Jungnang Week 5 – A Disciple of Chris

Dear Family and Friends,

Didn’t I just email you all yesterday? Where did my week go?? ㅠㅠ

This week was kind of crazy. Right after emailing last week our investigator called us saying she was confused by the passages we asked her to read in the Book of Mormon and she wanted to meet so that we could help her understand. This was great, so that night we met her at the church and a member was there practicing the piano, so we snagged the member and had a very 갑자기(sudden) lesson! We re-taught her the Plan of Salvation, especially the Spirit World, because that is where her husband is right now, and we also invited her to be baptized. She said yes! Hopefully we’ll be able to help her continue to progress this week. We met her yesterday and have another appointment for this week, so I’m excited for her!

Also our plan to go on exchanges took a very sudden change because the other sister’s less active they had been visiting passed away the morning of the exchange. We decided to change it so that they could help plan for the funeral that would be held the next day. Now we have two exchanges planned back-to-back for this upcoming week! It’s going to to be crazy!

I’m really grateful that I get to serve in Jungnang. I feel like the reason I came here is especially for those missionaries and I love the sisters in our zone very much. I can see their desire to serve the Lord and their faith that they can see miracles, and it helps my faith to see it. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission and share my testimony with these wonderful missionaries and the wonderful people of Korea. It’s so hard- some days it’s all we can do to get out the door- but then we start sharing the joyful message of our Savior, Jesus Christ and suddenly we can go on. I’m grateful for the hard times because now I can see when I was carried and what I learned from that experience. I can see that this mission was meant for me because of those lessons I learned from trying to be a disciple of Christ. “I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the son of God. I have been called to declare his work among his people that they might have everlasting life.” 3 Nephi 5:13 This is what we are doing, and this is what we will continue to do until we can’t do it anymore, and then Heavenly Father will take it over from there. I know this to be true.

I love you all so much! I pray for you always, and I am excited to see the miracles that come next week! May the Lord bless you and keep you always!

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

Jungnang Week 4 – The Role of the Spirit in Conversion

안녕하세요 가족과 친구들!

This week was super busy! I’m glad the focus for this month is on the Spirit because I really needed the help this week! On Tuesday we went to the temple and I needed to prepare what I was going to say for my final testimony. Thankfully it was already pretty much written, so it didn’t take that much time. I was then able to focus on what I needed to say in Zone Training for the rest of the time. 

On Wednesday we had Zone training, and the Spirit really was guiding us because we didn’t know what we were going to say because we had the temple the day before! That morning I prayed so hard that I would know what to say for the training, and Heavenly Father really did answer my prayer. I was blessed to quickly know what I needed to say and the Spirit even helped me come up with a drawing to help make the point I was trying to make. I was saying that sometimes when we ask our investigators to keep commitments it is like asking them to jump from one cliff to another. The side they are on is called “belief” and the side we want them to be on is “action”. Separating the two is a deep canyon with spikes on the bottom to represent “fear”. I talked about the fears investigators had and how the Spirit can help them overcome that fear and keep commitments. The Spirit is the bridge from “belief” to “action.” We, as missionaries, need to do everything we can to help investigators feel the Spirit, and especially when we testify of the truthfulness of the gospel we can invite the Spirit who can then testify to their hearts and give them the desire and courage to keep commitments. The Spirit was the one guiding this discussion and I am so grateful for it. Lots of missionaries told me that they learned a lot from this, so I’m grateful for that too.

We also went on exchanges on Thursday so I went with Sister Evans, who is only in her 2nd transfer, but she was on fire! We saw so many miracles and ended up giving away seven copies f the Book of Mormon! Another crazy thing is that I did Language Progression Program with her. Remember way back when I was doing Pass off for Korean? Well, they changed the program again and it’s WAY better than before and Sister Training Leaders can pass other sisters off now. I just think it’s kinda funny because I passed off with eight elders to finish and here I am now being passed off to.^^ She passed of course because she is just so good! Woot!

And on Saturday we performed “Hakuna Matata” in the Stake Music Night. We worked really hard to make it good, and we found out that it was a competition when we got there. It was kinda funny because Gymun ward and Jungnang ward were the final two to find out the winner. Well, Jungnang won and now we have the proudest bishop.^^ He brought us cake on Sunday because he was so happy.^^

Anyway, Crazy busy week, but it was so fun and so full of the Spirit! The Lord really does guide this work, and I am so grateful for the chances I’ve had to work with so many wonderful missionaries. Missionary work is the best!

Love you all!
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Jungnang Week 3 – A Halloween Miracle!

 

Dear Family and Friends,

I can’t believe it’s November. That CAN’T be real! ㅠㅠ

So this week was a little rough. Our investigator spent two and a half hours telling us why our church is not true. That was kind of a rough day because our teaching pool is not very big anyway. We have been praying so hard that we will find prepared people to teach, and our prayers were answered, but not the way we were expecting. You see, we met several prepared people on the street… but they were all men! O.o We cannot teach men, so we got their numbers and gave them to our very grateful elders. We realized that we need to pray a little more specifically to find prepared women!^^

For Halloween we came up with an idea to do reverse trick-or-treating as we contact people. We bought a ton of suckers and taped them to our Mormon.org cards and told everyone “Happy Halloween!” (Fun fact, Halloween is not celebrated in Korea, so we often had to explain what Halloween was.) I thought it was fun, and we were blessed to get two phone numbers from it! A Halloween miracle!^^

We also had a huge miracle on Sunday. A woman randomly walked into church because she wanted to learn English from the missionaries! And she stayed for all of Gospel Doctrine and Sacrament meeting, AND we have a return appointment this week!^^ I would say that was a direct answer to prayers. Heavenly Father is amazing!^^

This week we were also blessed to have interviews with President Christensen. I love getting to talk to him and I always fill the Spirit with him and Sister Christensen. They are the best!

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful week! Shout out to Mom last week for her birthday! Love you lots!^^

Lots of love,
Sister Jessica Pope

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Jungnang Week 2 – Guess Who’s Finally Old Enough To Go on a Mission??

Hello everybody!

Can you believe that if President Monson hadn’t changed the age for women to go on missions that I would only just now be able to leave for Korea? O.o Instead here I am on my very last transfer. Isn’t that crazy?!

My birthday was super fun! It started with my very first exchange as Sister Training Leader on Friday. I went out to Chunchon with Sister McClosky. I was praying so hard that I would be able to know what to say, and I know that Heavenly Father answered that prayer. And on top of that we had two street lessons! It was such a miracle! It was kinda fun because they have a bed out there so I got to sleep on a bed for the first time in a long time. Happy Birthday to me!^^

On Saturday Sister McClosky made me french toast for breakfast. She’s so nice! And then when we exchanged back The Jungnang sisters had made me a pan of brownies! (I really only wanted a pan of brownies for my birthday. Happy day!^^) And another member brought me a tiny cheesecake because she found out we shared the same birthday. So sweet! And then while we were practicing for a musical number that I’ll talk about in a minute the elders pulled out a cake they had bought from Costco! O.o So. Much. Cake! It was a Sweet Potato cake too. If you’ve never had a Sweet Potato cake it tastes like fluffy sweet potatoes with frosting. It’s actually not that bad.^^

We also went out to dinner. We all went to a Meat Buffet. I don’t remember if I’ve already talked about those or not, but it’s a buffet where you grab as much meat as you want and cook it in front of you and eat until your ready to bust. I’m kinda glad that they don’t exist in America, actually.^^ It was delicious though!

All in all it was a wonderful birthday! Thank you all for your birthday wishes! I love you all so much!

As for the musical number we’re doing, our Stake is doing a Music Night thing and the missionaries in each ward have to prepare a musical number. They said it doesn’t have to be churchy, so we got permission to do Hakuna Matata from the Lion King. We got the music (thanks, Dad!) and we’re excited for it. I feel like I’m in Show Choir again a little bit.^^

We are doing our best to talk to everybody we can about this wonderful gospel and we’ve seen miracles from opening our mouths. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father always gives us the words we need when we have the faith to open our mouths and share our testimonies. This is God’s work and I am so blessed to have been able to serve a mission in this wonderful country! Missionary work is the best!^^

I love you all so much! You are amazing! Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Jessica Pope
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Gyomun Week 31 – The Enabling Power of the Atonement

 

Dear Everyone and their dog,

What an amazing conference it was! I know I’m a week late, but that’s what happens when you live far away from Utah.^^ I loved all of it! As always, the questions that I had prayerfully asked about were answered during the talks. I felt like conference really was for me! Oh, how grateful I am for the words of the prophets!

I loved seeing Ashley and Lizzie during the Women’s Meeting! I practically jumped out of my seat with excitement to point them out to all of the sister missionaries that were with us.^^ They were beautiful, and Sister Christensen, our Mission President’s wife, wanted me to make sure to tell them that they did such a good job. Great job, Ash and Liz!^^

One of the things that I heard from almost every speaker was about the enabling power of the Atonement. The Atonement is there so that we could repent and feel the peace that comes from forsaking sin, but this conference focused so much on how the Atonement is also there so that we could overcome our weaknesses and become better than we were before. This was an answer to a prayer for me because I wanted to know how I could improve and become a more consecrated missionary with the time I had left. The answer is through relying on the Lord and applying the enabling power of the Atonement to overcome my weaknesses and do the work the way Heavenly Father would have me do it! The Atonement is more than just for sin, it is to help us reach our potential!

And speaking of doing the work the way Heavenly Father would have me do it, after the Saturday session of conference we had Transfer calls! Would you believe that for my very last transfer that I am going to a different area?? Well you better, because that’s what is happening!^^ I am going to Jungnang with Sister Kwon, a Korean sister! O.o It’s really funny because, if you recall, I was in Imun and then I came to Gymun, which is in the same stake. Well, Jungnang is right smack dab in the middle, touching both of my previous areas. All of my areas are in a line, except for Sinchon, which is where the temple is. I guess this makes it easier to find my areas when I come back to visit Korea later.^^

And I’m really going to need the enabling power of the Atonement this time because I have also been called to be a Sister Training Leader for our zone. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s pretty much the sister equivalent of a Zone Leader. I will, with my Sister Training Leader Companion Sister Kwon, be helping the sisters in our zone and conducting exchanges with them every once in a while for training purposes. It is humbling to receive this calling to serve these sisters and speak the words that Heavenly Father would have me speak because I know that this is His work and not mine. I hope and pray that I will be able to serve them as much as I can and that I can become a more consecrated missionary as I go. I am so excited for this opportunity!

I hope you all have had a wonderful week. I pray for you always! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!!^^

Love you all,
Sister Jessica Pope

 

Gyomun Week 29 – Travel Time

Dear Family and Friends,

This week we traveled around so much! Our area is huge- one of the biggest in the mission- and we have been on buses going all over the place. One thing we did was try to visit a potential investigator that I met on the bus. I met her a couple weeks ago and she told me that she worked at Baskin Robbins, so on a leap of faith (and I texted her we were coming before hand) we went on an hour long bus ride just so we could get some ice cream.^^ Okay, we actually went to see her and she was there! We talked for a couple minutes and when I texted her later she said she wanted to meet! Miracles!!!!! We have an appointment for this next week, so I’m excited!^^

We also had a wonderful Sister’s Conference! Last year they had an all Sister’s Conference with all the sister missionaries in the mission, and our Sister Training Leaders were sad that we weren’t going to have one again (too many missionaries^^) so they got permission to have one with our zone! It was so good! It was pretty much like Zone Training, but only sisters were there. It was so nice! Most of the trainings in the mission field are geared towards elders, as it should be, but it was really nice to have a meeting for the sisters and how we can contribute more to this wonderful work. I’m so grateful for our Sister Training Leaders for planning this wonderful activity! We also ordered shirts for it. I’ll put some pictures in so you can see them.^^

We also planned a fun Family Home Evening that went well. We wish we could have had more people show up, but those who came kept telling me how good of an idea it was. We had some golf clubs at our house, so we decided to do a mini-golf course at the church. We used tape for the course, and the children loved it! I got to sit down with the other sisters in the ward and talk with them about missionary work and it was so good! This ward is so great, and I’m so grateful I get to serve in Gyomun!

I’m so excited for conference too! Shout out to Ashley and Lizzie for being in the choir for Woman’s Conference! I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing it the week after Conference in America!^^ I love you both so much!

I hope you have a wonderful week! Miracles do happen, but sometimes we have to look for them a little harder. I know this is true!

Love you lots!
Sister Jessica Pope

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Gyomun Week 28 – Temple Day!

Dearest Family and Friends,

This week we saw so many miracles! The biggest one was that we were able to go with Tae Hee, our Recent Convert, to the temple to do Baptisms for the Dead with her! She had done a lot of Family History work for it, and the members helped her and went with her and we were there to cheer her on! She did eight family names! She is so amazing and so prepared! I’m so grateful that I was blessed to be able to see her progress like this. She’s getting to the point where she doesn’t need us to help her along anymore because she knows enough and the ward is doing the rest. I feel so blessed to be able to know her!

Sister Tolley and I were so excited that we got to do baptisms for the dead too. We each ended up doing THIRTY names each! It was hard because the font is small and the brother doing the baptisms was short and I’m not, so I did my best to help him. I’ve never done so many names at one time because in Utah you do about five or ten, but out here it’s normal to do about thirty. It was so awesome!

AND because it was ward temple day the members asked us to stay and do a session with them. We called and got permission, so we had the chance to go to a temple session in Korean! It was a little hard, but it was a wonderful experience! I learn so much from the temple every time I get to go! The church is so true!!!

And yesterday we went with a member to visit some less-active members after church. We planned to visit one man and his family that no one knew and the address didn’t show up on our map or the member’s GPS, but we decided to try anyway. We drove an hour away, just praying that we would find this family, and we found the apartment AND they let us in! This less-active family was so nice and they still like the church. The two daugthers have not been baptised, and they told us that we could teach them the gospel before we could even ask! I think the father still knows it’s true. He just needs to be reminded about it. His parents are temple workers, and we met them in the temple when we went with our Recent Convert.

In other news, we were trying to visit a potential investigator and we were traveling by bus. I got up and told Sister Tolley we were getting off, but she didn’t make it off the bus! The bus started to drive away, and we just looked at each other as the doors closed. I started laughing so hard! I wasn’t too worried because I knew the next bus stop was only down the street and I saw the bus the entire time, but it was so funny! She kinda hung her head when we met up again and said it was so weird to be alone like that. I told her she better have enjoyed it because it’s not going to happen again until she goes home.^^ But she’s right. It was super weird to be alone like that, even for two minutes.

I feel so blessed! I’m so grateful to be a missionary and that we were able to go to the temple this week! Heavenly Father has blessed us with so much! This is the Lord’s work, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. I love you all so much! I pray for you always!

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

PS:

I don’t have a picture with our Recent Convert, but this is us at the temple. So fun!

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This is Henry. We see him every day as we go to the church, and we always say hi. The only problem is that after having watched him for several weeks, we’re thinking maybe Henry is a girl. O.o

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Gyomun Week 27 – Our Loving Father in Heaven

Dear Family and Friends,

The first part of this week was pretty slow because of Chusok, but it was good! We ended up having a meal appointment every day for the holiday, and one of them was a family that had less-active members. We talked about the temple, and they said they wanted to go to the temple soon! It was awesome!

We also planned with a member to invite our recent convert and a potential investigator to a Family Home Evening and we had an activity and taught a short lesson. The elders who came with us gave the potential investigator a copy of the Book of Mormon. The elders will probably meet this investigator next Sunday. Then our Recent Convert talked with the member about the family history work she was doing, and they’ll meet together to work on Family History!! It was so awesome! It was a little hard to do, but we taught a less-active, a recent convert, and a potential investigator all in the same Family Home Evening. I think I would call that a success!

We had three lessons in one day this last week! One was a woman I talked to on the train and I gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon. The next was our investigator that we met at her house. Then we were streetboarding and taught a lesson in front of the Subway station. It was a huge miracle! The sad part is that the woman I talked to on the train left the Book of Mormon on a Mountain trail later, and someone found the book and called to return it. These people gave us their address, so we plan to reffer them to the missionaries in Seoul and hopefully they’ll end up being new investigators! That would be an awesome conversion story, don’t you think?^^

A formor investigator called us this week asking me why some people were born and died happy, and some were born and died unhappy. I told her how much God loved her and wants her to be happy. Through Christ we can become happy, no matter the situation. We made a return appointment with her next week, and I’m praying to have the spirit with us so that we can say what Heavenly Father wants her to hear! I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to meet her and help her realize that God really does love and care about her!

This week was busy and we saw so many miracles! I just have to keep up with them all! I’m so grateful for our loving Father in Heaven who loves us so much and wants to help us become the best we can be. When we know that God loves us it can give us so much strength to push through the hard times! I know this church is true, and I know that when we rely on God he will help us. I know by experience this works. This is a happy church!^^

I love you so much! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Thank you for your prayers!

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

Gyomun Week 26 – Happy Chusok!

Happy Chusok, Everyone!

Today is one of the biggest holiday’s in Korea: Chusok. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving, and everyone is with their families and hardly anyone is on the streets. We’re not allowed to call people or knock on people’s doors during this three day holiday.But we’ll stay busy though! Today is cleaning day, so as soon as we finish email we’re going straight home and clean our entire apartment top to bottom and then we were blessed to have a dinner appointment tonight. 재미겠어요! That will be fun!^^ And then tomorrow we will have P-Day so we can buy food and do the things we need to! No one is on the streets during Chusok, and on Monday most places aren’t even open so we can’t buy food today. But don’t worry, we’ll have food tomorrow.^^

On Saturday we had Chusok Conference. It was the very last mission conference they’ll ever have because it costs too much to get all the missionaries together. Just bringing the countryside missionaries in costs about 1,000$! So it was the last one. It was also my very last conference as a missionary. ㅠㅠ Time is going by so fast!

Chusok conference is special because you can wear traditional Korean clothing to it! So many missionaries wore hanbok, the traditional clothes! I was able to buy some and I wore them at the conference. I’ll send some pictures!

The conference talked all about Revelation through Prayer, and how special it is that we have the opportunity to speak directly with our Father in Heaven. Heavenly Father loves us so much, and just like our own father wants to hear from us, our loving Father in Heaven wants to hear from us and cares about us. Prayer opens the door for Him to let you know how much He loves you, and if we pray in faith He always always always will answer our prayers! Some of the most spiritual moments I’ve had as a missionary happened during or after I knelt in prayer on behalf of His children. He really does love each and every one of us, and I’m so grateful that we can know that when we pray to Him!

Thank you so much for your prayers and love. I pray for you too.^^ I hope you all have a wonderful Chusok!

And a Happy Birthday to Grandma Pope! I love you so much!

You are all amazing! 화이팅!

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

 

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Gyomun Week 25 – Transfer Calls and Parables

Dear Everybody,

This week we did a lot for the missionary activity the ward had. It was to introduce the church to a bunch of people, so we talked to as many people as we could and invited the members to invite their friends and aquaintences, and we hoped and prayed that people would show up. Two of our investigators came! It was amazing! And they both felt so welcome by the ward and they had fun and I think they’ll want to come again sometime. Our 10 year old investigator told another missionary that she wants to get baptised. We’re trying to help her mom because we need permission for her to be baptised! Hopefully this transfer we can, but we need the member’s help for that, and lots of faith!

Transfer calls were this week, and I’m staying with Sister Tolley for another transfer! Woot! I’m pretty sure I’m going to end my mission in Gyomun now, but we don’t know for sure. At any rate, I’m glad I get to stay because there are lots of things I still need to do here! This week we were able to find a new place to contact people and the people are so much nicer! We are on a secret quest to find as many new places to contact people as we can, and I’ve got a plan on how to do that. I’m looking for places on our map and then we test them out. Hopefully we’ll be able to find three or four before the transfer gets out!

Now for The Second Parable of the Streetboard:

So after we made the first streetboard and fixed it with pictures of the Savior, we realized and were told that even after all of that work the title was misspelled. ㅠㅠ So we had to start all over with a new board and re-attach the books to it. This time we managed to get the lamination paper to go on well, and it looked a million times better! This time the pictures of the Savior enhanced the board and made it look beautiful.

Likening this again to the Atonement, sometimes after all you can do, the Holy Ghost whispers that you need to confess and repent. Sometimes that means tearing all of the bad parts off and starting over completely fresh. Repentance is beautiful, and I’m so grateful for the power of the Atonement.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! For those of you starting school, 화이팅! Good luck to you, and I pray for you always! You are amazing!

Love,
Sister Jessica Pope

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