Thursday, October 27, 2016

Elder and Sister Bednar's Visit! (October 23, 2016)

Hey Chickens! (Quoting mom before we actually got chickens and she stopped calling us chickens πŸ“)

Needless to say, this week was AWESOME! Listening to Elder and Sister Bednar's counsel and feeling the Spirit so powerfully is something I will never forget. Before and during the meeting, I continued to pray to gain a solid testimony that Elder Bednar was a disciple of Christ and sharing Christ's message with us. My prayer came true! Not only could I feel it from head to toe (literally) but I also saw light glowing around him, which was very interesting. I have never had an experience like that before. Partway during one of his messages, I noticed bright white light, perfectly outlining his body, and it moved when he moved. At first I thought that it was just because I had just been staring at him for an hour and a half. But, as I blinked and squinted and re-looked, the light was still there! That was a special experience for me. He truly glowed with the light of Christ, and my prayer was answered in knowing that he was representing our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The field is brown, all ready to harvest!
Here are some of my favorite things that I learned:
-Good teachers and missionaries help their students/investigators be agents not objects. Good teachers make everyone feel comfortable and get everyone involved. They never ask quiz-like questions.  Good teachers don't teach...they let the Holy Ghost teach while they just direct the discussion.

- Miracles come in continuing to do the small and consistent things. It takes more faith to continue to do the small and simple things every day than sitting and praying and waiting to see an angel or a big revelation to know that God is real. Faith comes through consistency in living the gospel. I was amazed at how many times he emphasized that.  I especially thought it was incredible when he ended his testimony by saying, "As an apostle of the Savior Jesus Christ, I bless you as if my very hands were on your own head to be spiritually consistent." That was POWERFUL.

Fields and cute Korean grannies
- I am usually a shy person in large crowds, but I am thankful that the Holy Ghost helped me have enough courage to ask my question to Elder Bednar. I said, "I know there is power and strength in Christ's Atonement, and when I reflect on my life I can see how He has helped me. But when I feel worried or overwhelmed or afraid or stressed it is hard for me to feel the strength of the Atonement in the moment. How can I recognize it?" He then told me that it was an "Excellent question!" Then he said his wife has a perfect answer to this question. Sister Bednar then told experiences close to her heart, about how all throughout her life, from the time she was pregnant, to being called to be a Stake President's wife, and BYU I's president's wife, to an apostle's wife. She explained how every single time she wondered how she could do it, how she thought there was no way she could make it through it, but how through Christ's atonement, even though she couldn't recognize power in the moment, even though she felt weak, SHE DID IT! She then bore testimony of Christ's atonement. After sharing her experiences and testimony, she closed in the name of Jesus Christ, which was interesting, because that was the only time in our Q&A session that an answer was closed like that. After she ended, Elder Bednar got up, but his arm around her, and said, "You will never hear a more genuine testimony and answer to your question. It is not important to recognize the Christ's Atoning Power in the moment, it IS important to remember it." They answered my question for like 15 minutes, and the whole 15 minutes they both stared RIGHT AT ME! IN MY EYES!! It was such a special experience that I will always remember. I could feel the Holy Ghost in every part of my body, not just a burning in my heart. From my personal question about Christ's atoning power, I learned that it is not important to recognize the power of Christ's atonement in the moment of trial, it is important to REMEMBER. And I feel like that ties in a lot with taking the sacrament every week...always remembering Christ's atonement, and being able to reflect on life and recognize and see that He HAS helped me, even if in the moment it is hard to recognize.

-From the general meeting at the κ΄‘μ£Ό Stake Center, I really loved him emphasizing 3 Nephi 13:33 -- if we set our priorities so that God's Kingdom and His righteousness come first, EVERY OTHER aspect of our lives will be blessed. The more I have thought about it, I have seen how this has been so true in my own life. My life, in every single aspect, has been enriched because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I know from my own experience that when Jesus Christ becomes my priority, I am empowered to do so much more -- whether it be spiritually, in school, physically, or in any situation. I can see how God has directed and led me in my life so far, and I am so thankful for that. He knows how to help us be happiest! Putting Him first takes faith, and for a moment it might even seem like a sacrifice...but the blessings poured down on us in return are incredible. I have learned that NOTHING we do for the Lord is a sacrifice. Only an opportunity.

Love,
Sister Beckett

This lady is from Vietnam. I jundo-ed her on a bus and we met the next week for dinner before she went back to Vietnam. We were able to give her a Vietnamese Book of Mormon, which was cool. I was hoping she would be as excited about it as I was...but not quite...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Power from the Book of Mormon!

Hello Mah Sweeties,

President and Sister Madsen are so wonderful!! They came and visited us in Mokpo this week. President and Sister Madsen always give us a lot of strength and uplift us! It is always such a privilege to meet with them! We are so thankful to have them and serve with them. I also got to teach a member lesson with Sister Madsen. Mokpo ward is great, but member lessons seem almost impossible here because there are only a few members, and they are all so busy! So it was an awesome experience being able to teach with Sister Madsen as my companion. Sister Madsen is wonderful at making people feel comfortable and loved! The investigator I taught with Sister Madsen is wonderful! We first met with her for 30/30, but she is listening to our gospel message, asking good questions, and keeping commitments. I LOVE HER! She is 25 years old. Today we were going to go hiking with her, but Sister P has a cold. When I texted that to our investigator, she said that she will pray for Sister P! I can't tell you how happy it is to hear your investigator telling you they will pray. :D I LOVE THAT! I think the cold was a blessing from God so that she would pray more!! We can go hiking next week. ;)

My companion and I eating giant grapes and persimmons at an investigator's apartment. She also gave us onion juice...like straight up pure onion...but juiced. I HATE onion juice... :)
The Mokpo missionaries are throwing a Halloween party, and I am really excited! Mostly because we convinced one of our investigators to come to the party and help with face painting! That will be an awesome opportunity for her to meet with and connect with members.
Fooooooood

I have LOVED working towards our "White Christmas" goal as a mission. I LOVE GOALS! They really do help us push ourselves and get out of our comfort zone, which allows growth. Here are our mission's new goals!

White Christmas Goals: 
10,000 testimonies of the Savior – One a day for each missionary;
10,000 testimonies of the Book of Mormon – One a day for each missionary;
10,000 Copies of the Book of Mormon placed into the hands of one of God’s children living in the Korea Daejeon Mission – One a day for each missionary; and

50 baptisms – One for each missionary companionship
 
 My only regret is that I haven't been trying as hard as I am now to share copies of the Book of Mormon my whole mission! I have always tried to 전도 to everyone I meet/see on the streets and on the buses, but usually my first thing I share with people is a pamphlet, and only occasionally a Book of Mormon. I don't know why Book of Mormons seemed so scary to share until this week! But this week, through sharing copies of the Book of Mormon as much as I can and through continually testifying of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon, my testimony has grown and I have seen so many miracles!! 

There is a story to each time we share a Book of Mormon, and I would like to share a FEW of those stories with you guys. :)

1. One night this week it was 8:55 pm, five minutes before we had to be in our apartment, and we had only been able to share one Book of Mormon that day. I was praying my heart out, wondering how we could give away one more BoM in only 5 minutes. There was nobody in sight! Then, the Holy Ghost put a thought in my head...share it with the κ²½λΉ„ 아저씨/apartment maintenance man! So we followed the prompting and knocked on his door. He wasn't there. BUT THEN...he walked out from around the building! He asked what we needed and we gladly told him that today instead of him helping us, we wanted to give him a gift!  We then bore our testimonies on how the BoM has blessed our lives, and he happily and gratefully accepted it. It was awesome.

2. This week we had Zone Meeting in κ΄‘μ£Ό, so we had to leave our apartment at 7:30 am. On the elevator in our apartment we gave a BoM to a nice man, and when we got out of the elevator and walked through the parking lot, we gave one to a nice old lady walking. It was so awesome... 2 in a row, and all before 7:35 am. There is a lot of joy found through sharing the BoM!

3. I gave one to a cute teenage girl on the bus. The awesome part is that I met her last week on a bus, too! The first time I met her I sat by her and talked with her and gave her my number. Then, the second time we met on the bus, SHE sat by ME, even though there were lots of empty seats. SO COOL! We talked a lot again, and I gave her a BoM, and invited her to our ward Halloween party, and then I asked her for her number. After she got of the bus she texted me a picture of her holding the Book of Mormon. The text said, "또 보면 μ’‹κ² μ–΄μš” μ±… 잘 μ½μ„κ²Œμš”."  Which means, "I hope to see you again! I will read the book well!" Needless to say... I was pumped!! Fill the font! Fill the font! Jk, but  I am really hoping and praying to teach her the gospel more!! 

Well, there are lots more cool experiences from sharing the Book of Mormon this week, but I better let you go. :)
Nate sent me the SWEETEST gifts and notes!! My heart was melting! This is a picture of me with a pretty comb he bought for me at a Buddhist temple!

He also sent me a Book of Mormon, marked up throughout the whole thing with his own personal insights and notes to me. A TREASURE I will keep and study forever!!
OH YEAH before I let you go...this week Elder Bednar is visiting our mission...for 3 HOURS!!! I am SO EXCITED!! Nate, is he visiting you mission, too?! I know he is doing lots of cool meetings while he his here in Korea. After he meets with our mission he is doing a "General Meeting" for all of Korea, which I also get to attend! I feel so thankful that he is willing to spend so much time visiting us and then going to even more meetings that same day -- it must be exhausting! Anyway...that should be AWESOME!

Love,
Sister Allie Beckett

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Week Through Pics (October 9, 2016)

This week I ate more Korean food...

I still love leaves.

I went to my greenie area and met some of my favorite people!

My cute comp
I got the sweetest letter and "happy birthday" sign from Deb-T!

I met another "Sister Beckett," see his tag?


I watched General Conference...in Korean...so the elders called me from the other room and let me listen to it on the phone in English.
Turns out we're cousins!
I loved general conference, and I was amazed to see that every single one of my questions were answered. Some of my questions were pretty specific, so when I got my answer I was quite surprised! I know that the leaders of this church are inspired of God.

This week we were also able to go on splits. I want to share an awesome experience! During their District Meeting, Sister G was asked to share a pioneer story from her family. As she started sharing her story, I started recognizing names, and we realized that our 4th great grandfathers are brothers!! It was a pretty awesome experience.

I LOVE being a missionary. I love sharing the gospel. I love the joy from the gospel. I love Jesus Christ, and I am forever grateful for this time I have to serve as a missionary, representing Him.

Love,
Sister Beckett

Relief! (October 2, 2016)

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”!πŸ’‹

This week I found out some news that brought my heart a lot of peace! When I was a new missionary serving in 첨단, we had an investigator who got baptized...the only baptism I have had on my mission so far. Unfortunately, the week after she received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, she stopped coming to church. Her dad was a member, and she was a teenager, and we thought she maybe got baptized out of pressure from her dad. I have felt bad about her for several reasons: maybe she wasn't ready for baptism...I didn't help teach her very much/share my testimony very clearly with her because I was so new to Korean...I don't really know if she had a testimony of Jesus Christ when she was baptized... Anyway, I have felt really bad about that my whole mission,  and I wish I would have done things differently, especially because although I have been trying my best throughout my mission, that has been my only baptism so far.  That being said, yesterday a miracle happened! The 첨단 Sisters texted and called me and told me that this recent convert sister attended church yesterday (and has recently been attending more frequently) -- but that is not all! At the end of testimony meeting, when the bishop stood up to give his closing remarks and end the meeting, this convert literally ran to the front and interrupted the bishop to share her testimony. She then bore a beautiful testimony of the Savior. Hearing this made me SOOO HAPPY!! I am so, so thankful that she has a testimony of Jesus Christ, and that she is attending church again. I was so worried and felt a lot of regret about her. Her testimony is growing, she is progressing in the gospel! Although she probably doesn't remember me at all, I am so extremely grateful that in some tiny way I was able to help bring someone unto Christ. I will continue to work my hardest to help others learn of our Savior, too. OH! Also, I am going on splits tomorrow in 첨단, so I might get to see her!! I hope so...this time I will actually be able to communicate with her! 
That bus life...
We are stuck in a bit of a rough place right now, because we have quite a few investigators, but none are progressing. We have been thinking and praying about how to help them, and I feel like we have hit a wall. I hope to get some good inspiration through conference. I want to help find the elect!
We are making a giant Book of Mormon to use. This way people interested in the B of M can come to us!
This week I made Nate a chocolate cake and mailed it to him! Hahaha, I hope he liked it!  Also, AJ & Kenz--I got your package and it made me feel SO MUCH LOVE! So thoughtful! And I loooove the cardigan, thanks so much! Also your letters made my day. Thank you thank you thank you!
One of our investigators sent this picture to her boyfriend to prove that she was meeting with an American!  :)
This morning I was studying a talk about learning with faith by Elder Bednar. He shared a quote that I really loved and wanted to share with all of you! Here it is:
 "Many may think they haven't any testimony to bear, but get them to stand up and they will find the Lord will give them utterance to many truths they had not thought of before . More people have obtained a testimony while standing up trying to bear it than down on their knees praying for it." -- Brigham Young  

I made the brownies I got from you all on my birthday...I almost cried, literally! 14 months and no brownies!  (Oh, that's a lie, I actually had them once when I was a greenie...
I have learned that SO MUCH on my mission! Especially through companion study. I study during personal study, feel the spirit, take notes, and try to find ways to apply what I learned. But during companion study when I share my testimony and what I learned, my testimony gets even stronger, and I realize more powerfully what I have learned. So my challenge to all of you this week is to find some way to share your testimony this week -- whether it be at work with a coworker, or on facebook, or with a friend, or at school, find some way to tell people about what you know, and what you believe. It is awkward and scary but REWARDING! Through doing that, you will be surprised at your testimony's strength, and it will become even stronger!

Love,
Yo Sista Becky

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Funny Story... (September 25, 2016)

Sorry, short letter today!

This week was pretty awesome...we have four new investigators! That is a lot...especially for Mokpo! It is interesting to see how God has softened hearts and prepared people to hear His message who otherwise would not have. Over and over again on my mission I have seen God guiding us. I am so thankful for that guidance!

Sisters in my Zone
Funny story: I was standing at a bus stop yesterday after church, and I felt something drop, but I didn't know what it was. I was kind of standing, confused, and then my companion gasped, "μžλ§€λ‹˜!" (Sister!) I looked down...it was my skirt that dropped!! Hahahah I was standing in my garmies!!! Luckily I don't think anyone else saw but my cute companion. Hahahaha sooooo funny. I am so thankful that didn't happen at church! Some how my skirt zipper had come undone and just suddenly DROPPED. Hahahahaah SO FUNNY
My companion & I in a mosquito net!

Me and my 2.5 daughters! Trained two, half trained one
Well.....Life is good and busy and crazy but good. I love you all and I love the gospel and I love being a missionary!  Have fun watching conference! OH!! PS!! Elder Bednar is gonna visit our mission in October!! WOOHOO!! SO EXCITED!

Love,

Sister Beckett
Thanks Mindy for the face mask!

This is a cool Asian Pavilion

Our adorable friend!