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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 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 39

Hello Dearest Family and Friends-
This week was a very interesting week. Sadly we had a family drop us but we also saw a lot of miracles this week. A less active family that the ward and missionaries have been working on forever are coming back to church together. The wife and husband’s relationship hasn’t been the greatest in a while but they are progressing a lot and doing a lot more things together, which is a huge miracle because there has been a lot of heartbreaking things that have happened to this family. But they are working on it together and are seeing that relationships are important and that coming to church will help their family heal.
The daughter of the family we went to see their ceramics with.
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The cool traditional restaurant.
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Another Miracle. We have been working with this less active woman and her investigator daughter. The daughter was not able to participate in the lesson but we were able to teach this dear sister, who I absolutely love and hope to stay in contact with. She read chapter 1 of the Book of Mormon like we asked her too and she did! What is even more amazing is that she wanted to read more but because we told her to read one chapter she held off. Oh no! We told her if she wanted to read more that was totally fine! We just wanted her to read at least one chapter. That was funny. But she loved the first chapter and she says she is starting to see truth come out of the Book of Mormon as she reads. She has been meeting the missionaries for a long time and we have finally reached this step with her. If she sees the importance of the gospel, she will also see that it is important for her family. It is hard because she is a single parent and has to work a lot to support her children and their schooling. But I do believe that as she continues to feel truth and feel the spirit she will see why she needs to come back to church. She hasn’t come to church in over 10 years. Some things happened that made her completely forget about the gospel and why she was going and so she stopped. I think as we keep working with her, she will get to understand more. She works on Sundays and starts work at 10 am which is when church starts. Now we need to work on her faith and build it up so she can start coming back to church. The Lord is so amazing and I am very grateful that this was able to happen. We have been working so hard with them and I feel soon they will start seeing the true importance of the gospel.
Another picture of my companion Sister Kim and the littler girl Kim Ga In. She is so cute!
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On Saturday we had a really fun adventure with a potential investigator’s family. They have been coming to english class for the past few weeks. They are amazing! And also super Buddhist. They are really into Buddhism but they are probably some of the kindest people ever. I love them already! It is a daughter and mother, and her husband. Her husband is a world famous ceramics maker. I am not sure what to call him. They took us to this really fun, traditional restaurant, then to their house. They have a huge display of his artwork around their house. It was super fun and then we drank tea with them. It was fun being there with them and getting to know them more. They were super kind and gave us super expensive and beautiful ceramic cups made by the husband. I didn’t take a picture yet because it is still wrapped. They never give out gifts of his work so it was a huge privilege to receive one. He even made his own kiln, which is super cool! They are an amazing family. I hope eventually some day they will have interest in the gospel. I think they do but mostly just a curiousity of what we are and who we are right now. We will see.
I know the gospel is true. I know that through the Book of Mormon we can feel truth and have all of our questions, and worries answered. I was reading in this study book for the Book of Mormon. It is so good! There is a quote in there by Emma Smith. She was talking about Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon from the gold plates. Joseph Smith was pretty illiterate at that time in his life, he couldn’t even write a simple and coherent letter to anyone or read. But he was able to read and translate the Book of Mormon. If he didn’t know a word he would spell it out. Apparently he didn’t even know how to say Sariah but Emma would help him pronounce it. Then when he would spell things out and if she spelled things wrong, he would correct her and continue. He couldn’t even see her writing but was able to do that. Joseph Smith truly translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. How could someone so illiterate be able to do such a thing. He couldn’t even write a simple letter to anyone but he was able to translate ancient scripture through the power of the Lord. I know that this book comes from God and is for us and our day. The Book of Mormon is evidence of God’s love for us. If God didn’t love us why would he give us a book to help and direct us. He knows us and knows what we need. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord and help the people around me. I have realized more and more that I don’t have much left and that I am coming up on being on a mission for 11 months (same as Creedy) on tuesday. I cannot believe how fast time has gone! I hope I can continue to make the best of it.
LOVE YOU ALL TONS! Work hard this week in bringing someone closer to Christ. You are all amazing and I thank you for the love and support you give me.
Love Sister Orme

Week 32- My trainee!

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
Well, this week was fantastic! I have a cute little trainee under my wing. I am grateful and humbled by this opportunity that the Lord has given me. Her name is Sister Kim Da Jin. Yes, she is korean! My first korean companion and she is my trainee. We are basically the same person. 🙂 It is awesome. We both want to work hard, we are clean, and best of all we want to serve the Lord with all our hearts. She is good at English but not at the same time. One thing that I am extra grateful for is all of sudden this week, I can understand most of everything that people say! The week before I still could catch a few things here and there but not all. The Lord has seriously blessed me. I know that as I continue to be humble the Lord will help increase my understanding. So, despite my cute little companion not having perfect english we are able to communicate just perfectly fine! We laughed about that exact thing the other day. We were talking about how for some reason we have been able to almost completly be able to understand each other despite not being very fluent in both english and korean. She understands a lot but can’t speak super well. Oh I love it! My Korean is really progressing. Such a blessing. She works so hard and wants to be the best. I love it. She is just solid and is a really good teacher! We work so well with each other. Now, I am not afraid to talk to anyone! I know that if there is something important that I need to understand the Lord will help me. Missionaries: DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK! I used to be but as I have come to know more and more that as we speak we will be blessed!
My cute little trainee! ^^
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My first two companions: Sister Benbrook and Sister Yokum. This was their last week.
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This week was amazing. I kept being reminded that we need to be humble, meek and lowly of heart as we go about doing the work of the Lord. I know that I am trying but it is always a good reminder because we can’t be completely who Heavenly Father wants us to be if we are selfish, prideful and lack lowliness in our hearts. As we pray, read the scriptures, go to church, and do what Heavenly Father wants us to do we will be able to be humble, meek and lowly. I know what my purpose is and right now I am a missionary. I am helping others come unto Christ to feel the joy and healing power of the atonement by repenting, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and helping them endure to the end. One thing that I do know is that the Gospel heals wounds, and helps bring families together. It is all because of our Savior, Jesus Christ! I love him and know that he died for all of us that we may be able to be forgiven and live with our Heavenly Father again.
I love you all soooooooooooo much!
Love, Sister Orme