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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. ūüôā 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

Week 30- Mission Tour and Stake Conference

Hello Dearest Friends and Family-
Oh i just love missionary work! I love the Lord and his work. I am so grateful and deeply humbled by what the Lord does for us. I bear testimony that he knows us and knows what is best for us even when¬†we feel like he doesn’t. I know¬†He loves us more than we could ever know and he wants to bless us. ^^
This week was fantastic! Our numbers were low because of the holiday and for some reason many people canceled on us but I know there is always reason for it. Maybe it is to find other people or to learn somethign ourselves. This week we had mission tour. It was awesome! Elder Aoyagi and his wife came. They are in the presidency for the Asia North Mission area. Here are some highlights from him, his wife, president barrow and his wife as well.
-“Don’t allow your fears to get the better of you”
-Be where the Lord wants you to be, and be there at the right time
-I fear no man
-This work is the Lord’s work not man’s work
-Patterns of being a book of mormon missionary: 1. Do our best first 2. Ask God for help. 3. Act in faith, our efforts+ power of God = miracle ofGod
-When you look down on the place you are serving, do you see the field as white and ready to harvest? (I DO!)
– Match our hope and desire with the Lord’s
– Seek for the power of God patiently
-God is not looking for perfect missionaries but he is looking for our best.
-Do your best with what you have.
I really needed this conference. I was feeling really discouraged and downhearted. I knew it was Satan making me feel this way but I was feeling very inadequate. I just want to know korean so perfectly so that I can communicate perfectly. But that is not how things are going to happen. With patience and work we are able to do mighty things in the Lord’s hands. I know that through the Lord and by the Lord I can accomplish anything. I felt like I wasn’t being my best self because I am still not able to understand everything and say everything but that is a lie. I know that as long as I do my best the Lord sees¬†my efforts and recognizes that I am trying to do my best. What¬†matters the most to the Lord is not my results/numbers but it is my efforts and my heart that he sees. I know the Lord¬†believes in me and¬†trusts me.¬†I am grateful that the Lord sees my efforts. He has comforted me a lot and I know he has helped me have a new fire and i have grown a lot this week.
We had exchanges and I was with a korean sister from my group that left the MTC. We were talking about having to learn korean and how hard it is. She of course is korean but she knows that it is hard. She told me as a matter of fact that I am being humbled by the Lord because of this. I am truly grateful for this opportunity because I know that I am being refined to my best self because of the Lord! I seriously cannot believe how much I am learning and I am so grateful! He is the best!
By the way, on the 18th this week marks my half way point!!!!! That is why I am having so much reflection on my progress, language, etc. I cannot beleive that I have been serving for almost 9 months now. It went by too fast and I know that it will just get faster from now on! Waah! I am scared because I know it will go so fast! But i also do know that this is not the stopping point, this is time to just keep going and keep on working harder and harder everyday. I am so grateful for missionary work!
I want to share with you Mathew 18:12-14. It talks about finding the lost sheep. During stake conference they emphasized a lot about member missionary work. Members are called and commanded to do missionary work. We are to help the lost sheep. They told the members to pray for the missionaries investigators to know how to help them and what they can do to help. It was also advised for them to pray for people they can introduce to the missionaries. I suggest you all do the same. The missionaries are working hard but members must work just as hard to hasten the work. We are all looking for the Lost sheep to bring back to the fold.
One cool thing that president Barrow mentioned was something that President Eyring told him when he called and told him about his assignment. He said ” The lord knows your heart, he knows the missionaries you will serve with, the elders are the most prepared of missionaries, and the sisters will be the most powerful force, they will be a powerful army for the Lord”. Whoa, what a statement. I do¬†believe that our mission area is the best but i know that everywhere is like that. The missionaries now are powerful and are helping the work! I hope all of you young people will choose to go on a mission! The LORD NEEDS YOU! Everyone who is not young can still serve missions in your own area. We need member missionary work. Please help the missionaries in your area. Not only do they need your help but the Lord needs you today!
I LOVE YOU ALL!
Love, Sister Orme

Week 28- Crazy Accents or maybe somewhat Crazy people……love em!

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
 
So, I completely forgot to mention that last monday marked my 6 month in Korea!!! Super crazy. Time is flying to fast and I cannot believe it is already September!!! Where did the time go?
 
Some amazing news. One of our investigators, who was an old investigator, came to church!!!! She hasn’t gone to church in a while, well about 4 years. She seemed to like it and she was happy. Everyone welcomed her in and she just loved it. Everyone was excited to see her and remembered her from a while ago. She was super happy. We overheard her speaking to one of our members and she said she wasn’t able to come to church the following sunday but she will the next! Woohoo! I am so happy for here. She is seriously so close and I am excited to see her continue to progress.
 
This is the middle of nowhere. Korea is so great! 
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This week we visited one our old grandmas in the branch. Her name is Kim Par Sok. She is adorable and so kind, and sooooo old. We made her banana bread in the shape of a heart and she LOVED it. She couldn’t get over it. I love her so much. I will get a picture with her soon. She lives super far away and we had to leave but she forced us to eat food. We were about to go eat with an investigator so it was somewhat terrible. She gave me soooo much rice so when she turned around I would slowly put rice back in the bowl. Then a few minutes later, karma exists, she puts a huuuuge scoop back into my bowl. Sister Johnson and I were cracking up! We concluded that karma definitely exists. hehe. But we ate all of her food and it was sooooo delicious. She made us food because she loves us. Many of the ways that koreans show their love is by feeding you. We were so full! But she is the greatest and so wonderful. I love her tons.
 
The sunset last night! 
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So, there were¬†3 hilarious great but funny people we have met. We have concluded that we have met the most funniest people here in Miryang. So, imagine a korean missionary or any foreign missionary that is somewhat good at English when they come out of the MTC. You know Utah has pretty standard English. Not an accent at all so that missionary can understand them. But then put that missionary in the swamps of Louisiana. They won’t know a thing that they are saying right? Well, that is us right now but instead of English it is Korean! Hard. ^^ The accent here is crazy. I love it though.
 
Korea is sooo beautiful!
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The flowers we got.
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1st person: We met this grandma on the street and she asked us for our phone number and kept saying we were so beautiful. We still are not sure what her interest is but we met her and I had no clue what she was saying. But she was soo kind! She bought us ice cream and bread. She was slightly crazy but she was so nice. I love it. We like her and want to meet with her again.
 
2nd person. We called this student’s number to see if she was interested in English. Her father answers the phone with a hard accent. He told us to come over now and we said we could come over later. So we come over later and he lives in the middle of nowhere. Literally nowhere. We are waiting at his house and he says he is coming. He pulls up in a tractor and with a huge cigarrette dangly from his mouth. It was hilarious and I am sad we didn’t get a picture of it. So we sit and talk with him and he is super kind but we can’t really understand him. I get a few words here and there but not all of it. So funny. He then points at me and says that all I do is smile and nod. We all laugh because it is true. Then last night as we were walking around proselyting all of a sudden we hear this loud yelling and we have no clue what is happeining but there is a man from our english class yelling “Ja ja ja!” There isn’t really an english translation but it somewhat means like “now now” or “here here”! He hands us these fake flowers. What? We see him everywhere and he is hilarious. Yep, we have adventures here in Miryang.
 
Yesterday, we went proselyting with the branch. We just handed out copies of the book of mormon. It went well! We gave out a good amount and they were super excited to do it. It was somewhat hard but it was really good for everyone. We wrote our testimonies in it and handed them out to people.
 
So, I finished the Book of Mormon this week! I want to highlight Moroni 8. I like this chapter because it highlights that the whole don’t need a physician but the sick do. The gospel is for people that need it, which means everyone. I love that Children, since they are already whole, don’t need to be baptized because they are already perfect. I am grateful that children under the age of accountability are still protected under the Lord’s promise. This really hits home especially since mom’s brother grant died when he was a baby.¬†They are both sad experiences but also we should rejoice in the fact that we will be with them forever. The gospel is so perfect. The plan of salvation is perfect. I am grateful that I can live with my family forever. I am grateful that the Lord has provided a way for us to never be separated. I am grateful that I can teach about this to others. People are not perfect but the Lord is. We are made perfect though him. I love the gospel with all my heart! This is the best work and the gospel is the greatest blessing ever!
 
I love you all tons! You are all the best!
 
Love, Sister Orme

Week 16- I am a Disciple of Christ

Hello Family and Friends!
This week was a very busy week! We have so many people we are teaching right now! It is crazy but a very big blessing. There is not really much to say because our new investigators are not really ready for very big things but we are teaching them the gospel little by little. It is great!
Something hilarious that happened this week was while we are teaching one of our new investigators. We were in our city hall at the top in an observatory where you can see the whole city if Shinjeong. All of a sudden a swarm of Nigerians attacked us! They kept asking to take pictures with us and sitting next to us. Sometime, well actually the whole time, sitting waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy to close and basically on me. ahh! It was intense. It is the closest I have ever gotten to feeling like a celebrity. Wow, I don’t like it. They were hilarious though! It felt like Sister Yokum and I were movie stars. It was crazy! The tour guide was hilairous! He spoke english and asked us if we could understand them at all and we could understand him better then the Nigerians! so funny. But he had to keep telling them that they had no time and needed to go. It was hilarious. Sister Yokum and I were exhausted. too much pressure! our investigator was laughing sooooo hard! It is normal to be stared at over here in korea and to be told you are beautiful but never have we ever experienced that! Koreans are too shy for that!
Sister Yokum’s health is basically improving. She definitely has to get her tonsils taken out but we are hoping and praying she will be able to last the rest of her mission. If she does have to get her tonsils taken out now she would just go home and end her mission. We are fasting and praying to see what the Lord wants for her. She doesn’t want to go home. She is amazing and such a good missionary! It would be terrible for her to leave about 2 transfers early! But we also don’t want to kill her.
Sunday I translated for the first time ever! Waaahh! I translated our gospel principles class for an american girl. I didn’t do too bad but also I kind of just added things to the lesson. ^^ I got a sense of what the teacher was saying and kind of just say what he says and then added to it. So, it went great! It was hard but it went well. Success for the week! Korean is getting easier and easier to understand but still some people and the way they talk is super hard! A lot of people have different ways of speaking and it can be hard to understand.
The ward members are amazing!!! They help me soo much with my Korean and they always speak to me even though they totally know I am still trying to understand. But what is amazing is that I am actually starting to understand them! I am seriously amazed. It is not me, it is the Lord! He is helping me so much! If I wasn’t a missionary I wouldn’t be able to learn and understand korean this fast!
3 Nephi 5:13 We recite this scripture every day in Korean. It is amazing what the Lord can do through us as disciples of Christ. Read it this week and apply it. Always remember that you are always a representative of the Lord, no matter what! Even though you may not have a missionary tag setting you apart as one, you totally are! Everyday walk like a representative of Christ! Share the gospel, it will not only bless other people’s lives but yours as well.
I LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!! This gospel is so true and I love sharing it. Being a missionary is the best thing in the whole world!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme

“Why are you cutting me down?”

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.

“I am grateful that my companions are dead”

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

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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