Tag Archives: S. Korea

Bipolar weather

This week the weather has been a little bipolar.  One hour it’s sunny and nice and then the next hour it’s raining!  I thought there was a lot of rain coming down, but people have told me that it’s nothing compared to Monsoon season.  Someone tried to explain monsoon season by acting as if they were pouring a jug of water out…yah can’t wait .  Haha, no, but I am actually pretty excited for the rainy season.  It looks gorgeous when it rains.
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A picture of a Korean-looking street
Yesterday, we had a miracle while fasting where we were walking around the street and we saw our English class coordinator who wasn’t at church yesterday. Since he’s had times where he has been less-active we were worried about him, so we started asking him inspired questions and learned that he is struggling with his faith, so we shared our testimonies with him how God does love him and is willing to help him through hard times. It’s amazing how you can see people change right in front of your eyes when they are touched by the Spirit. The Lord helped and comforted him a lot. I love that the Lord guides us to those in need when we ask and actively seek for the opportunities.
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Here’s a picture of a member who made a huge painting of this picture of Christ!  It looked amazing in person.  Even better than the original.  She’s so talented.
So I learned recently why Koreans make the two finger peace sign in every picture. There’s a couple of different reasons. The main one is that it actually is a “V” for Victory. It’s like expressing that everything is going awesome! Victory! It references Korea’s past history and how they are now flourishing economically as a country.
Another reason is that it’s prettier to have a “V” shaped face (I’m not sure why, but that’s what Koreans think) so lots of the girls like doing peace signs next to their face because it helps with that appearance.

The third reason people do it is because it’s just what people do. Koreans are really proud of their culture, and peace signs are a part of that. Whenever I took pictures with the Koreans in the MTC, they would ask if we could “do something Korean,” and then they would flash peace signs, so it’s kind of become a habit for me. Koreans like it, but I’m going to try to not do it in every picture. I promise!

Fun mission fact: We go out tracting and talking to people a lot.  We actually have to keep track of how many people we talk to in a day (whether it’s about the Gospel or not).  By the end of the week we usually try to aim for 100 people that we had conversations with.

Anyway, have a spectacular week.  Love you!
Sister Stastny
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Easter in Korea

I’ve been hearing all week about the ferry.  There is a school in our area with a bunch of young kids that were on it, and everyone is in mourning.  It’s really sad.  But this video brings so much hope.

Have I told you that I’ve been to a Korean funeral?  It was a couple weeks ago.  A new member in our ward’s mom passed away and we came to support him.  It was very different.  It started the day she died, and it lasts for 3 days.  From what I understood of it, there’s a mourning room and then a happy room where everyone is fed and just hangs out.  We were in the happy room most of the time.  They fed us flattened pig head meat, and it is the grossest thing I have eaten yet.  Anyway, it meant a lot to the man because he loves the missionaries and it was an interesting experience to have for sure.

So funny story about Easter in Korea.  It’s actually called Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, or Resurrection day.  That’s what it literally translates to.  When I heard that, I was just like, Thank you, Heavenly Father, for making my life so easy!  So all of Easter Sunday we went around and asked people if they wanted to come to Church because it was Jesus Christ’s Resurrection day.  Everyone was really nice, but no one had time to make it.  We had a bunch of wonderful conversations from it though.

At church they fed us boiled eggs and it was pretty awesome.  I’m understanding a little more in Church now than I did my first week here.  I can understand a few words here and there and try to piece it together so I at least know what the topic is they are speaking about.  Slowly I will get to where I can understand everything.

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Last week I told you about our sweet investigator from China who had dropped us.  We felt prompted to visit her out of the blue this week and share the story of Esther with her.  We told her that just like with Esther and the King, the hearts of her husband and mother-in-law could be softened if she had the courage and faith in God.  She told us that she didn’t believe God could soften their hearts, but she still loved us and would let us meet with her every now and then.

Before we left, she gave us a tithing envelope that she had taken the day she dropped us off at the church.  We thought it was a bit weird, but we didn’t think too much of it. On the envelope she wrote a note in Korean that said, “Thank you God.  Even though I cannot meet with the missionaries, I will always pray for them.  I will also still come to English class.  Thank you God.” 

She had given a really generous donation to the church because she loves it so much.  It was a testimony to me that all of our efforts did mean something to her, and that the Holy Ghost had touched her heart. Even though she doesn’t believe that the hearts of her husband and mother-in-law can be softened, we believe.  We love her so much!

Sometimes I feel really inadequate here in Korea, but I never feel incapable because I have God. Sorry no new pictures this week!  I only have time to email. We’re going to the Seoul Temple on Thursday, so that will be our P-day.

Love you!

❤ Sister Stastny

Cherry Blossoms

This week was really fantastic!  The Cherry trees have bloomed!  I never thought I had a favorite tree, but I love cherry blossoms so much.  They make the streets looks like Heaven because they are so white and they smell so good.  I love them!

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I have a quick story to share with you this week on listening to the Spirit. So we were walking home one night when we passed this girl walking the other direction.  I said “Hi” to her, and she smiled and we kept on walking.  As we were walking, though, I got this big feeling that I needed to go back to her- but I felt like that would be super creepy if I did.  It would be so easy to keep on walking because Sister H was busy on the phone, but I felt like I needed to go back to her.

So I turned around, and literally ran until I caught up with her, then I think I yelled, “Where are you going?” (because it’s one of the few phrases I know how to say in Korea).  She said something that I couldn’t understand and pointed, and I smiled and nodded like I understood and said, “Great.”  Then I just stood there and I couldn’t think of anything to say.  My mouth was open but I didn’t have anything to say.  Sister H came up and said that we were missionaries, asked a question, then said goodnight and that was it.

As we were walking home after that I thought about why I had felt such a strong prompting to talk to someone without really receiving the ability to do so.  I didn’t feel weird about what I did at all, which is interesting because usually I would feel a little creepy running back to a random person and yelling a question at them…but I felt good.  I just felt this big love for the girl that just jumped out of me.

I think the purpose of me being prompted to go back to her was for the Lord to see if I was willing to listen to the promptings of the Spirit and put my faith before my fears.  Even though nothing really seemed to happen from it (we didn’t even get her name or give her a card argh!)  I think we made her happier that night.  I think my faith has grown a lot from that simple experience.

I keep on thinking back to the story of Moses in Exodus, and how he is “slow of speech, and of a slow tongue,”  but the Lord provides a way for him to accomplish what he has commanded still.  In Moses’ case it was Aaron, his interpreter; and in mine I think it is Sister H, my trainer.  When the understanding and words I want to say just don’t come, Sister H is there to make sure that the Lord’s work still gets done.  I know God put her into my life for a reason, and I’m so thankful for it!

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Our ward had an activity this week at this Korean cultural center. We took our investigator who is absolutely lovely. The place was beautiful! All the missionaries were dressed up in traditional Korean dresses (I think they are called hanbok’s) and then the ward took pictures of us like they were the papparazi or something.  Funnest, weirdest ward activity ever. (Click below to see full pictures and captions)

Me dressed up in my Korean queen outfit (the headpiece made me feel like Princess Amidalla from Star Wars.  It was fun)

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We went to a place in China town with a member and her friend who she’s wanting to introduce the Gospel too.  We had dinner inside this place then took some pictures outside haha.  It went really good! Member missionary work always seems to be the most successful. We’re going to meet with her this week to start teaching the lessons!

I love Korea so much and I love missionary work even more!  It’s so cool!  Everyday we have so many miracles.  It’s the best!

Love you lots!

Sister Stastny

 

I’m here!

Hi!   I made it to Korea all fine.  All went well with our baggage and flight. 🙂  It felt like paradise when I got off the plane–the weather is perfect right now!  The food is delicious and the people are really fun and kind!  We went preaching on the subways and it was definitely a new experience.  So many people.  So much Korean.  I don’t blend in at all, but I think that’s a good thing. I’ll tell you more later.  Till then,

Sister Stastny