing such a wonderful job!

LOVE YOU ALL!

Love, Orme자매
Sister Orme