Hi mom! We got phones this week! Super crazy!! I read all your emails via a smart phone!! haha So crazy, right?
This week was super cool cause we got smartphones but also the most stressful and busy week of my entire life–seriously, had no time to breath or even be myself. We got calls from president because some of the sisters in our zones got into an argument and we had to go on emergency splits with them, which totally cramped all of our schedules for the whole week. We had to cancel so much stuff and it was a super big bummer cause we didn’t have time to really focus on our investigators. Especially because our investigator was supposed to have her baptismal interview this week, and then she ended up just not being quite ready. So I think we are going to push it back another 2 weeks. But last night I was so scared she wouldn’t get baptized! I had a dream and then I woke up in the middle of the night and just prayed for her for like 10 minutes! hahaha I just love her so much!!!! A stupid pastor ran into her and told her to stop meeting us because “we are a cult” and it scared her a lot. But also–right before big miracles happen, there’s always lots of set backs! So we will see! We are really praying for her.
She wants to hear other’s testimonies of the Book of Mormon, so she can find her own. So that’s why I asked you guys to send it! We meet her in two days, so I can access your emails then and show her. Smart phones are really good for the work! I’m excited to see how they help us!
We’ve been focusing on the scriptures with her and how they help our testimonies.. Honestly, I feel like the scriptures are the basic unit of our testimonies! Something I’ve really learned while meeting with her this month. Please pray for her! We are still getting our little kids ready for their baptism on the 11th too! They are doing awesome!!!
Okay love you!! miss you lots!! Have fun on Halloween! I’m sure it will be a hit… even if it takes a few years to grow!!!
We have been working a lot with our sweet investigator. She’s still coming to church every week! This last week, when we met her, she talked about how she wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ and His Atonement. She said she really wanted to experience the atonement in her own life. She said that she still doesn’t feel in her heart that Jesus Christ is her Savior. She understands the Atonement in her mind, but it doesn’t hit her “heart” all the way. So we have been thinking and praying to know how to help her. This week, during weekly planning we were talking about how we have been able to feel the power of the Atonement in our own lives.. and it actually made me think a lot! How was I was able to come to know that the Jesus Christ is my Savior? How was I really able to experience the atonement in my own life? We both kind of came to the conclusion that it came by acting on our faith. We had the hope, the desire and the believe that through Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven. So it honestly starts with our faith in Him.
So we thought, how can we help her really grow her faith in the Savior? She’s coming to church and she’s praying every day.. but she isn’t reading the Book of Mormon every day. And we got thinking about the purpose of reading the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. Honestly, the whole reason as to why we read any scripture is to learn of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. If we want to know Him, if we want to draw closer to Him, and if we really want to experience and feel the power of His Atonement in our lives, the best way to learn is by reading the scriptures! The entire purpose of the scriptures is to convince us that Jesus is The Christ! That is the best way to grow faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
A few weeks ago, I started something new in my personal study. I got a brand new copy of the Book of Mormon, and I started reading it from the beginning. Every time a reference of Christ, or His name, or something about Him is mentioned, I highlight it. After studying, I go back and look at what I’ve read. I’m seriously always so shocked at how much I learn! It’s really pointed out the fact that the scriptures’s main purpose is to preach of Christ, and help us to come to know Him better. Super grateful for the scriptures and how they have blessed my life. I can really testify and promise that through the Book of Mormon, we can come closer to Christ and really come to know Him.
I really know Him! He lives, He loves each of us. He has sacrificed it all for us. Grateful for the chance to get closer to Him, and come to know Him a little more every day.
Also grateful for the chance to share this with our lovely friend this week!
Overall really happy.
Also all the missionaries in our zone performed at this big stake party. I looked so gross with all the makeup, but it was so much fun.
Also my companion was super sick, so I gave her some NyQuil. hahahah ended up being a bad idea. She didn’t wake up until like 10 the next day… but good news!!! SHE’S FEELING BETTER! Go NyQuil!
Lots of love!
PS: We did a little family history presentation for stake conference:)
We have been working with our investigator forever to set a baptismal date. She has had a lot of doubts and, concerns, and questions that we’ve been able to work through. Her biggest concerns about baptism is that she is afraid she won’t be able to keep all the commandments. So, we decided this week that we would go over all the commandments with her in a “review session”. As we went through the commandments, I was seriously mind blown. When we first taught her all the commandments a few months ago, she never committed to living them, and she honestly was so skeptical. But this week, after each commandment we taught, we ask “Will you keep this commandment?” And every time when asked, she smiled and committed to live the commandments! As we went through, she would bear her testimony about how living that commandment has blessed her, and about how she also knew that it was a true commandment of God. We were so shocked, and I was so humbled. She is so ready for baptism! After we went through all the commandments, we said, “You are ready to make this commitment”. Then she was quite for a second, and said, “Really? Do you think I can do it?” It was such a special moment! She really feels ready too.
She was the first person I met when I came to this area. She really had no interest at all. She would pray at the end of the lesson and say ” I don’t believe in God, I don’t have any desire, but please bless me”. When I first met her, I don’t know why, but I just felt something special for her. We connected super fast, and I understood everything she would say. I feel like we were meant to meet. As we have continued to meet, I’ve been able to watch her progress and grow her own testimony. This past week, she bore her testimony to us about how she really knows God lives, loves her, and is watching out for her. Then she prayed and said, “Help me to prepare for baptism. I need the Holy Ghost in my life right”. I seriously almost cried! It’s been a miracle to see her change. Super humbled to be a part of it! SO EXCITED FOR NOVEMBER 5th! Best birthday present!
This week, I fell super hard and hurt my knee. made me miss my mother. haha! Luv you mom!!!
Things learned this week: (or should I say re-learned..?)
It’s all part of Heavenly Father’s plan!
We were out in the street on our way to an appointment, when we saw this girl running behind us. She was trying to make the green light when crossing street. After she caught up, we started talking to her. She asked if we were mormon missionaries! We said, “Well yes, actually we are!” We started talking and she said that she had actually gotten baptized into our church when she in high school!! (She is probably in her 50’s now?) And how she had attended our church for a while, but moved away. When she moved and got married, she found another church close by and hasn’t gone to our church since! We were SO SHOCKED! Did we just find an old less active walking on the street? She said that she still believed the Book of Mormon was true, and she believed that our church was a good church, but didn’t know if she was ready to come back. We bore testimony and exchanged numbers. Then 30 minutes later, she called back asking to meet again!
We were so shocked.. like she called us first?
We set an appointment for this next week. Super humbled to be working with her.
If we take time to recognize Heavenly Father’s hand in our lives every day, we will be overwhelmed at how many blessings he is pouring out on us. He is aware of us, He knows us, He loves us. He is guiding us and continually leading us to happiness.
Grateful he lead this sister to us, and grateful for the chance to keep meeting her.
We have been working a lot with our 김유진s this week. ugh she’s basically the best. Last week, after church, we had a member lesson, and she brought up the Word of Wisdom again. She said that she really believes that it is the true, and she wants to quit drinking coffee so bad. So this week, we made this plan on how to help her quit drinking coffee. We were a little nervous because she says that she has researched it before, and that doctors say it is better to slowly stop drinking coffee, over a matter of YEARS and that is healthier for you. So she said that she would slowly quit drinking over the next few years.. BUT we know that isn’t going to work… HAHA so we decided to make a plan to help her quit drinking THIS WEEK. And the whole week we were praying for her that she would be open to the plan and have the faith to trust Heavenly Father and quit drinking coffee this week. So, a little into the lesson, before we even extended the invitation, she said, “I’ve been thinking this week, and I think that during this next holiday, it will be a good opportunity for me to go without coffee for 10 days.” I was so shocked and SO HAPPY. Heavenly Father had really softened her heart. She committed to quit drinking coffee for this holiday! We were so excited. Also, because this week was Fast Sunday, we decided to all fast together that she would have the strength to quit drinking this week! She really liked the idea of fasting, and even said “But if we don’t really pray before we fast, this is just going hungry. I think praying is the most important part of fasting!”
AHH it made me so happy. hahah but seriously, she’s doing so good!
When I first came to this area, she was the first investigator I met. Then, she had no gospel interest, only English interest, and she would openly tell us, “Yeah I have no desire to believe in God” and now she is praying every day, reading the Book of Mormon, coming to church, and has decided to be baptized! We’ve been working with her for a long time, and we meet her a lot. During the process of meeting her, I don’t think I really ever took time to see how much she has progressed. But this week, I looked back and saw how much Heavenly Father has really softened her heart in order to be prepared to receive the message of the Gospel. Every time we meet her, I feel how much He loves her and wants her to accept this gospel. I really feel like she is going to get baptized soon, and I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED.
The biggest thing I’ve learned with working with her: Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, people can change.
Best part of this area … Her!
Also fun story:
We were waiting to go on an elevator and there were a bunch of people and so I got on before my companion and then all the sudden the door closed and MY COMPANION WASN’T IN THE ELEVATOR and then I started freaking out and every one was like, “Um, are you okay?” and i was like, “Wait wait wait” and then I ran back down to meet her and we laughed super hard. It was a solid 5 minutes with out each other. Almost died. but good news: I survived. (Rule on missions–always stay with companion!)
We had set up a ride for her with the members, and then like 10 minutes before church starts, the member calls and says that she wasn’t at the meet up stop, and they were coming to church without her! We were SO SAD! But then like 45 minutes later, she showed up!!! Apparently all the clocks in her house are slow, and she went out late to meet her and missed her! So then she took the bus and came late! AHH WE WERE SO HAPPY!
After church, we did a lesson together. The spirit was so strong! I felt like Heavenly Father was really directing us what to say the whole time. We spent a lot of time talking about repentance. It’s been the subject or our lessons the last few times we’ve visited her. She asked us how we repent and what repentance means to her? She opened up about how she has been trying to repent, but has been left speechless because she just doesn’t know how to pray for forgiveness. We all went around and shared our testimonies and experiences. Then after, we read together Moroni 8, about how the first fruits of repentance is baptism.. and then we invited her to be baptized, and she said YES! She said that she really wants to change her life, and prepare for baptism. We were so excited! The last part of the lesson was focused on how she can feel the Holy Ghost and recognize it in her life.
An experience came to my mind of when I was traveling with my family in Jerusalem. We were visiting the Garden Tomb, a place recognized as where Christ was resurrected on that Easter Sunday. I remember my family and I all sang together I believe in Christ, and I stand All Amazed. Afterwards, we were sitting down, and I just start crying! The peace I felt, and the love I felt from my Savior was so overwhelming. I knew in that moment, that Jesus really is the Christ, and He suffered it all, died and was resurrected for me. The Spirit spoke to me, testifying to me of the reality of my Savior and Redeemer. While I was sharing the experience, we were all crying together! I really felt the Savior with us during that lesson. I felt how much He loves our investigator and how much He loves me. Because He loves us, He has given us the chance to change and repent every day. He has given us the chance to progress, learn, and become new people through Him. Through Him, we can receive the strength to really change our lives! We really can change our weaknesses into strengths. We really can become new! I love My Savior, Jesus Christ. I can’t express how grateful I am for the chance to change. Grateful for His sacrifice, and grateful for the chance to help other people experience and come to know Him.
LOVE OUR INVESTIGATORS: > LOVE THE WORK IN THIS AREA: > ALSO LOVE MY NEW COMPANION: > JUST FEELING HAPPY AND BLESSED :)))))))
Miracle #1: We have been praying for and trying to meet this less active member the past few weeks. Growing up, she always attended church with her family, but after she married a nonmember, she slowly went less active. She is originally from another city, but recently moved to here a few months ago with her family. This week we were SO EXCITED because we finally got an appointment with her. We spent like all of companionship study role playing and what not, trying to make the perfect plan and to go and invite her family to learn about the gospel and help prepare them to be sealed together in the temple BECAUSE WE WERE SO EXCITED.
We showed up, and she gathers her whole family into the family room and we sat down. We start talking, and within minutes she starts bawling and tells us that lately she has felt the need to bring her family into the gospel. She said that growing up, she never understood why her parents forced her to come to church and sit down.. but as she has become a mother and struggled in her relationship with her husband, she has learned that when times are really hard, there really is nothing but God to help her. Looking back, she regrets that not putting the Lord first in her life and wants to start now bu helping her family be baptized! We were seriously all crying together. SO BLESSED. Didn’t end up talking about anything we planned, but it was seriously 10000x better than anything we could have planned.
At the end of the meeting, we all knelt down and started by teaching her kids and husband how to pray. She then asked if she could pray for her family. As she prayed, the spirit totally filled the room. She was full of so much emotion and hope for her family. She expressed gratitude for the blessings of the gospel and pleaded for help as they try to change their lives and start to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m pretty sure it was the first prayer she has said with all her family together, and it was such a cool experience to be part of something that special. So humbled and grateful to be part of Heavenly Father’s plan for her and her family.
The past two weeks, we have prayed almost every day to meet her, and after meeting her, I was so overwhelmed with gratitude for my Heavenly Father. He really answers our prayers. He knows us, He loves us, He’s aware of us, and He is constantly watching over us.
Miracle #2: A few weeks we had a Mini-MTC thing with our mission president, the mission leaders in our stake. At the meeting, I was talking with a recent-ish convert. I asked her if she had any friends who would be interested in learning about the gospel. She then got super excited and told us about her friend who had met with missionaries a few years ago and wanted to get baptized, but because she didn’t have parental approval, she wasn’t able to…. BUT–wait for it–she recently moved to our city to go to college, and would love to meet with us. WE WERE SO EXCITED! So we set up an appointment for yesterday, and met for the first time. SHE IS SO PREPARED!!! I COULDNT BELIEVE IT. She set her own baptismal date, and kept talking about how excited she is to be able to finally get baptized. I WANTED TO CRY THE WHOLE TIM!!!!
SERIOUSLY WHAT IS THIS???
Again, after meeting her, I couldn’t help but be so overwhelmed in gratitude for my Heavenly Father. I have prayed my whole mission to find people to baptize and help accept the gospel.. and I feel like Heavenly Father purposefully didn’t let me meet anybody ready for the gospel until the end of my mission! HAHA but seriously.. He really tested my patience the last 15 months. But in result of that, my testimony has been so solidified and strengthened. He really knows us, He hears our prayers, He knows our silent pleadings, and He is continually watching over us. SO EXCITED TO BE ABLE MEET THESE PEOPLE!
Miracle #3: We have been working with an investigator that was referred to us from another mission. We met her again this week, and taught the plan of Salvation. Before we taught it, she said really bluntly that she doesn’t like talking about Heaven and Hell because it just isn’t her “style” but as soon as we started teaching it, she said “Wow, this is really so different” and she immediately got interested. She asked so many questions and was so into it. Then after we finished, we started to invite her to pray to know that the Plan of Salvation is really Heavenly Father’s plan for her, and she said, “I don’t need to pray, this is right”(!!!!! WHAT?)
She said that when she asked other churches, they all had different answers that never made sense to her. She said that some religions said that if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, then you are going to hell. That never made sense to her. But then, other religions also said that if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, but live good lives, you can’t go to Heaven, but you are still going to a “good place”…and she said when she heard that, that didn’t’ make sense to her either. But after hearing the Plan of Salvation, it all made sense to her!
We taught about the temple and baptism for the dead, and family history, and she instantly got interested. She said that no other churches believe this way, and because of that, she knows that this is really a true plan for us! Me and my companion just looked at each other like.. “haha okay, is this real life???? She is so prepared” HAHA we were so excited!
When she was talking and bearing her first testimony of the Plan of Salvation, the spirit was so strong. My heart was so full, and I after hearing her speak, I too was able to testify with certainty…. the Plan of Salvation is really true!! We really were living with our Heavenly Father before this life, and we were sent her to earth to learn, gain experience, grow and become more like Him. We were sent here to prepare to live with Him and our families for eternity! This life really isn’t the end, it is the beginning and the start of something so much greater! After we die, and are resurrected, we will be judged for our works. Because He loves us, and wants us all to return to live with Him, He has provided us the Gospel. If we remember the Plan of Salvation, and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ during this life, when we are brought before Heavenly Father and at judgement, we will be welcomed into His arms, completely ready to meet our Maker. We will be full of joy and satisfaction, knowing that we really did it! We overcame the world! So grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who makes this all possible. He really lives, and because He lives, we all will too.
So grateful for knowledge of The Plan of Salvation. Especially during this time with my own family. Grateful for my Aunt Lisa, and how strong she is. I love her so much. Grateful this isn’t the end for her, but the beginning. I’m grateful my family has been blessed to know the Plan of Salvation. I know He lives and because of Him, she will too.
Blessed to serve. Blessed to sacrifice. Blessed to be here. Blessed to be part of something so great. Blessed to have my family, and blessed to know we will live together for eternity.