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!! 



Friday, September 18, 2015

Imagine... (September 17, 2015)

Pretend that this is my snapchat story explaining my week.  This will not be a normal email, but pictures will tell my week best!

First...

Our teacher had a contest to see who could do the most push-ups (counting in Korean!)  Winner gets free dinner from her family restaurant when we get back from the mish. Sister M and I didn't even try. Lame, I know...



Next, I got the CUTEST gift of tongues/birthday package from Jim, Kristi, Isaac, and Tasha!  SOOOO CUTE!! I also got an awesome food package from Marcio, can you believe it? Also my favorite Janae sent me a package with homemade yummy banana bread, a journal, cute paper and markers. So spoiled!


CUPCAKES from Mindy and Ryan!  Daaaaang let me tell you, HEAVEN!!!  Thank you SO MUCH!  PS, I got a bunch of super super nice cards from people too!  (And HILARIOUS from Kendra Favero!)  Thanks to everyone who made me feel loved and special on my birthday, it means the world to me.


Here's a present opening action shot from the package from the fam!  I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It couldn't have made me any happier!!! SO AWESOME!! THANKS!! (Did you get my letter yesterday?  I talked about it more in that.)


My roomies and companion decorated my classroom SO CUTE and left a desk full of treats for me!! I felt SO SPECIAL!



Ben and Nadja sent me a CAKE!  My district had a BLAST eating it and using the little party blowers!! Thanks Ben and Nadja and family! Made my day. Also, Deb-T sent me a package of lovely cookies!!! :D  So SO NICE!


Here's a picture of part of my district blowing the party blower things from Ben & Nadja.  Hahaha. I look ugly in this pic, but due to the fact that Elder D looks so funny blowing his thing strait up, I had to send it, ha ha!


STL duties = I have a cell phone. (Crazy, right?!) Unfortunately, no snapchat capabilities on this phone!


Look how cute we decorated the door for the new Korean sisters!! I AM THE OLDEST KOREAN DISTRICT! Less than 3 weeks, people!  AHHH!


That photography life!



This face means that there were 5 bats next to our bedroom in the space of 12 hours. (Bad, I know. Or should I say Bat, I know!?)  The bat story never ends.  Hahaha. I can just picture Deb-T living here. She would die!  hahaha


Baction (Bat Action)


After a night of running around crazy giving the new missionaries an orientation, my companion noticed my badge was upside down. Wooops hahahah!


Sorry that this was the weirdest letter ever. Just know that I had a WONDERFUL birthday, and a CRAZY week of STL-ing. But I love it here!

PS: Sister Wixom came and spoke to us on Tuesday. I LOVE her!

And now I have to run. I love you all!

Love
Allie

Some Lessons HURT! (September 10, 2015)

Hey hey hey hey!!!!!!! IT'S P-DAY! WOOOOHOOOO!

First off I have to tell you about the cutest ancient lady at the temple today. I sat by her and she made my WHOLE DAY! She was so old that her skin was like paper and I could see through it which was kinda neat and kinda sketchy. Anyway...She saw my name on my temple card (I was doing a family name) and she said, "Allie is such a cute name!" I told her thanks, and that I am a missionary now so it was nice to hear her say my name. Then she said, " I'll call you Allie, I'm a rebel!!!" HAHAHAH! Then, when we were in the endowment session, she leaned over and said, " I have something really important for you to do." I thought it was going to be some spiritual challenge or something. NOPE! Hahaha she said, "If I fall asleep in the session, PUNCH ME!" I almost died laughing. She really did fall asleep in the session, and I thought about punching her, but that would make her sleep forever (if you know what I mean) so I just let her rest. :) I loved her SOOO much. We talked a ton in the waiting room and I feel like we were instant friends!!

I have the saddest news! My teacher Campbell Hyung Jay Nim is LEAVING!!! WAHHH! We all loved him! That also means that our "investigator," Kim Kum Tay is also leaving. :( Yesterday I learned a good and hard lesson. This lesson is called, LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT!! At first I did good at listening to the Spirit! We were going to teach Kim Kum Tay about the Plan of Salvation, then I had a prompting that we should teach on faith and trusting Jesus Christ instead, and invite his family to take the lessons. Long story short, Kim Kum Tay is meeting with us in secret because his family is hard-core baptist and they would die if they found out he was meeting with us. (PS Kim Kum Tay was Bro. Campbell's investigator when he was on his mission, so Bro Campbell knows just how to act.) ANYWAY our lesson was ON FIRE! You better believe the spirit was there! Also it was pretty awesome because we taught sitting on the floor with our shoes off, just like we will in Korea. Anyway, Sister M and I invited him to have his family take the lessons, and we talked about faith and trusting Jesus Christ, and after a loooong pause, HE SAID YES!! Let me tell you, just because we are role playing doesn't mean we don't care about the investigators or don't feel the spirit. We definitely do. This was our fourth lesson with Kim Kum Tay, and he has had a rough time committing to baptism. Anyway, we were supposed to strictly stick to a 20 minute lesson, and our time ran out! I had the "thought" COUGH COUGH HOLY GHOST to ask him to be baptized just before we had to go, but since we were short on time, I decided that I better not. DUMB IDEA!!!! After class that night, Bro Campbell asked us to come talk to him. He asked us if we had the prompting to ask him (Kim Kum Tay) to be baptized. I was like YESSS! That is when I realized that my thought wasn't a thought, it was a prompting! Nobody in my district has been able to commit him to baptism, and WE COULD HAVE DONE IT! The spirit was there! He would have accepted! It was validating (though painful) to have our teacher tell us that, because Sister M and I are quite hard on ourselves. We compare ourselves to the elders a lot, because they are really good at Korean. But did Bro. Campbell pull them out in the hall? Nope! He pulled me and Sister M and our broken Korean out in the hall to let us know that he felt the spirit and that we should have invited him to baptism. I am thankful that I could learn this lesson now, when my investigator isn't really real. I hope to never make that mistake again! I truly love and care about Kim Kum Tay, and it breaks my heart to think that I didn't listen to the spirit and as a result he was not able to commit to a huge step into eternal blessings! On the bright side, I have one more lesson with him, and YOU BETTER BELIEVE I AM GOING TO INVITE HIM TO BE BAPTIZED! I just hope that we can invite the spirit back as strong as it was in our last lesson.

Also, I was kinda sick this week! It was miserable! I prepared to teach relief society all week only to be banished to my residence hall for 24 hours on Sunday. So now I need to RE prepare a lesson and teach this week! Also, I asked the elders in my district to give me a blessing, and they did! It was their first time and I was so proud of them! They are Nate's age!!! Being surrounded by a bunch of missionaries using God's power was awesome.

I heard that BYU had a SICK game!! I only wish I could have seen dad's face after the last minute game-winning hail mary. 

My birthday dinner wish is that you all go to that Korean restaurant I told you about in my last email! My awesome teacher, Sister Lee's family owns it!! Bumblebee or something like that!!! It's in Midvale!

The church is SO TRUE, and it is worth doing anything to prove to the Lord that you are on His side. BE BOLD! BE TRUE! BE OPTIMISTIC! TRUST GOD! He never leaves His people. PS the new Uchtdorf is Bishop Causse. He came and spoke to us and pretty much made my life. The MTC is full of the Spirit 24/7. I love it here. 

I LOVE YOU ALL!
Love, Beckett Jamae

This is the day I felt like dying cause I was sick and had to stay in my room for 24 hours.

Sis M shared her snack package

Elder L writing my birthday info--he writes like a girl!  :)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Batman Returns! Sept. 3, 2015

MY FAVORITE PEOPLE!!!! I seriously love you all and miss you all soooo much.

Anyway...first I will address "Batman Returns." Sooo, the other night, I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. On my way to the bathroom, I heard something jumping around in the garbage can in the hall! I  FLIPPED out and RAN to the bathroom because I just knew it was my boyfriend the bat. After I went to the bathroom I booked it back to my room and creeped myself out by thinking of bats the rest of the night. Did I ever tell you that right before I moved into my building a girl woke up with a bat on her neck and so the whole building had to evacuate and get rabies shots. Anyway...

The next morning I wondered if I had really heard something in the garbage or if I had imagined it! We kept going throughout our day but 20 minutes before sacrament meeting, I started feeling sick so we went back to our residence to get some medicine before sacrament. I took Sister M to the garbage can to show her the rip marks in the garbage bag left from the bat. ( I had noticed the marks earlier that morning.) I stick my arm in the garbage can to point to the rip marks, and GUESS WHAT?! Out of nowhere the bat pops up from the trash and starts flipping around! I screamed and sprinted to the maintenance room, but it was Sunday, so nobody was there! So I picked up the phone that connects to the front office and I explained everything. MUCH TO MY SURPRISE, the guy asked me if I was brave enough to TRAP THE BAT! WHAT?!?! And, being as cool as (I wish I) was, I told him yes, I would trap the bat. (It was still in the garbage.) They said to put a blanket over the trash to trap it. AHHHH! IT CAN FLY PEOPLE!

SO... Sister M and I grabbed some dirty sheets to put over the garbage. Then a loud voice came on the intercom for the whole building and warned sisters that male workers would becoming to level 3, so dress decently, and DO NOT DISTURB THE GARBAGE CAN WITH A BLANKET ON IT. I started freaking out because A) Sister M and I were actually too chicken to trap the bat and B) She announced level 3 and we lived on level 4. Soooo I called the front office back, and said that we actually lived on level 4, not 3, and she got a little angry...then I said that we were too chicken to trap the bat. HOWEVER...before I finished my sentence about being too chicken to trap the bat, her annoying secretary voice was back on the intercom for the building clearing up the level 4 thing, and reemphasizing not to touch the trash with a blanket on it! SHE HUNG UP ON ME before the whole "we are too scared to trap the bat" part!!! SO NOW I HAD NO CHOICE! This lady was scarier than the bat and there was no way that I was calling her for the third time to tell her that I was afraid to trap the bat. She might hang up on me again! So...I counted to three and guess what?! WE DID IT!  WE TRAPPED THE BAT! WOOHOO! The blanket started shaking on the garbage can and we're pretty sure the bat was flapping!

By this time, it was 11:28, and sacrament started at 11:30! And I still needed to go to the bathroom and take medicine! I go into the bathroom and accidentally scream loud enough for the whole building to hear, because now there's a spider on the toilet!! Anyway... we eventually made it to sacrament meeting and we were a little late, which was sketchy because President P is the strictest and scariest guy! Sister M ended up getting called on to give the talk in Korean! Yikes!! But she did great. :)

Now, on a more serious note, I want to share an AWESOME analogy about sacrament that I have never thought about before. This awesome insight is from the choir director (again!) When you look at the white cloth with the sacrament underneath it, it represents Christ's body lying in the tomb, with the white cloth covering him. The bread and water literally represent Christ's flesh and blood. This past sacrament meeting was a lot more special for me as I pictured that the priests were kneeling and praying around Christ's sacred body (which the sacrament really does look like a body when it is covered with a sheet!) I felt the spirit so strongly, and it made me realize how REAL Christ's sacrifice was for each of us. Then, after we have partaken of the sacrament, and applied Christ's atonement, the Elders or priests fold up the cloth, just like the cloth was folded when Christ was resurrected. Think of that next time you are in sacrament and I promise it will be a special experience.

Also, Elder Oaks came and spoke on Tuesday! I have been having the SOREST THROAT EVER so I just mouthed the words when I sang in the choir. I wonder if he could tell since he's a prophet. 

Another funny thing: In Korean, "companion" is dong ban ja. I made up a rap dedicated to my companion, and its fame is spreading through the branch. It is a short and sweet rap. It goes like this: "Yo my numba one yo my bae, you're my dongbanja!" Kinda lame but also super sweet.

MY ELDERS REEEEEK. Seth seems like a DREAM compared to them. They toot all the time and we had to bring spray to class because it is THAT BAD. I literally DRY HEAVE. The other day our class was saying "My Purpose" in Korean and Sister M and I stopped and covered our mouths and nose because we thought we were gonna die and our teacher was like "can you say it by yourself in Korean?" (of course that sentence she said was in Korean) She was kinda getting after us. She is pretty strict, but we love her!

I hope mom had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! And I can't believe that my boyfriend, I mean Nate, is almost AN ADULT!! WHAAAAT!? I love you buddy! I hope your day is superb! 

Anyway, lot's of love TO YOU ALL!! xoxoxoxox
Love,
Allie

The Bat Trapping Machine!

My Roomies

When this chocolate milk smells rotten, I will know that it's MY BIRTHDAY!!

We got to host the new sisters on Wednesday!!