I love to see the temple

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSo this week was temple week!  I love that we have the opportunity to attend the temple every 6 weeks or so in my mission.  It’s such a special opportunity. I always feel so much peace, happiness, and love while I’m in the temple.  The more I have gone to the temple, the more I want to make everywhere I go more temple-like: less-judgmental, more kind, forgiving, peaceful, happy, and more in tune with the guidance and direction of the Holy Ghost.  Lately, when I teach people about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am trying more to make the setting one where those I teach can learn like I am able to learn in the temple–where they can listen, learn, and feel the Spirit confirming the truth of what we say in their hearts and minds.

Since, we teach people in multiple settings (including, but not limited to, homes, hair shops, buses, subways, restaurants, cafes, sidewalks, and streets), I have learned that in order to make a teaching setting more temple-like, I always have to be temple-worthy.  I always have to be in-tune and following the promptings of the Spirit, diligently, and obediently working as hard as I can to do the Lord’s work.  When I truly am working my hardest to follow the Spirit and live worthily, testifying and teaching people regardless of where they are is a lot easier.  They don’t always like or accept my message, but I feel better knowing that I gave made them the best opportunity I could to listen and learn about it with the Spirit present.

I hope with all my heart that everyone can have the opportunity to go to the temple and feel of God’s love and power and mercy; to feel that peaceful, happy feeling that comes from going worthily to the House of the Lord.  I hope to be an influence for good in helping people wherever I am live worthily to go to the temple and feel of the Savior’s love for them and all His children!

The temple is truly the House of the Lord!

❤ Sis. Stastny

***LANGUAGE UPDATE

The language is going good!  I haven’t remembered most of my dreams (because I’m so tired and out of it when I go to bed and wake up), but I don’t think I’ve reached the point where I can dream completely in Korean yet.  It is seriously such a hard language.  I think I could spend my whole life studying it and still not be perfect at it.  Even Koreans don’t know everything because they have so many derivations of Chinese characters that turn into a bunch of different words in their language.  It’s just crazy.  But I do like studying it each day.  I can go up to random people on the street and talk to them about most things.  I understand usually the jist of what people say, but when it comes to the complete details, and being able to repeat what they said back, I’m still lacking…but I still have lots of time left to keep learning.

Koreans tell us sometimes that their language is hard for them to understand.  I believe it.  It’s sort of like English–lots of people can speak it, but when it comes to speaking correctly and understanding EVERYTHING (hard words, long, intricate sentences) it’s not always the easiest.  That’s how it is with Korean…except I think Korean is a lot harder than English obviously…hahaha.

 

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Oh Happy Missionary Work

Okay!  This week has been fabulous…I might say that every week…but I really mean it.  I got put with Sister L from my same MTC group and we are just loving it.  It’s fun being with someone that is at the same point in the mission because you get to really learn with and from each other more than other times.  We get to learn and teach each other what we learn and I feel like we are progressing in the language even faster together!  We’re just having a blast!

Since I’ve only been in Gimpo about 7 weeks (and our area is massive), I still don’t know how to get everywhere, but Heavenly Father helps Sister L and I out a lot.  The other night we were going to visit a less-active, and we were trying to find an address and were really lost.  We asked lots of people (who were very willing to help us out; if Koreans don’t know where a place is they will usually always take the time to search on their phones, or ask other people and help), but no one knew where this particular address was!  So we were meandering through streets, humming hymns and saying hi to people when I look up and see the small apartment complex that we were looking for!!!  It was a miracle!  We couldn’t see any entrance to get into the complex area, so we jumped a wall (modestly in our skirts, mind you), just to look back and see that the entrance was a couple yards away, hidden by mass surplus of foliage (oh sweet missionary work haha)!

Anyway, the Lord has been helping us out like that in many ways!  We’re not always sure how to get places, how to say things perfectly in Korean, or how to do a number of other things- but when it comes down to it, Heavenly Father is always there, and what needs to be done, gets done.  I have a big testimony that this isn’t our work, it’s the Lord’s work.  Even when our plans don’t go the way we expect, the Lord’s work is never frustrated.

Mission Moments:

I know the Lord is definitely helping us out here and I’m so thankful for that. I love being a missionary and sharing this happy Gospel!  It’s awesome! Have a good week!

❤ Sister Stastny 🙂

Conference & N. Korea

안녕하세요!!!!

Okay, so there’s a lot of things that happened this week!  First off, thanks for all the birthday wishes!!  It was seriously one of the best birthdays ever!  I went sightseeing and finally danced in Gangnam (haha pictures are below).  Everyone called me and wished me happy birthday and it was just the best! At night, I got to be with my ward and do family home evening night with them.  It was just perfect!  I loved it.

 

We also had transfer calls and I’m going to be with Sister L. as my new companion!!!  She was in the same group I came into the MTC with and we’re so excited to be with each other!  My first companion (Sister H) has actually been with Sister L. for the past 12 weeks, and now we’re switching and I get to be with her!  So fun!  If you look back at my early MTC pictures, I think there’s a picture of her and me in our P-day clothes in the MTC laundry room (she has super long blonde hair).  I’m really excited to serve with her here in our lovely Gimpo!

I also saw General Conference this week!  Woooh for 살아계신 선지자 (living prophets)!  I just loved everyone’s talks.  I realized that the way I watch General Conference has changed a lot.  I used to just watch General Conference for myself- so I could be edified and uplifted, and so could receive answers and revelation from God through our prophets and apostles.  I don’t think that’s bad at all, but now when I watch General Conference I have a bigger reach in mind.  I watch General Conference for the member who is struggling with her testimony because of seemingly unanswered questions; I’m doing it for hair-dresser we teach on Tuesdays who wants to know how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differs from other churches; I’m doing it for the 학생 (hakseng) on the street that doesn’t have enough time to meet because she has to study and is in desperate need of hope.  I watch it now not just for me to be spiritually uplifted and edified, but in order for me to assist in uplifting and edifying others along with the Spirit too.  General Conference meant a lot more to me than it has in the past because of this.  I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to have watched it.

 

Along with many other things, I also got to go to one of the islands in my area and take a tour around the North Korea Peace Observatory.  We got to look through binoculars and see North Korea across the water about a mile and half-two miles away.  The guide showed us a village that had been destroyed in a mudslide a couple years back, but that was rebuilt just to be rebuilt, (no one lives there or goes there apparently), and then he showed us a place where people do live and go to school.  It was interesting.  We learned a lot about Korean history, too, and it was sad and fascinating.  Through the binoculars, I saw people in the fields harvesting rice, some people riding bikes, some people (probably soldiers) standing and talking to each other in the heat of the day, and a few people walking the path by the gate which surrounds their side. It was a cool experience.

 

We also talked to a lot of the people that were in the observatory and had a lot of good, spiritual conversations with them. Lots of the older generation actually knows people (whether friends or family) who got separated from them when Korea split.  They come to the observatory because it’s a place where they remember and try to renew their hope for reunification someday.  Many people we talked to were willing and wanted to hear about our message because it truly is one of hope, peace, and happiness. As the day went on, we got to share our testimonies that God lives and truly loves everyone of His children (regardless of where they are or what they may be doing), and that His love is (and will always be there) for everyone. It was powerful, and the spirit was strong.

I love being a missionary and I truly honestly love God and His church–the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I know it to be true for myself, and I want everyone to be as happy as they can through living this gospel.

Have a good week!

❤ Sister Stastny

 

The little things matter

안녕하세요!

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My birthday package! Yeah!!!

First off, I’m probably the luckiest person in the world!  I can’t believe I get to spend my 20th birthday in Korea. And it’s a P-day so I can eat some cake, go to some fun places, and talk to everyone in my path (because that’s what I love to do as a missionary). Also, I’m still 21 in Korean age (I’ll turn 22 in the New Year’s)…but I’m 20 now in American age!!  Age is confusing.

Anyway, this week I learned that the little things do matter.  We are always doing a lot as missionaries–talking to people, teaching those who want to learn, serving others, uplifting others, and spending time with the ward.  Sometimes, it seems like the little things don’t matter or mean much to people, but I learned that they do.

This last Sunday, during Relief Society, there was a discussion about inspiration.  One of our lovely members (who we had visited a couple weeks before and shared a quick message with that we hadn’t prepped beforehand) talked about how she felt really strongly that the scriptures we shared was pure inspiration from God to her.  I remember that we had originally planned to practice teaching a principle with her (so she could help us with Korean), but because time was running short, our plans didn’t work out so we shared a scripture instead.  The scripture was small, and it didn’t seem like much to us at the time, but she said it really meant a lot to her.  It taught me that the little things that we do to help people come closer to the Savior really do mean something.  No effort to do good is ever wasted…and I truly mean and believe that.

I also learned from that experience that Heavenly Father always provides a way for His work to get done.  Our plans may not always work out as prepared, but the Lord’s plans are never frustrated.

Mission Moments:

It was temple week!  I love that I have the opportunity to go to the temple every 6 weeks in my mission.  Such a blessing.  The temple is a place of peace and love.  I always feel strengthened when I visit it.

One of my favorite Korean desserts–bingsu!  MMM…

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Yesterday we were fasting…but my companion cooked brownies (for the nighttime) and put them right in front of me to see how much will power I had!!  AHHH 유혹! Big temptation, but I resisted (thought you might like the picture though…hehe)

I love being a missionary and I feel so blessed to share what I love most (this Gospel of Jesus Christ) with others!  I know this church is true and that God does live and love all of us individually.  I wouldn’t be a missionary if I didn’t feel that undeniably in my heart and soul.

❤ Sister Stastny