Chinese New Year in Korea

This week was 설날 (seolnar)–Lunars year’s!  So it was pretty fun!  Most people went back to their hometowns to spend it with their families, so this week was pretty dead.  Because no one has time to meet the missionaries, we had a big conference together where we went hiking and watched Meet the Mormons!  So fun!  On our hike, every district was given a Book of Mormon story to reenact through pictures only. Can you guess what story it is and what part me and my companion played (HINT…baah! Ahh! Arms off)

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Being in a tri-panionship is super fun!  Sister N. is from Salt Lake and is just an absolute sweetheart.  She’s always finding ways to serve and help out at home and cares for everyone in Yeongdeungpo already so much (even though she hasn’t had the opportunity to get to know them very well).  I love her and Sister L.  We’re able to get a lot of work done with each other and work with each other really nice so that’s a blessing.  We also are able to do this while getting little less sleep too because we love talking to each other at night time too! haha

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This week Sister Jo  got baptized! The missionaries have been teaching her for a long time, and she’s been attending church for a long time, but she’s been scared of committing to baptism. God helped her realize, however, that she needs to put her faith before fear and take those small steps that will lead her to something even greater!  It was a really good baptism!  The sister missionary that originally was in the ward she first attended before she moved was there.  She had a big support group and it was great!

Missionary work is the best! Isn’t it!

Mission Moments:

Seolnar Hike

Yummy snack of steamed silkworms. It didn’t have a bad taste, but when I bit down all the steamed silkworm juices gushed out and I spit it out–in front of the lady who sold them! Oh my goodness! I felt so bad. That’s probably so disrespectful….but she laughed  so I think it’s okay.  Haha!

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Pictures of our fancy, cute little apartment. We have a washer/dryer combo under our stove, so we’re pretty envied by all the mission.

Family Night with the Ward

Sisters will be…awesome!

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❤ Sister Stastny

 

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Tri-Panionship!

We got transfer calls last night and Yeongdeungpo is getting a Tri-panionship!  Sister L., me, and Sister N. (a cute sister who came in the group after me in the MTC)! We are so pumped!

I think Heavenly Father was preparing us for a tri-panionship because this week we had an interesting request from one of our youth. She’s considering serving a mission when she’s older and asked us if she could spend a couple days serving with us while she’s on a break!  Of course!  It was so fun!  We woke up and did our regular studies in the morning at the church, taught lessons, proselyted, and lived as missionaries the whole day.  It was the best!

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She was so cute!  Even though she has taught with us before in lessons, she felt a different duty this time and studied and marked the lesson pamphlets with notes and scriptures and was almost trembling before one lesson with anticipation and excitement.  She attended district meeting with us and was marking every scripture that was mentioned!  So great!

She’s a convert and the only member in her family, so as we taught others, we were also able to teach her and help her with things she’s wondering about.  It was a really good opportunity to serve with one of our young women and help her along the way! It was a fun week!

This week is 솔날 (solnar) by the way!–Chinese New Year’s!  So we’re going to party like it’s Christmas in America!  Woop!  Woop!  Actually, everyone is going to their hometowns to be with their families for the occasion so we might spend a lot of the week finding service projects!  (Which is equally as fun, to be honest!).

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Also…one of our investigators (Sis. Jo Ha-nee) is preparing to get baptized next Sunday.  Please pray for her!  She’s been investigating and attending church for a really long time and she’s finally decided to receive baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  We’re hoping that she’ll be able to stick to her commitment. We’re praying for her really hard!

❤ Sister Stastny

Surprise Baptism!

Yeah, we had a surprise baptism this week. Missionaries have been teaching a cute young woman for a little over a year now and she’s been wanting to be baptized for a long time now.  She’s too young and needs permission from her parents (which they haven’t given her), so she’s been waiting and attending church ever since.

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Our church (I literally cannot seem to take a whole picture because it’s so big)

She was going through a hard time and her parents could tell, so they asked what they could do to make her happy. She told them to give her permission to be baptized!  They consented and she called us out of the blue one morning and told us to bring baptism papers over so her mom could give written permission.

After doing that and passing the baptismal interviews, Kang-jin was ready to be baptized!  On Sunday, we had her baptism! It was after church so the whole ward attended to support her. The Young Women’s president, who has been working with her and helping her from the start, gave a beautiful testimony on God’s will and pressing forward in faith and hope.

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Before this though, Kang-jin was changing into her baptismal clothes and she asked us when she was done if she could come in.

Okay, this is probably my fault, but I thought she meant come into the room where all the ward was gathered (Korean is hard). So I told her yes, and waited.

But then I heard a splash and realized my mistake.

We ran into the font and there Kang-jin was just sitting on the stairs waist-up in water, with a face like “Baptize me!”

We laughed and ran frantically to get a dry pair of baptismal clothes so we could have the service in the right order haha. It was pretty easy to get her dried off and ready to have the little baptismal service, so that was a blessing!

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Besides that, this week I was called on last minute to give a talk in Korean Sacrament Meeting.  It was on Joseph Smith’s First Vision, so I had it in the bag and was able to talk for the needed time.

I also had to sing three songs in church! One with the choir for English branch, one with the choir for Korean ward, and one for Kang-jin’s baptism.  I sing so much as a missionary that I’m starting to thing I actually enjoy it! (Oh no! What am I becoming!!)

God is good! And I know he really is looking out for us and caring for us! Hope you have a good week!

❤ Sister Stastny

 

Questions of the Soul

I did not miss the super bowl.  You know me and sports, and how we don’t understand each other very well.  It’s funny, because out of all the sisters in our mission that love and miss their sports, I’m in the ward where we play sports the most for missionary work.  I have to play basketball every week and I realized I don’t know how to do it! I just thought that if you throw it in the hoop, you’d be good. Well, nope.  So I’m learning how to play sports good so people will want to talk and have me on their team and so I can find people to teach. Haha. It’s the life!

This week we had the opportunity to meet with a lot of people who were all going through different stages and hard times in their life.  Although their circumstances were all different, they all seemed to have the same question:

Why do we have to suffer in this life?

One of our investigators (a girl from Russia who’s a champ at Korean) has been really struggling with this question and her relationship with God.  She has been going through some hard times lately and has been wondering if there really is a loving Heavenly Father or not.

As we were meeting with a young women from our ward this week, we felt prompted to ask for her input on this question.  She immediately said in her cute Korean accent, “NO PAIN, NO GAME.”  We laughed and agreed, but as I thought about it, I realized the truth behind what she said.

In 2 Nephi 2, Lehi tells his son Jacob,

Thou art my firstborn in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness, and behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow…Nevertheless…thou knowest the greatness of God; And He shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.

The Lord allows us pain for our gain!

No matter who we are or where we are, we are bound to face trials, afflictions, and sorrows.  But if we continue to trust in our amazing, loving Heavenly Father, he will bless us, and He will consecrate our afflictions for our gain!!!

I really believe that God doesn’t want us to suffer, but he wants us to have joy, and learn, and grow to become more like Him.  Without hard times, however, we could never progress in the way that our Heavenly Father wants us to!

I’m so thankful that we do have a loving Heavenly Father that cares for us and understands us perfectly.  God is good!

❤ Sister Stastny