Week 9 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope (LAST MTC POST)

안양하내요, 가적! 사랑해요!

Okay, so this is the last message I will be sending from the United States! Ahh! I’m so excited to be leaving, but I’m nervous about leaving because I still do not know the language all that well. They say that everything will sound like Star Wars language for a while, and then  I will start picking it up. Oh my goodness! This is actually happening! There IS more to a mission than just the MTC!! ㅅㅅ (Korean Smiley face) Its going to be so hard to break up our district because half of them are going to a different mission and our teacher are staying here, but we are at the point where the MTC really cannot teach us that much more. We have to make that leap and start teaching. Yesterday during in-field orientation (which was absolutely fantastic, by the way) I kept wanting to speak Korean to the English speakers as we practiced teaching. It was almost weird to teach in English! I am going to take that as a good sign that everything will be okay. It is okay to know nothing right now because I’ll be a “wanderer in a strange land”, to quote Ammon from the scriptures. Heavenly Father is on our side, so we will go forward with faith!

The Salt Lake Tribune published this picture that happened to have Jessica in the background.

The Salt Lake Tribune published this picture that happened to have Jessica in the background.

Monday was pretty special because my companion and I were able to be the special musical number for the Senior Missionary Welcome. They are so sweet! We sang “Come Thou Fount” and Sis. Segovia from our district was our accompanist, and Sis. Bussio (her companion) was our official audience and stage mom. The senior missionaries have such a sweet spirit and we immediately loved them all. When we sang, there were several tears shed, and my favorite was one sister who was mouthing the words and crying at the same time. It was a wonderful experience to be able to share our testimonies through music with the senior missionaries. I know that they appreciated us, and we were happy to be with them. Sis. Jackson and I officially have done everything that the MTC has to offer us, so that is another sign that it is time to move on to bigger and better things.

I have learned so much at the MTC, and I love the strong spirit that is here. It is very intense and stressful to be sure, and I am grateful that I will be able to listen to music again (Yay MoTab!). The MTC is a wonderful place, but I am glad to be leaving. I want you to know that I have a strong testimony that this is the true church, and that with God we can do all things. I know that the Lord loves us and will comfort us when we are in need. I know that we are to do a great work in this life, and I look forward to being an instrument in the Lord’s hands in Korea. Remember that misssionaries need the members help in the work, and remember the blessings of catching the wave. Do all you can to help the missionaries. They need your help!

Thank you for all you do! You are amazing! I love you all so much, and the Lord loves you too!

All my love and prayers,

포프 재시가 자매

Sister Jessica Pope

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Week 8 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Korea Seoul Mission

Korea Seoul Mission

Hello my wonderful family and friends!

So I didn’t quite make it out of the MTC completely unscathed. I caught a cold this week, but I am almost fully recovered! All is well, and the work of the Lord goes onward! This coming week is our ninth week in the MTC! We got our Travel Plans today!!!!!! It’s so exciting! We thought we were never going to leave, and here we are! This is going to be a really long plane trip, especially since we’re flying to Texas and then directly to Korea. Oh well! It will give me time to sleep and practice proselyting in Korean. 🙂 We’re so ready to leave the MTC, but at the same time we hardly know Korean. I’m so excited and so nervous at the same time. I know that the Lord will help us in whatever we need to do, and I’m grateful for his hand because I know without a doubt that I could not do this without him. We all know it is about time for us to leave the MTC because we all feel like there is not much else that the MTC can teach us. We have been taught many great and important lessons and skills, but the greatest knowledge comes from doing. We need to go out and do what we have been taught, and by so doing learn more than ever before. This is what the Lord expects from us. He has given us our talents, and now it is up to us to make them more.

So I think it is time to share my advice to the new missionaries who are coming to the MTC soon. First of all, do not be scared. The Lord is with you, and he loves you so very much. He will not let you fail when you are doing his work, and this goes for everyone, not just missionaries. When you are serving God, you will always come out stronger than ever before. Second, when it says it’s time to study, STUDY. That is the secret. It is always super tempting to have fun with your district, especially because you love them so much, but there is a time and a place for that. This is the time to be focused on the Lord. This is his time, and not your time. Make the most of it. And Third, if you are going foreign speaking, SYL!! SYL stands for Speak Your Language, and you’ll hear it a lot at the MTC. It will help you so much if you speak your language often. Do your best, and the Lord will give you more. I know you can do it! Stay strong, stay faithful, and the language will come. Slowly, but surely, it will come, I promise you.

This week I spent some time thinking about the song “Nearer, My God, To Thee.” I love this song. I was especially thinking of the first line “Nearer, my God, to thee; Nearer to thee. E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me.” This to me teaches that trials are there to help us. God loves us so very much, and he knows exactly who we are and who we can become. He sends us trials, not because he wants to bring us down, but because he wants to raise us up. Think about it! Every trial we have ever had has taught us important lessons that has shaped who we are. We stretch and grow with each trial we overcome! This is Heavenly Father shaping us into the child of God that he knows we can be. Remember, good movies have an inciting incident that allows the main character to develop and grow. We love the characters that triumph over their struggles! One of my favorite movies says this perfectly: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the greatest and most beautiful of all.” This is so true about our lives too. We develop and grow when we choose to push forward and rely on the Lord, even when it may seem like the world is pressing itself upon you. We are beautiful to the Lord. He loves us and cares about us so very much! We are his children, and he is our Father. He wants to help us, so why not let him? I encourage you to pray to our Father in Heaven and ask him what he thinks about you. You can read Luke 4 and Abraham 3 and ask Him if those verses have anything to do with you as well. I promise if you pray with faith that Heavenly Father will answer you it will come. I know this to be true with all my heart, and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Again, I love you all. You are amazing! Thank you for all your love and support because it keeps me going. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

All my love,

Jess

P.S. I want to say a quick “thank you” to Aunt Diane and Edmundo! Thank you for the card! It was beautiful! ❤

Week 7 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Hello Family and Friends!

 DSCF0439We are now the oldest group of Koreans in our branch now, so they’ve put a lot of pressure on us to be good examples and be perfectly obedient. We are doing our best to be the best missionaries we can be so that we will always have the Spirit to be with us. I’ve noticed that we have grown as we come to rely upon the Spirit more, and we are excited to share the gospel with the people of Korea. I am still nervous because I feel like I can barely say my own name, but I know that Heavenly Father loves us and will be with us every step of the way. This week Sis. Jackson and I learned a powerful lesson about listening to the Spirit, and I know that we were able to teach exactly what we needed to. Our “investigators” are now preparing for batism, and we are excited to help them draw closer to Christ. I pray that we will become more confident in our speaking so that we will be able to teach the people of Korea with the confidence of the Lord. I know that with his help we can do all things, of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

This week Sis. Jackson and I were able to tryout to sing at the MTC for something, and we got a yes!! It’s so exciting that we are able to share our talents with the rest of the MTC and invite the Spirit to the meetings. We don’t know when or where we are singing, but it will probably fairly soon because we leave soon. We will get a letter in the mail telling us when and where, and we’ll move forward from there. I love the MTC, and I am both happy and sad to be leaving. We’ve got a few more weeks to pull everything together for Korea, and then we are gone. The work moves very fast here!

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I adore hearing from everyone, and I know that you all are doing great things. Remember “Every member a missionary”. If you get the chance you should check out www.mormon.org. It’s so awesome, and it is really helpful for those who want to learn about the church. I know that the Lord is blessing you, and I hope you turn to him in all things. The blessings come after a trial of your faith, so don’t lose the faith! Keep believing and serving the Lord. He loves each and every one of you, and I know that he wants to help you in all things.

I love you all so much!

Love,

Sis. Jessica Pope

Week 6 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Hello everyone!

4th-july-flag-fireworksI hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July. I know we did. It was so awesome! Nearly all the missionaries here were in red, white, and blue and we had a special Independence Day Celebration. We got to watch “17 Miracles”, which was amazing because that was the one movie I was most sad that I did not get to see before my mission. It was so great, and missionaries of all sizes were crying.  Then, as a special treat, we got special permission to stay up later than our bedtime and watch the Stadium of Fire fireworks! That was especially fun as we ate our ice cream and sang some patriotic songs together. I love our country so much! 🙂

 

As I was watching “17 Miracles”, I was struck by the faith and courage of the Saints that came to Zion. There truly were miracles along the trail, and it reminded me how much I need to have that faith because the Lord can and will bless his children, even to help them learn a new language. I’m not perfect, but I am doing my best to exercise my faith and believe that the Lord will bless me. I know that if we believe and trust that the Lord will catch us when we have to step out into the darkness, that he will be there and that he will hold us up. Sometimes this is easy to forget, but I know this is true because I have seen it already in my short time here in the MTC. It may not come all at once, but it does come. I am so grateful for the Lord’s blessings!

 

So this week I’m going to claim my first baptism while I’m a missionary. My youngest sister is getting baptized on Saturday, and I have spent most of this week thinking about it and helping our “investigators” come to understand it’s importance. We were teaching our investigators about the Plan of Salvation and how Heavenly Father loves us so much that he gave us a plan to come back to live with him someday. Baptism is the gate to enter in order to begin our journey, and this week my sister is entering that gate. I was reading 2 Nephi 31 where that scripture is found and it just gave me exceedingly great joy that she has decided to take that next step in becoming more like her Father in Heaven! One of the most important blessings of baptism is that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, who is there as a comforter and guide for our journey through life. This is possible because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, who took upon him all the pains of the world so that we would be able to return to him if we accept his sacrifice and keep our covenants, including the covenant of baptism. We have the opportunity to apply the Atonement in many ways, both for repentance of what we have done wrong, and to receive the comfort and help that we need in times of trial. I love Alma 7: 11-12 in the Book of Mormon because it talks about how Jesus Christ suffered “that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities”. This means he has felt the pains and heartache of every single person on this earth, and that puts him in the unique position to know exactly what we need and how to help us. At times we may feel like he does not hear, but that is when we need to exercise a particle of faith to know that he will bless us if we are faithful. I love Alma 36:21 where Alma is talking about how Jesus Christ succored him. “Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy!” (emphasis added) That is what this gospel is all about! Finding that joy in Christ, and exercising our faith so that we can return to live with him again. I am so excited for my sister to enter that gate of baptism so that she may experience that joy and complete happiness that the gospel brings, and I challenge you to study the chapters I have mentioned in the Book of Mormon so that you can learn more about the blessings of baptism. I am serving a mission for the Lord so that others may taste of this joy that I have felt. The church is true, and this joy is real! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

I want you to know how much I love you, and I am grateful for your prayers. I can feel them working as I continue to press onward. Thank you so much for your love. I know the Lord will bless each and every one of you!

 

All my love,

 

Jess

Week 5 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Hello everyone!

Thanks for the package, mom AND dad. I loved the snap peas! I ate them all that night, and I’m kind of sad they are gone. We now have a feast in our room, it feels like. We will not starve here, so don’t be worried about that. 🙂

I know mom and dad did, but did anyone else see me in the broadcast? I was only on there for about six seconds, and if you start the video at minute 2:34 you’ll be able to see me. I am in the section by the elders about a thrid of the way up from the bottom and on the left side. There is a sister in a yellow sweater on the end of my row. Hopefully you’ll be able to find me now. You can see my companion several times though. It’s pretty cool!

I’m so excited for what is going to happen with the member missionary work! The whole time I was there I was thinking about the reasons why I decided to serve a mission, particularly about how I always wanted to be in a position so that when the Lord said, “Whom shall I send?” I could say “Here am I, send me.” I was remembering all of that, and I got really excited for you all because the Lord is now re-extending that question to all the members! I want to remind you that missionaries cannot do this work alone. The Lord is helping us, but how much more can we do with the members help? I absolutely loved every minute of the broadcast. The Lord is truely furthering his work, and I hope you all are ready to “catch the wave” and be a part of this marvelous gathering. Do you realize how cool this is!? This is a miracle for our day!! The missionaries and the members each have a specific purpose for this work, and I know that with the Lord’s help we can make an even bigger miracle. I hope you take the messages shared to heart. This is truely amazing, and I’m so excited for you all!

This week was the Mission President Seminar, so our main building was closed for most of the week. Even though we were not allowed to go in there, it was awesome because of all the Mission Presidents and General Authorities that came! We were told that we could not approach any, but the prophet and the apostles were on campus with us! Ah!! You could feel their spirit all over. It was amazing! Our service assignment is to clean the building were the seminar was, so we were thinking about how cool it was that we were cleaning the building for the prophet specifically. 😀 We never saw the general authorities except for the broadcast, but that did not take away from our joy. Missionary work is awesome, and I’m so excited for how awesome it will be in Korea!

Korean is still a struggle, but in our last lesson we didn’t use a script, so that is an improvement. It’s hard because I cannot express myself as well in Korean, but I feel like I’m learning the true meaning of faith here. Slowly, very slowly, it is coming. I am very grateful for your prayers in my behalf. I know that they are helping me so much. I know this church is true, and I know that with Heavenly Father all things are possible. Look to him in every thought.

사랑하요!

Here are some pictures more pictures that I thought you’d appreciate, like the army of missionaries! Make sure you share the one of me and Heidi! ❤

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Love,

Pope 가매

Week 4 – MTC – Sister Jessica Pope

Hello my family and friends!

Another week has gone by, and it’s hard to think that we are now the older missionaries in our district. The eight-weekers have left for Korea, and the four-weekers are now the eight-weekers, and we are now the four-weekers. We got a new addition to our branch that are all going to the Seoul South mission. They asked us the best way to study, and the only answer we had for them was “when it’s time to study, study.” There is so much study time in the MTC, and you need every bit of it. You thought you knew how to study when you were in school, but when you are in MTC your eyes are opened to what “study” really means. It’s really hard because it seems like all my study gets no results, and its very discouraging at times. All of our district is there, and we have all cried our eyes out at one point here, even the Elders. Devotionals are what save me because after that out pour of “you can do this! The lord loves you!” I feel like I can do anything. I’m trying to take everything one day at a time, but some days are better than others. I’m so glad the Lord is on our side because this could not be possible without Him. WriteMe

So June 23rd is going to be amazing! I’m so excited to hear what amazing changes will happen for missionary work. The Lord has his hand in everything and I know that he is furthering his work so that all his children will be able to come back to him! I’m so excited to sing for the First Presidency and the twelve Apostles as well. We have been working hard to memorize our songs for Sunday because this will be an incredible event. This video will be watched for generations, so this is for posterity! I hope my children will be touched by the truth of the message and think it is cool that I’m a part of the choir. Make sure you look for me and Heidi, and I think Emily Landon is there too. My friend Josh is also in the Choir before he ships out to France next Monday. This is going to be amazing! I’ll be in a blue blouse with my black name tag, so hopefully it will be easier to spot me.

I’m pretty sure I said in a previous email that I got the strawberries and that I wanted the Aunts and Uncles addresses so that I could tell Aunt Shannon they were delicious and to thank her. Maybe you just didn’t notice it.

There is an intestinal virus sickness going around the MTC, so they have implemented a “no handshake” policy and they want us to use hand sanitizer more. I’m glad Korean custom is to bow, so that won’t be too much of a problem.

“I never said it would be easy; I only said it would be worth it.”

I love you all! Thanks for everything you do! Please don’t forget to write me because your letters lift me so much! Please tell me what is going on in your life!

All my love,

Jess

Week 3 – MTC

Hi everyone!
*ahem*
Hello mother. Hello Father.
reading and seeing
is not a bother.
Thanks for the package.
That’s why I’m writing.
My brand new glasses really help with the sighting. 🙂

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Anyway, I got your package just this morning. Thanks so much! I really appreciate the blanket. It got a little cold last night. 🙂

I said it last week, and I’ll say it again. Korean is hard! We’re working so hard, and it’s coming very slowly. I’ve been trying several ways to memorize the vocabulary, but I haven’t quite found the one that works the best for me. If anyone has any advice on that, I’d really appreciate it. We’ve taught several more lessons, and we gained two new “investigators”, and a new teacher. Our new teacher looks exactly like our first investigator! It’s so crazy! Unfortunately, our first investigator died unexpectedly, and we were sad because he didn’t have a chance to be baptized, but we gained a new investigator that also our new teacher’s doppelganger. Our second investigator looks exactly like our first teacher too! It’s crazy!

Sundays are my very favorite days here at the MTC. There is so much time to really study and there is not as much rushing around. I love my district and zone! Last Sunday our district leader asked us to teach in district meeting, and Sis. Jackson and I put together a lesson on Baptism. We taught in English, thankfully, and one of the counselors in our branch presidency and his wife were there. He told us that we said exactly what Heavenly Father wanted us to say in the lesson, and it helped me gain some confidence in my teaching. He gave us some inspired counsel, and it was a wonderful Sunday. Fast Sunday’s are not that bad here, so don’t worry about that. They show a movie every Sunday evening, and our first Sunday we watched “Legacy”. It was very enjoyable because of the romance in the story. We didn’t think we’d see romance like that for 18 months to 2 years! 🙂 Last Sunday they had a special language movie, so we got to see “Legacy” in Korean again! It was even more enjoyable in Korean, if that’s possible. It reminded me that I still have much to learn.DSCF0397

I guess you heard on the news about our trip to the Marriott center? It was sooo cool! We seriously looked like an army of God, with thousands of missionaries pouring out the MTC towards the Marriott center. It was the very first time that an MTC devotional has been held in the Marriot Center, and we had all the missionaries from the MTC and the West Campus (Wyview) there. There were sooo many missionaries! People took pictures of us as we walked by. It was cool to be on BYU campus again, and Mervyn B. Arnold and his wife gave an AMAZING devotional. Seriously, it was like it was meant for me. It was perfect! Later, we discussed the devotional as a district and Bro. Perriton from the Branch presidency was with us. He’s the type of priesthood leader who stares into your soul and speaks directly to your heart. As you can imagine, the discussion we had was intense. I love devotionals at the MTC!

As a general reminder, I only know as much as you tell me about what’s going on with you and the world. Don’t think that you can remember what you want to tell me at the end of my mission. The best way is to write your thoughts down the moment you think of what you want to tell me and send it off right away so you don’t forget. I echo the thought of many when I say that missionaries love to get letters, so don’t waste any time and write it when you think about it and send it as soon as possible. I love to hear from you, and I want to hear about the great things you are doing. Don’t forget to tell me because I will not find out from anyone else!

I love you all! The church is true, Korean is hard! Mark 9:23

All my love,

Jess

Week 2 – MTC – Sister Pope

Jessica’s latest update from the MTC
Hello my lovely friends and family!
I made it through my first week, and when I look back on my journal entries I have to laugh because most of them say the same thing– “I’m exhausted!” Seriously, those first few days were so rough! It’s crazy because it’s only been a few days and it feels like we’ve been here for years. I was told that people go crazy in the MTC, and I can attest to that. Our teacher was telling us that Koreans don’t understand sarcasm, so if they asked me if I was American and I said, “No. I’m Chinese.” they would be like, “Oh really? What part of China?” But he then gave an example of a Korean joke, which went “What did the bus driver say to the egg? Geedon”. You might have to say that out loud to get it, but you’ll realize that that isn’t that funny. However, our entire district just laughed and laughed and laughed until some of us cried, and our teacher looked at us like we were crazy. We lost it a little bit this week, but it was great.
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I can now add my testimony to that of countless missionaries before me that the first few days are tough, but I can also add my testimony that it does get better and that wonderful things happen in the MTC. We have taught five times so far, all in Korean. We asked our “investigator” if he would prepare to be baptized, and he said “Neh!” (yes) We were so excited! It was a really happy day, and then he asked us a question. I knew he was asking about baptism, so I started to answer how baptism worked. It wasn’t until after we had left that I fully understood his question and I realized I had misunderstood. He didn’t ask “How does baptism work?” He asked “How do I prepare to be baptized?” Aneeyo!! (No!!) We just started laughing and we quickly made a lesson plan for the next time to explain, and we taught it the next day. I can see the gift of tounges working more and more. We don’t understand a lot of Korean, but from one word we seem to understand the whole sentence and can answer the question. It is truly a miracle, and I am grateful that the Lord is helping us as we struggle to learn this difficult language.
I love the MTC, even though it is hard. Again, I add my testimony to that of countless others that this is the hardest thing I have ever done, but I also testify that it is worth it. I have grown so much from my first week, and I know that the Lord is blessing me and all of the missionaries here. I am so grateful to be a part of this great work!
We received a new district this week of native Koreans. They are so cute! They are also intimidating because we don’t know Korean and we’re almost afraid to talk to them. They’ll be here for two weeks before going back to Korea. We now have 11 districts in our branch, and all of our branch speaks Korean. Most of them are going to Korea as well. Last week we broke the record for number of missionaries coming in with 700, but this week broke that record with 940 missionaries!!! There are so many here. It’s awesome and crowded a bit, but we love it. From what I understand, Wyview is mainly for English speaking missionaries.
Okay, so here’s why you need to save the date. We went to choir practice on Sunday and they told us that we were going to be a part of something awesome. On June 23rd there is going to be a worldwide broadcast by the church, and we have the opportunity to be a part of the choir for it! We will be able to sing at the Marriot Center for the first presidency and the twelve apostles!!! We are so excited that we get to be here for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Make sure you watch it because you might see me and my district, because most of us are going to be a part of this wonderful event. It’s going to be so awesome!!!!! I’ll be the one in the nametag!
All my love and prayers,
Pope Jama

Jessica’s First Two Days at the MTC

Jessica sent her first update this afternoon from the MTC.   She is doing well – She also says that her expected date to leave the MTC to Korea is on July 29th instead of July 30th.  Take some time if you can and send her a letter:

Sister Jessica Pope
JUL29 KOR-SEO
2009 N 900 E Unit 162
Provo, UT 84602
Here is her update:

Everyone here is so friendly! I love how everyone says “hello” in the language their learning, and they are so polite. I love this place! It is very special, and I am so grateful to be able to serve the Lord here. I know this is where I am supposed to be, and even though it is only my third day, I feel like I’ve already learned so much.

Okay, so here are the answers to the questions you’ve been seeking:

My P-Day is Friday (in case you haven’t noticed) so you can anxiously crowd the computer on that day instead of the entire week. I’m also for sure going to be here for nine weeks. I bought one of those super cool retractable key rings that a lot of people have for their ID cards because I’m going to be here for so long and is easier to use, and because some of the sisters who have been here longer said it makes it feel like we’re part of the CIA. It does. 🙂

My companion’s name is Sister Jackson, and the crazy thing is that I’ve met her before! She lived in Wyview in the 129th ward — building six to be exact, on the third floor — and worked in the Wyview Creamery. I met her at the Stake Spring Sing performance and I sat next to her and we talked for a little bit. Now she is my companion and she is really nice. She’s from North Carolina and she is super cute. I think we will make a good companionship. She is senior companion for the next four weeks, and then I’ll be senior companion for the rest of the time.

So if you wanted to know what role Wyview is for the MTC, I can’t tell you because — surprise! — I’m not actually in Wyview for my stay at the MTC. It’s confusing because my address says that I’m in Wyview, but I’m really not. I’m actually in a residence hall room with six girls, including me and my companion. It’s awesome because our residence hall and classroom are both in buildings right next to the main building with the cafeteria. 🙂 Somehow I wasn’t that lost and seemed to know where I was going as we were walking through these hallowed halls yesterday (Day 2), and I count that as a miracle because I can’t navigate to save my life. Heavenly Father is helping us already!

How about some numbers? On May 29th, 700 new missionaries came to the MTC. Of those 700, 68 of them are part of our Zone, and about 14 are in our District. Yeah, I know. That is a lot. There were a TON of missionaries going to Korea, but there are also a set going to California and a set going to Australia, so that’s fun. Sister Deus, my friend from our singles ward, and Sister Thomas, Brittany’s friend from Quickwater, are part of our zone, so I’ve seen them a few times. I also was able to see other people from the singles ward and my mission prep class, which is awesome! I talked with Elder Pincock today, and I’m glad I got to see him before he heads out to New Mexico on Monday!

I’m sure you will all be happy to know that no one was lying. The MTC is overwhelming and hard. Korean especially is hard. We’ve only been here two days — just barely 48 hours — and we’re supposed to teach an “investigator” tonight in Korean. I know I cannot do this alone. I have to have the Spirit with me in order to do this, and we’re praying really hard that we will be able to know what to say to help him. They say that Korean is the 2nd hardest language for English speakers to learn. (Finnish is the first) The Japanese missionaries are like “Ooo. Good luck!” when we tell them what language we’re speaking. Immersion means lots of Pictionary and charades, apparently, and most of the time we just nod and say “Neh” (yes) when we really have no idea what they’re saying. This is going to be hard, but like I said, I have to rely on the Lord because I cannot do it by myself. They say you have to give your whole self, even that piece that you want to hold on to, if you truly want to serve the Lord. I’m working on giving up everything, including my doubts, so that I can fully rely on the arm of the Lord. I know this church is true and that with the Lord’s help I’ll be able to learn Korean. This is where I’m supposed to be, even though Korean is terrifying. I have no idea what I’m going to say, but if the Spirit is with me I know it will be what the Lord would have me say. I pray that the Spirit will be with all these missionaries as they learn the language of the Spirit, and I pray that we will survive our stay at the MTC. I love you all!

All my love,
Sister Jessica Pope

Jessica at the MTC

We dropped Jessica off at the MTC today.   It was crazy busy.  As we waited in line to drop her off, several volunteer missionaries welcomed us and then pointed the way to drive.  We were ushered into a slot where a sweet sister called to Tennessee (Spanish Speaking) helped us.  She even took a photo of us as we said good bye.

Dropping off Jessica at the MTC - 5/29/2013

Dropping off Jessica at the MTC – 5/29/2013

After a brief hug and kiss, Jessica was whisked away to be processed into the MTC.  Mom and dad stood there for a moment watching her walk away and then she was gone.  She is going to be an awesome missionary!

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