Friday, April 24, 2015

Miracles Happen! God Answers Prayers!

Time flies so much faster in the mission field than it did at the MTC. By the end of the day I'm so excited to hit that pillow and sleep. We do a lot of walking here in Korea which is good, but it makes me so tired. 

This week flew by, so much happened in so little time. Last P Day, after emailing, we went to see the flower festival. There wasn't much to see because of the rain, but it was fun and relaxing.

On Tuesday we fasted as part of a 40 day fast our mission is doing. For 40 days there is always a set of missionaries in our mission fasting. I have a hard time fasting, especially when we do a lot of walking, but with God's help we made it to dinner and throughout the week we saw many blessings because of it.

Wednesday was a pretty normal day. We had study time in the morning, district meeting, and I had to do TIP which is a program to help me learn Korean and apply it to our lessons. I learn a certain number of sentences each week and then at the end of the week, I have to use them in a role play. We taught an investigator who really just has an English interest. Are you ready for this? The miracle of the day was we contacted our investigator, 강미겅 (or Crystal), and asked her if she could meet with us on Thursday and she said yes! This was amazing because I hadn't met her yet and she was a progressing investigator right before I came.

Which brings me to Thursday. Thursday was amazing! I was able to meet Crystal. She is so fun and outgoing. She loves animals and she is looking for direction in her life. I can feel she is ready for the gospel when I'm around her. The plan was to share Choose to Believe with her from General Conference since she wasn't able to watch it. She listened, but she was a little bored. Then we discussed the talk and Sister Kelly took the lead. Sister Kelly asked her what her favorite scripture was since she has been reading the bible. She said it was Matthew 3:16-17, which is the story of Christ's baptism. So Sister Kelly taught her about baptism and the Holy Ghost and how we can always have the Holy Ghost with us through the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then I bore my testimony of it with the little Korean I knew, after Sister Kelly asked her to be baptized in June. The spirit was so strong and I could see it touched Crystal's heart. She said yes, and now we are preparing her for baptism. It was an incredible experience and I know God helped me to both speak and understand Korean during the lesson, because I had started praying for the interpretation of tongues as well as the gift of tongues. The coolest thing was all of this happened while the Elders in our district were fasting.

So many more amazing things happened this week, but I'll stick with that. I know God hears and answers our prayers. I know  he continually blesses us as we rely on him and seek his guidance. I know I say this every week, but don't forget to pray. Throughout my mission so far, prayer has been the one thing that keeps me going, and the one thing that continues to bless my life. Thank you for all your prayers in my behave, and know I'm praying for you as well. Good luck in the coming week!
Sister Mustain


Friday, April 17, 2015

God Truly Loves Each of Us.

This week was crazy! We had a lot of meetings and we had General Conference on Saturday and Sunday.  If I could pick one thing to share with you that I learned this week is God truly loves us. 

At the beginning of the week I was feeling a little low because missionary work is different than I thought, and I felt I wasn't good enough.  So I prayed to know that God loves me and to know  my work is sufficient.  However, I didn't just pray, I studied it out as well.  On Tuesday, we talk Sister 조미지. She is a student attending a university in our area. She is my age, and we taught her about how God loves her.  As we taught she was so focused and intent on our message and she asked a lot of questions. I felt so much love for her and could feel the spirit testify to me that God loves her. I didn't say much, but I was able to bear my testimony. In preparing for that lesson and teaching her, my prayer was answered.  I learned God loves me.

I've been studying the Christ like attributes in preach my gospel, and as I have done that I feel God's love for me. I know God loves me because when I feel all alone I know he is there to pick me up. General Conference also testified this to me. It taught me through the gospel of Jesus Christ there is no room for doubt. 

I know God loves us, and I know through the gospel of Jesus Christ we can feel his love.

This week I had the opportunity to get to know my companion as we do a lot of walking.  As I listen to her, I have developed so much love for her. She is so caring and loves the people of Korea so much. I know God put me with her for a reason, and this shows how much he loves me.
The people here are so loving. The more I get to know them, the more I love them.  I know God loves you and I know that as you pray you can come to know this for yourselves.  I wish you all best of luck this week in all you do!

Mustain 자매

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I Made It To Korea!

Wow, I can't believe I've been in Korea for almost a week. The flight was long, but I traveled with all the other missionaries going to Korea and slept a lot, which made it fly by. It was hard to adjust to the time difference, but by the end of the week I was used to it.  

My first area is Gyesan and Bupyeong. It is basically one big city. The people here are very friendly and loving which is good because I barely understand what they are saying to me. My trainer, Sister Kelly helps me with the language barrier. She is from Ontario, California and I'm excited to be her companion for the next 12 weeks!

On Friday we had English class which was a little weird because we were speaking English. However it was fun and I was able to meet some people in the area. On Saturday we did what is called sticker boarding. What you do is you give people stickers and have them place their sticker on a question they want answered, then give them a sheet of paper with the answer.  At first I was a little hesitant, however once I started speaking I felt more confident. Later that day we taught a sister named  . First we taught her English and then we explained our purpose as missionaries. I don't know if she felt it, but as we taught I felt the spirit. I'm so grateful to be here on this mission giving my all to God. I know God loves these people. I can see it as I have come to know them.

On Sunday I had to introduce myself and bare my testimony. It was hard to introduce myself, but I was able to bare my testimony from my heart with ease. I know it was through God I was able to do that. I'm so grateful to be a missionary giving my all to my Heavenly Father. During my personal study, I was reading about giving my will to God. It made me think of the story of when Nephi and his brothers went back to Jerusalem to get the plates. They tried twice with no success, but on the third try they did as God directed them to do. Nephi gave his will to God, and God blessed him and helped him bring Zoram unto Christ. I know if I rely on God and give my will to him he will bless me. I know that as you come unto Christ you can receive those blessings whether you are on a mission or not. I testify this is true.

Good luck with the coming week, and don't forget to pray!

Mission President-Brother & Sister Morrise
 Sister Kelly my new companion