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Baptism

Annyeonghaseyo! 안녕하셍요!

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Shabushabu? (샤브샤브) Such good food! You put a bunch of veggies and meat into a broth and them wrap it up in some rice paper and it equals the best thing ever:)

December came in as cold as it could! The ward gave us some fleece-lined tights and we’ve been wearing about 2 pairs, (along with 2 pairs of gloves, boots, 2 heavy jackets, a long sleeved shirt, and sweater or 2, a hat, a scarf, and pretty much anything we can find to keep us warm). Technically, I don’t think it’s as cold as Idaho (I’m not sure how Fahrenheit coverts to Celsius, so I’m just guessing), but because I’m surrounding by a river and an ocean, and because we are in a more country part of Korea than Seoul, the wind blows and it feels like you’ve just plunged into the icy Arctic waters!

But, God’s love is warm, so missionary work is easy!

An especially extraordinary experience happened this week! We have a recent convert in our ward from Singapore and if you met her you’d fall in love with her immediately! She got baptized earlier in the year and always comes faithfully to church even though she doesn’t understand everything that is said. Her husband is Korean and is not a member, but he loves philosophy and religion and usually accompanies her to church. The missionaries and the ward have asked him if he will ever get baptized, but he has told them “later” for a couple months.

Well, miracles of miracles, as the elders were meeting with him this week (on Wednesday), he told them that he pondered and prayed about it, and he wants to be baptized…on Saturday. What?!!

He’s been to church for months and has received all of the needed lessons, so all he had to do was be interviewed for baptism. All the missionaries were praying and fasting for him as hard as we could. Our mission president (who actually knows them personally) also joined in the prayers.

Saturday comes…and he passed his interview and he was prepared to be baptized!!!

It was a beautiful service, and more than half of our ward came (despite the late notice) to see and support him and his family!

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On Sunday, he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost! Both him, and his wife were radiating! It was amazing to witness them both come a little closer to Christ.

one of the famous twins
one of the famous twins

Even though his baptism did not come at the time that the missionaries and ward wanted or expected…it came. I know that the Lord is always watching out for those we love and preparing them in ways we can hardly comprehend.

My companion and I at the temple (before it got so freezing cold)
My companion and I at the temple (before it got so freezing cold)

God is amazing! Jesus is truly the Christ. And this is His restored Church. I’m so glad to be a part of it.

사랑합니다! (sarang-hamnida) LOVE!
스태스니 자매 (stastny cha-mae) Sister Stastny

Baptism and Promises

This week was amazing!  Our 사랑하는 Sister investigator was baptized!  It was such a beautiful day!

A pair of Elders in our ward came to the church early to scrub the font and get rid of spiders (our font hasn’t been used in a year, I think).  We also came early and deep cleaned the girl’s bathroom so Sister L wouldn’t have to walk with her bare feet on dirty tiles.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere were a lot of ward members that came to support her (which was nice, because none of her family and friends could make it).  I really love everyone in our ward.  They were so excited and supportive.  They have treated her like family since the beginning.  A couple of sisters in the ward even wrote her notes and brought food for after the baptism, even though they’d only met her a couple of times.  I love the ward!

Sister L was a bit nervous when it came time for the ordinance.  She understood how important baptism was and didn’t want to do anything wrong.  The first time she went under the water her hair came up, so they had to perform the ordinance again.  She was shaking from her head to her toes.  But the second time they performed the baptism, she was completely immersed and she relaxed a lot.

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As she walked out of the font and we handed her a towel, she just started sobbing.  During my entire time with Sister L, I have never seen her cry.  She’s a really strong-willed and independent lady, and it shocked us to see her crying.

She told us at first it was because she forgot to bring dry underclothes to change into, so Sister H ran to get help and a sister in the ward volunteered to run to a store.  As Sister H was out though, Sister L started crying into her towel and I heard her say 약속 Yaksok, which in Korean means “promise.”  Then she told me how she had fulfilled her promise with God.

A while back, before she had any religion, or really any belief in God, her sister was diagnosed with heart cancer.  During this trial, she decided to pray to God, and told Him that if He would heal her sister, she would do her best to follow God the rest of her life.

She made that promise with God before she even knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but she knew that by accepting the ordinance of baptism by someone holding the proper authority of God, she was fulfilling her promise with God… and nothing had ever felt so special to her.

Even though she was soaking wet, after she told me this, I just hugged her as tight as I could and cried tears of joy with her.

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I wish I could write exactly what I felt at her baptism, but it was almost beyond words.  It was one of the happiest moments in my life.  It reminded me of a quote by President Heber J. Grant:

“I know nothing that brings greater joy to the human heart than laboring at home or abroad for the salvation of souls.  I know nothing which gives us a greater love of all that is good, than teaching this Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

For Sis. L’s baptism, we wanted to do something really special.  So last P-day we started making a baptism Memory Book that has a bunch of things about why we love her, and a bunch of scriptures that we hope will prepare her to someday enter the temple. We had people at her baptism and at church the next day sign it and write notes, or their favorite scripture or hymns.  We even had a cute primary girl draw a picture in it for her 🙂  We seriously have such an amazing ward where I am serving!

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Also, after her baptism, you better believe that we went to Taco Bell and got Mexican food (it was only triple the price of what it is in the U.S., but Sister L wanted it, so we got it. 🙂

I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ once again restored to this Earth.  I know Heavenly Father lives and loves us, and that He does answer prayers.  I know Jesus Christ is His Son and the Savior of the world.  I’m so thankful I have the opportunity to share what I know and love with others!

❤ Sister Stastny