Here is her letter from week three! She seems to be getting a hang on the language more! You can hear the excitement in her voice.
Hi again my wonderful family!! This
is your favorite missionary of course!! =]
Again, I'd like to begin with some
"Thank You"s. Thanks Aunt DeAnn for your email. I love
just the little updates of how everyone is doing! Thanks Aunt Mary Lynn
for setting grandpa up on DearElder. I haven't gotten anything for him
yet, but I'm excited with the prospect. And Mommy, thanks for those
delicious cookies!! They are so good! Everyone I've shared them with loves
THE NATIVES ARE HERE!! Can I just
tell you that this last week has been my absolute favorite! 11 Native
Koreans arrived at the MTC last Tuesday and Wednesday! There are 3
sisters and 8 elders. I am already madly in love with the sister
missionaries. Again, I have never met a kinder, happier, friendlier group
of people in my life. Seriously, the South has nothing on their
hospitality! It's been so nice to have 11 extra teachers with the
language. They are always willing to help and when you do something right
or you understand them, you automatically get a big smile and a round of
applause. They are great for your self-esteem! haha!
It's been funny though explaining
what we have been learning in class to them. They hadn't realized their
language was so hard to learn. Once they saw how much work we were
putting into it, they just started apologizing. haha!!
So, in the Korean culture you don't
really do anything without using both hands. Giving, receiving,
waving... I've nearly perfected my two handed wave =]
With one of the Elders, him and I
have been swapping English words. He'll say a word and ask me if I
know what it means (like vex, or ergo) and then I'll give him one in return and
see if he knows what it means (I stumped him with effervescent).
Sacrament meeting was the best this
past week. When Koreans sing...THEY SING! Think of the Longshore
row at church... times 10! I felt so at home! And it made singing in
Korean lots of fun.
I am seriously in love with all of
them. We'll be taking lots of pictures next week so hopefully I can send that
While on LDS.org the
other day I came upon a talk entitled "Encounter: The Korean Mind and the
Gospel". It was really neat.
** Question! Speaking about Korea and
Koreans, will someone look up the significance of this year being the year of
the Black Dragon in Korea? I know it is important and that it only
happens every 60 years, but I just want to know some more about it...
So this week we did some new
stuff. On Saturday it was our first trip to the TRC (teaching resource
center). There we taught two sets of members for 15 minutes...of course
in Korean. It was really nice to be able to just talk
with members and share a message with them. I'm excited to
continue to go back there and practice more. The two groups of girls we
had were just from this area and their parents were from Korea.
I FINALLY have my testimony and a
more complex prayer memorized! (When I say more complex prayer, I mean now I
can say more than just thank you for... and please bless... amen. Now I can say
like, in order to learn Korean, please help us. Or, because you helped my
sister, I thank Thee. It's great!)
This week we also learned
numbers! So, Koreans use both Korean and Chinese numbers. Like in
time, the hours are in Korean and the minutes are in Chinese. To help us
practice, our teacher made us count the stairs going up in Korean and going
down in Chinese. When you forget a number you have to think about it
before you move on... Needless to say we've caused a couple
of traffic jams already, haha!
My favorite new thing about this week
is now, as a district, we are reading the Book of Mormon out loud
together. It'll only be on Monday nights, which I'm sad about, because
I've never learned so much in just the first chapter and a half of the Book of
Mormon. Reading it from a missionary perspective is so neat.
My favorite thing I learned this week
was from the MTC Fireside Monday night. It was by the Director of
Missionary Services, Clayton M. Christensen. He talked about how we
should never leave the mission field. So to summarize: when you feel like
after you've done everything you're supposed to, (from reading the scriptures,
to praying, to keeping your standards and magnifying your calling), and there
is still something is lacking, You need to share the gospel!! Every
member should be a missionary. When we share the gospel we are not only
serving the Lord, we are serving His children. It's not a tactic, it's a
principle!!! A principle, with a promise. The principle of serving
and sharing the gospel comes with so many promised blessings! Such as Mosiah
2:24, immediately blessed, D&C 34:4-5,11, the Lord will be with you,
D&C 88:84, perfected in ministry, 1 Nephi 14:14, power of God, and of
course, D&C 4, especially v7. Even when you smile you share
the light Christ's gospel brings.
I love you all!! And I hope you can
feel the excitement and joy I have for missionary work in your own lives.
There is no greater joy! Keep the letters coming!
PS THE PROPHET SHOULD BE COMING
TONIGHT!! AND I'M SINGING IN THE CHOIR! I'M SO SO SOO EXCITED!!
Kiss, Love, Hugs!