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 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 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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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 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!

Love,
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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Gyomun Week 14 – McGyver it!

Hi Everyone!

So this week was kinda interesting. One of the blessings is that one of our investigators is progressing towards baptism! We didn’t think she’d be able to come to church this Sunday, but she had work off and she came! The lesson was on Baptism, and the elder’s investigator got confirmed during Sacrament meeting! She said to us “Oh, that sounds so nice!” ^^ I am so excited for her and I pray that we can help her on the path that leads back to Heavenly Father!^^

My new companion, Sister Jeong, is super sweet. She has super strong faith and wants to work hard, and I’m really grateful that I get to serve with her. She’s so awesome! We’re going to work hard and hopefully see some miracles this transfer! I’m living in an apartment with three Korean speakers, so I guess it’s time to SYL (Speak Your Language) all the time now. They were speaking Korean yesterday and I broke in in English and it felt like I disrupted the flow of things… I felt kinda awkward, though they all understood what I said. No more English now! I’m a Korean, right?^^ Sometimes I forget that I’m white and then I look in the mirror… *sigh* Oh well. Foreigner power! ^^

I also felt like a mom this week. I’ve been mending clothes, cooking, and did quite a bit of home maintenance. I’ve re-screwed the legs of our table on, took the initiative of fixing our purified water (we had to call the plumber. That kind of vocabulary is beyond me, so I’m grateful for our Korean sisters), climbed up to change our light bulbs that have burned out, and Tomorrow we’ll probably be getting a new refrigerator, so we’ll have to clean ours out today. O.o Our house seems to be falling apart. The Korean sisters were very impressed with my “skills” though. They called me a McGyver, and I laughed.^^ On top of that we did our normal missionary work… Needless to say, this week I was pretty tired, but I’m so grateful for the opportunities that I have to serve! I love being a missionary so much!

I love you all, and I hope that this week goes well. Shout out to Aunt Kristie and my new Uncle Adrian! They’re getting married in the temple, everyone!^^ I’m so excited for you too!

May God bless you and keep you always

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Love,

Sister Jessica Pope
P.S. we made Pizza this week. So yummy!^^