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Week 44 – Consecration

Hello Most wonderful and greatest Family members and Friends!

What a week! I am loving every minute of missionary work! I cannot believe that I am being so blessed. I am grateful everyday for the blessings he has been giving me. I cannot count the blessings!
One great miracle is that my ankle has miraculous healed and recovered! I have no clue how but I know because it is all of you! So, I don’t have a sprained ankle anymore but of course I am not going to go crazy with it. My knee is healing as well. So ALL is well and happy over here. ^^
We have seen so many other miracles, some of which I can’t talk about and others that I can. We have been seeing more and more people be curious about who we are and what our message is. We have been able to testify to many people about our church. One woman we met was in the middle of searching for a religion and had many questions. Her story made me think of Joseph Smith and we gave her a Restoration Pamphlet. Unfortunately even though we have been seeing so many miracles these people are not giving us their numbers, but I know that we are planting seeds in their hearts and Heavenly Father is seeing our efforts. It is the effort that matters the most. I know the gospel is soooooo true!
This week is transfer call week. On Thursday night we will know what will happen for the next transfer. I realized today that I only have 13 more weeks left in the mission! I have no clue how! Time keeps slipping under my fingers, but that is not making me work any less.
This week we had stake conference. It was amazing! We had Elder Whiting from the 70 come and speak to us. He was soooo powerful! He talked about how to receive revelation and also about tithing. Ohhh. It was sooooo good! I left my notes at home sadly but He talked about the blessings of tithing. He said that he doesn’t care what situation we are in, or what circumstances may arise, we HAVE to pay tithing. It is a law of God and as we pay we are blessed way beyond what we can imagine. It was very good. The power of tithing is real and I have seen it in my own life as well. ALWAYS PAY TITHING NO MATTER WHAT! He also talked about receiving revelation and how we can do it. The first thing is we have to be reverent and worthy to receive it. Worthiness depends on our preparedness. Do we sit, pray and wait for God to answer us? Or are we creating our space to be a quiet spiritual place, reading our scriptures, praying, pondering, etc? What are we doing that doesn’t prepare us spiritually to receive it? How can we prepare ourselves that we can listen to the quiet whisperings of the Spirit? You cannot receive revelation clearly if you are distracted and don’t have the spirit with you. He said sometimes people receive it unworthily, like Alma the Younger but he was someone that needed to be changed and the only way for him to change was for an Angel to appear. He was the exception. When we go to meetings are we sitting reverently or are we running around, talking to people, playing on our phone, sleeping, etc? If you are doing the lesser activities, how do you expect to get spiritual promptings during those meetings? He really called us out because all the way from when people arrived to a minute after the meeting was supposed to start to people were running around and talking. He made the stake president go up and say “When you are ready we will start”. So we waited until people stopped talking. I felt embarrassed because it was super distracting and not reverent at all. I loved it, though. I feel like people just need to be plain honest, I don’t like it when people are not straight to the point. I will deal with it everyday. It was a very powerful realization of what a difference it makes when you sit quietly and reverently versus being distracted. He said that he had no clue what he was going to talk to us about and brought no notes with him. That is when he said that he will start with tithing and revelation. He was AWESOME!
One time during personal study for some reason I had all of these questions pop into my head about being obedient. First off, I am 110% obedient. I was thinking about 100% obedience after the mission. What makes missionaries so obedient? Yes, we have a stricter lifestyle but how can we continue that obedience after the mission? I have learned so much about being 100% obedient as a missionary but what about a 100% percent member? What would stop me from being a 100% obedient member?
I thought about this and pondered but couldn’t really come to any conclusion because I had other questions. Why would I learn so much strict obedience to just throw it out the window? Why is it important that we be strictly obedient to the Lord’s laws? I decided I was going to think about these later and I opened my Liahona (The November General Conference Addition) to read one of the talks. I didn’t know what I wanted to read and I fell upon Elder Jog Klebinglot’s talk. I hadn’t finished writing notes about it so I decided to finish reading it. Well, guess what was the next thing I needed to read in his talk? Point #3 about being consecrated and obedience. Yep, I read that part. Wow, so amazing. I loved it! I recommend you all read it. I love that he says that selective obedience to God’s law brings selective blessing. If we choosing something that is not as bad but not worse, it is still choosing wrong. Heavenly Father wants to give us ALL the blessings in the whole world but he can’t unless we are obedient. Please read it. here is the section: 3. Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life. Acknowledge that you cannot love God without also loving His commandments. The Savior’s standard is clear and simple: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Selective obedience brings selective blessings, and choosing something bad over something worse is still choosing wrong. You can’t watch a bad movie and expect to feel virtuous because you did not watch a very bad one. Faithful observance of some commandments doesn’t justify neglecting others. Abraham Lincoln rightly said, “When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad” (in William H. Herndon and Jesse William Weik, Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, 3 vols. [1889], 3:439).

Also, do the right things for the right reasons. The Lord, who “requireth the heart and a willing mind” (D&C 64:34) and who “is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (D&C 33:1), knows why you go to church—whether you are present in body only or truly worshipping. You can’t sing on Sunday, “O Babylon, O Babylon, [I] bid thee farewell” and then seek or tolerate its company again moments later (“Ye Elders of Israel,”Hymns, no. 319). Remember that casualness in spiritual matters never was happiness. Make the Church and the restored gospel your whole life, not just a part of your outward or social life. Choosing this day whom you will serve is lip service only—until you actually live accordingly (see Joshua 24:15). Spiritual confidence increases when you are truly striving, for the right reasons, to live a consecrated life in spite of your imperfections!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!! I am learning more and more everyday and I LOVE IT!
Love, Sister Orme
P.s. I will tell you next week what happens with transfers!

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 26- Rainfall/ The Pouring Never Stops!

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
 
First off I want to congratulate Graham and Rhandi on their anniversary yesterday!!!!!!! Is it your 9th? 10th? So awesome! I love you both tons!!!!!!!
 
Also, Alli and Ryan, and Maude and Michael have been married for a year now! Congratulations to you both! I love you all!
 
Sister Johnson and I have realized how much more we are becoming sister missionaries. A family in our branch was moving and gave us a ton of liahonas. we took up our personal time reading them. It felt like Christmas we were soooooooo excited! We also were visiting an investigator and there was a mirror by her door. We were wondering how it would feel to have a skirt above the knee….ooohhh it scared us and we put our skirts back down. who knew that i would get so used to wearing long skirts that short skirts scare us! ^^ even if it is still modest! so funny. we were dying with laughter.
 
So sister Johnson used to have this cute giraffe thing that one of her companions made her but it fell apart. so we have been hiding the head around the house to see if the other person will find it. I opened the fridge and I saw this. It is a little morbid but sooooooo  funny!
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This week, as always, was a great week! It has been raining a TON! Today is incredible. It is just pouring loads. The weather has got a lot cooler. Apparently fall is starting. Sister Johnson and I have no clue what happened to the summer because it was not the usual Korean hot, sticky, and humid summer that it usually is. Crazy! Everyone kept warning me about it. So I am glad we had a nice summer.
 
I was reading Ether 11 on saturday and made a few observations from this chapter. It is not a spiritually uplifting kind of chapter but it is about the destruction of man as it becomes more wicked, then the people repenting and changing their ways so they can be righteous. I was thinking about how we sometimes close our hearts and do not hearken to the voice of the Lord. How can we make sure to always have an open heart and mind to be able to listen to the Lord? It all comes down to one word: obedience; Obedience opens our hearts. It also opens the flood gates of blessings. When we obey, we are able to accomplish all that the Lord wants. We are able to fulfill our full potential. If we love God enough, we would be willing to do anything for Him. Do I love God enough? Do I love God enough to put my own wants on the sacrificial altar? What is holding me back? I would like to think that I would. Would I be like the young ruler and walk away in shame? Or would I be like the apostles and immediatly dropped everything to follow Christ? Is this sacrifice for me or is it for others? Are the things that I learned in the life more for me or is it for others as well? I have a lot to accomplish and I know the Lord will help me do it as long as I try my hardest. He will bless me. I hope I have the faith, determination and courage to do it. 
 
I came to the conclusion that I would do everything for the Lord. I am willing to sacrifice all for him if he needs me to. It would be hard but it is always doable. The Lord never gives us anything that is too hard to handle.  At first you think that there would be a few things that would be hard to sacrifice but then you realize those things don’t matter. What really matters is what you do with what the Lord gives you.
 
This also goes along with the “Be Strong and of a Good Courage” talk given by President Monson. Courage is needed! “Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name”. “Courage is not limited to the battlefield or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are inner tests, like remaining faithful when no one’s looking…like standing alone when your’e misunderstood.” “They had the courage to do not that which was easy but that which was right”. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” and my favorite!  Joshua” I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee….Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with thee withersover thou goest”.
 
I know and believe that the Lord is always there for us, no matter what. Be strong. I hope you all can have the faith, determination, and courage to do all that the Lord asks. So much is given to us and the Lord expects so much out of us. You can do it!
 
You are all the greatest. Keep it up! LOVE YOU TONS!!!
 
I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK!!!
 
Love, Sister Orme

week 4 – “We need to grab those hands that hang hopelessly down”

Hello Everyone!!!

This week has been fantastic! We are seeing the blessings that come from being exactly obedient. My companion and I decided we needed to work on being 100% obedient and it has created sooooo many miracles. We gained a new investigator, we have recieved a a lot of referrals, we have 3 new members for our English class, we are teaching with more power and with the spirit, 김윤애 kimyooneh our less active is drinking less coffee, and we have a for sure baptism on april 6th. It has made us completely exhausted by the end of the day though. Which is fantastic!!!! We are working hard and trying to be what the Lord wants us to be.

1. Some of the sisters from our zone and I eating at a restaurant last pday
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2. We made french toast for fhe! in a bowl like thing. We didn’t have a pan. This is a hilarious picture of my companion. Her face kills me. It is sooo funny!
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3. We made this whiteboard, and we are soo proud of it hahaha
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So, korea is still amazing and I love it! There are a few things that are interesting that we would never see in America. But i love it! There are sometimes tables with pig heads and feet, there is a lot of hanging meat, and fish everywhere! I love it! I love being in a completely different place. It makes everyday an adventure and soooo much fun!

On sunday we had an awesome 고기 (meat) party and our recent converts country home (natalia and her husband). It was a blast being able to spend time with the members and get to know them. We ate sooooo much meat! And we took a lot of oils to compensate it all and we feel a lot better. The korean bbq is sooooo good!

1. Delicious rice. Made out of a traditional pot for the meat party.
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2. Grandpa Kang! He is seriously the cutest old man ever!
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3. Me and Natalia
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Me and my companion are reading Jesus the Christ. It is sooooooooo good and amzing! I really suggest reading it because you gain a lot of insight from it. It is amazing!!!! We are becoming obsessed with it.

I will leave a spiritual message. I was reading in the gospel principles book and it was on sacrifice. I wrote this quote in my planner…”People have always been tried and tested to see if they will put the things of God first in their lives”.

 

1. Picture of the surrounding area at the country home.
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2. Eating delicious food.
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3. what we ate. sooooo good! chicken with sweet potato.
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A lot of people don’t realize that God gives us trials so he can test us and see what we will do with them. We are tested on our reaction to what is lotted to us in this life. It is amazing that God blesses us more abundantly as we trudge through and come out better. Trials are for our benefit! There is no way better for us to learn then to go through trials. Heavenly Father is seriously the best!!! I love him and he loves us in return. This is what we are sharing. Our work with the less actives is bringing people back and lifting them up becuase they are hopelessly lost. I love this work and I am so grateful for what Heavenly Father is helping us do. This is His work, and we are his vessels. We need to keep the spirit of Christ within us. We can be powerful tools in his hands. BE THAT TOOL!!!!!

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.