Hello Family and Friends!
So, I have not left Shinjeong (신정)! Sister Benbrook was transferred to Masan (마산). She is follow up training one of the Korean sisters that left with me and I am with Sister Benbrook’s MTC companion! Her name is Sister Yokum. She is 23 and from San Diego! She is great! Today is our first day together. I will send pictures next week of her and I. I will miss Sister Benbrook but I know that the Lord wants Sister Yokum to be with me now. I am excited to see what happens!
This week has been absolutely amazing! We have had a week full of miracles!
One of our investigator’s mom came home while we were about to leave. She asked us to stay and sit with her. At first we were a little nervous because we thought she was going to preach to us or something. But then we had the most amazing conversation in the whole world!! She thanked us over and over again for teaching her daughter. She wants her daughter to learn about Christ. She said we have the light of Christ in us and she can see it! This is the first time anyone has ever said that to us before! She recognized us as servants of the LORD!!!!! She spoke of Christ and bore her testimony of him and she got teary eyed about it. She is just amazing! We taught the whole restoration to her and she kept nodding her head during it. We spoke with power and the spirit. I shared the first vision and the spirit was so strong in the room. It was enveloping our whole being. I have never felt the spirit so strong during a lesson before. It was wonderful. She gave us her phone number and we invited her to church next Sunday and she totally wants to come. She said to just call her about it. We are hoping to teach her too. She said we can meet and I am soooo excited! She is just amazing! I can’t believe it. We wanted to ask her if she would get baptized but we felt like we should wait a little bit. We will see what happens! We are so happy and so excited!
What is also amazing is that our investigator’s mom was not the only person this week that recognized us as servants of the Lord. We were on the bus and this women started talking to us. She said we were so beautiful and had a light around us. The light of Christ was in our eyes. She thanked us for what we were doing and was grateful for what we were doing for the people of Korea. It was amazing to see that other people noticed our light. We gave her a pamphlet, unfortunately we didn’t get her number but she was totally reading the pamphlet about the restoration. I pray that woman calls us soon!!!! We met her on Saturday so hopefully something will happen in the next few days! I’m praying so hard it will happen.
This last week our district went Book of Mormon proselyting (전도). Sister Benbrook and I met this super amazing lady! She was soooo interested in our message and the Book of Mormon. We taught her the first lesson and gave her a BofM. She was so surprised that it was in Korean! She had heard of our church and of the BofM and was always curious about it. She is sooo golden. She is super solid in Christ as well. We testified of Christ to her and she agreed with everything. She said she has been waiting for something more and is trying the best she can to be a follower of Christ. We testified to her that this is what she needs and this will answer all of her questions and more. What is even more amazing is that she doesn’t live here. She is in another town called Heundae. I am not sure how to spell it in Korean or English, but we gave her number to those sisters there and she wants to meet to learn more. As she walked away from us she was reading the BofM. We talked to her for sooooo long! It was amazing.
The Busan Mission is seriously seeing miracles EVERYWHERE!!!! The mission is growing. We believe it is because our mission is doing a 49 day fast and it is working miracles! Our mission president might just extend it because it is helping so much! We started seeing the miracles when it started. It is so amazing to see how many miracles can occur when the mission strives to grow to together with one purpose in mind. It is amazing to see what prayer, fasting, diligence, reading, and serving do. It creates miracles!!!!!
Miracles are everywhere! They can be small or big but regardless they are a miracle. I invite you all to look for the miracles of everyday, regardless of what it is. You will start to see what Heavenly Father is blessing you with. Heavenly Father is the best!!!!!!
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! I could not imagine being anywhere else. This gospel is the true gospel. There is no other way but through Christ. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our friend, and our Brother. He has done everything for us and we should do the same in the return.
The work is hastening. We can FEEL it. I feel it everyday! The Lord’s work is hastening and so is Satan. Do not let Satan become a part of your life. Choose Christ! He is the way and the truth. We can overcome all things through him. We can conquer all! Remember Helaman 5:12. I shared this last week, but I invite you all to apply this principle. Christ. He is our Redeemer and our Rock.
I LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sister Orme 옴 자매
Hello Family and friends!
It was so amazing to be able to talk to my family today! I love them dearly! Thank you to all the mothers and the soon-to-be mothers of the world! You are all the best! Remember to teach your children things of the eternities. The Stripling Warriors were not protected by their swords or their armor but by what their mother’s taught them!
I am super sad this week because it is the last week I have with my companion Sister Benbrook. She has been the greatest and we have learned so much from each other! I am so grateful for her and for what she has taught me. This week is the last week of training! Then I get follow up trained next transfer.
I am sorry I don’t have much time but I want everyone to think about where their foundation is founded in. Think about it. What builds your foundation? Are those things solid or unstable? What makes them that way? Are they temporary or eternal? Your foundation’s strength depends on what you build it on. The most solid of foundations are always built on Christ! Read Helaman 5:12. Building a foundation of Christ will allow us to overcome anything!!!! Many people fall away because their foundation is set on temporal things. Christ is solid through and through. He is always there for you! LET CHRIST FILL YOUR LIVES!
Love, Sister Orme
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
Hello Family and Friends!!
I LOVE KOREA!!!!! Every day I am so happy and grateful to be here. I still can’t believe and I just love it sooooo much already and I haven’t even been here 2 weeks yet! I love it, I love it, I love it! Missionary work is so fantastic and brings so much joy to me and my companion. we get soooo excited because the Lord has helped us and guided us. He has helped us with so man opportunities to do service and to guide people. He is the greatest! I feel his love everyday! I feel the love for these people everyday. They are so cute and are just the greatest. They are sooo kind!
So, the first few days here in Korea we received alot of training and kind of just getting to know our mission rules and standards. We had a wonderful 전도 activity (Proselyting). It was a blast!!! Everyone was freaking out about my hair and my korean. We would be with a different companion every 20 minutes. President and Sister Gilbert were watching us to see how we got along. My companions were really surprised about my Korean, which I was surprised about. I am just glad that I can preach the gospel and say what I want. My teachers, 이 자매님 (Sister Lee) and Sagers 자매님 (Sister Sagers), prepared us soooo well! Also, Heavenly Father is always on our side! Which helps a ton! Then of course, we got to meet our real companion, which is Sister Benbrook. I already mentioned that but I do gotta say. I LOVE HER SOOOO MUCH! We are so meant to be together and we know why. We are both going to make so many changes here in 신정 Shinjong (this is our area) and the city we are in is 울산 Ulsan. It is soo great! I am so happy to be here. The members are so wonderful and they work so hard to help friends come to church, and less actives to become reactiviated. They are amazing!!!
We have a cute little 30 year old Korean girl that will be baptized this month on the 23rd! Her name is 오지윤 (Ohjiyoon). She is the greatest! Her brother is going to BYU-Provo and he is LDS. He has been encouraging her to join the church, which is fantastic! We are so happy and excited for her. She is so eager and wanting to learn more about our church. She wants to get baptized soooo bad!
Last pday we found some beautiful korean dishes in a ditch. They were absolutely nasty but we couldn’t resist the temptation of taking them and cleaning them up. I will be sharing pictures. It sounds ridiculous but it was a blast!!! We will have such good memories about them when we come back. Haha. We passed by it and I said it as a joke that we should take the dishes and clean them up. Then Sister Benbrook said we should totally do it and then I agreed. So, that is how things happened. I can’t believe we did but it was soooo much fun! hahaha. Afterwards, we went to a beautiful beach! It was gorgeous! I will send pictures. We went with our investigator and we had to hand her off to some other sister missionaries because they are whitewashing her area. It was sad to hand her off but we can’t teach her anymore because she is not in our area. The new sisters bonded really well with her and we are so happy about that. She is making sooo much progress!
This last week we got a really random, but not of course, call from a less active. She hasn’t been coming to church for a while so we were really happy to hear from her. She said she had a really bad day and needed a message from us. We were happy to do it. I felt really inspired to share a sentence from PMG and then also Joshua 1:9. I am so happy we shared those things because that is exactly what she needed to hear. The paragraph in the PMG talks about repentence and being able to feel peace. It also mentions that no matter what the Lord is with us but we have to do what he wants us to do to receive blessings. She needed that really bad. I love Heavenly Father and what he does to make us his hands. We are so blessed! We set up to meet with her but she got terribly sick. We will be meeting with her soon.
We have another investigator and her son, 황태숙 (Hwangtaysook) and her son we call him Jordan, and they have progressed just in the last two times we have met! They have been meeting with the missionaries since December and they are progressing more then ever. Jordan prays by himself occasionally and he loves learning about Jesus. He has sooo many questions. He is only 9 years old and speaks English super well. We are teaching his mom as well and she speaks well too. She prays all the time and reads the Book of Mormon. Jordan reads the little BofM story book. They are so great! We are super excited about them.
This last week, we met with a less active sister 김윤애 (kimyooneh). She is trying to stop drinking coffee. We met with her tuesday and challenged her to not drink any coffee at all from now on and also fast with us on saturday. We texted her 3 times a day to give her encouragement so she would be able to resist the temptation. We even were going to take her coffee away but her husband drinks it. We believe in her and know she can do it. She speaks English super well as well. Oh, BTW So many people speak English here! It is crazy. She hasn’t contacted us since so we don’t know what is going on but we pray for her daily. She is going to do it! We believe it! We meet her on tuesday so we will be able to catch up with her.
This last friday we had a Mission Tour. It was sooooooooooooo amazing!!!!!!! Elder and Sister Ringwood came and spoke to us. Everything they said was exactly what Sister Benbrook and I needed. We have a ton of Less actives in this area and we are trying to figure out what we can do about that. Our Branch is basically a ward but because there are so many less actives, it isn’t one yet. They only need a few more people to get a new building, be an official ward, and also become a stake. We are working so hard and know that Heavenly Father is blessing us so much.
So, last week most of our appointments dropped. Which was sad but not. We were able to get so many records organized, calls to the ward members, and figuring out who the lest actives are. Heavenly Father is giving us this time to find the less actives. We don’t have a lot of investigators anymore but we know exactly why. We are not bringing more people into the gospel at this moment but we are reviving the area. We were both sent here to do this work because Heavenly Father trusts the both of us to do. We are excited and we are so grateful for the time that we have so we can meet less actives. Please pray for us to have success with the less actives. We are going to change this place and Heavenly Father knows we can do it! The Ringwoods taught us so much and we are so excited to apply it in our work. We are expecting miracles and they are going to happen! We believe it with every fiber of our being!
Last night, some sisters called us from another area with very, very exciting news. They tested out this idea that Sister Benbrook had a little bit ago. They had a sticker board with questions from the soul (they labeled it Questions of the heart because it is hard to describe soul in korean). People would put stickers where they had questions, then they would have to fill out a questionarre. Some of the questions were like, if you had an opportunity to figure your question now would you want to hear it, and stuff like that. Then we would use the Bof M to answer those questions right then and there. Guess how many BofMs they gave out in about 2 hours?…………………………..they gave out 46 BofMs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! isn’t that absolutely amazing?????? The sticker board is what first attracts them. One thing you got to know about Koreans is that they love using stickers and it works. We are going to do this as well. We are so pumped and cannot wait to do it. Please pray for us as well for success. We know it will work and we will plant seeds in peoples hearts and will bring many more into the gospel. Seriously, Heavenly Father is blessing us soooooooooooooooooooooooo much!
I am so grateful for this gospel and I know Heavenly Father is providing a way for us to expound and move forward his work. We see miracles all the time. Many have been small but huge in our eyes. Heavenly Father knows what we are capable of. With him nothing is impossble!! Nothing! I have seen first hand, everyday even. I love the gospel. I love being a MISSIONARY! I know this is what I am supposed to be doing and I know this is exactly where I am supposed to be. We have a lot of work ahead of us but it isn’t daunting at all. There is always a way and Heavenly Father is going to provide it. I’m speaking to all missionaries in the field or member missionaries: NEVER EVER lose your faith or hope. Heavenly Father is always there for us! We can DO ANYTHING if we trust in him. Trust in yourself and trust that Heavenly Father is going to use you. Take that extra mile. Do and Follow. You will bless so many lives! I believe in all of you and I am praying for you all.
Also, the Ringwoods and our mission are really working for ward missionary work. It works and it is something that needs to be pushed. Every member is a missionary. We are commanded to share the gospel. Heavenly Father will bless us so much if we just put our foot out and the door and find those less actives or share the gospel with people we know. You will be blessed. Help the missionaries out as well, they need your help and can help you so much with your missionary work.
You are all fantastic! You are all amazing and doing such a wonderful job!
LOVE YOU ALL!
I just got to say I love Korea! It is seriously the greatest thing! I am so happy to be here. I am sorry but I don’t have much time to write. Today was super busy. I am actually allowed to email for 2 hours! But we couldn’t today.
So, our first week has been amazing! We are SOOOOO BUSY! We have so many investigators which is awesome. We are also planning on having 6 baptisms this transfer! I will let you know how it goes. Next week I promise I will write more about exactly what I did for these past few days.
I am in Ulsan right now (울산) and my trainer is Sister Benbrook. We are both working hard and loving it here. I am so happy to be a missionary. It is the greatest!
I will just say this…. Sister Benbrook and I are making things happen and we are working hard. I love missionary work and could not imagine myself anywhere else. I am so happy. I love the people already. Everyone tells me I am so beautiful and that I speak amazing Korean (even when I say hello hahahah). I am so happy that we had so much practice with our Korean in the MTC. It has really helped with everything. A lot of people are speaking to us, and you were all right, because of my hair and because we are both Americans. It opens doors. Heavenly Father has also blessed us with being able to contact many people and to have sooooooo many investigators. We have no time for anything but them.
Today we had a ton of fun! We went with an investigator to a beautiful beach and ate delicious food. It is sooo healthy here. I love it! It makes me feel soooo good! We also had many adventures today. Next week I will be better and write everything that has happened. I have to go. LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Love, Orme 자매