Friday, November 25, 2016

A Heart Full of Joy! (November 21, 2016)

HEY!!! Sorry I am on so late!! Sister P and I went to the middle of nowhere and rode a lot of crazy buses to get there! Hahaha we saw some cool Buddhist temples, and took some fun pictures in our hanboks! Don't kill me, but I don't have time to send pics of that today. Next week!

The church is doing the COOLEST things for Christmas this year. We as missionaries had special trainings about it this week. I am pumped to be a part of it! Find out more here!

Also, on November 25 check out because and AWESOME new video is coming out. We got to see it a little early. I LOVED it, and I know you will, too! Light up the world this Christmas season! Anyway...

Last night I couldn't sleep for such a long time, because my heart was SO HAPPY. SOOOOO HAPPY!  I have felt God pouring His blessings and love on us lately, and I feel so humbled and happy to be a part of His work.

This week, we were able to set a baptismal date with our investigator JM. We first met her on the street and shared a Book of Mormon with her. Her baptismal date is December 11th. It was quite the miracle...only our second time meeting her and she is willing to work towards a baptismal date! She has attended lots of different churches before. We went to her house and she showed us shelves of journals filled with notes she has taken on the Bible. But even after attending all of those churches, she has been wondering which church is true. SHE HAS FOUND IT! We were able to meet with her three different times this past week. She has been going to choir practices, helping us and the young women make Christmas cards, and she came to church again on Sunday. This week at church, the members' hearts were a little more opened than they were last week. People greeted her and put their arms around her, and I was SO THANKFUL!! We were really worried that she would not go to church, because Saturday night she called and said she didn't want to go to church the next day. (Still not sure why!) Sunday rolled around, and Sacrament Meeting was starting, and she still hadn't showed up. We sang the sacrament hymn, and the sacrament was blessed. After the sacrament was blessed, I closed my eyes again and started praying that JM would come to church. Imagine my surprise when I finished my prayer, opened my eyes, and she was NEXT TO ME ...chewing the sacrament bread! I almost screamed from delight!! Instead I just reverently hugged her, haha. During Sunday School time, we taught her with a member. As part of our lesson we taught the Word of Wisdom. Right now she drinks coffee and tea, but she is going to do her best to live the Word of Wisdom. I love her for that! I love when people are willing to try to change. She is a miracle! (I sent this part to my president, too haha) I know transfers are coming up, and I will willingly and happily go wherever the Lord and you think I should go. But if there is ANY way that if I do transfer, that I could come back to Mokpo for her baptism, I would literally be ETERNALLY grateful. I have worked my hardest my whole mission, and haven't really had visible results. But JM is a miracle that God sent me. The Holy Ghost prompted me to share a Book of Mormon with her, and I am so thankful that I did. It would mean the world to me to see her baptized.

Just when I thought Sunday couldn't get any better, I got a surprise phone call from a (no longer) less-active member from when I served in Hungdok. She is in her twenties, and when I served there, we were able to help her become active again in the church. We visited her multiple times a week, and we became true friends with her. It was such a great surprise to hear from her. I will never forget her voice telling me these things on the phone yesterday: "Thank you. Thank you for everything. You saved my faith! You saved my faith! I am happy now. I am really, really happy. And I just wanted to tell you. I am happy because I am saying my prayers, reading my scriptures, attending church, and counting my blessings." As she talked to me on the phone she cried. I can't describe the complete joy I felt from that phone call. In her voice I could HEAR the happiness, I could tell that she has come to the Savior. It was the most incredible phone call of my whole life. All I could think about was D&C 18 that talks about the joy of bringing souls unto Christ. IT REALLY IS JOYFUL! SOOO JOYFUL! And it isn't a joy that disappears. I am so thankful for that. I love being a missionary and representing our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sister Beckett

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mokpo Miracle! (November 13, 2016)


This week was awesome! But before I share the awesome story, I better share a backup story. About three weeks ago I was tired and a little frustrated and annoyed and I didn't feel like 전도ing to people. We were walking to a bus stop and since I was in a bit of a bad mood I didn't really want to talk with others. But I saw a lady maybe in her fifties walking in front of me and I thought about my missionary purpose and decided that I better go talk to her and give her a chance to hear God's message. As we talked, we got her phone number and shared a Book of Mormon and our testimonies with her, and then went on our way. We tried calling her a few times, but she never answered. (Which happens a lot to missionaries.)

Fast forward to this week, and this lady, 정, calls us and asked what time our worship service is on Sunday, and said she wanted to go.  We were SO EXCITED!!! So yesterday we were waiting for her at church, just praying and hoping that she would really show up. Right before the sacrament hymn she walked in. We were SO HAPPY! Sacrament Meeting was the Primary Program, and during the whole program she just read the Book of Mormon. After Sacrament Meeting, we wanted to teach her the Restoration, because we had never had the opportunity to meet with her before. Members in Mokpo are a little scarce, really busy, and can sometimes be a little intimidating, so it can be hard to to member lessons. But as we prayed and thought about who we could do a member lesson with, my mind kept going back to a certain sister in the ward whose faith has been struggling a bit. I shared my thoughts with my companion, but she was a little hesitant about asking that member, so we kept thinking of other members who we could teach with. We asked the Relief Society President, but she said she couldn't teach with us. My mind went back again to the sister struggling with her faith. I told my companion again, and she agreed to ask her. So after Sacrament meeting, although we weren't able to ask in advance, we hurried and asked the sister to teach a member lesson with us right then. She agreed but said she can't teach, she can only share her testimony (which is all that we needed! :) )

We taught the Restoration, and the member was ON FIRE! She was incredible, loving, friendly, shared her testimony, helped answer questions, and was another witness to the truth of the message we shared. Having a member present at our lesson made such a huge difference! It was a great experience, and I felt the Holy Ghost powerfully. During the lesson, our investigator said she had been wondering which church to join, and then she met us on the street. DEFINITELY GOD'S PLAN! :D As we taught, she continually said, "Amen!" and that she believed what we were saying. I hope and pray that she sincerely prays and reads the Book of Mormon and gets a testimony that the message we shared is true, and that it is God's message.

After our lesson, during Relief Society and Priesthood time, we had a short lesson and then choir practice for Stake Conference. Since Mokpo doesn't have a lot of members, it is hard for our little choir to have volume. But our investigator sang so loud and beautiful! She was a great addition to the choir! At first I was worried that it was going to be choir practice instead of a normal lesson, but it turned out wonderfully. After church we had a ward meal, which our investigator also stayed for. And after the meal, we had ANOTHER choir practice, which our investigator also wanted to stay for! She was at our church from 10ish am to 2:30pm!

It was such a happy, wonderful experience to have her come to church, participate in the meetings, and feel the Spirit. I was also so thankful for the sister in our ward who helped teach the lesson. She was a vital addition! I know that God had all of this planned out, and I am so thankful that He let us be a part of that plan. I am excited to see where the plan continues to go. :) This week we gave the soft baptismal invitation, and next week at church we are going to try to set a date. :D Miracles!! God sends miracles when we boldly testify of Him and His Son, and also as we share the Book of Mormon with everyone that we can.

One day we went to a cafe 3 times! It was crazy. SO much tea and hot cocoa! But that is often where people want to meet for lessons for the first time. So we will do it!! Ha ha.
Also, right now I am in a city called Jongup, we are going to go hiking with the sisters in our zone! I think it is the same mountain I went to when I was a greenie, so I will probably be drinking some more holy dragon water and collecting the beautiful fall leaves. :)

YOUR 벡켓 자매

Thursday, November 10, 2016

YOU GOT MY RELEASE DATE?? (November 6, 2016)

I didn't even know my release date yet, I AM NOT READY TO GO!! But anyways...

Dear Family,

This week I have been trying to focus on enjoying the "nows". Missionary work, and life in general, can sometimes be super hard! So this week when I was feeling down, I read one of my favorite talks by President Uchtdorf called, "A Summer With Great Aunt Rose." Here is one of my favorite parts:

“I know a poem that says, ‘Forever—is composed of Nows.’ I didn’t want my forever to be composed of dark and fearful ‘Nows.’ And I didn’t want to live in the gloom of a bunker, gritting my teeth, closing my eyes, and resentfully enduring to the bitter end. Faith gave me the hope I needed to live joyfully now!  And faith and hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense, that because of the Savior, all the wrongs would be made right. After that, I saw that the path before me wasn’t as dreary and dusty as I had thought. I began to notice the bright blues, the verdant greens, and the fiery reds, and I decided I had a choice—I could hang my head and drag my feet on the dusty road of self-pity, or I could have a little faith, put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes, and skip down the path of life, singing as I went.”
Our blessed tacos (THANKS MINDY & RY!!)

My new favorite food to make...sooo goooood!  Vietnamese rice wraps!

This week when things got a little crazy with the president in Korea, things seemed a little chaotic and overwhelming. There were protests all around Mokpo, even blocking the street that we usually walk on to go home at night.  In my head I was praying to feel peace and the Spirit, even though things seemed a little scary. People and policemen were everywhere by our apartment, so we were walking a different way when we heard somebody holler at us to stop. We stopped, a little confused, and saw two ladies running towards us. They said that they had been walking the other way, but had a feeling to come and talk to us. They were also volunteers doing service, and trying to get people to go to a performance called "Catana" which is a non-profit Christmas performance. As they talked to us, they showed us a brochure with people acting out the Nativity and celebrating Christ's birth. As they talked, I felt their love, God's love, the joy and hope that the Savior brings, and the Holy Ghost. It was a really special experience to be talking about Jesus Christ while we were surrounded by policemen and angry, yelling people. Even though things around us were crazy, we felt peace. I know that God heard my prayer and sent those ladies to us to help us know that God hadn't forgotten us, and to remind us that we can always feel Christ's peace. This experience also showed me that we can find joy in the "nows"! Eternity really is made of "nows", and so we always have to make the best of every situation.
A cute purple berry!

Macaroons!!! Yummy...
Also! This week we got to meet with a new investigator who I originally shared a BoM with on the bus. She is Catholic, so we went to Mass with her, which was an interesting experience. After Mass, she took us to a Cafe and introduced us to two of her friends, who we are now meeting with. Right now they have English interest, but with the Spirit I know that they can change to gospel interest! This experience filled me with gratitude that God once again helped me have courage to open my mouth and share the gospel. You never know what can happen! God has lots of plans!

Also, I love serving with Sister P. I also love studying the 12 weeks book and PMG. I have felt so much strength and have been able to recognize so many areas that I need to improve on. I have a long way to go, but I am trying to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sister Beckett

We went on a hike today for p-day. This is the beginning!

Here we are with a soldier man

This is the end view of our hike. STUNNING!

The other side of the end view

Me and the cute Sista P

The rockkkk

Friday, November 4, 2016

Happy Halloween! (October 30, 2016)

붕어빵! So good! But we have to be careful,
some have green tea. There are red beans and
vanilla pudding fillings. Obvi I like the vanilla 
pudding, but they are both good!
Happy Halloween! Remember the best ghost is the Holy Ghost!
Waiting for buses...

This week our Halloween party went pretty good! I was THRILLED because one of our investigators came to the party, brought her daughter, her friend, and her friend's kid! This investigator's name is 최 and she attends a different church pretty seriously. It has been hard to teach her lately, in fact we have been wondering if we should stop teaching her, because she just wants to be friends, and not hear our message because she already attends a different church.  But she came to the party, and built a good relationship with a member named K.  I was so thankful for K. She is a convert, and she was so kind and loving and welcoming to our investigator and her friend. We (the missionaries) were busy the whole time doing games and running the party, so I was worried about our investigator, that she would feel alone or awkward. But Sister K was wonderful and built a great relationship with our investigator, so I was so thankful for that. And lots of members also brought their kids' friends. It was a good way to get people into the church and meet some of our members without feeling stress or pressure.  

Happy Halloween!

We are kind of in a tough situation with our investigators...none are really progressing. We want so badly to do God's work and find people ready to hear the miracle of the Restoration -- but sometimes it is really hard! I am hoping and praying that through sharing our testimonies of Christ and copies of the Book of Mormon that we will find somebody who is ready to embrace the gospel. A lot of times people just have "American Person" interest, not gospel interest. That can be rough sometimes. I hope (and am trying to have the faith) that we can find somebody and help them come unto Christ by Christmas as a gift to our Savior.

Have a great week, I've got to run!


Sister Beckett