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!!



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!  

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