You are right! There are SO many new opportunities waiting for me here in 청주. It was definitely hard to leave 첨단, but there has already been a lot of growth from leaving. To be completely honest, when we first got to our new home here in 청주, I cried a lot! The apartment was left in pretty dirty conditions. Also, we had no food, no clean water (the filter isn't on the sink) and none of my luggage arrived until after two days! I have been blessed in my life to never have had these types of problems before, so I didn't really know what to do. But as I read my scriptures in personal study, I read in 3rd Nephi when Christ was talking, and said not to worry about what to eat, drink, or wherewithal to be clothed. He said that Heavenly Father knows that we need all of these things and to just focus on preaching the gospel, and our temporal things will be taken care of. He was right (Jesus always is!) Everything is working out just great. My clothes came, we went shopping and got food and water, and today we will deep clean our house so it isn't as nasty and scary. I am so thankful to be serving with 김미형 자매님. She has such a positive, hard working attitude. And I am already learning lots and lots of Korean from her. She really is an excellent missionary. Even though this is now my second time white-washing, it is still tough! But we are already seeing blessings and miracles and I am excited to see how we can help preach the gospel and strengthen members here. We have faith and we know that we can do this with the Lord's help and guidance.
|Me and my new companion, Sister K|
So yes, my companion's name is Sister K. She is WONDERFUL!! I LOVE HER!!! Last time we whitewashed in my last area, we had two other sisters serving in the ward, and they showed us around and stuff. It is a little harder here, because we are the only two sisters, and we are in charge of two areas, not just one! But it is okay, things are getting better and better. The sisters who served here before us both had health problems and had to go home suddenly, so the house was a WRECK. But, things are getting better and better, and we are making our little house a home!
It was so hard to leave my last area. Here's a few pics of my goodbyes:
|Bye bye recent convert who we did FHE with every single week.|
|Sister W and I with our twinning shirts! Couples in Korea are ALWAYS twinning. Like head to toe! It is super funny!|
|Bye bye Relief Society President.|
|Bye Bye District!|
|Bye bye my friend E!|
|Bye Bye M! (I fell in love with my Philipina sisters in my ward. I love them!)|
|Bye bye Bishop & C! I loved my bishop and his wife--they were our adopted family. So fun!|
And now, goodbye to my dear trainer, Sister W! I will miss her!
|Bye Bye, Mother W! Time for this little (super tall...) bird to leave the nest!|
Hahah, no slurpees. The 7-11 isn't trademarked, it's a fake lie! Hahahah. I can get oreos here...that is about it for American food! Also, they have frosted flakes and chocolate chex, so I have cereal. GLORIA!!
Now for our new place:
Now for our new place:
|Hello gross new bathroom! ;) It won't be gross after today! Also, this pic lets you see how showers are just connected to the sink a lot of the time in Korea. Kind of cool!|
|Hello super messy rooms in our new apartment!|
|Hello awesome new companion!|
Luckily when we got here, president actually called and had us go shopping and stuff (we didn't even have a square of toilet paper!) so that we could live. And today we will do the rest of the cleaning. It really is an okay (though old) house, it just needs some cleaning. One thing I like about my comp is that she is a germ freak too. YES! Always washing her hands. Hahaha. WOOHOO!
Also, random thing, but in YW in my new ward here, they read a section from For the Strength of Youth every week in YW as part of opening exercises. I thought it was a great idea because at least for me, I didn't read that pamphlet very much!
Love you all bye, I think the world of all of you! This week if you get overwhelmed, just remember that we have a loving Heavenly Father who knows exactly what we need, and when we need it. One cool thing that really hit me this morning in personal study is that Christ truly is the head of this church. I always thought it was so cool that prophets lead our church, but today I really realized that it is CHRIST that leads our church, through prophets. That is so cool to me. God isn't just ancient, He is up to date and hip and happening! He is the greatest leader to ever exist, and He is our leader.
Love you bye!