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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 43 – Selfless

Hello Dearest Family and Friends in the Whole Wide World!
Wow, another wonderful week full of ups and some downs. I have grown a lot in this one week and I will explain. I was just want to say I love the Lord and all that He is teaching me. I am becoming more and more humbled every day. I am so grateful He is giving me these opportunities to stretch and grow. I don’t think I could learn these lessons in any other way. This week I learned about falling and getting back up again. Yep, this week I actually fell down and super scraped up my knee and sort of sprained my left ankle. I have no clue how, but I did. My tights were completely ripped and soaked with blood. This experience reminds me that you can still find strength even when you have fallen and hurt yourself. There is always a way to get back up. My ankle has sort of healed and my knee is healing. It reminds me of when the Savior died for us and suffered for all of our pains, sins, and sufferings. He knows all and understands all. He is the only one that knows everything and understands everything fully. We can always look up to him when we are down.
Lately I have had to learn a lot about being completely selfless and very self giving. I can’t explain the full details because it is not my place to tell, but I do know that I have become a lot happier because of it. It exhausts me sometimes and requires a lot of patience as well. Also, I have learned that I have to slow down sometimes and think about other people instead of the next thing we have to do or myself. My thoughts are a little jumbled but I know that the Lord’s work is a true work and a happy work. If we lose ourselves in the work we will find ourselves. The Lord has given us that promise. We will find ourselves more doing the Lord’s work and being more like the Savior than in any other way. I know that I am discovering little by little what Heavenly Father wants me to become. He knows what he is doing and he knows the kind of person he is molding me into. I know He loves me and also loves each and every one of you. I know that to be true with all of my heart. He is always mindful of his children, we just have to let him, and we will be able to experience that joy and love.
This week we saw soooo many miracles. We found 3 new people to teach and we were able to talk to this wonderful lady about the gospel on the metro. We gave her a restoration pamphlet and a book of mormon. She loved it soooo much and was so grateful. We are wanting to meet with her again, the only thing is for some reason she didn’t give us her number but she has ours. I am praying earnestly that she will call us and be able to experience what this gospel has to offer. It is everything! I am so grateful for the gospel! There is no other way then the Lord’s way!
I love you all sooooooo much!
LOVE THE LORD!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 42- Obedience and Humility

Hello Most Wonderful Family and Friends in the whole wide world!!
We had a super fun Solar party with our two branches! A lot of people came and it was soooo fun! We had a lot of traditional food and played a lot of traditional games. I am so happy and grateful that it turned out so well.
All of the other party pictures are kind of blurry but this one turned out well. She is our recent convert and she just got accepted to BYU! So fun!
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As always life is amazing and wonderful! We are working hard and trying to find new people. We have some good investigators but their main interest is English, so we are also trying to find new, prepared people who have gospel interest and we are praying for our investigators that we have now to have their interests to turn towards the gospel. This week a lot of appointments fell through for some reason but we were able to still meet with a lot of people. We are constantly busy over here and I love it! Sometimes it is a little exhausting but the reward is so much better. I have been learning so much this transfer. I feel like just in the past few weeks I have become more and more humbled and more selfless. I didn’t know that it could happen because I thought I was pretty humble and selfless but I guess if I think that way then I’ve got A LOT to learn. ^^ I love that everyday is a growing experience. I know Heavenly Father knows what I need to learn.
I am so happy that little Elder Orme is becoming a district leader! That is so fantastic and I am soooo proud of my little brother for being so amazing! I am so grateful for him and all that he does for me. I am so grateful for my family and everything that they do for me! The love and support means more than anything in the whole world. I love my family and I am so grateful to be able to spend eternity with them.
This week I was assigned a talk in our cute little Daeshin Branch. There were a total of 11 members, 2 investigators (one of the elders and one of ours), and then of course 4 missionaries. I love Daeshin and I also love Keojeong. They are wonderful places to serve and the members are wonderful! I gave a talk about Humility and Obedience. What a pair. They go hand in hand with each other. I don’t have much time so I will just summarize some of the points I made. Two quotes I would like to share from my talk: “Obedience is the first law of Heaven. It is an act of faith. You may sometimes be required to do things you do not completely understand. As you obey, you increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom” (PMG forgot the page). I love this quote because it shows a lot of the blessings that we will receive when we are obedient. Who knew that protection and freedom would be some of the blessings. I though it was really neat that those are some of the blessings. When we are obedient we are more free and we will be protected by the Lord. Especially given protection and freedom from our contender Satan. Obedience shows Heavenly Father our willingness and our trust in him. God doesn’t give us commandments for himself. He gives them to us because he knows that we can learn and benefit from them. Another quote from PMG “The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living and wholesome lives builds an armor around you of protection and safety from the temptations that beset you as you proceed throughout mortality”. Obedience is Protection! How can we be obedient? What will make us submissive enough to be obedient? That submissiveness is humility. Humility is not a weakness but a strength. As we strive to be more humble the more obedient and reliant on the Lord we become. I shared the story of Naaman the Leper. He was one of the kings favorites and he was a very good leader. He was told to go somewhere (sorry forgot!) and see the prophet Elisha. Elisha servant came out and told him to wash himself in the river 7 times and that he will be healed. Naaman was very miffed that the servant came out and not the actual prophet. Then Naaman’s servants told him that if that is what the prophet said he should do it, if he was told to do some great thing then he would do it, why not a simple thing. Naaman after listening to his servant went and washed himself. He became clean from his leprosy. What changed in Naaman’s attitude? What attribute did he have to apply in order to be healed. His heart had to be humbled and he had to be obedient in order to become clean. He was too proud before to go clean himself but then realized that if he obeyed he would be healed. Because he was obedient he was healed and a changed man. Does God need our humble heart and obedience? In my opinion, he doesn’t. We need it more than he does. He never will force us into submissiveness or humility it is ourselves that have to do that. He can change our circumstances and give us trials but we have to choose. I think that is a very loving Father. He wants to see what we will do. Are we willing enough to be humble and submit to all that He asks us? What things are we doing that cause to not be humble? How are we stopping God from giving us all the blessings? What do we need to do to become more humble?
I had a lot of reflection on that this week as I was preparing. What can we do more to be obedient and humble?  I know I have a lot to learn but I am learning so much at the same time. I am so grateful for Him. He knows who we are and what we need to learn and grow. Are we willing enough to do all that the Lord requires? Sometimes it requires sacrifices but what more can we give to the Lord than our own sacrifices and our hearts. Jesus Christ GAVE ALL. We can give our little and still be able to be blessed more and beyond then we could ever imagine. I know that to be true. God sees us working on it! He will bless you for it!
I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
Have a wonderful week!
Love Sister Orme

Week 41- Joseph Smith

Hello My Most Dearest and Wonderful Family and Friends-
Another amazing week as usual. Our branches are emphasizing more and more on missionary work and I feel that the people are really starting to understand the importance of it. It is sooo wonderful! I love our branch members and the people we teach. I love my new companion. She and I work hard and work well together. I know we were meant to teach and serve together.
Wow. I know I always say this but I just am still blown away by how amazing this gospel is and I absolutely LOVE being a missionary! I keep forgetting that I have been here for so long but it feels like I have just started. I feel like I have so much more to learn but I have learned so much. It is amazing how life is not about reaching a certain point in your life and you stop, the miracle is that you are able to constantly grow and continue to move forward progressively (or digressively). But as you keep growing you see the person you once were and see the person you are now. The change is miraculous. I am just so grateful constantly for everything that the Lord has given me. My eyes, ears, and heart are continuously opening to receive more light. Sometimes I feel like there is no more room but there is always more room!
My companion and I and our cute member! She is my age but born in ’91. She is perfect at English and is a recent convert. She was baptized 2 months before I arrived to the area. She is waiting for BYU to get back to her. She is amazing!!!!!! WE LOVE HER!!!!!!!
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I have come to grow and love the korean people, my companions, the Lord, Jesus Christ, my family, my friends, and anyone I associate with even more deeply and profoundly. I can’t express it in words or even feelings but it swells up inside of me and I can’t get enough of it.
I know that the Lord is constantly there for you and Loves you dearly! He wants you to come to him but you have to let him in. This last week I saw the picture of Christ knocking on the knobless door. He is waiting and ever so patiently for us to open the door but he can’t open it. We have to open it. I know if you let Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ into your lives you will feel so much the better and feel the light they have and the love they have for YOU.
One of the ways they have shown their love for everyone is by restoring the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. I love that man and I know he went through a lot of personal sacrifice to do the Lord’s work. If he can sacrifice all, then I can sacrifice my portion to the Lord.
I want you all to read the article “Joseph Smith” By Neil L. Anderson. It is amazing. I have always liked and loved Joseph Smith. For some reason lds.org is not working but please look it up. There is a part that I wanted to share but because the website is a little weird I will paraphrase. It talks about how receiving a testimony of Joseph Smith comes differently to all of us. We can pray, fast, read scriptures, read about him, etc but the key is actually receiving a testimony of him. Doesn’t matter the way, what matters is actually receiving it. As we do, our testimony grows stronger and more unshakeable.  I know that to be true.
I love the gospel and I know that it has been restored. It is the original church that Christ established in his day.
This weekend for Valentine’s Day we will be celebrating the Korean holiday Solar! We are super excited and hope a lot of people come! I wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day!!!!!
I LOVE YOU ALLLLLL SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 24- Mission calls, Grandpa, and Cute little Davis

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
First off, my english is getting worse. So please forgive any mistakes. I have noticed in my journal and in my letters that I am sometimes not good at english anymore. I am trying to keep it up but for some reason it is going down hill without me. ^^
This week was amazing! There are a lot of miracles happening in Miryang right now. We, the missionaries, feel that the Lord is preparing this branch to become a ward! We have so many investigators popping up everywhere. Old records/old investigators are wanting to meet with us. We are searching and looking for less actives. We have been updating their records. There are some that want to meet! We are trying our hardest to get things going and the Lord is providing the rest. I cannot write all of the miracles but there were about 3-4 in the space of two hours on saturday. The rest of the week was basically the same but throughout the days. We are being blessed. I cannot thank the Lord enough for what He is doing for Miryang.
Found this beautiful shirt at a thriftshop. It has people on it. I love it but I don’t wear it during missionary work.
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Well, this week especially on the 2nd and 3rd of August a year ago a lot things happened for our family. I was reminiscing on these events. August 2nd was mine and Creed’s year mark of receiving our mission calls. It was fun because I got to read what I thought that whole weekend. Then August 3rd we opened it at 1 am, then mom was packing and flying to Seattle, Grandpa passed away at 3pm and little Davis was born at 6pm . Wow, it was an amazing weekend full of every single emotion possible. ^^  I am grateful for being a missionary and being called to where the Lord needs me. I am grateful for the wonderful legacy that my grandparents have passed down. Especially since Grandpa Dance was our last living grandparent, I was reflecting a lot on all 4 of our grandparents. I CANNOT wait to meet Grandma Helen and Grandpa Jesse and get to know them more, and I am excited for our reunion with Grandma Jean and Grandpa David. I am grateful to them because they raised the most amazing and fantastic parents in the whole wide world!!!!!!!! Then little Davis, our nephew, joined the Orme family. Wow, I cannot believe he is now 1 years old! Where does the time go????? HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVIS!!! I am sad that he won’t really know who we are when Creedy and I get back. Don’t worry we will warm him up to his favorite aunt and uncle soon enough! ^^ I bore my testimony on fast sunday because I am grateful for the great plan of salvation that allows our families to live forever. I could not imagine life without my family. I am so grateful that I am able to share this happy message to others. I love you all soooooo much! Thank you so much for all that you do and for all of your support!
 Today we went in a cable car! It was sooo fun!
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Yes, that is the people shirt and yes, i wore it for pday. ^^ We are on the cable car!
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We had such a fun pday! So we went into a cable car to go on to a huge mountain and we went hiking everywhere. We didn’t expect that! It was so cloudy and misty that our hair got completely wet. We also went to some rocks that have ice all over it in the middle of the summer. It starts in march and ends near the end of summer but unfortunately because of the rain there was no ice at all. :/ but i want to go with our family. such a fun adventure!
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It has been raining so much lately but it is soooooo hot! We sweat all day long even though it is raining. It is an adventure trying to make sure we have an outfit that will not show off our sweat too much. ^^ Is that too much information? Sorry. But welcome to humid and hot korea. ^^ Love it! You know, I love Korea. The people are just so wonderful and amazing here. Grandparents totally rule the world here. Sometimes they decide that their moter chairs are cars! Sometimes those things can go super fast! Who knew? I didn’t until I came to Korea. Sometimes you see people careening down the hill and around corners at full speed. So funny. I love it!
Beautiful part of Miryang
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By the way. We got 2 new pamphlets and they are just for the Korea and Japan missions. We are testing them out to see how effective they are. We have used them once or twice so far and they went really well. One is about the missionaries and the other is about God.  I have to show you who is on it. You would never believe it. I will send pictures next week. When I opened the pamphlets I was sooooo surprised and told everyone who it was. So fun. It is someone that we all kind of grew up with. We all know this person. Derek knows him especially well. 🙂 well, i won’t tell until next week.
By the way there is a Less active family that the whole branch is working on the come back to church. Because of some things that have happened they struggle with coming to church but they love everything about the gospel and love all of the church members but they feel unworthy to come to church because of what happened. We are all in their lives. One of their sons is going to Utah for school. Perfect. And their daughter wants to go to BYU provo. Perfect as well. We know that the gospel is blessing their life and they are getting their. We have full faith they will. I want everyone to know that you are always worth the saviors atoning sacrifice. The sacrament has cleanising power. The atonement has cleansing power that can heal our souls. It is never too late to come back into the fold. You can always come back. Heavenly Father and the Savior are always waiting with their arms out stretched for you to come to them. Be willing toput out your hand to! You will be blessed more than you know as you do so.
I love being a missionary! I LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!! Have a great week!
Love, Sister Orme