Well this week has been great! So happy^^ If you ask me why, these are my thoughts. I haven’t been the MOST obedient to small rules. No good. But during weekly planning this week, in the first few minutes, I made a new effort or new mindset to be better. I felt better immediately- it was a miracle! So after a few days of distracting thoughts, and excuses, everything was finally better! So now on to my week^^
This week we did our Visa!! Visa’s can be 3 hours long and excruciatingly painful 😛 or take just 30 minutes… luckily our was only 1 hour, most of which was filling out papers and waiting… DONE!
ALSO,,, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Our New Years Day was planned to have 4 appointments… 3 canceled. But the one we kept was with the Bishop and we ate dduk-guk! Which is ricecake broth…??? Tastes better than it sounds! It reminded me of my first months in Korea… I ate that all the time and grew to love it. It’s now one of my favourite foods!
We met Lisa on Monday. It was a great lesson about the first half of the Plan of Salvation. We taught her and she understood! She even opened up about her problems with family and her boyfriend. She asked “if I pray, will God help me over come it?” OF COURSE! We focused on the Atonement and how through Jesus we can overcome anything.
It was great! we discussed Baptism with her. Showed her the font and extended a baptismal date of January 31st. She said she wanted to pray and find out for herself if it was the right day.
2 days later she texted us to tell us that her boyfriend’s dad suddenly died and his mom suddenly got breast cancer… Now she says she cant believe that God would do that kind of thing to innocent people so she cant believe that God exists, and we cant continue our relationship.
God doesn’t give people problems to punish them. I believe that it is against God’s nature to give His children anything that would cause them misery. It is all how you receive it. If you view something negatively and blame God, of course you’re going to be miserable!!! But God gives us trials and painful things to that we can become stronger and smarter. He wants each of us to be happy. so why would he “punish” you? Death and pain are a part of being mortal. It is inevitable and only there to help us. Didn’t you just ask that if you pray can you overcome this hard thing??
This week in District meeting we focused on consecrated prayers ~ prayer with meaning and no repetition. In Enos, in the Book of Mormon, he prays for himself and repents and receives a full forgiveness. But then immediately focuses all his effort and mind on praying for the Nephites and then the Lamanites. In our world, Enos is us. Once we pray for ourselves, we must fully focus our efforts on the others. The Nephites are our fellow missionaries and members. Pray for those you work with. The Lamanites are our investigators. To you at home, that might be a friend or a coworker who doesn’t really know much about our gospel. Enos prayed with his whole heart for those people. Leaving nothing out. Enos had consecrated prayers
Last but not least… SATURDAY was so busy! We left home at 9am and didn’t return until 9:30pm… Usually with morning studies we don’t leave until 12 and we come home for dinner. But on Saturday we ate every single meal out! 3 investigator appointments. 1 member meal. 2 ward council meetings, and no time to go home at all! It was such a great day. It was as if all our canceled appointments we repaid on Saturday…
Basically, its been a great fabulous week full of realization, new goals, disappointment, overwhelming schedules, happiness, and blessings, SO MANY BLESSINGS!!
One last miracle. On Thursday we were texting an investigator. She is 15, her name is Dan-Bi. She couldn’t meet any day except Sunday. We asked her to come to church and we could teach her English after. She doesn’t seem like the type of person to want to come. But, with our new focus on prayer, I prayed simply that she would want to come to church. She replied “See you at 12” and she came to church! Simple. Prayer. Blessings.
I know that prayer works! If you haven’t tried, TRY! If you’re slacking.. HEY GOD WANTS TO TALK TO YOU and if you are, good job. DO better. I LOVE YOU ALL
PS: the title says Happy New Year in korean (sae-hae-bok man-i bad-eu-sae-yo)
– Sister Jenson 젠슨자매 (jen-seun ja-mae)