Dear Family and Friends,
Wow! What a week! I’ve never been so busy as a missionary. Sister Dunn and our elders sat down together one day and called a bunch of Chinese potential investigators. I think their ratio was maybe 1:3 return appointments to phone calls. O.o It’s so crazy and awesome! I’ve been doing my best to see how I can best help my companion because I don’t speak Chinese, but I did learn how to say “I know the Book of Mormon is true” in Chinese this week. That’s all I need, right? I’m good to go! ^^ Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a little bit more so I can participate better in the lessons, but I need to learn Korean a lot too.
This week we’re also going to be working more to increase our English Class attendance. I made some signs to help promote it and our district went out by a University and started passing out fliers. I stood by the sign and helped answer questions that people had about our free class. We got several phone numbers and hopefully more people will start showing up to English Class! ^^ It’s a fun class actually. I enjoy teaching English class a lot.
I was studying in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians when I came across a chapter that kind of explains why we as missionaries need to work so hard to learn the language of the area we are serving.
For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries… He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4
It’s wonderful if you can speak eloquently about the scriptures and can explain them to the fullest extent, but if you are sent to teach people in a different language and you don’t know that language, then many times people won’t understand you and your learning won’t be much good. If you learn the language and the scriptures as best you can and teach with the power of the Holy Ghost then you can edify the church and the people you are teaching. It just shows that we are assigned to learn languages for a reason, and even though it’s really hard, we need to learn the language that we are assigned to learn. It was a “Okay. I’ll work harder” moment for me. It’s really hard to learn a language, but I know from experience that Heavenly Father will help us if we trust in him, ” For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.” D&C 100:6 Sometimes that’s hard to remember, but I know it is true and I’ve seen it as I’ve struggled to learn the Korean language. God’s hand truly is in this work. I’m so grateful that I can be here.
All my love,
Sister Jessica Pope
This week doesn’t feel like a change happened, except that I have a new companion and suddenly we have more investigators. The cool part is that one of them is a Chinese man who will be baptised next week! We are so excited for him, and though I haven’t taught him much, I’m grateful I can be a part of his conversion in a little way. He seems so prepared! We usually teach the Chinese investigators with another elder in our district because he can speak fairly good Chinese, and his companion, who is a new missionary, can also speak a little Chinese. I am so out of the loop here. I can barely speak Korean.^^ Even so, I have still found ways to help with the lesson. Most of the Chinese investigators speak either enough English or Korean that I can at least share some things with them, and today Sister Dunn and I had a really good discussion about understanding the Plan of Salvation today, so hopefully I’ve begun to find out the role I will play in this companionship.
Another really cool thing that I get to help out with is that yesterday at Church we had the very first Chinese Gospel Principles class! Not many people were there (only one this time) but next week we will likely have more, and with all the recently baptised Chinese people and the people we are teaching now, we are on our way to achieving our goal of having a Chinese branch in 이문!^^ How cool is that!? I am so glad that Sister Dunn is serving here with us, and that I get to be her companion and help this get started! Heavenly Father has a work for us to do, to be sure. I’m excited and hopeful for this next transfer.^^
Last Sunday I learned that I actually know enough Korean to communicate (kind of) with people. Since I’ve always had a Korean with me, I never really needed to say much. But now I need to say a lot, so I think this will be good for me. We will have a fun time trying to figure out what is going on with our investigators and helping them to draw closer to Christ.^^ Last Sunday at Church we had Chinese gospel principles class, some talks in Sacrament meeting were in Japanese because of visiting members, the missionaries spoke in English and Korean. O.o That was FOUR languages at church. Ahhh…. My head hurt so much afterward, but it was fun.^^ The Lord is hastening his work! I’m so excited!
I love you all, and I hope that you have a wonderful week. May God bless you and keep you always!
All my love,
Sister Jessica Pope
So transfer calls were this last week! Guess what? My companion isn’t Korean! ^^ She’s from Taiwan! ^^ You weren’t expecting that one, huh? Me neither. It was soooo surprising this time. So I live in a 6 sister apartment, but this last transfer there were only 4 sisters in it: Me and Sis. Kang and Sis. Goodwin and Sis. Dunn. It’s so nice to have more sisters in an apartment! It really helps with the stress. Anyway, Sis. Goodwin and Sis. Dunn are in 동대문 area, and we are in 이문. So it was really surprising when the AP’s called and told me that my new companion is Sis. Dunn! O.o She’s moving across the hall to be with me (but I want their room, so I’ll move over.^^). She’s from Taiwan, so she speaks Mandarin Chinese. She’s learning Korean AND English, so we will have fun this transfer. The cool thing is that there are TONS of Chinese people in our area, so we will likely have lots of Chinese investigators. Another elder in my district also speaks Chinese a little bit, and I speak NO Chinese, except for “Hello” and “Thank you”, so we will have tons of fun this transfer. I’m going to have to have her teach me how to say “I’m a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Here is our card!” in Chinese. 재미서요! O.o
In other news, we had Mission Conference this last week because of the Lunar New Year. We’re all a year older! Woot! ^^ Our focus this month was on using the Book of Mormon, and we had a lot of testimonies on sharing the Book of Mormon, especially when we talk to people on the Street. I shared my testimony as well because I’ve seen such an improvement in my own 전도 through using the Book of Mormon. I love the Book of Mormon so much! I know that it is true, and I love that I have the opportunity to share this book with the people in Korea. The Book of Mormon truly testifies of Jesus Christ, and when we read it we can know the truth of it for ourselves. President Packer warned us about the perilous times ahead last General Conference, and he said that we need to make scripture reading a priority. I encourage you to read or reread the Book of Mormon and ask Heavenly Father if it is true. I promise that Heavenly Father is mindful of us and he will answer your prayer. I know this is true, and I know that this book will bless your lives.
Next transfer is going to be so interesting! ^^ I hope you have a wonderful week! May God bless you and keep you always!
All my love,
Sister Jessica Pope
Dearest Family and Friends,
안녕하세요! This week was busy! We were able to go to the temple this week, and can I just tell you how much of a blessing it is that we get to go to the temple? Not just as missionaries, but we have a house of the Lord here on earth that we can visit and feel his love! How amazing is that!? I feel like I really needed the temple this week. It always helps me focus more on the Spirit and how Heavenly Father would have me direct his work in my area. Not to mention the comfort and peace I feel, knowing that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am so grateful for the temple and I am so glad that I can continue to go to the temple long after my mission. Truly, the temple is THE happiest place on earth!
I love recieving emails from all of you about your own missionary work. It makes me happy to know that so many people are anxiously engaged in the Lord’s work. It warms my heart so much, and it gives me more motivation to continue to do my part in this side of the world! This is a universal call to invite others to come unto Christ, male and female, young and old, those who have some light and those who are wandering in darkness. The gospel is for EVERYONE! It’s always so exciting to be able to give someone a Book of Mormon and tell them how special it is. There is power in that book, and we can draw from that strength as we continually invite others to come unto Christ. When we do it out of love, we need never be afraid to share what we know. We build our testimony by sharing it, so share it! If people say no, love them anyway. You have extended the invitation, and maybe later they will be ready to recieve it. You succeed when you invite!
So in my area there are tons of Chinese people. My companion knows a little Chinese, One of the sisters here is from Taiwan, and another elder knows Chinese very well. I don’t know Chinese at all, and I’m still struggling to just learn Korean. O.o I know I’ll be able to find the people who Heavenly Father needs me to find though. Hopefully we can communicate, but if we can’t, we will just have to use the language of the Spirit.^^ This transfer is almost over, and I’ve learned so much from this branch and the people here. I pray that next transfer will be just as amazing!
I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week, and may God bless you always.
Love you lots!
Sister Jessica Pope
“To bring the world His Truth”