Gyomun Week 24 – The Joys of Service

Dear Everyone,

This week we saw so many miracles! We visited a lot of members and less-active members. One of our members is moving to Seoul to be a temple missionary so we went to her house to help her get ready. She told me she was moving one Sunday and I asked if we could help her, and eventually she said yes. She told us later that no one asked her for help, so she never asked for help. She wasn’t going to let us help, but when I asked her she finally said yes and we helped her do things that probably would have taken her a really long time to do. It was a small miracle and we got an opportunity to serve! I’m so glad she let us help her!

Another miracle this week was that we visited a less-active who just needs some love. She left the church seven years ago because she had a divorce and throat cancer and she was really angry at God for a long time. But four transfers ago Sister Schillemat and I found her name and came fairly frequently for two transfers, then with Sister Jung she finally let us come visit, and now with Sister Tolley she let us come again! She is a returned missionary and she still knows this church is true! I think she’s finally prepared to start accepting the gospel back into her life. I think if we keep visiting her she could be a really strong member again. I love her so much! She is one of my favorite people that I’ve met on my mission.

We also met with Kacie, our American investigator. We made bread with her and talked about faith. I think that she needed to come to Korea to learn about the gospel. She’s more open to believing in God and has met so many missionaries, not just our church. She had a dream about a seed that just kept growing and growing and she couldn’t see the end of it, and she connected that to our discussion about faith and seeds! She is so prepared, and she’s slowly coming to believe in God and Jesus Christ. I have faith that she can and will get baptised. I’m so excited for her!

The church is so true! I’m so grateful for the blessings that Heavenly Father has given me. I love being a missionary, and I love the feeling that I get from serving! Heavenly Father truly has been so good to me.^^

I love you all so much! I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

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Gyomun Week 23 – How Can We Make English Class Better?

Dearest Everyone,

This week just flew by. I can’t believe it! It started with us trying to finish the Streetboard I talked about last week. Our goal was to have it finished by District Meeting and surprise everyone because only the other sisters knew we had made it.^^ Our plan was to wait until we talked about how to get more investigators and the streetboard idea and then say “Well, we have some ideas” and then bring out the finished board.^^ We did just that, and the elders were so surprised!^^ Now we just need to put it in action! Woot!
We also picked up a new investigator this week. Her name is Kacie, and she is an American! We don’t have much experience teaching in English, so it was a little odd for us, but it went okay! We actually met her twice this last week! We are trying to help her have a belief in God. I think that she has been so prepared by coming to Korea. It’s here that she’s opened herself up to the idea of God, and now we’re trying to help her understand that He really does care and He loves her so much! Now that I can understand everything that is going on in the conversation I can better see how the gospel really can help us in every aspect of our lives! I know this is true!
I also helped out with the children’s section of English Class when I went on exchange. One of the elders was struggling so hard to keep them entertained, so I made up a story and drew pictures to help them stay focused. I also made up a new game when they started getting bored. It was tough, but I think it worked. One of the student’s in that section is an older special needs girl, and when they asked “How can we make English class better?” she called out “Sister Pope!”^^ She was so cute!
In other news, tomorrow is my companion’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Sister Tolley!^^ We’ll celebrate by sharing the gospel with others. What a great birthday!^^
Thank you for all your prayers and love. I’m so grateful for your faith! It’s so needed!
I love you all!
love,
Sister Jessica Pope

PS

This is our board and the book that I made. The title of the board is “How are the Book of Mormon and the Bible similar?” and then you can open the Book of Mormon and learn about the Restoration, and open the Bible and learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.^^ It took forever! I made the Bible one, by the way.^^
신앙- faith
회개- repentance
침례- baptism
성신의 은사- gift of the Holy Ghost
끗까지 경딤- endure to the end
예수 그리스도- Jesus Christ
속죄- Atonement
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Gyomun Week 22 – 신앙!

Dear Family and Friends,

This week we decided to kick it into gear and increase our goal for contacts. We then went out and talked to people, and we made it! It was really a small victory, but now we’re thinking that maybe this next week we’ll increase it again. 신앙! (Faith!)

The sad news is that we lost an investigator to another church… My heart is broken again. She said she didn’t feel anything when we met (which I’m not sure I believe) and she hadn’t been reading the Book of Mormon. I sincerely believe that if she had read the Book of Mormon she would have felt something. It was all I could do to just testify of the Book of Mormon and ask her to keep reading it. I hope and pray that someday she will open the book and feel the Spirit she desires to feel, because it’s there. It’s so there, but you have to look for it! I know this is true!

We’re also working on making streetboards. This is a board that kind of draws people’s attention to us and introduces the gospel in a simple way. The idea that we have is kinda cool, so when we’re finished I’ll send a picture. Hopefully these boards will last for a while and we can find new investigators through them. 신앙!

Our new thing that we’ve been doing is going to the store and buying random candy to see what it tastes like. Some of them are kind of weird, like candy in the kind of packages that pills come in, or dried squid. But we’re trying a bunch and trying to figure out the one’s we like the best. So far I like the ones that are like knock-off sour skittles and star candy that comes in tiny glass bottles.^^ So much fun!

Anyway, I hope you’re having a wonderful week! Thank you for your prayers and faith. Somedays that’s what keeps me going, knowing that people are out there praying for me. I love you all! Stay strong! Read the Book of Mormon cuz’ it’s true!

love you!

Sister Jessica Pope
“To bring the world His Truth”

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PS:

Okay, this one’s funny. Had to share!^^

A new bishop was visiting the homes in the ward. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks.
Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote “Revelation 3:20” on the back and stuck it in the door.
The following Sunday he found that his card had been returned under his office door. Added to it was this cryptic message, “Genesis 3:10”.
Reaching for his Bible to check out the verse, he broke into laughter. Check it out.

Gyomun Week 21 – Missionari​es Sang As They Walked, and Walked, and Walked, and Walked…

 

Dearest family and friends,

Happy one-year-in-country mark! I had to renew my foreigner card last week… I’m so old!ㅠㅠ

This week was exhausting because I feel like we walked all over our area. We’re on a secret mission (that really isn’t much of a secret) to find a new spot to contact people, so we’re doing travel contacting as we look for places with a lot of people. We always come home tired, but it makes me feel good when we talk to people. This is what being a missionary is all about!^^

We met with an American woman this week, and it was really different. Both Sister Tolley and I have realized that we are super awkward. We need to do some more role play I guess so that we can be more natural and not have to try and translate what we normally say in Korean into English… Fun times!^^

I finally fixed our AC and it’s been wonderful! It’s been so great to come home and turn it on when it’s sooooo hot and humid outside. I used to just sleep with the fan directly on my face but now we have the AC AND the fan, so it’s pretty awesome.^^ Gotta love that humidity!^^

So this week was a lot of walking and heat, but we have seen many miracles. I am so grateful that I get to serve in Korea and the people! Some days are really hard and I feel so inadequate, but I know that everything is counted for in Heaven and as long as I keep trying I don’t have anything to fear. The Spirit is with us so we cannot fail. All we have to do is try!

I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week! Thank you for your loving prayers. They are felt and needed.^^

 

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

Gyomun Week 20 – In A Tiny Random Shop in Korea…

Hi everyone!

This week was pretty crazy trying to get Sister Jung off and away, but now that Sister Tolley’s here we’re able to get back to normal (which is still kinda crazy) and keep going on with the work! Sister Tolley is from Utah and she’s a pretty amazing missionary. I’m really looking forward to working more with her! We’re going to be busy, I can just feel it.^^
One cool miracle that we saw this week was when we decided to go on a leap of faith and put “Follow the Spirit” as our plan for an hour. I got the idea from a friend who is a missionary, so we thought we’d try it. Not knowing what to expect, we went out to find who we could find. I felt like we should try to talk to a less-active member who lives by the church, but she wasn’t home. Then we went to the church, but there was nothing to do there. I was feeling a little discouraged, but I felt like we should try one more street. Sister Tolley started talking to a woman we saw who turned out to be the owner of a shop that we pass almost every day on the way to the church. She invited us into her shop to talk to her son (her son was learning English), so we told them about our Family English Program and our English class, and also about who we are and why we are serving. They seemed interested, and they told us to stop by every once in a while. I believe this was our miracle for the day, and it was so exciting to actually be led to someone like that! It was so cool!
Also, another cool thing about this miracle is that in this woman’s shop there was a framed 3D Greg Olson picture of Christ. It was 3D LDS art! I never thought I’d see that in a tiny random Korean shop. O.o That picture is now hanging inside our apartment.^^
I’m so grateful for the chance to serve the people of Korea! We’re going out to talk to people every day, and it’s hard, and sweaty, and we get lost so easily, but it’s so worth it! Why do we do it? Because I love them and I know that Heavenly Father loves them. That is why I am here. I only have so long, but all I do is out of love for them and for the Savior. There will be time to rest later! Now is the time to work! 화이팅! (Fighting! <– Go get ’em, Good luck, you can do it, etc.)
I love you all so much! May God bless you and keep you always! Thank you for your love and prayers!
Love,
Sister Jessica Pope