Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Final Stretch!

So apparently I come home on Friday... The past 18 months just seemed to have flown by. I'm excited, but sad at the same time. Sad to leave behind all the incredible people I’ve met, but excited to see my family and friends again. 
This week was crazy! We met with a lot of people and not all of them were because I was leaving. All we did most the week was go from appointment to appointment. The craziest part was transfer calls! We found out that Sister Tolley is leaving too! So our area is being whitewashed (two new sister missionaries will come)!!! Since then we have been busy preparing the area for two sisters who know nothing about it.

To end, I'd like to share what happened on Sunday! I had to give a talk, teach the youth Sunday school class and the young women. The talk was great and the lesson in young women’s was good, but I was not prepared for the youth Sunday school class. We decided to go to that class, but when we got there, there was no teacher! So I looked over the topic and tried my best to spend a 45 minutes teaching the youth about Family History in Korean. Luckily I had God's help and it turned out fine. Through all this talking, I realized how much my Heavenly Father has helped me to be more confident in myself and to speak a foreign language. 

I know my Heavenly Father loves me and he is always there to help me! I'm so grateful to have had this incredible opportunity to serve in Korea and meet such amazing people!

Love,
머스태인 자매

Here are a few pictures from this week!
1. My Last District
2. A little girl I taught English
3. My companion, and Natasha(she's Russian and lives in our ward)
4. One of the other sister I live with and our couple outfit





Monday, August 8, 2016

Little Things Make the World Go Round

This past week went by extremely fast!

On Monday we meet with a member from one of the areas I had previously served in. She is amazing and it was neat because she grew up in Mokdong and had actually been wanting to go to Mokdong, but never had a reason until I called. 

Friday was the hottest day of the year. We had 5 appointments. It was crazy running from appointment to appointment, but it was so much fun and it helped us stay cool!! At the last appointment of the day we did a practice lesson with a young single adult in our ward. It was a really good lesson and after she told us that it helped her! 

Sunday we got to the church for ward counsel and guess what!?! We didn't have ward council, instead we had to get rid of an inch of water that covered the chapel. We were using shovels, plates, towels, and even the vacuum cleaner to get rid of all the water. We put it in buckets and them dumped it out the window. It was the craziest thing ever. It was a blessing that it happened when it did because I don't know what we would have done about it if the ward wasn't there to help! It was a crazy morning.

I'm so grateful I'm able to serve here in Korea. Through all that happened last week I realized it is the little things that make life so enjoyable. I'm so grateful for my mission and I can't wait to see what will happen these last two weeks!!

Love, 
Sister Mustain

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Little Miracles Bring the Most Joy!

It's August, what do you know! I just want to say I love being a missionary! I love serving in Korea! I love being rejected! And I love it when people accept the gospel!  
This past week we talked to so many people it was crazy! On Monday we were on the bus and I sat next to a student studying English. I got up the courage and started talking to her. We talked about her and then about the gospel. I gave her Book of Mormon (she took it). We also got her number and will try to meet with her again. It was a neat experience!! I'm so blessed for that because it gave me the courage to talk to people the rest of the week. She also told us that she was so grateful for the book we gave her. 

I love those moments when you find someone who is willing to listen to you and accept this gift we have to share. The gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those moments are the ones that make all the hard times, all the rejections absolutely worth it. I'm so grateful for the chance to share the gospel and the chance I have to gain a deeper understanding of what our Savior did for us! 

Have an amazing week!! 

Love,
Sister Mustain

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pioneers

It is so HOT! Actually our house is a lot hotter than it is outside sometimes. That means lots of water!! We met with a lot of fun people this week, but I want to share one experience that was the highlight of my week. 

We are meeting with two investigators who are doing the Family English Program. They have a lot of English interest, but they are very willing to listen to our gospel message. This week we followed up on our invitation to read the introduction of The Book of Mormon. One of them said she was sorry she only read up to 1 Nephi chapter 13! She said it helps her sleep at night. It was a miracle!!  And even though she was originally English interest, she is progressing in the gospel. It is neat to recognize how much she needs the gospel in her life the more we meet with her. I'm so blessed to have the gospel in my life! 

This morning in honor of Pioneer Day, I read a talk by President Monson about pioneers. He talked about how a pioneer is someone who leads the way for others to follow. He explains that the greatest example of a pioneer was the Savior. I'm grateful for the Savior, and how his atonement brings so much joy to my life. I'm also grateful to have the chance to help people become pioneers for their own family by being baptized and accepting the gospel. 
Have a wonderful week!! 
Love,
Sister Mustain



Its official- 18 months!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Prayer

Yesterday in Sunday School we learned about prayer. This caused me to think about how prayer has impacted my life. So for today I would just like to share my testimony on prayer.

Before I started my mission I prayed every day and I prayed when I needed help. However, as a missionary I have come to know that prayer is so much more! I have learned prayer is how we communicated with our Father in Heaven who loves us more than we can imagine. Through prayer we can thank him for all the miracles in our life. We can ask him for help. When we feel there is no one else to talk to, we can talk to him. I've also learned His answers can be as simple as a feeling of peace to a miracle of being able to meet with an investigator. 

We are meeting with two people who we teach English and the gospel to. They are originally English interest, but as we meet you can feel they are ready for the gospel. This past week we met with them and I could feel the spirit strongly as we taught. 

We also met with a mom who is very interested in English for her two daughters. We taught them a very simple lesson on prayer and you could feel the spirit in that room. It is amazing the difference a sincere prayer can make in our lives.

As I pray with and for these people I serve in Korea, I can feel God's love for them. Through prayer I can feel God's love for me. I know prayer is for our benefit and I know that God loves me. I'm so grateful to be a missionary!!

Love,

Sister Mustain



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Miracles Come in all Shapes and Sizes...

Sister Tolley and I decided we were going to find a new investigator every day this past week. We found one new investigator, but she seems very prepared! 

From this experienced I learned the value of hard work, the importance of setting goals, and to never give up. Since we had plans to find new investigators everyday, we were able to schedule appointments with lots of people and most of our plans went through. We were also able to find a new investigator. She is a previous investigator who met with the missionaries 12 years ago. When we met with her we asked her to read the introduction to the Book of Mormon, after she read it she asked where she could buy it! It was a neat experience! 

I love serving a mission. I love how it is changing my life. Yesterday I had to give a talk in sacrament meeting. I was nervous because I forgot about it until the day before. I studied and prayed enough that I knew God could help me give it. When I got up to give my talk, a man who isn't a member started being disruptive and it flustered me. I just skipped what I had planned and started with a scripture. It was amazing how the scripture made everything better and actually set the stage for the whole meeting. Talk about scripture power! 

I know this gospel is true. The best part is we get credit for trying! I'm so grateful to be a missionary! Have a wonderful week and don't forget to smile, because Jesus loves you!!

Love, 

Sister Mustain

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Last Transfer?!?!

In an effort to work harder than ever, Sister Tolley and I are going to find seven new investigators this week. That is one a day. We know there are many people in our area just waiting to hear the gospel and in an effort to show are faith, we are going to find a new investigator everyday this week. We are praying, planning, and talking to as many people as possible in order to do it. I know if we diligently set a goal and work toward it, God will help us. I'm so excited for this week, but as for last week...

We got a new mission president this week--President Turner. It is different, but still good. We were able to meet him on Thursday. 

On Friday, we met with a two new investigators who were a referral from another set of missionaries. We were told they mostly have English interests, but when we met with them they had lots of potential. I’m so excited to work with them. 

Here is the miracle for the week: The mother and her daughter we have been teaching have been coming to church almost every week for about two months now, but we haven't been able to meet them outside of church. The mom loves the church and wants her and her daughter to be a part of it. The daughter feels a lot of pressure about baptism and there is no one her age in our ward to fellowship her. In an effort to focus more on the daughter we made something for her, but she didn't come to church yesterday. However, her mom did. After church we asked if we could come home with her and give the gift to her daughter. She let us, and invited us in. She wanted to give us a drink, but we were fasting so we told her we couldn't. She wanted to feed us, so she invited us to their house for lunch this week. It was a miracle!! We will finally be able to meet them outside of church and will be able to help them more!  I’ve learned God really cares about us and if we follow him he will bless us. 

I'm so blessed to be a missionary serving my Heavenly Father! I know this gospel is true. I know the gospel can make us happier than we could ever imagine! 

Love,
Sister Mustain

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Another Week

This week was just another busy week in the life of a missionary. We have had a lot of special meetings lately because our mission president leaves tomorrow and we are getting a new one. This week was the first week in a while in which we didn't have any meetings! More time for missionary work!! 

This week we meet with a woman who randomly called us and wanted to talk about religion. However when we meet with her, she really only wanted to talk about religion. She doesn't want to change hers. It was a neat experience nevertheless. 

I also went on exchanges with Sister Holste. It was full of miracles! We talked to lots of people and I even said the first vision to a lady on the street! It was so cool! It just made me grateful to be a missionary. We don't have very many investigators right now so we proselyte a lot. To people on the street, at the park, and we even knock on doors. It is super awkward, but if you make it fun it doesn't matter. I love being a missionary!

As for our investigators...the daughter and her mom. We had a really good lesson with them and even asked them to be baptized in July, but the daughter doesn't feel ready. That is ok, because now we understand her concerns just a little bit better.

I'm so grateful to be a missionary and I know that the gospel is true! 

Have a wonderful week!!

Love,
Sister Mustain

You Are A Child Of God!

Wow, I just love serving in Korean! I love being a missionary and I love doing my Heavenly Father's work. This week we were able to go to the temple, and it was amazing. I could just feel my Heavenly Father's love. We also climbed a mountain for zone conference and it was a lot of fun and very spiritual. At the end of the conference, we sang "I Am a Child of God" and had a testimony meeting. From everything I learned that day I know I am a daughter of God who loves me and who loves everyone we come in contact with. I'm so grateful to share this gospel with the people of Korea. 

This week we weren't able to meet with our investigators, but the mom came to church without her daughter this time. The mom is really progressing and she loves coming to church. We will continue to work with them. They are so amazing.

I know this gospel is true. I know I am a child of God. I hope you remember that too! 

Love,
Sister Mustain
Temple with Sister Tolley

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Just Another Week...

This week we had a zone proselyting activity in our area, zone training, and the elders investigator got baptized! It was a busy week! The best part was on Sunday when the mom and daughter we have been teaching came to church again and the mom stayed for the baptism! It was amazing. They are really enjoying learning about the gospel.

Sorry there's not much to report on last week, but I would like to end with my testimony. I know this gospel is true. I know my Heavenly Father lives. I know anytime I experience something hard or difficult, I can turn to him in pray and I will receive help. I'm so grateful to be a missionary because through it, I have come to understand how much I need the help of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Love,
Sister Mustain

Monday, June 6, 2016

This is Gods Work.

This week we had mission tour which is where someone from the area presidency comes and talks to us. The whole training was spiritually up lifting. I learned the importance of obedience and to not let discouragement keep you from working hard. I decided that because of what I learned, I was going to try to be more exactly obedient and to talk to everyone no matter how awkward it feels. 

I started with my goals immediately after mission tour. Throughout the rest of the day I was able to talk to more people than I would have before. I did get rejection, but I felt happier because I talked to everyone I could. The rest of the week we talked to so many people and got a lot of rejection. However, it lead to a few miracles. On Friday night we were meeting with a member who we have been doing practice lessons with. She told us that she has a neighbor who she would like to refer us to in the near future. 

On Saturday before English class we had an activity with the Young Women. Sister Tolley taught them how to crochet. While we went to English class they finished up the activity. After English class we were going to get dinner with the young women when two university students walked in wanting to learn English and more about our church. Since the young women's president was there, we were able to have a member present lesson and got two new investigators at the same time. We plan to meet them this next Saturday. It was a neat experience! 

On Sunday, 박선옥s and 홍리현s (the mom and her daughter) came to church and they wanted to pay tithing! So we showed them how to pay tithing. It knock the words right out of me. This week was full of miracles that testified to me God's hand is truly in this work. 

Remember the miracles and have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Mustain
Young Women Activity- Crocheting

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's The Little Things.

I would just like to share two experiences that were pretty neat. 

The first occurred on Thursday. We had district meeting and learned about sharing short messages about the Book of Mormon on the street. We did a role play for it and failed horribly! The Elders we did it with gave us suggestions on how we could improve. Then later that day we were walking home for dinner and a lady on the street stopped us. We used what we had learned at district meeting and it actually went pretty well! She didn't take the Book of Mormon, but she did take a pamphlet. We also saw her again later that week. It was a neat experience even though it hasn't led to anything yet. 

The second was our study room was super messy. We decided it was time to clean it up. So we took some time to clean it. Now that it is clean, we can feel the spirit so much better! It is amazing the difference a clean room can make. 

I love missionary work! I love how sometimes in missionary work it is the little things that make a difference. I know this gospel is true. I know we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father! 

Love,
Sister Mustain

Yo-The mat we sleep on

Our Apartment 

Study Room

It's True!!!

This week was surprisingly very busy! We started out the week by meeting with a less active member. We also had an unexpected lesson with a former investigator. From there our week was super busy! The best part of this week though was the weekend! 

On Saturday we had studies and a lesson with an old lady in our ward. She is so cute! She is a little hard to understand, but she's so much fun to meet with. Then we had a member present while we shared a lesson with our two investigators! It was a great lesson! What made it great was my companion and I taught together by the power of the spirit. Then we had English class and Family Home Evening with the ward. We were going to share a Mormon Message, but it didn't work so we had to come up with a message on the spot... It was great!

On Sunday our mission president's brother and his family came and spoke to our ward. It was a really neat experience because it was the first time in a long time in which I understood all of sacrament meeting. Sunday was also amazing because it helped me recognize how grateful I am to serve in Mokdong. The ward is like one big family always helping each other. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission! 


I know the gospel is true and that only through living it can we experience true happiness. The kind that last through the hard times.

Have a wonderful week!!

Love,
Sister Mustain

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Companions

This week I learned how to be a better companion. My current companion is great, but our personalities and views of missionary work are very different. We needed a little help. We went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. That helped me to take a step back and learn how to better work with my companion. I learned the importance of talking openly with each other and fixing problems immediately. It’s like a mission is preparing me for marriage or something....
Our investigators who came to church last week came again this week! It was exciting to have them in church, but they don't understand the importance of meeting with the missionaries. The members did a good job explaining that, so hopefully they will meet with us this week! 

In other news, I'm loving Korea and I love the ward I'm currently serving in. They are amazing and so much fun. They are always trying to help us and the ward feels like one big family! 

I'm so grateful I decided to serve a mission! It is changing my life. I know that because of this experience I won't go home the same person I was before. I know this gospel is true and I know we have a Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can comprehend. 

Love,
Sister Mustain
Sister Tolley



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Faith Brings Miracles!!

Mokdong is just full of miracles!! I have no clue where to begin. 

On Tuesday things happened, and our schedule kind of got a little messed up. We had planned to visit a less active at the end of the day, but there wasn't enough time. However, we decided we needed to go visit and guess what?... She was home. We have visited her a few times, but she is never home. It was a miracle. She was super sweet, and talked with us. She doesn't seem to have much interest in the gospel, but she said we could meet again! 

Then on Friday, our newest investigator couldn't meet with us. We have only met once before. She is my age and super cute. She was sick though, so on Saturday we texted her to see if she was feeling better. She responded by asking us about church on Sunday (we had invited her the week before). She also asked if it was ok if her mom came too! 

On Sunday they both came to church and stayed for all three hours. It was amazing! During Sunday School, our ward mission leader explained the Restoration to them. We found out they are looking for religion to deal with challenges in there life. It is truly a miracle! And I'm so blessed to be a part of it! 

I'll conclude with this last miracle. A couple weeks ago when I was with Sister Robinson. We gave a Book of Mormon to a man on the subway. He was so excited to get it that he was shaking. We got his number however, when we called him he didn't answer. Turns out that he found the Elders number and called them. He has been meeting with the Elders and progressing a lot. He came to church this passed two weeks in a row! It is a miracle!

I'm so blessed to be serving the Lord. I know if you have the faith, God will bless you with miracles. I know the gospel is true. I'm so blessed for the opportunity to share it with others! 

Have a miracle filled week!! 

Love,
Sister Mustain

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Miracles

This week involved a lot of proselyting. We didn't have a lot of appointments, but we were able to have a lot of neat experiences and see a lot of miracles!

On Tuesday we delivering a note from Sister Robinson to a member and we met a lady who speaks really good English. She had also seen the missionaries around a lot. We gave her our number, and she said she would call when she had time. 

We met with a new investigator on Friday. She was super cute and she is my age. She wants to meet with us every week. She said she would come to church this coming week if she had time. Prayer really does work. I've been praying everyday for us to find someone to teach. The Lord has been answering with more miracles than I can count. He has also blessed me with more confidence in myself which has been wonderful! 
OK...here is the miracle of the week. I had been praying all week for our progressing investigator, and we weren't able to meet with her. So I prayed that she would be able to at least come to church. On Sunday morning she texted saying she felt too tired to come. I was devastated!! We went to ward council meeting before church and during the meeting she texted us saying she was coming!!! SHE CAME TO CHURCH!! It was amazing and I just felt so much joy for her. She isn't ready for baptism, but she is making progress and that is all that matters.

I'm so blessed for the opportunity to be a missionary! This week was the worst and the best week of my life. It was really hard, but by the end of each day, everything was worth it!

I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Love,
Sister Mustain

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Emergency Transfers

So this weekend was crazy! On Saturday we got a call from our mission president telling us that Sister Robinson was being transferred to 신풍 because one of my former companions is going home to have surgery! So I now have a new companion Sister Tolley. It was crazy! And this new transfer started two weeks ago. 

In other news... this week was super busy going from appointment to appointment. We were running around like crazy! We have been trying to work our hardest and have been talking to everyone, and speaking more Korean than English. It has been so much fun!! 

We had a really good lesson with our investigator. It was one of our best! I can see that she is so ready to be baptized, but she says she is not ready to take that step yet. 

Well... This week was a lot of fun. I’m so grateful to serve in Korea! The people are amazing. On Sunday we had stake conference and I was able to see members from my very first ward in Korea. They still remembered me and it was so good to see them again. I love my mission. I love waking up every day ready to share the gospel because I know with all my heart it is true! 

Have a wonderful week and remember your Heavenly Father and Jesus love you!!

Love,
Sister Mustain

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Miracles!

This week our investigator came to church! She made it sound like she would only come to Sacrament Meeting, but she came to all three hours! She is really progressing, and coming to church helped her to build relationships with the members. Before church, the Bishop asked me to give a five minute talk because the youth speaker didn't prepare. I was nervous and didn't know what to do so I said a prayer. I asked God to help me say something that would touch our investigator's heart. I just opened my mouth and the words I needed to say came. This testified to me, if I give what I have God will make it great! After Sacrament Meeting our investigator told me how my words touched her heart. I'm finally starting to realize what it means to give my all, and God will make up the difference. This was a miracle and I'm so grateful for all the miracles in my life! 

In Ether 12, Moroni feels inadequate in his writing abilities. The Lord responses with versus 27. 

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

I know as we do what God asks of us, he will bless us. I know this gospel is true and I know God works through us to bring about great things.

Love,
Sister Mustain



Last week we wanted Macaroons. After we got them, someone came up to us and asked to meet. So we called them Miracle Macaroons

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What A Week!!

In order to feel more confident in my Korean abilities, I decided to have a Korean week. Sister Robinson agreed to do it with me too. We decided this week whenever we weren't at home we would speak Korean (including going to the park to exercise in the morning). At first it was a little difficult, but as the week went on I began to feel more comfortable speaking Korean than English. It really helped me to feel more confident in my Korean abilities. It also helped me to feel like I was helping my companion more. I'm so grateful for SYL(Speak Your Language). I was able to see all the benefits that come from it. In addition to feeling more confident and improving my Korean skills, we were able to see more miracles this week. One miracle was that we were able to find more people to teach.

One miracle happened when we decided to call previous investigators. We were able to schedule an appointment with the first person we called. Last week, we were able to meet with one we had called the week before. 

On Sunday our investigator came to the morning session of general conference! It was amazing, and she loved it. She seems happier every time we meet with her. She told us that Conference was just like the things we have been teaching her! 

I love serving in Korea! I'm so grateful for my decision to serve a mission. It has helped me to change for the better and is teaching me to work harder than I ever have in my life. I know that hard work brings blessings.  I know this gospel is true!! 

Love,
Sister Mustain

 

Service!

This week was great! I went on exchanges. We cleaned a bathroom, we taught some cool lessons, we talked to lots of people, got some random phone calls, and received a calling! Best week ever, right?!?!

At the beginning of the week we went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. It was a lot of fun. I learned how I can be a better missionary and how I need to talk to everyone I meet. I also learned the importance of goal setting. So this week my companion and I are setting lots of goals! We are going to try to speak only Korean when we aren't at home.  We are doing this to improve our Korean and our teaching skills. I'm excited!! 

Since we've started making goals and started talking to more people. We had people call us wanting to meet plus we received a referral! It was a miracle!!  We were also able to meet with our only investigator twice. She is super prepared and she said she would watch General Conference with us this weekend! Our lessons with her were really good. I know it was all thanks to the Spirit!

Guess What?... Sister Robinson and I got called to be in the Young Women’s Presidency. I'm the first counselor, and Sister Robinson is the second counselor. The young women are a lot of fun and super cute! I'm excited to work with them! 

To end my email, I'd like to share a scripture about service because service is amazing!! 

"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."
-Mosiah 2:17

I know as we look outward and serve others we will feel so much happier inside and out. Serving a mission has made me a happier person!! 

Love,
Sister Mustain



Sister Robinson
Granny made pillow cases
 for Courtnie and her companion



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Easter!

From my last companion Sister Kim, I learned how to better express my gratitude. To do that, I've been writing my blessings in the end of my planner every day and thanking the members like crazy. As I have been expressing my gratitude, I've felt so much happier. I have so many thank you cards to write!!

Here are a few things I've been grateful for this week...

1. Austin emailed me last week and Brooke wrote me a letter.

2. We updated my foreigner card so I'm still legal! 

3. We were able to meet with five different members this week and practice teaching the plan of salvation really well. 

4. For preparation day, we went to the temple and rode bikes along the 한강 river. It was a blast! And a beautiful day! 

5. I got a package at the temple from the Robinsons. 

6. We went sticker boarding with the Elders, it was a lot of fun!

7. We went to Young Women’s on Sunday and we were able to participate in the lesson. I told the girls in Korean about experiences I had when I was their age.

8. Yesterday was ward conference so on Saturday night we had a big 가정의 (family night). It was great! Most of the ward came including less actives. Our only investigator even came. Sister Robinson and I had to do the message. We watched a scene from Meet the Mormons and asked for people's thoughts on it. Our investigator ended up sharing her thoughts of how she liked learning about our church. It was a neat experience and I'm so grateful for it.

9. I love serving in the Mokdong ward! 

10. I have a great companion, Sister Robinson!

I love being a missionary. I'm grateful for all the experiences I've had thus far! Have a wonderful week!!

Love,
Sister Mustain

Temple Day!


한강 River



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Two Words: Missionary Life

This past week flew by!!! We had a zone 전도(proselyting) activity, zone conference, English class, and an awesome lesson with our only investigator. It was a blast!

I'll start with our investigator lesson. Our investigator is in her 60s. We wanted our lesson to be really good so we practiced a lot! When we met with her on Wednesday, Sister Robinson asked her how she was doing and she told us about some things she is struggling with. The gift of tongues is real! I was able to understand her and Sister Robinson started talking to her about the Atonement. We ended up sharing Alma 7:11-13 and teaching the Atonement (which was not the lesson we planned). It was an amazing lesson. You could just felt the spirit. After the lesson we had English class and she was telling all the English class members about how she loves our church:) 

Then on Saturday during English class, we ended up talking for about 20 minutes about the word of wisdom and baptism! It was neat because our class members were asking us about it. 

Thursday we did sticker boarding as a zone. Sticker boarding is where we have a board with questions and ask people to put a sticker by their question.  It was so much fun! 

Friday we had zone conference! That is the meeting where our mission president comes and gives us training. We learned about the importance of teaching repentance. I didn't realize just how important it is. Repentance is change and if our investigators aren't changing before baptism, they won't change after. It was a spiritually uplifting zone conference. 

We also met with a lot of members this week and received enough food to never have to go grocery shopping again! (Well...at least for a while.) It was a great week!

I'm so grateful to be able to share the gospel with others! I know through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can truly be happy. I have seen that through my mission. I'm happy because this gospel makes me happy!!

Love,
Sister Mustain
Member in the ward
Sister Robinson
Sister Robinson


 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Members!

Being a missionary just makes me want to be a better member missionary. In missionary work, members are so important! This week we did practice lessons with members and had a member with us at a lesson with an investigator. 

We don't have a lot of investigators right now, but one is a woman in her sixties. She is really nice and has a lot of questions about the gospel that are hard for us to answer. We decided to bring a member to our lesson. It went really well. The member was able to answer a lot of the investigators questions. It was neat to see the difference of a lesson when a member helps the missionaries. 

We were also able to do practice lessons with the members which was great, because we need all the help we can get! I know that without members, missionary work is not nearly as effective as is could be. Therefore, I want to be a better member missionary when I get home. 

Alma 37:6-7 explains how it is by simple things that great things occur. I think this best explains missionary work. By the small things we do, someone will come to accept the message of the gospel. We can continue to learn new things about the gospel. I know this gospel is true. I know God  loves and knows each and every one of us individually! I'm so happy because the gospel helps me know who I am and who I can become. I know Joseph Smith was a boy with a simple question and was chosen by God to teach us the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I know with all my heart the gospel is true. 

Have a great week! And Smile, Jesus Loves You!

Love,
Sister Mustain

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Transfer, New Start

This past week was a new transfer!! I'm now in Mokdong which is really close to the Seoul Mission. This ward is slightly smaller than my last one, but I'm excited to serve here! We met with two investigators this week and it was good. It's always hard to adjust your teaching to each new companion, but as missionaries we are always learning! 

At the beginning of the week we had every meal but breakfast provided for since I was leaving. It was hard to say goodbye to the Sanbon ward, but I'm excited for a new start. (Hopefully this will be my last area.) I will always remember the people and experiences I had in Sanbon! I learned so much there. 

I just want to say that I'm so grateful for my last companion. I learned so much from her. Being in a new area I find myself using all the things she taught me. Sister Kim is the best!!

My new companion is Sister Robinson She is so smart and so much fun. She is a hard worker and I look forward to serving with her this transfer!

I'd like to share my testimony of the Savior. Being a missionary has taught me how much God loves and blesses us and how much everyone needs the atonement. When I first started my mission I was nervous. I didn't know how to work with a companion. I didn't know Korean. And I didn't know that much about missionary work. As I continued to pray and put my trust in my Savior, I have been able to do things I never thought I could do! This week I introduced myself in Sacrament meeting. I was able to say things in Korean that I never thought I would be able to say. As we rely on the Savior and his atonement and strive to do the best we can, God will help us do amazing things. I know that is true. I know my Savior lives and loves me! I'm so grateful for my decision to serve a mission!!!

Love,
Sister Mustain
New Companion, Sister Robinson

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Transfers

Saturday night we received transfer calls. Sister Kim is staying in 산본, and I'm going to 목동. My new companion is Sister Robinson and I look forward to a new start.

First off I just want to say that I've loved serving in Sanbon. The members here work hard and they have taught me a lot about being a member missionary. I've also enjoyed serving with Sister Kim. She taught me a lot about the Korean culture and how to express my love to the people better. She also taught me a lot of Korean.😉

This week one of our investigators came to church! She is 15, sweet, and ready for the gospel. It was a joy to have her there. Especially since my companion and I had to speak in sacrament meeting. That is always fun. 

I want to share something my companion shared with me.  

"Be patient in afflictions for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee even unto the end of thy days." D&C 42:8.  

I know as we are patient with the Lord's timing, we will be able to overcome all of our trials. 

Love,
Sister Mustain

 

 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Interviews:)

This past week we had interviews with our mission president! Interviews are fun because we get to talk one-on-one with our mission president about what we can do better and what we can improve on. 

In order to improve my Korean, this week in district meeting I taught our investigators in Korean and my companion taught in English. It was fun because I did it even though it was hard and I didn't want to do it. It helped me feel a little more confident and happier.

So for those of you that know me know that I can't sing well. However, as a missionary I have to sing a lot especially with my new companion. This week we practiced because we have to sing a song with the Relief Society and we sang a song with the young single adults. We were talking about my singing one morning and my companion said, "Your singing is one of my trials." It was so funny it made me smile. It is also very true.

This week was a blessing. I'm so grateful to be a missionary, because every day is a new learning experience. Have a wonderful week!!

Love,
Sister Mustain