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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

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I love to see the temple

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSo this week was temple week!  I love that we have the opportunity to attend the temple every 6 weeks or so in my mission.  It’s such a special opportunity. I always feel so much peace, happiness, and love while I’m in the temple.  The more I have gone to the temple, the more I want to make everywhere I go more temple-like: less-judgmental, more kind, forgiving, peaceful, happy, and more in tune with the guidance and direction of the Holy Ghost.  Lately, when I teach people about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am trying more to make the setting one where those I teach can learn like I am able to learn in the temple–where they can listen, learn, and feel the Spirit confirming the truth of what we say in their hearts and minds.

Since, we teach people in multiple settings (including, but not limited to, homes, hair shops, buses, subways, restaurants, cafes, sidewalks, and streets), I have learned that in order to make a teaching setting more temple-like, I always have to be temple-worthy.  I always have to be in-tune and following the promptings of the Spirit, diligently, and obediently working as hard as I can to do the Lord’s work.  When I truly am working my hardest to follow the Spirit and live worthily, testifying and teaching people regardless of where they are is a lot easier.  They don’t always like or accept my message, but I feel better knowing that I gave made them the best opportunity I could to listen and learn about it with the Spirit present.

I hope with all my heart that everyone can have the opportunity to go to the temple and feel of God’s love and power and mercy; to feel that peaceful, happy feeling that comes from going worthily to the House of the Lord.  I hope to be an influence for good in helping people wherever I am live worthily to go to the temple and feel of the Savior’s love for them and all His children!

The temple is truly the House of the Lord!

❤ Sis. Stastny

***LANGUAGE UPDATE

The language is going good!  I haven’t remembered most of my dreams (because I’m so tired and out of it when I go to bed and wake up), but I don’t think I’ve reached the point where I can dream completely in Korean yet.  It is seriously such a hard language.  I think I could spend my whole life studying it and still not be perfect at it.  Even Koreans don’t know everything because they have so many derivations of Chinese characters that turn into a bunch of different words in their language.  It’s just crazy.  But I do like studying it each day.  I can go up to random people on the street and talk to them about most things.  I understand usually the jist of what people say, but when it comes to the complete details, and being able to repeat what they said back, I’m still lacking…but I still have lots of time left to keep learning.

Koreans tell us sometimes that their language is hard for them to understand.  I believe it.  It’s sort of like English–lots of people can speak it, but when it comes to speaking correctly and understanding EVERYTHING (hard words, long, intricate sentences) it’s not always the easiest.  That’s how it is with Korean…except I think Korean is a lot harder than English obviously…hahaha.

 

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

Happy Days

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Me and my new friend –and the V for Victory sign

This coming week our 사랑하는 investigator is going to be baptized!!!  She is the one I told you about a couple weeks ago who started keeping the Word of Wisdom before we even taught her about it and a million other miraculous things!  We are so happy for her!  It’s amazing because we haven’t had to push her or anything.  We simple teach and testify, and she studies and acts on what we teach her to see if it’s true.  She’s a miracle.

This past week, we taught her about temples and how she can be baptized for her ancestors who didn’t have an opportunity to receive the gospel while on this Earth.  She was so excited because she really wants to live in the 해의영광 (Celestial kingdom) someday, and she’s excited that her deceased family can have the opportunity to live there, too.

Also this week, we started meeting with a Nepali girl who we met while talking to people on the street.  She’s doesn’t know much Korean, so she’s pretty happy to have someone who can speak English with her.  She’s Hindu, and is the first person I’ve met that has had an arranged marriage.  She told us about it and how it took a pretty long time (11 days) to get married, but she’s completely head over heels for her husband.  It’s pretty adorable.  She loves to talk about everything good about her husband and is so kind and dear.  She’s definitely filled with the pure love of Christ.  We like her a lot.

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In other news, I ate 순대 sundae (not like an ice cream sundae, but pronounced ‘soon-deh’).  In essence, it’s pig intestines filled with coagulated blood.  The dish I had was topped with some nice liver, too.  It didn’t make me gag, so I would call it good.

Mission Moments:

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful week!  I loved hearing from everyone!  Tell Norbert, the bearded dragon that Curtis bought, “안녕!”  from me! Ha ha. McCall looked beautiful by the way!!!  So glad you are having a great summer!

❤ Sister Stastny