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And the Lord thy God shall lead thee

안녕하세요!!!

This week was great! But it did not start off ideally how I thought it would.  Every appointment I tried to make cancelled and we were left to knock on doors and talk on the streets- where I felt like we faced more rejection than I ever had.

I came home pretty discouraged one night and began to wonder, “why me?”  “why now?”.  As the remainder of my mission is ticking down, I’ve never felt like I have worked harder; but with that I’ve never felt like I’ve faced more hardships.  A while later, out of the blue, I received a text from my mission President telling us he had been thinking of us and wanted me and my companion to ponder over the blessings promised in the hymn Be thou Humble. The blessings are these (promised to the humble that seek to serve God):

  • The Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand and give thee answers to thy prayers.
  • The Lord thy God shall bless thee with a sweet and calm assurance that he cares.
  • The Lord thy God shall teach thee to serve His children gladly with a pure and gentle love.

Those promise gave me a lot of hope and comfort and I knew that if I got on my knees and asked God in sincere prayer for help, He would answer my prayers.  So I prayed for a long time that night truly believing that God would hear and answer my prayers, and lead me by the hand throughout as I asked.

I was a bit worried when the next day I got a text from one of our members saying that she couldn’t meet with us as planned.  But, right after that I received a text from another member saying that she wanted to introduce us to a family friend of hers who might have a lot of potential to become members.  A REFERRAL- no way!  I can’t remember the last time I’ve received a referral while serving here.  It was a giant blessing!

And the blessings continued.  Lots of members that hadn’t been able to meet with us in past weeks found time and offered us a lot of help and referred us to less-active members and other people that really needed our help!

Even though the hardships and worries didn’t completely stop, I feel as if God gave me new eyes that are more able to see His hand and influence in my life.  And because of that, the worries and hardships I was struggling with don’t even seem to matter anymore!

Because I felt that God answered my prayers, I desired that He could help make me an answer to someone else’s prayers.

On Sunday before church we got a call from a family on their way to China (where they would have to do church services online for a couple years).  They wanted to attend our English branch before they left but didn’t know how to get there.

During church I received a random text from who I thought was the family, asking for help to get to the church.  We left the service and went to the subway station, where we met the family.  They kept on thanking us for showing us where the church was and saying that we had been an answer to their prayers.  We felt thankful to God for the opportunity to serve, but we began to realize how miraculous the situation was when after dropping them off to the Sacrament Meeting, we received a text from the same number saying that they had almost arrived at the station. What?

We ran back to the station just in time to meet a college student studying abroad who needed our help getting to church, too.  We gladly showed her the way.

It was then that we realized the family didn’t have a working cell-phone to text or call us on outside of their apartment.  They had simply prayed that someone would be there to guide them to church, and there we were–waiting outside the subway station for them.

It was humbling to realize that God had guided us to where we needed to be at the right time to be a tool in His hands and help his children.

I LOVE SERVING AS A MISSIONARY! I love you with all my heart too! Have a great week and always trust that God will guide you!

❤ Sister Stastny

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Mother’s Day

It was so fun talking to all of you!  Mother’s day is definitely one of the funnest days of the year as a missionary!

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Guess what soup this is?!

This week we did a couple of things–ate 보신탕(bo-shin-tang),  I’ll just let you look up what that is.  It was expensive, but it was so delicious!

We also had transfer calls!  My companion Sister N is going to her greenie area in 인천 and I’m staying in 영등포 and going to train!  Yah!  I’ll figure out Wednesday this week who my new companion will be so I’ll let you know next week!  I’m really excited!

One of the miracles we saw this week happened from attending a soccer game!  Our ward and another ward usually meet Saturday mornings and play a game or two at a junior high field.  Last week the sisters from the other ward had met a potential investigator there so they invited us to come this week to meet her.  She’s so great!  She’s a Korean, but lived in Africa for 3 years so she’s really good at English.  She teaches English at the junior high and is really big into service and adventure. She thought that what we were voluntarily doing as missionaries here in Korea was amazing.  We talked a little with her and then she invited us to share with her class for 10 minutes what we were doing here and why.  What!?

It was a crazy cool opportunity and the students were genuinely interested.  Lots of the students had seen missionaries on the street before but felt intimidated or shy so had never talked to them.  It was fun explaining what we were doing here and why.  The teacher texted us later that day and said that she and her class were really inspired by what we had said and by what we are doing!  It was such a neat opportunity!  Especially since, we had been praying and fasting for a new person to teach for a long time and this was an answer to our prayers!  God is the best!

I’m excited to see what miracles this next week brings!

❤ Sister Stastny

Lifting in New Ways

It’s funny how sometimes things turn out differently than you expect.

This week we had planned to drop by on a member’s house, but both me and my companion felt like we should change that to go and see our favorite grandma in our ward.  We started heading over there and had a prompting to bring something to her.  We went into a shop to buy some fruit, but instead felt like we should buy a delicious drink (aloe water-yum!).

I gave her a call when we were approaching and she answered “오지마!” “”O-ji-ma!” Dont come! – because she had been feeling pretty sick and didn’t have any food to give us (like is custom when you visit a Korean’s house).  I persisted a little and told here that we had already eaten, and just wanted to give her a present.  She told us not to.  I told her we had already bought it, so she asked if it was 먹는 것 (something to eat), and I told her it was 마시는  것 (stuff to drink) and she told us s to 빨리와 (Come quick).

It was probably one of the funnest times I have had visiting a member on my mission, but it didn’t initially start off that way.  She seemed a little down and lonely when we first got there- so we mostly listened as she explained how she’s been hurting lately and how she misses her husband that passed away a couple years ago.  We listened, then she turned on her old-times Korean music.  I started doing a little dance to it (just being my dorky self), and she thought it was so funny so she started doing it too- then next thing we know we’re just silly dancing for the next 10 minutes.  Sister Lee (our Korean grandma) just had a huge smile on her face and even got up and danced as much as she was able to.  The whole time she just insisted that we must have had professional lessons in America (even though our dancing was honestly terrible) haha.

I just looked at Sister N as we were doing our little jig and smiled.  Would I have ever thought my mission would lead me here– dancing to old Korean music to make a grandma smile? Not really.  But I could see that even though we felt ridiculous, we were brightening her day helping her get her mind off other things.  She thanked us afterwards for cheering her up and for sharing a small scripture message.

It’s not really what we had expected, and I don’t think it would be appropriate for a lot of other situations, but we all felt happier and lighter afterwards.  I feel like Heavenly Father works through us, and our unique and quirky personalities- whoever we may be, to help others when we are trying to do what’s right.  Missionaries don’t have to be robots that visit, share a routine and outworn message, ask for a referral, and go.  We can be ourselves, and rely on the Lord to work through us as we are and as we may become, to help and uplift others.

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! I’m always excited for what the next day will bring and I’m excited for what the next week will bring!

(Sorry there’s no pictures!  Forgot my camera cord- next week I’ll hopefully remember)

Service!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis week in 영등포 we worked really hard to find a service opportunity in the community besides teaching our free English class. It took a lot of trekking and talking to a lot of community centers and information places, but in the end we found a place that looks like it might have some really good opportunities! Yah!

As we were looking for a community service activity, I was amazed at all the unplanned, spontaneous opportunities to serve that came into our path. One day we ran into an elderly couple in our ward and learned that they were planning on spring cleaning for the day! Well, we quickly jumped on the opportunity and went to work in our missionary attire, scrubbing off mold, grease, and dirt, killing spiders, and washing blankets and clothes so they wouldn’t have to. When we left, the house was shining and the spirit was very strong. I think the more we served and scrubbed the more our own weariness and stress was washed away. We left feeling like we had gained more from the service than we gave.

In addition to that, multiple of our investigators called and asked us for help with this or that (packing for a trip, help getting groceries at Costco…and so on). On the streets, we were able to also meet lots of people that we could serve (whether it was giving them directions to a place, or help carrying a heavy bag). As we kept our eyes open for those in need, Heavenly Father just put tons of opportunities to serve in our path! It’s true that the one that serves always seems to get more than the recipient. Serving just brings so much happiness and joy!

President Thomas S. Monson said, “We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness…we are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with a mandate to serve and to lift His Children.”

Thats so true! Service is the best!

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❤ Sis. Stastny

Looking to Serve

안녕하세요!

This week we worked really hard to find another service opportunity in addition to teaching our free English class on Fridays.  We didn’t find a weekly activity like we had planned, but we did find a plethora of unplanned service activities and it was so great!

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We helped a girl in our ward sew her wedding dress this week since her parents don’t approve that she’s marrying another Latter-day Saint and aren’t supporting her with the wedding.  This is a funny service activity because we both don’t know how to sew, yet somehow Sister H and I were able to pin and stitch things so it looked pretty nice.  It helps a lot that this girl in our ward is absolutely gorgeous.

I’ve always wanted to help an old lady cross the road like they do in movies, but I’ve never had the opportunity.  Well…fancy that, because this week we happened to notice at a cross walk a sweet old lady with a walker who looked petrified by the cars going by.  So like a cliche right out of the movies, we slowly but surely guided her across the road holding her hand.  Once we got to the other side of the street she touched our faces and then told us thank you and we just felt so good our hearts were about to burst!

We also had an opportunity to help a lost old lady find her way to the police station and that was beautiful.  She was so kind and thankful.

The point of sharing all these experiences is to let you know that if you are searching for service, Heavenly Father will place opportunities in your path…and it’s awesome!  Service is the thing that always can lift me up even on the hardest days.  I know that “when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of you God,” (Mosiah 2:17), and serving God is the best!

I love you!

사랑합니다!

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