March 6, 2017
This was a really awesome week in Korea! I’ll start with the best part!
This last week, we were on our way to church when the elders gave us a call! They said that two new girls had shown up at church, and where in the sacrament meeting room waiting to meet us! We were super surprised, and way excited! We basically ran inside haha… but then we went up and talked with them! Turns out, their grandma is a really strong member in Pusan, and they had gone to church with her while living in Pusan, but then they moved here a few years ago, and didn’t know that there was a church in this area, so stopped attending. Then their grandma called them, and told them where the church was, so they were able to come this week! They are both in high school, and the younger sister was baptized and went to church every week with her grandma before she moved, but the older sister was never baptized! They stayed for sacrament meeting and gospel principles class, and then we walked them to the bus because they had to go. BUT IT WAS SO GOOD! I think this is the biggest miracle I’ve seen on my mission. The members welcomed them really well, but also there may have been a lot of pressure on the older sister. We were a little nervous that they wouldn’t want to come back because some of the members were a little pushy, but then we texted them after church, thanking them for coming and what not, then they said that they want to come again next week too!
The past transfer, to be honest, I have been struggling a little bit. I have been trying my best to talk to everyone on the bus, on the streets, at the bus stops, when we are walking, etc, I set goals every day to be just a little more obedient, I try to try my best to be exactly obedient to see miracles, I’m not perfect, and I still have so much more to learn, and so much more to improve on, but honestly, on my mission, I haven’t really seen any people I’ve worked with, really start to find deep conversation and have a big desire to come unto Christ. Of course, I have seen big miracles, and of course I have seen people make steps to bring themselves closer to Heavenly Father, and of course I’ve seen people start the journey, but something that has been discouraging for me since the last transfer, was that because I hadn’t seen people really have a desire to come unto Christ through His restored gospel, have faith in Him, repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Ghost, I guess I just started to second guess myself and feel like I was doing something wrong. But this past few weeks, I have been really praying about it, and really pleading with the Lord for help and guidance to know His will for me as a missionary, and to be confident in what He wants me doing here in Korea, and just be happy and satisifed in that. And not be discouraged with myself if I don’t see those big conversation stories. But this past few weeks when I was praying, I just kept feeling “wait a little longer”.
And then this past week, these two amazing, cute, prepared, sisters randomly showed up to church, with a desire to come back! I don’t know exactly what Heavenly Father has in store for them in the future, but I just hope and pray that we can be qualified, worthy missionaries in His hands, to be able to do our absolute best to help them come unto Christ through His restored gospel. I see so much potential in the older sister, and I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has trusted us to help them! Seriously I’m so grateful that He led them to us, and it really showed me how much He knows me, and my desires, my inner fears, my doubts, my insecurities as a missionary, and my weakness… He hears my prayers, and if we just trust Him, and try our best to follow His will for us, He’ll give us success and He’ll provide us with the experiences we need to grow and progress!
Fun story\miracle of the week:
We were late for our proselyting activity and we were stuck waiting for a bus. We had all the materials we needed, and the other missionaries were waiting for us. We were getting a little nervous, but then I look over to my companion, and she’s praying! And then she opens her eyes suddenly and says, “THE BUS IS COMING” (in Korean lol) and then we turn around and look down the street, and then I kid you not, 5 seconds later, THE BUS TURNS AROUND THE CORNER! GOD REALLY DOES HEAR OUR PRAYERS!
Fun Korean fact:
Finding a public bathroom you can use in Korea is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack..aka impossible!!!