Gyomun Week 6 – A Pretty Full Week

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was super crazy! We had a lot of cool people come and speak to us! On Wednesday, we had Mission Tour with our Area Seventy, Elder Whiting! Our zone combined with another zone, and we had to ride a train out to the country where the cities are only the size of Salt Lake. Super fun! Elder Whiting is intense. I asked a question during his Q&A session, and he said He was going to say things that may be hard to hear. I won’t share all the details about the question I asked about our investigator, but he basically told me that we, as missionaries, could do …nothing. We had done everything we could do, and it really was up to the ward to help our investigator. We, as missionaries, come and go, but the ward can fellowship at a level that we will never reach. It was sad to hear that we can’t help our investigator, but we immediately went to our Ward Mission Leader and Ward Counsel for help. I hope and pray that our investigator will continue to progress, but it’s up to the ward now. Take this as a lesson; the ward is so important for missionary work! The first point in the Work of Salvation is MEMBER missionary work! That has been drilled into my head this week.

We also went to the ward picnic on Saturday, and it was super awesome because it started with everyone standing up and doing Jazzercise!^^ Most hilarious ward activity I have ever seen, and I am so sad that I didn’t get a picture or video. What made it more funny is that everyone was so serious when they did it (except the missionaries^^). We also played lots of soccer and golf and other games, and it was so fun and so good to see some of the ward get together for an activity. I hope that we were able to help them enough.

After the picnic we went to the baptism of a 92 year old man that the elders were teaching. The Spirit was so strong there, and I am so glad that I could see it. Age doesn’t matter! All are invited and welcome to come unto Christ!

After the baptism we were able to go to the Seoul South Mission to hear a special fireside with Sister Oscarson, the General Young Women’s President, and Sister Burton, the General Relief Society President. It was so good! I feel so blessed to have been able to hear them speak in Korea! We were all the way in the back, but it was so amazing! I was just reminded that my mission is changing my life, and I was thinking “What do I want my children to know about my mission?” This mission isn’t just for me, it’s for my future family too. I am so blessed to have been able to serve in Korea. I love Korea, and I love the people so much! I am going to be so sad to leave, so I have to pull out all the stops now and finish strong! 화이팅!

Also, that night we all got transfer calls! I’m going to be staying with Sister Schillemat for another transfer! Super awesome! We’re going to work hard this transfer and see more miracles!^^

I love you all! I hope you all have a wonderful week! May God bless you and keep you always!

Lots of love,

Sister Jessica Pope

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Gyomun Week 5 – Happy 부왈절!^^

Happy Easter, Everyone!

It was a different kind of Easter this year. I was so excited and geared up to just talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how much he loves us, but it’s really small here. It’s really different. For one, The day before Easter we went out to 전도 as usual, but the street corner we went to was full of other churches! They had come to call everyone to repentance, and they had a huge sign and a guy was yelling into a mircrophone and people were handing out papers and it was just crazy. There was the Baptists, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses,  and the Mormons, but after a while it felt too much like the opening scenes in The Restoration video, so we decided to go somewhere else. People kept trying to contend with us. I told them how much I love Jesus Christ and being a missionary, and I asked them if they loved being a missionary, and they just looked at me like I was a crazy person… I don’t know why though.

Our ward didn’t do a whole lot for it. The only thing that really happened that was different is that the primary gave us each an egg. It was okay though. I loved sharing with everyone about our Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ is our Savior, Lord and Redeemer, and he loves us! The reason we celebrate Easter is not for the eggs or the bunnies or the candy (I didn’t even have any of those things this year). We celebrate Easter because that is the day when Jesus Christ broke the bands of death and rose again! Because of him, we have the opportunity to repent and eventually return back to live with our Father in Heaven again. He suffered the pains and sins of the world because he loves us! He truly does live again!

Next week is going to be super exciting. We have Mission tour with Elder Whiting of the Seventy coming, and Sister Linda Burton, the General Relief Society President will be giving a Fireside on Saturday! And next month we will have another Mission Conference where Elder Quinten L. Cook will come! We are so excited for the blessing of hearing from these servants of the Lord! The Lord has truly been so kind to us!

I hope you had a joyous Easter season, and may you always remember the blessings that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given you! They love you and want you to be happy! May God bless you and keep you always!

 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the atestimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he blives! For we asaw him, even on the bright hand of cGod; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the dOnly Begotten of the Father—  That by ahim, and through him, and of him, the bworlds are and were created, and the cinhabitants thereof are begotten dsons and daughters unto God. (D&C 76:22-24)

Love you all!

Sister Jessica Pope

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Gyomun Week 4 – With Love and Kindness

Dearest Everyone,

What a week! This week was super busy. We walked all over the place trying to find the less actives in our ward and talking to everyone Heavenly Father placed in our path! Thankfully, Sister Schillemat still doesn’t hate me and we saw some pretty cool miracles! As we were walking a woman asked us if we were Mormon and invited us over to her house! She introduced herself as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and we said we were too! She wants to learn everything that she can about Jesus Christ, so she wanted to read the Book of Mormon! You can learn a whole lot about Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon, and we were so excited to meet her! Hopefully she’ll find time in her very busy schedule to meet with us next week!

In other news, Conference was absolutely amazing. It went by way way way to fast though! We had two zones meet together and there was a Korean session and an English session. None of our investigators answered our invitations to come, so we went with the missionaries that serve in 교문 with us. There are 10 missionaries in 교문, by the way.^^ It was so awesome! I loved every single talk, and I received so many answers to my questions and felt the Spirit so strongly! For me, the overall message of conference was that we need to boldly defend our religion, invite everyone to learn about it, and treat those that may oppose us with love and kindness. It is so true!

One experience that I had this week stuck out to me when I heard these messages. One day, as we were in the middle of getting a phone number from someone who was interested in our Free English Class, a lady from another Church came up and started screaming at us and shoving her church pamphlets in our faces. She was screaming “cult/heresy!” over and over and telling this girl a bunch of lies about what we teach. She was very scary and tried to pull this girl away from us. She yelled in my face and brandished her pamphlets, so I took one and said “Thank you” and offered her a copy of the Book of Mormon in return. She jumped away and called the book lies and me a liar as she began to leave. I was super surprised at the words that came out of my mouth next. I waved and said, “Goodbye! I love you!” The look on her face echoed the surprise that I felt as she left. I thought about this later and I realized that even though she was rejecting the words of the Lord in not a very Christlike manner, she was still a daughter of God and he loves her. Even though we know with all our heart that this gospel is true, we need to share it the way Jesus Christ did and does: with love and kindness. Even if it’s hard to do sometimes, our duty is to serve as Christ served. I am so grateful that Heavenly Fahter helped me to show this love when it would be so easy to scream back. I know this chruch is true, and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t, and people who scream that I’m a liar is not going to stop me from trying to share it with as many people as the Lord puts in my path.

 

I love you all so much! I hope you have a wonderful week, and a beautiful Easter! May God bless you and keep you always!

 

Love,

Sister Jessica Pope

 

Here’s some pictures of us, and the last two are at Conference!^^

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Gyomun Week 3 – A New Plan!

안녕하세요?!

This week was a little rough, but we made it out alive!^^ Heavenly Father has blessed us very much, and we are continually striving to serve with all our heart, might, mind, and strength.

So last week during exchanges I had an idea, and this week we began to implement it. Our member book is not very good and the records haven’t been updated in a long time, so our plan is to update the member book by visiting the less active members and finding out what happened to them, if their addresses are correct, etc. At the same time we will be talking to everyone that God puts in our path. I think this will be very effective because we’re updating the book, visiting less actives, and talking to everyone at the same time. Most of the missionaries here use only one 전도 spot, but our area is huge! I feel like we need to go out into the other areas of our area in order to ” find them that will receive us”.  It will be lots harder because 1) the areas are far away from the church, some almost an hour away! and 2) Both Sister Schillemat and I don’t really know the area that well and have a hard time navigating. I’m just praying that because we have a plan to visit people and talk to everyone that the Lord will bless us as we show our faith by going out to work. I’m ready to work because I know that if we work hard that the Lord will bless us with people to teach. I also pray that Sister Schillemat won’t hate me after this transfer because I’ll have dragged her all over the area and probably will have been lost a lot.^^ She’s really awesome though and seems to be willing to work hard too. I’m really grateful to have her as a companion.

As we’ve tried this plan we have seen quite a few miracles, like meeting people who seem interested in our church that we would never had met if we had only stayed close to the church. I’m looking forward to seeing the hand of the Lord as we invoke the powers of heaven in our missionary work. Next week we have a few appointments, so hopefully by the end of the week we will have some people to teach. It’s really scary because I just know we’ll get majorly lost, but thankfully Heavenly Father has put tons of 부동산s all over Korea. These are real estate places with big maps and the people there generally know the area really well. It’s great because we just go in and ask where this place is and they generally can tell us the area, and we can take a picture with our cameras and find the less active house! Yay! We walk a lot, but when we come home exhausted and account to the Lord for our day it feels good. I hope he is pleased with our efforts.

I’m glad you all enjoyed conference! I am so excited to hear the words of the prophets this next Sunday and have my questions answered. I love the work of the Lord, and I love being a missionary!^^

May God bless you and keep you always! 사랑해요!

 

사랑으로,

Sister Jessica Pope