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