Week 9.1 Jessica On Route to South Korea

Just a quick update regarding Jessica and her mission.

This morning at 5:30 AM we got a call from Jessica at the Salt Lake airport.  She was just getting ready to board the plane to go to Seoul South Korea.  She seemed in good cheer. She was traveling through Dallas Ft Worth and then directly on to Seoul.  She will arrive around 3:00 PM on 7/30/2013.  Which is about Midnight MST.  A long flight of over 13 hours.

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One bit of news which was interesting was that there were 31 missionaries on her flight!  It is a large group of missionaries heading off to Korea today- although not all of them will stay in the Seoul Korea mission.

I expect Jessica will be jet-lagged and exhausted when she arrives and will probably shoot us off a short email when she gets there telling us how the flight went.

 

Week 9 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope (LAST MTC POST)

안양하내요, 가적! 사랑해요!

Okay, so this is the last message I will be sending from the United States! Ahh! I’m so excited to be leaving, but I’m nervous about leaving because I still do not know the language all that well. They say that everything will sound like Star Wars language for a while, and then  I will start picking it up. Oh my goodness! This is actually happening! There IS more to a mission than just the MTC!! ㅅㅅ (Korean Smiley face) Its going to be so hard to break up our district because half of them are going to a different mission and our teacher are staying here, but we are at the point where the MTC really cannot teach us that much more. We have to make that leap and start teaching. Yesterday during in-field orientation (which was absolutely fantastic, by the way) I kept wanting to speak Korean to the English speakers as we practiced teaching. It was almost weird to teach in English! I am going to take that as a good sign that everything will be okay. It is okay to know nothing right now because I’ll be a “wanderer in a strange land”, to quote Ammon from the scriptures. Heavenly Father is on our side, so we will go forward with faith!

The Salt Lake Tribune published this picture that happened to have Jessica in the background.

The Salt Lake Tribune published this picture that happened to have Jessica in the background.

Monday was pretty special because my companion and I were able to be the special musical number for the Senior Missionary Welcome. They are so sweet! We sang “Come Thou Fount” and Sis. Segovia from our district was our accompanist, and Sis. Bussio (her companion) was our official audience and stage mom. The senior missionaries have such a sweet spirit and we immediately loved them all. When we sang, there were several tears shed, and my favorite was one sister who was mouthing the words and crying at the same time. It was a wonderful experience to be able to share our testimonies through music with the senior missionaries. I know that they appreciated us, and we were happy to be with them. Sis. Jackson and I officially have done everything that the MTC has to offer us, so that is another sign that it is time to move on to bigger and better things.

I have learned so much at the MTC, and I love the strong spirit that is here. It is very intense and stressful to be sure, and I am grateful that I will be able to listen to music again (Yay MoTab!). The MTC is a wonderful place, but I am glad to be leaving. I want you to know that I have a strong testimony that this is the true church, and that with God we can do all things. I know that the Lord loves us and will comfort us when we are in need. I know that we are to do a great work in this life, and I look forward to being an instrument in the Lord’s hands in Korea. Remember that misssionaries need the members help in the work, and remember the blessings of catching the wave. Do all you can to help the missionaries. They need your help!

Thank you for all you do! You are amazing! I love you all so much, and the Lord loves you too!

All my love and prayers,

포프 재시가 자매

Sister Jessica Pope

Editor Comment:

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Seoul Korea: Letters:

Sister Jessica Pope
Korea Soul Mission
Gwanghwamun PO Box 210,
Jongno-gu
Seoul-si 110-602
South Korea

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Sister Jessica Pope
Korea Seoul Mission
Samcheong-no 9 gil 45
Jongno-gu
Seoul-si 110-230
South Korea

 

Week 8 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Korea Seoul Mission

Korea Seoul Mission

Hello my wonderful family and friends!

So I didn’t quite make it out of the MTC completely unscathed. I caught a cold this week, but I am almost fully recovered! All is well, and the work of the Lord goes onward! This coming week is our ninth week in the MTC! We got our Travel Plans today!!!!!! It’s so exciting! We thought we were never going to leave, and here we are! This is going to be a really long plane trip, especially since we’re flying to Texas and then directly to Korea. Oh well! It will give me time to sleep and practice proselyting in Korean. 🙂 We’re so ready to leave the MTC, but at the same time we hardly know Korean. I’m so excited and so nervous at the same time. I know that the Lord will help us in whatever we need to do, and I’m grateful for his hand because I know without a doubt that I could not do this without him. We all know it is about time for us to leave the MTC because we all feel like there is not much else that the MTC can teach us. We have been taught many great and important lessons and skills, but the greatest knowledge comes from doing. We need to go out and do what we have been taught, and by so doing learn more than ever before. This is what the Lord expects from us. He has given us our talents, and now it is up to us to make them more.

So I think it is time to share my advice to the new missionaries who are coming to the MTC soon. First of all, do not be scared. The Lord is with you, and he loves you so very much. He will not let you fail when you are doing his work, and this goes for everyone, not just missionaries. When you are serving God, you will always come out stronger than ever before. Second, when it says it’s time to study, STUDY. That is the secret. It is always super tempting to have fun with your district, especially because you love them so much, but there is a time and a place for that. This is the time to be focused on the Lord. This is his time, and not your time. Make the most of it. And Third, if you are going foreign speaking, SYL!! SYL stands for Speak Your Language, and you’ll hear it a lot at the MTC. It will help you so much if you speak your language often. Do your best, and the Lord will give you more. I know you can do it! Stay strong, stay faithful, and the language will come. Slowly, but surely, it will come, I promise you.

This week I spent some time thinking about the song “Nearer, My God, To Thee.” I love this song. I was especially thinking of the first line “Nearer, my God, to thee; Nearer to thee. E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me.” This to me teaches that trials are there to help us. God loves us so very much, and he knows exactly who we are and who we can become. He sends us trials, not because he wants to bring us down, but because he wants to raise us up. Think about it! Every trial we have ever had has taught us important lessons that has shaped who we are. We stretch and grow with each trial we overcome! This is Heavenly Father shaping us into the child of God that he knows we can be. Remember, good movies have an inciting incident that allows the main character to develop and grow. We love the characters that triumph over their struggles! One of my favorite movies says this perfectly: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the greatest and most beautiful of all.” This is so true about our lives too. We develop and grow when we choose to push forward and rely on the Lord, even when it may seem like the world is pressing itself upon you. We are beautiful to the Lord. He loves us and cares about us so very much! We are his children, and he is our Father. He wants to help us, so why not let him? I encourage you to pray to our Father in Heaven and ask him what he thinks about you. You can read Luke 4 and Abraham 3 and ask Him if those verses have anything to do with you as well. I promise if you pray with faith that Heavenly Father will answer you it will come. I know this to be true with all my heart, and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Again, I love you all. You are amazing! Thank you for all your love and support because it keeps me going. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

All my love,

Jess

P.S. I want to say a quick “thank you” to Aunt Diane and Edmundo! Thank you for the card! It was beautiful! ❤

Week 7 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Hello Family and Friends!

 DSCF0439We are now the oldest group of Koreans in our branch now, so they’ve put a lot of pressure on us to be good examples and be perfectly obedient. We are doing our best to be the best missionaries we can be so that we will always have the Spirit to be with us. I’ve noticed that we have grown as we come to rely upon the Spirit more, and we are excited to share the gospel with the people of Korea. I am still nervous because I feel like I can barely say my own name, but I know that Heavenly Father loves us and will be with us every step of the way. This week Sis. Jackson and I learned a powerful lesson about listening to the Spirit, and I know that we were able to teach exactly what we needed to. Our “investigators” are now preparing for batism, and we are excited to help them draw closer to Christ. I pray that we will become more confident in our speaking so that we will be able to teach the people of Korea with the confidence of the Lord. I know that with his help we can do all things, of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

This week Sis. Jackson and I were able to tryout to sing at the MTC for something, and we got a yes!! It’s so exciting that we are able to share our talents with the rest of the MTC and invite the Spirit to the meetings. We don’t know when or where we are singing, but it will probably fairly soon because we leave soon. We will get a letter in the mail telling us when and where, and we’ll move forward from there. I love the MTC, and I am both happy and sad to be leaving. We’ve got a few more weeks to pull everything together for Korea, and then we are gone. The work moves very fast here!

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I adore hearing from everyone, and I know that you all are doing great things. Remember “Every member a missionary”. If you get the chance you should check out www.mormon.org. It’s so awesome, and it is really helpful for those who want to learn about the church. I know that the Lord is blessing you, and I hope you turn to him in all things. The blessings come after a trial of your faith, so don’t lose the faith! Keep believing and serving the Lord. He loves each and every one of you, and I know that he wants to help you in all things.

I love you all so much!

Love,

Sis. Jessica Pope

Week 6 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Hello everyone!

4th-july-flag-fireworksI hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July. I know we did. It was so awesome! Nearly all the missionaries here were in red, white, and blue and we had a special Independence Day Celebration. We got to watch “17 Miracles”, which was amazing because that was the one movie I was most sad that I did not get to see before my mission. It was so great, and missionaries of all sizes were crying.  Then, as a special treat, we got special permission to stay up later than our bedtime and watch the Stadium of Fire fireworks! That was especially fun as we ate our ice cream and sang some patriotic songs together. I love our country so much! 🙂

 

As I was watching “17 Miracles”, I was struck by the faith and courage of the Saints that came to Zion. There truly were miracles along the trail, and it reminded me how much I need to have that faith because the Lord can and will bless his children, even to help them learn a new language. I’m not perfect, but I am doing my best to exercise my faith and believe that the Lord will bless me. I know that if we believe and trust that the Lord will catch us when we have to step out into the darkness, that he will be there and that he will hold us up. Sometimes this is easy to forget, but I know this is true because I have seen it already in my short time here in the MTC. It may not come all at once, but it does come. I am so grateful for the Lord’s blessings!

 

So this week I’m going to claim my first baptism while I’m a missionary. My youngest sister is getting baptized on Saturday, and I have spent most of this week thinking about it and helping our “investigators” come to understand it’s importance. We were teaching our investigators about the Plan of Salvation and how Heavenly Father loves us so much that he gave us a plan to come back to live with him someday. Baptism is the gate to enter in order to begin our journey, and this week my sister is entering that gate. I was reading 2 Nephi 31 where that scripture is found and it just gave me exceedingly great joy that she has decided to take that next step in becoming more like her Father in Heaven! One of the most important blessings of baptism is that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, who is there as a comforter and guide for our journey through life. This is possible because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, who took upon him all the pains of the world so that we would be able to return to him if we accept his sacrifice and keep our covenants, including the covenant of baptism. We have the opportunity to apply the Atonement in many ways, both for repentance of what we have done wrong, and to receive the comfort and help that we need in times of trial. I love Alma 7: 11-12 in the Book of Mormon because it talks about how Jesus Christ suffered “that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities”. This means he has felt the pains and heartache of every single person on this earth, and that puts him in the unique position to know exactly what we need and how to help us. At times we may feel like he does not hear, but that is when we need to exercise a particle of faith to know that he will bless us if we are faithful. I love Alma 36:21 where Alma is talking about how Jesus Christ succored him. “Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy!” (emphasis added) That is what this gospel is all about! Finding that joy in Christ, and exercising our faith so that we can return to live with him again. I am so excited for my sister to enter that gate of baptism so that she may experience that joy and complete happiness that the gospel brings, and I challenge you to study the chapters I have mentioned in the Book of Mormon so that you can learn more about the blessings of baptism. I am serving a mission for the Lord so that others may taste of this joy that I have felt. The church is true, and this joy is real! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

I want you to know how much I love you, and I am grateful for your prayers. I can feel them working as I continue to press onward. Thank you so much for your love. I know the Lord will bless each and every one of you!

 

All my love,

 

Jess