WEEK 27- MONDAY NOVEMBER 16 2015
My darling friend. And newest member of the church.
Families are forever.
The whole family. Love this day so much!
Okay where do I start.. This week was such a great week! We had our baptism for our investigator 한규원자매님. She is 10 years old and part of an In-active family. She is the cutest little girl in the world. I have loved teaching her, and have learned so much from her. She has the strongest testimony and love for God. Before we started teaching her, she had not been to church in a long time because of her In-active family. So she was really excited for us to come to her house and teach her every week. Her old her sister (12 years old) would listen to the lessons with her and they would ask us the cutest questions. It really strengthened my testimony by teaching these sweet daughters of Our Heavenly Father. And yesterday she was baptized!! Her Grandpa and Grandma were there. Her Grandpa's older brother was a translator for the Korean Book of Mormon. So they are really involved in the church and I was able to talk to the Grandpa for a little bit and turns out he worked with Pak Jae Am and knows him really well. It's so amazing when people know him and my family here in Korea! anyways.. our cute little investigator got baptized and was so happy when she came out of the water. Her older sister said she remembers her baptism but wants to do it again. haha it was so cute. They are amazing. They have shown their family such outstanding examples of wanting to follow Christ's example and be baptized and come to church. The family has been In-active for years now and its a miracle that we were even able to meet with them. After the baptism the Grandfather came up to me and His face of pure joy, just looked at me and said "태너 자매님 감사합니다". I will never forget the look on his face as he expressed his appreciation to us for teaching and getting his precious Granddaughter baptized. I have learned so much this transfer and we have seen some unforgettable miracles. This work is God's work and I am extremely grateful to be apart of it.
Beyond Grateful for my companionship.
This week was a little rough for the other Sisters we are living with. So we had to go on a split twice this week to help them get some space. This past transfer I have never learned more about companionship relationship. Seeing the other sisters and what they have gone through really has made me stop and think. I am extremely grateful for the companions that I have had and my companion now. She is so supportive and if a companionship doesn't get along its impossible to feel the spirit. I have tried all that I can to help them. Earlier this week we went on a split. My old Trainer went with me to a proselyting activity in my areas ward and then my companion went with Sister Gordon to her area for an investigator lesson. It just made me so sad how different they were once they were with different sisters. Me and my trainer on our split we had so much fun and talked to everyone on our proselyting activity! We met a foreigner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!(Little tender mercy because Dad served his mission there^-^). It was a really good time. And I was able to talk to my trainer and talk to her to see what has been going on and how to help her the best that I possibly could. She told me that anybody was lucky to have me as a companion and that I sound like a Native Korean speaker... hahahah JOKE! but it was still good to hear that from her. I just want both of them to be happy! Then yesterday after our baptism we had the other Elders of a different area come to our ward to use our Baptismal font and so the sisters came from their area to our ward and Sister Gordon was crying and she didn't look very good. So at the end of the meeting she got a priesthood blessing and went home. Then me and my companion talked to Sister Shin and sister Shin said to go on another split. So I stayed home with Sister Gordon and we just talked for 3 hours. She really has been hurting.. She's been getting sick and throwing up because of the amount of stress put on her from my trainer... its so bad. I hate to see them like this. But the new transfer is starting this week and so they will most likely get new companions and transferred! This experience has taught me a lot. That this time is so short that we can't let our pride get in the way of the Lord's work. We are here to serve and preach this gospel to God's children of Korea and that's all. I am so grateful for this gospel and all the comfort it brings in my life.
THIS CHURCH IS TRUE. and I want everyone to know that. I am so blessed to be here.
Fall is beautiful here.
This morning in my personal study I studied the Atonement. The atonement is for each one of us, personally. There was a story about a Big Fire in America. There was one fireman running in and out of the building cradling and pulling a child out one at a time of this burning building. Then when everyone said that there were no more kids in the building, the one fireman said, "No I saw a baby cradle, I'm going back in." As soon as the Fireman disappeared into the smoke, the building came crashing down. A few hours later, the other fireman found the courageous fireman's body in the midst of ash and rubble, huddling, and cradling a perfectly unscratched, untouched child.
The sacrifice and heroism of that Fireman is like our Savior did for us. Our Savior wants us to endure the Fire and come out unscratched and untouched. But only through the Atonement is that possible! Our Hero, our Savior, Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for each one of us and wants nothing more than for us to be happy! I love you all so much and desire each one of your happiness. I have the most amazing family and I miss you every single day.
I got a letter from Madeline the other day and her dad told her whenever she gets homesick to step out of your apartment and look at the horizon and think to yourself.. "when am I ever going to be here again?" When am I ever going to be a missionary in Korea? never. This is the time to make it all count! I am not perfect and I have so many weaknesses. But through Christ we can do all things. WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!
Much LOVE from KOREA
Much LOVE from KOREA