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Miracles Every Day

Happy Halloween!

That was our topic in the conversation English class this week. Fun! For our Family Home Evening that we had as a ward, we had it Halloween-themed. We dressed people up as mummies with toilet paper, had a pinata, and drew those mix-matched monsters that we always use to do during family home evening! It was a blast.

Also, on Halloween, I had 낙지덮밥(nakji deoupbab). I’ll let you look it up to see what it actually looks like, but I think you will think it was an appropriate Halloween meal haha! It was actually really delicious. Me and my companion ate all of it (which is the polite thing to do in Korea, so we do that anyway), but we actually enjoyed this meal. 🙂

Stir-Fried Octopus with Rice – Octopus, onion and carrot, stir-fried in a red chili sauce

So in missionary work, we see so many miracles every day, and sometimes every hour if we’re looking hard enough for them, so I just want to share about 1 day this week and a few of the miracles we saw throughout it..

Nov.1:

The first miracle happened quite unexpectedly. We had 3 appointments scheduled for the day–Kate (Names changed: a recent convert from the Philippines who moved to Korea for work) at 1:30pm, Julie (an investigator we teach English and the Gospel to) at 4:30, and Eunice (another investigator we teach English and the Gospel to) at 8pm. So after we finished lunch, we had some awkward time before Kate’s appointment, so we went outside and started walking. I was racking my brain for what we can do, or who we can see, and I think of an investigator that we haven’t seen in a long time.

We had already tried to visit this investigator the other day, but she wasn’t there; but we decided to try again, and MIRACULOUSLY, she and her family is home!!! We were able to share a message with her about prayer, and she opened up more to us than I had ever seen (another miracle) about how she doesn’t know if God it there, so that’s why it’s been difficult to try praying. We told her to ask, “God, are you really there?” And talked about how she can receive answers through the Holy Ghost. It was a simple lesson, but it seemed to touch her and she seemed willing to experiment on the things we had taught her (miracle).

This investigator’s lesson was running a little long, but Kate (the recent convert we were going to meet next) texted us in the lesson telling us she was going to be about 30 minutes late (just the time we needed to get to the appointment on time). It worked out perfectly (another miracle)!

With Kate, we learned about her conversion story (she was baptized about 5 months ago in the Philippines) and about the hardships she is going through in her life right now but overcoming through her strong, triumphant faith in Christ. We talked about family history and she was really excited to learn how to do that and prepare to go to the temple to perform baptisms for her deceased ancestors. (She’s just a miracle in herself, so being with her was really fun and enlightening).

So after Kate, we headed over early to Julie’s area. I had spent a lot of the night before, going through old records and trying to find members, or less-active members that might live in her area just in case we had some extra time. So we were walking around the area and I see an apartment named “Oe–oolim” and it sticks out to me. I look through the sheets of addresses I have, but all I can find remotely close is an apartment named “oo-mi-lim”-which is nowhere in sight.

Because we have time though, my companion suggests we go over there just in case it is the right apartment (even though we know the names are different). We feel good about it, so we start walking toward it, and lo and behold, we greet these 2 ladies, tell them we’re missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ, and they tell us they’re interested! We get their number and set up an appointment to meet with them next week right then and there!!! Giant miracles!! It’s interesting how the sprit nudges us in different ways so we can meet the people we’re supposed to. I’m so grateful for it.

After that, we got to teach our investigator Julie the first lesson about the Restoration of the Gospel. When we shared with her James 1:5, we asked her “From this verse, what can we do if we have a question that we want answered?”

She seemed a little flustered at first, but as we asked a little more questions about the subject we realized she was just blown away at the idea that she could ask God anything she wants, and talk to Him openly as she would a close friend. I testified that Heavenly Father really does want to communicate with us, and her eyes just got big with amazement. At the end of the lesson she jumped and asked if she could say the closing prayer (another fabulous miracle)! In her prayer, she thanked Heavenly Father for the new things she had learned with us. It really touched my heart. I’m thankful the Spirit spoke to her and made our message more amazing than we ever could on our own (definite miracle).

To end the day, we got to teach our other investigator, Eunice, about the Restoration of the Gospel, too. I love teaching about the Restoration because it’s just a giant miracle in itself. I think about how crazy amazing it would be to hear something like that for the first time—that God does live and talk to His children today personally, just like He has in times of old; that Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I always feel the Spirit when I teach about Joseph Smith’s First Vision. I really know he was a prophet called of God. The Church of Jesus Christ is the true restored church of Jesus Christ.

In summary, it was a miraculous day! (I haven’t even included all the blessings, the nice people we got to meet on streets, the delicious foods we were fed, the lovely weather, and just the blessing of serving in beautiful Korea). I know God is always with us in this, His work.

Miracles do happen!

I love serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

❤ Sister Stastny

(<<that is a Korean syllable that looks like a person! When said, it sounds like “oot”) Random, but enjoy!

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Spiritual Miracles and Stomach Flu

So before I begin, I did not have the stomach flu this week…but my poor companion did. 😦 We aren’t sure how she got it–because we eat the same things and do the same things, but she got it..and she got it pretty bad.  We spent 3 days of our week inside while she was sick, (and I think she spent most of that time in the bathroom).  For me, it was a good time to serve and help my companion, as well as do lots of the seemingly monotonous aspects of missionary work that often get procrastinated (such as organizing our member book, updating addresses and phone numbers, then adding addresses and bus routes into our phone).  It may not seem like much, but I was busy doing a lot of those things for three days and I didn’t even finish!!  It was good though to have something to do, and now Sister T is completely better so that is the best thing!

Our miracle happened this week as we went to visit a lady that has been less-active for quite some time.  I hadn’t met her before this, but I know that lots of missionaries have met with her and there hasn’t been much progress made.  As soon as I met her, I just felt this giant love for her, and I knew that it wasn’t just my love, but God’s love for her, too.  We had planned to teach a different lesson than planned, but because of time, we decided just to share a good scripture–2 Nephi 31:19-20.

19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

We read that together and talked about the importance of enduring to the end–how it can be difficult, but the blessings in store for us outweigh any of the difficulties we might face.  We were talking about this, and she was nodding her head, but we weren’t sure if she was really taking it in.  As we were about to finish, I felt really strongly that I should testify about something.  The Spirit didn’t tell me what I needed to testify about, but I knew I had to.

The one thing I knew absolutely at that moment was that God loved her.  It seemed so simple, but I told her that God loved her and I knew that from as soon as I met her.  After that, she began to open up to us about how she felt like a bad daughter to our Father in Heaven because she hadn’t been enduring to the end and doing the things He wanted her to do.  She said she didn’t know if God loved her.

Sister T and I were able to testify that God loves her and that love is there for her whether she thinks she deserves it or not.  We told her it’s like a parent (like her, since she has kids).  Even though her kids may not do everything she wants, she still loves them.  She will be sad when her kids make a wrong choice, but she will still love them.

After we told her that, she, not us, decided to make goals to begin reading the scriptures and praying daily.  It was such a miracle!  After the lesson, we got out and prayed, thanking our Heavenly Father for allowing the Spirit to teach her and touch her heart to choose the right.  It strengthened my testimony that the Spirit is the one that teaches and changes people…not us.

I’m excited to see what miracles happen this week!  Missionary work is the best!  I know it is truly the Lord’s work and I love being a part of it!

❤ Sis. Stastny

Good times

MTC bunkers.  It's been fun living here.  Since our bldg is old, we've found hidden treasures from past missionaries in vents-behind drawers.  It's kind of nasty, but kinda like family history work, except notLife at the MTC will soon come to an end. I wanted to remember some of the good times.  These are the MTC bunkers. It’s been fun living here. Since our building is really old, we’ve found hidden treasures from past missionaries in vents, behind drawers, and other places. It’s kind of nasty, but kind of like family history work too, except not. Ha ha Smile

Here's a picture of the showers. Ooh wow! So cool! It's actually kind of boring, but I want to remember it so here it is haha

Here’s a picture of the showers. Oooow! Wow! So cool! Actually, it’s pretty boring, but I want to remember it, so here it is. Yeah!

Here's a picture of Bethesda--the blow up cat-demon that is thrown into showers at night.  This is what happens at the MTC after a while

Here’s a picture of Bethesda, the blow-up demon cat that is thrown into showers at night. This is what happens in the MTC after a while.

Koreans are really cute...and everything they touch turns into cuteness, too.  So this is my talk in Korean on Faith in Christ (we have to prepare a talk in Korean every week in case we randomly get selected)

Koreans are really cute and everything they touch turns into cuteness too. So this is my talk in Korean on Faith in Christ that I tried to make super cute. We have to prepare a talk in Korean every week in case we randomly get selected to speak in Sacrament mtg. I didn’t speak, but I was kind of proud of it so I took a picture. Smile

My brother’s letter this week was the funniest thing I’ve gotten in the MTC so far–his Mormon version of the Old Spice commercial.  It made me laugh, and it almost made me cry.  My companions and district loved it, too (I had to read it aloud for them).  They said he was really good with words and would make an awesome missionary someday.  I agree! Here’s an excerpt from his letter for your enjoyment:

Hello Kimber, look at me, now back to you, now back to me, now back to you. Sadly I am not you but I can become like you if I go on a mission. Look down, now back up. Where are you? You’re in that investigators new house with that new freshly scented bible. Look at your hand now back up you have it, its an oyster with an invitation to that thing you want to go to, look again those invitations are now strength to the youth pamphlets. Anything is possible when you follow steadfastly in Gods footstep. I’m on a dog, woof.

Don. R. Clarke of the seventy came to speak at our Tuesday devotional this week.  He was amazing.  He reminded me a little of President Hinckley in the way he looked and talked to us.  Something he talked about to us was miracles.  He shared the story of the lady who healed her son’s hip when it got blown off in a massacre by replacing it with some sort of branch (I’m terrible bad with details, I’m sorry, but I hope you know the story that I’m talking about).  Anyway, he told us that we have the power to perform mighty miracles, too.  We just need to believe in mighty miracles.

I think being able to say all that God wants me to say in Korean will be a miracle; but I believe in miracles.  I believe in the gift of tongues.  I believe that I have nothing to fear in going to South Korea, because God will not fail or forsake me.  I love you all so much!  I’m so excited to serve the Lord in 한국 (hangook) Korea!

사랑합니다! (Saranghamnida!)

스태스니 자매 (Sister Stastny)