Sunday, 18 January 2015

Three ways we can push the rock

We have been having so much snow here... Apparently it hasn't snowed like this in 서산 for like 10 years. We were walking home and we stopped to talk with people on the streets but people seemed to look at me a little weirdly. (They usually do when missionaries approach them but worse).. haha When we got home, I looked at myself in the mirror and here is what I looked like. A Christmas Tree. haha

I love the snow! It's so beautiful but my companion hates it haha. The downside about the snow is that our investigators have been cancelling appointments because of difficulty of driving in the snow.

On Thursday, we went to a mission conference in Daejeon. Elder and Sister Aoyagi came to speak to us. Goodness. I love them. Elder Aoyagi told us of his mission stories. Something I liked that he talked about is having hope in the atonement.  He seemed to have similar conversion story as me. When he first came on his mission, he didn't really have a testimony of the atonement. He thought that his purpose is to let other people know that God exists. However, as he studied more and served more he came to know about Jesus Christ and started to have more hope in His atonement.

It's like me! Over my mission, I have strengthened my hope in the atonement. I have full hope and confidence that Jesus Christ can cleanse us from sin and enable us to become better. I know that we will have the chance to have a perfect resurrected body because of Him. It's not just words in Preach My Gospel that I mutter anymore, they are facts in my mind and heart.

After lunch, Sister Aoyagi spoke. She knew that we would get a little sleepy after lunch so she made her training so fun haha. She talked about the rock story. God told a boy to push the rock. The boy spends the whole day pushing and pushing but it doesn't move so he gets fraustrated and asks God why He told him to push the rock when it will never move. God says "I never told you to move the rock. I told you to push the rock. I move the rock." The boy realises that he has become stronger from pushing on the rock...

Anyway, I really liked that story. She then told us how we can push the rock. She gave us three ways.
1. Smile. We then got up to practice smiling.
2. Use the Book of Mormon.
3. Push along.. haha for this she did something unexpected. She got all of us to stand up and sing "Put your shoulder to the wheel" and showed us dance moves to it. All the missionaries, President and Sister Shin and Sister and Elder Aoyagi got up and danced to the song. It was a good laugh. When we skype my companion and I will show you the moves.

Goodness I just love her. I had to go up to her and give her a hug after the conference.  

Yesterday during the sacrament meeting, I kept feeling that I need to get up and bear my testimony on the Book of Mormon. I was hesitating then I felt my Heavenly Father saying to me that He will give me words to say and loosen my tongue that I need not worry. I got up and talked about what the Book of Mormon means to me and I felt the Spirit very strongly as I testified about the truthfulness of the Book. I felt my voice shake and His love burn within my heart. Before I finished my testimony, I looked at the congregation again and I just felt how much God loves this small but so faithful group of people in 서산 branch. I love the people here very much. I love my Heavenly Father very much.

The blessing of opening our mouths

Hello everyone!!!

This week my companion was really sick. On Monday night, after a less-active visit we stopped by a street food stand and bought some takoyaki (octopus balls). We ate them together during planning.

On Monday night, I wake up to Sister Morton throwing up in the bathroom. Goodness she was so sick... I think she got food poisoning but we still don't know for sure because I didn't get sick from the octopus balls. Anyway Sister Morton is staying away from anything seafood right now...
Sister Morton has been having trouble digesting food for like a week now. She really craved chicken soup so on Thursday night, we went and bought some ingredients for chicken soup and I made it for her. She cried out of gratitude.

This might sound weird but I've had a lot of opportunities to serve my companions and other people through my cooking skills. I didn't really think about that before my mission. I'm so grateful.

Sister Morton was too sick to work yesterday so we went to the branch presidennt's house and rested. I ate dinner with the members while Sister Morton was sleeping on the bed next to the Branch President's baby haha. After the meal, the relief society sitster got their essential oils out and gave sister Morton a massage haah. I got a shoulder massage too. We are like family here in 서산 branch.

A month ago we were walking home in the snow and we talked with two girls eating ice cream waiting for the lights. They apparently saw our english advertisement and was thinking of calling us to learn english. They also knew one of our investigators so they felt comfortable approaching us. We gave them our phone number and they said they will call us when school break starts. I didn't know if they really will but a week ago we got a phone call from them wanting to meet. On Tuesday, we had our discussion for the first time. They are good listeners and are willing to keep commitments. One of them actually referred her younger brother and his friend to the elders today. Woop woop! As Sister Shin always says "open your mouth." The blessing of opening our mouths.

I'm enjoying my leadership calling as a Sister Training Leader. I love calling the sisters to see how they are doing, listening to their concerns, the progress of investigators... I feel that the Lord has blessed me with a greater love for these sister missionaries with the calling.

I am running out of time but most importantly I love you!!

Sister Sangji Lee.

Sister Morton made a christmas tree and got me presents!!
Prezzies!! thanks Sister Morton!
Christmas lunch Shabushabu~~~
Thank you so much for the present!! I was so happy!!!
 Sister Morton teaching ice skating to our filippino member last p-day. haha
MTC 동기!!! so good to see the sisters I came to Korea with.
Apparently this sign mean 'I love you' 
Missed you Sister Jensen
Smile with sisters
with 한장로님. He translated the first Korean Book of Mormon and also was Sister Shin's mission president. He has a good sense of humour.
Our investigator 서종복자매님. She is the mother-in-law of our member. Very stubborn but really funny.
Christmas Party last night
With 규리. She is half fillippino, half Korean.
Food at the party.

with our member

Opportunities to be humble

Today we got our transfer call. Sister Morton and I will be staying together and I got called to be the Sister Training Leader for both the 천안 and 청주 zone. Goodness me. They used to have only one Sister Training Leader for each zone but because the number of sister missionaries went down, I'll have to cover two zones. I am humbled to have this leadership responsibility. I would need to get down on my knees even more...

Sister Deus is going home today. She called me the other night. I had to shed a few tears. She is one of the best missionaries I've ever known and I just felt so grateful I could serve with her and become good friends. 

We have a christmas party coming up this Thursday. We are excited!! I'll take photos and send it to you~~

We had a lesson with 이진숙자매님 on Monday. It was a wee bit different than other lessons. 
When we first met her we introduced the Book of Mormon and told her that it supports the Bible so she thought our religion would be similar to her religion. However, when she learned about the plan of salvation, she was in awe at how different it is from anything she had believed so far. However, this isn't bad because I've never seen her get so serious in our lessons. She has always been "ahh whatever... all the other churches say that they have a prophet" "haha living twelve apostles? that's so weird." "nahh I don't think the Book of Mormon is true." "I don't want to be a Mormon because I like coffee too much"

After the plan of salvation lesson, she had been thinking about this the whole week. She said she couldn't get it out of her mind has been feeling heavy in her heart about it. She said she has prayed about it. I felt that she already feels that this is true and because she feels the truth she is burdened by the worry that she needs to be baptised and change her life a lot. She kept saying "It's so hard to change a religion though... I have had this religion for the last 10 years..."  We talked about how the Book of Mormon is the cornerstone of all the truths we have shared so far and invited her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. At the end of the lesson, she said the most sincere prayer asking if these things are true and she asked for the strength to not make decisions with her own desire and thoughts. She is at the make-or-break-it point at the moment. She has been very sick lately so we haven't been able to meet. We are a little worried but we are planning to visit her to drop off some food for her.

On Saturday, we were knocking on doors and we talked with this lady who was just getting home from work. We introduced ourselves and she was like "ahh... I'm not really interested.. I'm into Buddhism" then she looked at our badge for a little while and talked about a friend of hers who attends our church. As I was listening to her it sounded like one of our members 강임숙자매님. I asked "혹시 강임숙자매님이신가요??" She said "아 맞아!! 임숙이 임숙이!!" She then softened her heart towards us and started talking about how impressed she is by her example. She said that she admires her a lot and talked about how she reads the Book of Mormon a lot and pays the tithing even during difficult circumstances and how she raised her kids well in the church. She then told us to come again with 강임숙자매님 to talk about the church. I was impressed at the power of one member's example in the work of the salvation.

Your example matters!! Those around you do observe!

I gotta go~~

Bye~ love you~~