Gyonum Week 11 – I Just Love Them Too Much

Dear Everyone,

 We saw so many miracles this week! At first glance they may be hard to spot, but they’re there, and they’re amazing! During Weekly Planning we noticed that we have significantly more investigators now than when we started out together! Our contacting stat was lower this week, but it was because we met with people for lessons! How cool is that?? This week was hard, but we made it through and I think we’re stronger for it.

 So Angela (the English name of the Korean woman who has been coming to English class for 10 years) met with us and we did talk about fasting. We explained the purpose of fasting and it was again a Spirit-filled lesson taught with all the love that missionaries can posses. It was so good! With her it is easy to be bold because she knows quite a bit about the gospel already. We’re pretty much just applying it to her and her situation, so we decided to fast with her the next day. Because all of the missionaries in our district know her and love her we decided to to it with all of the missionaries too. I have full faith that something good will come because of our combined faith in action! We continue to pray for her that she will have the strength to overcome her doubts and fears!

 Also, our 10 year old investigator’s grandparents told us that she could come to church on Sunday, so we had an investigator at church!!!! So happy!! We’ve been praying and praying for her too, and it was another miracle to see her come to church and her church friends just came right over and sat with us. So good!

 I’m so glad I get to be a missionary. Seriously, this is the best and most important thing I could be doing right now for me. Maybe for other people it’s different, but for me right now this is exactly what I should be doing. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of this joyous gathering, even though it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I think that one of the hardest things is that I love these people so much, and it just hurts when I can’t help them. It’s up to them to take that step towards our Father in Heaven. I love Korea and the Korean people dearly, and I know that Korea will always be a sacred place for me. It’s so hard, but oh, how I love them!

 I hope you all have a wonderful week. You are always in my prayers. 사랑해요!

사랑으로

Sister Jessica Pope

Gyonum Week 10 – A Week of Miracles!

안녕하세요? 이번주 어땠어요?^^

This week we saw a ton of miracles! We taught one of our English Class members who has been coming to English class for ten years, and we just went straight to baptism. She told us that she knows this church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true, and her only concern is that her brother is a pastor. She says her brother “doesn’t touch” her religion, but she feels it would hurt him if she got baptized. We taught her the third lesson and it was so Spirit led! I drew the steps back to Heavenly Father (faith, repentance, baptism,…) and we talked about her personal next step. She knows she needs to get baptized, and we helped her with one of her concerns about not being married by talking about how everyone who didn’t have the opportunity in this life to be baptized will have that opportunity in the next life, but that is also dependent on getting baptized. Sister Schillemat was sharing strong testimony and both of us were lovingly bold and could feel the Korean just come out of us! The Spirit was so strong and we felt so much love for her! We all got a little teary, but we committed her to pray about it because she’s not quite confident yet. We think next time we will teach her about fasting and try and fast with her so that she can get an answer.

Also, when we were on exchanges, our Sister Training Leader and I met a woman who at first thought we were a cult but after talking with her for a while we were able to set up a return appointment. We didn’t get her number, but we went at the appointed time and she was there! That is a HUGE miracle!^^ We went to her house and she fed us and we talked about the Book of Mormon and the Bible and we shared the story of Jesus Christ being baptised from the Bible and the explanation about it in the Book of Mormon, She left understanding that we aren’t a cult! The Spirit was there because we had no idea what we were going to say,  and it came out exactly how she needed it! It was so amazing! AND that night we met another woman and using the EXACT same scriptures we explained why we do baptism by immersion. There is so much power when you take something from the bible and put the Book of Mormon next to it and you can see that it is testifying of the same thing! It was such a good week!^^

This church is so true! There were many challenges, but there were also so many blessings (like finding 5$ watermelon when it’s usually 20-26$ here^^). I know that God cares about us and loves us dearly, so he is always waiting and willing to help when we need it! Trust Him and know that he loves you!

I love you so much! You are all so amazing! I pray for you always!

Love,

Sister Jessica Pope

Gyomun Week 9 – Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi Everyone! Happy Mother’s Day!

I got to talk to my family today, just an hour before getting on here, so maybe I’m just a little teary still… No big deal. That’s what you get when you have a 15 hour time difference! ^^ It was so much fun to talk to them all. I sang “I Often Go Walking” in Korean for them. You can ask them about the recording later, though it probably doesn’t sound too great.^^

On Sunday I got to help out in Primary because they needed a pianist! It was so cute to hear the little Koreans screaming “My Eternal Family”. The more time I spend in Korea the more I find people who are just like my family. In reality, we are not so very different from each other. May 8th was Parent’s Day in Korea. Instead of separating them out, Koreans just celebrate both parents on the same day. They buy their parents carnations to wear and to honor them and give them gifts and sometimes money, but I am to far away and I missed it, so sorry, Mom and Dad!^^ They also have Children’s Day on May 5th (No Cinco de Mayo for us), but that is a day to give gifts to children and celebrate their freedom. I asked the members of our English Class what they children were being free from, but I never got a straight answer. I’m just glad to know that children are free now.^^

We continue to work hard out here in Korea, and we continue to see miracles every day. Some days you have to look just that little bit harder to see them, but every day there are miracles and every day we can see the hand of the Lord in our lives. As my mom talked about in Church on Sunday, I really feel like I am being molded into the person that Heavenly Father needs me to be. Many times it hurts a little because we don’t quite fit the mold yet, but in time we will be able to look back and see how much we’ve grown and the strength that we’ve received from Heavenly Parents who love us and want us to be the best we can be. Our best is all He asks of us, and I know that through the merciful and loving power of the Atonement he will make up the difference when we fall short. We are imperfect, but Heavenly Father has given and/or will give us everything that we need to be successful in this life. Not “successful” as to the ways of the world, but we will be rich with the blessings and knowledge of having a loving Father in Heaven. May you always remember how much you are loved, and I hope you told your mom you love her!^^

May God bless you and keep you always!

Lots of love,

Sister Jessica Pope

 

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Gyomun Week 8 – The Atonement is for Everyone!

Dear Everyone,

First of all, Happy Birthday, Dad! “One year older and wiser too, Happy Birthday to you!”^^

This week was a pretty good week! We have some new goals and plans for the new transfer, and so far they’ve been going fairly well. I’m so excited to still be with Sister Schillemat! She is such a good missionary, and I think we work well as a team.

We got to go to the temple this week! In case you didn’t know, they got a new video in the temple! It actually came to Korea when I was with Sister Teng, but I got to see it for the first time this week! Super fun! I love the temple so much! I felt the Spirit so strongly this week, and I am so grateful that we have a temple in our mission and can go as often as we do. The temple is truly a blessing in our lives, and it’s so important to take every advantage of it!

We were able on P-Day to go to the War Museum in Korea. It is so cool! It’s so big, and because we didn’t have a lot of time we didn’t get to see all of it, but I learned so much about the history of Korea. They have some really cool exhibits and simulations. It was super fun!

One of our investigators suddenly invited us over to her house one morning because her friend was there. Both of them are not married, though her friend is familiar with the Church. She said that our church is for families, and because she’s alone she can’t join the church. I felt impressed to pull out the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and turn to the section on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We talked about how Jesus Christ loves us so much, and he took upon himself all of our pains and sins. The Atonement is for EVERYONE! Whether we are unmarried or have a family or going to school or without work or whatever situation there is, the Atonement is for that situation. It’s not just for sin, it’s for whenever we need help! I testified with all the love and sincerity I could muster to tell her that this gospel is for her, especially because she is alone. I felt so much love for these two women, and I know it was just a reflection of the love that Jesus Christ has for them! I hope and pray that they will understand how much Jesus Christ loves them and wants to help them. The Atonement is so real!

I am so grateful for the love that Jesus Christ has for each of us. I hope and pray for each one of you as well! I love you all so much! Thank you for all you do!

Love,

Sister Jessica Pope