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