Gyomun Week 19 – The Miracle of Cookies

안녕하세요 Everyone!

This week was sooo busy because everyone knew Sister Jung was leaving. I don’t know if you know this, but Koreans love to feed people, so we literally have had a meal appointment for lunch AND dinner every day for the past couple days. In case you were worried, we did not starve this week, Mom.^^ So this week we focused a lot on the members and how we could help them as well as meeting with our investigators and recent converts!

One cool miracle happened when we were doing some call time. We called a name on our phone, and it turned out to be a man (Ah! A man! O.o I’m getting better at recognizing male and female names though. That’s a plus.^^) and we told him we were new missionaries and asked when was the last time he met the missionaries (assuming he was a potential investigator). He basically said, “Yeah, I can meet any time on Tuesday. What time is good?”. We were so surprised and set up an appointment and called the other elders about it! He called the next day and told us that the last time he met the missionaries he was going through a hard time and the missionaries read the Book of Mormon with him. Now he’s having another hard time and then we called! We were going through our member book later and we realized that this was a less-active member, but it was still a miracle and we’ll meet him tomorrow! Although I’m a little nervous because I don’t talk to men much…

Anyway, another miracle this week was that a member had a great idea for us to teach her daughter’s non-member friends how to make cookies in the hopes that they’ll become more comfortable with us and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I think it was a huge success, and the youth had fun and we made yummy Snickerdoodles (my signature cookie^^) and then we shared a spiritual message at the end! I think they like us, and they asked when we’d be able to do it again. We’re praying that they’ll have good experiences with us and that we’ll be able to introduce them to gospel and why it’s important! In the meantime, if anyone has some fun and easy recipes, I’d love your help! Please send your favorites! Thanks!

We had transfer calls this week! My new companion is an American! Her name is Sister Tolley, and I’m excited to work with her! She’s super cute!^^ I know that we’ll be able to work hard and do what the Lord wants us to this transfer. I love you all! Thank you for your prayers and love! It is greatly needed and felt! Have a wonderful week!

Sister Jessica Pope

Gyomun Week 17 – All Can Be Made Right

Dear Family and Friends,

Another week is already gone?! I feel like I say that every week. They go so fast and now they seem to be picking up speed!

Taehe was confirmed this week in sacrament meeting! It was so amazing! She is so good!^^ In Sunday School she gave a great answer about how to keep the Sabbath day holy, and Sister Jung and I smiled because that was something we had be teaching her about recently! It was so exciting!

Another crazy thing is that we suddenly got a call on Saturday from a district leader in a different zone requesting Sister Jung to play the violin at the baptism that would be held the next day. She didn’t have a violin here, so the bishop of the ward drove all the way out to us to bring her a violin. When he got here he explained why they were going through all this trouble for us to play at their baptismal service. You see, the woman who was getting baptised is very very sick and is in the hospital. The sister missionaries had been teaching her and she really wanted to be baptised! She had such a strong desire to follow the Savior, but the actual ordinance of baptism might actually kill her because she is so sick. When the sisters told the bishop this, he said “If she wants to get baptised, we ought to let her!” and so they put together the best baptismal service they could, and that meant calling in other missionaries to play the violin at the service. Knowing that, Sister Jung and I (I ended up playing the piano, by the way) practiced as best we could in the short amount of time that we had.

The next day I looked at the woman getting baptized. She looked so small and frail in her white jumpsuit. They were hurrying around trying to make it the most safe baptism for her. There was so much love put into this baptismal service, and you could feel the Spirit radiating from everyone! She was baptised and confirmed, and then they asked us to play. We played “Consider the Lilies”, and at the end I looked at this faithful woman again, and she was sobbing. Actually, everyone was crying and the love in the room was just overpowering. This woman probably will not live much longer, but she decided that following the Savior was more important than her own life. I know that she will be blessed for her sacrifice and later she will have a perfect body with no sickness or ailment. She will live again, and she will feel the joy that comes from following the Savior and making and keeping covenants! Through the power of the Atonement everything that is unfair about this life will be made right, and the Atonement has played a huge role in this faithful woman’s life.

This week was so busy, but I am so grateful that I get to share this wonderful message of love and peace with the people of Korea. Heavenly Father loves each one of us and he wants us to be happy, and he has provided a way for us to feel that happiness even when the world tells us that we should be sad. Trials can be overcome, and pain does not last. Through the Atonement all can be made right.

I know this is true, and I love all of you very much! Have a wonderful week!

Sister Jessica Pope

Gyomun Week 18 – Blessings and Baptisms

Dear Everyone,

I hope you had a happy 4th of July! Independence day in Korea is August 15th, so no fireworks for me. It was okay though because we saw soooo many miracles! This week was one of the most stressful and most blessed weeks I’ve had so far on my mission. The biggest miracle of all was that our investigator, Taehe, was able to be baptised this week! We were going to postpone the baptism another week last Monday, but she told us that she only had this week off to get baptised and she had such a strong desire to get baptised so we changed the day to Sunday so that she would be able to come to church. After that things got a little hectic with planning. We ended up meeting her about three more times for lessons, a fourth for the interview, and a fifth on Sunday for the baptism. We were super nervous that all would go as planned, but Heavenly Father must have known she was ready because it all fell into place. She told us after the interview that it was so good, and I can imagine it was too.^^ The baptism was a little thrown together, but it ended up being really nice and everything worked out okay. I was so happy and a little teary during the baptism, and I was able to sing with another elder for the musical number, so I’m just on cloud nine today! So happy! I made her lemon bars to take home because it was Fast Sunday, and she told us later that they were so good. Ah! So happy!^^

The other set of Sister Missionaries also had a baptism for Saturday, so we had to plan and prepare for that one too. Both services had lots of less actives and investigators, which was another huge miracle! Truely, the blessings from Heaven are raining down this week.

Another huge miracle this week was that we had so many appointments and people to meet that we only had about two hours for scheduled 전도. I have never had that happen on my mission ever. Our stat was pretty low this week, but I feel okay about it because we were teaching investigators and meeting with less actives and members every single day! Meeting with the members was also a blessing because our refridgerator was broken almost all week and we had a meal with members pretty much every single day. We did not starve this week, though I felt like it after all the appointments we had. 😉 It was so amazing!

I am so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Truely He knows each one of us and he knows exactly what we need and who is ready to hear the message of the Restoration. This is his work and I am so grateful to be a part of it! The church is so true!

I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week, and know that I’m praying for you all!

Sister Jessica Pope

So these are more pictures. The meat is Korean BBQ– So yummy! It’s called Dok Karbe. So good! That metal thing is a chimney for the smoke. You cook it in the middle of the table! O.o And the Lemon bars I made for the baptism. Aren’t they cute?^^
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