Real Joy

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June 5, 2017
Our president asked us to think about and share finding stories this week. this is my favorite one :)))!! (ps pretty sure I’ve already sent this but whatevs lols!! )
A few weeks ago, Sister Hwang and I had a few days with absolutely NO appointments. We had no idea what to do. But we decided that we would just leave the house and do our best to follow the spirit and talk to people on the street. Before we left, we said a prayer and promised to just follow the spirit, pleading for us to be able to find someone to teach. We had been walking a few hours when we stopped and in the shade to tape an English Flyer up. I looked down a bit and saw an older man coming towards us slowly. We said hello and started talking. We ended up talking on the street for quite a while. He opened up about different struggles he has been experiences with family, how he feels like he has needed to go back to church, and how because of past mistakes, he doesn’t feel like he is able to attend church again. It was one of the most spiritual, powerful street contacts we have ever done! Being able to look him in the eyes and promise that through the power of Jesus Christ, he can be healed, cleansed, forgiven and made free from burdens was such an amazing experience.  We explained our purpose as missionaries and exchanged numbers. A few days later, we met him at the church with one of our members. He talked for almost 30 minutes about some deep burdens he has been carrying for years and how he is looking for a new start.
We shared with him the gospel of Jesus Christ and read scriptures of baptism. We bore testimony of the power baptism and the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. The spirit was so strong! We have been meeting him once a week since then. Every time we meet him again, he seems to glow more and more! His health, strength and overall outlook on life is changing. It’s been an awesome blessing to be able to meet him and help him accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He still has a long ways to go, but I really feel Heavenly Father put in our path someone who really needed the Gospel of Jesus Christ right now in his life. It’s funny, the days we have no appointments, we end up seeing the biggest miracles! It taught me that if we trust in His plan, follow the spirit, and just go to work, He leads us into the right people, at just the right time.
I got a chance to talk to a newer missionary this week at Zone Conference.  She asked what’s the biggest thing I’ve learned on my mission so far. It really made me think! It came down to this: Heavenly Father knows me perfectly and He knows what is best for me in my life. If I trust Him, follow Him, and rely on His son Jesus Christ, I will be able to find the perfect happiness in this life. Every thing He puts in my life is for my benefit to grow, learn, progress.. and qualify just a little bit more for the Celestial Kingdom. I’ll do anything He asks me to do!
Our investigator with a baptismal date did not come to church yesterday. Honestly, we were sooo bummed because that means she probably won’t be prepared and really ready for baptism next week. I have seriously worked with this investigator since when I first came to this area! She is awesome and has a desire to learn more about her Savior, Jesus Christ. I think something I learned this week while planning and preparing to meet her was this: While I would seriously love to see her be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost… what is more wonderful to me is just being able to be part of her conversation process. Seeing her pray the first time, come to church every week, and honestly seek the gospel has been such a miracle to me. I have never seen anyone in my mission get baptized or really prepare for baptism before. Being able to see her progress, learn more, understand doctrines, and pray to understand has been the biggest miracle to me. How joyful is that? It really is pure joy to meet her. I was reading in Jesus the Christ a few days ago and I came across a part in the book that talked about how the real joy of the harvest does not come until the end. While on earth, we can see fruits of labors and feel joy, the true joy comes in the next life, when we are reunited with those souls and rejoice together in the eternities. I’m excited for that moment! I just want her to feel the joy I feel, and I’ve loved working with her the past few months. I hope she can continue to progress and be prepared to be baptized in a few more weeks!
fun story of the week:
i went to a Buddhist temple and ate with monks haha
sistaaa cleggggg
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Long days are worth the good days!

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WHOAH THIS WEEK WAS SO GOOD I DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO PUT IT INTO WORDS LIKE SERIOUSLY.
OBVIOUSLY ELDER OAKS CAME TO THE MISSION
I think it would take me a solid 5 hours to put everything I learned into an email. So, i’ll just put my favorite part.
So after the President of the 70 and the Area Presidency spoke, we had a question and answer time with Elder Oaks and the leaders.
Something I have been focusing a lot on lately is Charity. How can I love others more? How can I feel Christ’s love for me more? How can I learn to love Christ more? How can I access His atonement more in my life? (ps those are the questions of Emily Clegg’s soul right now lols!!!)
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Anyways, I went into the conference with those sorts of questions on my mind. Which honestly, I think are the most important questions of the mission!!! haha seriously, isn’t that what everyone is supposed to learn the most about while serving?!!!
I was able to be one of the ones to stand up and ask a question!!! (ps coolest thing ever haha) The question I asked was, “how can I strengthened my faith from believing in Christ and His love and His atonement, to knowing it and knowing how to access His love and His atonement more in life?” (or something like that haha)
but anyways, WHOA SERIOUSLY SO COOL HE TALKED WITH ME FOR LIKE A SOLID 2 MINUTES ABOUT IT AND WHAT A POWER!  haha I feel like a missionary for saying that .. but for real–coolest thing !
But I didn’t feel like my real questions were answered! But a few minutes later, Sister Oaks turned to me and said, “I want to answer your question” and she spoke to me and seriously… it was like Heavenly Father was speaking exactly to me, through her!
This is what I learned:
Through finding love and charity for others, you are able to feel and recognize Heavenly Father and the Savior’s love for you more. By serving others, giving of yourself and finding charity for others, you in turn are able to feel His love more fully for you and access His atonement more in your life.
TBH I didn’t get a chance to say thank you afterwards, but I think the first thing I will do in the next life is run up and give her A BIG FAT HUG!  Seriously, so blessed to hear that from her.
Life is good!
I’m loving Korea!
Sister Clegg
ps:
My companion is doing awesome. Seriously such a blessing to be serving with her. I learn so much from her everyday. I think my favorite thing this week was yesterday. We had 4 appointments lined up in the morning, and then before we left the house, all had canceled! We were glad we had set a solid backup plan for the day! So we called all our backup plans and set out to visit those people. All of which declined, or were not home! We literally walked from 12 to 9 last night! Hahah near the end of the day, I was a little tired with new blisters on the feet. I expressed my concerns to her. She basically said, “get over it, Sister Clegg” hahahah we hugged and kept walking!!!!!!!!
LONG DAYS ARE ALWAYS WORTH THE GOOD DAYS THOOO !!!
pss:
This week was my one year mark–I ran home in the rain and had to take a picture to mark the day!
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Gotta Love Miracles

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May 22, 2017
Hi Fam!
Here are some miracles of the week:
My area has SO MANY KIDS in the ward! So we decided to figure out a way to do missionary work with the members we have, KIDS!
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We planned a party for the kids to play games and sing songs and eat some yummy food. IT WAS SUCH A SUCCESS! Members brought non-member friends and our investigators came! It was awesome to meet  new potential investigators, and introduceour investigators to the members. We have been working with a potential lady a lot lately. She’s an old investigator that has been meeting with missionaries for almost a year! She originally just liked meeting the missionaries because she liked how kind they were. When I first came to my area and when we met her, it was just more friends meeting and talking. But now, it is totally different! She is reading the Book of Mormon, more open to talking about the gospel, and we are actually teaching her lessons! Not just little “messages”. It has been awesome to watch her transform into a potential investigator, to someone who is actually interested in the message. She still needs lots of time and love, but I’ve really come to love her through the process and I’m excited for her! She met with the members and while we were talking to the Relief Society President, she even opened up about how she likes our message and loves us teaching her! So it was awesome to hear her say that and see her start to build relationships with members! We just need to get her to church. The party was designed to practice songs on Saturday and have the kids sing the songs on Sunday in church, (so she would have more of a reason to go to church) but she ended up not coming 😦 we were kind of bummed! But nonetheless, awesome experience! And we met some great potential investigators through the members that we are hopefully meeting in the next few weeks!
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We also had a huge miracle this week in finding a new investigator …. hmm where to start with her? haha she’s awesome! When we first contacted her, she sounded like a man, so we got a member to meet with us the first lesson. But it turns out, she’s a woman! She has hormone problems and her body is slowly changing into a man. So it kind of freaked us out at first.. not sure if she was a girl or a boy.. but after meeting her and talking, she opened up about her hormone problem and it was all fine! hahha She had originally met with missionaries a long time ago, and never understand the gospel or had a testimony. She ended up meeting us again, and the first time we met her, we were a little discouraged because she showed no interest and just talked the whole time. But then we called her a few days later to meet, and she said she had read the Book of Mormon for two hours that day and wanted to meet again! So we met a few days later, and within five minutes of meeting, she said, “when I first read the Book of Mormon, I didn’t understand anything about it. But I just read the entire Book of Mormon and I know it’s true. I know it’s God’s words and I know the prophet Joseph Smith is a prophet.”
Okay honestly, we were so in shock we did a double take and looked at her and said, “what did you say?”
WHAT THE HECK!
BIGGEST MIRACLE EVER?
We were so in shock and so grateful!
We then invited her to be baptized by someone holding the priesthood of God and she said yes! and then we extended a baptismal date (and honestly this is the dumbest thing I’ve done in my mission) but instead of saying June 10, I say October 6………… (I am so dumb, I know) but she said “yes, yeah I’ll be ready by then” and then I was all excited!! But my companion (obviously she’s Korean and knowing that I had mixed up the months in Korean) extended the invitation again with the correct date. (I love her) And she said she would need to prepare and study more and wasn’t sure if she would be ready by then.
(note to everyone learning a new langauge: STUDY THE NUMBERS AND THE MONTHS BC THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU– I AM SO DUMB) HAHAHAHAHAH)
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We talked for a while about how as missionaries, our job is to help her prepare for baptism and help her gain a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
It was the most random, biggest unbelievable miracle of my mission. We walked away in shock and in awe about how Heavenly Father really is preparing people for our message!
We met her again last night and went over the Plan of Salvation. She accepts and understands everything! But she has some concerns because she has been baptized in 3 other churches and doesn’t feel like she needs to be baptized again. She also talked about how her body hurts a lot and she’s really sick, so coming to church on Sundays is hard. We are praying for her and hope we can help resolve her concerns about baptism and help her find the faith to attend church on Sunday. She’s a little different because of the hormone thing but we love her SO MUCH!
After our lesson, we did a tour of the church and sang hymns together in the sacrament room. The spirit was so strong! She knows it’s true!! She  really does. I’ve never seen anyone like her on my mission, literally. She’s the miracle of mission!
This transfer my goal is: To find Jesus Christ in my life. I often find myself reflecting on Sister Madsen’s talk from Elder Yamashita. How if we focus too much on other things in our life, and we don’t focus on the “point” of Jesus Christ, we can’t cut the perfect line. I have been realizing more and more the last few transfers how I have a tendency to focus on everything else. It’s my goal this transfer! I want everything I do to be centered on Him, His life, His sacrifice, His love for me and most importantly, my own personal relationship with Him. I want to KNOW the Savior, not just BELIEVE the Savior.
good week this week
full of lots of fun stuff
pictures to come
Sister Clegg
Happy Birthday, Mom!  Enjoy your Alice Springs Chicken!  Love you—–
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Favs of the Week

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May 15, 2017
I’ll just share some of the favs of the week:
A few weeks ago, we had one day where we literally had no appointments. We had no plans, and we decided we would just leave the house with English flyers, and then talk to everyone we passed. We started out and within the first hour, we had talked to a few people, but not with a lot of success. Then we were putting up an English flyer and we saw this older man walking towards us. We said, “hello” and started talking. We ended up talking for almost 15 minutes. We explained our purpose and our message. He listened and opened up about how he has been struggling lately with big trials, and how he had recently had the thought he needed to go back to church. He explained he had attended another church a while back, but because of bad choices he didn’t know if he could go back to church or find the happiness he found in church before. It was an awesome experience to be able to look him in the eyes and bear a strong testimony of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It does not matter where we have gone, or what we have done, through His atoning sacrifice, we can always find our way back, be cleaned and become freed from the past. He listened closely and accepted our invitation to meet again!
Then, this week we had the opportunity to meet him again with our favorite member (jk I love all the members). It was an awesome lesson! We opened up the scriptures and taught him about baptism and the cleansing renewing power it can bring into our lives. We promised him the blessings of living according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we invited him to learn more. He expressed how grateful he was to have met us and how he would  be willing to meet with us again. IT WAS SUCH AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE! Probably a first on my mission. . . and for sure a highlight of the transfer/year.
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She always takes pix with this serious face!  Goofy girl!
Another experience we had this week was with our investigator with a baptismal date! We met her again during church on Sunday. We shared with her the Plan of Salvation and at the end of the lesson, she accepted our invitation to pray on her own every day to feel Heavenly Father’s love for her. Then we invited her to pray at the end of the lesson, and she prayed for the first time and asked for help to know more about God. I love being able to work with her, she is so cute and reminds me so much of myself when I was in high school. Every time we meet I just think, “THIS WILL BLESS HER SO MUCH” because I know the only way I got through the struggles of high school was because I had my Savior’s help. Because testing is done, we are planning on meeting her this week and hoping that she can continue to prepare to be baptized next month! WE LOVE HER!
Overall, this transfer has been the best transfer for me. I have struggled the most, but I have grown the most. We have had multiple days in a row, with absolutely nothing to do but walk and talk to people. But, I have seen the biggest miracles in meeting Heavenly Father’s prepared children on the streets of my area. I loved this transfer, I love my area, and I love my companion! We couldn’t be happier.
Sister Clegg
ps SHOUTOUT TO MY MOM AND JILL AND JOCE I LOVE THEM happy moms day

2nd Letter of Assurance

13 May 2017

Dear Parents and Family of our Beloved Missionaries,

This letter is a follow-up to my April 15 letter regarding the current situation in South Korea and our constant effort to ensure your missionary’s health and safety.

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We know the headlines and daily news continue to focus on tensions in the region, however, daily life in South Korea goes on unchanged as do your missionary’s daily labors.  We continue to closely monitor the current situation and have sought appropriate guidance from various sources to safeguard our missionaries.

At the request of the Asia North Area Presidency and the Missionary Department, Church Security Department personnel recently traveled to South Korea to assist in reviewing and updating emergency action plans for the mission.  While here, they not only met with me, the mission president, but also with Church Area personnel, and personnel at the U.S. Embassy and in the U.S. Forces Korea.  As a result of these meetings we have further refined our mission emergency plans.  Mission plans monitor and reflect U.S. and Korean government travel advisories and travel warnings.  Because of our other preparations, you may also hear in coming days that your missionary is participating in various phone and transportation exercises.  “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

Additionally, you should be aware that each spring the U.S. and South Korean armed forces hold joint military exercises in South Korea while in North Korea they concurrently commemorate military anniversaries.  This combination of events historically escalates tension and rhetoric levels during that period.

For parents located in U.S. time zones, if you have immediate concerns we have also established a telephone information number through the Missionary Department at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City that you may call.  That number is xxx-xxx-xxxx.   If this is not convenient, you may still call the mission home.  For parents of Korean missionaries, we have a telephone information number that you may call here at the mission home.

You may also be interested to know Elder and Sister Dallin H. Oaks as well as other Church leaders will be in South Korea later this month on a regularly scheduled visit.  We are excited to hear the message of an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and know his visit will bless the members and missionaries throughout South Korea.

In closing, please know that we love your missionary and feel so very blessed to have the opportunity to serve together.  We pray for peace and calm in the region and know tour loving Heavenly Father is mindful of his chosen missionaries as they go about their labors.

With great love and respect,
John L. Madsen, Mission President, Korea Daejeon Mission

So Blessed!

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May 8, 2017

We had a fun sports day this week where all the members in the stake gathered in a big city to play sports on the holiday. It was awesome to be able to spend some time with the members, grow friendships, and learn to love them more! We were driving home with a bunch of members, and on the way home, some of our members started singing hymns together. We were singing, “Nearer my God to Thee,” and I started looking out the window looking at the beautiful countryside thinking about how lucky I am to be serving with such great people! I almost started crying, my heart was just so full of gratitude to be with such amazing people.

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Funnest experience of the week:

We had an appointment last Tuesday at the end of our P-day, and then she canceled right before. we had no plans and we were like “oh crap” and then the less active we have been working with calls and says “where are you?” (ps it was in low form in Korean and it sounds so much more funny in Korean) and then we said we were at the church and she said, “let’s play” and then hangs up the phone. hahah Then she comes to the church and opens the doors and yells, “Where are you at my daughters” (ps again in Korean–so much more funnier) and then we ran out and she pushed us in her car and took us driving around the city and we ate ice cream and we walked on the beach with her and talked with her for like an hour. SHE IS REALLY MY SECOND MOTHER I LOVE HER SO MUCH. We met with her again and she said that she has officially started reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning again and it’s hard for her, but she trusts us and wants to learn more. So she’s reading it! She’s been coming to church every week since we met her and SERIOUSLY IS THE BIGGEST BLESSING EVER!   I’ll forever love her!

I’m learning lots, and honestly, I think this last transfer was the hardest and most challenging transfer for me. But I was thinking back about it last night, and this has also been the transfer I have learned the most, stretched myself the most, and strengthened my testimony the most. I’m grateful for trials and hardships that help me grow and become a better person. It’s a blessing to experience trials, because through our hardships, we come to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and grow closer to our Heavenly Father. It’s a privilege to pay the price!

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PS: I lost the area phone this week–I am so dumb. Before my mission, I think I would have had a mini panic attack and freaked out till we found it again. But this is how the conversation went:

*me realizing phone is gone out of my bag*

“hey do you have the phone” (to companion)

“no, do you?” (my companion to me)

“no, oh crap. we lost it”

and then we just looked at each other and laughed.      Good stuff.   We found it:)

 

Looking for Three!

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May 1, 2017
Hi Fam!
My favorite experience this week was following church on Sunday! We didn’t have any appointments, and we had no idea of what to do. Our plan in the morning was to ask every member that walked in the door, if they knew of anyone we could serve that day! All of the members said they didn’t think they knew anyone. But we decided to eat our lunch at the church, and on our way out, we saw one more member!  We opened up with her about our goal to find three new investigators that day, and how we had no plans, but we knew Heavenly Father would help find them! We asked her if she knew anyone that we could visit, serve, meet, or share the gospel with. She at first didn’t have any ideas, so we left, and honestly, I felt a little discouraged because I knew we had no appointments and nobody to visit.
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But after we left, she came running after us and said, “How can we find these 3 people today? What can I do to help?” I honestly was so grateful for her, I wanted to cry!!! We said “Well, we don’t know. Let’s pray!” Then we said a prayer outside the church. We prayed to be lead and we prayed to be humble enough to follow the Spirit. and just started walking! We decided we would just go start knocking on the all the doors we pass by the church! I have done “door knocking” on my mission before, but honestly, it has never been successful! But our member said to just walk on the street and start opening our mouth! So we did! And for the first time on my mission, while “door knocking” we were able to give a Book of Mormon, share a five minute message of the Restoration, invite someone to church, receive their phone number, and a “yes” to–can we come back at a later time! We also were able to sit with an older couple and sing them church hymns and bear testimony of the Resurrection to them! Having that sister there was literally the biggest blessing of the week! She taught me that you can still serve happily and still share the gospel even when it seems like you literally have nothing to do. She’s the biggest example of Christlike love and service. She reminds me a lot of my older sisters, Jocelynn and Jillian. I’m so grateful for her.
Fun story of the week: WE MOVED AND OUR HOUSE IS LIT THE NICEST HOUSE I HAVE EVER LIVED IN–LITERALLY WE ARE SO BLESSED AND IT EVEN HAS AIR CONDITIONING I WANTED TO CRY WHEN I FIRST WALKED INTO THE HOUSE!!!!
pictures to follow
also i love my companion
bye,
Sister Clegg
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