Hello Family and Friends-
Sister Hoffman just asked me the above question while we were emailing. So, it had to be the subject line.
Well, I am finally better from my cold. I still have a little cough and a sometimes I need to blow my nose but I feel fantastic!
This week has been really great. My Korean is getting tons better and it feels great! We have such cute natives and they are so wonderful!!!!!!
Creed left this week. We had a wonderful Sunday together. We had about 3 hours together which was superb! We had dinner together, then we just hung out afterward. We shared our testimonies in our languages and took pictures. Definitely black mail worthy pictures. Don’t you worry Derek. Creed might send them to you. Afterward we went to the devotional together. It was just so nice being able to spend time with him. I cried a little. I am going to miss him but I know this is the time for us to be on missions and we are exactly where Heavenly Father wants us to be. We took one last photo together. Then He had to run off and catch his bus. The funny thing is when he hugged me, he hugged me soo hard my belt broke. A saint of an Elder fixed it for me and it works perfectly well. We call him the Wizard because he can fix ANYTHING! No joke, we don’t know how he does it but he is magical. When I asked permission to set up a meeting with my brother our zone president told me that I shouldn’t hide the fact that siblings can meet but I shouldn’t boast about it and show off what I was allowed to do. So that is what can happen at the MTC if you ever want to see your sibling before you go. He told me that we were an unusual case but he was happy to give me the permission to be with him.
We have had really good speakers this week that just spoke all the right words. I don’t have much time to right it all down but I know that Heavenly Father is always there for anyone. He will bless you immensely as long as you work hard and you follow his commandments. He is so good.
One of the biggest things that I have done this week to promote my faith was by doing the Attribute Activity in the PMG (the missionary Preach My Gospel manual). I suggest EVERYONE do that. Please do it. It will bless your life. It is a good measurement of where you stand. I decided to just start with the first attribute of Christ, which was faith. Wow, I learned so much and wrote pages and pages of things that I felt and was thinking throughout my study. Please do it. It will open your eyes of what you need to work on and will strengthen your faith, or any attribute of Christ you want to work on. It is somewhat personal but I know my thoughts will help others if I share them. This is what I wrote in my journal: “It looks like I need to develop my faith more. Especially about believing it can produce miracles. I believe i can bring miracles but i need to believe i=that i can create miracles, through Heavenly Father of course, in my life according to my faith. I know I need to be a little more confident in myself to be a vessel of the Lord. I know I have really good faith, I trust in the Lord and know he will help me. Ether 12:6 is really powerful. I know that I won’t see the miracle until after the trial of my faith. Hebrews 11:1 “…faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for…” Faith is assuring. I know faith can make me whole, or anyone whole for that matter. Faith and doubt/fear cannot embody your mind at one time. As long as I have only faith on my mind, I can’t doubt or fear. From now until the end of my life I want to say I had enough faith to say i fought the good fight, i have finished my course, i have kept the faith. I will strive to make sure I will work for faith. Faith without works is dead. By works is faith made perfect. I need more confidence in myself to have full confidence in the Lord. Faith comes from righteousness. If i am exactly obedient, there is no room for error. I know that perfect faith comes from perfect knowledge. I need to gain more knowledge and strive to be more like Jesus. If I strive to be the best I can, strive to be as obedient as I can, my faith will grow. 2 Nephi 25: 29 As long as I believe/worship Christ with all my might, mind and strength my faith will grow. I can obtain my faith through Christ. Jesus Christ works through the hearts of the people. By the power of the Holy Ghost can our faith be strengthened. Knowledge, trust, diligence, and enduring to the end will help our faith grow (Mosiah 4:6). The Atonement works miracles. The Atonement is essential to everything. Belief in ALL of God, who he is and what he is strengthens our faith (Mosiah 4:9). We can’t comprehend everything that he has for us, but in due time we will know. We just need to trust in him.
I had many more thoughts but I don’t have enough time to write it all down.
FYI mom. We have the missionary bags and the XX came as well. I gave the vitamins to creed and creed gave me my bag on sunday. Thank you soooooooooo much mom!!! i Love the bag and was sooooo excited to use it. It looks awesome and is such a cool bag. It has so many nooks and crannys for everything!! i just love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are the best!
Sorry I will write what my schedule is like next week. I will write to you all the rest of the things you wanted to know. I love you all!
Sadly, this monday Sister Hoffman, Bagley, Glauser, and a lot of other missionaries are leaving this monday. Which is sad and sort of depressing. Apparently, I get to have a say of who my new companion will be. I will keep you up to date!!!
Trust in the LORD! He is always there for you and will help you with everything that you need. JOSHUA 1:9. Remember that promise everyday.
I LOVE YOU ALL. YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray for you all. Let me know if there is anything else you need me to pray about because prayers from missionaries are powerful. I am not being self rightious haha. In general prayers from missionaries are powerful.
Goodbye! Walk in faith this week! Figure out what you can learn better this week. Seriously, do the PMG Attribute Activity and then study what you need to work on. You will be blessed!
Love, Orme Chamay