Rainy Season & Reunions

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I have no idea where the time is going but everyone is telling me that I have only 2 weeks left!  This week I was told I have my exit interview with President Morrise.  There’s about 19 other missionaries going home with me so he has to start early.  Thankfully, an exit interview doesn’t mean I’m finished yet.  I still have time to serve the Lord here in Korea. 아싸!~

This week the monsoon season hit us full blast!  It’s humid and rainy all the time and I think I haven’t been completely dry since last Monday.  But I absolutely love it!  All the trees and flowers are bright rich colors and everything looks so beautiful.  I just love Korea with all my heart!

We had a zone conference this week where a person named P.J. Rogers came and talked to us. He was hilarious and so fun to listen to.  He served his mission in Korea and came back here afterwards to go to school.  He made a goal to have a conversation about the Gospel every month.  After a while of doing that it became too easy, so he changed it to a conversation about the Gospel with someone every week. He seems to be having a lot of success as a member missionary and was really inspiring.

We met for zone conference at a new church in 인천 (Incheon)-where I first started off my mission.  It is probably one of the nicest churches I have ever been to, anywhere.  It was gorgeous.  What was even better was that I got to see a bunch of sisters from 연수 (Yeonsu)-my first area!

In my first area me and my companion worked really hard with a lady named Sister Park who had been less-active for 20 years.  After teaching her a couple lessons I felt like there was no point in coming over ever again.  Her heart seemed so hard and she couldn’t understand our lessons no matter what materials or members we brought along to help us.  I honestly wanted to drop her at one point, because I thought we were wasting our time.  It was then that out of no where, I was filled with the most warm, indescribable love for her.  It was bigger and stronger than anything I think I’ve ever felt.  I knew it was God’s love for her and that we had to continue teaching her.  About a month later she was re-activated, and her children began to take the lessons too and come to church, and were eventually baptized.

I saw her at the Zone Conference helping the Relief Society sisters with a service project.  She was smiling so big and talked to me about how she has completed been changed, and now is “completely active” in the church.

I think nothing could have made me more happy than to see her so happy and to hear her say that.

Mission Moments:

It’s hard to think that soon I will have to leave, but I know that my efforts to serve the Lord in Korea have not been for nothing.  No effort is ever wasted.

I love serving as a missionary with all my heart!  And I find a lot of comfort knowing that I can serve as a missionary my whole life-where ever I am- with or without a badge.

❤ Sister Stastny

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Elevator Miracle

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View at night from our apartment

This week I official hit my 18th month mark.  I say that, but I don’t believe it!  At least I still have some more time left.  Whew.  That’s great because this week we had some big blessings!

A couple weeks ago we began a conversation with a lady in the elevator.  It wasn’t anything special (I think we just gave her a compliment) and then parted ways, but no sooner did we say goodbye than the lady ran back to us, asked if we were missionaries, asked if she could learn English and the Gospel from us, and asked for our numbers.  We learned that she lives two doors down from our apartment!

We were in the middle of sending a text to her and following up when we get a knock on our door from her this week!  She asked where our church was and we set up and appointment to meet the next day.  I think it’s the first time that an investigator has come to us!

It’s not that often when people knock on missionaries doors asking to meet! It was great.

What’s even greater is how much she loves and cares for families.  She began going to church as a young mother so she could pray and obtain blessings for her family.  How cool is that?  We’ve been focusing all our lessons on how the restored gospel blesses families.  She seems really open to our lessons and because we live so close to each other and so close to our church I think she has a lot of potential to learn and progress really fast!

Mission Moments:

We’re really excited to teach her more!  This week we also went to the temple! Yah!  Love the temple!

❤ Sister Stastny

Rainy Season

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Rainy-ness

Rainy season has begun! It got really hot and humid one day, and the next day it began to rain and it’s been raining ever since! Even though we always have an umbrella, somehow we always end up at our destination wet. It’s been a lot of fun, though.

This week I heard an analogy about a master that asked his servant to push a rock for him. This man put all his effort into it and pushed and pushed and pushed the heavy rock, but couldn’t get it to move even an inch. He kept on pushing without success and became frustrated and discouraged. With a feeling of failure, he returned to his master and asked him how he expected him to move the rock. The master wisely replied, “I never asked you to move the rock, I just asked you to push the rock.”

Sometimes, we like the servant, think that our success is based upon some outside factor, (for instance in missionary work, this could be thinking that success depends upon how many people accept your message); when in actuality our success is based upon how much we are pushing (how much we are trying and desiring to work our hardest and be obedient everyday). I really love that.

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Rainy season

This week included my last zone training where I had to give my 마지막말씀(goodbye testimony-thing), learning 수화 (we have a ASL speaking family in our English branch now so I’m learning that and KSL), having the opportunity to meet with some members and practice our Korean, and teach our recent convert about charity. I also ate bab-burger–which is like Korean’s version of a hamburger (the patties are rice and in between is kimchi and yummy Korean meats). Oh it is fantastic! 마시당! yumm!

❤ Sister Stastny

And the Lord thy God shall lead thee

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This week was great! But it did not start off ideally how I thought it would.  Every appointment I tried to make cancelled and we were left to knock on doors and talk on the streets- where I felt like we faced more rejection than I ever had.

I came home pretty discouraged one night and began to wonder, “why me?”  “why now?”.  As the remainder of my mission is ticking down, I’ve never felt like I have worked harder; but with that I’ve never felt like I’ve faced more hardships.  A while later, out of the blue, I received a text from my mission President telling us he had been thinking of us and wanted me and my companion to ponder over the blessings promised in the hymn Be thou Humble. The blessings are these (promised to the humble that seek to serve God):

  • The Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand and give thee answers to thy prayers.
  • The Lord thy God shall bless thee with a sweet and calm assurance that he cares.
  • The Lord thy God shall teach thee to serve His children gladly with a pure and gentle love.

Those promise gave me a lot of hope and comfort and I knew that if I got on my knees and asked God in sincere prayer for help, He would answer my prayers.  So I prayed for a long time that night truly believing that God would hear and answer my prayers, and lead me by the hand throughout as I asked.

I was a bit worried when the next day I got a text from one of our members saying that she couldn’t meet with us as planned.  But, right after that I received a text from another member saying that she wanted to introduce us to a family friend of hers who might have a lot of potential to become members.  A REFERRAL- no way!  I can’t remember the last time I’ve received a referral while serving here.  It was a giant blessing!

And the blessings continued.  Lots of members that hadn’t been able to meet with us in past weeks found time and offered us a lot of help and referred us to less-active members and other people that really needed our help!

Even though the hardships and worries didn’t completely stop, I feel as if God gave me new eyes that are more able to see His hand and influence in my life.  And because of that, the worries and hardships I was struggling with don’t even seem to matter anymore!

Because I felt that God answered my prayers, I desired that He could help make me an answer to someone else’s prayers.

On Sunday before church we got a call from a family on their way to China (where they would have to do church services online for a couple years).  They wanted to attend our English branch before they left but didn’t know how to get there.

During church I received a random text from who I thought was the family, asking for help to get to the church.  We left the service and went to the subway station, where we met the family.  They kept on thanking us for showing us where the church was and saying that we had been an answer to their prayers.  We felt thankful to God for the opportunity to serve, but we began to realize how miraculous the situation was when after dropping them off to the Sacrament Meeting, we received a text from the same number saying that they had almost arrived at the station. What?

We ran back to the station just in time to meet a college student studying abroad who needed our help getting to church, too.  We gladly showed her the way.

It was then that we realized the family didn’t have a working cell-phone to text or call us on outside of their apartment.  They had simply prayed that someone would be there to guide them to church, and there we were–waiting outside the subway station for them.

It was humbling to realize that God had guided us to where we needed to be at the right time to be a tool in His hands and help his children.

I LOVE SERVING AS A MISSIONARY! I love you with all my heart too! Have a great week and always trust that God will guide you!

❤ Sister Stastny