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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

Baby it’s cold outside

Hello Family and Friends!

So this week was Christmas! It was so wonderful! The MTC really tried to make it special for us and they did!

So, Mr. Creedy is now 20! woohoo!!! I was able to see him on Sunday, on Tuesday, and also Wednesday! Which is so great because we never get to see each other because he lives on west campus (which is Wyview). Everyone is in love with him! The Elders and Sisters mentioned to me that he is doing a great job, they love him, and that he is just the greatest person in the world. Creed’s doing wonderful in being an example to others!

This week they really focused on Christ, of course, and they also focused on making sure that the missionaries know that this is what they are supposed to be doing. A speaker asked us the question: Is this mission about me? Or is it about them?…It for sure is about them. We are the Lord’s hands to bless others with the light of the gospel. Of course we receive blessings along the way but the mission is not about our growth, it is about how we become servants of the Lord which in turn does help us be better children of God. I LOVE THE MTC! Seriously, there is such a wonderful spirit here and I have made fast friends with my district, my companion, and others from my zone. I think we have the best zone in the whole MTC.

Sunday night Creed and I were able to meet up and go to a devotional video. It was really funny. I was sitting with him and his companion and then of course with my companion, Hoffman Chamanim, and I gave creed a side hug and some of my district were behind and they were really concerned. They told me that they were like “NOooo Orme Chamamin!” haha they were just trying to look out for me. I later explained he was my brother and they breathed a sigh of relief.

During that Devotional we watched Sister and Elder Holland speak from a previous devotional given to the MTC. It was soooo good! (of course, it’s Elder Holland). He just brings fire and brimstone to the soul. He makes you feel such a fervor of strength! He was talking about missions. Some tidbits of his talk were:

– Your every effort is to have the spirit with you.
– We want all the months and everyday of your mission to be the hardest you have worked.
– The way you come back will be altered by the way you came.
– You don’t ever want to be “normal” again
– Keep the flame of your mission in your heart
– Don’t waste your time!
– Make sure every moment counts
– Go out and astonish somebody
– Salvation is not a cheap experience

Ok I could keep going but those were just a few highlights. He is amazing and just kept that fire within me burning. I know this is what I am supposed to do and I am sooooo happy I am doing it! I feel so at peace here.

We lost a member of our district, Elder Park. 😦 He is Korean and so he already knows Korean really well and so he got moved up and he leaves Jan 11th or 13…something like that. We were sad. Now we have a district of 2 companionships, with 3 people each.

Christmas Eve we had Elder and Sister Evans of the seventy speak to us. A very big thing that stood out from him was that we are delivery men, we have something very important to bring to the world. What an amazing gift we have to have the gospel in our lives. I am so excited to share it!

In class my teacher, Sagers Chamanim (sister), showed us the videos “Waiting on the road to Damascus”, “Have I done any good today” and also “What shall we give?”. Please watch them! They all made me feel the spirit and the love that God has for us.

Christmas Eve night, after the devotional, our whole zone decided to spend time together singing Christmas songs, and taking pictures together. It was a blast!

Christmas day our speaker was ELDER BEDNAR! WoOOooH! That was wonderful! So what he did was instead of just giving us a talk, he answered questions from us. There were cell phones passed around and we all got to text him a question if we wanted and he would answer a majority of them. It was so amazing. There is so much to tell about that discussion but I am only going to share a few points.

– His favorite theme is the “One by One” theme found in 3 Nephi 11:14-17. Jesus Christ did everything one by one. He felt each and everyone’s pains, sorrows, sins, etc. He healed One by One. He prophesied one by one.
– Discouragement is a tool of the Devil (Sister Bednar)
– Life is not about avoiding sin, it is about becoming better
– The age change for the males was to bring North America up to speed with the rest of the world. Other Countries have been experimenting with the age. They found no difference between the males that left at age 18 vs. 19. For the girls they decided to bring down as well.
– The best missionaries are selfless, they pushed aside all selfishness and look beyond themselves.
– You serve two missions: One for the people you will teach and for the other missionaries
– We are called to be missionaries, then assigned to a place. You are always in the place you got to be.

I am so excited to dedicate the next 18 months of my life to the Lord. There is no better place for me. I am making everyday count!

The last activity of the day we watched last years MOTAB Christmas which, of course, was amazing! That was the one Creed, Katie, Spencer, the cousins and I went to because Maria had tickets. Some of it was about the candy bomber story. I love that story and think it is such a wonderful story of love and selflessness.

I am so happy that we were able to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I love you all tons! Thank you for the dear elders, they really make my day. So, don’t stop! hahah.

I love my Elders (the ones in my district, I call them my Elders because I kind of take care of them ahahh) and my companion Hoffman Chomanim. They are all such wonderful people and we sooooooo much fun together and we make each other laugh all the time. I seriously can’t tell you how happy I am to be here. What a blessing. The Lord knows exactly what we need.

Well, gotta go!

LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Love, Orme Chamay

Merry Christmas!!!!

Well, it’s Christmas day. I will give a full blown detailed letter on Friday. I don’t have much time to write.

I love you all so much and hope today is a wonderful day full of happiness and the love of Christ.

I am so grateful for all of you and I thank you for the examples you have set for me. They have really tried to make the Christmas season as amazing as possible. They have had a speaker last night who was Elder Evans of the seventy. He was amazing! Then we watched the nativity and Mr Kruegers Christmas.

I know that Heavenly Father lives and loves us. He has helped us all have the spirit and be able to learn super quickly. I already know how to read, say my prayer, and my testimony in Korean. What the??? right? The gift of tongues is real and I am so grateful for it.

It was fun, Creed and I ended sitting close by each other during the devotional. It was a pleasant surprise. This is the second time I have seen him. which is nice because he lives in Wyview. I will be able to see him every Sunday!!! yippee!

times up! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
love you!!!!!

love orme chamanim