I hope everyone has an amazing new year! I also hope that we all strive to be better, kinder, stronger, and better!
Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
We have had quite a week. We had a big miracle by being able to meet our new converts family! We were heart attacking her house and her parents come out of the elevator. They stared at us and asked us who we were. And we said that we are their daughter’s friend and they soften. They invite us in and serve us tea and fruit. THEY LOVE US! They want us to come over often! Which is sooo exciting! They called Ohjeeyoon and had her and her fiance came over. She was so happy that we came over. She and her little brothers are members but her parents aren’t…yet! They are seriously the most cutest and sweetest people ever!!! They are going to get baptized I know it!
Unfortunately, I only have 2 weeks left with Sister Benbrook. We are sooooooo depressed and sad about it!!! She is the best companion in the whole world and we have become the best of friends. We get along super well and we are so in tune with each other. We think about the same things in lessons, or when we are doing everything and anything! It is seriously amazing!!! We were meant to be together. Because training will be over one of us has to leave. We don’t want to leave Shinjeong (신정) at all. WE LOVE IT SO MUCH! The people we teach, our ward, the area, everything about it.
We got a new investigator this week!!!!! She is very interested. She has so many questions and we have already met with her 2 times! She doesn’t understand Christ and wants to see why we are different. There are sooooo many churches here. It is insane! She brought a friend with her and he is a teacher of her religion. She believes in Yin and Yang, elements, the earth, etc. Not really sure what it is. During our lesson with them we just listened to the spirit and we taught her two lessons and taught every principle in each basically. We answered her questions by scripture, pure testimony, and experience. She didn’t have anything to say to us. I think she is really seeing that we know what we are talking about. Her friend was totally not open or into it whatsoever. He talked about his religion with us and then he basically called us naive and that we didn’t know anything. We just listened to him and thanked him for what he said. We felt awesome! Humility is seriously the best. He didn’t know how to answer our thanks. We laughed about it and we felt so good that we just sat there and listened to him and thanked him for his comments. The Lord really taught us that day to listen to the spirit.
Sister Benbrook and I are working on being consecrated missionaries. We have an article that the mission President gave the whole mission before I got here and I got a copy from her. It talks about so many good things. It talks about putting things on the alter of sacrifice. A consecrated missionary holds nothing back. They submit their full will to God. They submit everything to Him. They put on the alter of sacrifice disobedience, fears, romantic passions, pride, negativism and sarcasm, and they are extra-milers! Consecrated missionaries serve the Savior because they love Him. One of the things that really stood out to me was pride. There was a story in there talking about a mission president observing a lesson with some of his Elders. They were teaching a 17 year old boy who wanted to be baptized. His mother was chewing them out. They humbly replied that they were just trying to do what was best for her son and if they weren’t they apologized for it. Their humble responses softened her heart and she started listening to what her son was learning from them. When I read this I was reminded of our experience with our new investigators friend. It is all about losing that pride and just humbly replying back with warmth and love. There is no point in arguing back because it will just incite them to say more. I feel like our humble thanking for what he said kind of made him realize that we were not preaching and trying to force our beliefs on people. We are just teaching what we know and what we believe. We are never going to convince the world of our true message with pride and shouting “REPENT!”. It is the quiet, simple, and humble testimony that we share that brings power. Heavenly Father taught us a lesson that day. Listening is key. We will have the spirit with us to guide us and to also help us know how to reply. How to remain calm. And also how to bear testimony with power. Heavenly Father is so amazing! He reminds us of what we do right and also helps recognize what we need to work on. I know I have a lot of work and sometimes it seems overwhelming but Heavenly Father is helping me also understand that I am learning and growing already.
I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK!!!!! It is seriously the best thing in the whole world.
I GET TO SKYPE YOU IN A WEEKKK!!!! Ahh! I am so excited!
I love you ALL dearly and I am praying for you all often!!!!
Love, Sister Orme