Sinchon Week 2 – Every Member a Missionary

My dear family and friends,

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful week! We had Mission Conference, and two General Authorities spoke! ^^ Elder Whiting is new to the Quorum of the Seventy last year, and Elder Evans is the executive director of missionaries, or something like that. It was really special to hear from them because Elder Evans is so involved in missionary work! He talked a lot about what we needed to hear. I loved what he said about the Lord giving revelation line upon line in regards to Pres. Monson lowering the missionary age. It’s so awesome! Something like the missionary age being lowered –> shorter MTC stay –> New Mexico MTC –> Sister Training Leaders –> Worldwide Broadcast for member missionary work –> New Technology –> the new awesome changes that are going to happen over the next year! Oh. My. Goodness!!! Missionary work is becoming soooo much better! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!! ^^


I have a challenge for you all though. At mission conference it was impressed upon me that we need members so much to help with this work. We need to think about what WE can do to help with missionary work because it’s not just the missionaries that do it. It’s a million times better to get a referral from a member than to have to find people on the street. I challenge you to take Elder Ballard’s challenge to heart, and I dare you to go up to your local missionaries and ask them what you can do to help them, even if it’s just being the member in a member present lesson. I promise they won’t turn you down, and the Lord will bless you for your willingness to serve him. We need members so so much! We can’t do this work without them. Please think of people you can invite to hear the missionaries, and ask the missionaries what you can do to help them. I promise that you will be blessed if you do this.


Also, We had stake conference yesterday. First of all, we had a miracle that one of our investigators who we thought wouldn’t show up came! Woot! ^^ And it was a broadcast from Utah and Elder Cook and Elder Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve spoke. Oh. My. Goodness. I already knew that they are inspired, but this just increased my testimony so much because the entire meeting focused on the problems that Korea is facing. I’m sure they know a lot from the mission presidents, but they hit the nail on the head with this one. It was exactly perfect for a people they probably do not know much about! The church is so true!!! ^^

We’ve had a miracle of picking up a lot of new investigators this week, a lot of them Chinese. I love telling people about how much God loves them! It’s my favorite thing to tell people. I am really grateful for the opportunity to share the gospel with the people of Korea. I really love Korea and it’s people.


Tomorrow we have the opportunity to help with a big service project. All the missionaries are going to help make Kimchi! Kimchi (if you don’t know) is pretty much the Korean national dish. They eat it with everything (and that is not an exaggeration.) Kimchi is fermented vegetables, usually cabbage, and it is delicious. I really like Kimchi, but it can be hard to take at first because it’s a bit spicy. It’s really good though! ^^ Tomorrow we’re going to help make it, and it will be an exciting adventure. Yay Kimchi! ^^


I hope you all have a wonderful week! Remember to “ask the missionaries!” ^^

Love you lots!

Sister Jessica Pope


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,


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!


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 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!


Sis. Jessica Pope

Week 3 – MTC

Hi everyone!
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. 🙂


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,