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Missionary Joy

안녕하세요!

This week was great!  The MERS epidemic panic is slowly dissipating and the weather is getting warmer and warmer everyday. Apparently typhoon season is just around the corner, so we’re starting to get ourselves prepared for the fun rain!

If I haven’t said so lately, serving in Korea is fantastic!  I love being a missionary here with all my heart!  Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how my view of missionary work has changed since the start of my mission.  Before my mission, I used to think that missionary work was inviting others not of our faith to come and learn; but on my mission I’ve learned that it’s so much more than that.  Missionary work blesses everyone–it’s inviting and helping everyone to come closer to Jesus Christ.  It brings us closer to Christ, and because we experience the happiness and love that comes from living the gospel, we in turn want to help everyone–regardless of who they are, how long they have or haven’t been in the church, their position, calling, race, or economic status–experience the joy and peace that can only come from following Jesus Christ.

Missionary work changes lives and saves souls.  It’s changed my life.  My hopes and dreams in life have changed to fit a beautiful eternal perspective.  I’ve realized that I can’t possibly just live complacently and strive for worldly success when I could spend a lifetime courageously following my Savior and seeking to serve Him and His children.  How could I not want to help others after Heavenly Father has so mercifully helped me so much?

I realized that this week as I began a simple conversation with a lady who looked like she had just finished work.  She looked like a very important business woman who had more than enough to provide for her needs and wants. She was very kind as I began talking to her and seemed really interested in why I was here.  She couldn’t believe why anyone would leave their schooling opportunities back home to pay to go on a mission.  I had to admit that it did seem a little crazy looking at it from that perspective, but I testified that the Gospel was worth more than anything that could possibly be obtained in this world.  It had changed me so much, and brought so much hope into my life, that I couldn’t possibly just be complacent and not share it with others.  As I testified, I knew that there was no place I’d rather be right now than here, serving as a missionary and sharing the gospel.

I know that the Gospel is amazing.  God is amazing!

❤ Sister Stastny

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Talking to EVERYONE

This week I went on an exchange with my Sister Training Leader and she taught me a lot about the importance of talking to EVERYONE!  She is amazing Korean, and taught me a lot through teaching and talking to everyone on the street.

There isn’t ever a shortage of people in Korea.  On average, I would say we run across (AT LEAST) 100+ people a day.  There are lots of people, but talking to everyone isn’t always the easiest.  They can be busy; they can run away half way through a sentence to catch a bus; they outright ignore you; or be rude to you…BUT the blessings that happen from talking to everyone always outweigh the worries.

While I was on my exchange, my Sister Training Leader said “Annyeonghaseyo!” (hi) to a lady walking down the other street.  After this lady passed, my Sister training leader all of the sudden jumped around, came back to the lady and started talking to her.  At first, the lady looked uncomfortable and uninterested, but as my Sister training leader kept talking (naturally and kindly), she began to ease up, and start asking questions.  In the space of about 2 minutes, the whole disposition of this woman changed and she invited us into a cafe, bought us hot chocolate, and asked us to teach us more about our church..(so we taught everything about 예수님의 복음의 회복 The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ).

It was a big testimony builder about the importance of talking to everyone and to not be discouraged if they initially seem uninterested.  The lady was so grateful that we had talked to her, because she did (and still wants to continue meeting) to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I asked my sister training leader what she had thought to make her turn around and talk to the lady, and she told me, she just felt a big duty to talk to everyone that God placed in her path, and at least give them an opportunity to learn about the Gospel.   That really touched me.  So since then, one of my goals has been to talk to everyone that God places in my path, and not let rejections stop me from inviting everyone else to hear about our happy message. 🙂 I know Heavenly Father has been blessing me to know what to say to different people (and how to say it in Korean) ever since I made that commitment.  I feel really grateful for that.

Mission Moments:

In other news, we had our primary program this week at church, and my heart just completely melted.  Korean children are the cutest.  We had lots of people show up to see the program that hadn’t been to church in a long time and they all left with a big smile on their face.  Children are just the best at inviting the Spirit in with their honesty and sincerity in their love for Jesus Christ.  I loved it!

Here’s a video of some girls in our ward (who were in the hanboks in the front in the I Love To See the Temple video–at about :50). I love it!

I hope you have a good week! love you!

❤  Sister Stastny