Monday, August 11, 2014
This week was an amazing week! We had three baptisms in our ward and two of them were our investigators! It was so amazing! I feel so blessed that we were able to meet them and teach them. They were already prepared from the beginning. They have already started to talk to us about being missionaries, what the?! Such a cool experience! One of the moms attended and now she wants to be baptized, an eternal family is in the making!
So I had a realization this week, my taste buds have definitely changed. One of our members took us to this amazingly huge buffet in our area. It had a mixture of american and Korean food. So what do you think the first food was that I went to? I went to the raw fish, sushi, octopus, squid, jellyfish, and raw meat (Its surprisingly really good). So the nearly vegetarian person that I was before my mission has definitely changed.
But there is one thing I am not willing to do... eat dog soup. This week a member called us randomly and made him go eat dog soup with him. The other sisters have been wanting to eat it for forever but me and my companion have been dreading the day. So we went to the place, which did smell weird. My companion and i gracefully figured out a way to kindly decline the dog soup and go for the more appealing chopped up fish... Long story short Sister Scott ended up eating 1.5 bowls because poor Sister Matsen was about to throw up a few times. So sad! But at the end of the day it was all good and fun. I never want to come that close again to eating a doggy.
We got transfer calls today, and we are staying the same! We are so excited for this next transfer, there is so much potential! We also will be getting a new sister in the house, she is from Australia. We are really excited!
We met with one of our investigators and her mom this week at church, it went really well. We are the same age but she isn't as open to religion. Her mom is a member and really wants her to be a member. We also invited a newly returned sister missionary to help with the lesson. It went beautifully and I can tell things will start to be changing soon!
I love you all so much! keep enjoying your summer. Its almost over right? Ha anyways,
Monday, July 28, 2014
We had an amazing meeting with one of our investigators. We are right now tying up all the loose ends and making sure is is ready for her baptism. When we talked with her she bore the sweetest testimony of how she feels so peaceful at church and that she loves what she is learning. It was definitely a highlight of my week. Her entire extended family will be attending her baptism, how cool is that!?
We also have been meeting with members a lot and working a lot with them. They are really helping us get missionary work moving faster. Its always so fun to meet somebody new and our ward is huge, so feel like I am meeting more and more people every week.
I learned about work this week in personal study. When Jesus would perform miracles, he would always invite other people to participate in the miracles. When Lazarus passed away Jesus raised him from the dead. Jesus asked the people to move the stone from the tomb, he didn't magically move it. Jesus asked them to unwrap Lazarus's face, it wasn't magically unwrapped. Same principle applies to missionary work. In order to see a miracle we still have to work. God knows we can do it. He will perform the miracle. We are always just one more step closer to seeing a miracle.
I love you all so much! Have a great week!
Monday, July 21, 2014
This week was pretty great and exciting! I have a lot to talk about, so lets get started!
This week we had a really great lesson with two of our investigators. We had such a fun family home evening with the Kong Family and they came with us and we ate so much delicious food, talked about the plan of salvation, and.... Set a baptismal date! yay! We are so excited! They are both so ready and they were already prepared. We haven't done anything, but teach them the gospel. God really puts people who are ready in our paths.
This was pretty exciting. So I have told my comp about Comic Con a bit and the other day we were looking though her pictures. When foreign missionaries come to the MTC they go to the Salt Lake Temple every. So she was in the MTC in September, and guess what she had a picture of... Are you ready for this... COMIC CON! She had a picture because she saw all of these weird people dressed up and thought it was hilarious and took a picture. Small world right?
One of our ward members has this awesome daughter. She is starting to talk with us more about the gospel, because she has a few questions. This week I was thinking about how much I wanted to start doing yoga again, and I thought of Tina. Well it turns out she is really into yoga! She will be teaching us yoga and it is a great opportunity to get to know each other! I am super excited!
I have this Korean Grammar book that I have been studying and I am finally feeling more confident with the language. I keep praying all the time and every time i forget to pray, I am not as good. So the only reason I am able to say what I say is because of God. Nothing else.
Life is great and I am learning so much! Some days are hard, some are great. I am learning so many things that I never thought I would learn! I love you all!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
our Stake held a big game day for our investigators. I didn't know what to expect or what they would qualify as games, so we brought our two younger investigators thinking it would be fun. When we got there it was all adults playing games with these white and black peaces the names in Korean, don't know the English, are-ka-g (A shooting game), another is an extremely complicated version of chess, and complicated bingo. It was pretty fun! The best part was when our cute little investigator was in the tournament against a grandma, who was really into the game, and she beat her! Everybody jumped up and down when she won! It was so cute! So I also learned some more really fun random Korean games and our 8 year old beat the grandma, score!
So this week was really funny. I learned lots of funny random things that I wasn't ever planning on!
This week we had FHE with the Kang family again, which is always a delight. Earlier Sister Matsen said she wanted to learn how to fold paper cranes because she wanted to fold 1000 of them for her family. I definitely thought that was a weird idea. When we finished FHE Sister Kang was like"I love folding origami, lets fold origami." I was definitely shocked and then we folded with them for a while, I can officially fold a paper crane everybody! Doesn't God have a sense of humor?
I don't know if I mentioned this earlier, but our church runs a guitar class everynight ran by one of our investigators. So we have been going every week and I would just watch everybody and study Korean and talk with people but this week I decided to give it a try! It was pretty fun and I can now, successfully, play a C cord. Checked that one off the bucked list.
We had another successful English class, and It was awesome! We had 23 people attend. Everybody is really learning lots and I love how we get to serve the Korean people. I never thought I would be teaching like this, but it is always a good time.
As part of our workouts every morning, me and my companion go to the park every morning and there is this free zumba class. Now the thing that is funny is that we are 1. The only foreigners 2. the only ones under the age of 60. The instructor is some 65 year old grandma, but don't let the fool you. She definitely knows what she is doing. The more and more I am in Korea. the more I realize "Anything goes in Korea."
The Icing on the cake for the week was when we met with our investigatorsand they flat out asked. "When can we get baptized" I paused for a moment and looked at them and was thinking "Is this really a question they are asking?" I was thrilled! They have attending church enough and members have done a great job fellow-shipping them. So I am excited to see them get baptized within the new future! yay!
I love you all, keep working hard, be happy and have a great week!
Monday, June 30, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JORDY! I love you so much! You are my little squeak and I think of you all the time and you are the cutest little brother and I love you! I hope you have a great birthday and know how much I love you!!
I definitely felt a lot of love from my old area this week. I got a few emails and letters from investigators and members. I love them all so much and it made me miss them! I got the cutest letter from Brother Wong. I will take a picture and send it next week, pretty much my heart melted. All of these people have a piece of my heart!
We had a great week and we are getting a few new investigators this week, and I am so excited. They are a family that is a member's extended family. It is always so fun to bring families together and share the gospel. I am so excited!
This week we saw the Kang's a lot. They are the best family ever! So its just like the Farr family, but Korean. A lot of the family lives in the same area and they go to church together and it reminds me of Dad and his brothers when they are together. I always feel right at home! I am so lucky to have a family that is so close and that got to do so many exciting things with my family growing up! They really are all my best Friends!
We are going to hopefully have a baptism next week, but we haven't gotten permission yet from her parents, keep praying for her! We also met with the two little girl investigators. I love being with them all the time. They are so cute and ask me the funniest questions about America. They are officially jealous of the American school system and would love to move there. (Koreans go to school all day every day. Really.)
We got transfer calls and we are staying the same! haha I didn't think there would be any changes. Sister Mathieson is staying in her greenie area for 6 transfers now, what the!? But next week we will be seeing each other on P-day. So I am excited!
I was reading in Nephi this week and one thing that really stuck out to me is that he was always thankful no matter what. When things were good, when things were okay, and when things were bad. He was always thankful.
Next week I think we will be going to Mok-po. Its a place that has a beach, so I am excited. So I might email later.
I love you all so much! Keep up the good work!