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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!).

Mission Moments:

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

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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

 

Sundays

First off, I’ve had sort of a bad hair week so I don’t know if I’ll get any pictures to you (at least ones that have me in it)…but hey, I’ll have a funny story for you in the future…ㅎㅎhopefully…right now it only looks funny..ㅎㅎ

Anyway! Yeong-deung-po is NUTS! Sundays as missionaries are usually always a bit busy, but I’ve never been in a place that’s like this. We are literally running from one story to another, from person to person and class to class. Since the English Branch and Korean Ward overlap (and we have investigators in both) we have to go on member splits to try to do everything we need to do. It’s crazy, but so fun! There are about 300 people in the church at one time so we’re also trying to talk to everyone and learn who everyone is as we run errands for people, make sure our investigators are doing okay, and learn and participate in classes. Thankfully, our ward members are very friendly and naturally love to get to know those who are new or visiting.

Since we’re attending church for a solid 5 hours straight, I’ve gotten pretty good at switching from Korean to English to the little Korean sign language I know. I feel pretty tired after church, but it’s the happy sort of tired. 🙂

Although, church is really busy, and there are a million things to do as a missionary…I still feel like it’s my peaceful time of the week to learn and feel the spirit with my ward and friends. During Korean sacrament meeting, a deaf member gave an amazing talk about service! He had written down the things he planned on talking about, then signed his talk up at the podium as a sign language missionary translated for the ward below. Although not everything made perfect sense translated to spoken Korean, everyone felt the spirit and Christ’s love. It was a really neat experience!

I love you! And hope you enjoy every Sunday because they’re just so special!

❤ Sister Stastny

Where your treasure is…

안녕하세요!!!

This week was so fun!  We have so many activities in our ward.  We have English Class twice a week (Wednesday & Saturday) so more people have the opportunity to attend. We have a family/friendship night twice a week where we share a good message, then play sports, card games, and karaoke with our ward and investigators.  And as if that’s not enough, we have both a basketball night and a soccer game once a week.  It’s great for us as missionaries because we can meet lots of new people and also invite our investigators to activities where they can meet and make friends with our ward members without feeling too much pressure.  영등포 is really such an amazing area!  I don’t know how I got so lucky to be here!

This week we were blessed with the opportunity to meet an amazing couple in our ward!  Their apartment was small and didn’t have much as to earthly possessions, but with the little space they did have they had carefully stacked their scriptures, church books, and church videos.  On every single wall there were pictures of the Savior and modern day prophets and temples.  I even noticed as a looked up that they had posted pictures of the Savior on their ceiling above the tiny mat they had laid out for their bed.  The way they had chosen to decorate their house was just a small expression of their inner commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

As I began talking to them, I realized just how hard of lives these two saints have had.  Though they’ve experienced many hardships, they kept on testifying of the Lord’s love and hand in their lives.  The wife sang hymns as she graciously served us rice and dried seaweed that she had been preparing all morning.  Although they had a hard time remembering when their birthdays and anniversaries were, they were able to tell me without hesitation the exact date of their baptism and what it meant to them.  I was touched by their charity and Christ-like examples. They taught me through the way they are living what truly matters most.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

It was clear as I met with these faithful members that they knew what mattered most.  They treasured the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than any other earthly thing, and it showed in the way they righteously lived their lives.  Their hearts were focused on their Savior Jesus Christ.  They were a huge example to me and I’ll forever be grateful for what they taught me!

I know this Gospel is the living Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If we put God first in our lives, He will make us more rich than we could ever imagine.

❤ Sister Stastny

Yeoungdeungpo

영등포 : The Land of Peanut Butter & Golden Investigators

Location of Yeongdeungpo-gu in Seoul

Yeoungdeungpo is so cool.  I don’t even know where to begin.  First off, our church is the biggest Latter-day Saint (LDS) church in Korea.  It’s massive.  We’re in charge of the English branch (which consists of about 200 people living anywhere in or around Seoul, and  on the military base), and the Korean ward, which consists of about 50-60 people.  The church times overlap a little, so every Sunday we are attending church for a good 5 hours (English Sacrament meeting, English gospel principles, the Korean Sacrament meeting, Korean gospel principles, and Korean Relief Society/Young Women).

Attending English Sacrament Meeting for the first time in a year was SO WEIRD!  Oh my goodness, the people who gave talks were so good at English! They spoke so fast and used really big words and I… I did not.  I honestly asked someone (the Relief Society President, mind you) “How does your family become?”  I just couldn’t think of a good way to ask about a person’s family and how many are included in it and stuff like that! She was understanding, thankfully! I’ll learn, as time goes on hopefully.

Anyway, I felt really at home when I got into my Korean branch and it was really quiet during the meeting and I could bow and ask how their family becomes–가족 어떻께 되세요?

In the Korean ward, we have a couple deaf members.  A pair of Elders are called as the Korean Sign Language missionaries, so they translate for them during the meetings and travel to other places in the mission to teach investigators who are also deaf.  Since we have so many deaf people in our ward, however, all the missionaries in Youngdeungpo attend 수화(su-hwa–Korean Sign Language) class so we can learn how to sign, too.  I think Heavenly Father knows that I like to use my hands to express myself anyway, so he’s given me this wonderful opportunity to learn.

I don’t know hardly anything yet, but I’ve come to find that our deaf members are some of the most sociable in the ward.  They came up to me right away and started asking questions, signing things that I didn’t know, then acting things out for me when I didn’t understand, and having me write where I’m from, and where my ancestors are from, and all about my life. I just love them to pieces!  I think I moved to the best place in the mission.

Our investigators are amazing and have so much potential and desire to learn about the gospel (I just think they’re all golden).  We have so much peanut butter and American toothpaste at our house (which is priceless in Korea, I think).  And our wards seem really excited about missionary work!

Mission Moments:

Last pictures from Gimpo (my last area)

This is so long, but I don’t think I’ve began to cover just how amazing my new area, my ward, and my companion are!  It’s seriously amazing! I’ll tell you more as weeks go on and send more pictures of my new area.

❤ Sis. Stastny

 

New Year & New Area

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! (enjoy the video to see how we celebratedㅎㅎ<ha ha)

(Missionaries have to go to bed at 10:30…so we were pushing the celebrating at 10:27) In Korea, Solar New Years (what we just celebrated), is not as big as Lunar New Years (which is usually in February). Anyway, I think that’s fun.  Because solar New Years hit, I’m  now 22 !!  Boo-yah.

So with this New Year’s I got a new area and a new companion!!! I’m going to an area called 영등포 (Young-deung-po) to be with a younger missionary named Sister L. (I actually met her last P-day when we went to the Peace Observatory)!  She’s adorable, I’m so excited.  영등포 has a pretty big church and is the center of our mission (it’s usually where we have conferences and mission trainings and anything else that requires lots of space).  I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing there, but I know that they have one of the only English wards in Seoul as well as Korean wards…so we’ll see what it brings!

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At the Peace Observatory–just sort of awkwardly looking out of binoculars

This year I decided that I would take some time to make some New year’s goal before New Year’s.  Among some of them I have to eat Kimchi a little more everyday, work my hardest and have fun with the rest of the time I’m given on my mission, and finish reading the Book of Mormon in Korean (I’m in 2 Nephi, so I think I can finish it before the end of the year).  I’m excited for everything this year has to bring and for the opportunity to learn and improve a little more everyday as I serve as a missionary.

At the N. Korean Peace Observatory--sort of foggy so it was hard to see anything
At the Peace Observatory–foggy, so it was hard to see anything

I know that this church is true and I love being a missionary to share the good news–the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Everyday as I read the Book of Mormon and pray I feel a confirmation that Heavenly Father truly lives and loves us and nothing could mean more to me.  I know that the Gift of Tongues is real and that words truly will be given to you in that you need them, and that those words (no matter how simple or profound they may be), will be carried to the hearts of those that need them through the Holy Ghost.

Went on an exchange with one of the sisters and found some chopped pig heads to pose with:)
Went on exchange with one of the sisters and found chopped pig heads to pose with

God lives and loves us, and I love you too!

❤ Sister Stastny

 

Christmas Miracles

안녕하세요!!!

메리 크리스마스!!! (Merry Christmas!!)

Oh my turkey and gravy it was fun getting to skype you guys!!!  I just loved seeing all of your faces and hearing your voices!  It made my Christmas one of the best ever!

So my week was pretty amazing…

On Tuesday, we had a mission conference where we listened to lots of music and musical numbers, watched fun slideshows of all the missionaries baby photos, and also heard lots of wonderful testimonies and received training from our leaders.

On Wednesday (Christmas Eve), we wanted to do something special, so we decided to fast until dinner for a Christmas miracle.  We went outside as soon as we could and started talking to everyone and sharing our happy message about Jesus Christ with the world. There were lots of people who listened kindly and took a message card, and there were some who didn’t.  My heart was filled with gratitude for the kind people that day; but I also was thankful for what those who didn’t listen taught me.

There was one person in particular that I wished a Merry Christmas and gave a message card with a picture of Mary and the baby Jesus on it .  She took the card and looked at the picture for a few seconds, and then shook her head and handed it back to us, turning the other way to head back on her path of errands and Christmas Eve duties.

I had encountered many rejections on my mission before this, but this particular instance seemed to fill me with sadness.  It was as if she had looked at the Savior and rejected Him.  I thought, “If only you knew.  If only you knew who He really was, you would let Him in.”

As we continued walking and sharing our message along the streets of Korea, I thought about Mary on the night of the Savior’s birth, looking for somewhere she could lay her child–the Son of God.  I felt like her as we looked for someone who was prepared to accept our message–to let Christ into their lives.  I felt more love for everyone, those who seemed to open their hearts to the Lord, and those who had closed their hearts for one reason or another.  I knew Christ loved and perfectly knew them all.

We had worked really hard that day and had found lots of people with lots of potential, but we hadn’t found somebody who was willing to accept our lessons.  Christmas Eve passed, and we retired for the night with our Bishop and ward members for a delicious, luxurious dinner, caroling, and Christmas Eve fun.

On Christmas day, we woke up at 6:30 (dead tired and completely excited for the day ahead of us–as usual).  We opened our presents in our Yos, then went out to skype!! (Woop Woop).

Lots of people have Christmas day off, so the streets and stores were crowded with families and friends having fun.  We went caroling outside of a mall for a couple hours with the other missionaries in our zone and talked to hundreds of people!  It was so fun and everyone was so happy and loved our singing (which is a Christmas miracle if you’ve ever heard us…haha).  That night, our ward mission leader invited us to eat 칼국수(kar-guksu–a yummy Korean soup), kimchi, and icecream.  It was a perfect day and Heavenly Father blessed us so much.

Other Mission Moments:

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Random pic of Sis. L in the wilderness

 

We found a couch so I naturally set up there to teach the gospel:)
We found a couch so I naturally set up there to teach the gospel:)

Heavenly Father lets us witness tons of little miracles each day, every week, but on Friday, He gave us a miracle that we’ll forever be thankful for.

We were on our way over to a member’s house (our Korean grandma’s house specifically), when we see this lady walking the opposite way towards us.  She was looking at us pretty intently (which isn’t that unusual because we’re blonde-haired Americans in Korea), so we said “Annyeonghaseyo” and bowed our heads a little bit like a normal greeting. She stopped completely and asked 한국말 아세요?” (Do you know Korean?).

We said Nay (which means yes in Korean) and started talking to her.  She asked if she can pay us to teach her family English.  We told her that we teach for free along with teaching about the Gospel and she got really excited.  She told us she was really open to hearing about our message and that we could come over anytime.

So Friday, we decide to stop by her house and meet her family.  They are all so nice and perfect, and Sister L and I knew as we met them that they were the answer to prayers and fasting.  They all are very kind and sincerely open to hearing and studying about our message of the Restoration of the Gospel.  The mom who met us on the street told us that she’s been looking for someone to help her family.  She said that she had seen us walking the day before as she was driving with her husband and felt like she should get out and talk to us. So her husband dropped her off a block over and she came walking to talk to us.  She told us that she felt very lucky to have met us.  I don’t know if she’ll ever know how lucky and blessed we felt to have met her.

Heavenly Father does hear and answer prayers, and this is His true, restored church. I love it with all my heart, and I love you guys too.

❤ Sister Stastny

Almost Christmas

This week we had lots of fun spreading “the Gift” (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) to everyone in Korea.  Our mission gave us little pass-along cards that have a picture of Mary and Jesus, that says “그분은 선물임니다”-(He is the gift).  We’ve been sharing them with everyone that we can, and bearing testimony that our God truly loved us, and sent His only begotten son, our Savior, to the world for us.  It’s such a wonderful opportunity I have to share the Gospel this Christmas season.

To be honest, this Christmas has sort of snuck up on me.  Korea recognizes Christmas, and kids get presents, and there are a few Christmas trees up here and there, but it’s mostly considered a western holiday.  On Christmas, most people are going out to a movie or a dinner with their friends, or are staying home by themselves to relax.  The streets aren’t covered with Christmas lights, the shops don’t play Christmas tunes, the stores aren’t full of big lines with people waiting to buy gifts…but there still seems to be something special in the air that is making people’s hearts softer as we share the message of the Gospel to them.

There really is something special about Christmas, regardless of who you are or where you are.

At church this last Sunday, we had a Christmas program where the primary kids sang, the missionaries sang (I don’t know why they ask us, but we always do it), and a couple beautiful Christmas talks about the Savior and His birth were given.  I took turns translating for one of our amazing sisters from the Phillipines. We also had a nice bibimbap lunch after church that was prepared by our wonderful Relief Society. It was pretty simple, and completely perfect.

Because Christmas isn’t as big of a holiday as it is in America, it seems easy for everyone to focus on the main reason for Christmas–CHRIST.

I’m so thankful for this humble opportunity to serve as a missionary in Korea this Christmas season!

God is great!

Mission Moments:

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We made a temple out of chocolate mix and candy bars for a ward member we love (and are preparing to someday go to the temple)

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This one has a story- We were at one of our Korean grandma’s houses in our ward, and I spilled some of the drink she gave us on my skirt (I’ve come to the conclusion my skirts just want to be giant napkins). She called me a 바보 haha, which is what Laman and Lemuel called Nephi in the Book of Mormon…and then she gave me this huge aluminum apron to wear the rest of the time in her house.  I love Korea.

❤ Sister Stastny

Lord’s Tender Mercies

This week we had our Stake Christmas Party and it was the best!  We had a nice little dinner and then a huge talent show. Seriously my favorite Christmas party ever!  Laughed, met with lots of members, sang (wasn’t good, but sometimes you got to do things for the Lord that you don’t want to), ate, and just had the funnest time of my life!

All the missionaries sang Heal the World by Michael Jackson (don’t ask me why?  I don’t know, but everyone loved it).  Sister Lyman and I also got roped into doing a Korean love song with our district…it was..umm terrible.  We don’t sing, but we sang haha.  A disabled girl played the piano and sang at the end with us so she saved our act with her adorableness!  Anyway, Here’s a video with some very short clips from the show.

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I honestly don’t know how people expect me to leave after things like this!  I just love Korea and everyone here with all my heart. By the way, Koreans love to sing!  And they belt their hearts out when they do!  I love it!  They have karaoke places everywhere!  It’s so popular!

I also got to go on an exchange with my Sister Training Leader this week and we had so many miracles.  Sister H gave one of the most amazing trainings I’ve ever had on my mission.  Usually lots of Training leaders are given a topic they can talk about and they apply it to each of the sisters individually.  However, Sister H wanted to try something different, so the day before she chose to study for me.

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Looking like an eskimo 🙂  I bought the coat because A) the owner of the store is a potential investigator, and B) it was cheap and cute and warm 🙂

I began sharing what I learned in Personal study with her, and she’s flabbergasted.  Everything I had studied that day she had studied the day before too–almost exactly!  I read 2 Nephi (the Isaiah chapters); and so did she.  I read in Jesus the Christ about the apostle Peter and his work after Christ’s resurrection- stopping before Stephen the martyr…and she read in Acts about Peter and the apostles (also choosing to stop before Stephen’s testimony and death).  We also read the same parts in Preach My Gospel.  And the best part is, none of us knew what each other was studying!

She also shared with me 2 Nephi 16 (where Isaiah sees the Lord and is forgiven of his sins)– honestly one of my most favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon (which she had no idea of before)…and we were just blown away.

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Sometimes there are ups and downs as missionaries, and I was having a rather down time before this…but when this sister gave her training to me, I knew that it was only through the Spirit that she could have planned so perfect for me.  I felt sure that God knew me perfectly and I was astounded and ever thankful for Him.

I realized that if God could inspire her to so clearly and conveniently to receive revelation for me (this random missionary from Idaho), how much more could He inspire me and all of the missionaries around the world to receive revelation for our investigators!

I was touched by the power of the Spirit, the power of God, and the power and authority of our calling as missionaries for the true church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I was uplifted, motivated, and grateful for the tender mercy of God. I really know that God does still inspire men and women everywhere! How amazing is the Gospel!

Mission Moments:

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Me and a recent convert from the Phillippines (honestly one of the most faithful people I have ever met in my life)

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Snow in Korea! It’s cold!!!

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A family I absolutely adore!  Meeting with them and preparing them so they can go and be sealed in the temple 🙂

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Erin (that’s her English name) is one of the most cutest creatures on the planet.  She’s amazing at English (and Korean) and is progressing little by little as we teach her each week 🙂  I love her to pieces!  She has a cute little lisp when she speaks English, and combined with her Korean accent, she’s just the most adorable thing ever!

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This sister is always at her hair shop, so we come there to meet with her and teach her the gospel.  She loves religion and listens and asks questions better than most of our other investigators. We have a lot of hope for her.  She also likes to cut my hair a little every other time I go into her shop!  I swear I’m going to be bald by the time she’s prepared to be baptized…haha.

Have a great week!

Sister Stastny

스태스니 자매

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

Thanksgiving in Korea

Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all throughout the day, only Kimchi was eaten, in almost every single way…plain Kimchi, fried Kimchi, Kimchi boiled in a stew, Kimchi eaten with hot rice, Kimchi eat with cold rice, and extra salty Kimchi..).

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2/3 of our fridge is filled with kimchi

 

It’s Kimchi season and oh do we have a lot of Kimchi in our house! So let’s just say I felt a little sick when Thanksgiving day actually rolled around. But I still ate some 김치찌개 (Kimchi stew) for lunch, and some nice 칼국수 (kar-gooksu) (I’m not exactly sure how this is explained in English but it’s like Korean chicken noodle soup with yummy homemade noodle). The good news, is I didn’t have to worry about gaining a million pounds from my Thanksgiving feast haha!

I think I eat more kimchi than Koreans do
I think I eat more kimchi than Koreans do

To be honest, more people knew when it was Halloween, than they did Thanksgiving day. Korean’s Thanksgiving (Chuseok) is on a different day, so it kind of just felt like any other day…which is great because any day as a missionary is awesome!!

So that was my Thanksgiving! Also, all the missionaries threw a Thanksgiving culture night for our Stake on the weekend. That was fun! We made pilgrim and Indian hats, decorated lanterns, made fortune cookies, Indian bracelets, did face painting (that was my job), and practiced our American archery with a homemade deer target…can’t get more Thanksgiving than that! It was so fun! I loved hanging out with all the people in the stake and meeting member’s friends and family. It was a great opportunity to meet lots of people.

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Sister L and I are loving life in Gimpo. We are getting to know and love our ward a little more each day, and we are really blessed with lots of opportunities to teach people about the Gospel. I know Heavenly Father is watching over us and blessing us a lot. I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to share what I love the most every day–the GOSPEL!

Keep on keepin on!
❤ Sister Stastny