Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hey Ya'all!!

WELL HELLO!!! I love you all to pieces!! I am sitting in the computer lab eating some 김밥 (kimbap) and writing at the same time, because we have to combine computer time with lunch. Otherwise I wouldn't get to email you until tonight, because we are going to do a service project!!

So here is a picture of me stuffing some in my mouth!!

As for me, I am doing great. I am so incredibly thankful to be serving in Korea, specifically  첨단 .  I know this sounds cheesy, but my heart bursts with love for the members here and for all of our investigators. I just love Korea! I am so proud of our investigators when they keep commitments and come to church. I feel so happy to know that they are coming to know the Savior better. I am thankful to my Savior, Jesus Christ, because every time I turn to Him, He lifts my burdens and gives me strength. What a wonderful brother and Savior! I am so thankful to Heavenly Father for blessing me to serve here. My Korean is slowly but surely improving. Reflecting back on when I first got here, I have learned SO MUCH!!

Seth, you asked me if they have ice cream here. Yes!!! They have ice cream cones! Like the kind that have chocolate stuck in the bottom so that the ice cream doesn't leak through. They have poprocks flavor! Also, they literally have a Baskin Robbins shop at every corner in Korea!

Also, traffic in Korea is crazy. They literally do whatever they want. Motorcycles drive down sidewalks all of the time. Two days ago a motorcycle drove up behind me and I didn't see it so I turned around and screamed bloody murder and accidentally jumped and almost kicked it (by this point, the other sisters had already dropped to the ground laughing), and then I felt embarrassed and went and started laughing and hid behind a pole...

Cabbage is a decoration plant here in Korea, so the other day I ate one. Sister W thought I would die!
Do you remember our investigator, P? She still can't come to church because she is so busy on Sundays, but she loves the gospel soooo much! Every time we come, she has like 4 pages of notes written about the scriptures. She glows and I love her and she is a miracle from God! She is the one who saw me trying to open the door, so she came and let me in. Can you all pray that her schedule can free up so that she can come to church? Thanks, FAITH!!  Also, I think you should all ponderize the scripture Mosiah 29:20. Read it! My favorite part is that it says "in all cases." That will all make sense after you read it, haha.

Baptism pics!! The dad is a recent convert and got to baptize his two daughters. Beautiful!
Sorry, cause I GOT TO GO, but I love you all so much!!

Love, 

Allie


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 6 Emails

This week we had a TOTAL MIRACLE day. At first, it seemed really UN-miraculous. None of our plans worked out. Things just kept getting harder! AND THEN, God made our plan FOR us. That is something that is really awesome to see -- when you have a plan and it all fails and then God shows you what HE wants you to do. One of our investigators, PHJ, was sick, so we couldn't meet with her. BUT later that day, we saw her at a bus stop and then rode the bus with her and taught her! What are the odds?! Let me tell you, in Korea, the odds are VERY low. That same day we saw other people who were just placed in our paths who we have been trying to meet with and I just was shocked at Heavenly Father's awesome timing. He is wonderful!!!

Also, I have been so thankful because I keep getting people's phone numbers!! I just talk to everyone I can on the bus, and it has been working! The other sisters have been asking me how I do it, and it really is just a little prayer and then faith to open your mouth. You never know who will want to learn about the gospel. Talk to everyone and Heavenly Father will help you!

This is a picture of me exhausted on my bed...every day I go to bed thinking I might die from exhaustion, and every morning when my alarm goes off, I think it is the middle of the night. But GUESS WHAT? Somehow Heavenly Father blesses missionaries with strength to get up and do it all again the next day!
Guess what? I got TWO packages two weeks in a row from Ben and Nadja!!! One had a note from Nadja and the other had a note from Ben and I don't think they know that they each sent me one cause they both had the same stuff!! HAHAHAAHAH It was super sweet of them, they are so thoughtful.

Our mission president (who is the BEST) asked us to start sending a scripture a week to our families. This is my scripture for the week. "And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts. And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort."

I can really relate with this scripture. I pour my heart out to Heavenly Father all day every day. I am constantly having a conversation with Him in my mind. I know He always listens and understands. Even when we don't feel like we can talk to anyone else, we can ALWAYS talk to Heavenly Father. I am thankful for that!!

Yes, that's really me laying on the ground!  :)
(a story from her journal) Yesterday all of our plans fell through! We walked and walked and walked to less active member's apartments and nobody was home. All day! Literally, all day. Then, at like 7:30 p.m., we went to tape chocolate treats on the door of someone who has a big test this week. We were trying to get in to these apartments, again. This time, it was just Sister W and me. We waited and waited, but nobody came out the doors. Then the Holy Ghost gave me a terribly awesome idea. Next to the entrance to the building was a little fence. Over the little fence was a window. Through the window was the parking garage, and in the garage a car had just pulled in! So I asked Sister W if she would let me hop the fence and climb in the window to the parking garage, and she said I could. So I did! And don't worry, because for 98% of the time, my companion was still in sight and sound of me. Anyway, once I was in the parking garage I snuck in the door to the apartments with the lady who just parked her car. Then I ran and let Sister W in through the front door. (They had a wonderful teaching experience that day in the apartment building). But I would like to quote Sister W's prayer from last night, "We're thankful that every time Sister Beckett does weird things, miracles happen!"

Here's some Konglish for today!  
LOVE YA

Thanksgiving, etc.

(Here are some more bits and pieces from our email chats and from her journal.)

Kimchi is the best thing that has happened to Korea. I am telling you, I love kimchi these days!! Also, a quick story to make you all laugh. Lately I have been trying to give my all to the Lord. Including my arms and legs. When apartment buildings have passcodes, we have to creepily wait outside the doors until somebody with the passcode goes in or out. So yesterday, somebody finally went in and I ran in behind them but the doors were closing, so I stuck my arm in the sliding door (fun fact I was holding a bag of fruit) and IT SHUT ON MY ARM...HARD!!! SO then I am trying to pry the doors open off of my arm and old people are screaming behind me and a family just inside of the doors is flipping out and then got the doors open. It was quite funny. But hey, we got in the building. The elevator ride with all of them  after that happened was really awkward. Last month it was my foot I sacrificed in a door. We laughed so hard we cried. Hahahaha. Also last week, SIster W got off of the bus and the doors closed before I could get off! I was stuck behind a slow granny! SO I started banging on the bus door and I looked to my left and there was a teenage boy and I yelled "help!" (Korean doesn't come to my mind in moments of panic) and so he yelled something in Korean to the driver and I got off the bus. It was crazy. That boy was an angel!!! Also, the bus was SO PACKED. I wish you could ride Korean buses with me. :)



This week for Thanksgiving I made a cake that you all sent me in a package! But we don't have an oven , so I made it in the breadmaker (why we have one, IDK.) It worked really good but I couldn't take pics because I left my camera at a member's house. Thanksgiving night we were so busy we didn't have time for dinner! But then when we went to a members house she had randomly prepared us some delicious food. As I was eating it I realized that it was Thanksgiving. It was just a normal day in Korea...kinda weird but good. I have so many things I am thankful for.

This pic is of me trying to call home. JK. But they have these phone booths all over in Korea~!
Also on Thanksgiving I had some miracles!!! I got a package from Ben and Nadja!!! It was full of yummy treats and oatmeal and even leaves from Germany!! How cool is that?! They are sooooo sweet and thoughtful. Please tell Ben and Nadja thanks SOOOOOOOOO Much!! There were two addresses on the box, so I didn't know which address to write a thank you letter back to. I will write them an email, though. Also....last week when I got the package from the family I was super duper excited because there were so many delicious foods and cool trinkets from Dad's work! But I was so sad because I didn't see any letters. I searched through the box twice thinking SURELY y'all would put some letters in the package!! Well...on Thanksgiving day I randomly found AN ENVELOPE STUFFED WITH LETTERS!!! :D :D :D As much as I love the package, the letters mean SOOOO MUCHH!!!! It was a blessing in disguise that I didn't find the letters until Thanksgiving, because it made my Thanksgiving special. XOXOXO

Email time always seem to breeze right by, dang it! Really quickly, here are some things I wanted to say:
 
1. I always show family pics to everyone, and everyone is always shocked at how young mom looks!
 
2. There is a Korean family in my ward and they are coming to Utah around Christmas time and want to come visit you! COOL, HUH?!
 
3. At your BYU game picture, you are eating cougar tails in the pics....I have never eaten a cougar tail OR been to a BYU game but let's change that when I get back, K?
 
4.Mom your answer about the new church rules REALLY helped me! I was having some questions about that, but your answer really brought me peace. Heavenly Father is merciful, and He has that rule to preserve family relationships. Thank you for sharing that in your letter!
 
5. Look up the song, " The Hardest Think I've Ever Loved to Do." It is pretty good.
 
This week I was sitting on the bus one day and I was scared to talk to the girl next to me...which isn't new!! Anyway, I finally got the courage and talked to her, and we became friends!!! Now tonight we get to meet with her! WOOHOOO! Thank you Heavenly Father for giving my courage to open my mouth!
I dug through an old closet in our apartment and found a six inch Christmas tree. SO I wrapped the christmas necklace from the package around it and turned on the Christmas lights. Cute!

This lady told us her pants are made from panda bear fur! :)
I love President Shin so much. He is the HAPPIEST guy ever! This week we had our second Zone Conference and we had personal interviews with him. At the end of talking to me he said, "You are an angel. I love ya!" It was SOOO CUTE!! Hahahah He really is the coolest guy and he gives me the best advice. I have been getting pretty good at opening my mouth and talking to strangers everywhere I go. I have made it a goal to ALWAYS talk to who I sit by on the bus. This can be quite scary! But I don';t want to have any regrets on my mission so I need to talk to everyone I can. So far it has been working pretty good. FAITH, I tell you. FAITH!!

This is my district before transfers.
Okay. I have to go but I love you all SOOOO MUCH!! BYE!! Just know that I am doing great and I love Korea and I hope that all of you are doing awesome, too!! XOXOXOX

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Catching up on the Last Few Weeks

This is Allie's Mom--sorry I haven't blogged the last few weeks; Allie didn't have much time so she sent me pictures of her journal, so I can't just cut and paste it but I have to retype it. So that's my excuse for taking so long to post.  But here are snippets from her journal the last few weeks, along with some pictures she has sent, of her ongoing, wonderful adventure in Korea. Thanks for checking in!

Here's a little from her flight to Korea when she flew out of Detroit to Korea (she got to call us from the airport), and then I'll keep adding things from her journal.  

I accidentally started crying in the airport because I was saying bye to my fam, and I was saying bye to America. That's when it really hit me that I was leaving America. I'm a patriot, don't you know? I really love the USA! I love the freedoms and culture, and I was terrified to be leaving the continent. One cool thing is that we flew over the NORTH POLE! Looking out the window was crazy, because the ocean was frozen. And the TV screen said it was -89 degrees F!

Nov 8: Last week we didn't get to email our families on p-day because we went to this gorgeous mountain place. As stunning as the changing leaves were, I don't think I can ever survive another week without emailing my family. I get so much strength and encouragement from them. But the mountain was an awesome experience! I kept wondering if my life was for real. Not only was I surrounded by gorgeous, vibrant trees, I was also surrounded by a bunch of Asian Buddhist temples, paper lanterns, monks, and I even drank holy dragon water that gives good luck if you drink it. It tasted a little strange, but I'm only in Korea once, you know!  I wish my family could look through my eyes occasionally and see what I'm seeing.


Lucky Dragon Water! Tasted funny...

This is a panorama of the temples we saw.

YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT!  Yes my friends, I ATE DOG! I can't even explain the nastiness!  At first I was stoked to try it. It was at a member's house, and it looked like roast beef. I was thinking heck...I've eaten fish ovaries, fish intestine, bring on the K-9!  Then the man handed everyone a spoonful of dog. I was like hmm, yep, it looks like roast beef. Then, it's my turn to get a spoonful. WHAT THE HECK! MINE ISN'T MEAT! IT'S STRAIGHT UP FAT!! Okay, I can't eat fat. It kills me. Imagine a spoon with a string of meat and a giant blob of fat hanging an inch off either side of the spoon. I couldn't do it! So I tried to give it to Sister S because she's a champ. I still wanted to try dog, but not DOG FAT. Anyway, the member saw me trying to give it to Sister S, and he forced me to eat it! So next thing I know, I have dog fat in my mouth, a huge bite. I was dying and praying! I was just going to try to swallow it whole, but I remembered Mom telling me how her cousin Elise always does that with hot dogs, then needs the Heimlich. So I was like, okay, I'll chew.  AND WHEN I CHEWED, THERE WERE 2 BONES! I was plucking dog bones out of my dog-fat filled mouth. AAH, the HORROR! So I sat there for like 3 minutes, not able to chew or swallow. Finally, I swallowed, and it came back up! so dang it all, I had to RESWALLOW.  So yeah, I ate some nasty dog and I thought I would die. But I lived, and I hope to never do that again.

Dog Soup with Sister S
Here are some fun Korean & Mission Facts that I should write before I forget.
1.  Smoking--Almost all Korean men smoke.
2.  Face masks--people wear them all the time, often just to keep their faces warm.
3.  Hospitals--same thing as a doctor's office in America! Koreans go to the hospital for everything, even colds. Every day I see people walking the streets in hospital clothes, sometimes with IVs!
4. Heated toilets--toilets in Korea are huge and have a billion buttons that I'm too chicken to push. But when you sit on a toilet, it usually beeps and the seat starts warming up! Also, it is uncommon to have toilet paper or soap in bathrooms, so I carry both 24/7.
5.  Laundry--nobody uses dryers in Korea, so we ALWAYS have to hang our clothes to dry.
6.  Shoes--NEVER wear shoes on the floor. Koreans sit on the floor to eat, so they like to keep it clean. I'm now used to eating on the floor!
7.  Korea has music blasting on the streets all of the time. They have some fun K-pop songs, so fun that sometimes I can't control my dancing!

Nov. 12:  Yesterday we had a meal with a member, and I ate squid soup, kimchi, and pork fat. Fun fact--ever since I ate the dog, something switched in my brain and I like kimchi! Yeah, weird, I know. I ate a lot of kimchi last night, and it made the member so happy!

I had a lot of squid this week!

More squid!

Also, Dad would die at some of the things here--the cleanliness of the food (lots from the street vendors) and also the way we eat it. Besides the soup and rice, everyone shares whatever is in the middle. I have really lost all my worries about sharing food. Also, mushrooms and onions don't even phase me! Mom would be so proud. As for the cleanliness...that still kills me. Like when I buy delicious street food and the man takes my money and then hands me my food with his exact same hand. But the deliciousness of fish bread (sweet pancakey stuff filled with red beans or vanilla pudding) is just too divine.

Panorama of me in the countryside
Sister W and I started out here with zero investigators, because we opened a new area. At first it was so hard and frustrating because every day we would just do street contacting and visit members. But look! Six weeks later, and we have 9 investigators! Heavenly Father is so kind and so good to us! He is pouring out his blessings on us. And even though I haven't really been able to be an instrument in God's hands through my Korean abilities, I've been looking back and I've realized that I've still been able to help push HIS work along. I haven't been completely useless!  Also, my Korean is slowly improving, and I'm very thankful for that. I'm starting to see that when we are doing our best to follow Heavenly Father, He uses us without us knowing! Here's an example:

One day we were trying to get in an apartment building, but we didn't have the code. I said that I was going to go try a side door. The other sisters all told me that it would probably be locked so it was not worth trying, but my stubbornness is occasionally a blessing from Heaven, because I decided to try it anyways. A lady saw me, and let me in, and now she is our #1 investigator! That's just an example.

So yeah, even though I have a long way to go in speaking Korean, I'm still making a small difference in Korea, and that is comforting to know. Whenever I look back in my life, I can always see how God has helped me. He's the best!

The Konglish here is so funny, I laugh every day! Here is a pic of me and the "Joyful Taekwando Van!"

Nov 15: Yesterday was one of those days where I just wanted to die and come home. BUT!!! I tried to look at the bright side, and look, I survived! Yesterday we were supposed to have 4 investigators at church. None came. Our recent convert who we have been teaching texted us and said she is rethinking the church and doesn't think she wants to be a member any more. My favorite gas station lady who I never told you about also dropped us because she was too busy. We survived, but literally, yesterday was my least favorite day in a long time. I was disappointed in myself, but I have just been trying to remind myself that the things we teach as missionaries apply to us, too! Christ knows my imperfections, and He still loves me. He always understands me. He knows how I feel. He forgets my mistakes and sees me for who I can become. He knows what it feels like more than anyone to be sad when somebody doesn't want the gospel to be in their lives anymore. HE KNOWS! And I am so thankful for that.

Sister S and I in the country

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Gift of Tongues October 25, 2015

Well....this week I received the gift of tongues. Not the gift where I speak Korean...I am talking about the gift where I gag down food. I will start with the not scariest and end with the scariest.
FIRST: Shrimp. I love shrimp, but I have never had the kind they have here! Here in Korea they have live seafood outside of every store, so you just buy it and kill it yourself, I guess. So we went to a member's house this week and had these giant delicious shrimp, but they still had legs and a head and stuff. When we ripped their heads off, blood was everywhere, and I faked myself into believing it was marinade. It was pretty bloody. It squirted Sister S in the face! Hahaha but the shrimp really was fabulous.
SECOND: Chicken. A WHOLE CHICKEN. Like the neck and everything. And you just have to eat the whole dang chicken. I am pretty squeamish, you know! SO that was pretty brave.. But just wait...
THIRD: FISH OVARIES! OKAY WHAT THE WHO KNEW THOSE WERE A THING!!! It is a good thing I fake ate fish eggs with Bri! A member bought us this soup and it wasn't just a bowl of soup...we each received like our OWN POT!! I had know idea what I was eating, and I didn't let my trainer tell me until an hour afterwords. We ate fish eggs. Not that bad. BUT LET ME TELL YOU, OVARIES AND EGGS ARE DIFFERENT. They stuff a thin skin (kind of like a sausage skin) FULLL of fish row (their eggy ovary things). They are each the size of like a golf ball. I literally probably ate 9 of the sausagey things. I was praying hard core and I wished that you all could see me eat them. I picked out all of the grossest looking stuff in the soup and ate it first. I was sooooo brave.
FOURTH: FISH INTESTINE!!!!! Also in that same soup. I can't even tell you or describe how it looked...It literally looks like a brain. IDK how big this fish was, but the intestine was impressive. Google some pics!!! IT IS NOT MY FAVE!! It literally was a blessing from heaven that I just chewed and swallowed. It was insane....

I took this pic right before I came to the computer lab. My hair looks cool, huh? Sister S did it. I love her!

FUN KOREAN FACTS:
1. It always looks like a gray sky here because of pollution. :(

2. Koreans increase in age at the new year, not their birthdays. Also, when you are born when you are 1, not zero. So when people ask my age here, I say 21! EWWW OLD!

3. It's a huge no-no to wear shoes on the floor. Like HUGE!! But since I live with all Americans,one time I decided to run on our floor with shoes. You should have seen how they flipped. HAHAHAHAHA They think I am Satan.

4. Missionaries walk SO MUCH here. The other sisters who we live with wore a pedometer the other day and clocked in at 12 miles. Wowww!

5. Koreans get plastic surgery ALLL the time. People ask me if I got a nose job and an eye job. It makes me feel good to know they love my face...but it is weird that they notice that type of stuff! They can't believe how big my eyes are. hahah.

6. Hiking clothes are the style right now. WHY? IDK. Everyone walks around with hiking clothes and hiking sticks and hiking hats and all of the store mannequins wear hiking gear. It is hilarious.

This pic is of me on these rocks that we hop over a river on to get to the apartment building of a member!

This week I have worked on being more faithful and more cheerful. In 2 Nephi I have noticed a pattern of talking about being happy. In 2 Nephi 9:21 it says "Let your hearts rejoice." I think the key work in that is "LET". We are the ones who choose whether to be happy or not. I am going to start choosing happiness more! In 2 Nephi 10:20 it says not to "hang down your heads." Once again, God WANTS us to be happy! Show Him you love Him by obeying him, and choosing to be happy. Third, 2 Nephi 10:34 says to CHEER UP your hearts. Heavenly Father has blessed us with the COOLEST PLAN EVER!!! If we can keep an eternal perspective, we can always find a reason to smile!!

I love my companion, Sister W!  She is awesome and such a hard worker!

Along with that, I would like to share this quote by President Hinkley: " You can be excellent in every way. There is no need for you to be a scrub. Respect yourself. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you. Polish and refine whatever talents the Lord has given you. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and smile on your face but with great and strong purpose in your heart. Keep trying. Be believing. Be happy. Don't get discouraged. Things will work out." 

I have also been pondering this quote from Corrie TenBoom that Mindy wrote in my book, " Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of its strength." My goal is to TRUST Heavenly Father more and stop being a worry wart. Worrying does nothing but make me feel sick. So here's to having FAITH instead of fear!!

Well...I have to go and I am really sad about that!! But I love you all SOOOOO much.  PS, fun fact: every Friday night we teach English class.

Sad news--next week I do not get to email on P-day. :( On the bright side, our mission president is taking us on an all day hike to see the fall leaves! 

Until next time!

Love
Beckett Jamae

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hey There! October 18, 2015

Well guess what? EMAIL TIME!  :D  I am doing SO much better than last week, but sometimes I still have hard days. Thank you for your encouraging words!



This is the day I got to go on Splits with Sister M. In Korea they have TONS of street food. These are yummy little fried pancakey things with red beans in the middle...they LOVE red beans. I absolutely LOVED being with Sister M. I love her to death and miss her so much! The other girl in this pic is Sis M's trainer.


Here are some random answers to questions:

Okay..sounds like you all want to hear about FOOD! So here we go. :)

1. Grapes. They are not like grapes in America! You suck the grape out of the skin!! And they taste like grape flavoring, not grapes, so at first I hated them. (Thanks for training my tastebuds, mom!) You should look on youtube to see if there is a video of how to eat Korean grapes.

2. Percimens. YUM!! I eat these every day here, and I love them! If you ever see them in the US, buy them and eat them in remembrance of me! ( I did not mean that in a sac relig way!)

3. Pears. Asian pears are HUGE and delicious. They are like a mix between an apple and a pear. Every time we go to a members house they cut up fruit for us, and we all use these baby CUTEST forks to eat them. Also...the members sometimes ask me to peel the fruit with a knife (they NEVER eat pear skin, apple skin, etc) and guess what... I CAN'T DO IT! So eventually they just take the knife and apple away from me and do it themselves in like 2 seconds. Whoops.
 

4. Sweet Potatoes. They eat them like apples here. As in...you just bite right into it. Kinda good, kinda weird. They are steamed when you eat them.


5. Onions...my worst enemy and one of the most common foods here! The other day we were eating spaghetti at a members house and there were so many onions and so I only at the noodles and left the onions but GUESS WHAT?! That meant that at the end I literally had to eat a half cup of straight onions. WOOOW. I am getting good at eating foods I hate. Also, we drank Dr. Pepper at that meal. You'd be proud, dad. You'd be disappointed, mom.


6. Little fish. You eat the whole thing...eyes, bones, you just pop it in your mouth. Last night I was at dinner and I thought I was dishing up noodles...after I dished it up I realized they were all little fish! But, I was a good girl and didn't offend the member. I just popped a whole family of fish in my mouth and chowed down.

Fun thing in Korea: They have doorbell cameras! SO you ring the doorbell and they see you on a screen inside of their house. They can talk to you and you can talk back but only they can see you. The other day we wanted to secretly heart attack a members door in a locked apartment building, so I called a random house, they saw me, unlocked the apartment building, and we were able to secretly heart attack a members door. IDK if this even makes sense. But it was funny because it was a stranger that I called so that we could break in!!!


Also, yesterday I had to introduce myself in church and share my testimony. AHHH! I have never been so scared or talked so slowly. There are 7 other missionaries serving IN OUR WARD, and they can all speak Korean...besides me...so that's fun. Hahah.


Korea seems VERY safe. It literally isn't scary AT ALL. Another funny think about Korea: Policemen drive around with their lights on ALL of the time. You only know it is an emergency when they turn the siren on.



Also...I accidentally dropped my companion's toothpaste in the toilet last night. This can teach us three things.

1. Screw the lid on your toothpaste
2. Close the toilet lid
3. Get your own toothpaste instead of asking your companion to get it. ;) haha jk.

Also..it is very humid here. I always feel sweaty and it isn't even summer yet!
View from the 30th floor!
I went and visited a member in Daejeon (long story I went on splits with Sister M who I dearly miss!!) and the member lived on the 30th floor!! It was CRAZYY! Although apartments look old on the outside, a lot of them are SO NICE on the inside!!! 

This week I am ponderizing Acts 17:27-28 (read the JST!) It talks about how if we search for Christ, we will find that He is all around us! That is my goal this week -- to find Christ in my life every day. The longer I am here, the more I am loving the people and realizing that Christ loves these people, too! The church in Korea is true!! This week when I was feeling homesick and wondering if God cared, I had three things flash through my mind. 

1. A beautiful fall leaf. I LOVE fall leaves, and by reminding me of the leaves I saw that day, Heavenly Father showed me that He cared. 

2. A mom and daughter I saw laughing and talking together. People here love their families so much, too! It reminded me of me and mom, and I realized that even though I am across the world, families are still strong here, and they need the gospel in their lives, too, so that they can know that they can be with their favorite people for eternity. 

3. I remembered all of the uplifting messages you sent me last week, and I felt re-motivated and ready to go! 

YAY! Ponderizing for life!! Also, I have been reading some suggestions in this missionary book called "Adjusting to Missionary Life" and it suggested something SO COOL! IT said to make your prayers more meaningful, picture Christ standing right before you, and you kneeling and talking directly to Him. That has made my prayers better this week. 

Along with that, listen to this quote that Sister Hansen (Martha) sent me this week! “The Father to whom we pray is the glorious God who created worlds through His Beloved Son.  He hears our prayers as He heard Joseph’s prayer—as clearly as if they were being offered in His presence.  He loves us enough that He gave His Son as our Savior.  By that gift He made it possible for us to gain immortality and eternal life.  And He offers us, through prayer in the name of His Son, the opportunity to commune with Him in this life as often as we choose.” (President Henry B. Eyring) I love that thought!


Street Shops

This picture is all KIMCHI!  Eeeew...

At night, Korea looks like VEGAS!!
Cute Korean girls at FHE who live in a foster home

Korea has the hugest, nastiest spiders!!

I have to go, but I hope you will all write me letters! I love you all, and now I have to go, so goodbye bffs. I think the world of you.

Love,
Allie

Monday, October 12, 2015

This is Allie's Mom in red.  Allie emailed last night, and we just randomly went back and forth about her first week in Korea. So there is not an actual letter to post, but just snippets of our conversation online with her. She also took pictures of her journal pages so that she wouldn't have to re-write everything, so I will put some of her comments from her journal here today as well.  Please keep her in your prayers--I think she is shell shocked right now with everything being so new and different.  She will be fine, but her letter is not quite as bubbly as usual. If any of you write to her, can I suggest she would probably love an actual letter in the mail? She has so little time on email that she can't read them all and answer them, but a letter in the mail she can keep with her and read the hard copy when she is away from the computer place. Foreign stamps are $1.20 to get to Korea.  Her address is on the side of the blog here. Thanks, that is just a side note from Mom...now here are some of the things Allie shared with us after being in Korea for almost 6 days.

My trainer, Sister W. She is a hard worker!

I am serving in an area called Cheom Dom.  It is beautiful and has lots of trees. So far we literally walk around for miles all day. Thanks for fasting for me yesterday. I fasted too. I am posting pics of my journal so that you can read more details than I can write. Sorry I don't know if I will write a big email this week because I am just sending my journal. My trainer and I are opening this area (well there are other missionaries here but we are a new set of missionaries) so we literally have nobody to teach. We just walk the streets ALL DAY. 

The members here are really awesome. They are so nice! There is one family that I LOVE. It is a single mom with three daughters and she reminds me so much of mom. When we visited her the other day, she was watching a movie with her daughter on a laptop. At conference (fun fact, I watched it again this weekend) she just sat with her daughter and rubbed her back and stuff and I was super jealous.


Our bathrooms are interesting, we have no shower curtain so everything gets soaked. The hand sink and shower head are connected; not sure how to explain...

Koreans really do eat and sleep on the floor, so that's cool! I love how Korea's streets are covered with fruit and vegetable vendors and street food.  I have a lot of cool things I need to try. Here are some I've already tried:

1.  Asian Pears--they are huge! They are a mix between an apple and a pear and they almost taste like nothing, but they're GOOD!

2. Grapes - Not my favorite. They taste so weird here! You pop this gooey inside out of the outside purple shell, and you spit out the seeds. It does NOT taste like normal grapes.

3. Yogurt - Not sure why it's so good here, but it is!

4.  Milk - It's like sweet and slightly buttery!

5. Rice cakes - They have this cool machine on the street where this man puffs them and gives us samples.  MMMM!  Shaped like hearts!

I hope and pray I can be blessed with the gift of tongues and a love for the people and the culture. I've already been rejected here more times than I have in my whole life!  It kinda hurts.

Me and my sweet dongbanja. I miss her sooooo bad.

There is a lot of trash on the streets.

(Next day) Good news is that I'm loving Korea even though I don't understand much. We have the nicest members! Tonight at FHE with 3 recent converts, I tried a new fruit. In English it's called percimen (that is how Allie spelled it...I googled a persimmon, but it looks different than her pictures,so I have no idea what she is eating!  ;) Percimen is quite lovely, but looks sick!  We also had their cool pears. Yum!

Here are the "percimens" (persimmons?)
Today I ate the hottest ramen noodles ever. Tears were literally flowing from my eyeballs! A recent convert lady gave me her kimbop - Korean sushi- because she felt bad for me that I was crying.  We eat food a lot from a place called "Mini Mart." It's like gas station food. That's where I bought my ramen. I also bought blueberry milk, which was the bomb.



I love you! Thanks for your help!!! I will keep going. I will survive! You are all giving me the encouragement that I needed!!!  Thank you all, SO SO much. This was just the boost I needed to continue on. I love you all, I promise I do have a testimony and I am glad to be here! Keep going strong, fam! I love you all! Time to go.

Love, Allie

Friday, October 9, 2015

EXCITIETY/ANXIETED/STOKIFIED/TERROKED (Oct 1, 2015)

Translate THAT! ^^^^ I don't even know what to say because HELLO!! I'm leaving the precious MTC (my home of 63 days) on Monday! My feelings are soooo mixed. Hmmmm yeah this is probably the bravest thing I have ever done. Sooooo...as an attempt to explain how much I love the MTC, I would like to share my TOP THREE MTC FAVES!!

1. MY COMPANION!! Wooooow Heavenly Father blessed me there! Sister M is the most patient, easy going person. She doesn't ever get mad or snappy or anything! We have become BFFs, and I can't even imagine what I will do without her in a week. We always know what each other is thinking, we have laughing attacks, she does my hair, we have literally been by each other's side 24/7 for the past 2 months! It will be like ripping my Siamese twin off of me. It will definitely hurt!!  We already have plans for me to visit New Zealand and her to visit Grantsville after the mish...She has never been camping or had smores! She needs the glory of a small town! I just love her! I hope we can be companions again later on our mission!

2. THE DEVOTIONALS!! Every Tuesday and Sunday we have devotionals. Let me tell you...we have some rocking awesome leaders in this church! After (almost) every devotional, I am SO PUMPED to serve the Lord. The leaders of this church are fun, optimistic, funny, understanding, motivating, super duper loveable...On Tuesday we had Elder Costa (from the presidency of the 70) come speak. HE IS THE COOLEST! I vote him next apostle!! He said so many spiritual things, but what I want to share is not that stuff (although trust me, it was legit.) This is what he said, "To be a grandpa is to be a father with sugar. A lot of sugar." Then, in a nice grandpa-y way he said he wanted to hug each one of us, and he hugged the air. It was funny. I know that dad wants to be a grandpa soon. I hope that I am almost an aunt by the time I get back! Anyway....conference this weekend will be sooo good! 

3. BEING AN STL! Being a Sister Training Leader was really stressful, but I learned so much from it. I became a lot more caring, and helping other people helped me forget about my own stress! I ADORE the sisters in our branch, and I feel so comfortable with all of them. I am so thankful that I was blessed with the opportunity to get to know and love them! Lately I have been so frustrated with myself, because my Korean is...not so hot. However, I had a baby revelation: my purpose as a missionary is to invite others (not just investigators) unto Christ. Even though I haven't been able to focus as much on Korean as I would have liked to because of my STL duties, I have still been fulfilling my purpose. I have (hopefully) been helping the sisters in our branch feel Christ's love and ease some of their burdens, and that means that I am NOT failing even though it feels like I am. My little heart might crack when I leave these sisters! 

Well, I wanted to write a lot more, but dannng I am once again out of email time. BUT GUESS WHAT?! This week I got THREE packages from the lovely Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Beckett family. Healthy snacks (hallelujah) Korean CTR rings (WHAT THE CUTE?!), a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme (yeah I pretty much died) and A PUMPKIN!! WHY THE PUMPKIN?!?!!? Hahahahah. IT is like a decoration pumpkin that smelled like...love in a pumpkin. I can just imagine Andrew sneaking Kenzie's cute fall decorations and mailing them to me with a guilty grin on his face. AJ, you better apologize to Kenzie! HAHAHA it made for a good laugh. Thank you both for such a thoughtful package and notes! The Korean sisters (as in actually from Korea) were HILARIOUS when they saw the donuts. They were so happy (literally cheering) when I shared with them. We took pictures of the event. They are REALLY into pictures. Hahahaha. They have so many funny Asian poses they like to do. I will send some pics. And you thought that I was good at selfies and snapchats before the mission...just you wait! I am bringing a whole new Asian spin to those in 16 months. Speaking of 16 months... 2 months of my mission are already gone! Time is flying and I am not even in Korea yet!!

How is homecoming, boys? How was the Bob Firman invitational?

Well, my branch president assigned me a mission and life motto. Mark 9:23. Look it up! I have been trying to have a more positive attitude. I feel bad that sometimes I stop believing and start doubting Heavenly Father. If He believes in me going to Korea, then I will go! He knows all, and each of us can face anything that He asks us to. He is constantly by our sides, aware of every little thing we do. Reflecting back on my MTC experience, I can see how God has been with me the whole time, even when I was feeling pretty alone. Never forget that He is there and that He loves you. I love you all, too!

Next email will be from Korea!!!!!!!!! 😊 That is a pretty good Asian face, huh?

Love,
Beckett Jamae

PS, Yeah I still trust Heavenly Father, but at the moment I am curious about why I WAS CHOSEN AS THE TRAVEL LEADER!! How the heck am I gonna hurd a bunch of missionaries to Korea?! AHHH! hahahah should be fun. (Ask Briana how good I was at directions at USU.) Hahahahaha. Now instead of figuring out which apartment I live in, I have to figure out how to take a bunch of missionaries across the world! I literally prayed not to be the travel leader. LESSON LEARNED. Thy will be done! I will lead the missionaries to Korea...or at least I will try! 

Behold the Asian poses!





Me and Sister F.  I ADORE HER!  Nate and Seth and Briana, she plays tennis for BYU!  She is fabbbbulous.

This is Allie's mom interjecting here.  Her mission president sent us an email saying she has arrived in Korea, and they attached this picture as well. She is there!  Please keep her in her prayers, as she was so nervous and excited all at once. Thank you!  :)


Friday, September 25, 2015

Stranger Danger, Sept 24, 2015

FAMMY!!!! 

Imagine sleeping, and at 2:49 am waking up to a random person, STANDING IN YOUR ROOM, pacing back and forth! Not gonna lie, it was pretty sketch until the Holy Ghost kicked in and I realized that maybe we had a new roommate.THE NATIVE KOREANS HAVE ARRIVED! The poor sister got here in the middle of the night, she doesn't speak English, and the MTC didn't tell us that we would be having somebody move in...so it was crazy! Like horror movie crazy! I hope you all have the opportunity of waking up in the middle of the night with a Korean standing next to your bed. Luckily, as I said, the Holy Ghost kicked in and I jumped off my bed and welcomed her while the rest of my roommates were still wondering who the heck was invading our room. hahaha. There ended up being 3 natives that arrived that night, so we were up past 5 am helping them move in and stuff. It was crazy! They will be heading out with us on October 5th to Korea!! 
 
I mothered the Korean sisters and took them all around the MTC and to dinner and everything. Just me and 3 Koreans who don't speak much English. The bad news is that I didn't understand like anything they said. The good news is that I love Koreans! hahah At dinner they all put their food in the middle and shared it . They all kept eyeballing my food and so I offered them some and they were stoked! Next minute, they were all eating off of my plate, too. It was hilarious. 

Every Friday, we teach members of the church in Korean at the TRC. Last week, we Skyped a newly baptized Korean sister, IN KOREA and taught a lesson! It was so cool! I didn't even know her, but I adored her, and I realized how big and awesome my responsibility to teach the gospel is. I LOVE THE GOSPEL!!!!

Sorry, the more I am out here, the more frazzled I get and my emails are probably getting more boring and shorter. aaahhh I am out of time, but GUESS WHAT?! My flight plans come tomorrow! This is getting real! This also means that I get to call you soon! Some missionaries said that the travel office told them to have their parents send them a track phone with minutes on it (like 10 bucks from Walmart) to make sure that you have a chance to call your family, because there will be lots of missionaries waiting to use the phones in the airport. Then I could just chuck the phone. Do you think we should do that?

PS, Sister M and I have been asked to teach a lesson to our teacher's BOSS on Tuesday. Wish us luck. I will write more about that in a personal letter, because I am out of time!

This week I have realized that I have been so selfish, negative, and prideful. I am starting to realize more that if I truly want to represent Christ, I have to forget about Allie and think of everybody else. I have studied charity a lot this week, and I am so amazed at how Christ perfectly loved everyone, even the people who spit on Him, crucified Him, and betrayed Him. If you are ever feeling down, and in the dumps, that's normal. HOWEVER, that also means that you are thinking too much about yourself! Count your blessings (I literally did that this week and it totes worked), think of how you can help somebody else, and forget about yourself! 

I love you all! 

Love,
Allie

PS this pic is of me in the cutest cardigan ever that Mindy and Ryan sent me!!