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Week 35- Christ’s Atonement

Hello Dearest Family and Friends!
What a great week. Well, actually every week is a great week! I am a missionary and it is the greatest thing in the world!
It is getting colder and I don’t like it but I am super excited to wear scarves again! I love wearing scarves!
We were so busy this week. I love being busy! We are working hard and I love it. I love my companion. She is seriously the best. She is so kind, selfless, loving, funny, hard working, spiritual, serving, and everything else and more. She is amazing. I could not wish for a better trainee. I have been very blessed as a missionary because every single companion I have had, has been the greatest and the best!!!!! I am so blessed! So blessed.
Patbingsoo! Delicious!
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My companion, Sister Kim!
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We taught our family investigators this last friday. We taught them the atonement and I wanted to highlight some thoughts that I had about it. I studied it a lot this week because I really wanted this family to understand why it is so important that Christ died for us. For those who do not know what the atonement is will now know what it is and how you can apply it to your life. We thought of a really good way to explain the atoenment to people who don’t know what it is. So, here we go. Imagine you’re hand being completly dirty with mud, you can’t wipe it off, you can’t pick it off, or anything besides using this really special soap to wash it off. You can only use this soap because it will completely wipe the mud away. After you use this soap, your hand is clean and new. The atonement is the same way. Your hand is your life. The mud is your sins, worries, any sadness and injustices you have felt, anything that burdens you. The soap is Jesus Christ’s Atonement. His atonement is the only way that all things can be made right. You can feel clean and completly new, and fresh like your newly washed hand.
We then asked some questions. Why would someone die for you? What reasons would they have to do such a thing? If you died for someone, what would your reason be? The Savior died for us, why would he do that? Why would anyone do that kind of thing? Those children were amazing and knew exactly where we were getting to. The reason the Savior did it and why anyone would do a thing like that is because of one word: LOVE. The Savior loved us so much that he died for us, so we could have the opportunity to feel the cleansing power of his sacrifice. What an amazing thing that he did for us.
Many people think that the atonement is so complicated. But the reasons are so simple. It was all about love. Despite the reason being so simple, it is one of those most important gifts we have ever received. The power of the atonement is real and I know that as we use it, we can feel the heavy burden be lifted off of our shoulders. We can become clean and new.
I love this gospel and I am so happy that it is always a happy message. It brings hope and light to people’s lives.
And of course, as always, I love being a missionary!!!!
You are all the greatest! Thank you for all the love, support and prayers. It really means a lot to me.
Love you!!!!!! 사랑해요!!!
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 11: Jesus Christ has done everything for us!

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