February 17, 2014Dear everyone!
I hope you all had a great week and are staying warm wherever you are. :) Sister Park and I are staying warm cause fortunately the weather's been getting better around here. It snowed a couple times last week, and it's raining today, but the wind's died down which makes working outside a LOT more pleasant. Also, we actually have serious PROGRESSING investigatorS.
In the last few weeks, Sister Park and I have seen SO many miracles. We've been able to find, and these people are progressing, and not just progressing, but progressing towards BAPTISM. Sister Park and I can hardly believe we're serving in Korea. NOBODY has success like this on a regular basis. It's the hand of the Lord in Gumi.
Two miracles from this week:
1. Two weeks ago, our district leader felt prompted to have our district meeting in a different area then usual AND do a Book of Mormon proselyting thing as a district. All of us had copies of the Book of Mormon and talked to everyone we could asking them to fill out a short survey that told them a little about who we were and what we're doing in Korea. (Almost everyone assumes we're English teachers..) As we talked to people, Sister Park and I ended up talking to a lady, Sister Lee, who is VERY pregnant. She's due on the 28th, and she was on her way to the hospital for an appointment. We talked to her and shared 1 Nephi 11:17 and I testified that God loved her. She got this look on her face and said, "Really? God feels that way about me?" We got her number and met her a few days later. We shared more from the Book of Mormon, and made a second appointment. At that next appointment, we invited her to be baptized and she accepted. She will be baptized on April 5th after she has her baby and recovers. (Koreans spend about 2-3 weeks in the hospital after having their babies..)
2. A WONDERFUL sister in our ward gave us a referral for her friend. Originally, her friend, Sister Park (NOT my companion) had English interest and wanted us to teach her 6-yr old daughter. When we met at the church building, her daughter was asleep and refused to wake up. She just slept in her mom's lap for a while, and we finally suggested that we introduce a little about our church. As soon as we started talking about the gospel, Sister Park recognized a new feeling, a "warm feeling in my chest". We testified that she was feeling the Spirit, which testifies of truth, and began to teach. Sister Park hadn't even known her member friend had a religion, and was interested in why we also read the Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible. We explained that we can learn more and have many questions answered when we have two witnesses of Christ instead of just one. We explained that we need both the Book of Mormon AND the Bible to fully understand Christ's gospel. We used the word 증거, which means "witness" and "evidence". After we explained, Sister Park started to cry. She told us about some very difficult trials that had recently happened in her life concerning false legal accusations against her husband where there had not been a witness to prove her husband innocent, and their family suffered some huge losses. She understood what we had taught with the clarity only the Spirit can bring, and she was delighted when we gave her a Book of Mormon. She promised to read it and pray about its truthfulness. As soon as the lesson ended, her daughter woke up, and happily joined in our closing prayer. We're meeting with them tomorrow, and we couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to teach such special children of God.
As I've thought about these experiences, my testimony that God knows His children perfectly has grown so much. Like our parents on earth, He loves us, as we are His children. He is perfect, and so He loves us perfectly and knows us perfectly. He knows exactly where we are and when we need His help. He always hears our prayers, even if we only offer them in our hearts.
I love you all so much!!