Spirit Paradise

How is life for everyone? Life in the MTC is pretty #swagalicious (that’s for my brother). The food is not gross, but everyone complains about it. Sometimes it’s cold or hard as a rock, but there are lots of delicious options so it’s never a big deal. The orange juice does not give you diarrhea FYI. They have ice cream at lunch sometimes—which is awesome.

Some people call the MTC Spirit Prison because you’re usually in a small brick room for 9-12 hours a day studying, but I believe it’s Spirit Paradise. I do have to admit though that I get really excited when we go outside and I see real life trees! Just kidding…kind of.  I have hugged a tree ‘cause it looked so cuddly.

I think we get to go to the Provo Temple every P-day. The Provo Temple is gorgeous inside. It’s so much bigger than the Boise Temple, but all temples are amazing because they’re the Lord’s House.

We have 80+ people in our branch (the Korean Celestial Branch is what we’re called—ha ha). Everyone I have talked to has plans of doing the Gangnam style dance if we are called to the Gangnam district in Seoul (but secretly in a dark corner so no one judges us as missionaries). Ha ha.

We got a bunch of Korean natives going to serve in Seoul a couple days ago. They’re here for two weeks and they are seriously the cutest people in the world! They all know a little bit of English, so I can say more than just “Hello! My name is Sister Stastny. God loves you!” to them

Something interesting about Koreans is they don’t take compliments. For instance, if you’re a man and someone tells you that your wife is beautiful, you say, “No, she’s ugly.” It’s just humble and polite over there.

One of the Korean girls told me that they would love me over there because I’d be a “blonde babe.”

I was like, “Well, thank you!” I might have to work on being more humble. Ha ha.

The Korean language has a million different ways to say the same thing depending on who you talk to. They’re teaching us the highest (hardest) form because we’re supposed to speak honorific to most people. One of the MTC presidents told us that besides Finnish and Navajo, Korean was the hardest language to learn. Yah!

It’s going good though. I can’t believe how much I know already! Have a good week. I’ve tried to Korean-ize your names!  Not sure if it’s right, but have fun.

  • Curtis = Cuh-teesh =커티스 
  • Jessica = Jeh-shee-ka = 제시카
  • Christina = Cuh-suh-teen-ah =크리스티나 
  • Dad = Ah-bah = 아빠
  • Mom = Oh-ma = 엄마

Sarang Hamnida (I love you) 사랑해요

Stastny Cha-may (Sister)

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I’m Alive!

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Posing in my classroom by the Korean flag #swag

Hey everyone!  How have you been!  P-day is Thursday (we didn’t get one last week so that’s why you haven’t heard from me yet). Thanks for the Dear Elder letters.  They are the best to get!

The MTC is amazing!  We study about 9-12 hours a day, but it’s totally worth it because we are learning so much!  The second day everybody was reading and writing in Korean, and the 3rd day we were teaching to a Korean.  Eek!  It was really hard and I didn’t understand what He was saying to us, but it was my 3rd day.

I’m in a trio-companionship with Sister Hurst (a tall short-haired blonde who has already studied Korean, taken 5 years of Chinese, and traveled to Asia), and Sister McNatt (a short brunette who has studied Japanese for a couple of years and traveled to Asia also).  They are such a blessing in my life and help me out so much with the language!  They’re wonderful!

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My companions and I at temple

There are so many people going to Korea.  We actually have had one of the biggest branches in the MTC (there are 80 people right now in it).  It’s going to be interesting to see how many people are actually in my mission.   I’m excited for it.

The Korean language is hard, really hard.  My companions think it’s harder than Japanese and Chinese…but it’s beautiful.  We’re learning the highest form of Korean right now (which is the hardest because honorific form is longer than common and low form).

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Our names. In Korean they say (last name) Sister, instead of Sister (last name).

My favorite word in Korean is “Ha-na-neem Ah-poh-jee”.  Heavenly Father.  I wish I could write it in Korean, but I’m not sure how to on the computer.  Oh well!

My second favorite word, by the way, is “hew-sheek,” because it means “break” and I love breaks!

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My MTC nametag! When I go to Korea they are going to write my name in Korean–Stastny will probably translate to “sa-ta-sa-nee”! Pumped!

The devotionals here are amazing!  We had Sheri Dew and Gerald Causse (the 1st Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric) come and speak to us. Brother Causse said something that I love. I’ll try to sum it up from my notes:

The Lord isn’t looking for those who are already strong, he’s looking for those who are inadequate because they rely on the Lord, and He can shape them into who He wants them to be. 

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This is the classroom where we live during the day.

Oh, I had to give the closing prayer during Sacrament meeting on Sunday…in Korean.  I thought I was going to pass out, but I prayed before that I would be able to say my prayer okay in Korean (it was pray-ception), and heavenly father helped me say exactly what I wanted to say.  After I said amen the room burst out in “Good job! Nice prayer!”  It was strange, but nice. My Branch Presidency was so proud of me. Haha I love them.

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When the going gets rough, you have breakfast and candy for lunch with your companions. I regret nothing.

I’m doing good!  I have a lot more to learn, but I’m excited for it! I love you and I’m praying for all of you!

Sister Stastny

Waiting to Go

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I went through the Boise Temple with my Dad and Mom to prepare for my mission.

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I tried to learn the Korean alphabet (Hangul).

I ate a couple kinds of Kimchi (fermented, pickled cabbage and other spicy things). I hear that I will eat Kimchi every day in Korea. I am excited (not really…but I will get used to it).

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I went through the Salt Lake Temple for my older sister’s wedding.  I’m glad I didn’t miss that.

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