Hello everyone!! Happy almost April! Can you believe it’s almost April?? That means spring and General Conference! CANT WAIT! Some funny things this week:
Sister Oh got her ears pierced!!! AND She is memorizing a few primary songs in English… “Lead me, guide me, walk inside me…” Is just one of them ^^
This week we also had our Spring Cleaning house check! We were complimented for having one of the cleanest houses! ^^ Thank you new found joy for cleaning!
As for feeling the spirit this week, I was sick alot ㅠㅠ So that cut out alot of focus. But despite that, We had a GREAT lesson with a less active member named Sister Mo. We try to visit her ever week on Mondays. We talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it went very well! On top of that, we met with a former investigator of previous Sisters in this area, and felt the spirit real strong talking about the Holy Ghost and the way it communicates to us.
This week we also met a new investigator names Sister Young-ju Jo. She was a referral from a member in GawangJu and she is VERY fun and outgoing. The member who referred her wants her to recieve baptism at the end of April. Pleas pray for us to teach with the spirit and work toward that amazing goal of a month baptism. She knows so much already and is quite prepared. She came to church yesterday as well.
Speaking of church, Brother Hwang had a business trip this weekend so he wasn’t able to come to church, BUT His sister and his friend came!! His sister, as I have mentioned before, has already attended church once. We are meeting her tomorrow! She literally knows nothing, so pray for us to find her needs ^^
As for Brother Hwang’s friend, on Friday he gave his friends number to the Elders and they immediately contacted him… turns out the talked to him a few weeks ago on the street when they were doing a survey!! Miracles!!!
And last but not least (Best actually) Brother Hwang has learned the first 4 lessons all the way through. We had a lovely meeting with him on Friday. He got a glimpse of what baptism is like through a clip from The District. After the lesson ended, Sister Bringhurst, through translation, expressed her love and all the members love for Brother Hwang in a testimony. After teaching him about the Law of the Fast, we invited him to fast next Sunday for a special cause and offered our support to fast with him. Sister Bringhurst brought out her family pictures and explained how important family is to her and in our church. She offered, if he would accept our help to fast with him so that he can have the opportunity to tell his mother about his interest and acceptance of this church. It brought him to tears and he really felt our love.
After the appointment, he was interviewed from baptism! His baptism will be on Saturday the 4th at 6 pm!!! (For you in Utah that is 2am on Saturday morning…) SO excited for him!!!
Thank you all soo much for your prayers!!! I know they helped! Hopefully there will be more people for you to pray for soon. Thank you!!! I love you!!! Have a good day!
PS: keep praying for him though^^
– Sister Jenson 젠슨자매 (jen-seun ja-mae)
~~He chose April 4th because in Korea 4 in an unlucky number. It is a sign of death. I think there are a couple unique things in this date, so close to the Lord’s Birth and on the FOURTH day of the FOURTH month he will be ressurected and reborn as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a new person.
FIRST WEEK OF THE NEW TRANSFER! That means the rest of my sisters in my MTC group have one transfer left. It means 6 weeks more with Sister Oh. It means a transfer with new goals and a new start and a new mind. AND I AM SO READY!
Last P-day we went to Eun-Haeng-Dong, which is a area in my area, but a nickname for the 3 mile long underground shopping mall… (PS already been there 3 times…) Well we went again. Cheap delicious food exists there too! So we spend any hours there. We also cleaned a little and other SUPER fun stuff. Plus I made planners for Elders in my district. FUN DAY
Tuesday we did splits with the Sister Leader’s companions. Both are greenies (one Korean one Philippine) so it was an interesting day. I helped the Philippine sister, named Sister Palller. I got a taste of training. It’s REALLY something else to not be able to use Korean words in my English. There’s so much new missionaries don’t know. So it was a learning experience, but I hope I helped her!
On Wednesday we had a really good Ward Missionary Council. A lot of homework was given… I hope we can remember it all! We also met a new investigator! Her name is Eun-Kyeong Jeon (yes i know all the names sound the same-I think so too) So she is GREAT! She studies the bible so hard!!! I think she really enjoyed the gospel talk as well.
And the Highlight (well there’s two) is ALWAYS Brother Hwang. We met him this week on Friday with our mission President and his wife. Brother Hwang’s wife and daughter came!!!!! IT was sooo fabulous and his wife told us that she is more comfortable with the church!!! It’s sooo great! So crazy stuff, when we talked to Brother Hwang on Sunday and discussed his baptismal service in a bit more detail, he requested President Shin to baptise him!!! How cool right?? They got close I think. So that the wonderful news this week! Church was also spiritually focused on the Atonement. I think it was God’s blessing to us and to Brother Hwang, because that is where his questions are. SO thank you for your prayers!! They are helping soo much!!!
Currently his mother in visiting. The date he chose for his baptism is because his mother will be gone and its a bit less stressful. So after his baptism hopefully we can do FHE and we really want to focus those on his wife. We want to spark in her a desire for baptism and faith.So pray for that! Thank you!!!
AND!! Yesterday was Sister Oh’s (American age) 20th Birthday!!!! WOOT!! In our mission there is an older couple, Sister and Elder Bringhurst. My parents know them as the people who take care of my expenses and travel. They are called as the ‘office couple’ here. So they DO take care of travel and expenses. They also happen to attend the English Branch here with the Dun-San Ward. The adults have a separate Sunday school, but during sacrament, the Elders translate for them.
Well simply put, Sister Oh just loves them! She talks about them all the time! SO I made an appointment with them on Sunday night for her birthday. I wrote their name backwards in my planner and told sister Oh we were meeting a Philippine couple, so she had to practice her English. Sister Oh also doesn’t know streets very well so though she has been to their house 2 times, she remembered nothing. We even pressed a doorbell thing that needs a code to get into the apartment building, and Sister Bringhurst talked and Sister Oh didn’t recognize her voice!!! I asked her right after if she understood anything. She said she only understood “okay come up” and had no idea who it was. When we got up to the 3rd floor and she saw Sister Bringhurst, she new she was fooled and as Elder Bringhurst took pictures, she fell on the floor laughing and embarrassed. BEST EVER! I also made a card and bought her favourite chocolate in secret… AND WE’RE COMPANIONS! Together 24/7!!! I LOVE her soo much!!!
OKAY HAVE A GOOD DAY!! I LOVE YOU ALL TOO!
– Sister Jenson 젠슨자매 (jen-seun ja-mae)
“People will learn when they’re ready to learn. Not when you’re ready to teach them.” ~So we must always
be ready, not to teach, but to listen to the Still Small Voice of the Spirit and teach by his guidance.
Well that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a good day!
Hello Everyone!! It’s been some nice weather here in Deajeon… around 6 degrees… hahaha Anyway, this week has had it’s highlights. Crazy stuff first.
Last week we went to JungAng SiJang. That is the market place at the edge of our area. And we went… HANBOK shopping!!! A 한복 HanBok: 한 Han is for Korea. 한식 HanShik = Korean food. 한글 hanGul = Korean alphabet… ect. 복 Bok is the OLD word for clothes. So simply put, a Korean traditional dress! For women its literally a dress. So in news for today, we are having a little Sister Activity together and taking pictures in HanBoks all together. So of course I had to buy one… and they are not cheap. They are also used at traditional weddings and so you can buy one fore $1000 if you buy it as your wedding dress. Also it can be a bridesmaid dress or a graduation dress or anything fancy. So I got one for relatively cheap… PICTURES next time ^^ It was also one of the things i didn’t want to leave Korea without.
This week Sister Oh and I obsessed over a food called Dalk-kang-jang. It is basically boneless chicken pieces. I realized why I love it SOO much… ITS JUST LIKE PANDA EXPRESS!! Except a bigger variety of sauce flavour. So The point is, we ate it almost every time we saw it. One day was particularly hard because we were fasting…
Now besides the usual (me teaching Sister Oh English that she doesn’t need, like the Fresh Prince of Bell-Air rap and how to talk like a gangster) Everything is pretty normal around here. Now I can tall you a bit about our investigators. Sister HangEui Jo chose an English name!! Jayln. She is such a fun person!
Sister YuMi Lee learned more about the Plan of Salvation this week. We’re taking it real slow with her. But she is progressing well. We are trying to get a day to do FHE with her every week.
As for Brother Hwang, this week all the Sisters in DunSan ward were out of town together at a Relief Society Campout (FUN!) So we had to cancel our 11 am appointment with Brother Hwang because we couldn’t find an adult Sister to help. But God always provides! We were able to do FHE instead at their house! Which is so much more useful for their family. We learned that after we taught the Plan of Salvation, their daughter Hayeon would say things like “If mommy drinks alcohol she cant go to the celestial kingdom!” Brother Hwang’s wife, Sister EunSuk was very active in learning this time. She also shared how her husband is such a good example. And at the end, maybe for the fourth time, Brother Hwang cried while he said the prayer. And right after, his wife was wiping tears, asking the rhetorical question “why am I crying?”
The next day Brother Hwang came to church the WHOLE 3 hours with his daughter. It was her first time in Primary. I went with her and it was very fun to see her try and participate. She LOVES to read so much so when the teacher asked who wanted to read the scripture, her hand shot up. She read the Book of Mormon SO well! And when they asked who believes in God and Who believes in Jesus, she raised her hand high like all the other little children.
Also, during sacrament meeting, the last song sung was “I Am a Child of God” HaYeon sang loud, and I looked over to see Brother Hwang crying. The song had really touched him. Everything has touched him spiritually recently. So because of that we gave him a children’s hymn book and told him to take it home and sing with HaYeon. We also gave him the Family: A Proclamation to The World in a pamphlet version, and asked him to read it together with his family. Brother Hwang is such an amazing husband and father! He is progressing so well. We’ll fill you in about his baptism next week!
PS Sister Oh will transfer in a week and a half, so be prepared! haha I’m not… BYE! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
– Sister Jenson 젠슨자매 (jen-seun ja-mae)