Friday, February 24, 2017

I HATE GOODBYES :( (Feb 20, 2017)

Here are just a few of the people that I have really come to love and adore this transfer! Companions, investigators, members, recent converts, less actives. SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE. πŸ’Ÿ

DO I REALLY HAVE TO GO HOME? γ… γ…  I can't believe that my time as a set apart missionary is almost over. There really is no way to describe a mission. So many new experiences, hard times, good times, happy times, sad times, feeling-alone times, feeling-so-much-love times...I have learned so much from this past year and a half, and I hope that I have become more of the person God wants me to be. 

This week we met a new investigator, and I can't even tell you how much I love her. She is a referral from a member. This lady's name is JYR. She is in her mid thirties and she is single and has some pretty serious health problems. AND SHE IS SO INCREDIBLE. As a missionary, I have been able to feel love for so many different people. However, I think the time I felt God's love the strongest was this past week when we met with this new investigator two different times. She is so genuine, faithful, sincere, and she needs this gospel so much. I wish I could describe how I felt...I had just barely met this sister, but with all my heart I loved her! And I could feel that that love was coming directly from God.  And I could also feel how badly she needed this gospel, and how Jesus Christ could heal her broken heart. 

Then later, during my personal study, I read this verse in Ether and I felt like it explained a bit of my feelings about Christ and how He could heal JYR, and all of us, really. The scriptures are Ether 9:35&10:1. These scriptures are describing a drought ending, but when I read it, I compared it to JYR's spiritual and emotional drought, and how Christ can end that drought. "And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to REVIVE again, and there began to BE FRUIT in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did SHOW FORTH HIS POWER unto them in PRESERVING them from famine.........Wherefore, Shez began to BUILD UP A BROKEN PEOPLE." 

Christ nurtures, revives, heals, and flourishes our lives if we let Him. He builds up a broken people. And I am so thankful for Him. I love Him and I have come to know Him more through representing Him this past year and half. It has been the biggest privilege for me. I hope to honor Him through my actions my whole life through.

See you soon!!!

Beckett Jamae

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Annyong!!! (February 13, 2017)

Hey Hey Hey!

Sister K and I after mission tour.
I really loved Mission Tour this week with the Yamashitas. They are SO INCREDIBLY POSITIVE! I loved their attitudes and perspectives. One of my favorite things I learned was, "Make every day a great day." We really are the ones who choose our attitudes. Our attitudes are always a choice, and I think our attitudes are actually one of our very hardest choices. It reminds me of a talk by Elder Ballard where he said to be a creator of circumstances, not a creature of circumstances. Part of our God-given agency is the gift to choose our reactions and responses and our attitude. I tried to apply that this week as I got rejected over and over again on the streets by people. Sometimes it can be surprising how rude people can be! But I chose not to let the numberless rejections get me down. Instead I shook it off and thought of Jesus and went and talked to other people. Also an investigator dropped us this week, and that also hurt, but we hope and pray that she will have the desire to meet with the missionaries again in the future.

My old mission leader in Mokpo bought and mailed me a λΆ•μ–΄λΉ΅ maker! WOohoo! Hahahah SO FUNNY!
What an awesome guy.
Everything seems kind of blurry and fake right now, I really can't believe that I am going home in ten days. It kind of terrifies me. I love being a missionary and I love testifying of Christ and I love serving in the same country with my little brother and I love Koreans and I love Korean food and I love working hard every day and I love so many other things, too. But God is never changing, and I know He will guide my life after the mission just as He is right now.  I am giving my all every day and trying my best to follow the Savior and show Him my love and appreciation for Him. I will forever be grateful for my mission!

I love you all so much!! Got to go! Oh hey, for next week can you send me if I need to do anything special for customs at the airport? Also dad said he sent an email but I never got it, just pics. :( I love you all lots and lots. Have a good week! And ESPECIALLY TO OUR NATEY CHAD!! Happy baptism!! I heard we are only an hour and a half away right now by train...It kinda hurts my little heart! Wish I could support you at the baptism! But I will in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!

Sister Beckett

Allie's Mom here:  She will be speaking in our sacrament meeting on Sunday, February 26, at 9 a.m. We can't wait to have her come home!! Let me know if you need the address. πŸ˜€

Me and SDY and Ping Su!!!! So delicious!!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mah Week (Jan 22, 2017)

Me and my cute companions
I don't know if Satan has been working on me really hard lately, or if I really am just getting worse and worse at being a missionary!! This week I have felt like quite a failure at everything I do (especially at speaking Korean and following the Holy Ghost) so it has been a bit of a tough week. Stat-wise, our week was awesome! And we saw a lot of miracles this week, including three new investigators. I am fairly sure that two will get baptized!! They are adorable 20 year old girls...twins! I am excited to see them progress. I love them already! But despite the stats success, I have been feeling a little down. Here is a special experience I had this week that helped me know that Heavenly Father hadn't forgotten me:

(Journal Entry from 01.17.17)
Yesterday we met with our investigator κ΄€. She is adorable! And since December she's read the BOM all the way to the end of Alma. So golden and sweet, but the only problem is that she works on Sundays. Anyway, she is a miracle. But being in a trio can be a bit difficult. Also yesterday  when we taught her, a member came and taught with us. So it was four Koreans, and me (odd numbers are hard!) And they were all talking so fast and always looking at each other, never me, and my companions were teaching so great, and I felt like an idiot. All day I had been thinking and pondering and praying about this lesson -- but then at the lesson I realized that I was 100% not needed, and so I felt sad. During the lesson people just kept talking, and I felt useless. Of course I wasn't mad at my companions and the member, I was proud of them and thankful that they were doing so well. But I started thinking and wondering and praying again, "God, why do you want me here? Why did you have me transfer to a new area into a trio on my last transfer? I don't feel needed. I want to serve Thee but I am not even needed here. If there is something you want me to say in this lesson, please help me to know. If it is best for the investigator if I don't talk, then I won't talk. But please give me an opportunity to do missionary work." I prayed like that throughout the lesson, and by the end of the lesson I had probably only talked/taught for one minute. I thought, "hmm. This must be the answer to my prayer. God didn't need me tonight."  I KNOW TALKING ISN'T IMPORTANT AND THAT THE SPIRIT IS THE TEACHER. But I felt like I was an un-needed instrument in God's hands. So it was a bit of a sad night. We left the lesson and on the way to ride the subway (perks of Daejeon!) GOD LET ME BE HIS TOOL. He sent a direct answer to my prayers. He showed me that He needed me and I wasn't useless. We were power walking through the station and all of the sudden I heard quick steps behind me and a voice say," Are you also a student here? I turned around and there was a beautiful, tall, bright and smiley girl named L from Singapore!! We talked and rode the subway together, and talked some more. Probably for 20 minutes And I was/am so thankful for that opportunity -- I could feel that God was using me in His hands. I felt the Spirit testifying through me as I talked and shared my testimony of God and Christ. She kept saying, "Wow, this is amazing." She was a special answer to my prayer! Unfortunately, she doesn't have texting except for Kakao talk. So (once again perks of Daejeon) we used Sister Madsen's iPhone, found her on facebook, and invited her to lunch (member lesson with Sister Madsen! Sweet!) I hope and pray she says yes. I know God hears our prayers, knows our hearts, and truly has a plan for each of us."

We still haven't gotten an answer from L, I really hope she answers. But whether or not she answers, SHE was an answer to me from God, telling me that He still remembered me and loved me. 

Sister Beckett

Hey Hey Hey! Happy...Tuesday! (Feb 6, 2017)

We have seen SO MANY miracles lately that I just can't believe it. When I first got here, we only had one investigator, and I kinda thought that this would be a long transfer of finding. But we have been working hard and God has been so generous in blessing us...we now have ten investigators! And  we are pretty sure that three of them will be coming to church this week. :D

I want to share about our newest investigator, Sister Y. We were waiting for the subway one night and I saw her sitting alone on her motorized wheelchair waiting for the subway. The Holy Ghost prompted me to go talk to her, so I did. We started talking and she was SO SWEET. She is probably in her late forties or early fifties and she is beautiful! We started talking and we couldn't stop. Her brother used to meet the missionaries in Busan, so she had seen a Book of Mormon before. I was able to explain to her what the BoM was, and I taught her that it was Christ's teachings in the Americas. She thought it was so interesting, and she wanted to read about it, so I showed her the part when Christ visited the Nephites in 3 Nephi. She was so excited to receive the Book of Mormon, and she said enthusiastically, "Books make the best gifts!" We exchanged phone numbers and later scheduled an appointment to meet. And we DID meet again! Yesterday! She is SO PREPARED for fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She came and had already read 3 Nephi 11. She said there are things similar to the bible, but also new things that she has never heard before. She is currently attending the Presbyterian Church, but she has been switching religions a lot, trying to find the right one. (YA FOUND IT, SWEETIE! :D ) We will be meeting again tonight, and she said that by tonight she will read the first five chapters of 1 Nephi!  She also referred her daughter and niece to us who have English Interest. They live in Daegu and Busan, so we will have to refer them to the Busan mission. Anyway...SHE IS A MIRACLE!! God is always putting prepared people in our paths, which is why we always need to talk to everyone and be excited about sharing God's happy message.

One thing I really loved that Sister Y shared with us about Christ (she has really strong faith) was a parable about Christ holding on to us. She said sometimes we think of our relationship with Him like holding hands, or pulling somebody up by the hands, but it is not. If we hold hands with someone or lift someone by the hands and one person lets go, it is difficult for the other person to keep holding on. So instead of comparing our relationship with Christ as holding hands, it is more like Christ is grasping our forearm, and we are grasping His. If we slip up, make mistakes and let go, He can still hold on to us and pull us up, and we easily re-grasp His forearm. He can always have a firm grip on us, even if we choose to let go. He never lets go. He never gives up! And when we choose to repent and change, we can easily hold back on to Him. He is always there to pull us up. I really loved that example that she shared with us, so I wanted to share it, too. I am so thankful for a loving Savior who never gives up on anyone. As followers of Jesus Christ, that is what we need to do, too! We never give up on anyone, including ourselves. Christ is holding on to us always.

Sister Beckett

Last P-Day S invited us over to her house for a Solnar (New Year) meal. It was so fun! Here are some pics.

January 29, 2017

Last P-day we met with S and her mom. They took us to the fanciest traditional Korean restaurant. They are so kind--genuinely kind and loving people. It is like I am already BFFs with S.

This week was a week of miracles!! We have two new investigators who we met for English interest, but they also believe in God but don't attend a church. AND guess what?! They live right across from the mission home and church. SCORE!! We are hoping to get them to church asap!

Our other investigators, κΉ€__ and κΉ€_ the 20 year old twins, are also doing great. I love seeing their interest and earnestness in learning the gospel. λ‚˜__ especially has a lot of interest in the gospel. She takes notes and highlights the pamphlets when we teach. And from watching her eyes and body language, she is listening with all of her heart. They have both tried praying for the first time, and are keeping commitments great. Our focus right now is getting them to church and building relationships with members. I think God sometimes gives us a glimpse of other people's potential and the love God has for them. I have felt that a lot with these twins. I really believe that both will eventually get baptized and become strong and faithful members of the church. I hope and pray so!

I absolutely loved the world wide missionary broadcast. From watching and listening to and learning from the leaders of the church, I could feel that they truly were inspired from God. My testimony that this church is true was strengthened by hearing their testimonies, watching their leadership, and listening to them speak powerfully, gracefully, and confidently. From the new rule changes I also feel a great new sense of responsibility and trust. I want to use this new schedule to maximize our time and efforts in serving the Lord. The new changes have also helped me realize that God teaches us line upon line and precept upon precept.  We can always become more effective and efficient and we always have room to learn, grow, and change, and the leaders of our church don't try to hide that. They are also always learning through trial and error.  That is how we can become more like the Savior, trying our best to do what we think is right, and learning from our mistakes. I hope and pray that I can represent the Savior well to everybody that I meet. I really do want to become like He is and love like He does. I still have a long way to go. But I am thankful for His patience.

Also, we have met S.D. (the foreign exchange student from Utah)  three times now, and we are meeting her again for lunch today. I love her with all my heart! Unfortunately, she does not have interest in learning the gospel right now, but I definitely think that she will later. I was so scared to directly ask her if we could share the gospel with her. It gave me a glimpse of how member missionary work can be hard! I didn't want her answer to affect our relationship, but I also wanted to share the gospel with her because I know it would bless her so much, and also it is my missionary purpose and privilege! So after lots and lots of roleplaying with my companions, I finally asked her if we could teach her more about the gospel of Jesus Christ that has blessed us us much, but I also assured her that no matter her answer that we would still be friends. Unfortunately, she said no to listening to our message. But seeds have been planted, and I think they will continue to grow. 

Sister Beckett

This is pretty cool--this is in downtown Daejeon. The street has a camera and a big screen that shows the people walking beneath it. Here I am with one of our investigators.

Friday, January 20, 2017

That Daejeon City Life (January 15, 2017)

Not gonna lie, I was quite surprised to transfer for my last transfer, and especially to move to a trio companionship! Also, last week I told you that one of my companions was KSB, and that she was a Korean from Utah...well...I misheard! My new companion is KSJ, and she isn't from Utah. Hahaha. So I kinda stand out in our trio because a) I am American and B) I am literally a foot taller than either of my comps. Hahaha. Time was flying by in Mokpo, and I was quite comfortable. I felt like I was going 1000 miles an hour! Coming to a new area with two new companions slammed me to a time-stilling halt! It is a little difficult, but it is also an awesome opportunity to learn some new lessons and re-get out of my comfort zone. That is something I have really learned on my mission -- NEVER GET COMFORTABLE! In order to grow we have to stretch and do hard things, and sometimes things that we wouldn't choose on our own. But that is all part of God's plan, and that is how we can learn and develop and become more like Him. So I am very thankful and excited for this transfer.
My new comps are so cute! I love them already.

You can't tell the height difference from these pics...but it is pretty extreme, haha!
Also, do you remember 솑, the girl who met the elders on the street and asked about me? (Chandra's friend?) Well, she lives really close to where we are, and she is in our area. :D Hahaha, two weeks ago she traveled all the way to Mokpo to see me, but now we are neighbors! It is cool to see how God has planned this all out. From finding the elders on the street to me transferring to her area, it is all miracles! I just hope that we can accomplish what the Lord wants us to. We are meeting SD and her mom for dinner tonight. They attend the Catholic church pretty seriously, but I hope and pray that we will be able to share more of God's love with them and that their hearts will open to hear the message of the restored gospel. We definitely need the Holy Ghost to help us know what God wants us to do and say.

I love these Cheomdan sisters so much! It was fun to see them again.
 It is really stressing me out that I only have one transfer left. I try not to think about it, but sometimes it is hard! I want to go out with a bang, and have nothing left to give. I want to show God and Christ my love and dedication and I want to have no regrets. I love this gospel and I am so thankful to share with others about our Savior's love.


Al-Bal the Missionary Gal

Here are trips from our visit to the bamboo forest last week before I left Mokpo:

Bamboo forest with my baby Sadie (haha, her English name I gave her. She fits it so well!)

Me with Sadie again!


Loving that bamboo so hard!

Me and some real pandas

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 8, 2017 My Last Transfer...

Here we are with our friend, N. She is the one that God helped us to re-find! She loves God SOOOO much, but teaching her the gospel is hard because the reason she can stay in Korea right now is because a pastor of another church helped her and her husband find a place to live and work in Korea, so she is a member of that church for now, and works at the church school.  But hopefully later in life she can accept the gospel!

(This is a chat Allie had on email with Nate, who just found out he's having his first transfer on his mission. You can see his blog at

WOW Natey!! Transfers are crazy, huh? You never know what to expect! I am still waiting for my transfer will probably come any minute!! 

I know that you will do great with your new companion!! The hardest and awkwardest times help you grow and learn...and not just learn, but REMEMBER what you learn because of the awkwardness!! So embrace all the awkwardness with speaking Korean! I already heard you, and your Korean is amazing! So don't worry!! And the good thing is that when you are with American companions, people speak simpler to you. YOU HAVE GOT THIS, BOY!! But it is always sad to leave an area, huh?! :( I think I will die in Mokpo. (Finish her mission in Mokpo.)

Ten minutes later, Allie emailed this:  

I JUST GOT TRANSFER CALLS AND I AM MOVING TO DunSan! That is in Daejeon!! And I will be in a threesome with 2 Koreans! But one is from Bountiful! Oh snap. I need to pack but I am actually about to go to KwangJu to a bamboo forest!! WHEN WILL I PACK!?

Also I am quite nervous because we got dropped by all of our investigators this week...what will Sister P do next week with no investigators?!

And thanks mom!! I got your letter two days ago!!! And it meant so much. Thank you so much for writing me!! And sorry you all, I have to go. :( But I love you guys!! Talk to you next week! Sorry I didn't write much this week, I was busy getting Sister P's pics off of her camera!! 

This week I got to meet S, and she was SO CUTE! She was Chandra's friend and lives in Daejeon. She was so sweet to come all the way to Mokpo, she is adorable!

I will miss our sweet J! Here is a picture of her and another new convert from our ward. They have become good friends!

This is Allie's sister, so excited that Allie will be home soon! This is the countdown chain!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Here's to the Year of the Rooooosterrrr! (January 1, 2017)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I have been reflecting a lot lately on who I am, what I have become, and what I would still like to change about myself. A new year seems like a good fresh start to re-evaluate everything and recommit myself to becoming more like Christ.

This is our "waiting for the bus" new year's picture on the phone. I forgot my camera...
This week was good, but we don't have any progressing investigators, so we are trying hard to find some new ones. Throughout my mission I have noticed that if we keep obeying and trying our best, then God sends random, really great investigators! We never know how we will meet them, but God always has it perfectly planned out.

My complete year of only being a missionary has passed... :(   TOO FAST! γ… γ…  Sometimes I have experiences that remind me how blessed I am, and how Korea and America can be so different! This past week we went and visited several little grandmas in our ward with one of our members. I LOVE Korean grandmas!! They are the hardest to understand. They always speak low form and have a thick accent. And they are SO CUTE!! Always holding our hands, patting our bums, kimchi squatting like it is nothing, and feeding us crazy and scary food...hahaha One of the grandmas literally lives in a shack-like thing on the side of a mountain, facing the ocean. It is a beautiful view!  In her village-type thing they have a community bathroom, not one in her house. We visited her and we all wore coats and scarfs because she doesn't have a heated floor. I was humbled because of her circumstances, and amazed because of her positive attitude! The whole time she was smiling. laughing, and telling stories. It was such a happy time together! Also her husband has died, and she has had cancer a few times, and she lives alone. But she is one of the happiest people alive! I am thankful for that experience and learning from her example. I am thankful to serve in Korea!!

This is us with the granny that lives on the mountain
Yesterday our new member, J came to church, and she payed fast offerings without us even saying anything! I love her! She was baptized the second week in December, but she has already payed fast offerings twice, and tithing once. SO AWESOME! At church we went to a family history class for Sunday School so that we can help her get to the temple. Woohoo!! It is so exciting to see her continue to progress. In the class they got her hooked up with the Family Search app and they already started adding her family members. Then, after church we visited her, and guess who randomly came to visit her apartment while we were there? Our bishop and his wife! They are so great! She felt a lot of love.

My beloved name badges. Unfortunately, my favs were lost in Buddhist temples and on the bus. :(

One terrifying experience we had this week... I ate raw octopus while it was still moving! AHHH!! Our new member, J,  bought them from the Traditional Market...and she didn't wash them cause apparently it kills the flavor. She literally turned their heads inside out, pulled out their eyes and brain, and then started chopping. And she kept popping pieces in her mouth. I ALMOST DIED. It was pretty sketch. Hahaha. They kept moving for like 40 minutes after they were chopped. Definitely a new experience.​ But sorry because I didn't bring my camera this day (biggest mistake ever), so the video is of a video taken on my phone...

Happy New Year!! Don't forget to recommit yourselves to following Christ this year. Plan specific ways on how you want to improve and change, and then do everything in your power to do it!

벑켓 자맀 선ꡐ사

PS next week is transfer last transfer call...:( I think I might actually go! I have been in Mokpo for 4. Anyway. Just had to hurry and say that before I peaced out! LOVE YOU! BE SAFE! Tell Seth to email me next week!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! (December 25, 2016)

Merry Christmas!!
Welcome to Korea...this aisle in the store is ALLLLL RAMEN!! Ha ha ha!
Yesterday had some really high highs and some really low lows. After skyping with my family (SO DANG GOOD!), attending church, and doing my studies (the highs), we had a caroling activity with the missionaries and members in our ward. Only two members joined us, but for our small Mokpo Ward, that was actually pretty good! The members didn't have hymnbooks, so they used mine. I asked to share with Sister P, and she said yes, but our heights are quite different and she held the book really close to her face, so I didn't have a way to see any of the carols. I was a tiny bit annoyed, but took it as a sign from Heavenly Father that He wanted me to get out and 전도 instead of just sing. So I started trying to pass out pass along cards and share Book of Mormons, but I just got rejection after rejection. When you get so many rejections in a row, it kind of blows your self esteem and motivation, especially on Christmas. I  thought that maybe people's hearts would have been a little more open! I ended up sharing two Book of Mormons, but I had hoped to share a lot more.

After the caroling activity, we had an hour left before 9 p.m. We decided to head back to our area, grab some umbrellas, and finish the night 전도ing there. By this time, my Christmas cheer was a little drained and I was feeling like a failure because I had been rejected so much. But I tried to keep smiling and listen to the Spirit to know who we could talk to. I thought of a man who sells apples from a truck by our apartment. I thought that maybe we could sing a Christmas carol to him and share a Book of Mormon. We walked to his truck and said hello (we always say hi to him) and told him "Merry Christmas!" All I said was, "Merry Christmas" and his kill-Beckett's-self-esteem attack begin. I am POSITIVE he understood me, but he asked what I said and I told him "Merry Christmas!" again. Then he looked at Sister P and asked her what I said and said that he can't understand me and asked what are we even doing. She told him Merry Christmas, too, and then he asked why we were celebrating Christmas. His voice was harsh when he talked, and I thought we could cheer him up. I bore him my testimony of Christ and told him that we wanted to share some of Christ's love and happiness and hope with him that Christmas night by singing him a Christmas carol. He sneered and laughed and looked at my companion and started telling her how he doesn't think I would even be able to sing good at all. That really hurt my feelings, but we didn't give up. Sister P told him that I could sing well, and that he should give us a shot and let us sing. He started talking really rudely again, and told me not even to try singing. Then he said a bunch of really rude, and degrading things, all to me. I don't know if he was a little racist or what, but he ripped me to shreds. My anger and sadness was building, so I just bowed to him and told him Merry Christmas one more time and walked away. We walked in the rain for like twenty minutes and I just cried and cried. It was a bit of a rough end to my Christmas. But Sister P was so kind and sweet to me. She helped me feel a little better.

This morning during personal study I decided to study forgiveness, because I was still feeling a little hurt. Yesterday in personal study I had studied about Joseph and Mary from the book "Jesus the Christ". Today I thought about some of the things I learned from Joseph's example. He had every right to believe that Mary had been unfaithful to him, and his heart and inside hurt sooo much, but his love conquered his pride and he didn't want to humiliate or embarrass Mary, even though he thought that he had seriously betrayed him. (Imagine his relief when he had the dream and found out that she had stayed faithful!) Then I thought about Jesus Christ, who in the act of dying asked God to forgive the very people who had beat Him, spit on Him, degraded Him, and killed Him. THAT IS AMAZING! That is true love. From pondering this, I realized that I have a lot left to learn about being charitable. I am thankful for Christ's example of perfect love for people, despite their actions. This was one of my favorite parts of a conference talk I studied this morning by Elder Kevin Duncan: "Forgiveness is the very reason God sent His Son, so let us rejoice in His offering to heal us all. The Savior’s Atonement is not just for those who need to repent; it is also for those who need to forgive. If you are having trouble forgiving another person or even yourself, ask God to help you. Forgiveness is a glorious, healing principle. We do not need to be a victim twice. We can forgive." SO! As hard as it is, my challenge for you all is to forgive somebody this week who is hard to forgive. Completely and wholly forgive them. We can do it through Christ's atonement! And sometimes the person you need to forgive is yourself!!
Mokpo Missionaries Family Christmas Picture (Yes, I wore the same outfit twice! Don't judge, IT WAS FESTIVE!)
Also, earlier this week we had such a FUN and AWESOME Christmas party! My half of the mission met on Thursday. It was great to feel so much Christmas cheer. I love President and Sister Madsen and the Bartons (Our senior couple)! We did a service project of peeling garlic for kimchi, made funny Mormon Messages, ate MEXICAN FOOD (that is a Christmas miracle in and of itself!) and sang hymns and watched part of the Church's Christmas devotional. It was a VERY MERRY time!! Also I got to see Elder Wesley Allen! He is super awesome!! 

Sister Allie Beckett

Christmas Miracles! (Dec. 18, 2016)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! WOOHOO! It is the best time of the year. And this year we are seeing SO MANY MIRACLES!! We are really excited for our Ward Christmas Party on Saturday -- we have probably 4-6 investigators/potential investigators that will attend. We invited one of our investigators to perform in the Christmas program, and she agreed, so that is an awesome opportunity to get her involved with our church and help her meet members. Her mom will also come to watch her perform! That mother and daughter also said they will attend the special Christmas Sacrament Meeting. I wish more investigators could come to the Christmas Sacrament Meeting, but 2 is still a good number, and I also think a lot of less active members will attend. So it should be pretty great. :D

This week these same investigators came to our church and we gave them a tour. We were SO EXCITED...and had SUCH HIGH EXPECTATIONS! But it ended up being a pretty stressful situation...we planned to have one member at the church so that we could introduce them to each other and build friendships. But it turned out that there were more people at the church...including a brother who tends to scare investigators. :( He talked to them for twenty minutes about how they need to get baptized and start coming to church and marry LDS people and he just went ON AND ON! It was sooooo stressful and awkward for us. We know he had good intentions, but we are afraid that his pep talk did a lot more damage than good. So that was too bad. They left the church feeling pretty awkward. My companion and I were quite devastated, but we prayed and then decided we better just have a good attitude and keep going forward like nothing was awkward, because we were doing our best! Anyway, we met them again last night, and it was okay, so I hope that they won't be scared off! 
This is at a restaurant with our lovely J and her mom K. They are so nice! They took us to a really expensive, delicious meat restaurant to thank us for teaching J English. :) I did my best to eat the meat! The soup is cow blood soup. I ate some. Also I ate more bugs. Yummo. 😬

I have been seeing so many miracles lately that I just can't believe it!! Last night I got a text from the office elders in Daejeon. This is what the text said:

 μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš” λ² μΌ“μžλ§€λ‹˜ λ°•μ§„κ²½μžλ§€λ‹˜ μ’‹μ€λ°€μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€~ 였늘 μ €λž‘ 멀리μž₯λ‘œκ°€ μ „λ„ν•˜λ‹€κ°€ 기적에 κ°€κΉŒμš΄ 일이 μžˆμ—ˆλŠ”λ°μš”, λ―Έκ΅­μ—μ„œ λ² μΌ“μžλ§€λ‹˜μ˜ μ‚¬μ΄Œμ˜ μ§‘μ—μ„œ ν™ˆμŠ€ν…Œμ΄λ₯Ό ν–ˆμ—ˆλ˜ ν•œ μ—¬μžλΆ„μ„ λ§Œλ‚¬μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€!!^^ 이름은 μ†‘λ‹€μ˜ˆμ΄μ‹œκ³  λ§€λ“œμŠ¨νšŒμž₯λ‹˜κ»˜μ„œ μžλ§€λ‹˜λ“€κ»˜ 직접 μ—°λ½ν•˜μ…”μ„œ 정보λ₯Ό μ•Œλ €μ£Όμ‹€κ±°μ—μš”:D WHICH MEANS: "Hello Sister Beckett and Sister P! It is a good night. Today Elder Murray and I were proselyting and we saw something close to a miracle: we met a girl who stayed with Sister Beckett's cousins house for a foreign exchange program. Her name is SDY and President Madson will contact you directly and give you her information."

 PRETTY SWEET, HUH? It turns out that she walked up to the elders and asked if they knew "Allie Beckett" Hhahahah WHAT THE?!!?!? Small world. I never expected that! So I called her up, and she sounds soooo fun! She stayed with Darin and Kris and Chandra! I think it was when Kayla was on her mission. Anyway, she is about to start winter break, so once she starts winter break she really wants to meet me, so she will travel about 4 hours from Daejeon to Mokpo! HOW CUTE IS THAT!!! And I am hoping and praying that we will be able to get her interested in the gospel. SUCH A MIRACLE!!! God definitely lined that one up!! :D

We got the Christmas package! AND WE DIED because the meth pops were sooooo good! Way to go, Dad!
I am so thankful for Jesus, and I admire Him so much. He bravely came to earth and conquered all. He did what none of us could do. I am so thankful for Him and His dedication and love. Don't forget to celebrate His birth and life this week through your thoughts and actions!

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