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!
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!
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!
Hello Family and Friends-
Sister Hoffman just asked me the above question while we were emailing. So, it had to be the subject line.
Well, I am finally better from my cold. I still have a little cough and a sometimes I need to blow my nose but I feel fantastic!
This week has been really great. My Korean is getting tons better and it feels great! We have such cute natives and they are so wonderful!!!!!!
Creed left this week. We had a wonderful Sunday together. We had about 3 hours together which was superb! We had dinner together, then we just hung out afterward. We shared our testimonies in our languages and took pictures. Definitely black mail worthy pictures. Don’t you worry Derek. Creed might send them to you. Afterward we went to the devotional together. It was just so nice being able to spend time with him. I cried a little. I am going to miss him but I know this is the time for us to be on missions and we are exactly where Heavenly Father wants us to be. We took one last photo together. Then He had to run off and catch his bus. The funny thing is when he hugged me, he hugged me soo hard my belt broke. A saint of an Elder fixed it for me and it works perfectly well. We call him the Wizard because he can fix ANYTHING! No joke, we don’t know how he does it but he is magical. When I asked permission to set up a meeting with my brother our zone president told me that I shouldn’t hide the fact that siblings can meet but I shouldn’t boast about it and show off what I was allowed to do. So that is what can happen at the MTC if you ever want to see your sibling before you go. He told me that we were an unusual case but he was happy to give me the permission to be with him.
We have had really good speakers this week that just spoke all the right words. I don’t have much time to right it all down but I know that Heavenly Father is always there for anyone. He will bless you immensely as long as you work hard and you follow his commandments. He is so good.
One of the biggest things that I have done this week to promote my faith was by doing the Attribute Activity in the PMG (the missionary Preach My Gospel manual). I suggest EVERYONE do that. Please do it. It will bless your life. It is a good measurement of where you stand. I decided to just start with the first attribute of Christ, which was faith. Wow, I learned so much and wrote pages and pages of things that I felt and was thinking throughout my study. Please do it. It will open your eyes of what you need to work on and will strengthen your faith, or any attribute of Christ you want to work on. It is somewhat personal but I know my thoughts will help others if I share them. This is what I wrote in my journal: “It looks like I need to develop my faith more. Especially about believing it can produce miracles. I believe i can bring miracles but i need to believe i=that i can create miracles, through Heavenly Father of course, in my life according to my faith. I know I need to be a little more confident in myself to be a vessel of the Lord. I know I have really good faith, I trust in the Lord and know he will help me. Ether 12:6 is really powerful. I know that I won’t see the miracle until after the trial of my faith. Hebrews 11:1 “…faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for…” Faith is assuring. I know faith can make me whole, or anyone whole for that matter. Faith and doubt/fear cannot embody your mind at one time. As long as I have only faith on my mind, I can’t doubt or fear. From now until the end of my life I want to say I had enough faith to say i fought the good fight, i have finished my course, i have kept the faith. I will strive to make sure I will work for faith. Faith without works is dead. By works is faith made perfect. I need more confidence in myself to have full confidence in the Lord. Faith comes from righteousness. If i am exactly obedient, there is no room for error. I know that perfect faith comes from perfect knowledge. I need to gain more knowledge and strive to be more like Jesus. If I strive to be the best I can, strive to be as obedient as I can, my faith will grow. 2 Nephi 25: 29 As long as I believe/worship Christ with all my might, mind and strength my faith will grow. I can obtain my faith through Christ. Jesus Christ works through the hearts of the people. By the power of the Holy Ghost can our faith be strengthened. Knowledge, trust, diligence, and enduring to the end will help our faith grow (Mosiah 4:6). The Atonement works miracles. The Atonement is essential to everything. Belief in ALL of God, who he is and what he is strengthens our faith (Mosiah 4:9). We can’t comprehend everything that he has for us, but in due time we will know. We just need to trust in him.
I had many more thoughts but I don’t have enough time to write it all down.
FYI mom. We have the missionary bags and the XX came as well. I gave the vitamins to creed and creed gave me my bag on sunday. Thank you soooooooooo much mom!!! i Love the bag and was sooooo excited to use it. It looks awesome and is such a cool bag. It has so many nooks and crannys for everything!! i just love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are the best!
Sorry I will write what my schedule is like next week. I will write to you all the rest of the things you wanted to know. I love you all!
Sadly, this monday Sister Hoffman, Bagley, Glauser, and a lot of other missionaries are leaving this monday. Which is sad and sort of depressing. Apparently, I get to have a say of who my new companion will be. I will keep you up to date!!!
Trust in the LORD! He is always there for you and will help you with everything that you need. JOSHUA 1:9. Remember that promise everyday.
I LOVE YOU ALL. YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray for you all. Let me know if there is anything else you need me to pray about because prayers from missionaries are powerful. I am not being self rightious haha. In general prayers from missionaries are powerful.
Goodbye! Walk in faith this week! Figure out what you can learn better this week. Seriously, do the PMG Attribute Activity and then study what you need to work on. You will be blessed!
Love, Orme Chamay
This week has been fantastic! I can’t tell you how much I love the MTC.
We have 33 new missionaries this week! And then 12 more come next week. 11 left this week for Korea :(. It is sad but i am happy for them. It is soooo great! Our branch is growing!
So, Butterfield, Watson, and I were teaching our investigator about the atonement this week and it went so well. We decided to focus more on the spirit and listening to it to see what we need to tell our investigator so she could feel the spirit. Wow, it was powerful. The spirit was so strong that I started crying really hard. I was giving the baptismal invite and could not give it without crying. The spirit confirmed to me that what I was saying was true and I am so excited to share this message to real investigators. The gospel is such a blessing. As I gave the baptismal invitation, I felt the power of our message and also the power of baptism. It is going to make so many people happy. Our teacher told me that the lesson was amazing and we did such a good job! She is not allowed to give us feedback at all. I am glad she was able to confirm that we were at least doing something right. The gospel is true!!!! I am so happy that we get to share to the people of Korea!
On Sunday we had the privilege of listening to President Lindahl. He is the District President. He made me so pumped and excited to be a missionary. We have so much power as we are called to be disciples of Christ. We have so much power as we use our faith to help others, heal others, and guide others to Christ. What an amazing calling to devote ourselves completely to the Lord. What a privilege. He had some missionaries have visions of angels. What the what?? What a confirmation. He also shared with me, personally, that the sisters had the power of faith. He said that he couldn’t say this over the pulpit. He said that when the Elders didn’t have enough faith to heal someone, the sisters would be sent to heal people and they would be healed completely whole because of their faith. He said sisters have so much faith and can produce a lot of spiritual power because of it. Wow, what an amazing story. What amazing missionaries he had! They know what’s up.
I recommend everyone listen to the devotional given by Elder Bednar about “Character of Christ”. It is amazing!!!!! Wow, he is just amazing. I could listen to him all day and forever and be happy. Of course the other apostles/presidents are awesome and wonderful as well. He is just on my mind a lot lately.
The reason he has been on my mind is because he gave us another visit on Tuesday!! So we have been able to listen to him live twice! Once for xmas, and this last Tuesday. For xmas he did a questionnaire and he did the same on tuesday. He wanted to answer the other questions as well. So the thoughts are jumbled. Some great points from the devotional were:
-Faith and belief are two different things. Faith is active, belief is passive.
-Fear is the absence of action.
-Every missionary deserves a good companion.
-Heavenly Father gives us hard things because he trusts us enough to get out of them, he is preparing us for the eternities.
-The priesthood is not male. Men were just given the responsibility.
-The gift of tongues is a spiritual gift. You will only receive a spiritual gift if God trusts you to use it for others, you will never receive it if you want it so you can have it, it will come through you as you bless others.
He said that if others pray for you to have the gift of tongues we will receive it. I know you all pray for Creed and I already but if you could pray for us to have the gift of tongues that would be wonderful. As we receive this gift we can speak to others in a way that will help them to receive the gospel. You are all the best!!!
I love you all tons!! I hope you enjoyed the pics!
Love, Orme Chamay
Hello Family and Friends!!!
So, Thursdays are now my pdays. My schedule has changed. Creed’s are now Saturdays, just an fyi.
This week has just been wonderful! I love being a missionary and learning to be a better missionary. My Korean is better! Thank goodness. I still can’t believe I know so much already though. It is a blessing.
I was reading in the Bible Dictionary about Faith. Wow, it is amazing. Go read it now! I wrote in my journal my thoughts. This is what I wrote “Wow, faith is an amazing thing. Faith is so powerful. I was reading in the bible dictionary about faith. Here are some highlights. “The Lord has revealed himself and his perfect character, possessing himself and his perfect character, possessing in their fullness all the attributes of love, knowledge, justice, mercy, unchangeableness, power, and every other needful thing so as to enable the mind of man to place confidence in him without reservation….Faith is a principle of action and of power…since true faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical and mental action: it carries an assurance of the fulfillment of the things hoped for. A lack of faith leads one to despair, which comes because of iniquity…although faith is a gift, it must be cultured and sought after…”. Faith is so powerful. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can help us with our faith. As we strive to do the best we can Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help with the rest. We are capable to have the power of God. Faith can sometimes be cut down or obliterated but as long as we keep going we can pick ourselves back up again. It reminds me of the analogy of the tree and the woodsman…The tree keeps getting cut down, grows some more, then cut down again. The tree asks the woodsman why do you keep cutting me down? The woodsmen says “I am cutting you down to make you stronger. I am cutting you down because I love you. Because of me cutting you down you become strong and more firm about who you are and what you can become.” Sometimes things happen. Sometimes we are cut down. Sometimes we feel small. Sometimes we feel alone. But heavenly Father knows us and loves us. He gives us challenges so we can grow. He makes our weak things become strong. He knows we can handle it. He knows we can overcome. He never gives us anything that we can’t overcome. That is why God is so good. He knows us. As we do this we become more like him and come closer to him. “Fear not, neither be faint-hearted” (Isaiah 7:4).
I love the gospel and know it is true with all my heart! Heavenly Father is there for you and he loves you dearly. He wants all of us to return to him.
What is even more awesome is after that we had a mission conference on Sunday since it was fast Sunday. Brother and Sister Johnson spoke. Brother Johnson’s mission president was President Groberg (The Other Side of Heaven story). They had some really good points that just enhanced my love of faith.
– Our finest hour could follow our darkest hour. Tough times don’t last, tough people do.
– God will not allow you to fail as long as you remain obedient.
– Whom the Lord calls, he qualifies, he will not allow you to fail.
They were amazing!!! Such great inspiration from these two.
So, of course language study cannot move forward without another funny. During our lesson with an investigator we were talking about prophets. I meant to share the scripture Amos 3:7 which is a nice simple little scripture about prophets. Well, instead of that one I shared Amos 2:7. Read it. It is hilarious! She was so confused and we didn’t know until after. We just responded like “yeah prophets are cool, we don’t know what you are asking.” Haha. Our class died laughing when we found out. I am so happy these things are happening in the MTC not in the field. But I feel like it is inevitable in the field to happen. I am glad that I can bring so much joy to my district with my funnies.
Today we went to the temple for the first time in a while. It was amazing!!!!! I love the temple and felt the spirit so strongly. It was so wonderful to be back in the temple. I missed it so much. Not being able to go for a while was terrible. I know I will have to get used to it, since I will only ever go to the temple, besides in the mtc, on my mission once at the end of my mission. I am so grateful that the temple is so close and that we get to go once a week! It is the best.
Well, I love you tons!! I am going to send pics in a few minutes. Hopefully, we will see. If not, definitely next week for sure.
Love, Orme Chamay
p.s. thank you for all of your letters!! they are the greatest and I get so pumped when I get them! I love reading about everyone’s lives.
Hello Family and Friends!
Yep, I said “I am grateful that my companions are dead” in a prayer with our investigator. Hahah. Our investigator becomes our teacher and we asked her if there was anything funny that we had said to her and she told us the only one was me and that is what I said. Well, I am grateful that my companions are alive and well.
1. Me and my I’m-grateful-she’s-alive companion, Sister Hoffman.
2. Some of the girls from my district
3. Elder Watson is in the middle, then Elder Butterfeild and I
I can’t tell you all enough how much I love the MTC. I am learning so much. It is teaching me to become a better missionary but also a hand of the Lord. The spirit here is so strong and strengthens my testimony everyday. I am so grateful to be here!
I just want to say I am so grateful for the Lord and what he has done for me. He has been watching over me every step of the way. I have been so blessed to be here at this time. My companion, district, zone strengthen my testimony and we all strive to be better people. I am reminded daily that I am so blessed to be on a mission. God is so good and knows exactly what we need. Our zone loves spending time with each other and we all want to be friends, which is fantastic! It really brings warm feelings to the zone when we all have one purpose and want to help each other with that purpose.
So, I learned that Enthusiasm comes from the greek word which is theos which means God. When we have enthusiasm it means we have God within us! So live life with ENTHUSIASM. It makes life so much better when we have God on our side.
Our Branch Presidencies theme for our zone is W.I.N. What’s Important Now. As we remember this we will realize every time that we need to make every moment count. I am striving to do just that as I make every moment meaningful.
I am so grateful that the MTC has the spirit everywhere. It is so much more meaningful to teach by the spirit when you can feel the spirit constantly. As we know the spirit, we will know his mission.
I am so grateful for the Elders in my district. Seriously, they are the most kind-hearted, sweetest, and wonderful human beings. They have such strong testimonies and share it constantly and show it through their actions. I am so blessed. They teach me everyday. I love being with them. They ask me questions about things like I am their older sister. Sometimes they even do call me the older sister of our district family. We have so much fun and learn so much together. Even though they are so young, they know so much already and they amaze me. They are really ready and they want to learn. I am so thankful that we don’t have any problems with each other. We love each other so much! It is amazing that we all can love each other so much and know each other so well in just a few short weeks. I constantly thank my Heavenly Father for their examples and strength.
Throughout the soon to be 3 WEEKS at the MTC I have learned more and more about the reason why missionary work and being a missionary is so important. The mission is really about inviting others to come unto Christ by teaching and helping them, the investigators/others, with the steps towards faith and true conversion. We are their guides but they have to do most of the work in their testimony building. We can’t build their testimony for them. They will be leaning on the missionaries testimony rather then their own if we do that. It is so vital that you have the spirit with you, always. It doesn’t matter if you can’t speak everything that you want to say in Korean, as long as the spirit is there with you and you are sincere. The Lord will fill any gap or any barrier that you have as long as you try your hardest. It is not about being a perfect missionary, it is about having perfect faith that the Lord will help and guide you as you try (your hardest) to teach your investigators. Also, if you don’t have anything else to say or don’t understand what the investigator says just bear your testimony and the people you are teaching will be touched and will know that you are being sincere. The Lord is always there for you as long as you stay faithful and endure. Making connections with your investigator helps them feel your love and sincerity. It is so important to teach by the spirit. Just loving those around you will show them that you truly care about them and are teaching them because we truly care about their well-being.
I can’t believe I have been here almost 3 weeks! It is crazy!
Thank you to everyone for all of your love, your letters, pictures, everything! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with such great family, and friends.
Chonin Saranghameeda! I love you! I wasn’t able to open up the korean keyboard but next time I will type in korean.
Love, Orme Chamay