Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August 11, 2014

Well, this week has been interesting. This morning the missionaries all went to a funeral for someone in the ward. He is actually not a member but his son and daughter are, and they are in the ward. Funerals in Korea are totally different and it was kind of an eye opening experience. We all (the missionaries, other close friends and members, and the family) all rode on a massive bus all the way up in the mountains to this tomb place and we all gathered around the spot where they bury the body. Someone spoke and said some things and then we all sang a few songs. Part of the whole funeral thing is actually literally burying the person who died. So each person in the family helped bury him. It was so different than anything I have ever experienced. His wife and another daughter were not members and were having a really hard time. Another daughter and son are members and were handling everything well. it was sad to see people who don't believe in the Plan of Salvation and feel like it's the end of everything. I am so thankful for the plan of Salvation and the knowledge that we have that this life is just a short part of the plan. We will see our loved ones again and this life is not the end. It was a really eye-opening experience and it made me so thankful to have the gospel and knowledge we have in my life.

On Tuesday  진영  came to English class and then we met with her and talked for a little bit. She asked some questions about baptism and being baptized if she has already been baptized. We explained a little about the Priesthood and told her we have to be baptized by proper authority. She seemed fine with it and accepted it well. She also asked some questions about the word of wisdom and she told us she loves to drink coffee. We briefly talked about it, but didn't have time to do an actual lesson since she was there for English. She came to church though on Sunday and really liked the RS lesson and Gospel Principles lesson. Some members were really nice to her and made her feel comfortable, which was good. After Gospel Principles, she went into the kitchen and was trying to find pans and stuff to make coffee. :( :( Sister Jeon and I were really bummed. She knows that it is against the word of wisdom but she kept saying it's fine! She couldn't understand why we seemed so sad and distressed that she was making coffee in the church kitchen. We were able to finish teaching her the first lesson and she understood everything very well. She loves learning about the Restoration and accepts it all. She wants to read the Book of Mormon but she has a hard time reading so she's trying to find an ap to download the audio. All in all, she is doing really well. She hasn't been taught everything yet so she doesn't understand all of the commandments completely, but she is on her way.

We met with 김선  this week and talked about wrapping up the Family English Program. We are almost to week 6. Sadly, I don't think she has much interest in the gospel. I think she believes our message is good and that it might be true. She thinks our church is good and has good standards, but she says she's too busy to come to church. She just doesn't understand the importance of the gospel and the priority it needs to be in our lives. 

조현, the recent convert we are teaching is doing really well. She is adorable and I love her! This week we talked about temples and baptisms for the dead. She wants to go to Seoul to the temple. This week she is going to meet with the Bishop and get a recommend so we can hopefully go next week with her.

Side note, 김휘  my recent convert in WonDang is doing great! She is still active and we text each other frequently. I love her so much. She is doing awesome.

I met with Sis. K, my MTC teacher (who I LOVE) last monday. She is living farther south. We went to dinner and caught up. It was so fun to talk to her and actually be able to speak some Korean to her. (compared to the MTC) :)

I have been reading Jesus the Christ lately and I have learned sooo much. I love learning about Christ and the way He acted to everyone. He was always so kind and full of patience. I feel so close to Him as I study about him in the Book of Mormon and learn about things He did when He was on the Earth. I know he is close by us and always assisting us in missionary work and helping us do everything he asks. I feel like when I learn about Him and the way He acted in situations, it makes it easier for me to react the way he would and be more Christ-like.

I am so thankful to be serving here. I am thankful to be serving with my companion. I have learned so so much. It hasn't been easy but it is perfectly what I need.

Rach: love hearing about your adventures and taking everyone to the JSM building for Jay's wedding. haha I'm so excited for everything you are doing!!! ;)
D-man: football sounds way fun! I wish i could see your games! Next year! spongebob and swimming. that's the life! haha "cover the tuba!"
Ellie: girls camp sounds like it was a blast!! the cave you went to sounds like it was really cool. did you paddle board and jump on the tramp at bear lake like we did last year?!
Jane: i love the "be happy" theme of girls camp! i love hearing about the devotional and the people that talked. DId you have fun boating?! it sounds like a ton of fun!
Addie: I would rather see a lion than a cougar becasue we never see lions in Utah! What would you rather see? I'm glad you had a fun week. have fun at cooper's party!
Isaac: This week I read in the Book of Mormon about Amalickiah when he swore to drink the blood of Moroni. Moroni is so cool and brave like you. Have fun swimming tomorrow! 
Mom and Dad: I love you! thank you for everything you do to help me. I am so thankful you are my parents. You are the best examples i have in the world. i love you!

have a great week!
Sister Tara Anderson
"After the funeral. (We had to wear all black)"

"Older picture from when I left WonDang - I gave these kids CTR rings"

"Sis Kil, my MTC teacher and I at church on my birthday"

"After a long time of proselyting in the rain, eating my birthday cake!"

Friday, August 8, 2014

August 4, 2014

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for the cute birthday package you sent! You are the best! It was so festive and it made my day happy! I love you!!!! Happy Birthday tomorrow (today in Korea) Dad!!! I love you!  Hope you have the best day.

This week was a little bit better than last week. We met a new investigator, which was a total miracle!!

Tuesday Sister J. and I served in the visitor center. Just as we were about to walk out the door to leave, a man and a woman showed up to the church and walked inside. The man said that he had met elders before, the woman was his friend that was with him. We found out that Elder M had found him and he had come to church a few times. The lady, 진영 wanted to look around our church and was filled with questions. We showed her around and she loved everything. She took a picture of the wall in the visitor center and said she was really interested. We set up an appointment and met with her again on tuesday. She came to the church and she had so many questions. We taught her about the Restoration and answered her questions. We watched the Restoration DVD with her and shared a Book of Mormon with her. She loved everything. While we were teaching her, she said "this is what I've been looking for." She is so prepared. We gave her the soft baptismal commitment and she accepted it. We invited her to church and set up another appointment. She told us she would come to church, but when we called to follow up on Sat. night and Sun morning, she didn't answer. We went to relief society kind of bummed that she didn't come, but 5 minutes after RS started, she came walking in and sat down by us. She stayed for most of church, but had to leave after the Sacrament for something she had yesterday. She loved church though and loved the member who taught gospel principles. We are meeting with her again on tuesday and are hoping to give her a baptismal commitment with a date!

We are continuing to teach 김정 and her son the Family English Program. This week when we met her, she told us that she prayed to understand our message and the Book of Mormon. She always keeps her commitment to read the Book of Mormon, but she hasn't been coming to church lately. I don't know her super well yet, but it seems like she thinks our religion is good, but doesn't see how important everything is and why she needs the gospel in her life. We shared the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet with her and she liked it. We talked a lot about the word of Wisdom and how the commandments and standards we have blesses our lives. This week we are thinking about teaching her lesson 3. I really hope she can come to church this week.

We taught a lesson on Saturday to Sister J's recent convert. She is so sweet and I already love her so much! We talked about Joseph Smith and reviewed the BOM and Restoration a little bit. We also talked about modern day prophets a little bit. She seems to be doing really well. She has been coming to church with her mom.

This week during study, I read a lot about the missionaries in the Book of Mormon. I love reading about Alma and Amulek and the Lord giving them the strength to be delivered. Something that I have been thinking about a lot is praying for the strength to handle hard things, rather than asking Heavenly Father to take them away. I have prayed a lot lately for the capacity to handle tough situations and to be able to do what the Lord needs me to do. As I have done this, I have had the strength to be more patient and understanding than usual. I love learning about the missionaries in the BOM. They were constantly being tried, yet they were instruments in God's hands and became even more solid.

Rach: Kingston sounds like it was a total blast!!! I loved the pics. Good job with the Half marathon! sorry about your foot :'( next year we will race togetha!!! 

Dman: priest's camp sounds like blast. The cliff jumping sounds so fun. Next year we will have to jump off the top cliff by the rope swing for sure. Did you like studying PMG?

Ellie: The manti temple sounds way cool. I love that you learned how to drive stick shift on the Allen's doon buggy. Are you going to girls camp tomorrow? thank you for the cute birthday present and card!!!

Jane: girls camp sounds like it will be way fun!! I love hearing about all of the fun things you did this weekend! The doon buggy thing and 4 wheelers and shooting sounds so fun! 

Addie: your week sounds so fun staying with the Oldroyds!! I'm glad you love school. did you have fun swimming with issy?

Isaac: that's so cool that you rode 4 wheelers with Ryan and got to press the gas! You are so cool. I can't believe you shot guns at George's house. That sounds so fun. I would rather see an elephant because i wouldn't want to get sprayed by the skunk. 

Mom and Dad: Happy Birthday tomorrow, Dad! I love you! I am glad that priest's camp went well. Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Mom, good job in your half marathon! you are awesome! Next long run, we'll run together! :) Thank you for the B-day package!! I love all of the gifts. Thanks for being so thoughtful and sending it! It made my day!

I love you! have a good week!!! xoxoxo

Sis Tara Anderson