Monday, January 2, 2017

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!

Love,
벑켓 자맀 선ꡐ사

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